Charen Kepler

On behalf of the Planning Committee, I welcome you to your 2023 District 49 Toastmasters 4-day conference, “People. Passion. Purpose” April 29, May 4 – May 6, 2023.

I’m so very honored and privileged to serve with your Conference Chair Jennifer Borja-Johnson and an exceptional committee this year. Big mahalo to all the participants for your contributions which are the foundation of this conference.

Join us for an amazing 4 days! We have such an exciting program planned that will be productive as well as fun filled. Experience the District International speech contest, keynotes from incredible leaders and celebrate the growth of other members who have achieved their goals!

The District 49 International Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023.  This virtual online event is open to everyone and will also be recorded.  

Be inspired and entertained as finalists compete on the virtual stage for the right to represent District 49 in the Region Quarterfinals.

You are invited back to view the recorded Contest on Thursday, May 4, 2023, replayed at the Watch Party event. 

On May 5, 2023 of the Conference is the virtual platform District Council meeting. The meeting is open to all members however only District Council members and the District Executive Committee may vocalize participation and cast votes on business matters. It is also at the business meeting that candidates for District key offices - term 2023-2024 - are elected; namely District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and Division Directors.
Please review the candidates credentials on the District website; which will be made public at least 6 weeks prior to the District Council Meeting.

Closing day, May 6, 2023 will be in person at the Pagoda Hotel, C’est Si Bon Room from 7:30am-1:30pm. Early Registration incentive is $75.00 for the first 50 registrants by March 15, 2023. The fee is $85.00 from March 16 to May 6, 2023.

Our conference Toastmaster Emcee is Keith Regan, State of Hawaii acting Controller who will emcee us through an exciting program. Take your Toastmasters experience to new heights with the educational and entertaining keynote speaker Accredited Speaker, Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District Governor Robert Cravalho and speaker Dr. Tsui-Hui Hung who will transform your concepts of how far you can grow. The day program will also include educational and leadership recognitions, awards, a continental breakfast, snack breaks, lunch, fellowship and fun!


-- Charen Kepler
    2022-2023 District 49 Program Quality Director

Conference Program

Sat 4/29 - (Zoom) International Speech Contest

The District 49 International Speech Contest will be held virtually on April 29, 2023 at 10 am.  The event is open to all.

For more information please email contest chair Nelson Nakagawa at [email protected]

The zoom link to attend is:

Meeting ID: 827 2759 0238
Passcode: 2020

Thu 5/4 - (Zoom) Recorded Replay of the District Speech Contest

On Thursday evening May 4, 2023, the contest speeches from April 29, 2023 will be streamed replay for everyone.

The First, Second and Third place contest winners will be presented their trophies on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the in person closing day of District 49 Conference.

Here is the program.

5:30 pm  Open and Welcome
5:35 pmInternational Speech Contest Recording Replay
6:55 pmAcknowledgements
7:00 pmAdjournment

The zoom link to the event is:

Meeting ID: 827 2759 0238
Passcode: 2020

Fri 5/5 - (Zoom) Business Meeting

At the business meeting, District Council will elect District Leaders for the 2023 - 2024 program year, adopt a new district alignment, receive reports from Key 3 District leaders, Division Directors, Financial Manager, and District Auditor.

Registration to the Business Meeting is open, but only District Council Members are able to vote: Club Presidents, Vice Presidents Education, and District Executive Committee members including District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager, Administration Manager, Division Directors, Area Directors, and Immediate Past District Director.

Meeting is scheduled from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Registration link and meeting documents will be provided approximately two weeks prior to the conference.

Sat 5/6 - (In Person) Keynote and Awards

2023 District 49 Conference Closing Day

Electrifying Excitement is Expected starting with recognitions from past terms 2020-2021, 2021-2022!

Celebrate the achievements and honor of new Distinguished Toastmasters, the highest Toastmaster educational designation; Club Toastmasters of the Year, and Pathways Triple Crown Educational Achievers.

There is more...

See them in person - Our 2023 District International Speech Contest Winner and runner up contestants!

Welcome the NEWLY elected 2023-2024 District Leaders!

And there is still more.... FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP

- Meet, Greet, Networking, Tea/coffee Service
- Jenn Borja-Johnson, Conference Chair
- Parade of Club Banners
- Program Quality Director, Charen Kepler
- Opening Song - National Anthem, Hawaii Pono’i
8:15 amRecognitions and Awards from Past Terms
- Term 2020-21: Septiuta Holakeituai, PDD
- Term 2021-22: Kory Ikeda, IPDD
2020-2021 / 2021-2022 Acknowledgments and Recognition 

Presentation of Club Growth Director - by Lynn Araki-Regan
- New Chartered Clubs
- Team and Committee Recognition 

Presentation of Program Quality Director - by Charen Kepler
- Distinguished Toastmasters Clubs as of May 1, 2023
- Club Toastmasters of the Year 2023
- Pathways Triple Crown Achievers
- Team and Committee 

Recognition Presentation of District Director - by Gerald Toyomura  

8:55 amConference Toastmaster - First Timer Recognition, Thank You to Attendees, Sponsors 
9:05 amBREAK
Photoshoot / accolades awardees
9:15 amKeynote Speaker - Robert Cravalho, AS, DTM, PDG
10:15 amBREAK
Network with Keynote Speaker Robert Cravalho and D49 Published Authors (photo shoot)
10:30 amKeynote Speaker - TSun-Hui Hung, Na Hoku Award 2018
11:30 amBREAK
Network with Keynote Speaker TSun-Hui Hung (photo shoot)
11:50 amLUNCH
- Communication and Leadership Award
- District 49 Lifetime Achievement Award
12:50 pmAnnouncements and Accolades
- Presentation of the newly elected District Leaders
- Presentation of the District International Speech Contest Winners
- Closing remarks
1:30 pmAdjounment
*Subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. All times are in Hawaii Standard Time.
Thank you to the District 49 Conference Committee Members, Speakers, and Trainers

Conference ChairJennifer Borja-Johnson
Keynote SpeakerRobert Cravalho
SpeakerTsun-Hui Hung
Speech ContestNelson Nakagawa, Kory Ikeda, Anne Myers, Sherry Imamura-Ryan
Program BrochureCharen Kepler
PhotographersKyle Nishioka, Slava Slavik
District Logistics ManagerShirley Watanabe
ParliamentarianRaymond Liu
HospitalityDean Masai
Sound SystemKelii Kolii
Administration ManagerSherry Imamura-Ryan
Immediate Past District DirectorKory Ikeda
ScriptAnne Myers, Kim Okamura
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