Theresa Marie English
May 21, 1950 - October 24, 2016
Today we celebrated the life of our former member, Theresa English.  The service was held at the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ in Honomu where she was a member since moving to Hawaii in 2009.  Theresa joined our club in 2010 and was active in numerous fund raisers and community projects as well as serving on the board of our club's foundation. Her smile and enthusiasm will be missed.

New Member: Mary Bicknell - Big Island Book Buyers

Rotary Rice Rally: On Saturday, November 18 at the downtown  KTA SuperStores. Rotarians kindly asked shoppers to donate one bag of rice to give to the Salvation Army. Six hours later, 380 pounds of rice was delivered and stocked at the Salvation Army location in Hilo. Pictured here is Club Member Nancy Cabral with ashopping cart overflowing with bags of rice with even more bags stacked on an adjoining table

Turkey Shredding:  Nov. 19 ~ Club Members, High School and College Students help shred cooked turkey for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals.
Baskets:  Nov. 21 ~ Rotarians and Waiakea HS Interact helped make Door Prize Gift Baskets tor the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner.
Mehana:  Nov. 10 ~ Checking out Mehana Brewery for our Brewfest Ticket Sale Day, and, oh, yeah, the beer!

Gandy: Nov. 4 ~  BG (R) Gandy gave us an inspiration speech for Veterans' Day. Then the next day, Saturday, Nov. 5,  Rotarians lined up and marched in Hilo's  Veteran's Day Parade in downtown.
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DICTIONARIES:  over 320 dictionaries distributed to 3rd grade students in 11 schools
HEELS:  Mitch Roth and Wally Wong show off their heels at the Oct 22 WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES
NEW GUY:  Pat Guillen, UHH Athletic Director
NEW GUYS:  (l-r) Elle Lee, Sam Butler and Ketura Waiki, all of Coldwell Banker Day Lum
POLIO:  Club members take a moment to recognize World Polio Day, Oct 24 at the WALK  on the 22nd.
READING IN KINDERGARTEN:  Over 400 kids in Kindergarten in 22 classrooms heard about "Pumpkin Town" in Reading in Kindergarten.
COTTAGE:  Helping clean up the cottage rooms for the incoming new Residents in Training at the Hilo Medical Center.
Beginning its 96th year on July 1, the Rotary Club of Hilo welcomed five new members at a recent Friday noon meeting.  This club, a part of Rotary International, follows the main purposes of Rotary: 1; to improve communities locally and around the world;  2. to encourage high ethical standards in business and the professions; and 3.  to advance international understanding and peace.  Rotary is made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and though that, get things done in our community and in the world.

"As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, we would like to build our membership to 100," said the Club's President Randy Hart. "100 members to celebrate 100 years of service to our local community and the world," said Hart.

Jen Tanouye, a retired office manager has been involved in many local events and non-profits in the Hilo area.  She is looking forward to the club's many service projects on tap for the year.

Jeremiah Leonard, the president of Sun Construction, Inc. also joined Rotary to assist with community projects and believes that it is important to help our many area concerns.

Malcolm K.L. Chun brings a background of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach to the club and is currently advancing his studies at the Hawaii Community College.  He hopes to participate with youth, vocational service foundations and club service.

Dustin J. Acdal is the club's first Corporate Associate member from Lex Brodie's Tire and Service Company.  He brings his media experience to the club and wants to help youth and participate in the club's community service projects.

Anita Tatum, Marketing Director, carries the full membership for Lex Brodies.  She has been a major helper at the club's Brewfest for many years and intends to continue helping where she can.

"We're glad to welcome such high energy members to our growing club," said Hart. "Each brings skills we need to benefit our community and the world," concluded Hart.

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Caption:  Five new members of the Rotary Club of Hilo were inducted at a recent club meeting.  (l-r) Jen Tanouye, Jeremiah Leonard, Malcolm K.L. Chun, Dustin J. Acdal and Anita Tatum. All are planning to assist the club's many service projects.
Four area Rotary Clubs, along with friends and family members gathered together with students from Waiakea High Interact Club on a misty morning in the Shipman Business Park to help BISAC (Big Island Substance Abuse Council).
Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse. They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field. One of the more visual and exciting projects is a 3 acre site that is being developed to teach participants about growing food while helping them learn marketable job skills.  Food grown in the garden will become part of a culinary project that includes selling off of a BISAC Food Truck, "Big Island Fusion".
The garden, however, was in need of gravel spreading and garden bed painting.  The Rotary Club of South Hilo led the coordination of other area clubs including The Rotary Club of Hilo, The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay and The Rotary Club of Volcano, assembling more than 50 hardworking Rotarians and family.  Sweating in the sun and enjoying the passing misty rain, this group of volunteers moved 60 tons of gravel onto walking areas and helped to paint the garden infrastructure.
"We are especially proud of our 'labyrinth' at this location," said Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita, CEO of BISAC.  "Unlike a maze, our labyrinth is a circular path that individuals can easily walk to the center. Along the way, 25 signs with short messages allow for contemplation and inspiration as the person walks the path.  Our adults and adolescent participants particularly enjoy this feature," said Preston-Pita.
"Our East Hawaii Rotary Clubs were honored to be able to support BISAC and its Therapeutic Garden through our All Rotarian Work Day.   The mission and work of BISAC aligns so well with the values of Rotary and the turn out today was awesome.  It is a blessing to us knowing that we had a small part in the development of this special place,"  said Randy Kurohara, Community Projects Chair for South Hilo Club.
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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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