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 event will be recorded. Attendance is restricted to the Speech Contestants and Contest functionaries.
You are invited to view the recorded Contest on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at the Watch Party event. Be inspired and entertained as eight finalist compete on the virtual stage for the right to represent District 49 in the Region Quarterfinals.
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
The District 49 International Speech Contest will be held in a closed session and the event will be recorded.
Attendance is restricted to the Speech Contestants and Contest functionaries.
The first and second place contestant winners of the International Speech Contest from each Division contest will participate in District 49’s International Speech Contest final. The Contest will be open only to 8 finalists and contest officials on Saturday April 29 online via Zoom.
On Thursday evening May 4, 2023, the contest speeches will be streamed to the general public.
Contest results will be announced that evening, and trophies will be presented to the winner and runner ups in person on Saturday, May 6, 2023 on closing day of the District 49 Conference.
|5:30 pm||Open and Welcome|
|5:35 pm||International Speech Contest|
Names of all District contest finalists, contest officials, and a link to the Watch Party will be available by April 30, 2023.
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.
Registration link and meeting documents will be provided approximately two weeks prior to the conference.
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
|7:45 am||OPENING AND WELCOME|
- Jenn Borja-Johnson, Conference Chair
- Parade of Club Banners
- Program Quality Director, Charen Kepler
- Opening Song - National Anthem, Hawaii Pono’i
|8:15 am||Recognitions 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
Presentation of Program Quality Director - by Charen Kepler
Recognition Presentation of District Director - by Gerald Toyomura
|8:55 am||Conference Toastmaster - First Timer Recognition, Thank You to Attendees, Sponsors|
Photoshoot / accolades awardees
|9:15 am||Keynote Speaker - Robert Cravalho, AS, DTM, PDG|
Network with Keynote Speaker Robert Cravalho and D49 Published Authors (photo shoot)
|10:30 am||Keynote Speaker - TSun-Hui Hung, Na Hoku Award 2018|
Network with Keynote Speaker TSun-Hui Hung (photo shoot)
- Communication and Leadership Award
- District 49 Lifetime Achievement Award
|12:50 pm||Announcements and Accolades|
- Presentation of the newly elected District Leaders
- Presentation of the District International Speech Contest Winners
- Closing remarks
|Conference Chair||Jennifer Borja-Johnson|
|Keynote Speaker||Robert Cravalho|
|Speech Contest||Nelson Nakagawa, Kory Ikeda, Anne Myers, Sherry Imamura-Ryan|
|Program Brochure||Charen Kepler|
|Photographers||Kyle Nishioka, Slava Slavik|
|District Logistics Manager||Shirley Watanabe|
|Sound System||Kelii Kolii|
|Administration Manager||Sherry Imamura-Ryan|
|Immediate Past District Director||Kory Ikeda|
|Script||Anne Myers, Kim Okamura|