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NOVEMBER STARTS THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
 
COMING UP THIS MONTH:
December 12, 13 & 14 ~ Craft Fair
Our club is again hosting a “Kama’aina Christmas Craft Fair” at the Civic Butler Building. Come shop for locally made item s and meet the crafters themselves. Stop by the Rotary Booth at the entrance to the fair, pick up an entry to win a Door Prize and learn about Rotary and about our club.
 
December 18 ~ No time for lunch with us on a Friday?
Join us for our monthly “Social Squad”... coming up this month on December 18 at the Temple Bar at 64 Keawe Street in Hilo. Our Dec 18th event is in support of The FRIENDS of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii Sibling Holiday Party. The party is for youth who have been separated from their siblings and will be reunited and able to celebrate together!   If you are unable to attend Social Squad event, you can still donate by visiting
www.fcjcEastHawaii.org and click DONATE.
 
November 7 ~  Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff
Members of our club enjoyed some great entertainment at the Red Kettle Kickoff with comic Augie T. Plus everyone loved to get an ono-licious Breakfast that they didn’t have to cook!
 
November 15 - Breakfast... again!
Another breakfast... this time for the new edition of the Hilo Hospital Foundation’s Residency Program. New interviewees were greeted by hospital staff and club members.
 
November 16 - Rotary Assembly
Members were on hand to learn about Rotary International’s Foundation and how local clubs can interact with this large, top flight charitable organization.
 
November 21 ~ “Social Squad”
It was a casual, after-hours get together, this time at The Temple Bar. Starting at 5;30pm and going until 7:30pm, members and non-members learn about projects that our club is working on.
 
November 23 ~ Waiakea HS Students
Cooked turkey needs to be shredded in preparation for the Salvation Army’s Annual Thanksgiving meal. Who better to help than high school students not afraid to get their hands involved.
 
November 28 ~ Thanksgiving
While their own turkeys were cooking, club members worked in the kitchens of the Hawaii Home for Recovery preparing turkey and fixins’ for the hungry residents.
 
 
NEW MEMBER
JOY MATSUURA
 
OCTOBER READING IN KINDERGARTEN
Many of our Rotarians spread out to read a great story to 537 students. Reading continues through May of 2020.
 
OCTOBER STUDENT DICTIONARIES
Over 350 Student Dictionaries were delivered by Rotarians to 3rd graders in schools around Hilo and nearby towns. And they came will a short lesson on how to use them.
 
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER IN BALI
Making a difference in Bali! Rotarians provided prosthetic legs to amputees, worked on rest rooms in a nearby school... and ate lots of great food!
 
OCTOBER 17 ~ ANNUAL CHICKEN HEKKA
Cook your own dinner... and what better plan than to have our club President cook and serve us! It was delicious, Anna!
 
OCTOBER 19 ~ "PEACE POLE"
Members of four East Hawai’i Rotary Clubs erected a “Peace Pole” at the Rotary Centennial Park on Reed’s Bay.  “Let peace prevail on earth” is written in several languages. The Peace Committee hopes to map more poles across the island.
 
OCTOBER 23 ~ "SOCIAL SQUAD"
Want to participate in our club, but can’t make the Friday noon lunch? Join our once-a-month “Social Squad.” Next meeting Nov. 21 at 5:30pm at the Temple Bar, 64 Keawe St, Hilo
 
OCTOBER 26 ~ YWCA's WALK
Rotarians gathered to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” for a fundraiser in downtown Hilo. Whose hairy legs are those walking in high heel shoes?
 
OCTOBER 26 ~ FRIENDS' MTM PARTY
Always ready for a party for a good cause, Club members attended the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii’s Mai Tai Masquerade. And our Mitch won best Celebrity Bartender!
 
OCTOBER 31 ~ HALLOWEEN DOINGS
Club members and other Rotarians were ready for the Trick or Treaters at the Parks and Recreation’s Community Halloween festivities!
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2019
 
OUT AND ABOUT
 
September 7 - Beach Cleanup
Our High School “Interactors” (that’s Rotary Jr!) head to the beach along the Queen Liliu’okalani Park to pick up and bag rubbish.
 
 
September 14 - District Meeting
Members of our club join with other East Hawaii Rotary clubs to meet and listen to Eric Kaler, the Hawaii State Rotary District Governor.
 
 
September 21 - Walking for Good
Club members and Interact members combine to walk for support at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Walk in Hilo.
 
 
JOIN OUR CLUB IN DEVELOPING OUR YOUTH
Rotary is not just about meetings and service... it’s also about mentoring and supporting our youth. These are our leaders of tomorrow! We get started with Kindergartners!
 
READING IN KINDERGARTEN
We read to 537 Kindergartners and give them their own books 4 times a year.
 
 
DICTIONARIES FOR 3RD GRADE
We give out 350+ Student Dictionaries to third grade students.
 
 
ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN FUN
We contribute Halloween Candy for the Parks and Recreation’s Safe Halloween Fun.
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT
We mentor High School students through their INTERACT clubs.
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL STEM
We support NEX TECH that teaches STEM skills.
 
 
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
We help with the RYLA conference for high school students.
 
 
COLLEGE ROTARACT
We involve “almost Rotarians” attending UH Hilo..
JOIN US!
WEEKLY MEETINGS
We meet nearly every Friday at noon at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Interested? Send us an email through our website on the: CONTACT TAB: hilorotary.org.
 
SOCIAL SQUAD MEETING
Can’t make those Friday noon meetings? Join us through our “Social Squad”, an after hours branch of our club where people can gather to discuss community minded events and projects. See you on Sept. 18 at 5:30pm at the Hilo Yacht Club!
 
JOIN OUR CLUB IN HELPING
OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES!
We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and support the efforts of other community organizations and non-profits. Together we make a difference right here in East Hawaii.
 
LABORING:
• BAY FRONT CLEAN UP
• BEACH CLEAN UP
• PAINTING
• PARK CLEAN UP
 
SERVING:
• THANKSGIVING DINNERS
• FOOD PREPARATIONS
• SENIOR LUNCHEON
 
SUPPORTING:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
• YWCA WALK A MILE
• HEART WALK
• ALZHEIMER’S WALK
• SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING
 
MENTORING:
• HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS
• ANNUAL ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
• READING TO KINDERGARTNERS
 
SUPPLYING:
• BACKPACKS FOR KEIKI
• RICE FOR FOOD BASKET
• “GLAM BAGS” FOR HOMELESS WOMEN
• BOOKS FOR KINDERGARTNERS
• DICTIONARIES FOR 3RD GRADERS
 
SUSTAINING:
Our Two Major Hilo Brewfest Recipients:
 
• HILO MEDICAL FOUNDATION’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM
(Training new doctors and encouraging them to stay here on Hawaii Island)
• FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN’S JUSTICE CENTER OF EAST HAWAII
(Enhancing the lives of abused children in East Hawaii)
 
 

We don’t just meet to learn (and eat, and have fun),
we work to help  our local communities.
Where would you like to fit into this picture?
 
It's a new Rotary Year, with a new President, a new Board of Directors,
and a renewed enthusiasm for helping communities locally and around the Pacific.
 
NEW MEMBER ~ AMOS MEYERS
Would you like to become a member of our club? Do you like helping people? How about meeting and forming friendships with people in our community? And don’t forget about learning about lots of things... like upcoming projects and concerns.  Talk to one of our members or visit us on Fridays at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
 
EAST HAWAII CLUBS MEET
July 30 ~ Rotary Clubs of East Hawaii Meet
Rotary members from all East Hawaii Clubs listen to Del Green, one of our Past District Governors,  talk about changes and innovations from the 2019 Rotary International Council on Legislation. Del was also able to give us “sneak peeks” at the 2020 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION that will be held in Honolulu next June! Rotarians from around the world will be meeting and enjoying our Aloha Hospitality... “No Ka Oi!”
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF HILO IS INVOLVED IN PROJECTS AROUND THE PACIFIC

1 - INDIA
We join forces with the Wailea-Kihei Club and RotaryInternational to support Health Camps in India that will provide much needed and critical eye surgeries!
 

2 - NEPAL
Our contributions went for a Sustainable Water project and to continue the development of “Tele-Medicine” that puts local doctors in touch with health care professionals... all by video conferencing!
 

3 - THAILAND
Could a dialysis machine make a huge difference for a person living in Thailand? How about several dialysis machines and the needed support equipment? Yes to both questions
 

4 - PHILIPPINES
Establishing a Tele-Medicine Center in Zamboanga City will bring world class heath training and equipment to this
severely under-served area of the Philippines!
 

5 - BALI
A very high percentage of Bali people suffer from having a leg amputated. Joining in with the Rotary Club of Volcano, our club is raising funds to purchase prosthetic limbs for Bali people.
 
6 - FIJI
For over 17 years our club has been assisting with projects in Fiji. Helping to build a school for Special
Education pupils has been enhanced by working to provide simple water filtration systems to local families.
 

7 - BOLIVIA
Education is one of Rotary International’s Central Projects. Providing school supplies and other needed materials helps to develop Bolivian children. We’re happy to help!
 
And... of course! Rotary International's Project to END POLIO WORLD WIDE!
Success!
We did it! Such an amazing crowd. People coming together, enjoying a beautiful day, with delicious brews, fantastic food and jamming to great music. New friends were made and old ones were found. I’m just so pleased with how polite and caring everyone was. The power of good times always comes through!  Thank you to the organizing committee, volunteers, vendors, security and most of all THANK YOU all for coming to Hilo Brewfest 2019!
 

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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December 6, 2019
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Poirier, Maureen
 
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Glass, Kerry
 
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Handy, Jr., Steve
 
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Okamoto, Keith
 
December 13, 2019
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Munro, Susan
 
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