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A Busy July, 2017
New Members
 
Kathy Borer, Social Worker IV
 
Deana Scott, Business Owner, Accountant
 
Leo Myers, Myers Integrated Tech, Inc.
 
Susan Myers, Myers Integrated Tech, Inc.
 
Where do all our members come from?
Thanks to our hardworking Membership Committee, lots of new people are getting to know us by visiting a meeting or as an invited guest at one of our Membership Mixers!
Interested?  Send us a message through this website. Click on CONSTANT US.
 
And, of course, new members find us at our Annual Hilo Brewfest!
Thanks to all of you (1300+ people!) who supported our annual signature fundraising event!  We are again sharing the profits with the Hilo Medical Primary Care Physician Training Program and The Friends of the Children’s Center of East Hawaii.
 
Helping our Community
 
July 16 ~ Do you enjoy sitting on a park bench, gazing out at the bay? Club members helped to first pour concrete slabs and then install THREE benches at “Rotary Park”. Enjoy these new additions!
This park is the first one on the left after you turn onto Kalanianaole in Keaukaha.
 
July 22 ~ Keeping our beautiful Island of Hawai’i clean!
Weed pulling prevents unwanted invasive species being transported up to higher elevation areas of
Maunakea. 29 bags of fireweed won’t make it up towards the top of our amazing mountain!
 
Learning About our Community at Weekly Meetings
 
July 7 ~ Hilo High School Robotics Students tell us about their amazing progress in competition on statewide and national levels... and show off their robot to interested club members.
 
July 14 ~ Chris Ridley of the Alzheimers Association talks about knowing the “Ten Signs of Alzheimers”. (Don’t worry if you lost your keys!)
 
July 21 ~ Olivia Rounds of Hilo Bike Hub tells us of her solo adventures crossing the US on her bike! Member Mike Meyers introduces Olivia and shares some “bike-care” advice.
 
July 28 ~ Coaches Daniel Kuramoto and Misty Ambrosio tell us about “Surf Soccer Club" that trains keiki and helps to get them on the road to success... in soccer and life.
IT WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR OUR CLUB...
HERE'S TO ANOTHER ONE!
Mahalo Randy Hart for a Year of hard work and fun!
Aloha, Steve Handy Jr., incoming Club President for our next exciting year!
 
 
CLUB AWARDS FROM DISTRICT 5000
 
District 5000 GOVERNOR’S CITATION
First Place in MEMBERSHIP - 22 new members!
(Connie Ichinose, Membership Chair shown here
First Runner-Up in COMMUNITY SERVICE
First Runner-Up in YOUTH SERVICES
 
 
 
YOUTH SERVICES
INTERACT (for High School) and ROTARACT (for University)
students help develop our next generation of leaders!
Support of Two Interact Clubs, Waiakea HS and Laupahoehoe Charter, with over 100 members!
Co-support of UHH Rotaract Club
Hiroshima Interact visitation - World Youth Exchange
Support of Rotary Youth Leadership Academy
College Scholarships awarded to High School students
Over 400 keiki in Kindergarten are read to by club members and then given free books
 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL
WE REACHED OUT INTERNATIONALLY!
- $9000 Shredder to Thailand for
   agricultural development
- $4000 to Taiwan for literacy
- $3687 (139% of goal) to help eradicate Polio world-wide
 
 
 
VOCATIONAL
OVER 156 YEARS OF SERVICE IN OUR CLUB... our "GOLDEN THREE"
Bobby Fujimoto of HPM, Coach Jimmy Yagi and Russ Oda, Architect,
seen here with Mayor Harry KIm and President Randy Hart
MEMBER BUSINESS VISITS
Instead of attending a weekly meeting, club members visited many member businesses including the Palace Theater, YMCA, The Water Department and Hawaiian Fresh Products Papaya Processing Plant.
 
 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
PUTTING OUR “BACKS INTO IT!”
Our community always needs people to get out and actually work to make a difference!
Matson Ka Ipu Aina Project - cleaning up our local community beaches and areas
Helped shovel and paint at BISAC’s Keaau garden
Served Seniors at a Kamana Luncheon
Helped with Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving lunch
Rotary Park (Kalanianaole) Clean up, tree planting, and slabs poured for new benches
Laupahoehoe Beach Clean up
Hilo Medical Residency Cottage Cleanup
Invasive ginger eradication in Volcano National Park
 
 
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
SUPPORTING COMMUNITY'S EVENTS
Walk a Mile in her Shoes - YWCA Domestic Abuse Awareness
American Heart Walk
Walk to End Alzheimers
Big Island International Marathon Aid Station
Queen Liliu’okalani Birthday in the Park keiki booth
Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving luncheon
T-shirt sales at Laupahoehoe Music Festival
“Rice Rally” at KTA SuperStores
Appearing in the annual Merrie Monarch Parade
Our Club’s Salvation Army’s Bell Ringing brings in over $1700
 
 
COMMUNITY DONATIONS
Our annual HILO BREWFEST provides a fun festival for our community and allows our Club to financially support many community non-profits and organizations.  
Where do the profits go?
$13,850 to the Hilo Medical Foundation’s Residency Program
$13,850 to the Friends of the Children’s JusticeCenter of East Hawaii, supporting children of abuse
350 dictionaries to area 3rd grade students
Donating Library books to Naalehu School
Donating Gardening books to Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
Donating to “Camp Agape” for keiki of incarcerated parents
- Over 60 “Glam Bags” for homeless women with needed hygiene products through Hope Services
Dollars to “buy” a solar panel at the Palace Theater
And many other projects!
 
 
AND, OF COURSE, FUN!
ROTARY ISN’T ALL WORK AND MEETINGS...
THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF FUN, TOO!
Chicken Hekka "cook-your-own-dinner”
Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Competition
WikiFresh food, selfies and more at this “mixer”
Celebrating our 96 years of Rotary combined with a Holiday Mixer at the Wainaku Executive Center.
Silent Movie Night at the Palace in costume “mixer”
Mardi Gras Party in costume ( of course!) “mixer”
Historic Lorraine Penn/Shin Home visit and tour
Aomatsu Tonkatsu dining, cooked by our own club member
Wai Oli Lounge get together and “mixer”
Beer Sampling at Mehana Brewery
Yacht Club Party with our Japanese sister club
 
 
 
May 11 ~ Rotary Park in Hilo ~ Our "Golden Three"
   The meeting held on Thursday, 5/11/17, was no ordinary club meeting. It was a very special event that celebrated our distinguished “GOLDEN THREE” of the Rotary Club of Hilo, Bobby Fujimoto, Jimmy Yagi, and Russ Oda (seen here with President Randy Hart and Mayor Harry Kim standing behind one of the three loulu palm trees planted in their honor). These amazing gentlemen have given over 150 years in service through the Rotary Club of Hilo! The meeting venue was just as exceptional since it was held at the Rotary Park a.k.a. Kuhio Kalanianaole Park in Hilo.
   According to President Randy Hart, the Rotary Park was initiated 14 years ago, in 2003, when hard working members of the Rotary Club took the lead to invest sweat equity and clean up the once squalid park; hence its alias,
Rotary Park. In fact, most recently, club members took the time to tame the canopied hala tree that stands tall & proud overlooking the water’s edge. It is this kind of action that is reflective of the very heart and soul of the club and its collective theme of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
   According to President Randy, Bobby Fujimoto’s monetary contributions allowed the club to extend its service and aid both locally and internationally. Jimmy Yagi’s basketball prowess has afforded him the opportunity to impress core values and work ethics upon the youth of Hawaii. As for Russ Oda, he was christened by President Randy as the “young one” in the group; however, don’t be fooled by his youth because Russ has architecturally put his stamp around Hilo town. Aside from designer talents, in 1970, Russ took on a key role in founding our club’s connection to the Rotary Club of South Hiroshima.
   After presenting the “Golden Three” with certificates of Appreciation, Mayor Kim noted that we all should leave this place that we call home a better place. These “Golden Three” have done just that.
 
May 5 ~ Club Members support the Friends!
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii hold a special place in the hearts of our club.  Eight Rotary members sponsored a table at the Friends’ Gala. The "Friends" are one of the two beneficiaries of the upcoming 2017 Hilo Brewfest.
 
May 6 ~ Brewfest Ticket Sale Day

The public wants tickets to our annual fundraiser (coming up on June 24!), so club members held a TICKET SALE DAY at Mehana Brewery... tickets and free beer sampling!  Yeah!
 
May 19 ~ “Glam Bags” Report

About 60 bags (purses) were filled with toiletries and hygiene products and will be distributed through Hope Services to women in need in East Hawaii!
 
Rotary Supports College Scholarships!

Victoria Magana Ledesima (top photo) was our club’s 2017 $1000 UH Hilo Scholarship awardee.  
Nicholas Ohara (seen here with his parents)  was awarded a $5000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Scholarship towards his goal of a major in Mechanical Engineering. I mua Students!
 
Wow!  The National Geographic Travel's BEST SUMMER TRIPS 2017 just mentioned our Brewfest! If you are planning to go.. get your tickets now at our website... www.hilobrewfest.com and we'll see you there!
NEW MEMBER IN APRIL!
Beverly Heikes - Read Aloud Coordinator & Trainer
 
OUR CLUB GOES INTERNATIONAL!
April 7 - Report of grant monies going to Taiwan
Stew Hussey and Anna Lui tell the club about the club grant monies that helped two projects in Taiwan. Anna is holding the certificate... and she read it for us!
 
April 21 ~ Hokule’a Talk by Wally Wong
At a club meeting at the YMCA, Wally regaled the members with tales and photos of the canoe’s
48 mile journey through the Panama Canal.
 
 
April 27 ~ We’re visited by World Travelers!
Rotarians Sita Rupalcheti from Kathmandu, Nepal and Gunther and Helena Acheson from Remstal, Germany visit our club and present Rotary “banners”. Our own club members take “our” banner (seen being held by Sita) to exchange when they travel to other clubs on the mainland and internationally.
 
OUT IN THE COMMUNITY
April 1 ~ Hilo Heart Walk
Club Rotarians are always ready for a Walk to help a great cause.
Waiakea Interact students also participated.
 
April 8 ~ Laupahoehoe Music Festival
Out in Laupahoehoe helping a great festival to raise funds for the Laupahoehoe Charter School.
 
April 15 ~ Rotary Park in Hilo
It takes a lot of “down n’ dirty” Rotarians to make significant headway on an overgrown park!  
BIG MAHALO to Matson for the financial backing in their KA IPU AINA (Caring for the Land) campaign!
 
April 22 ~ Merrie Monarch Parade
Our own Nancy Cabral rides in this year’s parade and is accompanied by club members who walked with the Rotary contingent. Yep, members are walking again!
 
April 30 ~ Lantern Launch at Hospice of Hilo
Our busy Waiakea High Interact and UHH Rotaract students join forces at the Celebration of LIfe
ceremony at Wailoa State Park.
 
During May ~ Reading in Kindergarten
Over 400 keiki in local schools will hear about how “Giraffes Can’t Dance” as club members fan out to read to classes.  And all students will receive their own copy of the book! Member Glenn Harris tells us about the fun book for May Reading!
 
 
NEW MEMBERS:
 
Cathy Gray -- Medical Technologist, Retired
 
Chris McNichols -- Solar Solutions
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 

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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