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Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties since 1944.
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!
Join us every Fall and Spring for business meeting, speech contests, educational sessions and Hall of Fame Lunch.Learn More
Twice a year the District provides club officer training and world class Leadership and Communication workshops.Learn More
The Founder quarterly newsletter contains stories, photos, and spotlights of the people of Founder's District.Learn More
In Memory of John S. Latin, DTM, PIP
Distinguished Toastmaster John S. Latin, born on September 9, 1939, passed away Saturday January 23, 2016 at his home in Cranbury, New Jersey. John was the 1975-1976 Founder’s District Governor and the 1984-1985 International President. As an aerospace engineer, he worked in the department of defense and was proud to have worked on the space shuttle that went to space. He believed in the importance of good communication skills and dedicated his time and service to Toastmasters.
Join energetic clubs all over Founder's District in participating in the upcoming membership building contest. During the months of February and March, add 5 or more members to your club to win the Toastmasters "Talk Up Toastmasters" award.
You'll receive a cool ribbon for your banner and an invitation to the Great Founder's District Pizza Party to celebrate your achievement. This pizza party highlight includes the highly acclaimed multimedia galactic light and sound show created by your Club Growth Director, Daniel Cossack. "Interstellar Madness" is a journey celebrating space innovation and exploration that will inspire your creativity.
Another great LACE event. Maybe the best one ever.
The day started with our keynote speaker, Ricky Powell, DTM speaking about the three top skills for discovering happiness. At the start of his presentation, the power on campus went out. What a challenge for Ricky. To teach us about happiness during our darkest hour. As Toastmasters we learn how to overcome obstacles by not panicking as we make our adjustments. Ricky is as skilled as they come in these situations. His presentation was PowerPoint based, but he continued on without missing a beat. He challenged us to choose to be victors and not victims. Ricky led us out of the dark with his three top skills for discovering happiness: serving others, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Dr. Ralph Smedley, the founder of our organization, sponsored the first permanent Toastmasters club in Santa Ana during the fall of 1924. About a year later, in the fall of 1925, a guest from the nearby town of Anaheim attended the Santa Ana club. This visit signaled a new direction for Smedley’s Toastmasters idea. The creation of a second club, and in a few years, a multiplying of more clubs, secured its lasting establishment. Essentially, Toastmasters doubled in the number of clubs in little over a year, all happening in the Founders District (although Founders District would organize later, in 1944).
In 1988, Mackay wrote his first book, Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 54 weeks and has sold over 5 million copies. Mackay began his public speaking career following the release of Swim with the Sharks. Mackay’s second book, Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt, was published in 1990. It reached number one on the New York Times bestsellers list on February 25, 1990. The New York Times listed both books in its top 15 most motivational books of all time in August 1996.
In 1993, Toastmasters International named Harvey Mackay one of its top five speakers in the world.
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Our goal planning begins July 1 and ends June 30 the following year. We pledge to become a President's Distinguished District by building new clubs, increasing membership, supporting all clubs to become distinguished, and training our club officers.