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January 20 ~ Weed Whacking and more at Kaivao Farms

At the Farm to help with the  Wauke garden preparations. Members brought rakes, chainsaws, weed wackers and sunscreen. The plan was to clear an area to plant wauke (paper mulberry) for future cultural demonstrations.
A great help and a great start on this innovative garden that will bring more  Hawaiian culture to our beautiful island home.
 
 
January 23 ~ East Hawaii Rotary Clubs come together for an informative meeting all about how the Rotary Foundation brings hope and caring to the entire world!

Around 90 Rotarians from all five East Hawai’i Clubs gathered together at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in the Sandalwood Room, engaging in conversations and dining.  The speakers included Steven Solomon, Senior Annual Giving Officer of The Rotary Foundation  and Beth Garrow, Major Gifts Officer (2016), with the caption “Giving is Good.” You can guess the theme for the evening was “giving.”
 
January 26 ~ No Friday meeting so time to take a Selfie wherever members found themselves!

At work, at a meeting, at play... Club members proudly wear their Rotary pins in our Rotary Pin Selfie Day.
WELCOME NEW CLUB MEMBER -
JOSHUA COUNTESS!
Bringing us his Financial Wisdom from Merrill Lynch
 
THE POLIO RIDE IS A SUCCESS...
and is continuing!
Ride So They Can Walk -
Rotary is sponsoring a series of bike rides to raise funds to end polio forever in the world. The Ride began back in November and is continuing! Want to help and Ride? Ride however and wherever you wish. To date, over 70 riders have collected over $30,000! Like our Rotary Club member Newton (pictured above), you can help bring an end to this devastating disease. For more information and to register and/or to donate... here’s how Log on to www.rotaryd5000.org and click on RIDE FOR POLIO
 
 
DECEMBER 5 --
HOLIDAY SUSHI NIGHT
Club members taste test different sushi created by Chef Roy Kaneko of Hilo Bay Café at the remarkable, festively decorated Shin house.
 
 
DECEMBER 7, 8 & 9 --
OUR CLUB'S FIRST "KAMA'AINA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR"
Nearly 40 local crafters displayed some amazing handmade products inside the Butler Building on the Civic grounds.  Club members helped to host the event and Waiakea High School Interact
students learned about retail selling at their water and juice booth.
 
 
DECEMBER 9 --
BELL RINGING FOR
THE SALVATION ARMY
Club Members show up outside of Macys for our annual Bell Ringing efforts.  Aren’t we glad it’s WARM here in Hawai’i!
 
 
DECEMBER 10 --
BELL RINGING CONTINUES
Club members join a large and enthusiastic group of Hilo High School Leo Club in keeping the bell ringing going!
 
 
DECEMBER 13 --
CONTINUING OUR 30+ TRADITION OF SERVING A HOLIDAY LUNCH TO SENIORS AT THE KAMANA SENIOR CENTER
So much Holiday Spirit and a great lunch... plus Club member Dirk’s entertainment! A fun time every year.
 
 
DECEMBER 22 --
HELPING WITH GIFT WRAPPING FOR THE HOMELESS KEIKI CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
It’s a lot of presents to gift wrap.... and keep in the right order and in the right bags. Club members are getting their instructions shortly before the wrapping begins!
 
 
Ride So They Can Walk -
A series of bike rides to raise funds to end polio forever in the world is continuing til the end of the year!
Ride however and wherever you wish. For more information and to register and/or to donate go to the RotaryD5000 website and click on Ride for Polio. It will walk you through the steps. Then ask friends and family to sponsor your ride with donations – 100% of those funds go directly to polio eradication with every dollar being matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
 When Rotary began this project in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year worldwide – this year there have been 16 cases in only 2 countries. Zero is the magic number - Your assistance is needed to eradicate this crippling disease forever. Log on and donate today.
Log on to www.rotaryd5000.org and click on RIDE FOR POLIO!
 
November 9
Fun at our annual Chicken Hekka Party! Our Rotary members were joined by other clubs for a fun and delicious evening of cooking our own food... PLUS HOT SAKE!
 
November 13 ~
You can’t paint a fence until you clean it first!
 
November 18 ~
Waiakea High School Interact students shred cooked turkeys in preparation for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving  luncheon.
 
November 18 ~
Waiakea Middle and High School Interact Clubs wrap items for the
Salvation Army luncheon.
 
November 23 ~
Club Members show up before their own Thanksgiving meals to help dish up a great lunch for residents at the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery.
 
November 23 ~
Club Members and Interact students serve up turkey and all the “fixins” at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale on Thanksgiving!
 
November 25 ~
Fence Painting at the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery!  Rotary members worked to paint this really tall (and l-o-n-g) fence!
 
November 27 & 28
Body Safety for Keiki Training at the YWCA
Thanks to club member Kathleen McGilvray at the YWCA! It’s important that young children learn body safety and awareness. This is an important curriculum that needs to be available to keiki in our community. Thanks, Rotary members for supporting this effort.
BREWFEST PROCEEDS AWARDED
TO TWO LOCAL NON-PROFITS!
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii awarded $11,350 from the Brewfest 2017!
 
And ANOTHER $11,350 to the Hilo Medical Foundation's Residency Program!
 
October 7 ~ The Rotary International challenge to all clubs to plant a tree for every member...continues!
Rotary members work to plant 40 Ulu trees at Kai Wa Farms.  We’ve now planted a tree for all our members... but that won’t stop us now!
 
October 11 ~ A party to wish goodbye to one of our long time members who is moving to the Mainland... Cindy Boots!   We’re sad to lose her, but happy that she will be MUCH closer to her beloved Green Bay Packers!
 
All during October ~ Club Members visit many third grade classes and distribute the newest version Student Dictionaries.
These personal dictionaries also contain a huge additional amount of information...
about the 50 states, the Constitution, the Presidents and much, much more!
 
October 28 ~ YWCA’s WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES
Jen joins our manly men in their girly shoes for the mile walk around downtown Hilo. Congrats to Mike Meyer (second from left) who won the 2nd place overall fundraiser award! Way to go, Mike!
 
October 31 ~ We return to The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Palace!
Prepared with our Participation Kits, club members shout at the movie and take a Selfie with “Riff Raff” in the Palace lobby.  Great fun!
 
November 11-18 ~ Ride to End Polio
In 1988, Rotary International started a campaign to eliminate Polio. At that time there were over 350,000 cases every year in the world.  As of RIGHT NOW, there are only 11 cases worldwide!  But that isn’t good enough... ZERO is the magic number... and you can help:
Log on to www.rotaryd5000.org and click on RIDE FOR POLIO!
 
Yep... four new members!
Maureen Poirier ~ Insurance Industry, Retired
 
Brooke Higa ~ Student Pharmacist
 
Brittney Luna ~ Student Pharmacist
 
Atsuko Winston ~ Coldwell Banker Day Lum
 
Help Us End Polio World Wide!
 
In 1988, Rotary International started a campaign to eliminate Polio. At that time there were over 350,000 cases every year in the world.  As of RIGHT NOW, there are only 11 cases worldwide!  But that isn’t good enough... ZERO is the magic number... and you can help:
Log on to www.rotaryd5000.org and click on RIDE FOR POLIO!
 
OUT AND ABOUT IN OCTOBER!
 
September 2 ~ Wouldn’t you want a clean Park
for the Queen’s Birthday?
Rotary members turn out with rakes and brooms to get the Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens all “spiffed” up for the upcoming Birthday Celebration!
 
September 10 ~ Rotary International has challenged Rotary Clubs to plant a tree for every member!
Getting a good start on planting over 90 trees (that’s our membership... and that’s a lot of trees!) are club members planting Ulu trees.
 
September 16 ~ Walk to End Alzheimers
Rotary member Mike Meyer snapped this selfie at the Walk on this beautiful Saturday at the Park!
Thanks, Mike for “Walking the Walk!”.
 
September 17 ~ Rotary District Meeting
It’s important to plan... especially with projects that are local and internationally. 
Club members met with other Rotary Club members to “get the big picture”.
 
September 30 ~ Laupahoehoe and Waiakea High School Interact students and club members help clean up areas in Queen
Lili’uokalani Gardens, Coconut Island and the nearby fishing areas.
This beach clean up was part of the International project “Get the Drift and Bag It”.
 
 
 
The Club donates backpacks and water bottles for deserving keiki
The Hawaii County Police Department again staged a “Backpack Drive” for needy and homeless children to start off the new school year on a good note.  The Rotary Club of Hilo joined in again this year, supplying 102 backpacks along with a water bottle included in each pack.
 
“It’s an important part of feeling like a child ‘belongs’… is no different than other kids,” said the Club’s Community Service director, Wally Wong. “Research shows that underprivileged keiki do better in school when they are not ‘singled out’ as different.  Having a brand new backpack may seem like a small thing, but its effect can be powerful,” concluded Wong.
 
“The Rotary Club of Hilo is proud to continue this annual donation,” said Steve Handy Jr, current Club President. “I figure that it took around 80 volunteer hours to shop, buy and assemble the backpacks and water bottles. And we estimate that the value was somewhere around $1000.  That’s a lot of savings for needy kids and a great annual project for our club,” said Handy.
 

Malama Honua
celebrating Our 95th Anniversary

The Hilo Rotary Club Foundation presents a donation to Pwo Navigator and Captain of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe, Hokule'a, to help fund their educational programs on their Malama Honua worldwide voyage.  (Left to right:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Donald Demuth of the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation, and Club President, Wally Wong)
 

Edmund Olson is recognized with The Rotary Club of Hilo's Malama Honua award for his efforts in caring for our aina.
 
     “Malama Honua” (to care for our earth) is the theme that we have chosen to celebrate our club's 95th anniversary.  Along with Rotary International's theme -- “Be a Gift to the World” -- we are inspired as we start this new Rotary year.
     President Wally Wong has sought out community service projects that will build a more sustainable community.  Projects such as building a vegetable garden for residents of a shelter to clearing illegally dumped trash in a vacant cul-de-sac area in Hilo.  We hope to be an example to other organizations and the community, that in order to stop and smell the flowers, we have to occasionally bend down to pull the weeds or pick up the trash.
     These are just a few of the many projects that the Rotary Club of Hilo has planned as it follows the Polynesian Voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, on its Malama Honua sail around the world.  On its worldwide voyage, the Hokule’a will grow and join the global movement towards a more sustainable world.
     Two individuals who embody the principles of Malama Honua were honored at our Officer Installation:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Pwo navigator and Captain of the Hokule’a for his leadership and efforts to educate our youth and  Edmund C. Olson of the Edmund C. Olson Trust II for providing agricultural opportunities and building a sustainable future for Hawaii Island.
 
 

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