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The Rotary Club of Hilo had it's new installation of officers. It's the beginning of a new year and another year of service to the community. (Pictured: Past Year President Wally Wong and Current Year President Randy Hart)

What a great year for the Rotary Club of Hilo. In the Large Club Division we Took First Place for International Service and Public Image and First Runner Up in Youth Service.

A ShelterBox Response team of volunteers started delivering aid 2 days after the devastating cyclone. 90% of structures have been wiped out and almost 200,000 Fijians are homeless. The Rotary Club of Hilo is asking fellow Rotary clubs to help now by donating monies to ShelterBox USA. 
2,000 more ShelterBoxes have been requested. This donation will give families in Fiji a ShelterBox filled with lifesaving supplies including a tent that can withstand 120mph winds, water purification for 3 years, light, stove, dishes, blankets, kids pack, mosquito netting and tools for rebuilding. More information on what is in each ShelterBox can be found at
Each ShelterBox costs $1,000 which includes contents, shipping and delivery. Whatever your club can donate will go towards Fiji. The Rotary Club of Hilo has raised $30,000, which could give 30 families shelter, warmth and dignity. How many families can your club help?
To DONATE BY MAIL: Please include District 5000/ Fiji on check memo
Please send your check or money order to:
ShelterBox USA 
8374 Market Street #203
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(Credit card donations can be made at
Link to the latest update from ShelterBox:
ShelterBox is a partner of Rotary International, was created by a Rotarian & most volunteers are Rotarians.

Steve Handy was pleased to announce that the club donations were matched by the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation to help send 2000 Shelter Boxes to Fiji after that devastating Hurricane. He also announced that star PGA golfer, VJ Singh pledged to help in the relief fund!

In local news, Nina Decker and Hope Services Hawaii are organizing the first annual Glam Bag drive. The goal is to provide homeless women with new essential care items that will encourage positive self-image and personal investment. Please consider donating the following travel-sized items:
General Hygiene:
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Lotion, Soap, Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss
Or Extra Care:
  • Compact Mirror, Lipstick, Mascara
  • Nail Polish, Nail Files
  • Perfume, Hair Brush, Hair Ties

In an emotional plea, Steve Handy described the devastation of Fiji that was hit by Cyclone Winston on February 20. Steve reported that “35,000 homes were destroyed and 72,000 persons are in shelters”. “My cousin said this was the worst storm he has ever seen’. Financial donations are needed to purchase ‘Shelter Boxes”. Shelter Box is an international organization that provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
Rotary International is the cornerstone partner upon which Shelter Box is built. The box includes essential supplies like tents, water purification units, ground sheets, mosquito nets, and tools. President Wally reported there are collection jars on each table and asked the membership for donations. Checks are payable to the Hilo Rotary Foundation. The response was immediate and encouraging! Steve Handy kicked off the project with a $1,000 donation.


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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