Rotary Club of Hilo

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Hilo

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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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.

 
 
 
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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