President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
We are going to be busy in my last few weeks as President. I'll have more updates next week, but wanted to highlight two activities that we need your participation and help to succeed.
First, we will hold a Club Vision Session on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10 am - 2 pm, at the home of Rotarian Susan Szabo. Address details will be emailed to all members. This is meant to serve as an opportunity to gather informally to discuss the future of our Club and what projects/activities we want to focus on during President-Elect Courtlin Holt-Nguyen's term that begins on July 1. RSVP to President-Elect Nominee Randy Soriano on or before Friday, June 2, 2017.
Second, the very next day, Sunday, June 4, 2017, the annual Taste of Hawaii event will take place on Kauai, headed by the Rotary Club of Kapaa, with the participation and assistance of all Kauai Rotary Clubs and several others. Last year, our Club had a total volunteer crew of five who assisted with logistics and moving supplies around. It was labor-intensive work and also quite enjoyable. This also ended up being our largest fundraiser for the year as all Clubs who assist are given a share of the proceeds. This year. If you are interested in participating, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Sunday, May 22, 2017 so that I can coordinate with Assistant Governor Ray Paler. The Board has approved some funds to offset the costs of flying over, but please note that depending on the number of members participating and the cost of flights, this may not be enough to cover all of your expenses.
I hope all of you who are able to attend will join us at the Club Vision Session and that anyone interested will be able to help with the Taste of Hawaii event.
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Speaker: Serving with Rotary Brings Joy to My Life
By Jack Bechaud, Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA | Courtesy of "blog.rotary.org"
If you would have told me a few years ago that I’d be lugging 15 bags of cement in the high mountains of Cusco, Peru, to help local villagers, I would not have believed you.
It sounds a little cliché, but Rotary has helped me come so far, in so many ways. It’s helped me grow as a person in ways I never thought possible. It’s brought joy back to my life.
This was my second service trip with the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, within a short period of time. Traveling so far away from home with many hours in a plane and airports is not necessarily my idea of a good time. Further, having what seems like just come back from an amazing trip to India and new friends there, not to mention the incredible work we did, then turning around and getting on more planes might seem crazy to some of you.
But I can tell you it’s totally worth it! Seeing people who have nothing makes you appreciate everything. Being able to learn from them and learn that your project is going to be duplicated in other pueblos as a success story is beyond belief. Working in very hard conditions at high altitude with our Rotarians friends here at the Rotary Club Julio J. Delgado Cusco and our own members creates a bond like no other.
Travel stress, miles and miles and miles of narrow mountain roads, seeing our Indian Rotarians comment on our work here and our Peruvian Rotarians comment on work we did in India — builds life long relations and bridges. Not walls. (Although we actually are building walls for buildings). It’s the gift you give to others that gives back to you.
Rotary is not what I thought it was. It’s so much better, and so much more.
One day, I carried 15 bags of concrete on my shoulders, dug a trench three feet deep by three feet wide, wired parts of the building for electricity, drank more water than I ever thought possible, and pumped more blood than my heart even thought possible while breathing. In mountain air at altitudes higher than the alpacas that roam here. My body ached, but my heart was full, and even though it’s beyond my ability to convey what this is like, I hope some of the pictures show a glimpse of what we are doing.
All in all, I have my luggage, clean clothes and health and next to that everything else is a bonus. You can read more about our service trip and see photos at #RotaryPeru2017.
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