President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
This past weekend was a busy one for Rotary in Hawaii. First, we had our Potential Rotary Leaders Seminar (PRLS) which is held every other year. Second, RC of Metropolitan Honolulu held a big service project. And finally, the big Connecting for Good event kicked off in Hawaii. Planning and execution by PP Laine Kohama, Randy Soriano, and Kama Hopkins were instrumental in making this event a success. You can view videos from the event on our Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Facebook page.
As we gear up for the holidays, we have a couple events going on. First is Kahala Mall's Very Merry Event (a fundraiser for our Club) and the XTERRA service project with Thrive Global and Tippi Cogen. Also, SAA Biz Kellam is getting some legwork done to set up a Holiday Get-together for our Club; we are targeting early December to avoid much of the holiday rush. Once details are set, you will read about it here.
Finally, check out Arnold Grahl's inspiring article plane-jumping friends found a way to combine fun and raising money for Polio eradication via The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus program and the 2-to-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Have an awesome week everyone! Mahalo!
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Fundraiser: Kahala Mall's Very Merry Event
From PP Garry Yee:
I have the tickets for the Kahala Mall "Very Merry Event" shopping discount pass.
Please let me know how many you would like to either sell and purchase for yourselves. The tickets are $5 each and will give you discounts at the participating stores.
This is one of the ways our club raises funds for club operations. We get to keep the entire amount raised. We are very thankful to Kahala Mall for this opportunity.
You will also have a chance at the Grand Prize Drawing for a night at the Kahala Hotel & Resort plus a Buffet Breakfast for 2 at the Plumeria Beach House. There are also 2 $50.00 Kahala Mall Gift cards up for grabs.
Let's sell the 100 tickets we have!
Here is more info from Kahala Mall:
Kahala Mall is having their 3rd annual Very Merry Event (VME) This will be an exciting weekend event (December 2 – 4) which 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.
Service Project: XTERRA - December 4, 2016
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii member Tippi Cogen has brought the following service opportunity to our attention: 2016 XTERRA Worlds Trail Run.
Duties (Must be 16 years or older):
Please email your full name, age, email, phone number, tee shirt size, shift time, & desired station to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't delay!! Volunteer Sign ups closing Sat. Nov 12th @ 5:00PM HST
Please go to: www.xterrakualoa.com for race info
Facebook signup link.
Speaker: Skydivers Raise Thousands for Polio Eradication
By Arnold R. Grahl | Rotary.org | See: https://www.rotary.org/en/news-features/skydivers-raise-thousands-polio-eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication.
The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure.
“It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not -- it’s just a sensation that happens.”
But Jackson did enjoy the sensation. So much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
The two men were waiting for this second jump when their wives came up with the idea of enlisting other jumpers and raising pledges for polio eradication.
So, in August 2014, a jump in the skies of northeastern Michigan raised $15,000 for Rotary’s polio eradication campaign. Matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort contributed $45,000 to the cause.
Since 1985, when Rotary committed to polio eradication, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize children against the disease. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped 99.9 percent, and only three countries remain where the virus has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. While World Polio Day, 24 October, serves as an important opportunity to remind the world of the need to finish the job, raising money and awareness is a year-round effort for many.
LATE-NIGHT RECRUITINGJulie Caron, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline, heard about plans for the Michigan fundraising skydive after being invited to speak at a leadership training event in Koushik’s district.
“We were in one of those friendship rooms after the conference … when Koushik began talking about the skydive,” Caron says. “We all got really excited and signed up.
“I don’t like to back out on things I say I’m going to do, even if it’s the middle of the night,” Caron says. So she began raising money and drove down to Michigan to do the jump.
She also took the idea back to her own club, whose members are mostly young professionals looking for fun things to do. This past July, 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication.
Caron hopes to make it a yearly event.
“Polio eradication is definitely something I am passionate about,” she says. “It’s not a hard fundraiser to put together at all. You just call around and pick a place, and then you begin asking people if they would rather jump or pay up in pledges.”
Jackson, who’d jumped out of the plane in his “Captain Rotary” outfit, says he personally raised $4,700 for the Michigan skydive using Caron’s approach.
“I would go up to people and tell them we were skydiving for polio and give them two options,” says Jackson. “I would tell them I was paying $180 out of my own pocket to jump, so if you are not going to jump, you have to pay $180. Most people would say, ‘OK, you got it.’ ”
FLOATING LIKE A BIRDKoushik and his wife are active in other ways to rid the world of polio. They have been on several trips with their Rotary district to immunize children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and particularly enjoy showing off their native country, India, from which they emigrated to Canada about 30 years ago. They are planning to take part in another National Immunization Day in Pakistan next year.
Still, the skydive will hold a special place in Koushik’s heart.
“This is one of the highlights of my polio eradication efforts,” he says. “It’s such a feeling of freedom. The first time out of the plane, you have very little idea what is happening; you are free-falling so fast. But once that parachute opens, you look around and say, ‘Wow!’ It’s such a great feeling to be able to float like a bird.”
Original Date of Publication: 17-Oct-2016
Remaining 2016-2017 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:
Other D5000 Updates
Rotary District 5000 2017 District Conference
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)! Please review all the information below as we have negotiated great pricing packages for attendees! Please take advantage of the deals below and get ready to embrace the extraordinary!
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