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District 49 Newsletter

June 2021

Published on Wednesday 16th June 2021

District Director's Message

Mālōl ‘e lelei my fellow Toastmasters ohana!

June is now upon us.  How fast time flies when you’re having fun!  Thank you for letting me be your District Director 2020-2021.  I have grown so much as a leader, and my most favorite reward is getting to know you through these virtual window screens. 

As I stated in the May Newsletter, Membership is Key!  Let’s continue to invite others to our club meetings and grow.  Together we can reach our personal, club, area, division, and district goals.  We are just shy of a few district goals: 1 more paid club, 365 more membership payments, and 14 clubs to reach their distinguished goals.  Let’s continue to fight till the end.

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

New Clubs

We have three clubs that are close to being built, just a few more members.  To learn more about these specialty clubs, please see the information below:

  1. Parliamentary Procedures Club, meeting Thursday, June 17 from 6 pm-7 pm, for more information email Sepi Holakeituai at [email protected]
  2. PAW-ty Pet Toastmasters Club, meeting Saturday, June 19 from 2:30 pm-4 pm, for more information, email Rose Kirland at [email protected]
  3. BNI Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, email Caron Lau at [email protected]

District 49 Performance Status Check to Distinguished (As of June 15, 2021)

Paid Clubs
Currently 65, the goal is 66 (An increase of 1 since May)

Currently 2,215 the goal is 2,551 (An increase of 45 since May)

Distinguished Clubs
Currently 16, the goal is 26 (An increase of 5 since May)

Is Your Club Healthy?

Toastmasters International has an excellent article for June with five questions you can ask to see if your club is meeting its club members' needs.  Check out the article and see where your club stands.

Keep Your Club Healthy


We’ll be closing the 2020-2021 Toastmasters year in just a few days.  Although the year is nearly over, we still have work to do.  First, make sure that your club’s officer list is updated for 2021-2022.  The list is due by June 30 and can be updated in the Club Central section of the Toastmasters International website.  For those clubs who update their list early, by June 15, we’ll enter the club into a drawing for club officer pins. Second, continue to invite guests to join your clubs; we still have time to reach Distinguished.  Third, reach out to members who have not renewed.

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

2021-2022 is coming Soon!

As we look forward to 2021-2022, take advantage of upcoming training opportunities.  Seek out leadership opportunities at all levels.  Take on a leadership role for the first time, even if it is the Toastmaster of the Day or a club open house committee member.  Take that first step.  Club Leaders and District Leaders are here to support your success.

Let’s finish 2020-2021 strong and hit the ground running for 2021-2022!


Aloha Awesome Fellow Toastmasters! 

We had a great Club Officer Training!  Give yourself a hand!  Over 100 District 49 Toastmaster Leaders showed up training and get a head start for the new Toastmaster year!   

Give yourself another hand for continuing through this COVID Challenging year!  Great job for everyone continuing on their Toastmaster journey and Building a Better You! 

Let’s keep the momentum going and finish strong this year! 

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

Congratulations to Spirent Honolulu Toastmasters for Gaining 5 new members!

Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 receive a Beat the Clock ribbon to display on the club’s banner.  Spirent Honolulu Toastmasters Club gained 5 members since May 1!  Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order.  Make it your club’s goal to earn the Beat the Clock award and encourage every member to take part.

Congratulations to the following clubs that have gained members since May 1!

DIAlog Hawaii +4
Global Messenger Club +4
LIST Toastmasters +4
Waikiki Club +4
Na Hoku Kai Toastmasters +3
Pearl Harbor Toastmasters Club +3
Ward Transformers +3
Champions Toastmasters +2
HSFCU Toasters +2
Nordic PCL +2
Bancorp Toastmasters Club +1
DBEDT for Business Toastmasters Club  +1
Ford Island Toastmasters  +1
Hawaii Kai Toastmasters Club  +1
Kamaaina Club  +1
Kihei Toastmasters Club  +1
Laulima Toastmasters Club +1
Nuuanu Toastmasters Club  +1
Prince Kuhio Toastmasters Club  +1
Walmart Pacific NW Toastmasters  +1
Windward Winners  +1

District 49 has 65 Paid Clubs and Needs only one more Club with 8 or more members to make 66 Clubs and be Distinguished District Paid Clubs!

It has been quite a year, coming back from July 2020 with 37 clubs that showed “0” members on their roster to now 65 clubs with 8 or more members!  We still have a few more clubs to make it back.

Needs 1 more member to come back:
Hawaii Entrepreneur Club – 7 members.

Needs 8 members to come back:
Hawaiian Telcom Toastmasters – 0 members.
Ho'oponopono Pa'ahao Toastmasters Club – 0 members.
Olelo O ASB Club – 0 members.
R.M. Towill Toastmasters Club – 0 members (Suspended).

Congratulations to All for Continuing Through this COVID Challenging Year!

Let’s recognize all who have stepped up to make this year a great year!  Please submit the names and accomplishments members in your club have achieved this year to District 49 CGD, at [email protected].  Mahalo!

District 49 Membership Leader Awards

To recognize and encourage people to be leaders in Toastmasters.

Awarded at the end of the year.  Clubs submit applications for each award.

A. Membership Renewal Leader:
50 points-1st in your club to renew their membership, 25 points-2nd, 10 points-3rd.

B. Membership Guest Leader:
10 points for each new guest you have at your club meeting.

C. Membership Sponsor Leader:
50 points for each new member that joins Toastmasters.

D. Membership-Developing Leader:
10 points for each CGT position (Club Sponsor, Mentor, Coach or CGT committee member) you complete by June 30, 2021.

E. Membership Club Sponsor Leader:
100 points for each new club you start and charter.

Contact D49 CGD Gerald Toyomura, DTM for more information at [email protected]

Congratulations Club Builders

Again Congratulations To Those Who Stepped Up And Built New Clubs And In The Process Of Building A New Club During This COVID Challenging Year!

1. Hawaii Community Association Toastmasters Club
(Real Estate Agents and Property Managers)
Interested:  Contact Anastasia at [email protected]

2. Forever Achievers Toastmasters Club (CHARTERED 1/30/21!)
(Multi-level Sales group)
Interested:  Contact Rhodora at [email protected]

3. Hawaii Comedy Central Toastmasters Club (CHARTERED 1/14/21!)
Interested:  Contact Gloria at [email protected]

4. Parliamentarian Club
Interested:  Contact Sepi at [email protected]

5. Speak For A Change Environmental Club
Interested:  Contact Matt Geyer at [email protected]

6. Military On-Line Club
Interested:  Contact Mike Aviles at [email protected]

7. BNI Business Club
Interested:  Contact Caron Lau at [email protected]

8. Walmart Pacific NW Toastmasters (CHARTERED 1/19/21!)
Closed Corporate Club 

9. Spanish English Bilingual Toastmasters Club (CHARTERED 3/31/21!)
Interested:  Contact Alicia Curtis at [email protected]

10. PAW-Ty Pet Toastmasters Club (Pending Charter)
Interested:  Contact Rose Kirland at [email protected]

Now is the time to join a new club!  Lowest cost – only $75 for the whole year!  Start and/or join a new club now with the Club and New member fees waived!  See what you can do!  Develop your skills!

Mahalo to our 2020-2021 District 49 Club Growth Team!

I want to thank all that stepped up to be on the Club Growth Team this past year.  You did a great job and stuck with it through a COVID Challenging year!  I hope your Toastmaster Journey was fruitful and you gained much.  Thank you for all you have done for District 49 Toastmasters!

We are still not finished yet.  So let’s finish strong and Distinguished!


CLUB SPONSOR CHAIR – Anastasia Tagayuna
CLUB QUALITY CHAIR - Mitchell Blocker


Rose Kirland
Slava SlaviK
Rhodora Orias
Joy Turbeville

Thank you for all you do for Toastmasters and Building a Better You!

 Let’s finish strong!  Let’s finish Distinguished!


Dear Toastmasters Ohana,

We are just two weeks apart from the end of the 2020 - 2021 program year. It was a year in which I was appointed as a Public Relations Manager for our district. I'm very grateful that District Director Sepi Holakeituai invested her trust and made me a part of her team of district leaders.

I have been with Toastmasters over 5 years. From all the years, for me, 2020 - 2021 was the year when I learned most. Besides polishing my presentation skills regularly, I had an opportunity to practice my leadership skills almost daily - clearly communicating my vision for the PR activities and our image, recruiting people for my team, retaining them, and collaborating together on all the tasks. 

I would strongly recommend to everyone interested in becoming a better leader to volunteer on the district level and start as an Area Director or a member of the Education Committee or the Club Growth Committee and gradually advance to more senior roles.

In my last newsletter entry as the District 49 PRM I'd like to send a BIG MAHALO to all members of the PR Team who worked hard and remained engaged an entire year: Michal Aviles (LinkedIn), Rose Kirland (Facebook), Joy Turbeville (Speech Tips and Language Coordinator), Aaron Robbie (Writer), Laura Reid (Podcast), and Ron Cahoon (Newsletter).

I wish the new district leadership team all the best.

Slava Slavik, CC, PM5, PI5, Public Relations Manager
[email protected]
office: 808-600-3833, cell: 404-313-1731

District 49 Throwback – David Tasaka – One Click for Life

This month, we are showcasing the winner of the 2017 Humorous Speech Contest - David Tasaka from Abe Lee Toastmasters. David is one of few Toastmasters in the District who won four different speech contests organized by our district - the International Speech Contest, Table Topics, Humorous, and Tall Tales.

In his winning speech, David gives an advice on dating the right women. Enjoy: David Tasaka – One Click for Life

This Book Could Be Yours! (3nd out of 3)

The lucky winner of the second book giveaway of Heart of a Toastmaster is Jennifer Yamane from Walkie Talkies. Last month, the winner was Leslie Tyson from Pineapple Toastmasters Club. CONGRATULATIONS! Jennifer and Leslie, please expect your books signed by the author in the mail.

We have one more book to give away in this month of June. If your name is not in the drawing basket yet, it is easy; just email your first and last name to [email protected]. All emails received by the end of June will qualify for the next drawing.

Heart of a Toastmaster was written by motivational speaker Sheryl Roush. Sheryl visited our Hawaii Speaker's Bureau club in March 2021.

From a book review by F.J. Smith on Amazon: "Fear of speaking in public is very common. In fact, some surveys show it to be the most common fear. The good news is that there is a readily available, effective, and even low-cost way to reduce that fear: Toastmasters International. This book is a collection of short essays by and about people who have overcome their fears by joining Toastmasters..."

Member of the Month for May 2021 – Joe Peach Graves

Joe Peach Graves is a 2020 - 2021 District 49 International Speech Contest Champion. Joe won the final district round on May 1st, part of the Annual District 49 Conference, and the recording of his speech was sent for the Region 2 round.

Joe spoke to our prolific writer Aaron Robbie who is currently getting ready Joe's profile for our district website.

Congratulations, Joe, on you first place and all the best in the following rounds!

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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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