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April 12 ~ Hilo Brewfest Ticket Sale Event
 
April 25~ Mini Membership Mixer at Hilo Bay Café
 
April 26 ~ Rotarians Visit Businesses
Club Members enjoy a lunch during their Downtown Hilo Visits
 
Kimo Jim checks out a Dodo Mortuary Casket.
Seems like there were plenty to choose from!
 
Hawaiian Telcom shows us just how it all works!
 
 
And a reminder about our
Signature Fundraising event... the 2019 Hilo Brewfest
7th Annual
Hilo Brewfest
Wainaku Executive Center
Its not JUST a Party at the Bay!
It’s our Signature Fundraiser!
 

Tickets available now at hilobrewfest.com
 
Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of nearly 70 beer choices, great food and rockin’ entertainment!
Again this year, we will be awarding some of the net proceeds to the Hilo Medical Center’s Foundation that trains and encourages much needed Doctors to stay in our community. Also for 2019 will be the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii who work to enhance the shattered lives of child victims of abuse and neglect. And during the year, many other smaller bequests help to support our community... like
Rotary’s RICE RALLY coming up at KTA.
Hilo Brewfest Tickets available now at hilobrewfest.com. Don't miss the Party at the Bay on June 29!
 
March 14 -- Annual Chili and Dessert Cookoff
How do you choose the best chili from many offerings? Club members brought their own favorite versions along with some yummy desserts! Mahalo Cooks!
 
March 27 -- Mini Membership Mixer at Wainaku Center
What a great way to get to know our own members and meet new people in a casual and friendly setting. Thanks hosts Tina and Tom!
 
March 30 -- Hilo Heart Walk
It’s early in the morning... but the air is fresh and the skies are blue! Club members show up to walk the walk and contribute to the funds raised for research.
 
March 30 -- Rotary Training at Kamehameha School Cafeteria
Board members for the upcoming year along with new club members learn about the new focus of Rotary and how to implement ideas in our club.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE IN FIJI
March 22 -- Rotary World Water Day
Nearly 50% of Fijians use contaminated water sources that can carry leptospirosis,  and dysentery diseases. Thanks to our Club’s Foundation, we were able to pay for clever and simple water filtration systems in homes... affecting nearly 250 people. This is just one of the projects that utilizes funds from our annual Brewfest fundraiser!
 
HERE COMES THE 2019 HILO BREWFEST.... ON JUNE 29!

7th Annual Hilo Brewfest at the beautiful Wainaku Executive Center at the edge of Hilo on June 29!
Tickets will be available at an April Ticket Sale Event... bring CASH only and buy your $60 ticket without the EventBrite Fee added in!
 
February 1
Club BREW CREW Kickoff Party!

   It takes a LOT of organization and club volunteer hours to get the Hilo Brewfest on its feet.  At our regular Friday Rotary  meeting on February 1, we had a short “pre-party” for club members... complete with beer on tap! (Our Brew Crew Party Planners wanted to get everyone in the mood!) After a shortened “regular” meeting, club members were treated to a Power Point and video presentation all about Brewfest!
   Literally hundreds of volunteers are needed to stage this massive event with over 1,200 guests in attendance. And some of the jobs MUST BE DONE BY ROTARY MEMBERS...thus a party to get the club invested and involved.

 
BE READY TO GRAB THOSE BREWFEST TICKETS ON OUR APRIL SALE EVENT
(Stay tuned for the exact day, time and place.) Tickets will be available online the following day.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT THE BREWFEST?
Online registration will begin on May 1.
If you’re hoping to be a Beer Tender, mark your calendar. Those jobs are filled right away!
 
NEW MEMBER.... NATE CHANG
 
“Mini-Mixers”- Good Food, Good Fun, Good Fellowship
 
February 7
At Pineapples in Downtown Hilo

Fresh air and Fellowship along with great food were on the menu for club members and guests.
 
February 17
At Chaing Mai Thai Restaurant

Members and guests were too busy eating to remember to take a photo... here’s a look at one of the dishes!
 
February 21
At The Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm

Fish don’t get any fresher than at the Seaside! Looks like a few cocktails were involved also......
 
February 27
At Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill

‘Ohana indeed!  Club members getting to know each other in this “small group” setting.
 
International Service in New Delhi, India - During February
Club member Jim Becker was working to put together a Rotary Global Grant for the Rotary Eye Center in New Delhi, India. Our club contributed an additional $500 (already had committed nearly $2300) to the multi-club fund, which was added to by donations from Rotary Clubs around the World.

A second Rotary Grant is to fund a mass cataract surgery screening in the New Delhi slums for prospective patients.
JANUARY WAS VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH
 Vocational Service represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation as an opportunity to serve society. So when the call for expert “Hot Dog Help” was sent out by Bobbie Stivers-Apika, Club Vocational Service Chair, to help out at fellow member Chuck Porter’s Grand Opening of the Lex Brodie’s Car Wash/Fast Lube on Saturday, January 26. Two shifts of fast-footed club members arrived to take hot dog orders. (“Red or Brown dog?  With Mustand, Ketchup, Relish? And to drink?)
January 26 ~ Hot Dog Help at Lex Brodies
Cars were lined up out to the street on Kilauea Ave. and waited for a record 376 car washes. And club members hand delivered over 400 hot dogs to people in cars.
FYI Hilo preferred RED dogs to BROWN dogs... 3 to 1!
 
JANUARY WAS ALSO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH
What? Surely we don’t have Human Trafficking here on our islands!  Unfortunately, studies have shown that in 2018, people, including children, were being sold for sex in the state of Hawai’i. Sex buyer demand is the culprit of sex trafficking. Addressing sex buyers is a critical step to reducing sex trafficking in Hawaiʻi.Online Sex buyers create a market for victims to be bought and sold for sex and there is a tremendous incentive for traffickers to sexually exploit children and adults in Hawaiʻi.
 
MEMBERS "GETTING TO KNOW YOU"
January 12 ~ Hilo Civic Center Vulcans Tail-Gater Party
The Vulcan’s Basketball Team is HOT this year... and to get the party going, club members “reported” to the Civic to munch on hot dogs (wow! hot dogs, again!) and hamburgers under tents just outside the back doors. Must have worked... the Vulcans won that game! Thanks to club members Coach Jimmy Yagi and UHH Athletic Director Pat Guillen for the invite!
 
January 18 ~ Small Group Mixer at Hula Hulas
Pau hana is a great time to sit and talk with fellow members... and imbibe a drink or two along the way.
 
January 21 ~ Small Group Mixer at Café Pesto
Good food and good fellowship came together for a fun dinner out “with the gang”.
 
MISSING YOU...
January 4 ~ Stew Hussey Memorial
Stew, a really smart guy and former Seal, was one of the most gentle gentlemen of our club. Past President and Rotary member for over 20 years, Stew was passionate about International Service and was serving as that Director when he passed away.
You are missed, Stew!
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
January 29 ~ Rotary Foundation Dinner
Nancy Cabral (left) was presented with a special crystal award for her many years of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Beside her was Brenda Cressey, Rotary Foundation Trustee and Winton Schoneman, our Hawaii Rotary District Governor
 
AND JUST WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION...
AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Rotarians from around the world contribute to this International Foundation that transforms the money into projects that change lives. This well managed Foundation has received the highest marks from CharityNavigator. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
2018 ROTARY
KAMA'AINA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
 
Nearly 40 local crafters selling hand made items
 
Club members and Salvation Army Angel Tree
 
High School Interacters wrapping presents
 
2018 HILO BREWFEST AWARDS $26,700+
TO THREE LOCAL BENEFICIARIES
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to Puna Lava Relief
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to Hilo Medical Foundation’s
Residency Program for new Doctors
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to The Friends of the
Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii
 
HOLIDAY DOINGS
Dec. 8 ~ Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
 
Dec. 14 ~ Our annual Kamana Senior Luncheon
 
Dec. 20 ~ Stockings to Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
 
AND DON'T FORGET OUR YOUTH!
Dec. 27 ~ Supporting STEM research for students
 

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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