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January 2021

Happy New Year Toastmasters Ohana!
Published on Wednesday 13th January 2021

District Director's Message

Aloha and Happy New Year!

A new year is upon us, and I wish that this year will be a safe, healthy, and prosperous year for you, your family, and our Toastmasters family!

If you were able to rise to the challenge and give a toast at your family gathering, please email me a picture of your family event, your name, your club, and describe the toast you gave, and we would love to make a collage of this awesome event.

Sepiuta Holakeituai, DTM, District Director 2020 - 2021
[email protected]

Let's Celebrate Our Newest DTMs

District 49 Performance - On the Way to Distinguished

Paid Clubs 61 - the goal is 66. No change since December.
Membership payments 1,037 - the goal is 2,551. Increase of 13 since December.
Distinguished clubs 0 - the goal is 26. No change since December.*
(Data as of January 3, 2020. Check the District Performance Report here.)
*Clubs do not earn Distinguished status until March 2021, when dues are paid for the required number of members (20 or an increase of 5 over the previous year).

Join a New Club!

Our District is striving to build numerous clubs. If you are interested in joining these two clubs that are almost ready to charter, please email the person next to the club information:

  1. Hawaii Comedy Central Toastmasters Club is looking for four new members to charter. This is an advanced club with dual membership. They meet every 1st and 3rd Friday from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. Please email Gloria Shishido for more information.
  2. Forever Achievers Toastmasters Club is looking for a few new members as well to charter. This is a thriving club that meets every Saturday from 7pm to 8pm. Please email Rhodora Orias for more information.

New Members and Pathways

Are the New Members in your club utilizing the Pathways videos that introduce the educational program? Or does your New Member have questions about the 11 paths and the core competencies they will be learning? Please click the for more information on these items.

We Remember Jason Baguio

By now, most Toastmasters in Hawaii know the very sad news that Jason Baguio passed away on January 5th. We are deeply saddened by Jason’s passing and how unexpectedly it came. Jason had a positive impact on Toastmasters in Hawaii, and we will miss him dearly. He was a beloved member of Hawaiian Dredging Club and two advanced clubs: Na Hoku Kai and Laulima Toastmasters Club. He was also a member of our District Public Relations Team. Please visit our Facebook group to read gentle remembrances about Jason by Sepi HolakeituaiJicky Ferrer, and Dean Masai. Also, please share your thoughts and prayers under any of their posts. We extend our sincere condolences to Jason’s family and to all that love him. Jason, there is a place for you in our hearts, and you will live on in our memories. Jason's funeral service will take place in February or March. We will provide the details when they are available.


Happy New Year, District 49!

It has been a busy first half of the Toastmasters year, and we have more to come over the next six months.

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

Club Officer Training

Round two of club officer training is underway and is open to all members who want to learn about club leadership, resources, and how clubs fit into the District. All clubs must have at least four officers trained in each round. Choose the training session that best fits your schedule and register on Eventbrite. If you attend training outside of our District, please let me know so we can credit you accordingly.
Training dates and times are:
1) Tuesday, 1/12/21, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (check-in at 5:00 pm)
2) Saturday, 1/30/21, 10:00 am – Noon (check-in at 9:30 am)

Speech Contests

The District will be hosting the Table Topics and International Speech contests this year. Clubs will be able to send one contestant for each contest to the Area contests in February. Division contests will be held in March and the District contest in April.
See the complete contest schedule in our District Facebook Group.

Distinguished Club Program Achievements

Congratulations to Liliuokalani Club, Mililani Toastmasters Club, Phoenix Rising Kapolei, Kamehameha Toastmasters, Hawaiian Dredging Club, Hickam AFB Club #520, Waimea Toastmasters, Ala Moana Toastmasters, Nuuanu Toastmasters Club, Paradise Hawaii, and Catalyst Club for achieving at least three Education Goals in the Distinguished Club Program by December 31st. Each of these clubs will receive a $20 gift certificate for use at the Toastmasters International Store or the District 49 Bookstore. Let’s continue recognizing members’ achievements!

What's Next? Continue to build your membership. A prerequisite for becoming a Distinguished Club is a club membership of at least 20 or a net growth of 5, whichever is less. New members also bring fresh perspectives to club meetings, and who doesn’t like hearing an Ice Breaker speech.

2021 Annual Conference - Leadership Opportunities!

The District needs your help in planning the Annual Conference to be held at the beginning of May. We are looking for a mix of experienced and fresh Toastmasters to get all the great ideas. Please contact Kory via email if you are interested in being on the planning committee.


Aloha Fellow Toastmasters,
Happy New Year 2021! It's a great time to start anew!
Thank you for all you do for Toastmasters and Building a Better You!
Have a great 2021!

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

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2021: What do you want to get done this year?

Write it down with an action plan. Have someone mentor you.
You will feel great when you achieve your goals!
How about your Toastmasters goals?
What is one personal leadership goal you plan to achieve between now and the end of June? (This is what you will gain, keep, have dividends return continually, and benefit you for the rest of your life, and will help others!)
Best wishes on your 2021 Toastmaster journey!

Start a New Club by January 31 and Receive a Discount

$125 off for the New Club Charter fee and $20 off per new member by January 31, 2021!
Some new club ideas that other districts are implementing include: starting university clubs, native American (including Hawaiian) clubs, Toastmasters in the Kitchen, Authors and Inspiring Authors, Federal Employees, and Practicing English as a Second Language clubs. Now clubs that clubs are online and you can attract members from around the world! What would you like to do?

Increase Your Club Membership

Participate in the following programs and increase your club membership by gaining new ideas and helping other clubs:
1. Ambassador Visiting Program: Visit as many clubs as possible.
2. Aloha Program: Visit 2 struggling clubs (12 or fewer members).
3. Open House: $25 incentives. Plus Special Open House Prize.

Talk up Toastmasters
Program Dates: February 1 – March 31

Toastmasters love to connect, so take advantage of it. The Talk Up Toastmasters membership program is the chance to encourage your members to invite guests to a special meeting where prospective members can learn about Toastmasters' many benefits. Then add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31, and you’ll receive a special Talk up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)

Applications and payments for members with a join date between February 1 and March 31 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than March 31. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count towards Talk Up Toastmasters credit.

We will reveal the winning clubs online within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their awards if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if outside of the United State

District 49 Clubs in the Making

Congratulations to Amy Este, Mitchell Blocker, and Mary Irwin for starting a new prospective club! They have the 20 memberships necessary and will be chartering soon. Stay tuned for more!

Develop a New Skill - Join a New Club

District 49 has new clubs you can join and develop new skills.

  1. Hawaii Community Association Toastmasters Club (Anastasia - [email protected])
  2. Forever Achievers Toastmasters Club (Rhodora - [email protected])
  3. Hawaii Comedy Central Toastmasters Club (Gloria - [email protected])
  4. Parliamentarian Club (Sepi - [email protected])
  5. Environmental Club (Matt - [email protected])
  6. Military On-Line Club (Mike - [email protected])
  7. Hawaii Republican Party Club (Mike - [email protected])

Start and/or join a new club now with the Club and New member fees waived! See what you can do! Develop your skills!


Is There a Podcast in Your Future? You may be an avid podcast listener or ready to start your own show; either way, take in some tips from The Toastmasters Podcast co-host Greg Gazin, DTM. In this article, he breaks down the logistics of preparing for, recording, and sharing a podcast. Make sure your earbuds are in so you can listen to special podcasts throughout the article.

Or join and help Joy Turbeville and Keith Olson with a Podcast and radio show with Sherry Bracken of PBS on the Big Island. Contact Keith Olson for more information at [email protected]. (We are saddened by the passing of Jason Baguio who was a great Toastmaster and Podcaster who was also working on this project. We give our sincere thanks to Jason for all he has done for District 49).


Dear Toastmasters Ohana in Hawaii,

As we enter the year of 2021, it is apparent that virtual meetings will be here for a while, perhaps longer than we originally anticipated. We truly miss some of the elements of the traditional in-person meetings, but at the same time, the new medium opened a plethora of amazing opportunities. We have remarkable guests from all around the world visiting and speaking at our club meetings. Thanks to easier logistics, district events have the highest attendance as far as I can remember.

Have a Happy New Year 2021!

Slava Slavik, CC, PM5, PI4, Public Relations Manager
[email protected]
office: 808-600-3833, cell: 404-313-1731

Toastmasters of the Month December 2020

Our December 2020 Member Spotlight recognizes 4 leaders from HMCOA Bilingual Toastmasters Club – John Zhang, Aaron Wu, Lily Chen, and Robert Wu. Check the full story on our website about HMCOA Toastmasters, a club that almost ceased to exist. However, thanks to the fact that the club meetings are virtual and accessible from places beyond Hawaii, it’s now the district's biggest club. It has 34 regular members and meetings attended by 40-50 people. What a fantastic transformation!

How to Win Table Topics

Mrs. T (a.k.a. Joy Turbeville from Kamehameha Toastmasters) added another video to her series of speech tips. It is her 14th video – please watch it here. Joy will guide you through a few examples that will help you better prepare to deliver short, impromptu speeches. Perhaps you might even win a Table Topics speech contest. We recently added Table Topics back to the official 2021 district contest schedule.

District 49 Throwback: Beauty is Skin Deep

Starting today, inside each newsletter, we’ll have a link to an exciting performance of a District 49 member that was recorded in the past. We will be featuring mostly contest speeches, but we will also share your leadership and communication skills building tips or other interesting old recordings you might have.

Let’s kick off this new feature with Greg Ching, DTM, from Waikiki Club. Greg is currently the longest participating member of Toastmasters in Hawaii. He joined Toastmasters in 1974. In 2019, he received the District 49 Lifetime Achievement Award. Let’s bring back to the spotlight one of his funniest performances. Here is a link to Greg’s speech called Beauty is Skin Deep from District 49 Tall Tales Speech Contest, probably in 2013. Enjoy!

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