President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
We have already passed the half way mark in the Rotary Year. Boy is it flying by fast. We still have a lot more we can do in our community and for each other, so I hope to see you at future events that I'll be sharing.
Most urgently, our January Board meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, January 23 at EAT Honolulu. We will be working on planning a Visioning Session for our Club to end this Rotary Year with more accomplishments and to start laying the plans for next year.
Remember to click Read More to see the rest of this meeting.
January is Vocational Service Month
Courtesy of Ray Paler
What Is Vocational Service?
Paul Harris founded Rotary as a business networking club that emphasizes ethical standards and trustworthy busi-ness practices. Today Vocational Service is just one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service. Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
1. Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation
2. Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations
3. Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society
Rotarians, clubs, and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:
1. Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction
2. Identify means of emphasizing vocation in club activities.
3. Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level
4. Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation
5. Emphasize the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly called: Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions) and their importance to the values of Rotary.
6. When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession.
Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.
One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards. Two use-ful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are The Four-Way Test and The Rotary Code of Conduct.
Rotary Preliminary Grant Spending Meeting 2017-2018
From District Secretary Gloria King:
This is to inform you that on Tuesday January 24, 2017 the Preliminary Grant Spending Meeting will be held at 'Ilima Hotel from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
The committee consists of the DRFCC (Phil), the Vice DRFCC (Mark), DGE (Nalani), DGN(Win), IPDG(Del), DGSC (Grants subcommittee chair Mark H.) and by invitation the Annual Fund subcommittee chair (Dave Mozdren) and the Global subcommittee and district grants chairs (Mark Merriam and Bob Ritchie respectively).
The DG (Clint) and the DGND(Eric) are invited to attend as observers.
Per our District TRF Manual requirement, this email is to inform the club presidents of the meeting and ask them to transmit to club members for information only. They are not invited to the meeting.
RoCKS Chinese New Year Dinner
Aloha Rotarians, Friends,
As you know, Hawaii’s population is growing at a faster rate than we are building homes, especially here on the island of Oahu. In terms of our rental market, production of new rental housing on Oahu has been scant over the last few decades. Furthermore, the cost of rent in Hawaii is at an all-time high. Not only is there a lack of reasonably priced rentals, but rental rates continue to rise each year; so much so that Honolulu’s rent prices are increasing faster than anywhere in the country.
So what are home builders doing to address the housing shortage and provide affordable, sustainable rentals to residents? Come listen to our Talk on Monday!
You can RSVP by going online at:
After “checkout” please list names of all attendees in the note box provided. The $26.00 includes dinner buffet, no-host bar.
Please arrive at 6:00pm for registration, buffet will open at 6:15pm, with meeting to start promptly at 6:30pm and ends at 7:30pm.
This is a great opportunity to experience Rotary and network with friends and business partners in an awesome venue; the Waikiki Yacht Club.
About our speaker:
Cayenne Pe’a (pay-uh) is a principal with Alaka‘i Development (AD) and oversees finance and operations. Prior to AD, Cayenne worked as Director of Finance for Forest City Hawaii, where she was responsible for the finance and accounting efforts for both the development projects and operating assets. During her tenure at Forest City, she worked to obtain $120 million in construction and term loans and maintained $1.3 billion in bonds. She led a team that maintained accounting records and produced financial reports for 6,700 residential units, a 271-acre master-planned community, and six photovoltaic farms, which included partnerships with both the Department of the Navy and State of Hawaii. Before joining Forest City in 2008 Cayenne was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte and Touche where she served a variety of publicly traded and privately held companies.
Cayenne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. Cayenne is a Certified Public Accountant and is well versed in complex deal structures that take advantage of tax credits, exemptions, and subsidies. She currently resides in Kaimuki on Oahu.
“We Are Rotarrific”
Speaker: Teaching Teachers is the Key to Literacy
Realizing that getting children into schools isn't enough to solve illiteracy, Rotary shifts to mentoring and coaching teachers. Courtesy of Rotary.org | Written by Arnold Grahl | Originally Posted December 2016
On Carolyn Johnson’s second visit to the central highlands of Guatemala, she met a first-grade teacher who made a shocking confession. Before taking part in the Guatemala Literacy Project, the teacher was convinced that her students could not learn to read.
“She said ‘We were willing to go through the program because it was a day out of class and you gave us books and you provided us with a nice lunch, but we knew that you were crazy,’ ” says Johnson, a Rotarian who helped design the curriculum for the project and now serves as a technical adviser for the Guatemala Literacy Project.
That teacher and more than a hundred of her colleagues each received several in-classroom coaching sessions over eight months. They learned how to replace rote memorization drills and repetition of words on a blackboard with exercises that engage their students in critical thinking.
“She went on to tell me excitedly how 45 of her 50 students were moving on to second grade because they had learned to read,” Johnson says. “The program has made believers out of 90 percent of the teachers we have worked with. They are excited about being teachers again, and they go into their classrooms believing they can make a difference.”
After decades of investing in literacy projects, experts have realized that simply getting children into the classroom — either by removing attendance barriers or providing supplies is not enough. Before students can succeed, the quality of the teaching in that classroom needs to improve.
Learning Outcomes Over Enrollment
Rotary projects like the Guatemala Literacy Project and Nepal Teacher Training Innovations (NTTI) in Nepal are leading the effort to advance childhood reading by empowering teachers to teach better.
Rotary, the United Nations, USAID, and other organizations are shifting their focus to helping teachers plan lessons that ensure students will actually learn. The entire effort is part of a larger goal to reduce extreme poverty, because knowing how to read and write increases a person’s earning potential and ability to build a better life.
Quentin Wodon, a lead economist at the World Bank, has studied education projects both from a professional standpoint and as a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, DC), U.S.A. Wodon agrees that teachers are critical to any attempt to improve learning.
“The best way to enable children to learn is to think broadly about teacher policies,” says Wodon. Training is one of eight key goals set by the World Bank, along with setting clear expectations for teachers, attracting the best candidates, matching teacher skills with student needs, having strong principals to lead teachers, monitoring, providing ongoing support, and motivating teachers to perform.
Wodon’s club is working with the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal, to support NTTI and the nongovernmental organization PHASE in transforming classrooms where students are silent, passive learners into centers of active learning.
“Improving teaching methods is not an easy task, but programs like this are making inroads,” says Wodon.
For example, before taking part in the NTTI program, one teacher relied heavily on memorization, having her students copy words off the blackboard. After training, the teacher made her lesson on animate and inanimate objects more interactive, says Ashley Hager, NTTI’s director. The teacher asked children to point to objects and describe how they were different. She then listed the differences on the board and paired students up to discuss them. As a final exercise, the class went outside to find examples in nature.
One student approached the teacher with a live ant in her hand and inquired, “This is an animate object, yes?” The teacher agreed. The child then squashed the ant and asked, “Is it still an animate object now?” Caught by surprise, the teacher asked the rest of the students what they thought, and a lively conversation followed.
Other teachers agree that the training taught them the value of interactive teaching.
“It’s transformed my way of teaching and given me brilliant ideas to employ the best teaching practices I have learned,” says Goma Khada, who teaches fourth grade at Shrijana Higher Secondary School in Thumpakhar.
Remaining Board Meetings
Please know that you are all invited to our Board meetings held at EAT Honolulu, 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:
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017
Registration opened 28 May 2016. Rotary and Rotaract members and club and district employees can register for the convention online.
REGISTER BY FAX OR MAIL
EDIT EXISTING REGISTRATION
An email confirmation is sent for all registrations, including faxed and mailed registrations. If a letter of invitation is required for your visa application, you will receive it with your confirmation.
31 March 2017: Last day for preregistration discount ($415 Rotarians/$100 Rotaractors)
14 June 2017: Last day for online registration ($490 Rotarians/$130 Rotaractors)
Registration feesRegister early to take advantage of discounted rates! View registration fees.
Your registration includes:
Group registrationGroups of 25 or more Rotary members, Rotaractors, and club and district employees may register as a group. All fees must be submitted in full in a single payment using a credit card or check (drawn from a U.S. bank only), or through an international office or fiscal agent.
Review the group registration guidelines and download the group registration form. After 31 March 2017, additional group members can be added only on-site at the convention.
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