SAA Biz Kellam wonderful video she made below
Our joint Club Centennial Project at the Waikalua Loa Fishpond with all the East Side clubs. I will like to once again thank the club members that joined us on the centennial project (Ray, Biz, and Capsun). Big Mahalo to Ray that flew down from quiet to join us and set up the imu. It was also wonderful to see district governor Del and Diana’s two boys, District governor elect Clint and Jason, and the district governor nominee elect Win.
Herb Lee of the Pacific American Foundation and PE Roz took us on a tour of this wonderful fishpond. Before we started Herb led us in an oil, which is pictured in the slideshow below.
Read on to see Ray Paler's pictures of our project.
The folks at Waianae (Outpost West) Rotary, puts on a Christmas parade every year for the community. The folks in the parade are Rotarians, schools, ROTC, community leaders, and local businesses.
Our DG Del Green was the Grand Marshall in the parade, with past DGs Roz Cooper and Lisa Foster. Also the Rotary club of Kapolei was there giving out stuffed animals, and decking out a truck with Rotary flair. President Jim and wife Linda rode their beautiful Harley motorcycle. Great job to the Waianae Rotary Club and to President Rock and his beautiful wife Joyce for organizing the event.
It was fun to be in the Santa float with fellow Rotarian Dennis (Santa) and his wife (Mrs Claus), and grand daughter wishing everyone Merry Christmas; with myself and fellow Waianae Rotarians filling buckets of candy to give to parade watchers. I had a blast! I’ve asked Rock if we could participate and will let you folks know. Definitely would encourage everyone that can make it to come. Check out the plethora of pictures below (some by DG Del).
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Presents Dictionaries to Laie and Kaawa Elementary Schools by Garry Yee (October 2015)
Last year, as the Rotary E-Club was trying to decide on a community service project, our member, Carol Fetzer asked if we could help the schools on the North Shore of Oahu. Four schools were identified as not being served by a Rotary Club. We were unprepared to provide anything for the schools. However, a decision was made. that we take on the project of donating dictionaries to third graders.
Because it was such short notice, we had to beg all the clubs on Oahu for help and asked if they had any leftover Dictionaries from their projects. We found Honolulu Metro Rotary Club had two boxes of eight year old books. We were able to give Dictionaries to only one school last year. Laine Kohama, Carol Fezter, Glenn Sears and Garry Yee made the presentation. The children's faces and the appreciation they showed us made our day. We even receive 40 individual "thank-you" notes from them.
We resolved to do a better job for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Laie Elementary, Kahuku Elementary, Hau'ula Elementary and Ka'a'awa Elementary Schools were the schools selected for our project of dictionary donations to the third graders.
A project like this normally requires a year of planning. We had to provide 230 books for all the schools. We did a fundraiser to purchase what we needed. Garry ordered the dictionaries and labels and scheduled for their delivery. Glenn organized the label insertion part of the project. We then had to get available Rotary E-Club members to deliver the dictionaries to the four schools. Laine and Carol coordinated the delivery dates and schools. Laine and Courtlin were scheduled to cover two schools, Capsun one school, Garry, two schools.
Since the four of us live an hour away from the North Shore, delivery and presentation were done in one day.
For my part, I was apprehensive about doing a presentation to 100 third grade students. I prepared what I wanted to say, and still had butterflies. I had a great talk with Capsun Poe during the commute and he was a calming influence. I went over the Dictionary, we had the children write their name in the book, and impressed upon them that this is theirs to keep and take home. You had to be there to see their eyes just light up.
We looked up a few words like "mascot", "beneficial", and "polio". The students were so eager to read out loud and show their knowledge. They were looking up the charts for American Sign Language, Presidents of the United States, and information on the various States. We finished by discussing polio and how the Rotary members are helping to eliminate the disease.
As a reward upon leaving, we left the teachers with some stickers. The students had to show their teachers a word from the dictionary and explain what the word meant before receiving a reward.
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Presents Dictionaries to Kahuku and Hau'ula Elementary Schools by Laine Kohama (October 2015)
This week was our dictionary project that was headed up by our Community Services Chair Carol Fetzer. Last year we had one school, and with Carol’s effort we now have 3 more schools. Carol did a fantastic job working with the schools and making this project a huge success. Mahalo to Garry who ordered the dictionaries for all the schools. Mahalo to Glenn and his wife Mary received the dictionaries at his home and with the help of Glenn, Mary, Garry, and Linda Low, they were able to put all the labels in our dictionaries. Another mahalo to Capsun and Courtlin for their help on opening our clubs Grant account so we could get funding from district for the dictionary project. From there I’ve had my awesome co-worker Joe pickup and deliver the dictionaries to Garry.
Please see Garry's post that explained the project great. Please check out his pictures and write-up. It is great and sums up what a wonderful project this is. You would think why would kids like dictionaries, but when you see the appreciation, happiness, and sparkle in these wonderful 3rd graders, you know it was worth it. Last year a few second graders were given dictionaries and this student named Lulu who is now 3rd grade let me know that she loves her dictionary and carries it everyday to school in her bag. I mean that was awesome. The one thing that was fun is having the kids read the 4 way test and lookup the words in the test. It helped them understand the ideals of Rotary : )