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August 2020

1st Annual Outstanding Club Website Contest
Published on Saturday 8th August 2020

District Director's Message

Aloha my Toastmasters Ohana!

We are one month into the new Toastmasters year and we’ve seen such great things with our clubs utilizing virtual platforms (Microsoft Teams, and Zoom). Clubs are using these platforms to host club meetings, club trainings, and their virtual Open House. If your club would like to use the District’s Zoom account, please email me at [email protected].

We also encourage clubs to continue to meet via virtual platforms for the month of August, until things become safer for all our members and guests. We will monthly update the district in this newsletter when we as a District will support the opening of in-person meetings (based on County, State, and Toastmasters International Headquarters safety recommendations).

Sepiuta Holakeituai, DTM
District Director 2020-2021

Education Awards

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recognition is the greatest honor that can be earned by a member of Toastmasters International. The DTM award is only given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills and who have used these skills to help others in their self-development efforts.

Attaining this award is not an easy task. All awardees have completed projects of progressive complexity, earning successive awards to reach DTM status. These accomplishments have given them a greater perspective of the value of being a good communicator and an effective leader. They have assisted their clubs, district and community.

This outstanding achievement will serve as an inspiration to all Toastmasters. Rebecca, Danilo, and Brandon, we are proud of you. Congratulations on your great achievement!

Education awards are also posted on our District 49 Facebook page. Feel free to drop in there to congratulate our awardees.

2020-21 District Director Pineapple Awards

To encourage and support new clubs, District 49 is announcing District Director Pineapple Awards.

Please check our 2020-21 Incentives page for details.

August Events

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

Virtual Open House — Ala Moana Toastmasters Club's open house is on August 27, 2020 from noon to 1:00 pm.
Meeting theme: Know Yourself to Grow Yourself!
Featured Speaker: Willie Jones, World Champion of Public Speaking
Check out Ala Moana Toastmasters on Facebook for more information.

2020 TI Virtual Convention — Don’t miss out on the free virtual convention! Learn at education sessions, be inspired by this year’s Golden Gavel recipient, and cheer at the World Championship of Public Speaking®. It all takes place August 24–29. Register now and invite your friends and family!
Here is the convention link:


It's August, the second month of our 2020-2021 Toastmasters year but we're already nearing the end of the first round of Club Officer Training.

Check the District website for the training dates and agendas for August.  We are also preparing our Area Directors to support your success this year.

As your resource and link to the rest of the District Leadership Team they serve an important role in Club and District success.  Your Area Director will be contacting the Club Leaders in the coming weeks to introduce themselves and schedule visits.  Let's continue to support each other in achieving excellence!

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

Club Officer Training

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

Club Officer Training Report

Congratulations to the following13 clubs for having 7/7 officers trained:

  • Liliuokalani
  • Kihei
  • Aloha
  • Bancorp
  • Abe Lee
  • No Hoku Kai
  • Phoenix Rising Kapolei
  • Hawaii Dredging
  • Waimea
  • Pathways Central
  • Hawaii Speakers Bureau
  • Laulima
  • Catalyst


Congratulations to 31 other clubs for meeting the minimum requirement of at least 4 club officers trained. Way to go!


Aloha Distinguished District 49 Toastmasters!

We are off to a great start! Already we have 34 new Toastmasters! Even during COVID-19 we are growing! Outstanding! We are Toastmasters and we make it happen! Where leaders are made! Let’s go out and work on developing our communication and leadership skills this year! And get the most out of our Toastmaster dues! Opportunities to develop our communications and leadership skill are here!

As I mentioned, we are off to a great start this year and we have set our goals high - Smedley Distinguished District plus 8 or more new clubs! Woohoo! This is fantastically exciting! And even more so to do it!

Your District Club Growth Team is working hard to achieve Smedley Distinguished District plus 8 or more new clubs this year, but we need your help. Are you up for the challenge? Want to grow? Step out of your comfort zone and join our team!

Gerald Toyomura, DTM
District 49 Club Growth Director 2020-2021
[email protected]

District 49 Goals for the Fiscal Year Ending 6/30/2021

Smedley Distinguished District:
1. At least 70 Active Clubs (currently: 65)
2. At least 2705 Membership Payments (last fiscal year: 2505)
3. At least 36 Distinguished Clubs (last fiscal year: 36)

We Need You to Make Toastmasters a Success

We need Toastmasters to step up and become:

Lead Generators (looking for 10)
Find groups who are interested and would benefit from starting a Toastmasters club. (Hundreds of potential clubs, 16 active leads)
Lead Contacts (looking for 10)
Work with groups to get to know Toastmasters and start a new club. (3 ongoing)
Club Sponsors (looking for 16)
Charter a new club.
Club Mentors (looking for 16)
Work with new clubs to mentor and establish their Toastmasters club.
Club Coaches (looking for 32)
Work with clubs to become Distinguished Clubs.
Program Developers (looking for 4)
Develop marketing plan, program, and incentives.

For those who sign up to be Club Sponsors, Club Mentors and/or Club Coaches, credit is given towards fulfilling one or two of the requirements to achieve Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)!

Reminder to Area and Division Directors: addition of a new club is required to achieve President’s Distinguished Area or Division.

To sign up, contact me at [email protected].

Mahalo to Those Already Stepping Up!

Gloria Shishido, DTM (working on 2nd DTM) - Club Sponsor, Area 8
Kenoilani Kolii, DTM (working on 2nd DTM) - Club Sponsor (Area 5)
Anastasia Tagayuna, IP5 - Club Sponsor (Division A)
Michael Aviles, DL2 - Club Sponsor (Division D)
Mitchell Blocker, DTM - Club Sponsor (Area 7)
Gerald Toyomura, DTM - Club Sponsor
Brian Lynch, PI3 - Club Mentor (Area 11)
Rhodora Orias, DL2 - Club Mentor (Area 10)
Aiko Hemingway, DL5 - Club Coach (Division B)
Diana Gremillion, IP2 - Club Coach

Smedley Campaign Has Started

New to Toastmasters? Find out what the Smedley Campaign is and how you can participate here.

3x Cap Bonus!  Have your new member count three times this year by having them join before September 30!

Thriving During Social Distancing

How is your club doing? Under the weather with COVID-19? Take a pick-me-up from Toastmasters International (TI)!

Take a look at this Webinar put out by TI. It has super great tips from around the world that help their meetings on-line, including questions and answers!  What to do when your cat or kids come by?  Find out in this video! It might just save your club!


Dear Toastmasters Ohana in Hawaii,

In the second week of July, Toastmasters International released an updated Brand Manual. Please check it out. It is beautiful! In my opinion, Toastmasters has now one of the best and up-to-date visual styles I’ve seen of any non-profit organizations. Instantly, I became a big fan of the new visual language and an avid TI brand ambassador.

If you like to consult compliance of your club’s visual communication style with the new TI guidelines, please email at [email protected]. PR Team will be happy to help.

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

1st Annual Outstanding Club Website Contest

During the covid time, it is more important than ever that our club websites offer compelling messages to prospective members and make them want to come to our clubs. In an effort to help increase quality of the club websites in our District, PR Team is announcing the first annual – Outstanding Club Website Award. Between October 1st and October 10th, District PR Team will evaluate all club websites and select one winner.

What to do to make your club website shine? Please check this new resource posted on our district website. It details basic requirements a good club website needs to meet and also provides several useful tips for those who would like to take their club website to the next level. Each tip is accompanied by a good example to follow, a real club website from our district that has it right.

At the same time, we will also select Outstanding Club Facebook Page (or Facebook group). We are currently researching good practices of Facebook pages at other districts and plan to provide guidelines to our clubs in next two weeks.

New District 49 Club Finder

Please check the new club finder on our district website. It is cool! Say, you would like to see all clubs on all islands that meet on Tuesday evening. Couple clicks, and you’ll get instantly a list of seven clubs with links to their websites or Zoom ID’s.

If you like to update or add any info of your club, please email at [email protected].

Writers Wanted

District 49 PR Team is expanding, and we are looking for a writer (or two) with perfect writing skills and a good eye for a story. Are you willing to help us promote Toastmasters and clubs in District 49? Please let us know at [email protected].

Speech Tips from Mrs. T

Joy Turbeville a.k.a. Mrs. T. keeps adding her short but powerful and well researched videos - speech tips - to the resource section of our website. Since the last newsletter, there are three new speech tips:

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Last update: January 25, 2021

Do have an important club story you'd like to share in the District 49 Newsletter? Please send an email to [email protected]. We are here to support you!

Ron Cahoon, DTM
Newsletter Editor
[email protected]

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