President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
As you know, one of Rotary International’s greatest accomplishments is the near eradication of Polio on the planet. With global partners such as Bill and Melinda Gates, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent since our first project in 1979 in the Philippines. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries with reported cases. So it was great to see DG Clint Schroeder and RJ Dornbos, president of RC of Honolulu Pau Hana talking about our collective efforts on Living808 with Taizo Braden last week.
I have been remiss in not mentioning that District 5000 currently has a Polio Champions Challenge underway. More information is included in our meeting.
Please remember that our District Governor will visit Rotary E-Club of Hawaii on Wednesday, September 28. All officers and members are encouraged to attend. A light lunch will be served.
Remaining 2016-2017 Board Meetings
Please know that you are all invited to our Board meetings held at Na Lama Kukui, 560 North Nimnitz Highway, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. 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:
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District 5000 Polio Champions Challenge
Our very own AG Ray Paler is already on his way to being a Polio Champion in our District 5000. You still have time to donate. And remember, thanks to the Gates Foundation partnership, every $1 you give is actually $3 to The Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now efforts.
Updates from Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Members
From Glenn Sears:
Glenn and his wife Mary (a member of RC of Honolulu Sunset) left Honolulu on Sunday and are doing a home exchange with some folks who live in Hilo. They do it through Homeexchange.com so have yet to meet this couple. It’s their hope that they will see the lava flowing into the ocean while there! They return from Hilo on September 8.
Then on September 12 they’ll take Hawaiian Airlines to Seattle to visit Keoki and family for two weeks. To return home, they’ll take Amtrak to Vancouver, BC, board a ship and cruise back to Honolulu, arriving October 3. It should be two great fun trips!
Other District 5000 Updates
From Rotary Club of Kaneohe (President Roz Diaz Concepcion):
President Roz reports that RC of Kaneohe now have three meetings a month, only two during the day, and one evening meeting, usually at Windward Community College. Their next evening meeting at WCC will be October 25, with RC of Windward Sunrise attending. They will have a vocational speed dating social/Halloween custome party. Hopefully with Beer! Her words. And she invites us all to attend.
From Rotary Club of East Honolulu (President Rory Lee):
President Rory recently reported that on the fourth week of the month, RC of East Honolulu will "go dark" during their usual Monday lunch meeting. Instead, they will have an evening meeting at YWCA in Downtown from 5:30-6:30 pm and then share a meal at Cafe Julia at 6:30 pm. Other Rotarians are invited to attend.
"Open World" Program Promotes Understanding
By Greg Batz, a member of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake/courtesy of blog.rotary.org
Twelve years ago, I was invited by a fellow Rotarian from a neighboring Rotary club to chauffer a delegation of Russian judges to the federal court house in Minneapolis for a tour and meetings on a Friday morning. Little did I know how that simple offer to help that day would change my life.
These five judges had been nominated and selected to participate in the Open World Leadership Program and were just finishing their 10 day visit to the United States. The experience I had that day was the beginning of an opportunity to travel to Russia four times and experience a country that most Americans only read about in the news or see on TV.
Members of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake host visiting Open World delegates.
My wife and I have dozens of wonderful Russian friends from Moscow and St. Petersburg, to Ufa, Stavropol, and Krasnoyarsk. We have experienced Siberian banya’s (saunas), spelunking, broken bread, shot vodka, and eaten caviar with these friends. We’ve been invited guests to a wedding, hiked in the Siberian wilderness, and stood in Red Square more times than we want – how many times do you need to see the same famous site before you find it boring?
We have been guests in their homes, and hosted many of them on return trips to Minnesota after their Open World experiences. We have skied in the Colorado Rockies with one another, and plan to meet and ski in the Alps next March. And this all started with a simple “I’d be happy to help” offer that Friday morning.
The White Bear Lake Rotary Club has hosted seven Open World delegations over the past decade, and will be hosting our next delegation this fall. We have hosted delegations of judges, medical professionals, educators, and once hosted a group of outstanding young ladies, who came with an Open World delegation titled “Women as Leaders.” Our club members always look forward to hosting and entertaining our Russian guests. A number of our members have traveled with me to Russia to share the experience. This has not only been a valued program for the Russians, but a rewarding and invaluable experience for the Americans as well.
With our ongoing commitment to participate with the Open World program we have created relationships between the University of Minnesota and universities in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Professors from these institutions are collaborating and sharing best practices to benefit children with special needs. We have had middle school age kids in White Bear Lake work on art projects with kids in schools in Russia, and enjoyed the experience of talking with each other via Skype. I have seen evidence of the best practices that our Russian friends have incorporated into their school programs that were learned here in Minnesota as I’ve toured schools there.
As Rotarians we aspire to “do good in the world.” The Open World Program is a wonderful opportunity for Rotary clubs to do great things in the world.
Speaker: ShelterBox and Rotary Clubs Take Action Following Earthquake in Italy
By: Maureen Vaught/Rotary.org/August, 2016
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter.
International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs.
Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia, the affiliate organization in Genoa, will accompany the response team. Della Volta is working with the Rotary Club of Rieti in District 2080, the club closest to the earthquake-affected sites, and will meet with officials of the Italian Civil Protection Department, fire department, and Red Cross to coordinate efforts.
If families and individuals made homeless by the disaster need emergency shelter, ShelterBox will send tents and other equipment from its locations in Italy and other sites across Europe. Della Volta says the most urgent need is for tents and relief supplies for the hospital of Rieti, where most of the patients from the destroyed hospital in Amatrice were taken.
"I am truly heartbroken over what has happened," says Della Volta, charter president of the Rotary E-Club of 2042 Italia. "As Rotarians, we are always available to help people in need."
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Atlanta 2017 - Rotary International Convention
The Rotary International Convention is our biggest event of the year! In addition to celebrating all things Rotary, this year we’ll also be commemorating The Rotary Foundation’s centennial with a birthday party, book signing, and film festival.
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