President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Well, after talking about doing it for two years, we finally held our Club Vision Session this past weekend to gather feedback, get to know each other, and chart the course for our Club. We had about half of our members attend, so this is great. Many thanks to Rotarian Susan Szabo for hosting us at her home in Kailua. We hope to make this an annual event to plan things for our Club, so stay tuned to a future gathering.
Speaking of gatherings, our Board meetings have always been open to all members, but we to better reflect the purpose of these meetings and to encourage non-Board members to attend, we will be calling these "In-Person Meetings" of our Club. Please know that all members, visitors, and guests are welcome to attend. We had a great run meeting at EAT Honolulu, but will be relocating to HASR Bistro in Chinatown (31 North Pauahi Street Honolulu, HI 96817) to follow the chef and staff of EAT as they combine forces with HASR. I'll have more info on our first in-person meeting there later this month, which will also be my last in-person meeting as President of our Club.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, whether at HASR, online, or somewhere else!
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Club Vision Session Review
By Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Here is a recap of our discussions from our Club Vision Session. If you would like to pass on your comments, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share it with the Club leaders. We structured our discussions along five broad themes: service projects, socials, fundraising and club budget, leadership, and miscellany.
Our current projects include our Dictionary Project (September/October) with Laie, Kaawa, Kahuku, and Hauula Elementary Schools; Waikalua Fishpond Cleanup (January) in partnership with Rotary Club of Kaneohe; and Connecting for Good (October?) coordinated by several of our members in partnership with West Oahu community organizations.
There was support to continue the Dictionary and Waikalua projects. There is interest for Connecting for Good, provided we can get enough partners and resources to continue its success.
Going forward, several members expressed interest in doing projects that help youth (foster, homeless children, young kids, school backpack donations) and that we can involve our whole families with. This will be a continuing effort going forward to start a project and build on it each year.
Currently, our socials are planned on an ad hoc basis, usually with the President organizing and/or hosting an event. Examples have included joining our member Kama Hopkins, a professional. musician, at one of his performances as well as our Lunar New Year dinner earlier this year.
Personally, I would like to see us have socials more regularly so we can interact with each other on an in-person basis. The idea that generated the most interest was getting together periodically for a board game or poker tournament night. It's low-key and family -friendly. We probably just need to coordinate who can host a location for us to get together.
Fundraising and Club Budget
Our current fundraisers are Happy Dollars at our in-person meetings and the Taste of Hawaii event on Kauai. Beyond that, the only means of financial support are our Club dues. We discussed doing a small fundraiser that we can build into an annual event. We don't quite know what form this will take, but a wine tasting or dinner event were both suggested.
The focus of the fundraising has changed over the past several years. In the first few years of the Club, funds were mainly needed for our Dictionary Project because most of our other projects required little financial commitment. As the generosity of our members continues and grows, we are now getting more funds in District Designated Funds and can now pay for the Dictionary Project almost entirely out of those grant funds. So beyond that, our largest expenses are for President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), which is a requirement to certify our Club each year, and the travel costs for Taste of Hawaii, which also results in our largest fundraiser. As we get more members to give to The Rotary Foundation, we will get more District Designated Funds and can take on other projects the Club would like to pursue.
Beginning in July, President-Elect Courtlin Holt-Nguyen will serve as our President. Then in July 2018, President-Elect Nominee Randy Soriano will take over as President. In December of this year, we will want to elect the person to serve as President after Randy. Each year, the President will be assisted by officers including the Treasurer, Secretary, and Sergeant-at-Arms, who are elected by the members as well as Committee Chairs who are appointed by the President. If you are interested in helping in any of these capacities, please email me at email@example.com so that we can talk to you about it. We always want new people to consider leadership and I would love to tell you more. It's also a great way to get to know all of our members.
Most of our discussion under this topic related to our Board meetings, which are usually held the third Monday of the month at EAT Honolulu. They have since merged with HASR Bistro in Chinatown, so our in-person meetings will move there for the foreseeable future. And that brings me to the final change; we used to call these "Board meetings" but because of the nature of what we actually do at the meetings and the monthly opportunity it gives us to see each other, we will be calling them "In-Person Meetings" that are meant to welcome all members to come, participate, and get to know each other. Board business will be part of it, but really this is about strengthening our connections with our fellow members.
The Club Vision Session was a great success in my view and I hope we will be able to have it on an annual basis to help chart the course for our Club as we strive to add value to our members, both personally and professionally.
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