Aloha District 49 Toastmasters!

Aloha District 49, it is September and we are starting our 3rd month into the Toastmasters year. Caron, Charles, and I attended District Leader training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we had a chance to learn from World Headquarters staff, International Directors, and Regional Advisors. We were also able to network with other District officers from around the world to see what ideas and plans they have for the coming year. We each gained some great insight, knowledge, and ideas which we hope to implement some of the gems this year.
The district leader training was on the two days prior to the International Convention. This was the first International Convention held outside of North America. It was well attended by over 2,500 Toastmasters. Of those attendees 1,400 were first timers to the convention. There were many activities starting with the opening ceremonies on Wednesday evening where we were treated to some performances by local Malaysian performers, the welcome speech by International President George Yen, and two speeches by Jana Barnhill and Robin Sieger. Thursday was occupied by the semifinal speech contests that our District 49 contestant Libra Ford competed in and came out strong. Unfortunately she didn’t place 1st so she was unable to compete in the Finals contest on Saturday. The rest of the time was occupied by educational sessions, interviews of International Director Candidates, the annual business meeting, and the finals for the International Speech Contest. The convention wrapped up Saturday evening with the President’s Inauguration and dinner.
Congratulations to Gloria Shishido who was elected as the new International Director for Region 2. Her campaign team of Kevin Doyle, Anne Myers, and Frank Vargo put in a lot of hours during the convention finding and coordinating delegate meetings for Gloria. We wish Gloria the best of luck in her new role as International Director and sitting on the Board of Directors for Toastmasters International for the next 2 years.
The 2015 International Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada so start making your plans to attend.
We are halfway into the Smedley Award membership building period which ends on September 30, 2014. Plan your open houses to build up your club’s membership. Ho`oponopono Pa`ahau has already qualified for the Smedley Award with Kapolei TM and Downtown Business Associates only 1 membership away.
Membership renewals for the October – April period can start to be paid as of September 1, 2014. In order for your club to remain in good standing and to get the ½ point DCP credit make sure to get as many payments in by October 1. Please remember that the minimum number of members for a club to remain in good standing is 8.
2014 District 49 Fall Conference will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village South Pacific Ballrooms on Saturday 10/25/14. Registration opens at 7:30am and the conference kicks off at 8am. Registration forms will be available shortly at the following link District 49 Conferences as well as at the Area and Division speech contests on Oahu beginning September 6, 2014.
Have a great September, and look here for a new message and updates in October.
Best regards,

Best Regards,


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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 111 2703 2756 2834
Clubs 63 63 64 clubs 66 clubs 67 clubs
31 0 26 Distinguished Clubs 29 Distinguished Clubs 32 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: 16.7%


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