President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Greetings from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! I'm here for a week, but still had time to do our meeting. That's just one of the benefits of being a member of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii.
Several of us from Rotary E-Club of Hawaii, Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset, Rotary Club of Kapolei Sunset, Rotary Club of Honolulu Pau Hana, and Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise joined together for food and friendship at Bellows on Saturday. We got to enjoy some of the special recipe bratwursts prepared by Glenn and Mary Sears. It's always a good time, so if we missed you this time, I hope we'll see you again in the future. Many of the other Rotary Clubs in District 5000 are planning multi-club events to give us an opportunity to gather with each other.
Great news! Two of our members have been busy carrying out our Rotary Serving Humanity theme this year. First, Carol Fetzer our Community Service Chair, who coordinates our Dictionary Project has two dates down for our Dictionary Project distribution at Kaaawa, Laie, Hauula, and Kahuku Elementary Schools. Please mark October 19 and 20 down, most likely in the morning, but possibly also in the afternoon. We are still finalizing the exact times with the schools. This is my favorite project we do as a Club and I encourage you to participate if you haven't already.
Another busy member is Randy Soriano, who is working on a blood drive. Check it out in our member's updates section after the Read More link.
Finally, the Rotary Clubs of Hawaii Kai and Kaneohe are partnering on a Ducky Dash project to raise money for college scholarships. We are trying to get a couple members from our Club to attend and participate. More details are in the D5000 updates section after the Read More link.
Remember to click Read More below to view the rest of our meeting.
Remaining 2016-2017 Board Meetings
Please know that you are all invited to our Board meetings held at Na Lama Kukui, 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:
Updates from Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Members
From Randy Soriano:
Hey Rotary Team,
May I ask for your help? We are holding a blood drive at our office on Wednesday, September 21. If you are interested, please review the attached flyer and/or contact Jen Freas via email.
The Blood Drive is on Wednesday, September 21, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Other District 5000 Updates
From Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai (President Kim Chalekian):
The Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai and the Rotary Club of Kaneohe Partner to Help Families Pay for College
Community Service Group Commits to Support Scholarship Fundraiser in First Partnership
The Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai recently enlisted The Rotary Club of Kaneohe in a remarkable partnership, whereby both groups commit to fundraise for Ducky Dash, an annual community fundraiser to benefit college scholarships for local students and re-matriculating adults.
Money raised from Ducky Dash will enhance rotary community service projects, including activities with Kaiser High School Interact Club, an educational local health fair, and a school supply drive. In addition, proceeds from the fundraiser will be re-invested into the Hawaii Kai community.
Upwards of 6000 “adopted” ducks will be placed in the Hawaii Kai Marina where, with the help of the wind and tide, the ducks will dash/float to the finish line. The first 25 ducks will be counted as winners. Last year, The Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai raised enough funds to reward six scholarships to deserving students.
“I’m really excited about the growth of Ducky Dash. This year should be twice as large,” said Kim Chalekian, President, Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai. “In addition to the Rotary Club of Kaneohe, we’ve also gotten support from both the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce and the JR Chamber”.
Ducky Dash will be held on the 24th of September 2016 at the Marina behind Hawaii Kai Towne Center’s stage (6700 Kalanianaole Hwy). Entertainment begins at 11 am, with the duck race to follow at 1 pm.
For more details about Ducky Dash, visit rotaryclubofhawaiikai.org.
Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai
The Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai was chartered on September 17, 1973 with 24 members. The Club’s first community service project was providing two-year subscriptions to various magazines for the new Hawaii Kai Library periodical room. Projects completed in 2014-2015 include Rotary Saves Lives, Rotary Gives Thanks, Garden project at Lunililo Home with the Interact Club of Kaiser High School, and The Niu Valley Community Garage Sale. It is fondly called the “Biggest Little Club in Hawai’i”. Visit rotaryclubofhawaiikai.org for more information.
From Rotary Club of Windward Oahu:
The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu is performing a community service project at Kainalu Elementary School on Saturday, September 24, 8am-12noon. As a result of this project, our club will receive a grant of $10,000 that we have designated for Family Promise Hawaii (FPH). FPH provides temporary housing for homeless families trying to get their lives back on track. For more on this organization, please visit their website http://www.familypromisehawaii.org
We need to have at least 25 Rotarians with us to complete this project and secure the grant for Family Promise Hawaii. The projects at Kainalu Elementary School are simple and fun–painting benches, painting hopscotch and 4-square grids, installing student art tiles on a column, repainting a basketball backstop, repaint a yellow walking line around campus, and planting 4 small trees in planters.
In appreciation of this project, the Kainalu School PTA will be providing lunch for our volunteers.
If you could possibly help us with this project, we would truly appreciate it!
Speaker: Polio Survivor's Fight to Live a Normal Life
By Neal Beard, a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Courtesy of Blog.Rotary.Org
“I was 18 when I contracted the disease,” Peggy said, as she spoke into a lowered, stationary microphone set up at the front of our meeting room. She spoke from a motorized wheelchair, reading from her notes.
Peggy was the guest speaker at our club meeting recently, and her story underscored for me why we need to remain committed to eradicating this terrible disease of polio. Statistics are one thing, but when you hear someone’s story who has battled the disease, it takes your emotional resolve to a completely different level.
“I had been married for three years and had a one-year-old daughter when I contracted polio,” Peggy continued.
“One evening my husband and a couple of friends went on a night fishing trip. We girls decided our treat would be to go out and eat burgers and shakes and smoke a cigarette. This was during the ‘50’s…The next morning I woke up very nauseated with a severe headache that quickly got worse. The next day my neck was stiff and very painful. My husband carried me to the doctor, who put me in the hospital for a week of test, but they couldn’t determine what was wrong. I talked the doctor into letting me go home, but when I stepped up to go inside, my knee collapsed and I fell to the floor.”
In the polio ward
Peggy saw another doctor who suspected polio and sent her to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed it, beginning a year and a half of therapy at the hospital’s polio treatment center.
“Vanderbilt had an entire floor that was the polio ward. Many people, all ages, from several states were there. They had iron lungs, rocking beds, and portable breathing machines to help the ones who needed it. There was only one elevator to that floor. There was a little open-air room you could visit with relatives on the weekends.”
“I never cried, even when the therapy was very painful. Sometimes a tear would fall out, but one day the main doctor came in and rubbed a sharp instrument on the bottom of my foot. I was able to feel some of it. Then he said, ‘Wiggle your big toe for me.’ I tried my hardest to move my big toe but it would not move. That’s when I finally broke down and cried. To this day, I still cannot move that big toe.”
Peggy was eventually able to return home, where she continued therapy there with the use of braces. The doctors initially told her husband that she would never walk again, but he kept that opinion from her for more than 20 year. Without that to deter her, she eventually learned to walk again, with only a slight limp and halting step.
“I wanted my family to have a normal mom and a normal life too,” she said. “If the school asked the parents to send a cake or pie for some event, I would send them two. My daughter said that she never knew that I was crippled until she attended college.”
A few years ago, Peggy began to lose the strength in her legs and her overall endurance began to wane. Post-polio syndrome, a wearing out of the good muscles that have been overused to compensate for the atrophied ones, had set in.
She finally had to accept the fact that she needed a motorized wheelchair to get around. In addition, she purchased a specially designed mini-van with sliding side door and access ramp. It is even equipped with hand controls for braking and acceleration to allow her to drive.
Peggy’s story moved our members to donate more than $3,000 to the PolioPlus campaign and our club isn’t finished yet. I hope her story will motivate you to help us End Polio Now.
Thank you and God bless you Peggy Tingle.
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