Congratulations on participating in a very successful weekend.
We still have a great chance of becoming a Distinguished District this year! We need each and every one of you to pitch in. We are 61 paid clubs and look to have six additional clubs turn in their payments, which would give us 67 clubs. We will then need four chartered clubs to reach 71 clubs. Right now we do have 4 clubs, which could charter by end of June. We need 215 additional members payments and seven additional clubs to become distinguished. I know we can do it.
To the participants from the Big Island, Kauai, Maui and O‘ahu, we thank you for joining us this past weekend.
I want to personally Thank you for attending the Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet (held for the first time) in Hawaii. Thank You for being part of such a Special Evening.
It was inspiring to present Ron Mobley with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was also the first time giving a District 49 member such a prestigious award. We also honored new DTM’s, Greg Ching, Liz Corbin, Sharon Justice, NJ Moses and Kenn Nishihira.
And, we heard Keynote Accredited Speaker Wayne Choate talk about positive self-talk, which left everyone in high spirits after the program.
The very next day was the conference, and we had such a great time listening to various Toastmasters speak, including our very own International Director Gloria Shishido who spoke about “Leading Volunteers” and Wayne Choate who did an encore and spoke about, "The Possibility of doing."
Congratulations to all the participants who entered the District 49 Toastmasters 2016 Spring Speech Contest, especially to all the winners. A special Congratulations to Cain Kamano, who won first place in the International Speech Contest and Ashllyn K. Melo-Pang for taking first place in the Table Topics Speech Contest.
I am excited about our newly elected Key 3 team for 2016-2017. District Director Caron Lau, Program Quality Director Rose Kirland and Club Growth Director Kenn Nishihira will begin their term on July 1, 2016.
It's been a memorable and successful year, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I have. Can't wait to see you walk the stage as a Distinguished District at the 2016 International Convention in Washington, D.C.
Mahalo a nui loa!
Charles Mole Jr., DTM
District 49 Toastmasters