PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! It is Christmas and it’s my favorite time of the year. It’s a time to spend time with family and friends and fellow Rotarians. In going with the speaker's message this week, one of the reasons I stay in Rotary is because of all the wonderful people like you.
This week we were so blessed to sort of officially welcome in Kama to our Rotary E Club of Hawaii. I say “sort of” as we didn’t know Kama could make our Rotary Board meeting and he did. We even did the pinning ceremony and we’ll do an official one later for sure. We had an excellent turnout for the board meeting and thank you for everyone that attended.
Speaking of friends, our fellow Rotarian friend Kirk Matthews, “Uncle Kirk” is fighting cancer. When I was at the Rotary zone institute and talking with Kirk I was saddened to hear about his cancer. Kirk has given so much to the community he calls home, “Hawaii” and to his Rotary Ohana. I’m hoping you folks can make the event for his fundraiser and if not you can donate to him. Here is the link with the information on the fundraiser and where to donate which is in the area to purchase tickets.
This month is Rotary’s Disease and Prevention month. From RI’s website "Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.” Of course RI’s biggest mission is to eradicate polio and together we can do it. This month you can pledge to RI’s website and donate under polio plus where the Gates Foundation for do a 2 for 1 match on your donation.
Wishing you all a wonderful week. I would like to leave you with a quote, “For it is in giving that we receive” - Saint Francis of Assisi
Friendship and Networking: That's Why I Stay in Rotary
By Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
One of the difficult decisions I made recently was to change Rotary clubs. I had moved from the city of Vancouver to the suburb of Ladner. I had continued commuting for a few years, 45 minutes each way, to my Rotary meeting. When I finally decided to join a club only 10 minutes from my home, I left friends of many years behind and was introduced to new friends. The network of friends in my old club and the new friends in my current club are why I stay in Rotary.
My network of Rotary friends goes far beyond my Rotary club. I have made Rotary friends from many countries. Rotary has taken me to every corner of the world. Rotary conventions and opportunities for volunteer service have extended my network of friends from Sudan to Russia to India to Australia. Social media keeps me connected to this extended network of Rotary friends.
I experienced firsthand at a recent Rotary meeting the opportunities offered by the Rotary network of friends. My local member of Parliament (MP) is a member of my club. Not surprisingly, Rotarians often have questions and advice for her.
Even after the bell rang to end the meeting, a table of eight members continued their discussion with our MP for another 20 minutes. I know that not everyone at the table will vote for the MP’s party. This was an open conversation on local and national issues. For our MP, it was an opportunity to hear from her constituents, and for members of my club, it was the chance to talk to their federal representative candidly as a Rotary member.
There is no better place than a Rotary club to meet people from diverse backgrounds who offer friendship and networking opportunities. Every Rotary club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one common trait — friendship.
To me, Rotary friendship means standing outside a grocery store in December selling calendars to raise funds for community projects. Friendship means attending club social events at a member’s home. It means supporting a club member who is ill. It means giving polio drops to children in India.
Local and global networking and friendship are the reasons I stay in Rotary. They are the reasons that being a Rotarian is such an exciting and gratifying experience.
For more information, see: See: http://blog.rotary.org/2015/08/18/friendship-and-networking-thats-why-i-stay-in-rotary/#more-5778
Congrats Rotary E-Club of Hawaii!
By: Ray Paler
Aloha Fellow Members,
Congratulations! Thank you for supporting our club’s efforts in surpassing our Annual Fund Goal Amount. Attached please find this month’s report showing that we are at 104% of our goal set for our 2015-2016 year. Currently we are ranked #3 in D5000 for Annual Fund contributions and our Annual Fund Per Capita amount is at $132 per member. This Per Capita amount also helps us with our Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Per Capita too, providing every member contributes in this Rotary Year. Please consider contributing if you have not yet online at www.rotary.org . Contributions should be made before March 31, 2016 to be counted for this Rotary year. Rotary International may not be able to properly recognize contributions for this year after that date.
We are doing very well as a new small club!
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
RMBF – Oʻahu Fellowship Meeting & Holiday Networking Event
SPONSORED AND HOSTED BY HONOLULU FORD LINCOLN
WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 2015
TIME: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: HONOLULU FORD
1370 N. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Pupus and Beverages will be Provided!
Please RSVP by December 7, 2015!
The Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Service Project
Name of event: Centenial Service Project
Sponsoring club: Kaneohe Rotary Club
Contact person: John Moody (email@example.com) and Jan Sung
Date of event: January 9, 2016 from 8:00-12:00
Location of event: Waikalua Loko Pond (see map below)
Reason for the event: To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii
If reservations are required, when and to whom?: Yes, besides being a work day it will conclude with a luau. RSVP to Glenn Sears (GSears@Stanfordalumni.org).
Is there a fee?: No but our club will decide on the menu item we will each bring.
Dress code: Bring gloves, water (not in plastic bottles), clothes and shoes you won’t mind getting wet and muddy.
Expected outcome from the event: Cleanup. Work to be done will be determined later. This will help the community, grow and retain membership by getting community involvement.
Any other pertinent information:
One rep from our club is needed the evening before from 5:00-7:00 to prepare the emu (moving rock, cutting banana stump and kindling Contact Glenn Sears (GSears@Stanfordalumni.org) if you are available. On Saturday morning we'll start the fire in the imu so it will be ready to cook by 7 a.m. Food will be pulled out by 12 p.m. and ready to serve by 12:30 p.m. food needing to be cooked in the imu will need to be at the site no later than 6:45 a.m.
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
Donations large and small are appreciated.
How do I makeup at this club?
Are you a visiting Rotarian that would like to do a makeup with us?