PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
This is a wonderful time of the year to spend with your family and friends. Earlier this month we had a barbecue for our club at my home. It was great to see my Rotary Ohana that could attend. Mahalo Garry, Linda, Capsun, Linh, Biz, Glenn, and Mary that brought your wonderful dishes to share and enjoy with everyone. Great job to Capsun on getting his first sponsor pin and Garry getting his 2nd sponsor pin for bringing in 4 members into Rotary.
Wishing all our Rotary E Club of Hawaii and Rotarians everywhere a Happy Holidays and Mele Kalikimaka! “Cherish the pleasure of time spent together."
By: Carol Fetzer
CEO, Forte Speakers and Forte Speakers Hawaii
Everything I’ve done career-wise I see as a great education. I love learning, and I learned so much from my years as an events planner with my own company in the 80’s in Hawaii – Milestone Events Productions. I had come out of the education world, so having a business was certainly a daring entrepreneurial adventure. I promoted such name speakers as Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller.
In early 1990 I had the opportunity to go to work for Disney at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. I was in management at the Disney University, now called The Disney Institute, and oversaw the Disney “Approach” seminars for resort guests – the programs that taught how Disney does it. For example, The Disney Approach to Customer Service. In my experience at Disney I learned a powerful lesson about success. and that is: we must seek to “EXCEED” our clients’ expectations – not just meet them. While at Disney I also gave keynote speeches for the company at major conferences around the country. So I got to have the experience of actually being a keynote speaker.
After I left Disney I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Imagine working for someone who lived what he taught in such a profound way! The years I spent at the FranklinCovey Company afforded me the opportunity to work with large Washington DC based speakers bureaus as a “client” as I hired many amazing speakers for the annual conferences that I was responsible for – people like Mikhail Gorbechev, Jim Collins, Madam Jehan Sedat, General Colin Powell and General Norman Schwartzkopf. And this continued to lay the groundwork for eventually opening my own speakers bureau. In fact, I ran the FranklinCovey Speakers Bureau for a couple of years, and a few years later was contracted back by them to help them revive it.
Having been a meeting and events planner, then a keynote speaker, and then a client who hired speakers from large bureaus for major conferences all gave me a great education for eventually launching Forte Speakers thirteen years ago, and Forte Speakers Hawaii almost four years ago. Additionally, I have learned over all of these years that it is most important to keep strong relationships, and never negate any relationships in our work. I’ve had tremendous success with Forte Speakers with organizations and associations, who have become important clients that I worked with while at Disney, and while at FranklinCovey.
One last lesson – while studying (and later working with) Tony Robbins, I not only did the Firewalk, but I did it several times, and also brought it to Hawaii. The Firewalk was a “breakthrough” experience for me, and bringing Tony Robbins and his Firewalk workshop to Hawaii was truly a daring adventure. That is something that has helped me in my career ever since. We have to take chances, go for it, and sometimes do what we’re the most afraid of doing.
Rotary Dictionary Project "Thank You" Letters
By: Laine Kohama
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
Centennial Service Project
Sponsoring club: Kaneohe Rotary Club
Contact person: John Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 imu (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.
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