Rotary Club of Hilo

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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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May 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.

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. 

Inouye to Hawaii Senate

This evening, Rotary Club of Hilo Rotarian Lorraine Inouye was elected to the Hawaii Senate to represent North Hawaii Island's 4th District.  Inouye is a former Senator and Hawaii County Mayor.  Congratulations, Lorraine! 

Rotarians at the Ironman
Six members from the Rotary Club of Hilo joined Rotarians from South Hilo , Pahoa Sunset and a large group of Rotaractors from UH Hilo to staff the bicycle turnaround in Hawi.  Also joining us again this year were  several from participants from the BISAC program in Hilo.  They are always a great help and so enthusiastic.  Hilo Rotarians (shown above l to r) included - Kerry Glass, Kathleen McGilvray, Susan Munro, Jenny Johnson, Richard Johnson and Yoko Hayano.

Wet Times at the Hilo Triathlon
Twelve Rotarians and two guests braved the wet weather to work the Bike Turnaround at the Hilo Triathlon in Pepeekeo.  Light rain was already falling as we started the set-up at 7:00 am.  By the time the 230 or so bikers made it to the our station the crew was soaked to the bone.  Never the less, we had a great time and are already looking forward to next year's event.  
95th President Installed
The Rotary Club of Hilo installed it's 95th President, Richard Johnson, on Thursday, June 26.  The installation was held at the Wailoa State Park and was attended by the club members and their families as well as the incoming presidents from the other East Hawaii Rotary Clubs.  Also present were the outgoing Assistant District Governor, Dave Hurd, and the incoming Assistant District Governor, Charlene Myers. 
Past President Chuck Porter was the evening's Master of Ceremonies and did an outstanding job of poking fun and making for an enjoyable evening.  Richard was sworn in by Past President Gay Porter.  
Club President's Awards
Rotary Club of Hilo's President presided over over his last meeting on Friday with a recap of the club's accomplishments for the year.  During the meeting he presented two Club President's Awards, the Spirit Award to Jean Sugiyama (on left) and the Quiet Rotarian Award to Cindy Boots (on right).  The Spirit Award goes to a new member that embodies spirit of Rotary in becoming involved in the club's activities. The Quiet Rotarian award goes to the member that goes about the club's business without seeking notoriety.  

Brewfest 2014 - Thanks to the Volunteers

The 120 plus Brewfest Volunteers and the community sponsors made the second annual Hilo Brewfest a huge success.
Our wonderful steering committee worked together tirelessly to put together a fantastic event to benefit the HHSC's Primary Care Physician Training program, the Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii,and the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation.  A fun time was had by all, and the pictures of the event are included in our Newletter section.
Please click here to see some of the other photos in our photo album.



Waiakea Interact Officers for 2014-15

Front row (left to right):  Kayla Rimando (incoming President), Yoko Hayano, and Lindsay Yamane (outgoing President)
Back row:  Kerry Glass, Noah Kimura (incoming secretary), Miles Jamal Marshall (incoming VP), Ed Hara, and Tim Miyao (club advisor)
Not pictured:  Logon Sato (incoming treasurer)
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Ed Hara and Yoko Hayano, we were able to meet the incoming Waiakea HighSchool Interact Club officers.  Ed Hara introduced them as Rotary's future, and we are grateful to Ed and Yoko,Gail Takaki, Cindy Boots, Sally O'Brien, Mitch Dodo, Lorraine Shin, Kui Costa, Theresa English, Judy Gibson, Biff Kennedy, and Rand Mundo (among others) for their dedication to these young leaders.
Kerry presents Tim Miyao, the dedicated Waiakea High School Interact advisor with our club's thank-you gift.
Please click here to view the Interact Club's volunteer work at this year's Celebration of Life sponsored by the Hilo Hospice.  This was the first time that they were responsible for launching the lanterns and guiding their path.


Elephants, Cheetahs, and Kudu

Chris Tamm shared some stunning photographs from his recent trip to South Africa.  This was the first time he had returned to the area in 32 years, and so much has changed.  Chris and his wife, Barbara, traveled for 48 hours from Hawaii to reach Cape Town, South Africa (and not all of those miles were via plane).  After resting for two days, they traveled to the confluence of the Shashe and the Limpopo Rivers at the border between Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.  (If you would like to see all the photos from their trip, please click here.) 
Here are some of Chris's favorites:
Below:  elephant mom and teenager.  The youngster had a scratch on one of his hind legs, and was using his other hind leg to scratch it.
This was the first cheetah Chris had seen in real life.  It was an absolutely spectacular male, and this picture was taken at sun-up.  The cheetah had fed recently, so he was like an aloof house cat.
Below is a kudu.  He was licking his lips so the bush he was eating must have been quite tasty.

HRYF Scholarship Recipient

Waiakea High School Senior and Interact Club president, Lindsey Yamane was awarded a Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship at the May 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hilo. Lindsey will be attend Azusa Pacific University on the mainland and the $5,000 scholarship will be put toward a degree in Music Composition.


Australian Friendship Exchange

On Thursday, April 24 nine Rotarians from five clubs in District 9640 in Australia landed in Hilo to begin their two week visit to Hawaii.  The visiting Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) team was greeted by their host families to begin a packed schedule of social gatherings, sight seeing and participating in the Merrie Monarch Parade. The RFE team was hosted by five families from the Rotary Club of Hilo and the Rotary Club of South Hilo.  Host families included Richard & Jenny Johnson, Kerry Glass & Susan Munro and Treena Breyfogle from the Hilo club and Wana & Eddie Agasa and Steve and Noko Yoshida from the South Hilo club.


Fiji Literacy Project

Our own Steve Handy, Corey Kawamoto, and Wayne "Cowboy" Kaneshiro worked on this year's International Literacy project to the Republic of Fiji. They targeted an isolated district school with minimal to nothing as far as literacy materials. They raised $1500 through club donations and outside resources, and all the money was spent on the purchase of books.   Here are some of the photos from their efforts.


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May 22, 2015
Vocational Talks: 3 new members
"Getting to know more about our members"
May 26, 2015
Tri Club
Steak Fry
May 29, 2015
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Tri Club Steak Fry on 26th
Jun 05, 2015
Club Administration Day
Club Activities and Updates
Jun 12, 2015
Jun 13, 2015
3rd annual Brewfest Fundraiser
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Jun 19, 2015
Heidi Kim-Healthways Inc
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