Thursday, April 7, 2016

Judges Needed: Junior Varsity O.C. Academic Decathlon, May 21, Aliso Niguel High School, 8:00-12:00

Speech judges and interview judges are needed for the Junior Varsity O.C. Academic Decathlon, to be held May 21 at Aliso Niguel High School, from 8:00 AM-12:00 N.    To register online, go to .

If you do register to assist with this event, please let me know ( so that we can track TI activities.




Avis French


Judges Bureau Members Assist Student Speech Contest

For over 15 years, members of Founders District Judges Bureau have served as judges for speaking and academic competitions sponsored by service organizations and educational institutions.  They provide these organizations with well-trained, impartial, and professional quality judges for their youth speech contests. Community service organizations are so pleased by the service they get from the Founder’s District Judges Bureau that they use the Bureau’s services again and again.


One organization that has utilized the Judges Bureau for years is the National Management Association (NMA) Leadership Speech Contest for high school students, which contest began in 1988.  NMA chapters from all over the country participate in this 4-level event, which culminates in the national Finals of the event.  Speeches at all levels have Leadership as their main theme.  Non-leadership issues such as social, medical, environmental, political etc. shall not be primary subjects unless integrated into how leadership plays a role.  Each contestant researches, writes and delivers their own speech.


A local NMA chapter, Boeing Leadership Association of Southern California (BLASC), sponsored their 2016 contest recently, the first level of the 4-level event.  Serving as judges at this contest were members of Toastmasters International Founders District Judges Bureau and Boeing employees:

Avis French, Chief Judge   Toastmaster Competent Communicator, Competent Leader

                                        NMA Associate Director

Elayne Bendel                   Boeing retiree

Douglas Crocker               Boeing employee
                                        Toastmaster Competent Communicator

Nigel Blackwell                  Toastmaster Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Leader Silver


The judging criteria for this contest are very similar to that used by Toastmasters, though the method of ranking the contestants is different. After the winners were announced, the judges graciously spent time with the contestants discussing their presentations.  


Family members, friends, educators, and NMA members looked on proudly as the students presented their interpretations of the meaning of Leadership.  All in all, everyone agreed that the contest was “well done.”  The members of the TI Founders District Judges Bureau contributed to the success of this event.




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

RE: Newsletter Article re Judges Bureau Blog

I looked at the March issue of Founder.  I could not find my message about the Judges Bureau Blog anywhere.  Where was the article published?  I am not getting any responses from the Blog, so I suspect that people still do not know it exists.


Avis French


From: Hulett, Marie []
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:06 AM
To: Avis French
Subject: RE: Newsletter Article re Judges Bureau Blog


Thank you.

Please send me photos of participants in action (from past events) as well as your headshot.




Marie T. Hulett

Multimedia Producer, Telecourses and Educational Media
Coast Learning Systems

Division of Military Education, Corporate Training & Business Development

Coastline College
11460 Warner
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Office: 714-241-6234 Ext. 16769
Fax: 714-241-6139



From: Avis French []
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 10:56 AM
To: Hulett, Marie
Subject: Newsletter Article re Judges Bureau Blog


Hi, David Penrose has set up a Judges Bureau blog and suggested that I put an article in the newsletter about the blog.  The article is attached.  Let me know if  you need more information.  Thanks.


Avis French


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Judges Needed: FBLA Conference, Ontario Convention Center, April 14-16

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is organizing its annual State Leadership Conference at the Ontario Convention Center in the Inland Empire from Thursday, April 14th through Saturday, April 16th.  They are hoping you are available to lend your expertise and help them judge an event for their High School members.  During the three days of competition, they have events during the morning, midday, afternoon and evening.  Hopefully, there is one (or more) that fits your schedule.  Potential judges could see which events will be conducted according to their availability for one or more of the above dates:  visit:     to view available events and to register as a judge.  After selecting an event, one of their staff members, will be sending you more information.


The events will include those which started at Section:

  • Creed
  • Future Business Leader
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Job Interview
  • Public Speaking I
  • Public Speaking II


  • 3D Animation
  • Business Ethics
  • Computer Game & Simulation Programming
  • Desktop Application Programming
  • Digital Video Production
  • E-business
  • Electronic Career Portfolio
  • Emerging Business Issues
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Business Presentation
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Publication Design
  • Sales Presentation
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Website Design

There is a table on page 10 of their event guidelines with links to each of those new events for more details.



They could also use preliminary judges on some of the projects, which would be conducted electronically.  If you are interested, FBLA would email you the student submissions along with their rating sheets and instructions, and you could email back your findings.






Avis French


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Judges Needed: Home-School Speech and Debate tournament, Concordia University, Irvine, March 2-5, 2016

Fellow Toastmasters:  The Home-School Speech and Debate tournament at Concordia University in Irvine, is once again soliciting TI’s assistance with their annual tournament.  The date of the tournament is March 2-5.


They need volunteers from the community to help them fill over 2,000 judging slots, and they are reaching out to their Toastmaster friends for help. But their need is not limited to Toastmasters.  They would gladly accept anyone over age 18 who is willing to judge a round. So, they encourage volunteers to register a friend and bring them along!


They have a variety of events that you can judge:

·       For Individual Speech Events (IE)

·       For Lincoln Douglas Debate (LD)

·       For Parliamentary Debate (Parli)

·       For Team Policy Debate (TP)


Those of us in the Judges Bureau have enjoyed our experience in the past at the Concordia competitions.   As a reminder, there is no prior experience necessary, and you will need to expect to spend approximately three hours on campus to judge one round.  The time includes judge check-in, judge training, time for ballot completion and refreshments, as well as the actual judging.  

Once you reach the Concordia campus, there are many directional signs on the campus to get you where you need to go. After parking, follow all the signs to "Concordia Central" to find judge registration and the orientation room. You won't get lost!


Below is their tournament link where volunteers may register to judge.

If you do register on-line, please let me so that I can track TI activities.   The tournament leaders and I look forward to hearing from you!





Monday, January 11, 2016

Judges Needed - Posting January 2016

 O.C. Academic Decathlon Jan. 30, 2016, Tustin High School

[ click to download pdf version ]
Hello, fellow Toastmasters.  Our friends at OCAD are seeking judges for their 2016 event.  They ask that you register online.  See the attached flyer, personalized for Toastmasters, for how to register.

If you do register as a judge, please let me know so that Founders District can track TI activities.

Those of  you who have assisted in the past know how great the experience can be.  For those of you who are new to OCAD, “try it, you’ll like it!”