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HERE COMES THE 2019 HILO BREWFEST.... ON JUNE 29!

7th Annual Hilo Brewfest at the beautiful Wainaku Executive Center at the edge of Hilo on June 29!
Tickets will be available at an April Ticket Sale Event... bring CASH only and buy your $60 ticket without the EventBrite Fee added in!
 
February 1
Club BREW CREW Kickoff Party!

   It takes a LOT of organization and club volunteer hours to get the Hilo Brewfest on its feet.  At our regular Friday Rotary  meeting on February 1, we had a short “pre-party” for club members... complete with beer on tap! (Our Brew Crew Party Planners wanted to get everyone in the mood!) After a shortened “regular” meeting, club members were treated to a Power Point and video presentation all about Brewfest!
   Literally hundreds of volunteers are needed to stage this massive event with over 1,200 guests in attendance. And some of the jobs MUST BE DONE BY ROTARY MEMBERS...thus a party to get the club invested and involved.

 
BE READY TO GRAB THOSE BREWFEST TICKETS ON OUR APRIL SALE EVENT
(Stay tuned for the exact day, time and place.) Tickets will be available online the following day.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT THE BREWFEST?
Online registration will begin on May 1.
If you’re hoping to be a Beer Tender, mark your calendar. Those jobs are filled right away!
 
NEW MEMBER.... NATE CHANG
 
“Mini-Mixers”- Good Food, Good Fun, Good Fellowship
 
February 7
At Pineapples in Downtown Hilo

Fresh air and Fellowship along with great food were on the menu for club members and guests.
 
February 17
At Chaing Mai Thai Restaurant

Members and guests were too busy eating to remember to take a photo... here’s a look at one of the dishes!
 
February 21
At The Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm

Fish don’t get any fresher than at the Seaside! Looks like a few cocktails were involved also......
 
February 27
At Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill

‘Ohana indeed!  Club members getting to know each other in this “small group” setting.
 
International Service in New Delhi, India - During February
Club member Jim Becker was working to put together a Rotary Global Grant for the Rotary Eye Center in New Delhi, India. Our club contributed an additional $500 (already had committed nearly $2300) to the multi-club fund, which was added to by donations from Rotary Clubs around the World.

A second Rotary Grant is to fund a mass cataract surgery screening in the New Delhi slums for prospective patients.
JANUARY WAS VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH
 Vocational Service represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation as an opportunity to serve society. So when the call for expert “Hot Dog Help” was sent out by Bobbie Stivers-Apika, Club Vocational Service Chair, to help out at fellow member Chuck Porter’s Grand Opening of the Lex Brodie’s Car Wash/Fast Lube on Saturday, January 26. Two shifts of fast-footed club members arrived to take hot dog orders. (“Red or Brown dog?  With Mustand, Ketchup, Relish? And to drink?)
January 26 ~ Hot Dog Help at Lex Brodies
Cars were lined up out to the street on Kilauea Ave. and waited for a record 376 car washes. And club members hand delivered over 400 hot dogs to people in cars.
FYI Hilo preferred RED dogs to BROWN dogs... 3 to 1!
 
JANUARY WAS ALSO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH
What? Surely we don’t have Human Trafficking here on our islands!  Unfortunately, studies have shown that in 2018, people, including children, were being sold for sex in the state of Hawai’i. Sex buyer demand is the culprit of sex trafficking. Addressing sex buyers is a critical step to reducing sex trafficking in Hawaiʻi.Online Sex buyers create a market for victims to be bought and sold for sex and there is a tremendous incentive for traffickers to sexually exploit children and adults in Hawaiʻi.
 
MEMBERS "GETTING TO KNOW YOU"
January 12 ~ Hilo Civic Center Vulcans Tail-Gater Party
The Vulcan’s Basketball Team is HOT this year... and to get the party going, club members “reported” to the Civic to munch on hot dogs (wow! hot dogs, again!) and hamburgers under tents just outside the back doors. Must have worked... the Vulcans won that game! Thanks to club members Coach Jimmy Yagi and UHH Athletic Director Pat Guillen for the invite!
 
January 18 ~ Small Group Mixer at Hula Hulas
Pau hana is a great time to sit and talk with fellow members... and imbibe a drink or two along the way.
 
January 21 ~ Small Group Mixer at Café Pesto
Good food and good fellowship came together for a fun dinner out “with the gang”.
 
MISSING YOU...
January 4 ~ Stew Hussey Memorial
Stew, a really smart guy and former Seal, was one of the most gentle gentlemen of our club. Past President and Rotary member for over 20 years, Stew was passionate about International Service and was serving as that Director when he passed away.
You are missed, Stew!
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
January 29 ~ Rotary Foundation Dinner
Nancy Cabral (left) was presented with a special crystal award for her many years of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Beside her was Brenda Cressey, Rotary Foundation Trustee and Winton Schoneman, our Hawaii Rotary District Governor
 
AND JUST WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION...
AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Rotarians from around the world contribute to this International Foundation that transforms the money into projects that change lives. This well managed Foundation has received the highest marks from CharityNavigator. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
2018 ROTARY
KAMA'AINA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
 
Nearly 40 local crafters selling hand made items
 
Club members and Salvation Army Angel Tree
 
High School Interacters wrapping presents
 
2018 HILO BREWFEST AWARDS $26,700+
TO THREE LOCAL BENEFICIARIES
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to Puna Lava Relief
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to Hilo Medical Foundation’s
Residency Program for new Doctors
 
Dec. 7 ~ $8,902.18 to The Friends of the
Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii
 
HOLIDAY DOINGS
Dec. 8 ~ Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
 
Dec. 14 ~ Our annual Kamana Senior Luncheon
 
Dec. 20 ~ Stockings to Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
 
AND DON'T FORGET OUR YOUTH!
Dec. 27 ~ Supporting STEM research for students
NOVEMBER...  HELPING OTHERS IS THE KEY!
 
NEW MEMBERS
Lara Hughes,
First Hawaiian Bank
 
Katie Wong,
First Hawaiian Bank
 
And speaking of MEMBERSHIP...
 
Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION!
We are Community Builders locally and world-wide! We are Problem Solvers
Together, we apply our professional experience and personal commitment to tackle our communities’ most persistent problems, finding new, effective ways to enhance health, stability, and prosperity across the globe. Join Rotary’s 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary is made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
 
November 10 ~ Benches at Rotary Park
Kalanianaole Ave. ~ Hilo

A place to sit down at this pocket ocean Park! New plaques dedicate these benches to Russ Oda, Bobby Fujimoto and Coach Jimmy Yagi.
 
November 17 ~ Gift Wrapping for the
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Luncheon

Cooked turkey was shredded, and small gifts were wrapped in preparation for the noon-time lunch.
 
November 19 ~ Fall Social

It’s always great to get together informally and have some fun. And fun was had with a craft project, followed by a Pot Luck and Margarita Bar!
 
November 22 ~ Thanksgiving Prep
at the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery

Turkey shredding (again!), ham cutting, pie slicing and other tasks were completed on time for a large luncheon for residents of this home.
 
November 30 ~
Exploring Africa with Susan and Kerry

We are often treated to interesting “travelogues” from our members world adventures. This year, in addition to Africa, we’ve “been” to The Maldives, Cuba and England. (They seem to be petting that lion in the photo!)
 
NOVEMBER WAS ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH
Rotarians from around the world contribute to this International foundation that transforms the money into projects that change lives. This well managed foundation has received the highest marks from CharityNavigator. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
KAMA'AINA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Dec.6, 7 & 8 at the Civic Butler Building (Manono at Piilani Streets in Hilo)
Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm; Friday from9am to 8pm for your late night shoppers!
The Rotary Club of Hilo is proud to host this annual Craft Fair that not only supports local crafters, but also has a "heart"!  The BISAC Food Truck and their clothing booth will be on board. BISAC helps people recover from addiction by teaching great real life job skills.  The Salvation Army Angel Tree project (Christmas presents for children whose parents are incarcerated) will also be there on Thursday afternoon and during the day on Friday.  And the Waiakea High Interact (that's Rotary Junior) will be on hand Friday night and Saturday for gift wrapping by donation.
OCTOBER, 2018
Focusing on YOUTH, CLUB ACTIVITIES and INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS!
 
ROTARY AND YOUTH
 
During October
Club members arrived at 8 local schools to distribute free age appropriate DICTIONARIES to enthusiastic third grade students... over 311 dictionaries were handed out! Most frequently asked question... “Is this mine to keep?”
 
October 12-14
NexTech 3-Day STEM Camp

Students from six high schools learned through robotics, coding, problem solving, leadership and their inspiring one-on-one Career Mentors.
 
October 20+
Waiakea Interact High School students help at KTA Haunted House
It takes a lot of hands to set up a Haunted House... and then to help be part of the fun. And what fun it was for little ones to visit the Spooky House... filled with Boo-worthy surprises!
 
CLUB ACTIVITIES
 
October 5 - Congrats, Coach Jimmy!
At this Friday meeting we all found out that Coach Jimmy was awarded the LIVING TREASURES OF HAWAII recognizing his 60+ years of coaching youth basketball.
 
October 18 - Our Annual Chicken Hekka
Fun, food and friends and someone else cooking!

Well, actually it was several club members serving as Chefs for the night.  And hot sake topped it off!
 
October 27 - “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”
Club Members put on ladies’ shoes to support the YWCA. And we won FIRST PLACE TEAM!
 
INTERNATIONAL
The Rotary Club of Hilo is joining other Hawai`i and worldwide Clubs to help communities internationally.
 
THAILAND
Six new kidney dialysis machines and a health awareness and prevention outreach program.
 
BOLIVIA
Renovation of the St. Vincent de Paul Educational Unit with school furniture and training for parents.
 
ROMANIA
Support to help start the first multidisciplinary Craniofacial/cleft palate medical team.
 
NEPAL
Help to continue the “Telemedicine” project that allows Nepalese Doctors access to world medical professionals
 
 

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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June 21, 2019
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Tanouye, Jen
 
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Apr 05, 2019 12:00 PM
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Apr 12, 2019
Pacific Tsunami Museum
 
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