Division J History

The J-Division Story

July 1, 2017

Division J of Toastmasters District 33 was created July 1, 2013, due to the vibrant growth and expansion of members and clubs in the Ventura County California area.  Earlier, all the Toastmaster clubs in the county belonged to Division B.  The new architecture became: 

  • The South East portion of the county is declared Division J, and includes communities of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Westlake Village, and Newbury Park. Currently, there are 25 clubs with a member base of approximately 446.
  • The North West portion of the county retained the name as Division B, and includes communities of Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ojai, Port Hueneme, and Point Mugu. Currently, there are 26 clubs with a member base of approximately 408. 

On May 5 & 6, 2017, Division J hosted the District 33 Spring Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Agoura Hills, CA.  It was attended by over 200 Toastmasters for training, contests, networking, and inspiration. Conference Chair Brenda O’Brien received accolades from everyone that this was the best conference they had ever attended. She spared no detail in creating a world-class event. 

Division J was awarded the Milo Graham Award for having the greatest attendance among all ten divisions, and Director Al Brown’s name is being engraved in the perpetual trophy award for District 33. This will be the fifteenth entry onto the District 33 recognition, and the first for Division J.  (Hey, we’ve only been here four years!)

Additionally, the International Speech Contest was won by Division J’s own Melody Barooni, who will represent all of District 33 at the Regional and International Contests in Vancouver B.C. in August. She also was our contestant in the Table Topics competition at the district level.

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Wayne Sebera, DTM
Division J Director

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