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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!
OUT AND ABOUT IN JUNE
June 1-5 ~ Convention in Hamburg, Germany
Each year, Rotary world wide holds an International Convention... this year was in Hamburg, Germany. Our club’s past President and current Assistant District Governor, Randy Hart represented our club... and probably drank some great German beer!
 
 
June 8 ~ Picnic at Reed’s Bay
Our final get-together was on a sunny Saturday and featured pot-luck offerings, good fun and some great grinds! Club members and guests enjoyed a leasurely day of fellowship and food.
 
June 29 ~ Hilo Brewfest at the Wainaku Executive Center
It takes a lot of people to put together a massive event... nearly 200 volunteers to “host” over  
1200 attendees!  Good Job, Everyone!
 
 
 One Rotary Year ends... and another begins!
June 12 ~ Installation Dinner
Rotary’s calendar year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Our annual June Installation Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our achievements and activities and to welcome our new President and her board of directors. Emcee Newton Chu welcomes Anna Liu, our new President, and congratulates Keith Okamoto, our immediate past president, on a terrific year.
 
Welcome board members and officers for our new 2019-2020 Rotary year!
 
 
 
 
 
New Members!
Charlotte Kekela Yamanaka ~ Enterprises, Inc
 
Laura Kniffin ~ Associa Hawaii
 
And Bringing along the Next Generation!
 
INTERACT at WAIAKEA HIGH SCHOOL ~ 2019-2020
 
Interact Clubs which develop young people for leadership roles are based on the same principles of Rotary. Our club sponsors two Interact Clubs, one at Waiakea High School and a second at Laupahoehoe High. Pictured above are some of the Waiakea club’s new officers for the next school year. (l-r) VP Evan Hill, President Kala Van Veen, and Secretary Ginger Pettijohn. Missing from the photo are Keala Doran and Carina Shintaku.
 
May 31 ~ $5000 Scholarship Awarded to Saesha Hanselman
Each year, our club (in addition to other Rotary Clubs) awards a $5000 Scholarship to a graduating High School senior. This year, Saesha Hanselman (shown here between Mitchell Dodo, club Scholalrship Chair and Keith Okamoto, President) plans to attend UH- Hilo with a major in Business Administration.
 
OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE CLUB
 
May 4 ~ Friends of the CJCEH Gala
Great food and great company, celebrating the good works of the Friends who help children of abuse.
 
May 11 ~ RICE RALLY at KTA
Club members join other Hilo area Rotarians to collect bags of Rice for the Food Basket. Thanks to all the hard work and donations, over 450 fifteen pound bags of rice were collected!
 
May 17-20 ~ Hawaii District Conference
Awards and recognition for all the Rotary Clubs in the state! And a welcome to the new incoming Presidents for the 2019-2020 year.
NEW MEMBERS
Kelvin Watanabe, Hawaiian Telcom
Dwight Matsumoto, Hawaiian Telcom
 
April 12 ~ Hilo Brewfest Ticket Sale Event
 
April 25~ Mini Membership Mixer at Hilo Bay Café
 
April 26 ~ Rotarians Visit Businesses
Club Members enjoy a lunch during their Downtown Hilo Visits
 
Kimo Jim checks out a Dodo Mortuary Casket.
Seems like there were plenty to choose from!
 
Hawaiian Telcom shows us just how it all works!
 
 
And a reminder about our
Signature Fundraising event... the 2019 Hilo Brewfest
7th Annual
Hilo Brewfest
Wainaku Executive Center
Its not JUST a Party at the Bay!
It’s our Signature Fundraiser!
 

Tickets available now at hilobrewfest.com
 
Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of nearly 70 beer choices, great food and rockin’ entertainment!
Again this year, we will be awarding some of the net proceeds to the Hilo Medical Center’s Foundation that trains and encourages much needed Doctors to stay in our community. Also for 2019 will be the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii who work to enhance the shattered lives of child victims of abuse and neglect. And during the year, many other smaller bequests help to support our community... like
Rotary’s RICE RALLY coming up at KTA.
Hilo Brewfest Tickets available now at hilobrewfest.com. Don't miss the Party at the Bay on June 29!
 
March 14 -- Annual Chili and Dessert Cookoff
How do you choose the best chili from many offerings? Club members brought their own favorite versions along with some yummy desserts! Mahalo Cooks!
 
March 27 -- Mini Membership Mixer at Wainaku Center
What a great way to get to know our own members and meet new people in a casual and friendly setting. Thanks hosts Tina and Tom!
 
March 30 -- Hilo Heart Walk
It’s early in the morning... but the air is fresh and the skies are blue! Club members show up to walk the walk and contribute to the funds raised for research.
 
March 30 -- Rotary Training at Kamehameha School Cafeteria
Board members for the upcoming year along with new club members learn about the new focus of Rotary and how to implement ideas in our club.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE IN FIJI
March 22 -- Rotary World Water Day
Nearly 50% of Fijians use contaminated water sources that can carry leptospirosis,  and dysentery diseases. Thanks to our Club’s Foundation, we were able to pay for clever and simple water filtration systems in homes... affecting nearly 250 people. This is just one of the projects that utilizes funds from our annual Brewfest fundraiser!
 
 

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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July 19, 2019
Reporter
Hemmes, Helen
 
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Hanley, Bob
 
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Watanabe, Kelvin
 
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Matsumoto, Dwight
 
July 26, 2019
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Chu, The Don
 
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Anderson, Eric
 
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Jimenez, Tina
 
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Dodo, "Mitch"
 
August 9, 2019
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Hemmes, Helen
 
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Hart, Randy
 
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Tajiri, Helene
 
August 23, 2019
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Okimoto, Shane
 
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Dugar, Bobby
 
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Cheney, Jim
 
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Phillips, Genie
 
September 6, 2019
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Kennedy, Biff
 
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Glass, Kerry
 
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Dugar, Bobby
 
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Kniffen, Laura
 
September 20, 2019
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Munro, Susan
 
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Tajiri, Helene
 
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Phillips, Genie
 
September 27, 2019
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Cheney, Jim
 
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Hanley, Bob
 
October 4, 2019
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Tanouye, Jen
 
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Breyfogle, Treena
 
 
Speakers
Paul Field - Rotary's Bali Project
Jul 19, 2019
Rotary's Bali International Project
Lisa Rantz - HMC Foundation
Jul 26, 2019
Hilo Medical Center Foundation
Del Green (past DG)
Jul 30, 2019
Council on Legislative Affairs
Candy Jackson - Teen Challenge Hilo
Aug 09, 2019
Teen Challenge
 
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