President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Welcome to my final meeting as the President of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii! It has been an amazing honor to serve you in this capacity. As I've mentioned to many, it was a busy year and one that I consider my best year in Rotary so far. The many new friends and partnerships with other Clubs have been tremendous in increasing visibility for our Club and to accomplish our goals.
Everything we've accomplished (The Rotary Foundation giving, Dictionary Project, socials, partner socials, Rotary Means Business Fellowship events, multi-club service projects, and more!) has been because of you and your collective efforts to maintain a vibrant Club and to support Rotary's good works in our community. Thank you! You have all made a difference individually and helped our Club to make a difference.
Our Club is in great shape for President-Elect Courtlin Holt-Nguyen to take over after he was officially sworn in by District Governor-Elect Nalani Flinn over the weekend (pictured above). I ask you to join me in supporting President Courtlin as he leads our Club for the next year. He's got some great ideas and initiatives to help sustain and grow our Club.
I would like to send some special shoutouts to people who have done a lot to help me and for our Club as I served as President this year:
And of course, one final thank you to President Courtlin for heeding the call to serve and embracing it whole-heartedly. I look forward to serving with him as Treasurer and continuing to build our Club and its impact on our community.
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Speaker: The Most Important Thing In the World
By Jessica Compton, Rotary Global Grant Scholar to New Zealand
Courtesy of: blog.rotary.org
As a child, I dreamed of teaching. But it took until my junior year of college to return to that dream. My undergraduate coursework had prepared me for the content, if not the pedagogical strategies, to effectively engage and teach adolescents English – reading, listening and viewing; writing, speaking, and presenting.
I figured I would pick up the rest of what I needed in graduate school in order to be able to teach. But I had no idea it would be in New Zealand. Through the benevolence of a global grant scholarship sponsored by District 7570, I earned a Master of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury in 2016.
The experience of living abroad in New Zealand was both memorable and life-changing. Along with all the tramps (Kiwi lingo for hiking) in such a stunningly beautiful country, I learned to be a culturally responsive teacher. My courses and teaching placements intentionally focused on how to improve the learning experience and outcomes of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, predominately in Māori schools.
Last year, I arrived quite ignorant, but ended up learning so much (“heaps,” as they say in NZ) about Māori culture, the fundamental importance of relationships in the classroom, and how to teach in a discourse of inclusion that benefits all learners.
I think my living in New Zealand achieved “the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace,” which is Rotary’s fourth guiding principle. I understand a different culture; indeed, one that didn’t seem all that different on first landing.
Back in the United States, I have effectively become an ambassador for Māori tikanga. In August, I will begin my first year teaching English in an impoverished community, with a largely marginalized student body. The specific circumstances of my future students may be different from those I taught in New Zealand, but after my year there, I am so much more aware of people’s cultures and how to embrace and build on place and space in the classroom.
In teaching – and in all of life – seeking service above self, I have found one whakataukī, or Maori proverb, to ring particularly true:
He aha te mea nui o te ao? (What is the most important thing in the world?)
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. (It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.)
As I venture into this coming school year, may people and the building of relationships be the core of my teaching, service, and love. My deepest thanks will forever extend to both the Roanoke-area and Riccarton Rotarians for your partnership and support in aiding my career as an educator.
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