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March 2021

International President Visiting D49 Conference
Published on Thursday 11th March 2021

District Director's Message

Aloha my fellow Toastmasters ohana!

March is here, and I am feeling lucky!  Lucky to know we have a great District with members with passion for growing as better speakers and effective leaders who are willing to help/mentor others in this common goal.  Can you believe we have only 3 months left till the Toastmaster fiscal year is done?  Do you remember the goals you’ve set for yourself on July 1?  Let’s continue to finish strong in accomplishing our goals and helping others reach their goals!

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

District 49 Performance - Status Check to Distinguished

Paid Clubs: Currently 64, the goal is 66 (An increase of 2 since January)
Membership Payments: Currently 1,498, the goal is 2,551 (An increase of 390 since January)
Distinguished Clubs: Currently 0, the goal is 26 (No change*)

*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). As of March 11, 2021.

Congratulations to Our Two New Chartered Clubs

Besides the advanced Hawaii Comedy Central that we announced last month, District 49 added two more clubs recently:

  • Forever Achievers - chartered on January 30, 2021
    Community club with meetings on Saturday, open to everyone
  • Walmart Pacific NW Toastmasters - chartered on January 19, 2021
    Closed corporate club for Walmart employees

Special thanks to club sponsors Rhodora Orias, Dan Orias (Forever Achievers), and Amy Este, Rose Kirland (Walmart Pacific NW Toastmasters).

We Remember Ron Mobley

On February 21, 2021, we were informed of the passing of our long-time parliamentarian and mentor, Ron Mobley, DTM. Ron was a pillar to District 49.  He was the 1986-1987 District Governor.  In 2016 he was awarded the first-ever District 49 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ron was a mentor to all.

Please visit our Facebook group to read remembrances about Ron by Sepi Holakeituai, Joyce Bullion, and Rose Kirland.  As stated in a comment by Jicky Ferrer, Ron exemplified excellence in everything he did.  He was a veteran, and his love for our military clubs was shown with the “Ron Mobley Poi Pounder Award” for the best Area 11 Military club of the year.  Brandon Elefante, who met Ron outside of Toastmasters, also posted a great comment.  They first met at the ‘Aiea Neighborhood Board, where Ron served for many years, and his lifetime commitment to the community, the military, and Bank of Hawaii stands as an exemplar to us all.

Please share your memories with us also.  We express our love to his clubs, to those who knew him, and to his family.  His passing deeply saddens us.

Zoom Fatigue, Be Gone! Keep your Online Meetings Fresh by Shaking Things Up

Did you read this article on toastmasters.org?  If not, please click the link below to learn more.  Great tips to keep our members engaged and our guests coming back and eventually joining.

Zoom Fatigue, Be Gone!



Congratulations to all our Area speech contestants!  I had a great time watching everyone’s Table Topics and International Speeches.  I look forward to your presentations later this month at the Division level.  The contest chairs and volunteers did an excellent job making sure the events were done by the book to give our contestants a fair platform.  Thank you to all who volunteered.

If you weren’t watching the contests, you missed the big news promised a month ago.  Our weeklong District 49 Conference will include a townhall meeting with Toastmasters International President Richard E. Peck, DTM!  You will not want to miss this opportunity.  President Peck will also be presenting the keynote at the conference finale on May 8.

We are also looking for clubs that want to showcase their members and their meetings.  The District is inviting clubs to present an educational session from either the Better Speaker Series or Successful Club Series as part of the official events.  If you are interested, please email [email protected] for more information.  Additionally, we are looking at a club video contest, think 30 to 60-second commercial. More information coming soon!

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

District 49 Annual Conference

We just posted on our website the complete schedule and opened registrations for the 2021 District 49 Conference with Toastmasters International President Richard E. Peck, DTM.

The conference will run from Saturday, May 1 to Saturday, May 8.  Events include a keynote address by the International President, educational sessions, member recognitions and awards, International and Table Topics Speech Contests, District Council meeting, and a townhall meeting with the International President.

Division Speech Contests

Division B – Saturday, March 20, 9:00 am

Division C – Saturday, March 20, 1:00 pm

Division D – Saturday, March 27, 9:00 am

Division A – Saturday, March 27, 1:00 pm

District 49 Contests – Saturday, May 1 (contestants and functionaries only)

District 49 Contest Watch Party – Wednesday, May 5, 5:30 pm


Aloha Awesome Talk Up Toastmasters! 

You can renew your Toastmasters membership now!  Be a leader and lead the way in your club by renewing now.  Keep steadfast on Building a Better You on your Toastmaster journey!

As of February 28, only 23% of our members have renewed.  Let’s encourage our fellow club members to renew now and keep our District strong!

Thank you for all you do for Toastmasters and Building a Better You! Let’s finish strong!  Let’s finish Distinguished!

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

Membership Renewals: Eight is Great!

Keeping our membership strong is important as keeping our clubs strong.  Let’s have at least 8 members of your club renew by March 31, to keep your club in good standings.

Congratulations to the following clubs who have made “8 is Great!” - as of March 11, 2021

  • Nuuanu Toastmasters Club
  • Central Pacific Bank Toastmasters Club
  • Pathways Central
  • Hawaii Speakers Bureau
  • Atlas 'Olelo Hui
  • Hawaiian Dredging Club
  • Paradise Hawaii
  • Pineapple Country Toastmasters
  • Liliuokalani Club
  • Kamehameha Toastmasters Club
  • Na Hoku Kai Toastmasters
  • Ford Island Toastmasters
  • Catalyst Club
  • Kauai Club
  • Global Messenger Club
  • Hawaii Kai Toastmasters Club
  • DIAlog Hawaii

Plus the new clubs in the charter strength:

  • Walmart Pacific NW Toastmasters
  • Forever Achievers
  • Hawaii Comedy Central Toastmasters

Talk Up Toastmasters! On-going until March 31!

Talk up toastmasters

Gain new members for your club!  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.

Here are clubs that added most new members this year (as of March 11, 2021):

  • HMCOA Bilingual Toastmasters Club (26 new members)
  • Nordic PCL (10)
  • Hawaii Kai Toastmasters Club (9)
  • DIAlog Hawaii (9)
  • Waikiki Club (8)
  • Bancorp Toastmasters Club (9)
  • Paradise Hawaii (8)
  • Ala Moana Toastmasters (8)
  • No Ka Oi Club (8)
  • Aloha Toastmasters (7)
  • Hawaiian Dredging Club (6)
  • Windward Winners (6)
  • Central Pacific Bank Toastmasters Club (5)
  • Pearl City Club (5)
  • Mililani Toastmasters Club (5)

New Clubs in the Making

Take advantage of the extended waiver on New Club fees and New Membership fees announced in the previous newsletter! Start or join a new club! Clubs provide their members with the confidence and communication skills to flourish in their jobs; as members are able to deliver stronger presentations at work, lead more productive staff meetings and relate better with clients and colleagues.

Here are the new prospective clubs that are currently being built in District 49 (as of March 11, 2021) and their contact persons:

Parliamentarian Club - demo meeting on 3/18/2021 - (Sepiuta Holakeituai - [email protected])
Bilingual English/Spanish Club - charter info meeting on 3/13/2021 - (Rose Kirland - [email protected])

BNI Honolulu - (Caron Lau - [email protected])
Hawaii Community Association Toastmasters Club - Real Estate Agents and Property Managers - (Anastasia Tagayuna - [email protected])
Environmental Club (Matt Geyer - [email protected])
Military On-Line Club (Mike Aviles - [email protected])
Hawaii Republican Party Club (Mike Aviles - [email protected])
United States Coast Guard (Mike Aviles - [email protected])

From Our Area Speech Contests

District 49 met last month over two Saturdays to conduct the area rounds of Table Topics and International Speech Contests. We had a record number of contestants and heard many amazing speeches.

Here are some titles or one-liners from the International Speech Contest. Do you recognize yours?
- Take Wisdom From a Pig Farmer
- The Blink of an Eye
- Answer the call!
- Swing Dancing
- Make It Amazing
- What will your Next Wish be?
- Happily Ever After and Be the High Hanging Fruit
- We Have a Problem
- Incivility… but Joining Toastmasters can Help!
- Don’t limit
- Uplift Someone!  Spin! Whoosh! The Wheel of Uncertainty! Do it now!
- Choose Good Goals
- Making a box of treasures
- Be purposeful, 'growthful', and authentic!
- Let Go of the Bananas!
- You are stronger than you think
- Don’t give up!
- Take your mark and Go!

See you all at the next round, Division A, B, C, D contests on March 20 and March 27!


Dear Hawaii Toastmasters Ohana,

We are entering spring, the most exciting part of the Toastmasters year. Our district leaders are in turbo mode getting ready for the annual conference, preparing division and district rounds of the speech contests, chartering new clubs, and running membership building and renewal campaigns. At the same time, PR team keeps adding new content to the district website and constantly pushing to improve quality and professionalism of all channels. I'm truly honored to be a part of the effort and I'm grateful for all the help and support that the district and clubs receive from our leaders and volunteers.

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

Member of the Month for February 2021

Mitchell Blocker ToastmastersDistrict 49 Member of the Month for February 2021 is Mitchell Blocker, DTM. Please read Mitchell's profile here. Besides the story of how Mitchell became a member of Toastmasters (met with Don Glover to buy a car, ended up talking two hours about Toastmasters, DIDN'T buy the car, but became a member of Pineapple Country Toastmasters), Mitchell shares his wisdom from working as a counselor at Schofield Barracks and bringing many service member to Toastmasters. Congratulations and big mahalo, Mitchell!

We Are Looking for a Graphic Designer

District 49 PR Team is looking for talented members who can help us with creative and branded designs of infographics for various pieces of content and event announcements that we post in our communication channels.

Would you like to help? Please call or email Slava Slavik, PRM - contact info above.

District 49 Throwback: Dean Masai - DTM

In our January 2021 Newsletter, we started showcasing iconic speeches of our district members at the contests or other special occasions. Today, we have for you a true GEM, Dean Masai's winning speech from the inaugural, 2019-2020, Humorous Speech Festival called "DTM".

Enjoy the video (courtesy of David Tasaka) here: Dean Masai - DTM.

The Winner Is ... Maureen Garry!

To promote the new, web based, format of our newsletter, last month, District 49 arranged a giveaway of the new bestseller book by Adam Grant - Think Again. To get into the drawing basket, district members posted comments under the newsletter or in the special post in our Facebook Group.

Drumroll ... the book will be mailed to Big Island. The winner is Maureen Garry from Waimea Toastmasters! Congratulations!

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Ron Cahoon, DTM
Newsletter Editor
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