Aloha District 49 Toastmasters!

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.

Best Regards,


            Eliot DeRego, DTM
            District 49 Governor 2014-2015

What is Toastmasters? You can learn more by clicking here!

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 1226 (45%) 2703 2756 2834
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%


Quick Links

Additional D49 resource web sites