President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Mahalo for joining our weekly meeting. We've started the new Rotary Year with a lot of goings-on in our Club. Here are some of the updates I'd like to share with you:
Back to School Drive: The Rotary Year has just begun and we already have our first chance at both a service project and a partnership opportunity. On Saturday, July 23, from 9 am-3pm at Kahala Mall, the Rotary Club of East Honolulu is spearheading a back to school drive to benefit Palolo Elementary School and we have been invited to partner with them. Assistance is needed to help roam the area, collect supplies from donors, and talk Rotary. If you are interested and available, please contact me; I am coordinating volunteers and shifts from our Club.
2016-2017 Board Members: Last week, I said I would share information on the dedicated team helping me serve all of our members. Please meet your 2016-2017 Board Members, whom I thank for sharing their time, talent, and treasure in support of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii, Rotary D5000, and Rotary International as we work this year toward our goal of Rotary Serving Humanity:
New Member Vote: Members have until Thursday, July 14, a 4 pm to view information and vote on a new member proposed by Ray Paler. Information and the link were emailed to all members last Thursday, July 7.
2016-2017 Board meetings: The start of a new year allows us time to review what we've done in the past. Part of that review was to change our in-person Board meetings to now occur on the THIRD MONDAY of the month. These meetings are open to our members, other Rotarians, and Friends to attend. Meetings are held 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at EAT Honolulu (location changes will be announced in advance). Please join us!
Dues reminder: Almost all of our members have paid their dues, but a small number have yet to submit their payment. If the summer has distracted you from submitting payment, please do so ASAP. Remember, dues help pay for Club operations and fund our projects, especially our Dictionary Project, something very dear to me personally.
OK, that's a lot for this week, but I hope you can feel the excitement and flurry of activity in our Club and in the Rotary community.
Rotary Means Business Fellowship - Oahu
By PP Garry Yee, Membership Chair 2016-2017
Rotary Means Business Fellowship is open to current Rotarians in your local area. Not all areas in the world are open yet.
I joined because the Business Fellowship is comprised of Business Leaders in the community. The members also Want to do Business with other Rotarians. We meet at local Businesses, enjoy food and drink and meet others that want to make new contacts. Usually the setting is more relaxed than our normal meetings and we get to meet other club members from around the Island.
Events are held 3-4 times a year, the membership is only $10.00 per year, and it’s a fun time.
I would like to invite our members to attend the event at the M Nightclub on July 19, 2016. 17:30-21:00. The event is called Summer, Sips and Supplies, put on by John Strandberg and RMBF-Oahu.
It will give us a chance to network with Business Owners, Rotarians and gather school supplies for the children of the community. check out the event on Facebook: Rotary Means Business Oahu.
My goal is to get more Business Contacts as well as recruit non Rotarians to our club.
We follow the Rotary Code of Conduct
Rotary Code of Conduct
As a Rotarian, I will:
Checkout the link for more information; http://rotarymeansbusiness.com/
Speaker: Rotary Youth Exchange Has Touched My Entire Family
By Linda Mulhern, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
For More Information, see: blog.rotary.org
When you become a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you never imagine how it might affect you in the long term. In my case, my exchange has connected my family in more ways than one.
As a Youth Exchange student to Sweden in 1979-80, I learned a lot about what I was capable of doing on my own, my strengths and weaknesses, and what it took to overcome obstacles. I had an incredible year in Sweden, and still speak Swedish fluently. I have contacts with many friends and communicate regularly with my host parents and host sisters.
After my exchange, I met my husband in ROTEX, a group for Rotary Youth Exchange alumni. He had been a Youth Exchange student to Argentina, and we bonded over travel stories. Once we had kids, I knew our experiences might inspire them to travel.
Our son has taken part in a Rotary Youth Exchange to Turkey and our daughter is currently on a Youth Exchange in Finland. She is one of three girls on a boys hockey team and loves it. We have also hosted over 20 Youth Exchange students over the years.
I have used my Swedish in my profession, and both my husband and I have been able to reach out to people with our language abilities. Our children are able to talk about world events at the dinner table, and we have received many compliments from our children’s friends about how fun it is to talk about world cultures, languages, and politics at the dinner table. They love the laughter, but also realize that to follow the conversation, they need to stay current on world events.
I am most proud of my kids because they will find ways to be inclusive with everyone they meet, find common interests, and start conversations to learn more about the world.
Share your Youth Exchange experience. Your story can inspire others to travel and learn as well.
Learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange
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