President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Welcome to my first meeting as President of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaii. (That's a photo of me to your left.) Let me simply and sincerely say, "Thank you!" Thank you to my fellow Club members for affording me the opportunity to serve, nurture, and grow our Club as a whole and each of them as our members.
The job of President begins much earlier than July 1 and I want to give special thanks to my predecessors: PP Russ Sumida (our Charter President, who asked me to join Rotary), PP Garry Yee (who asked me to run for President), and PP Laine Kohama (who has passed on every helpful tip and piece of information he can find). Both our Club and I will benefit from having these past presidents around to share their knowledge.
As PDG Ayman El-Dakhakhni reminds us, nothing is more important in Rotary than membership. So during this, my year as President, my goal is to strengthen our Club by connecting with and involving every single one of our members with an activity or benefit of our Club. If someone commits to being a member of our Club, our Club should commit to providing value of membership to that individual.
My main focus will be Engagement, which I hope to accomplish through paying attention to Vocation, Socials, and Partnerships. Vocation is the original purpose of Rotary and I will work to involve our Club in the vocation of our members. We spend so much of our days and lives in our vocation that it is a large part of who we are as individuals; I want us to support each other in our vocational pursuits. Definitely on the list is at least one Vocational Visit; if you are interested in hosting one, please contact me. Socials help to build bridges and tear down walls by getting to know each other on a personal level. When we are friends and work together, we will be successful, Finally, Partnerships, both with our fellow Club members and with other Rotary Clubs and their members will help us strengthen bonds, build Rotary connections, and get more projects done as we work to achieve this yearʻs theme, Rotary Serving Humanity.
There is a Hawaiian proverb that says, "No task is too big when done together by all." And that is definitely true for the Rotary Year ahead. I will have a dedicated team helping me serve all of our members and will share more about them for our next meeting.
Until then, I look forward to an awesome Rotary Year together!
Speaker: What Do You Get When You Give to The Rotary Foundation?
By Ann Syrett, former Ambassadorial Scholar and member of the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town, British Virgin Islands (post originally from Rotary Blog: www. blog.rotary.org)
In April, I paid an emotional visit to the Rotary Club of Newcastle-under-Lyme that had hosted my Ambassadorial Scholarship more than 40 years ago while I attended Keele University in North Staffordshire, England.
As I shared my experiences with them, I reflected upon how much the experience had changed my life. I grew up in Astoria, Oregon, and the cultural differences between small town USA and Keele University were immense. I was delighted by the warmth of my welcome and at the opportunity to speak to 35 Rotary clubs, Round Table clubs (an association of young business professionals founded by a British Rotarian in the 1920s), and similar organizations during my year. It gave me the confidence to pursue a career as a diplomat.
After my scholarship year, I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Master’s degree in West African history and economics. I signed up with the U.S. Foreign Service and spent the next 30 years traveling the world, representing my country in Rwanda, Great Britain, Haiti, France, Antigua, and Egypt. I also had several assignments at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., before retiring to the British Virgin Islands with my husband, Tony, a former Lt. Commander in the British Royal Navy. I am now heavily involved in the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
Every dime, every cent, every dollar, every pound we give to The Rotary Foundation is put to good use.
As Rotary members, we are regularly asked to give to The Rotary Foundation. This may seem like a very big picture operation. However, that big picture is actually made up of thousands and thousands of individual pixels, representing the individual projects, scholarships, grants, etc., that the Foundation supports.
I was one of those pixels. My life was changed and directed by my year as an Ambassadorial Scholar. Going from small town American girl to worldly-wise Scholar to American diplomat with a 30 year career AND a wonderful English husband were all results of the journey Rotary set me upon. I can personally tell you that every dime, every cent, every dollar, every pound we give to the Foundation is put to good use.
The impact of those donations, given so long ago, are still felt strongly in my life. Your contributions to the Foundation resonate around the world, year in and year out. In my case, 43 years out!
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
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