President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
As 2016 comes to an end, please take some time to relax and rejuventate. We want to start 2017 with a bang. To that end, we have our first service project (a multi-club event!) on January 7, 2017 to return to Waikalua Loko I`a. There is beautiful scenery and deep history, all of which will be shared with us. I will need a headcount before January 2, so please email me at email@example.com if you will join us. More information is available after Read More.
This is also another friendly reminder that Treasurer Laine Kohama has sent out your semi-annual dues. Your timely payment is greatly appreciated. Dues help fund our Club's projects and partnerships, including our Dictionary Project! Don't worry, I will be paying mine this week, so you're not too late yet.
Finally, our Club will "go dark" for the holidays. Therefore, we will have NO December 21-December 27 meeting in observance of the Christmas holiday and NO December 28-January 3 meeting in observance of the New Year holiday. You will be hearing from me about our January 7 multi-club service project and a planned January 14 visioning/strategic planning session for our Club.
Have an awesome few weeks everyone! See you in 2017! Mahalo!
Remember to click Read More below to view the rest of our meeting.
Multi-Club Service Project at Waikalua Loko I`a - Saturday, January 7, 2017
An invitation from President Roz Dias Concepcio of RC of Kaneohe:
Please join us and spread the word about our upcoming community service project "East Oahu Style" on Saturday January 7, 2017 from 8am -12pm at Waikalua Loko I`a in Kane`ohe. It's a great gathering for families and friends to be apart of; giving back to the community by restoring a 370 yr old fishpond. This time around we're planning to have a potluck after with light music playing in the background. We're working on removing mangrove!!! So plan on getting dirty...
What to bring:
- shoes with laces or tabis that you don't mind getting dirty in
- extra change of clothes
- recyclable bottled water
- friends, family, younger the better, the more the merrier
- BYOB for afterwards!!!
Here's what I need your kokua on:
1.Spreading the word
2. Finalizing head counts by Jan 2nd, 2017
3. Finalize Club food assignments (list what your attending members are bringing) by Jan 2nd. 2017
4. Assigning club members to help with registration and parking (1-2 per club).
Club assignments for food:
- Windward Sunrise Desserts
- Hawaii Kai salads
- Kahala starches
- Windward Oahu entrees
- Kaneohe entrees
- Eclub paper goods and ice ( 4 bags of ice, plates, utensils, napkins and foil)
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.
December is "Disease Prevention and Treatment" Month
Courtesty of Rotary D5000 found at: www.rotaryd5000.org
As Rotarians, we do so many wonderful things each and every day. One of the most remarkable things we have ever done, and continue to do, is the fight against the Polio virus. December is a time for us to reflect on that work – and renew our commitment to End Polio Now. With every gift, we are that much closer to eradicating this dreadful disease.
However, Rotary’s commitment to disease prevention and treatment is not just about the individuals we help. It is about the families, the communities, and the overall human condition. Did you know that more than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs? We help prevent the spread of major diseases such as Polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.
While Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria.
They design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who cannot afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
READ NEWS ABOUT ROTARY'S EFFORTS TO FIGHT DISEASE
Speaker: Water is Life, Rotary is Good
By Justice Lionel Eshun, Rotary Club of Tema, Ghana
Courtesy of Blog.Rotary.org
Life is usually made up of special moments which make it worth living. I least expected that my Rotary special moment was going to fall on 30 August, 2016.
I joined Rotary barely three years ago, and by dint of my dedication and commitment to service and other Rotary activities, I got elected director of club service projects for the 2016-17 Rotary year. What exactly motivated me to join Rotary?
It was the opportunity to serve, to help improve the community and assist the needy, and to make new friends.
Through the Rotary/USAID International H2O Collaboration in Ghana, I visited five rural villages where access to potable water and proper sanitation is in short supply, despite the effort by government to improve sources of drinking water to these communities.
Despite a slight pain in my right arm on the morning of 30 August, our journey began. And what an experience it was! The travelling group consisted of myself, Andy Berko, chairman of our sanitation and environmental committee, and Adolph Tay, all members of my club. We were also joined by Mr. Samuel Dartey, a representative of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA). After criss-crossing much of the district, we visited Kojo Nto, Apetaese, Kolifianu, Nsuobri and Avornyokope, all located in the GA South district of the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
I was not surprised when in two of the five villages we visited, we were mistaken for politicians, since it was close to national elections. But this gave us the opportunity to further explain and brief them on the activities of Rotary, and of course to mention our End Polio program, which some of these villagers had seen or heard about.
It was a no-brainer actually, when given the choice of project they consider a priority, that all five villages chose water. Water is life.
Long may the collaboration between Rotary and USAID continue to provide more rural communities with safe drinking water and alleviate the incidence of water borne diseases. The least we can do for these rural communities is to ensure they are fit and healthy enough to go about their farming for sustenance.
To be of service and to be helpful feels good and right, and my Rotary moment was the joy and the expectation I saw on these peoples’ faces and their expressions concerning the promise of getting clean drinking water.
The product of Rotary is service, and as Rotarians, the opportunity to serve and provide community service to our local communities is paramount. The sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes with service is priceless.
I’m patiently waiting to go back and share in their joy during the construction and commissioning phase, happy and proud to be a Rotarian.
Learn more about the partnership between Rotary and USAID
Rotary District 5000 Conference for 2017
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)!
More information is available at the registration site.
Remaining 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:
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
Donations large and small are appreciated.
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