President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Our Lunar New Year celebration was a success, with a large table of us joining for some food and friendship at Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant this past weekend. It is always great to spend time in-person with our fellow Rotarians, so we will look to schedule another social event in February or March.
Speaking of in-person Rotary events, our District Conference is happening in May 19-21 at the Sheraton Kaanapali on Maui. Conference Registration is now $399 and it includes 5 meals. There is a special $199 room rate. The District Conference is a chance to come together with Rotarians throughout Hawaii to celebrate our successes this past year and participate in sessions to learn more about Rotary as well as hear from some great guest speakers to inspire you and other Rotarians to continue to serve our communities. This weekend, District 5000 Club Presidents will be meeting on Maui to tour the hotel as well as meet with Maui Rotary leaders. I will share information and photos from this meeting at our next Club meeting.
Finally, two of our members have stepped up this week with updates. First, Rotarian Tippi Cogen is having a Painting With A Purpose fundraiser to support her organization, Thrive Global. And second, Rotarian Ben Holzhauser, who takes care of setting up our online meetings and managing our website, is this week's speaker and shares about his recent engagement and thoughts of being an engaged Rotarian.
Thank you Tippi and Ben for inspiring me and others.
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Painting With A Purpose *Thrive Global*
Rotarian Tippi Cogen's organization, Thrive Global, is hosting this fundraiser.
"Thrive Global Hawaii aids in the transition of disadvantaged youth to adulthood through local and global service outreach projects. Their goal is to educate adults and youth to take ownership in caring for Hawaii lands, its people and the world around them through purposed based service." Proceeds from this event will help send 5-8 youth to LA this summer for an educational inner city service project and prospective university campus tours.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1886374128265948/
Speaker: Commitment Within Our Lives
By: Ben Holzhauser
Earlier this week, Capsun heard about my engagement and asked that I write something for this week’s message. When initially asked, I thought about simply putting a short message together regarding the last couple years spent with my girlfriend, leading up to last weekend’s engagement; however, the more I thought about this post, the more I wanted to bring to light a specific obligation we all share in life and is a reflection of not only engagement and marriage, but our work, relationships, and duties as Rotarians – what I want to talk about is the act of commitment.
Rachael and I met almost two years ago through a company we both worked for at the time. As we got to know each other as colleagues, we were both faced with challenges that included moving across the country, changing careers, and financial strains. Despite these struggles, we were committed to one another, and this act of commitment provided for a sound foundation to overcome many difficulties, while adding stability with our jobs and lifestyles within the city of Chicago. As time pushed on, having a strong commitment proved to be advantageous throughout all unexpected circumstances, and as a result, I felt the timing couldn’t be better to bring this commitment to the next stage through an engagement to be married.
Like a relationship, we find ourselves having obligations and commitments within many aspects of our lives. Some of us are entrepreneurs and have a commitment in the form of planning, foresight, and execution so as to be successful. Others of us have strong commitments to our families, friends, and colleagues, or the communities we live in. Whether we commit to being a parent, volunteer, or leader, the notion of committing to persons, places, or activities gives us all a sense of value, and makes us invaluable to those that rely on us.
While we find ourselves bound to our own personal responsibilities, each one of us reading this post should remember our commitment to the Rotary organization and our communities both locally and internationally because we are all Rotarians. As Rotarians we have the ability to build both personal and professional connections, but more importantly we carry a commitment to better the world around us through voluntary actions and support. Just look at the Rotary International website and you’ll see this commitment front and center as the Rotary promotes a multitude of causes including the promotion of peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, and supporting mothers and children in countries around the world.
As Rotarians we all volunteer to take on additional commitments outside of the responsibilities and obligations of our peers, and thus, should better understand the importance of making a commitment, whether it be for a job, personal goal, or engagement to your significant other.
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 28 May 2016. Rotary and Rotaract members and club and district employees can register for the convention online.
REGISTER BY FAX OR MAIL
EDIT EXISTING REGISTRATION
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)
Registration feesRegister early to take advantage of discounted rates! View registration fees.
Your registration includes:
Group registrationGroups of 25 or more Rotary members, Rotaractors, and club and district employees may register as a group. All fees must be submitted in full in a single payment using a credit card or check (drawn from a U.S. bank only), or through an international office or fiscal agent.
Review the group registration guidelines and download the group registration form. After 31 March 2017, additional group members can be added only on-site at the convention.
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