PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
This weekend we had a great time at the Centennial project. Mahalo to AG Sandy and the Kaneohe Club to spearhead the Centennial project. Mahalo to Capsun, Biz, and Ray for coming out to the Waikalua Loko fishpond pond. Garry was sick and couldn’t make it so let’s all wish him well. Big mahalo to Ray for flying out on Friday and camping there to take care of the imu and make his awesome rice pudding. It was ono! Biz did an awesome job documenting the event with pictures and posting in social media, while Capsun and I took out the invasive seaweed from the pond. I’ll be doing a bigger writeup in the coming weeks with pictures shared from Biz, Ray, and myself.
In December, DGE Clint and myself went down to Camp Erdman to prepare for Pre PETS. What Clint is cooking up for Pre PETS is going to be great and the leadership team is doing such an excellent job. I’m so happy to be a part of a wonderful team. The PEs are going to have a great time at Pre PETS. My role as SAA is working with Marietta and Joanne. We’re currently getting the name tags ready, an activity for the PEs, survival kit for the PEs, and making the packet of information for the PEs. Capsun, I’m looking forward to you being at Pre PETS and PETS and I’ll be there with you too. You’re going to have a great time.
What I love about projects is spending time with our Rotary Ohana and other Rotarians with their family and friends. Since joining Rotary I have made what I would consider friends for life. I’ll leave you with this quote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship” - Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Speaker: Everyone Needs a Break
By: Ben Holzhauser
It had been three years since my last vacation. During this time I had worked on average between 45-65 hours a week, flown to almost all fifty states, and spent many nights with little or no sleep, as I prepared financial comparisons, presentations, and an array of other materials for my meetings each week. The first six months of this binge were the toughest, then, slowly over time, I began to settle into the regular pattern that encompassed a normal workday, week, month, and eventual year. My time apart from work often left me thinking of unfinished work, and the continuous rhythmic pattern of having too much to do, with not enough hours to do it, became a frequent theme.
Why do I bring this up? Simply because I began to realize that burning the candle at both ends will become (at some point) dangerous, and, I was missing out on the lives and events of the friends and family I care deeply towards. Thus I decided enough was enough – I planned a trip to take during the Christmas holiday, booked my tickets, and used a number of vacation days that had been piling up over the years with my employer.
The trip was a success. Not only did I relax for the first time in a long while (this included turning off my phone and refusing to go through my emails for ten days), but also helped me connect with my friends from graduate school back in Edinburgh, Scotland; as well as my family still living scattered across the Netherlands. I now have returned from my trip feeling ten times more at ease than I was before I left. My mind is clear from much of the clutter it held before the vacation, and I’m sure my body is also appreciative, as I’ve been able to catch up on much needed rest.
If you’re a workaholic such as myself, I highly encourage you to take a step back and consider the advantages of a vacation. Although you may feel it will take away from your business or financial wellbeing, it definitely allows you to come back feeling much more productive, which will show in your efficiency and effectiveness on the job.
Contributed by Ray Paler
Thank you for all your hard work and the great December showing for the Rotary Foundation. December’s total monthly giving of $54,000 represents a 100% increase of our previous BEST month. This performance came on the shoulders of some great performances from:
Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise $7,140.00
Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset $7,035.00
Rotary Club of Honolulu $6,902.00
Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu $5,380.00
This month also marks the 1st club (Pahoa Sunset) to reach 100% EREY, but please remember that in order for you to receive your 100% EREY award the per capita giving needs to be at or above $100.00 per active member.
Our District’s accumulated goal for the year is $286,940 and currently we are at $166,710 for the year. I’m asking for your help. I need each of the clubs to look at their individual goals and let me know how we can help you obtain your objectives. Remind your members of the goal that your club set and remember that the only way you will get these funds is if you ask for it.
In order for us to meet our goal, we will need about $40,000 each month for the next three months. We need to make this push now since funds need to be collected and recorded at RI before our District Conference.
The following bar chart shows our monthly performance YTD.
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
As you are aware, our Club is coordinating a multi-club meeting at the Plaza Club on Friday, 1/15/16. The meeting will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. RC District Membership Development Chairman Ayman El-Dakhakhni will be the presenter. His topic will be about membership and the New Focus. Lunch will be $19. We are encouraging all WCO Clubs to attend this event not only because Ayman has requested it but also because your Club members' participation will constitute one of the three membership activities needed to qualify for the 2016 DG Citation (i.e. at least 15% of club members must attend a multi-club meeting with the District membership chairperson).
If you and/or your members are interested in attending, please note your attendance in the doodle that follows: http://doodle.com/poll/d5t35umikkcaq4ky
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
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register even if you can’t make it to ensure you get a link to the recording. We will also store the recording on the Zone website within a week of the webinar.
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