Jeremiah Leonard

Club President

2023 - 2024

Aloha to our fellow Rotarians and members of the Hilo community:
I am so honored to serve all of you this year as President of Rotary Club of Hilo and I’m so thankful for all the support our members have provided to our Hilo community.
The Rotary International theme this year is “Create Hope in the World”. As Rotarians we have the opportunity to make a difference in the world with the work we do as volunteers. Each action we take helps to make the world a better place for future generations.
For over 100 years our club has served the Hilo community with the motto of “Service Above Self”. We were chartered in 1920 and are the second oldest club in the State of Hawaii.  This year marks the 103rd year of service and we are honored to continue this long tradition of service to our community.
Our regular club meetings are at the WSW in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel usually the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from noon until 1:00 PM but check the calendar to make sure we’re scheduled to be there.
Some of the projects we have coming up and are continuing this year Reading to the Kindergarten, Giving dictionaries to 3rd graders, Thanksgiving Day lunch at the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery, Senior luncheon at Kamana, Youth scholarships, Park clean-ups, tree planting, leadership building with high school students, and many more.
We fully support Rotary International’s ongoing battle to eradicate polio around the world.  Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985 and was a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Through decades of commitment and work by Rotary and our partners, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Our major fundraiser is the Hilo Brewfest, held annually in July.  Our beneficiaries this year are the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, and the Ohana Waa Laulina.
To top it off, we have FUN!  Working side by side helps build relationships and lasting friendships, but we also have many social gatherings where fun is our main agenda!
Are you ready to join with over 100 Rotary Club of Hilo members and make a difference in our community and the world? If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to email me for more information:
Yours in Service,
Jeremiah Leonard
Our mission statement:  We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Our vision statement:  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Send written inquiries to:
Rotary Club of Hilo 
PO Box 7476
Hilo, HI 96720