District 49 Toastmasters Can Help You
Sherry M. Imamura-Ryan, DTM
Sherry Imamura-Ryan joined Toastmasters in 2000 and earned her Distinguished Toastmasters, the highest educational award in Toastmasters. Sherry is a member of Pineapple Country Toastmasters, Mililani Toastmasters, Kamehameha Toastmasters and an advanced club, Catalyst Club. Sherry’s passion is mentoring other Toastmasters and participating in the Youth Leadership Program, teaching middle and high school students to speak more confidently. She has served in many club officer positions and has served as Area Director for two terms. Currently the Division C Director, she supervises and monitors 4 Area Directors and 16 Toastmasters clubs. In 2018, Sherry was named Toastmaster of the Year.
She worked for the Federal government for 37 years, specializing in equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, special emphasis programs and discrimination complaints investigations. After retirement, Toastmasters is her full-time passion!
Sherry’s two children and ten grandchildrens’ “ life adventures” have been the humorous and inspirational highlights in her speeches. Her presentation topics range from parenting as a grandparent, discrimination, supervision, and empowering oneself for success.
Willie Jones, ATM, WCPS
Willie Jones, is Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, 1997.
While not traveling the world, Willie conducts speaking, training, seminars/workshops, consultations expounding on communication and the leadership spectrum as well as giving motivational keynote addresses to audiences.
Among his many notable Toastmasters accomplishments is his 2018 District 49 Program Quality team leader of the ‘speakers / training network’.
Gloria Shishido, DTM, PID, PDG
Gloria Shishido is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Past International Director, Past District Governor and District 49 Pathways Guide. She retired from The Queen’s Medical Center after 38 years in clinical laboratory and human resource management. Gloria also retired from the Hawaii State Center for Nursing as a project coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
A Toastmaster for over twenty years, Gloria is a member of several clubs including Liliuokalani Toastmasters Club and an advance club, Na Hoku Kai Toastmasters. As a former Toastmasters International Board of Directors member, Gloria was a “working ambassador” for the organization to develop and support policies and procedures to guide Toastmasters International. Gloria has a passion for life long learning and making a difference in the lives of the people she comes into contact.
Gloria has developed presentations: “Leading Volunteers”, “Leading Without a Title” and currently working on another. Leading volunteers in a collaborative, consensus-building team without any monetary incentives or the ability to discipline, Gloria has learned to be courageous in dealing with difficult situations.
Robert Cravalho, MPA, DTM, AS, PDG
Robert Cravalho is a retired Honolulu police officer with over 30 years of service. His expertise is in executive leadership, administrative communication, and conflict management.
Robert joined Toastmasters International in 2005 and is a past District 49 Governor. He Is one of 82 accredited speakers in the world and the first from District 49. Robert has demonstrated his ability to combine his expertise with the mastery of the spoken word. His client list includes government agencies, corporate organizations, and charity groups.
Robert is passionate about helping others to be successful and is grateful to be a part of the District 49 Speaker’s Bureau.
Aiko Hemingway, a native from Hokkaido Japan, has been a Toastmaster for 2 and a half years. Aiko currently is the Club President at her home club Windward Winners Toastmasters and also a district leader in District 49 as an Area Director.
Aiko started her Toastmasters journey when she made the decision to change her life. She was tired of being shy and scared of speaking in front of people. Through Toastmasters program, she learned how to step out of her comfort zone and has built her online coaching business to teach English pronunciation and business. Aiko coaches Japanese clients in the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan and her clients include corporate executives, business owners, and entertainers. Her expertise is in language learning, mindsets, social media marketing and solo entrepreneurship.
Aiko passion is to let many people know about what Toastmasters can give them. You will be amazed how fast you can change and grow through the program!
Terry Chodosh has been a toastmaster since 1980 in San Francisco, Hawaii Kai and in San Pedro Ca. & now back again in Hawaii Kai. I have achieved the Certified Toastmaster designation & have won the area Tall Tales contest in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to win the Hawaii state district 49 Table Topics championship for 2019.
Professionally I have had a 28 year career in the US Secret Service in New York, Palm Springs Ca with former president Ford, San Francisco , Honolulu , retiring out of Los Angeles.
I also have spent years in corporate security in 2 Fortune 100 companies as well as in the insurance and real estate industries.
I completed the Ironman Triathlon in Oct 1982 and have done two solo channel swims of the Auau channel ( Lanai to Maui) in 1987 & the Kalohi channel ( Molokai to Lanai) in 1989. I am currently semi retired & spend my time Outrigger canoe paddling with Huli Nalu canoe club and ocean swimming. I can speak on a variety of topics including fraud investigations & Senior fitness issues.
For more information and making speaking engagements, contact the Speakers Bureau Coordinator Rose Kirland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Member of the Speakers Bureau
What are the requirements of participating in the District 49 Speakers Bureau?
1) Must be a member with a club in good standing of Toastmasters International.
2) Have completed Level 2 of Pathways.
3) Be willing to enthusiastically promote Toastmasters and its core values at your speaking engagements.