President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
We have the details of our RECH Holiday Lunch get-together. This is meant to be a low-key, informal event that allows us to bring our families to join with our Rotary friends. Mahalo to SAA Biz for most of the planning and for taking RSVPs.. Additional details below:
And don't forget, we have the opportunity to attend a free Priority #1 Membership Workshop on Saturday, December 3! Space is limited. You can find more information and register here: http://bit.ly/HawaiiPriority1
Finally, I forgot to mention in last week's meeting that the December Board meeting will not happen. We encourage you to join us at our Holiday Luncheon for an opportunity to meet-up in person.
Have an awesome week everyone! Mahalo!
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This Week's Events
Priority 1 Workshop (December 3, 2016)
We have the opportunity to attend a free Priority #1 Membership Workshop on Saturday, December 3! Space is limited. You can find more information and register here: http://bit.ly/HawaiiPriority1
Kahala Mall's Very Merry Event (December 2-4, 2016)
This event gives non-profit organizations in Hawaii the opportunity to raise funds for their prospective mission. Non-profits have sold $5 VIP passes (non-profits retain 100% of the profit of ticket sales) to family, friends and their community, to attend the Very Merry Event at Kahala Mall. Participating stores and restaurants are providing exclusive offers, savings and gift with purchases to pass holders during this holiday shopping event. This pass can only be used once at each participating store from December 2 - 4. Click here for the list of participating stores.
2016 XTERRA World's Trail Run (December 4, 2016)
Please go to: www.xterrakualoa.com for race info
RECH Holiday Lunch
This is meant to be a low-key, informal event that allows us to bring our families to join with our Rotary friends. Mahalo to SAA Biz for most of the planning and for taking RSVPs.. Additional details below:
Speaker: Rotary is a Family That Unites
By Mark Wilson, Rotary Club of London | Courtesy of blog.rotary.org | November 18, 2016
After a long flight from London, I arrived in Durban, South Africa, in 2011 to begin a short-term Rotary Youth Exchange, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise and hosted by Westville Rotary. I did not know what or who would be greeting me, so I had a bit of anxiety which I can clearly remember to this day.
In hindsight, of course, I had nothing to fear as I stepped off the plane into King Shaka International Airport. What followed was an adventure like nothing I had ever experienced before. Enjoying many opportunities to volunteer made me feel as though I was making a contribution to the world. And taking time to listen to my hosts, I learned a lot about South Africa.
The meaning of kindness
But by far the most memorable part of the trip was the people. Rotary members and their families inspired me, and those interactions had a lasting impact on me. Rotarians showed me the meaning of kindness, generosity, and love. I thank Rotary and the wonderful people in South Africa for giving me first-hand experience of our shared core values. It was the best introduction anyone could hope to have into the global family.
Prior to my exchange, I had been a member of Interact since age 16, and then a member of Rotaract, twice president of both clubs. I had the opportunity to speak at many district conferences and visit many more Rotary clubs with the aim of encouraging Rotarians to continue to support young people.
In August of this year, at 26, I became a Rotarian, inducted into the Rotary Club of London. Not long after, RI President John Germ emailed me: “Mark: your story is a great one,” encouraging me to share it.
The moral to my story is that we are a family and we should never lose sight of that. Not unlike any family that has lasted this long, we have learned that love and a common cause can unite despite our disparities. As we continue to grow, we must continue to embrace all who seek to serve humanity, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, race or otherwise. In a world that is becoming increasingly divisive, Rotary International must continue to shine, as it always has, as a beacon of peace, unity, fellowship, and friendship.
About the author: Mark Wilson is a university lecturer in London, England, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and member of the Rotary Club of London in District 1130, the first club chartered outside North America in 1912
Remaining 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:
Rotary District 5000 District Conference for 2017
It’s time to get excited about the 2017 District Conference, and THIS year, we’re headed to Maui! From May 19th to the 21st, Rotarians from around the state will invade the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa situated on the Kaanapali Beach. The conference kicks off with a Friday evening reception. We’ll have all day sessions on Saturday and a Gala dinner to celebrate the beginning of the second century of Rotary in Hawaii! The conference ends mid-day on Sunday. Our Rotary room rates begin at just $199 a night (+tax)!
More information is available at the registration site.
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