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NEW MEMBERS:
 
Cathy Gray -- Medical Technologist, Retired
 
Chris McNichols -- Solar Solutions
 
Matthew Dykes -- Jackie Rey's Restaurant
 
 
 
HONORING RUSS ODA -- 51 years of Rotary Service
 
Honoring our 51 year Member, Russ Oda
 
Our March 3rd noon-time meeting was a celebration of our distinguished member Russ Oda's 51 years in our Rotary Club!
 
If you open your eyes as you drive around Hilo and the vicinity, you're going to see many of the signature buildings that architect Russ designed.  Wailoa Center, Pana'ewa Zoo, Waiakea High School, The Joint Astronomy Center and Keck Observatory Headquarters, to name just a few.  Russ has also been an active member of the Rotary Club of Hilo as a past President of the club, and the founder of our sister Rotary Club of Hiroshima South, in 1970.  He is also an active member of the Sunao Wada Foundation that works to bring Japanese students to Hilo and Hilo students to Hiroshima. Russ' generosity and openhearted friendliness shows his many years of living a Rotary inspired life.  Thank you, Russ Oda for all you continue to do for all of us!
 
 
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY
 
March 9 - Membership Mixer / Mardi Gras at Kenichi's Restaurant.  Fun (and games!) were on tap for club members, spouses and new visitors.
 
March 18 - Hawaii D5000 District Assembly Club members joined Rotarians from the four other East Hawaii clubs for a day of learning, sharing and, of course, good food.  Informative Roundtables and targeted Workshops made the day an intensive look at what Rotary is, what it is doing, and what our District plans to do in the future. Good turnout from our Club!
 
March 19 - Big Island International Marathon -- Club Rotarians and spouses helped to run one of the "Relief / Water" booths at this popular event.
 
March 23 - Our Annual Chili Cook Off--  How would you decide which is the BEST Chili from 15 to choose from?  And then there was the Dessert  Contest!  Good food, good fun, and plenty fellowship.


Feb. - Dr Seuss Reading!
Club members fanned out to elementary classrooms to read a Dr. Seuss book during the Dr. Seuss month-long celebration.
 

Feb. 17 was "Take a Selfie with your Rotary Pin On"  Yep, even Rotarians take Selfies!
 

Feb. 18 - Laupahoehoe Beach & Park Clean- Up Core members of the Rotary Club of Hilo assisted the Laupahoehoe Hui Makua and LPCS Interact Club with their annual Matson Ka Ipu Aina clean up at Laupahoehoe Beach Park.  Matson will donate funds to the Laupahoehoe Public Charter School.
 
Come join us at our next Matson Clean- Up at Rotary Park in Hilo on Saturday, April 15.
 

Feb. 20 - Good fun and good food at Aomatusu Tonkatsu - at our own Club Member Toshi Aoki's Restaurant
 

Feb. 24-25-26 - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - You've seen and read about our Interact Clubs... Just what are these clubs?  The Interact (High School) and Rotaract (College) are models of Rotary, an opportunity for students to learn leadership and community involvement.  RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary Clubs here on the Big Island where high school students develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections. It's an intensive weekend developing our future community, national and international leaders of tomorrow.
 
SPECIAL SALUTE TO COACH JIMMY YAGE

Honoring our 51 year Member, Jimmy Yagi
Our February 3rd's noon-time meeting was a celebration of our distinguished member Coach Jimmy Yagi's 51 years in our Rotary Club! Former Club Members Tom Brown and Eric Yoshimura along with
current Club Member Pat Guillen, UH-Hilo's Athletic Director recounted Coach Jimmy's long career and amazing biography.  A humorous Power Point of "Jimmy Through the Years" was presented by Tom Brown, starting with photos of young Jimmy, Jimmy in high school and in college. Moving on to all Jimmy's numerous accomplishments, Tom spoke about Coach's worldwide basketball camps, not only here in Hilo, but also in Japan, China, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Jimmy was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Randy Hart, current Club President.  Jimmy shared that his mother often told him that "to succeed you cannot do it by yourself -- you need the help of others, and you need to help others."


NEW MEMBERS:

Anna Liu - Happy Valley Chinese Seafood Restaurant
 

Janet Montrose - Self Employed, Skin Care and Crafts
 

Connie Waiau - Marriage and Family Therapist
NEW MEMBERS:
Eric Anderson, Pastor of United Church of Christ
 
Genie Phillips, Realtor at Coldwell Banker, Day Lum
 
 
GREAT TALKS AT CLUB MEETINGS:
Jan. 12 ~ Palace Theater.. What could be more fun than a Silent Movie Membership Mixer at the
Historic Palace Theater?  Dressing up in 1920s Flapper dresses! 
 
Jan. 20 ~ Club Member Mike Meyers gives his talk "I'm a Loser"
 
A year ago, Mike was overweight, had high blood pressure and Diabetes. Through diet and with the encouragement of THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT that encourages people to get out and walk... Mike has LOST 101 pounds, has his blood pressure down to normal and his Diabetes under control! 

Congrats and thanks for sharing, Mike! Sadly... none of the men dressed up!
 
Jan. 27 ~ Visiting PTA Garrison Command
 
Sergeant Major Thomas E. Campbell spoke to our club about the rigors of managing the Pohakuloa  Training Area.  A really interesting part of his talk was about their Stewardship of the Land up on the mountain. Campbell spoke about the 20 endangered plants and 4 endangered animals that PTA works to protect and even expand.  In addition, PTA oversees nearly 1200 Cultural Sites within their 132,000 acreage.  Helping in the fight against both plant and animal invasive species, hiring local Hawaiian Practitioners to manage and preserve sensitive sites and developing resources to utilize solar and possible geo-thermal alternatives makes PTA a credit to our community.
 
 
CLUB MEMBERS DOING GREAT THINGS:
During 3 weeks in December and January  ~ Club Members Richard and Jenny Johnson worked with a handful of other volunteers to count all of the nesting albatross on the 3 islands in Midway Atoll.  Working in sectors, the team counted over 500,000 active nests.  Richard and Jenny have been leading this count every year since 2000.
 
Jan. 14 ~ Club Member Ed Hara was awarded one of the Boy Scouts of America's highest honors... the Silver Beaver!  Awarded to registered Scouting adults, this award recognizes Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.
Honoring our 57 year Member, Bobby Fujimoto
Our December 16th's noon-time meeting was a celebration of our distinguished member Bobby Fujimoto's 57 years in our Rotary Club!

Bobby's long career and biography were told to the Club by his son, Mike. Bobby represents the third generation of the Fujimoto family to lead Hawaii Planing Mill, now known as HPM Building Supply. The company was started in 1921 by Bobby's grandfather. Bobby was there when HPM was destroyed by two tsunamis and saw it recover. He was an owner when the United States government took it over during World War II, and his family took the company back at the end of the war.
 
In 1959 Bobby began a profit sharing plan with HPM employees, and in 1977 Bobby's was one of the first Hawaii companies to start an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). HPM Building Supply became 100% employee owned in 2006.
 
Bobby's life and work exemplify his belief in Rotary's FOUR WAY TEST of things we think, say and do... "Is it the TRUTH?" - "Is it FAIR to all concerned?" - "Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?" and "Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
 
 
Mayor Harry Kim was inducted to the Club as an Honorary Member... Welcome Back, Harry!
 
Shane Okimoto, Pastor of the Waiakea Uka Bible Church was inducted into the Club by Sponsor Helene Tajiri and welcomed by President Randy Hart.
 
 
Dec. 7 ~ The Sunao Wada Foundation members met to make plans for the new year.  This unique foundation works in conjunction with our Sister Rotary Club, the Hiroshima South Club in Japan to perpetuate goodwill, understanding and peace.  Youth sponsored by both clubs are able to travel to and experience the culture of each other's country and community.  Last August, 13 students and adults from Hiroshima joined our Club at our annual summertime Steak Fry. This foundation, started in 1990 by Russ Oda and Dr. Sunao Wada of Hiroshima South, has brought many Japanese students to Hilo and sent local students to Japan.
 
 
Dec. 14 ~ For over 30 years, our Club Members have served up a Holiday Meal at the Kamana Senior Citizens' Center.
 
 

Dec. 3 ~ Waiakea High School Interact Club was out in force to help with the Salvation Army's Bell Ringing! Thanks for your hard work!
 
 
Dec. 17 ~ Following the excellent example of the Waiakea Interact students, Club members turned out in force to ring the bell for the Salvation Army's annual fundraising drive.
 
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.
 

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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