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Hilo Toastmasters Club #248 participated in the Merry Monarch Parade for the first time this year on Saturday, April 5th. The Merry Monarch Festival is the largest Hula competition in the world. The parade through Hilo town on the Big Island’s East side spans 3 miles in two hours. Here, our “chariot”, dripping with Alexander Palms, Monsterra Leaves and blooms of Anthurium, Ginger, Bird of Paradise and Pink Pineapple, waits to enter the parade route.
Sherri Carden, ATMB tests out the Leaf covered seat created for the “riders” of the procession. Each Toastmaster was presented with a maile lei for the parade. Maile is traditionally associated with the Merry Monarch Festival and hula traditions.
The Hilo Toastmasters Parade team poses for a quick shot before the parade. (front) Jon Botticelli, CC, VP Membership holding Club banner. (middle) Alazae and Breanne represented our Youth Leadership program, Stacy Kagimoto, CC, VP Education, Asifa Kanji, ATMB, ALB, Sherri Carden, ATMB, Tappan Titherington, ATMB, ALB, President of Hilo Toastmasters and Area 12 Governor (Big Island, Hawaii), and Michele Robles. Standing in back are Chuck Titherington (volunteer driver) on the left, and Marilyn Meikle on the right.

Asifa Kanji, ACB, ALB and Sherri Carden ATMB graced the covered tailgate while the youngsters waved the Youth Leadership Program sign from the Truck.


Our Parade walking team strolled in front of the truck throughout the route. If you look carefully, you can see the snow on Mauna Kea in the background! (left to right) Tappan Titherington, Marilyn Meikle, Jon Botticelli (with the club banner), Michele Robles and Stacy Kagimoto.

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A port side view of the Flowered Truck. Our greenery all came from Sherri Carden’s Beautiful Day Spa… The truck belongs to Jon Botticelli, VP Membership… Pink Pineapple, Anthuriums, Bird of Paradise and Ginger were all locally grown.

As we passed the judges stand, they introduced us to the crowd by reading what Jon Botticelli had submitted with our registration. This led to many questions from the crowd. We were able to hand out our Club Business Cards and Toastmaster Brochures to all who were interested along the parade route. We look forward to having them as guests at an upcoming meeting.





Lingle @ polyglot

Governor Linda Lingle, as a guest of Polyglot Toastmasters at HPU on 3/20/08, gave a speech about the importance of building communication skills for better leadership skills through the Toastmasters experience. She also delighted in taking questions from the audience, "just like Table Topics", she said. (Photo by Adrian Wong, Polyglot Club Member)

Polyglot at HPU's President, Alicia Davila (right) and Club Advisor, Marianne Luken (left), joined Dr. John Kearns, Assoc. VP of Academic Programs, in welcoming Hawaii State Governor, Linda Lingle, on 3/20/08, when the Governor, the best known Toastmaster in the state, addressed HPU students, faculty and staff on the benefits of Toastmasters. (Photo by Adrian Wong, Polyglot Club Member)
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Arlene Burgess (left), Secretary/Treasurer, and President, Alicia Davila, were all smiles when their club, Polyglot at HPU (Hawaii Pacific University), won the best booth prize (plus $150) at the school's Spring Club Carnival on 2/1/08. (Photo by Marianne Luken, Polyglot Club Advisor)


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Lisa Foster, Cat Sawai, David Adams (District 49 Speech Contest Winner), Anne Meyers, Jerome Fukahara and Gloria Shishido pose for the camera at the Sasturday evening Region II Speech Contest and dinner.

Click here for more photos from the Division B fall 2008 speech contest.


Here's a slide show from the Division B Fall 2008 speech contests