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Service Above Self - Since 1920

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive
Moku'ola Room (Lower Level, oceanfront)
Hilo, HI  96720
United States
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July 2015

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Having Fun Doing Good since 1920

We are blessed to live in paradise, and for almost 100 years now, our Rotary members have been having fun doing good.  Please join us if you're interested in meeting others who believe that doing business honestly, where all parties benefit is still possible, and that placing service above self is fun.

96th President Installed
President Richard Johnson presided over his last meeting Sunday as he installed Wally Wong as the 96th Club President.  The event was held at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and it was a spectacular evening with good food, live music, Tahitian dancing and the featured speaker, Master Navigator and Captain on the Hokulea, Bruce Blankenfeld.  
Sandy Song 
Former member, Sandy Song, lost her battle with cancer and passed away on June 10.  She was an active member of our club from October 2009 to June 2014.  Sandy was a retired judge, lawyer and very active in the Orchid Society.


RC Hilo - Class of 2014-15
The Rotary Club of Hilo added it's ninth new member of the year, Johnalyn Nosaka. on June 5. Pictured above is our new members for 2014 - 2015 (back row, l to r) Johnalyn Nosaka, 6/5/15; Mike Meyer, 2/6/15; Reese Mates, 5/8/15; Eric Cohen, 8/29/14; Donnie Demuth, 3/27/15; (front row, l to r) Lisa Sweeney, 2/20/15; Lisa Rantz, 1/9/15; Tina Jimenez, 12/5/14; Marcia Prose, 8/29/14. This has been a great year for membership growth.  

Rotary Scholarship Winner
The Rotary Club of Hilo presented their 2015 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) Scholarship winner, Mary Economy at their May 1 meeting.  Mary is an honors student at Waiakea High School.  She will be going to Boston University in the Fall as a Mechanical Engineering major.
Rotary Park Work Day II
East Hawaiian Rotary Clubs gathered at Hilo's Kuhio Kalanianaole Park for their second clean-up Day as part of the "Rotary Park Phase II" project.  Included were the Rotary Club of Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, Rotary Club of South Hilo, Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset and the Rotary Club of Volcano.  Between 30 and 40 members, friends and family came to help for the morning.
Hilo Heart Walk
The Rotary Club of Hilo came out on a cool Hilo morning to support the American Heart Association's Hilo Heart Walk to fight heart disease and stroke.  The club raised $885 for the effort.  Shown above are the Rotarian walkers and members of the Waiakea High School Interact Club that were on hand as volunteers to make it a success.

Joe Hanley Jr. Honored
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii honored Hilo Rotarian Joe Hanley Jr. with their Outstanding Service Award for his 25 year association and work with the their organization.  Hanley was the first president of their board and was instrumental in helping build this Partnership for Children.  Presenting the award was current FCJC-EH President, Jay Kimura.  The FCJC-EH has close ties with the Rotary Club of Hilo and was a beneficiary from this year's Hilo Brewfest.
Rotary Park Work Day
The five East Hawaii Rotary clubs swarmed through Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Park in Hilo to work on Phase II of the "Rotary Park Project".  In 2005, as part of the Rotary Centennial, the five clubs worked together to bring many improvements to the park, turning it into a great place to relax by the bay.  Today's event was organized by Mike Robinson, who kept us focused and safe, considering the number of chainsaws. 
This phase, which was started by a professional arborist, was to continue to clear many of the invasive plants from the park.  The small viewing platform, which was badly deteriorated, was removed and the clubs will be working with the county to design a replacement. The county will be donating additional picnic tables and park benches which will be added in the next few weeks.  Another work day will be scheduled to continue the clean-up. 
HOPE Services Hawaii Donation
Ka'ohinani "Nani" Miyashiro from HOPE Services Hawaii was on hand at Friday's meeting to receive a $1,300 donation check from the Rotary Club of Hilo and the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation.  The donation is to cover the cost of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device that will be placed in one of it's Hilo shelters.   Joining Nani are Steve Handy Jr., Hilo Rotary Club Foundation Chair and club president, Richard Johnson.


Ringing For The Salvation Army

Christmas carols, music and candy were the order of the day as the Rotary Club of Hilo turned out in force to support the Salvation Army.  The club has been doing this for several years and it is always a fun time for the members and certainly a good thing for the Salvation Army.


Mitch Roth Honored

Hilo Rotarian and Hawaii County Prosecutor, Mitch Roth, was honored by the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) as the "Community Partner of the Year" for his ongoing support of the organization that has meant so much to Hawaii visitors in need. Presenting the plaque to Roth is Rachelle Hennings, President of the VASH Board of Directors. The luncheon for Roth was held aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's "Pride of America".

Friends of the Children's Justice Center
and Hilo Medical Center Foundation

It was a particularly joyous Friday Meeting on November 14th.  The Hilo Rotary Club Foundation represented by Steve Handy and Bob Hanley, along with Kerry Glass, our president during the 2014 Brewfest, were proud to present two checks for $10,000 each to the Friends of the Children's Justice Center and the Hilo Medical Center Foundation.  In the photo below, (from left to right), Geri Santiago, Jane Webb, Jill Jacunski, and Robin Benedict accept the $10,000 check from Kerry Glass, Steve Handy, and Bob Hanley.  Through Nancy Cabral's generosity, we were able to increase the amounts from $9,808.93 to an even $10,000 for each deserving charity.
But the festivities were far from over.  A second check for $10,000 was presented to the Hilo Medical Center Foundation.  In the photo below, from left to right:  Dr. Kristine McCoy, Lisa Ranz, Kerry Glass, Julie Tulang, Steve Handy, and Bob Hanley. 


Jul 10, 2015
Club Admin / Steve Handy & Kui Costa
Welcome of New President Wally Wong & 2015/2016 Board / Steve and Kui will finish up Fiji report.
Jul 17, 2015
Reese Mates
Shelter Box USA
Jul 24, 2015
District Gov Del Green
What is the vision for Rotary in the coming year.
Jul 31, 2015
Susan Scott
Aloha Social Services Bangladesh
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