PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Happy New Year everyone! I’m hoping you folks had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Speaking of family and friends, Gloria and Roy King welcomed the Rotary Leadership and members of her club to her beautiful home. It was wonderful to spend time with the Rotary Ohana.
This weekend is our Centennial project. Mahalo to Glenn for coordinating and and sending the info to everyone in the club. Thank you for those that are volunteering on Friday to prepare the imu and Saturday for the event. Ray is coming down from Kauai to join in on the fun. It’s gonna be great. Looking forward to seeing you guys there.
Next week Monday at 6:00 pm I’ll be speaking at the Kapolei Sunset club. This will be a great opportunity to meet other Rotarians and meet on a boat. On January 20th we’ll be having our board meeting. Biz (aka Sarge), will be emailing the club to get your orders. Hope to see you there.
Wishing you all a wonderful, successful, and Happy 2016! I’ll leave you with a quote, “It is with love and joy that I create the New Year and the New Me” - Louise Hay
Santa Clothes Report
By Garry Yee
Linda Low and Garry Yee joined the Rotary Club of Ala Moana on December 12, for their annual Santa clothes event.
The project involves 3 groups:
1. Students selected from a local elementary school whose principal determined would benefit from having some school supplies and clothing for the remainder of the school year.
2. High school students in the Interact program who get community service credit and are also a part of the Rotary program. This year we had student volunteers from Hawaii Baptist Academy and Sacred Hearts Academy.
3. Rotary Club members and friends from various clubs who would go with the elementary school students and Interact volunteers.
The elementary school students were fed a breakfast from McDonalds. We then walked over to Walmart to shop. Each child was allocated $100.00 for clothing, school supplies and possibly 1 toy.
During the shopping trip, we talked about the difference between a want and need and how to decide which is which. They also learned to budget and to keep it close to the $100.00 mark that was given. The child and interact student I was with were able to buy 2 bags of clothing, a pair of shoes and school supplies for just a little under budget.
I believe this is a great experience for all the participants in this annual project.
If you want to participate next year, contact our club President Elect Courtli Holt-Nguyen and let him know that you want to sign up for this great project.
Support Dr. Cliff Kopp and His Walk Around the Big Island
Contributed by: Laine Kohama
Dr. Cliff Kopp, of the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise, is taking on the challenge of creating awareness for Homelessness and Hunger in Hawaii by walking around Hawaii Island. He is walking in 25 mile increments and his total walk will be 217 miles.
I caught up with Dr. Kopp at the Keaau Junction and walked with him to the 15 mile marker in Mountain View. Dr. Kopp is in great spirits and is making good time. The weather from Hilo to Mountain View was wonderful.
If you would like to show your support, please consider making a donation to the Hawaii Island Food Basket of $25.00 or more.
More information about the walk is on the website
Please keep Dr. Kopp in your thoughts and prayers as he makes his way around the island!
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
Centennial 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 imu (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.
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
Donations large and small are appreciated.
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