President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
As you read this, several of our members (including the three of us pictured above) will be heading to Far West PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) in San Jose, California. This is a multi-District intensive leadership session for all PEs (Presidents-Elect) in our neighboring Districts. Each year, every Club sends one member, it's PE to be trained on Rotary history and culture, financial planning, but most importantly member engagement. This year, our Club will have not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 members attend. In addition to PE Courtlin Holt-Nguyen, AG (Assistant Governor) Ray Paler, incoming AG Laine Kohama, and I (incoming District SAA (Sergeant-at-Arms) will be there to help train and support the next class of Rotary Club Presidents in our District. The number of our members involved in the District Leadership Team is in part a recognition of our Club, the leaders we have grown, and our willingness to help others. I hope one day you will consider being a leader in our Club and possibly at our District level - and beyond! One of the best things about Rotary is that everyone who wants it can be given the chance to be in leadership. Are you next?
Recently, I was telling other Club Presidents that instead of planning a social, our Club members have been helping with the Rotary Mean Business Fellowship Oahu. At the February event, we had SEVEN members there, of our 20 members. That's ONE-THIRD of our Club! It was especially great to see newer members like Anne-Marie Lerch and Albert Mossman come out to the gathering. If you have yet to join one of these events, the next RMBF Oahu pau hana event is coming up in March, so don't forget to sign up for the event. Information is available after the Read More link.
Finally, you should have already received information about our District Assemblies. For Oahu, it will be held on April 22 at Kapolei High School. Our Club always has good representation, so we hope to have the same again this time around. It's a great way to connect with other Rotarians, learn more about Rotary, and partner to get projects done. It's also one of the cheapest training-type events that we put on locally, with most of the cost going to food and supplies.
Remember to click the Read More link to read the rest of our meeting
Speaker: Bill Gates to Speak in Atlanta at Rotary Convention
ATLANTA, Ga. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.
Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
Registrants will engage in workshops and hear from a lineup of world-class speakers, including Bill Gates, co-chair, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation and Rotary International have an ongoing match of 2:1 to support polio eradication efforts up to $35 million a year. Today in Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter they reaffirmed the important role Rotary has played in polio eradication.
“Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been working together on polio eradication for a long time, and our strong partnership will continue through the final years of the effort,” said Rotary International President John Germ. “With the most effective resources in place, it’s possible that we will soon see the last case of polio in history. At the convention, Bill will say more about how we can — and will — end polio.”
Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Atlanta Host Organizing Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also get to experience Atlanta’s southern charm with visits to the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and an Atlanta Braves game.
“The Rotary International Convention provides an exceptional opportunity to bring together more than 40,000 civic and business community leaders from throughout the world to Atlanta to enjoy our unique brand of southern hospitality,” said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The addition of Microsoft founder Bill Gates as a keynote speaker reflects the importance and good work that Rotary does worldwide.”
The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) – the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988 to just 37 confirmed in 2016. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication.
Atlanta’s first Rotary convention took place 100 years ago, when The Rotary Foundation was established with its first contribution of $26.50. The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects and scholarships that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.
About RotaryRotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. To access broadcast quality video footage and still photos go to: The Newsmarket.
Courtesy of Rotary.org, see: https://www.rotary.org/en/news-features/press-center/bill-gates-speak-atlanta-rotary-convention
Rotary Means Business Fellowship - March 21, 2017
All Rotarians and potential Rotarians are invited. Don't forget that you have to sign up at this link by March 10: https://rmbf-mar2017-bizfix.eventbrite.com
Remaining Board Meetings
Please know that you are all invited to our Board meetings held at EAT Honolulu, 560 North Nimitz Highway, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm., usually on the third Monday of the month. We regularly see guests at the one time we regularly meet in the same physical space. Here are the meetings for the remainder of this Rotary Year:
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017
Registration opened May 28, 2016. Rotary and Rotaract members and club and district employees can register for the convention online.
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An email confirmation is sent for all registrations, including faxed and mailed registrations. If a letter of invitation is required for your visa application, you will receive it with your confirmation.
31 March 2017:
Last day for preregistration discount ($415 Rotarians / $100 Rotaractors)
14 June 2017:
Last day for online registration ($490 Rotarians / $130 Rotaractors)
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