PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Last week Thursday I visited and spoke at the Honolulu Metro club. They meet at 7:15 am in the morning at the Plazza club in Downtown Honolulu. It was great see old friends and make new friends. Our past DG Roz Cooper was there, which I may add helped our club with Foundation with our very own Ray Paler. The DGE Clint was there with AG Jim McClelland who was in attendance too. It was also great to see my classmate President Lee and past President Bob there as well. Mahalo Honolulu Metro for the awesome Rotary glass cup (shown in the slide show).
They had a presentation about Foundation which was great and as always, with every Rotary meeting I learned something new. Had a great time learning about their projects, and Rick, who is there community chair, is having one on November 21st where they are going to help an organization called Project Hope. This is the first time they are currently working with them and I’ll touch bases with Rick to see how it goes.
It was also great to see Garry, Biz, Glenn and Mary Sears at our multi club meeting with the Pearl Harbor club at the Oahu Country Club. Thank you folks for coming by and wonderful seeing you all! I’ll report on that visit the next time.
Today is our board meeting and I would like to thank our Sarge Biz for taking care of us by making sure we have a place to sit, eat and meet : ) Lastly, on Saturday is a presentation given by Ayman about the multi club meeting at Pohai Nani, at 10:00 am and then after that we’ll have lunch and do our Rotary Gives Thanks Day Project. I would like to wish everyone a great week and weekend. I would like to leave you with a quote, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing” - Mother Teresa
Speaker: Rotary Day of Dialogue - Initiating Change
By Chris Offer (Blog.Rotary.org)
I have had the opportunity to help design an imaginative Rotary event. The Rotary Day of Dialogue in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 21 November, will give voice to Rotary members’ ideas on how to transform Rotary.
John Anderson, governor of District 5040 (British Columbia) conceived the idea as an opportunity forRotarians to exchange thoughts on what they want Rotary to look like now and in the future. It is a day to share ideas on how to mend broken Rotary clubs, grow membership, expand service, and invite young leaders into Rotary.
The day is built around a group of 10 initiators — not discussion leaders or presenters or lecturers. Each initiator will speak for only five minutes, to engage and challenge the audience on topics such as: characteristics of an effective Rotary club, Rotary’s new voice, ways to attract young professionals, and attributes of a good Rotarian. Each theme will be followed by 30 minutes of dialogue under the guidance of a moderator.
Vancouver has a unique venue for the Rotary Day of Dialogue. Simon Fraser University’s Wosk Centre is an inspiring space, designed for dialogue and interaction. Five concentric tiers provide desk seating for 154 participants, with microphones at every seat. Each Rotary participant will have an opportunity to discuss, listen, learn, and take action.
The venue selection is a key element in this approach to Rotary learning and discussion. Traditional conference sites and ballrooms will work if appropriately set up. But the use of a roaming or floor microphone will not encourage discussion; it is essential to have as many microphones as possible to foster dialogue.
The moderator needs the skills to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak and that no one dominates the discussion. He or she must also be able to probe in order to nurture the discussion and help participants articulate their thoughts. In Vancouver, we have a Rotarian who has worked in radio and as a TV news anchor.
Each Rotary member will be asked to set personal and club goals. The lists of goals won’t be collected, but the moderator will ask that some of them be shared. And the district leaders are committed to reviewing the district strategic plan to ensure that it reflects the day’s discussion.
The success of the event will be gauged by what action is taken in the weeks and months after the event.
Learn more about the Rotary Day of Dialogue, and download an agenda or a goal-setting form for participants. Follow the event on social media using #RotaryDialogue.
About the author: Chris Offer, a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner in British Columbia, is a past governor of District 5040 and serves on the Rotary International Membership Committee. He and his wife, Penny, are Major Donors and Arch Klumph Society members.
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
The Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Service Project
Name of event: Centenial 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 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.
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