It’s August and most of you know what that means. Yes, we are coming up on the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Speech contests. Plan your club contests or select the member that will represent your club. Each club can have 1 contestant for the Humorous Speech contest and 1 contestant for the Evaluation Speech Contest representing the club at the Area contest. The Area contests are planned for September 6 & 13, so check the District Calendar for specifics on Area dates and times. We are in the process of finalizing the location for the Area and Division contests on Oahu so please check the calendar periodically for updates. Here’s the link to the District 49 Calendar. Calendar
August 1 is also the beginning of the membership drive for the Smedley Award where if your club gets at least 5 new, dual, or reinstated members from Aug 1 – Sep 30 the club will earn a ribbon for your banner and a discount code for the Toastmasters Store.
Thank you to all of the club officers that attended District sponsored training events in July. If your club still needs officers to be trained please contact your Area Governor to get that scheduled before the end of August for DCP credit. Click here to find your Area Governor
August is also the time for the Toastmasters International Convention. This year it will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Caron, Charles, and I will be headed there for District Leader Training as well as to attend the Convention and Annual Business Meeting where we will elect the new slate of International Directors and Officers. We need the help of our Club Presidents or Club Secretaries to make sure you assign your club’s proxy votes to either a club member attending the meeting, the 2014-2015 District Governor or designee, or another Toastmaster member attending the meeting. You will need to log in to “Club Central” to assign the proxy. We will also see the next World Champion of Public Speaking crowned and we wish District 49’s contestant Libra Forde, the best of luck in the semi-finals competition.
Mark your calendars for October 25, 2014 as the date for the District 49 Fall Conference. We are definitely in for a unique experience this year as we will be having a special VIP visit with the 2014-2015 International President Mohammed Murad, DTM. Due to the date change, the Pagoda Hotel which has been our conference venue for a number of years is not available, and we are in the process of securing another venue, which will actually be a good change of pace. We will announce the location once we have it locked down, and have the conference registration forms ready for members to download from the D49 Conference page or available at the Area and Division Speech Contests. District 49 Conference Page Weblink
Would you like to be handed your DTM medal and congratulated by our International President on stage at the Fall Conference? If so find out what you need to do to finish it.
This year I have decided to announce the District Governor’s Challenge early so that all of our clubs can start to work on it from now.
1st Challenge – Any club that earns Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished status by April 1, 2015 will get a $25, $50, or $75 Toastmaster International Store gift certificate that the club can use to purchase any materials it needs or to save them to purchase new educational materials when the Revitalized Education Program rolls out in July 2015. The gift certificates are for purchases with the Toastmasters International store and not the District 49 Store at the Conferences.
2nd Challenge – Any club that has at least 10 members over the Club’s July 1, 2014 base membership number on April 1, 2015, will earn one of several different items: a new club banner, a new portable lectern, club’s choice of Toastmasters manual sets, or other equivalently priced items from the Toastmasters Store. Note – For example if a club has 20 members on July 1, 2014, in order to meet this challenge, the club must have 30 members on record as reported by the Toastmasters International reporting system.
Have a great August, look here for a new message and updates in September.
Eliot DeRego, DTM
District 49 Governor 2014-2015
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2014-2015 Distinguished District Program Goals
|Standard||2014 Base||Current Progress||Distinguished
|Clubs||62||62||64 clubs||66 clubs||67 clubs|
|62||0||25 Distinguished Clubs||28 Distinguished Clubs||31 Distinguished clubs|
|Goals met||July 1, 2014||July 30, 2014||June 30, 2015||June 30, 2015||June 30, 2015|
Percent of 2014-2015 year gone by: 10%