PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Wishing everyone is having a good start to the 2016 year. Today is our board meeting and I’m looking forward to touching bases with folks and getting the team ready for the second half of the year. Mahalo Biz for always coordinating our meeting with EAT Honolulu.
Last week I spoke to the Kapolei Sunset club which I believe Capsun visited before. They meet on a boat and it’s nice to be on the water and enjoy the ocean and sunset. Also, in the pictures Mason works the bar and can mix a great Bloody Mary. Mahalo to President Alicia for having me speak to there club. They all had wonderful questions about computer security and how to manage there accounts. A bunch there members were out that day and couldn’t make the talk. Overall, it a wonderful club and I would recommend folks to visit them.
Last week I went to the multi club Rotary meeting at Honolulu Sunset and saw Mary Sears there. I’ll be sure to report back later in the coming weeks. Have a great week everyone. One last thing. January is the month where folks make New Year’s resolutions, aka “goals”. What I found that helps is to write out my goals daily and create next action steps on accomplishing them. That way the goals I’ve set never takes a back seat or goes into the back burner. Some of them aren’t easy, but they are moving along and gotten further than they’ve ever been in the 3rd week of January. I actually have two goals done already. Here’s a quote that I agree with, “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t you’re right.” - Mary Kay Ash
Speaker: CLUBS BATTLE HUNGER IN MISSOURI WITH ‘FOOD FIGHT’
By: David Sweet (Rotary News, see Rotary.org)
Though the media tends to focus on underdeveloped countries when the subject is hunger, food scarcity is also a problem in the United States.
Consider parts of Missouri, where one of every six people goes hungry, according to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
Rotary member Steve Dulle wanted to change that. For his induction as this year’s governor of District 6080, he eschewed a traditional installation featuring fine food and formal wear. Instead, he asked members throughout the district to collect nonperishable provisions and volunteer at local food banks and pantries on the day that he took office. And he launched a monthlong “food fight” that pit clubs in the northern part of his district against those in the south to see who could collect the most food.
The north won — as did the area’s hungry residents. Rotary members, Rotaractors, and their families and friends collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and raised nearly $19,000 for Missouri’s food pantries.
“I wanted to start off my year with an example of what it should primarily portray, namely a dedication to service,” says Dulle. “This was the first time we did a service project for our district — it united us.”
The Rotary Club of Jefferson City Breakfast took top honors for the amount of food brought in, collecting more than 2,500 pounds of nonperishable items outside a supermarket on Saturdays in July. The Rotary Club of Columbia-Metro contributed the most labor, volunteering 258 hours at the Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri. And the Columbia South, Fulton and Jefferson City Evening clubs collected the most money for the cause, more than $2,000 each.
Rotary members and guests even repackaged nearly 5,000 pounds of Rice Krispies for local food pantries. Dulle says that a volunteer stood on a ladder and shoveled the cereal from a 15-foot box into a large pan, which was eventually divided by others into serving sizes for innumerable plastic containers ready for delivery.
Local Rotaract members pitched in as well.
“Coordinated projects like these are able to take service projects to another level,” says Jolyn Sattizahn, president of the Rotaract Club of Columbia, who helped with the effort.
Of the 49 clubs in the district, 36 participated in the initiative.
Larry Price, president of the Rotary Club of Mountain View, says he’ll never forget volunteering at an Ozarks Food Harvest pantry.
“Frankly, I had no idea that so many people in Mountain View were being served at this site,” he says. “And the beneficiaries of the program were quick to express their appreciation to the volunteers as they made their way around the tables.”
Dulle’s 28 June installation as district governor, at the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, was atypical. There was no banquet, attendees wore shorts, and the governor was sworn in during a lunch break. He wouldn’t have done it any differently.
“It was important that the project be hands-on so we could better feel the service we were doing,” he says. “Because of the project, clubs are continuing to work with their food banks.”
And that promises to make a dent in the district’s hunger problem in the years to come.
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Rotary Foundation Webinar
PDG Phil Sammer is informing you that Pamela Russell has invited D5000 to participate in a Zone 25/26 foundation webinar on Tuesday Feb 2, 3:30-4:30pm Hawaii time. If you want to listen in, please register via the link below. Here's Pam's message:
Fellow RRFC Wyn Spiller and I are excited to bring you our next Zones 25/26 Rotary Foundation Webinar on Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:30 pm PST. The presenters and topics are the following:
-Trustee Tom Thorfinnson will present an update on the latest from the January Trustee meeting.
-Stewardship Manager Meredith Burlew will talk about the work of the cadre members.
-Water & Sanitation Manager Erica Gwynn will cover what is going on with the new Project Enhancement Process.
-And we will conclude with an update on The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration.
We are looking forward to having you on the call as well as anyone you think would find this helpful. This email is only going to District leadership so feel free to share it with your clubs.
Please register for Zones 25/26 Rotary Foundation Webinar on Feb 02, 2016 5:30 PM PST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7472676118446205185
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