Happy New Toastmasters Fiscal Year, District 49!

It is my honor and privilege to serve you, the members of D49!  It has been a journey which started in the Summer of 2009 when I walked into my first Toastmaster club (Kamehameha) and was asked to participate in Table Topics.  Trembling with a mixture of fear and excitement, I was able to slay my dragon as the green light barely came on.  I quickly took my seat and was met with a round of applause.  After several meetings I got the nerve and gave my Ice Breaker speech.  After my speech, I was met, once again, with a round of applause.  It was then that I knew that I was hooked!  I am certain that many of you have your own success stories when you realized Toastmasters was it.

New District Leader Titles
Effective, July 1, 2015, Toastmasters district leader titles have changed:

Old Title                                             New Title
District Governor                              District Director
Lt Gov Education & Training              Program Quality Director
Lt Gov Marketing                             Club Growth Director
Secretary                                        Administration Manager
Treasurer                                         Finance Manager
Sgt at Arms                                     Logistics Manager
Division Governor                              Division Director
Area Governor                                   Area Director

2014-2015 Distinguished District & Toastmasters International Convention
Congratulations to Immediate Past District Governor Eliot DeRego for guiding us to Distinguished District!  It had eluded us for a few years and it feels wonderful to be back as a Distinguished District.  Thank you to Program Quality Director, Caron Lau and last year's marketing and new club committees. You did a terrific job finding new club leads, holding demo meetings and chartering clubs.   Congratulations to all of our members who have completed an educational award, sponsored a new member and served as a club or district leader.  Lastly, congratulations to all of our clubs who achieved Distinguished, Select Distinguished or Presidents Distinguished.  It is because of your support and diligence that we will be recognized as a Distinguished District as we cross the stage at the International Convention on August 12-15, 2015 at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.

New Key Three
I'm excited to be working with Caron Lau as she assumes the role of Program Quality Director.  Please help me welcome Kyle Nishioka as he steps into the role of Club Growth Director.  Thank you both for being my right hand woman and right hand man!

This Year's Goal
This year’s goal is President's Distinguished District.  It starts with you, our members.  In order for the Clubs and District to reach its target, each individual must work towards reaching their goals.  Very shortly, Toastmasters International will post the number of clubs, members and Distinguished clubs needed to achieve Select Distinguished District.

This Year’s Theme
This year’s theme is Finding Tomorrow's Leaders Today!  Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization whose tagline is Where Leaders Are Made.  I'd like to encourage everyone to be on the lookout for tomorrow's leaders.  I believe that every club has members who have what it takes to become tomorrow’s leaders.  Once these leaders are identified, we must mentor and groom them for success.

District Director's Challenge
I have decided to keep Eliot's District Governors challenge from last year.  If by April 1, 2016 your club has 1) A net growth of ten members; or 2) Achieve Distinguished, Select Distinguished or Presidents Distinguished, your club will receive a District Directors Challenge ribbon and another prize which may be a discount certificate from the Toastmasters International online store or another incentive.

New Revitalized Education Program
The newest information is that Toastmasters International will start enrolling new members in the New Revitalized Education Program in September 2016 or until it is ready. Once it is completely rolled out there will be a two year grace period for you to complete the current educational program. Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is still the highest educational award you can achieve. You will be allowed to keep your current educational awards. Chief Ambassador Anne Meyers will keep us updated.

Club Officers Training
Hawaii Island – TBA
Honolulu – Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:15 am - 2:00 pm, University of Phoenix Downtown Campus
Honolulu – Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, University of Phoenix Downtown Campus
Maui – Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 7:00 pm, Kapalama Heights, Kihei, Maui

Speech Contests – see District Calendar
A Big Mahalo!!!  Contest Chair Nelson Nakagawa for planning the Honolulu Fall & Spring, Area, Division and District contest dates in advance.  Thank you to Wendilee Adkins for securing the Central Pacific Bank Training Rooms for the Fall & Spring, Area and Division speech contests.  Hawaii Island and Maui Area contest dates and venues will be announced shortly. Each Club is allowed One Contestant per Speech Contest (For instance, A club can only send 1 contestant for the humorous and 1 contest for the evaluation contest However it can be the same person or two different people)

Closing Thoughts
Let's continue to use the momentum that we created last year as motivation as we move into
2015-2016!  This is a great year for you to accomplish your Toastmaster goals!  Remember to look in your clubs, speech contests or networking events and help me in, Finding Tomorrow's Leaders Today!


Charles D Mole Jr., DTM
2015-2016 District Director D49


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2014-2015 Distinguished District Program Goals

Distinguished criteria: 3% increase in membership and clubs; 40% of clubs Distinguished
Select Distingished criteria: 5% increase in membership and clubs; 45% of clubs Distinguished
President's Distingished criteria: 8% increase in membership and clubs; 50% of clubs Distinguished

Standard 2014 Base Current Progress Distinguished
District Goal
District Goal
District Goal
2624 2620 (100%) 2705 (103%) 2756 2834
Clubs 64 67 66 clubs 68 clubs 70 clubs
31 31 26 Distinguished Clubs 29 Distinguished Clubs 32 Distinguished clubs
Goals met July 1, 2014 June 29, 2015 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2015

Percent of 2014-2015 year gone by: 100%


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