President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
It's been a busy week for the members of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii. Just last night, several of us attended this month's Rotary Means Business Fellowship - Oahu meeting at the Kaneohe Yacht Club.
And on Monday, we inducted two new members, Rotarians Jan Mills and Dick Mills. Although they officially joined our Club late in 2016, we just officially inducted them. As I said during their induction, Jan and Dick have a long history of service, both in and out of Rotary, and have been Rotarians long before they joined our Club. Please join me in congratulating them.
Also at Monday's Board meeting, President-Elect Courtlin Holt-Nguyen was recognized as a Polio Champion in District 5000 (Rotary in Hawaii). This recognizes someone who has contributed at least $100 to The Rotary Foundation specifically to support PolioPlus and Rotary's efforts at Polio eradication throughout the world.
On Sunday, our election closed and I am happy to report the following members were elected to the following positions for the Rotary Year that begins on July 1:
Finally, PE Courtlin Holt-Nguyen is this week's speaker, sharing thoughts and lessons from the Far West PETS training that he recently attended.
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Speaker: Reflections from Far West PETS
By President-Elect Courtlin-Holt Nguyen
“You can’t be friends with people you don’t know!” and “don’t bring a light saber on stage with you during a crowded panel discussion” were some of the many lessons learned during the recent President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in San Jose, CA. You may have heard the term “PETS” whispered reverently by past Rotary club Presidents but I for one didn’t know what to expect as I checked into the San Jose Doubletree hotel at 11 pm on that Friday; jet-lagged, freezing (it was 42 degrees at night!) but happy to have a warm chocolate chip cookie in hand as a trudged to my room.
What is PETS? PETS is a jam-packed, all-things-Rotary weekend of 16-hour days filled with meals, training sessions and after parties that is held each year a few months before the new club Presidents take over. The goal of PETS is to motivate each incoming President to leave utterly exhausted but with a plan for where they want to lead their club in the coming year. I’ll be sharing my plan in future messages but for now, rest assured that I’ll be asking for your suggestions and honest feedback at regular intervals.
What were some of the “aha” moments from the weekend? Well, the important one that seems obvious in retrospect was mentioned above, “you can’t be friends with people you don’t know!” This is true for clubs with 20 members or 200. The next time you find yourself talking with a fellow Rotarian who you don’t know very well, go beyond the traditional questions of “How are you? What’s your name? What do you do for a living?” and ask deeper questions such as “What are your skills and passions? What made you want to be a Rotarian? What’s the one thing about Rotary that makes you proud to be a Rotarian?” The answers may surprise you and will certainly help you develop a better feel for the incredible person you’re likely to be talking to. I sat next to a different person at every class and every meal throughout the PETS weekend. The fascinating stories I heard and the connections I made with other Rotarians were priceless.
Rotary isn’t really about pins and titles and slogans. It’s about leaders coming together, exchanging ideas and taking action to improve the lives of those around them. A Rotarian is a special kind of person, someone who has both the desire and the ability to make a difference in this world. That’s the type of person I want to be around. How about you?
District Assembly Registration Now Open
From Kathleen Rhoads Merriam, Rotary D5000 Co-Trainer
Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
Registration is now open for the D5000 Assemblies! Please sign up at your Rotary club and we look forward to sessions that are tailored to a wide range of Rotarians. There will be something for everyone. Whether you have been a Rotarian for many years or you just became a member, there is something for YOU on the agenda!
Mahalo for taking the time out of your busy schedule to make your club stronger. Come enjoy the opportunity of being with fellow Rotarians from all over your island.
Oahu: April 22nd, 2017 (Saturday) Kapolei High School, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway. Contact your area Assistant Governor or D5000 Co-Trainer Kathleen Merriam at K.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan to attend, please email President Capsun Poe at email@example.com.
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
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31 March 2017:
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14 June 2017:
Last day for online registration ($490 Rotarians / $130 Rotaractors)
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