PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Last week we had a great time with the Kahala Sunrise club, and volunteered at the River of Life Mission to feed the homeless. Also, I gave a talk to the Ala Moana Rotary Club on Cyber Security (Mahalo PE Capsun for coming). Past President Garry spent time with the Kahala Sunrise club at their Assembly. Lastly, I met with some prospective members and I’ll report back on all of those later.
I wanted to report this week on the Shrimp Pa’ina festival that Kris Westmorland help spearhead at the Windward Oahu Club. It was a great event that had a silent auction, great food, drinks, and wonderful Rotarians.
That evening Past DG Roz Cooper, John and Laura Steelquist was in attendance. Also current DG Del and Diana was there with future DGs Nalani and Win. Our AG Sandy was there too with many folks from our awesome district leadership. It was so nice to see Natalie again, as she checked me in with fellow classmate Kate, and her husband Chuck. I was able to walk through the auction with Del and Diana, and saw a Star Wars X-Wing from the Force Awakens. I had to have it for my son, errrrr me. But seriously, my son would love this so I bid on it.
There was a big area with many tables where we could sit, have a glass of wine or beer. They served some edamame to snack on, and then we had assigned tables. I was sitting with my friends Murray, Brigitte, Sam, Monica, and a new friend. We all had a great time and enjoyed the food. Also Miss Hawaii graced us with a beautiful hula dance. There was Hawaiian Music entertainment while we were eating which was great too.
Overall the event was wonderful. Mahalo again to Kris and Murray for visiting our club and inviting us. Kris mentioned they are going to have it next year so please go down and support their wonderful club and event. Oh, I did win the Star Wars X-wing for my son, errrr me. : ) Love this quote, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose” - T.D. Jakes
Speaker: The Key to a Multi-generational Rotary Club
By Emmanuel Rey, a member of the Rotary Club of Villa Devoto, Argentina
In 20 years as a member of the Rotary family, I have learned much. I began my Rotary journey as a member of Interact when I was 12, and six years later moved on to Rotaract. After passing the maximum age of 30 for that program, I proudly became a member of my Rotary club two years ago.
At first, I dreamed of building a big and youthful Rotary club, especially as I observed how hard it was for my fellow Interactors and Rotaractors to bridge the generation gap and become members of Rotary. But while I was still a Rotaractor, an old friend of mine gave me a new perspective. He said, “when I’m 30, I’m going to join a Rotary club with older people, to be the link with young people.”
Membership diversity strengthens Rotary clubs.
My friend kept his promise, and his words still ring in my mind. I have come to the conclusion that “youth is not a number, it is a state of mind,” as one of my Rotary mentors, Enrique Blaistein, taught me. A club is not young by the age of the people it comprises. It is young by the characteristics exhibited by its members, such as dynamism, resiliency, strength, and a desire to work. In other words, the youth of a club is not the average age of its members, it is the spirit with which they work.
Membership diversity strengthens Rotary clubs. I had the luck to join the Rotary Club of Villa Devoto and I have friends who are in their 70s. We’ve been able to break down generational barriers and work together, learn from each other, join forces, and pool our knowledge to serve Rotary and enhance our personal and professional lives.
I have come to the conclusion that effective clubs are clubs that find a way to blend the knowledge and experience of older members with the strength and drive of younger members. This is the greatest challenge facing Rotary as an organization, and the success of any club depends on how well they do this.
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Contributed by: Ray Paler
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