Donald Baliaba

Talk Title
Small Changes, Big Impact

Talk Synopsis
Are you living a full life?
If you put your personal aspirations, goals and dreams on hold, that could lead to an unfulfilled life and unhappiness. Do you have dreams or goals buried inside you? What is keeping you from achieving them?
Attend this session and rediscover the goals you may have put on hold because you didn’t have the right tools (to lay out some actions steps) to make your life a bit more fulfilling.

Our speaker has worked for over 6 years in the healthcare industry and post-acute care, where he interacted with the elderly patients and learned about the value of living a full life. He interviewed some of patients about the biggest regrets they have and what they would do differently.
He was born in Africa, lived in France for 9 years where he became a citizen. He has been living in the U.S.A for 11 years and also became a citizen three years ago. His cross-cultural background gave him the opportunity to encounter people from various cultures and backgrounds. He realized that most of us share commons desires including success, happiness and freedom. The day is 24 hours long for everyone including Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare… Time is our scarcest resource and is the key fundamental element to all aspects of life. He believes time is taken and not given.
Donald will give you three huge tips to live a fulfilled life starting today.

About Donald Baliaba
Donald is financial analyst and was a former professional volleyball player in France. His passion to inspire people led him to join toastmasters over three years ago to improve his communication skills and be better able to touch his audience. He became a distinguished toastmaster in July 2017.
He was born in Africa, lived in France for many years where he became a citizen. He has been living in the U.S.A for 11 years and also became a citizen three years ago. His cross-cultural background gave him the opportunity to encounter people from various cultures and backgrounds.

Suraj Chugani

About Suraj Chugani
Suraj Chugani “The Soul Of Inspiration” is an entrepreneurial professional in the retail and wholesale trade. He is a passionate public speaker who loves to empower and inspire his audiences. He is an avid Toastmaster in many clubs and holding different positions of leadership. Meaningful messages of Suraj are about having gratitude and faith in our lives. He attributes passion for love, success and his faith to his amazing mother and beautiful “diamond” wife, he has 2 beautiful children and is on a mission to inspire and lead us to a great life.

Suraj is available to speak at your next event:

Richard Kuo

Talk Title
“You Matter”

Talk Synopsis
Have you ever spoken to a youth audience or been interested in making a difference in that way? During this presentation, you will experience a modified version of youth speaker, Richard Kuo’s signature “You Matter” presentation he has given to over 15,000 students. Through this presentation, you will see a slightly different presentation style that may give you ideas on how to strengthen and build rapport with your own audience. In the mean time, you can remember what it’s like to be a kid again!

About Richard
Richard Kuo is a youth inspirational speaker and Youtube creator who grew up in Fountain Valley, CA. He has reached nearly 1 million views on Youtube and has also spoken to over 15,000 students all across the western United States. Richard has been featured on TEDx and is also a finale winner on CBS’ hit game show The Price is Right.

Growing up convinced he was overweight, unintelligent, and a good-for-nothing child, Richard lived much of his early life with low self-esteem and little confidence towards succeeding in school and life.

Today, Richard empowers thousands of students around the world to find the courage to trust themselves and pursue their dreams. Utilizing his own story of overcoming negative self-talk and making bold life-changing decisions, such as quitting his 9-5 job to pursue his dreams, Richard now dedicates his life to empowering students to realize on their own that everything they need to be successful is inside of them; not outside of them.


Special Event: How to Become a TEDx Speaker (June 27th, 2018)

For the June 27th, 2018 meeting, we will have a special TEDx workshop.
How to Become a TEDx Speaker
Workshop and discussion panel with 5 TEDx speakers.

Event Schedule
6:30pm to 7pm: Networking
7pm: Meeting Starts
7:05pm to 7:50pm: How to Become a TEDx Speaker Workshop
7:50pm to 8pm: Networking Break
8:05pm to 8:40pm: Discussion panel with 5 TEDx speakers
9pm: Meeting Ends

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David Kline Lovett

Talk Title
“Uncover the Book You Were Born to Write… and Write It”

Talk Synopsis
Bangambiki Habyarimana in Pearls Of Eternity said “The power of a writer is that he is a god of sorts. He can create his own worlds and populate them with his own people, all by the powers of his imagination. It’s the closest a man can come close to the gods. No wonder the most successful writers are considered immortals.”

In just 20 minutes, if you simply choose to, you will have a complete table of contents written for your first or next book. The mysticism of, “How do I write a book?” Will be solved. And you will have the ability, tools, know how to get it done.

About David Kline Lovett
david kline lovettDavid wears many hats, but one of his favorite is Comedian. He has over a decade of experience speaking to group of various sizes, from half a dozen to hundreds. Based on feedback from meeting planners, his messages and instructions always hit home. David is also a published author with 5 books on the market, and a fifth in the making.

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Abdul Haikal

Talk Title
“What are you waiting for?”

Talk Synopsis
This talk will deconstruct the types of stress sucking our energy and health. You will walk away with ideas and strategies to take back control for a more fit future. You will learn about what doctors are calling the miracle drug. Hint: it doesn’t come over the counter or in an orange bottle and may not cost you a single penny.

You will also hear about the most effective nutritional plan that’s not being marketed anywhere. You won’t even have to give up your cheeseburger at In N Out to get on this plan! This talk will fire you up to make small changes in your daily habits that will help you manage your stress better and boost your energy levels.

About Abdul Haikal
abdul haikal portraitAbdul Haikal is a civil engineer by profession and a fitness coach by passion. He was born in Charlotte, raised in Ft Lauderdale and lived a few years in Beirut before settling in Orange County in 2003. His family moved 16 times in 18 years and he ended up attending 4 high schools. It was during those moves that he developed a strong connection to exercise, as it became his coping mechanism to stay focused and driven both personally and academically. He went on to receive a scholarship to study engineering and graduated with a masters degree in 2012.

Abdul is also a college instructor, and recently becoming a father- so he is no stranger to a high-stress life. And yet he believes that with healthy habits and good nutrition, stress simply becomes fuel for the go. Abdul stumbled into the personal development world in 2015 where he later discovered Toastmasters and became an active member. Combining his obsession with fitness and teaching, he became a certified personal trainer 2 years ago with a specialization in behavior change, and in the process has coached dozens of people toward hitting their health goals and has delivered several talks relating to fitness motivation. Abdul aspires to become a corporate wellness coach and develop programs for employees to embrace a healthy lifestyle as a necessary component of career success.

Cindy “The Creative Fireball” Carpenter

Talk Title
“One Indispensable Business Skill”

Talk Synopsis
There is one business skill, if you don’t master, can cause you to lose a national election. President John F. Kennedy commissioned a study so he could get it right. Peace treaties have been promised over it, wars ended and great business deals have begun from it. Yet, despite it’s importance to our society, we rarely, if ever, teach it in high school, colleges or Toastmasters. Approximately 40% of the general population does either an average or poor job with it. Which side do you fall on? To find out, attend this Speaker’s Bureau meeting where life-long entrepreneur Cindy Carpenter will enlighten you on this vital business skill… one she learned at the tender age of 16, and it served her well throughout her career. Bonus! If you fall into the 40% category, she’ll help you fix it.

About Cindy Carpenter
Cindy CarpenterCindy “The Creative Fireball” Carpenter has been a life-long entrepreneur, starting two distinctly dierent businesses from the ground floor up. She sold her last business, a medical parts manufacturing business, at age 50 and retired. She then joined Toastmasters with a paralyzing, out-of-control fear of public speaking. Within 3 short years she was competing as a semi-nalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking, presenting in front of thousands both in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and on stage at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.

Special Tribute Meeting: Jan 31st, 2018 @ 6:30 pm


The Founder’s District lost three lifelong Toastmasters, leaders and friends within the last 6 months: Jack Nichols, Colette Gardner and Chris Gregory.

To commemorate their service to the District and remember the times we shared with them, you are invited to a tribute event on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Meeting venue will be open at 6pm, and light refreshments will be served at 6:30pm. The event will start at 7pm and end at 9pm.

Please send this link to anyone who would appreciate being informed about this. Your presence will make this celebration of life a success.

Hosted by the Founder’s District Speakers Bureau, under the supervision of the Founder’s District of Toastmasters International.

If you would like to make donations to contribute to the success of this celebration, two channels are available:

1. In cash at the event venue on event day

2. Mail a check to

Lou Ann Frederick, DTM, PDG
32021 Lomita Dr
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679


January 2018 Workshop: Speak And Market Like A Pro!™

Special Workshop: Speak And Market Like A Pro!™
Designing Effective Marketing Materials that Work, and
Using the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program to Your Success

  • Would you like easy tips for crafting effective marketing?
  • Need to design (or freshen-up) your speaker one-sheet?
  • Want to know how to use Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program to accelerate your success?

In this fast -paced “how to” session, you will get answers to each of these questions, discover what you need to promote your business, AND be inspired on becoming a PAID speaker. View design samples, gain tips and insights you can use immediately, and take away a handout to get you started!

About the Workshop Leader

Sheryl Roush, DTM, Past District Governor, Accredited Speaker, started her first advertising business at age 16, and has owned 5 graphic design award-winning studios. She generously shares over four decades of experience with us in marketing, photography, printing, publishing and graphic design. Adding to that 25 years as a professional speaker and speaking coach. With over 3,500 programs presented in 12 countries, she knows what it takes to be successful as a speaker, trainer, author, coach/consultant. Both the LA and San Diego chapters of the National Speakers Association have awarded Sheryl their Member of the Year, as well as the Golden Microphone Award from the LA Chapter. Chapters across North America have Sheryl present on speaker marketing materials and creating one-sheets. She is an active 30-year member of Toastmasters, a Presidential Citation awardee, a 17-time author, the 2016 Author of Influence, and proud author of our award-winning Heart of a Toastmaster book. Sheryl is also the lead mentor and world headquarters liaison for those pursuing the Accredited Speaker professional designation from Toastmasters. The San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance ( elected her as President for 2018. Sheryl is CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., based in San Diego, and founder of the Speak And Market Like A Pro!™ system.


Date: January 24th, 2018
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626