Founder's District Toastmasters

Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties since 1944.

 

District Spotlight

There is a lot that goes on in our District to fulfill our mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Below are just a few of the interesting activities for you to explore. Look around and learn more about the people and programs that make Founder's District great! 

 
District Conference

Join us every Fall and Spring for business meeting, speech contests, educational sessions and Hall of Fame Lunch.

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L.A.C.E.

Twice a year the District provides club officer training and world class Leadership and Communication workshops.

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Founder's District TV

See our online video magazine with interviews, speaking tips, and event highlights in the Distict.

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Founder Newsletter

The Founder quarterly newsletter contains stories, photos, and spotlights of the people of Founder's District.

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Photo Gallery

Our talented photographers capture the moments at each District event.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Toastmasters is a volunteer organization. Find out how you can get involved.

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Charlotte Drake Receives Spirit of Excellence AwardCharlotte Drake, DTM, Receives Spirit of Excellence Award

 

Have you heard the expression, “Power behind the throne?” Can you name someone who for several years has been a “Power behind Opportunity Drawing Fundraising?” Who do you know that is able to mount that project, and make it fun for everyone while doing it? The answer is: Charlotte Drake; she is an “Opportunity Drawing Master.” Charlotte volunteers her service at speech contests, setting up the gift tables, donating prizes, describing the prizes, and selling the drawing tickets that off-set contest food and venue costs. When the contests are over, it's Charlotte and her team who have earned solid returns to cover the expenses of producing speech contests.

Whatever the event, Charlotte is known for her generosity of service: she arrives earlier and stays later than anyone else. She sets up, cleans up, and brings abundant portions of hand cut fruit. She is chef of the gourmet crafted foods she brings.

Whether it is a formal meeting or a casual gathering, once she has arranged and set up the room with gifts, food, and learning materials, you will find Charlotte, at the back of the room looking out for the needs of every person, whether there are two or two-hundred people in the audience. Charlotte handles problems before others even notice them.

Charlotte has had more than her share of challenges. What sets her apart is her resilience, her sunshine attitude and the way she transforms obstacles into opportunities. She triumphs over tragedy. When confronted with the struggles of both of her parents dealing with Parkinson's Disease, Charlotte founded what became an international support group known as PEP: Parkinson's Educational Program. What started out in Newport Beach, at Charlotte's Park Newport residence, quickly grew from 4 to 300 people and proliferated into satellite support groups in every state in America, then expanded into 13 countries and five languages.

Charlotte provides the same “obstacles into opportunities” resourcefulness in Toastmasters. Her club, HarborLites, is all about supporting members’ needs. She sees HarborLites as a “safe harbor” where individuals grow and develop in the presence of mutual nurturing and mentoring.

In 2014/2015, Charlotte's personal excellence earned for her the DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster, which is the highest educational award. She was also recognized as Toastmaster of the Year and received the Area Governor of the Year Award. In 2015/2016 Charlotte was awarded 4 Triple Crown Awards, an unprecedented record.

For her indomitable spirit, on March 22, 2017, Charlotte Jayne Drake, DTM, was awarded Founder's District Spirit of Excellence Award, presented to her at the District Executive Committee meeting, by District Director Siri Payakapan, DTM.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 06:13

2017-2018 District Officer Nominations

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The nominated candidates for the 2017-2018 District Officers are listed below in order by office and then alphabetically if there is more than one candidate per office.

 

FOUNDER'S DISTRICT

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DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Daniel Cossack, DTM
DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Donald Herrera, ACG, ALS
Karen Lucas, DTM
 
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Diana Dee, DTM
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Michelle Bender, DTM
Mark Lucas, ACS, ALS
 
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Lori Shapiro, DTM
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Tim Hollenbeck, ACS, CL
 
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Paul Fay, DTM
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Nora Jackson, CC, ALB
 
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Kathy Hughes, ACS, ALB
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Trillium Smith
 
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
Asad Ali, CL
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
William Wojciak, ACB, ALB
 
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
David Shostak, DTM
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
Mark Longanecker, ACS, ALB
 
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Nadine Nofziger, DTM
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Steve Itzkowitz, CC, CL
 
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
David Hosmer, CC, CL
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
Scott Friedman, ACG, ALB
 
DIVISION G DIRECTOR
Ken Spears, ACB, CL
 

Reported by John Angiolillo, DTM, PDG, Chair, District Leadership Committee - South

Reported by Pan Kao, DTM, IPDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee - North

 
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:44

Toastmasters Re-ignites It's Members' Free Will

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Photo by Siri PayakapanToastmasters at LACE Jan 14, 2017Marguerite Bonnet Presents 'Structure Your Speech Like a Movie' at LACE January 14, 2017

Over 500 Toastmasters invaded Chapman University on January 14 to attend the Founder’s District Leadership & Communication Experience (LACE) seeking training for their club officer positions, new skills as well as wisdom and truth.

It was the wisdom and truth part that was well-addressed by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking and the keynote speaker for the festivities, Lance Miller.

Lance’s keynote address proved to be inspiring, irreverent, informative, humorous and passionate. The one thing that stood out about Lance from the very beginning was how much he credits Toastmasters for the skills he has developed and uses to help individuals and companies all over the world.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 03:07

Expanding Our Horizons in Nashville

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midyear training2017District Leadership Mid-Year Trainnig

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the more you work, the less is being accomplished? To maintain and increase our productivity level and expand our horizons, we need to take time to renew, refresh and rejuvenate. We freshen our perspectives and stimulate positive changes. We rejuvenate our relationships by networking and sharing ideas with others.

Two days prior to the Toastmasters International (TI) Convention, all the trios (District Director, Program Quality Director, and Club Growth Director) of 100+ districts from 13 regions (nearly 16,000 clubs in 142 countries) were vigorously trained, by TI staff and International leaders.

In January, midway through the term, all trios from each region travel to a specified Midyear Training location, to assess the progress and strategize the second half of the term, with another region.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:05

Robots and Remarkable Results

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Photo copyright by A&A Symphony, CaliforniaIMG 7993Evaluation Contest Winners. L-R Marie Hulett, Trey Stroud, Ed Smith, Mark Longanecker, Siri Payakapan

It was bound to happen.

The members that attended the 2016 Founder’s District Fall Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA were bound to feel full and satisfied once the festivities were completed.

No, it wasn’t the chicken marsala, caesar salad, vegetable lasagna, steamed vegetables, bread, tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberries and cookies that filled attendees up, although that didn’t hurt.

Rather, it was all the wonderful benefits of Toastmasters the attendees were reminded of and all the nuggets of wisdom they received from the keynote speaker of the day, Craig Valentine, as well as the Communication and Leadership award recipient, USC roboticist, Maja Mataric.

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