Here we are in November already and normally we have our District Fall Conference, but that took place on October 25th to accommodate the visit by the Toastmasters International President, Mohammed Murad.
For those of you that attended the Fall Conference, I want to say thank you and hope you enjoyed the event. For those that could not attend you missed out on quite a bit. This is just some of the highlights of the day:
- We were in a new venue of the Hilton Hawaiian Village South Pacific Ballroom
- Record setting attendance of 172 registered people
- Our conference seating and meal configuration was different than we normally have it,
- Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Toastmasters.
- Guest speakers International President Mohammed Murad and Pono Shim
- Special Hawaiian style opening for event
- Live Hawaiian music by Mt. Keala and a hula dancer during lunch
- Free gifts celebrating the 90th Anniversary for those that attended and pulled a prize slip of paper
- Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests. Click this link for contest results D49 Speech Contest Results Page Link
- Awarding of the DTM medals to our newest Distinguished Toastmasters in the District (Eliot DeRego, Steve Hanneman, and Dean Masai, Judy Johnston did not attend)
- Good food, fellowship, bookstore, and silent auction
As part of the visit by the International President, we made use of Mohammed’s time by recognizing two organizations in the District that support the Toastmasters Educational Program. The first corporate recognition award was presented to the University of Phoenix for their continued support by letting the District use their facilities in Downtown Honolulu for our officer training sessions. The second award was presented to Special Olympics Hawaii for their continued support of the Global Messengers Club.
The other days of Mohammed’s visit were occupied by corporate visits set up by our Lt. Governor of Marketing, Caron Ling, and her team to companies that do not currently have a Toastmasters club. In total Caron and Mohammed made 9 corporate visits including one way out at Turtle Bay. Most look promising with demonstration meetings being setup for December and January. If you would like to help with the demo meetings, or be a new club sponsor or mentor please let Caron know.
I would like to welcome our newest club, the Starwood Waikiki Toastmasters Club, to District 49. The Starwood Waikiki TM club is a closed corporate club made up of Starwood Hotels and Resorts management personnel. The club chartered with an amazing 38 members.
Winter Club officer training is being scheduled for January and February, the exact dates will be announced shortly once we get confirmation back from the University of Phoenix.
Have a great November and a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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||64||65||66 clubs||68 clubs||70 clubs|
|31||0||26 Distinguished Clubs||29 Distinguished Clubs||32 Distinguished clubs|
|Goals met||July 1, 2014||November 1, 2014||June 30, 2015||June 30, 2015||June 30, 2015|
Percent of 2014-2015 year gone by: 40%