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July 2020

We Are a Distinguished District!
Published on Friday 17th July 2020

District Director's Message

Aloha my fellow Toastmasters members!

Congratulations on achieving Distinguished District for the 2019-2020 term! Our Immediate Past District Director John Coleman, DTM led us to great heights, and we hope to continue his legacy and reach the highest award, Smedley Distinguished District 2020-2021. How can we do this? Continue to read your District 49 Newsletter as we will publish campaigns and helpful reminders and tips of what clubs can do to become stronger. A strong club leads to a strong district. Together we can reach our goals of building confident speakers and greater leaders.

Sepiuta Holakeituai, DTM, District Director 2020-2021

Upcoming Events

District Executive Committee (DEC) Meeting
Saturday, August 25th, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Aloha District 49 Toastmasters,

On June 27, 2020, we had our first Club Officer Training of this fiscal year 2020 - 2021.

Congratulations to Waimea Club and Hawaii Speaker's Bureau for having all 7 club officers trained. Way to go!

Congratulations to 25 other clubs for meeting the minimum requirement of at least 4 club officers trained.

Kory Ikeda, ACB, ALB, Program Quality Director,
[email protected]

Upcoming Club Officer Training

2nd Club Officer Training of the Fall Term (info link)
Weekday Afternoon - Tuesday, August 4th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

3rd (and last) Club Officer Training of the Fall Term (info link)
Weekend - Saturday, August 15th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Congratulations Distinguished District 49 Toastmasters!

Last year we did a phenomenal job! Making Distinguished District on top of COVID-19 shut-down and on-line meetings and events. Kudos to all those who stepped up and took advantage of the opportunity to further develop their communication and leadership skills. 

We can keep the momentum going and make our District 49 Smedley Distinguished this coming year! We are looking to build our number of clubs from 65 to 70 clubs, number of payments 2,505 to 2,705, and achieving 36 Distinguished Clubs, and add 8 new clubs! COVID-19 gave us new skills of communicating and leading on-line, and we have reached out to the whole world! On Zoom, many Toastmasters are attending Toastmaster meetings around the world (some in the same day)!

We have a great Club Growth Team this year - listed below. We are looking for Toastmasters that want to earn credit for their DTM by signing up to be a Club Sponsor, Club Mentor or Club Coach. Please let me know if you’re interested.

This will be an exciting year – we have 16 prospective clubs in the pipeline and hope all be become chartered Toastmaster Clubs this year! If you know of a company or organization that would like to start a Toastmasters club, please let us know and we will help them get started.

In addition we have three Membership campaigns this year, starting off with the Smedley membership campaign – August 1 to September 30, a $25 TI gift certificate to clubs gaining 5 members or more and a set of Club Officer Pins to the 1st club that gains 5 members. Next are the Talk-up Toastmasters and Beat the Clock Membership campaigns later on in the year.

Plus we will have many other programs, incentives, and events throughout the year. It is exciting!

Thank you all for joining in and making this coming year an awesome Smedley Year!

Gerald Toyomura, DTM
District 49 Club Growth Director 2020-2021

Your Club Growth Team This Year

Club New Source Research Chair:  Kenn Nishihira, DTM
Lead development, Marketing Plan,
Committee Members:    Greg Ching, DTM;  Caron Lau, DTM; Gerald Toyomura, DTM;  Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1 and Keith Olson, IP2

Club Extension Chair – Michael Aviles, DL2
Lead Qualify> Demo Meeting> Decision to start club >
Committee Members:    Greg Ching, DTM;  Caron Lau, DTM; Anastasia Tagayuna, IP5; Gerald Toyomura, DTM; Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1 and Keith Olson, IP2

Club Sponsor Chair – Anastasia Tagayuna, IP5
Club Sponsors - Assist in Chartering> Charter >
Assisting members attain Club Sponsor credit for their DTM.
Committee Members:    Greg Ching, DTM; Aiko Hemingway, DL5; Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1 and Keith Olson, IP2

Club Quality Chair – Mitchell Blocker, DTM
Club Mentors - > Assist in getting started and running program and meetings> 6 months > Distinguished Club.
Assisting members attain Club Mentor credit for their DTM.
Committee Members:  Mary Irwin, ACG, ALB; Rhodora Orias, DL2;  Kenneth Siu, DL1;  Joycelin Turbeville, EC1;  Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1 and Keith Olson, IP2

Club Retention Chair – Aiko Hemingway, DL5
Club Coaches – Assist struggling clubs> Distinguished Club.
Assisting members attain Club Coach credit for their DTM.
Committee Members:  Greg Ching, DTM; Joycelin Turbeville, EC1;  Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1 and Keith Olson, IP2

Kauai CGT Representative – Joy Frelinger, EH4, PM1
Maui CGT Representative – Charen Kepler, EC1
Big Island CGT Representative – Keith Olson, IP2

DCP Goals for 2020-2021 (by June 30, 2021)

Smedley Distinguished District!
1. Total Active Clubs
Goal: 70, Anticipated Base: 65, Goal: 5 or more
2. Total Membership Payments
Goal: 2,705 Anticipated Base: 2,505 Goal: 200 or more
3. Total Distinguished Clubs
Clubs Goal: 36, Anticipated Base: 65, Goal: 36 or more

Program and Incentive Plans

If you have any ideas on how to increase the number of clubs and number of memberships that the District can help with, let me know.  Also, please review last year’s District Calendar, programs and events.  What do you think worked and what could use improvement? Any new ideas?

  1. Ambassador visiting program.
  2. Aloha program.
  3. Open House $50 incentives.
  4. Tamarind Park booth type event.
  5. Membership Drives (Smedley, Talk Up Toastmasters, and Beat the Clock).
  6. Membership Promotions - incentives prizes, radio and TV spots, etc.

Membership Building Programs

  1. Three Cap Program – District will receive 3x credit for new members that join by September 30.
  2. Smedley Award - August 1 to September 30, $25 GC, Set of Officers pins to 1st Club that gains 5 new members.
  3. Talk up Toastmasters – February 1 to March 31
  4. Beat the Clock - May 1 to June 30
  5. Membership Pins – To Individual members who enrolls 5, 10 or 15 new members.

Other Club Growth Team Areas

  1. Toastmaster Lead Management (TLM)
  2. District Strategies and Tactics
  3. District Success Plan (DSP)
  4. Marketing Plan
  5. District Budget
  6. Events
  7. District Calendar

Details to be forth coming!


Dear Toastmasters Ohana in Hawaii,

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your District Public Relation Manager in 2020-2021. I'm humbled and inspired by amazing achievements of the past District PRM, Rose Kirland, DTM. Her hard work and tremendous energy contributed greatly to our district reaching Distinguished status and impressive 8% annual membership growth, highest among all Toastmasters districts in the United States.

It is also my pleasure to welcome on board six new members of the PR team: Rona Cahoon - Newsletter, Michael Aviles - LinkedIn, Tanya Ahina - Instagram, Aiko Hemingway - Facebook, Joy Turbeville - Speech Tips and Language Coordinator, and Jason Baguio - Podcast. I'm truly grateful for your commitment and I hope that we will continue riding on the winning wave of the past district leadership team.

Slava Slavik, CC, PM5, PI4, Public Relations Manager
[email protected], phone: 808-600-3833

Speech Tips from Mrs. T

We are excited to announce a new section on the District 49 website called Speech Tips by Mrs. T.

Joy Turbeville has created a series of short videos that address basic problems faced by novices. Some of her lessons include insights that experienced speakers use intuitively but find difficult to explain to beginners.

Club Anniversaries - July

Camp Smith Toastmasters - website
The oldest active club in Hawaii. Camp Smith Toastmasters club was chartered on 7/1/1950 and has club number 123.

HMCOA Bilingual Toastmasters Club
The only bilingual (English/Chinese) club in Hawaii. Club is kindly sponsored by Panda Express and was chartered on 7/8/2017.

2020 International Convention

Each year, the International Convention is the most talked about event in the Toastmasters community. More than two thousands Toastmasters from all around the world get together for inspiring speaker sessions, educational program, election of international leaders, and for the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Toastmasters International Headquarters is currently working hard to bring the entire International Convention experience online. The good news is that the convention is going to be free.

Attend the 2020 International Toastmasters Convention without paying registration fees, airfare, hotel, and other expenses! The registration is not open yet, but you can already browse the full agenda here.

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Ron Cahoon, DTM
Newsletter Editor
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