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May 11 ~ Rotary Park in Hilo ~ Our "Golden Three"
   The meeting held on Thursday, 5/11/17, was no ordinary club meeting. It was a very special event that celebrated our distinguished “GOLDEN THREE” of the Rotary Club of Hilo, Bobby Fujimoto, Jimmy Yagi, and Russ Oda (seen here with President Randy Hart and Mayor Harry Kim standing behind one of the three loulu palm trees planted in their honor). These amazing gentlemen have given over 150 years in service through the Rotary Club of Hilo! The meeting venue was just as exceptional since it was held at the Rotary Park a.k.a. Kuhio Kalanianaole Park in Hilo.
   According to President Randy Hart, the Rotary Park was initiated 14 years ago, in 2003, when hard working members of the Rotary Club took the lead to invest sweat equity and clean up the once squalid park; hence its alias,
Rotary Park. In fact, most recently, club members took the time to tame the canopied hala tree that stands tall & proud overlooking the water’s edge. It is this kind of action that is reflective of the very heart and soul of the club and its collective theme of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
   According to President Randy, Bobby Fujimoto’s monetary contributions allowed the club to extend its service and aid both locally and internationally. Jimmy Yagi’s basketball prowess has afforded him the opportunity to impress core values and work ethics upon the youth of Hawaii. As for Russ Oda, he was christened by President Randy as the “young one” in the group; however, don’t be fooled by his youth because Russ has architecturally put his stamp around Hilo town. Aside from designer talents, in 1970, Russ took on a key role in founding our club’s connection to the Rotary Club of South Hiroshima.
   After presenting the “Golden Three” with certificates of Appreciation, Mayor Kim noted that we all should leave this place that we call home a better place. These “Golden Three” have done just that.
 
May 5 ~ Club Members support the Friends!
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii hold a special place in the hearts of our club.  Eight Rotary members sponsored a table at the Friends’ Gala. The "Friends" are one of the two beneficiaries of the upcoming 2017 Hilo Brewfest.
 
May 6 ~ Brewfest Ticket Sale Day

The public wants tickets to our annual fundraiser (coming up on June 24!), so club members held a TICKET SALE DAY at Mehana Brewery... tickets and free beer sampling!  Yeah!
 
May 19 ~ “Glam Bags” Report

About 60 bags (purses) were filled with toiletries and hygiene products and will be distributed through Hope Services to women in need in East Hawaii!
 
Rotary Supports College Scholarships!

Victoria Magana Ledesima (top photo) was our club’s 2017 $1000 UH Hilo Scholarship awardee.  
Nicholas Ohara (seen here with his parents)  was awarded a $5000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Scholarship towards his goal of a major in Mechanical Engineering. I mua Students!
 
Wow!  The National Geographic Travel's BEST SUMMER TRIPS 2017 just mentioned our Brewfest! If you are planning to go.. get your tickets now at our website... www.hilobrewfest.com and we'll see you there!
NEW MEMBER IN APRIL!
Beverly Heikes - Read Aloud Coordinator & Trainer
 
OUR CLUB GOES INTERNATIONAL!
April 7 - Report of grant monies going to Taiwan
Stew Hussey and Anna Lui tell the club about the club grant monies that helped two projects in Taiwan. Anna is holding the certificate... and she read it for us!
 
April 21 ~ Hokule’a Talk by Wally Wong
At a club meeting at the YMCA, Wally regaled the members with tales and photos of the canoe’s
48 mile journey through the Panama Canal.
 
 
April 27 ~ We’re visited by World Travelers!
Rotarians Sita Rupalcheti from Kathmandu, Nepal and Gunther and Helena Acheson from Remstal, Germany visit our club and present Rotary “banners”. Our own club members take “our” banner (seen being held by Sita) to exchange when they travel to other clubs on the mainland and internationally.
 
OUT IN THE COMMUNITY
April 1 ~ Hilo Heart Walk
Club Rotarians are always ready for a Walk to help a great cause.
Waiakea Interact students also participated.
 
April 8 ~ Laupahoehoe Music Festival
Out in Laupahoehoe helping a great festival to raise funds for the Laupahoehoe Charter School.
 
April 15 ~ Rotary Park in Hilo
It takes a lot of “down n’ dirty” Rotarians to make significant headway on an overgrown park!  
BIG MAHALO to Matson for the financial backing in their KA IPU AINA (Caring for the Land) campaign!
 
April 22 ~ Merrie Monarch Parade
Our own Nancy Cabral rides in this year’s parade and is accompanied by club members who walked with the Rotary contingent. Yep, members are walking again!
 
April 30 ~ Lantern Launch at Hospice of Hilo
Our busy Waiakea High Interact and UHH Rotaract students join forces at the Celebration of LIfe
ceremony at Wailoa State Park.
 
During May ~ Reading in Kindergarten
Over 400 keiki in local schools will hear about how “Giraffes Can’t Dance” as club members fan out to read to classes.  And all students will receive their own copy of the book! Member Glenn Harris tells us about the fun book for May Reading!
 
 
NEW MEMBERS:
 
Cathy Gray -- Medical Technologist, Retired
 
Chris McNichols -- Solar Solutions
 
 
 
 
 
HONORING RUSS ODA -- 51 years of Rotary Service
 
Honoring our 51 year Member, Russ Oda
 
Our March 3rd noon-time meeting was a celebration of our distinguished member Russ Oda's 51 years in our Rotary Club!
 
If you open your eyes as you drive around Hilo and the vicinity, you're going to see many of the signature buildings that architect Russ designed.  Wailoa Center, Pana'ewa Zoo, Waiakea High School, The Joint Astronomy Center and Keck Observatory Headquarters, to name just a few.  Russ has also been an active member of the Rotary Club of Hilo as a past President of the club, and the founder of our sister Rotary Club of Hiroshima South, in 1970.  He is also an active member of the Sunao Wada Foundation that works to bring Japanese students to Hilo and Hilo students to Hiroshima. Russ' generosity and openhearted friendliness shows his many years of living a Rotary inspired life.  Thank you, Russ Oda for all you continue to do for all of us!
 
 
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY
 
March 9 - Membership Mixer / Mardi Gras at Kenichi's Restaurant.  Fun (and games!) were on tap for club members, spouses and new visitors.
 
March 18 - Hawaii D5000 District Assembly Club members joined Rotarians from the four other East Hawaii clubs for a day of learning, sharing and, of course, good food.  Informative Roundtables and targeted Workshops made the day an intensive look at what Rotary is, what it is doing, and what our District plans to do in the future. Good turnout from our Club!
 
March 19 - Big Island International Marathon -- Club Rotarians and spouses helped to run one of the "Relief / Water" booths at this popular event.
 
March 23 - Our Annual Chili Cook Off--  How would you decide which is the BEST Chili from 15 to choose from?  And then there was the Dessert  Contest!  Good food, good fun, and plenty fellowship.


Feb. - Dr Seuss Reading!
Club members fanned out to elementary classrooms to read a Dr. Seuss book during the Dr. Seuss month-long celebration.
 

Feb. 17 was "Take a Selfie with your Rotary Pin On"  Yep, even Rotarians take Selfies!
 

Feb. 18 - Laupahoehoe Beach & Park Clean- Up Core members of the Rotary Club of Hilo assisted the Laupahoehoe Hui Makua and LPCS Interact Club with their annual Matson Ka Ipu Aina clean up at Laupahoehoe Beach Park.  Matson will donate funds to the Laupahoehoe Public Charter School.
 
Come join us at our next Matson Clean- Up at Rotary Park in Hilo on Saturday, April 15.
 

Feb. 20 - Good fun and good food at Aomatusu Tonkatsu - at our own Club Member Toshi Aoki's Restaurant
 

Feb. 24-25-26 - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - You've seen and read about our Interact Clubs... Just what are these clubs?  The Interact (High School) and Rotaract (College) are models of Rotary, an opportunity for students to learn leadership and community involvement.  RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary Clubs here on the Big Island where high school students develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections. It's an intensive weekend developing our future community, national and international leaders of tomorrow.
 
SPECIAL SALUTE TO COACH JIMMY YAGE

Honoring our 51 year Member, Jimmy Yagi
Our February 3rd's noon-time meeting was a celebration of our distinguished member Coach Jimmy Yagi's 51 years in our Rotary Club! Former Club Members Tom Brown and Eric Yoshimura along with
current Club Member Pat Guillen, UH-Hilo's Athletic Director recounted Coach Jimmy's long career and amazing biography.  A humorous Power Point of "Jimmy Through the Years" was presented by Tom Brown, starting with photos of young Jimmy, Jimmy in high school and in college. Moving on to all Jimmy's numerous accomplishments, Tom spoke about Coach's worldwide basketball camps, not only here in Hilo, but also in Japan, China, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Jimmy was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Randy Hart, current Club President.  Jimmy shared that his mother often told him that "to succeed you cannot do it by yourself -- you need the help of others, and you need to help others."


NEW MEMBERS:

Anna Liu - Happy Valley Chinese Seafood Restaurant
 

Janet Montrose - Self Employed, Skin Care and Crafts
 

Connie Waiau - Marriage and Family Therapist
NEW MEMBERS:
Eric Anderson, Pastor of United Church of Christ
 
Genie Phillips, Realtor at Coldwell Banker, Day Lum
 
 
GREAT TALKS AT CLUB MEETINGS:
Jan. 12 ~ Palace Theater.. What could be more fun than a Silent Movie Membership Mixer at the
Historic Palace Theater?  Dressing up in 1920s Flapper dresses! 
 
Jan. 20 ~ Club Member Mike Meyers gives his talk "I'm a Loser"
 
A year ago, Mike was overweight, had high blood pressure and Diabetes. Through diet and with the encouragement of THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT that encourages people to get out and walk... Mike has LOST 101 pounds, has his blood pressure down to normal and his Diabetes under control! 

Congrats and thanks for sharing, Mike! Sadly... none of the men dressed up!
 
Jan. 27 ~ Visiting PTA Garrison Command
 
Sergeant Major Thomas E. Campbell spoke to our club about the rigors of managing the Pohakuloa  Training Area.  A really interesting part of his talk was about their Stewardship of the Land up on the mountain. Campbell spoke about the 20 endangered plants and 4 endangered animals that PTA works to protect and even expand.  In addition, PTA oversees nearly 1200 Cultural Sites within their 132,000 acreage.  Helping in the fight against both plant and animal invasive species, hiring local Hawaiian Practitioners to manage and preserve sensitive sites and developing resources to utilize solar and possible geo-thermal alternatives makes PTA a credit to our community.
 
 
CLUB MEMBERS DOING GREAT THINGS:
During 3 weeks in December and January  ~ Club Members Richard and Jenny Johnson worked with a handful of other volunteers to count all of the nesting albatross on the 3 islands in Midway Atoll.  Working in sectors, the team counted over 500,000 active nests.  Richard and Jenny have been leading this count every year since 2000.
 
Jan. 14 ~ Club Member Ed Hara was awarded one of the Boy Scouts of America's highest honors... the Silver Beaver!  Awarded to registered Scouting adults, this award recognizes Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.
 

Malama Honua
celebrating Our 95th Anniversary

The Hilo Rotary Club Foundation presents a donation to Pwo Navigator and Captain of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe, Hokule'a, to help fund their educational programs on their Malama Honua worldwide voyage.  (Left to right:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Donald Demuth of the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation, and Club President, Wally Wong)
 

Edmund Olson is recognized with The Rotary Club of Hilo's Malama Honua award for his efforts in caring for our aina.
 
     “Malama Honua” (to care for our earth) is the theme that we have chosen to celebrate our club's 95th anniversary.  Along with Rotary International's theme -- “Be a Gift to the World” -- we are inspired as we start this new Rotary year.
     President Wally Wong has sought out community service projects that will build a more sustainable community.  Projects such as building a vegetable garden for residents of a shelter to clearing illegally dumped trash in a vacant cul-de-sac area in Hilo.  We hope to be an example to other organizations and the community, that in order to stop and smell the flowers, we have to occasionally bend down to pull the weeds or pick up the trash.
     These are just a few of the many projects that the Rotary Club of Hilo has planned as it follows the Polynesian Voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, on its Malama Honua sail around the world.  On its worldwide voyage, the Hokule’a will grow and join the global movement towards a more sustainable world.
     Two individuals who embody the principles of Malama Honua were honored at our Officer Installation:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Pwo navigator and Captain of the Hokule’a for his leadership and efforts to educate our youth and  Edmund C. Olson of the Edmund C. Olson Trust II for providing agricultural opportunities and building a sustainable future for Hawaii Island.
 
 

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