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Dictionary Distribution Chair Irene Bender has been hard at work getting Rotary dictionaries out to dozens of elementary school students in the Hilo area during the last month.  With help from many volunteers including Paulla Speegle, Phoebe Lambeth, Benson and Zeda Medina, Pat Aiona Jr., Charlene Iboshi, Peter Boucher, Pat Aiona Sr., Kim Kobayashi and Tom English (among others), we have been able to distribute dictionaries to St. Joseph's, Keaukaha Elementary, Kapiolani, EB DeSilva and Kalanianaole schools so far.  Rotary dictionary distribution is a worldwide Rotary project that promotes literacy around the world.
The second beneficiary of our Hilo Huli proceeds received a $10,000 donation from our Foundation.  Lisa Rantz, Executive Director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation (HMCF) attended our October 15th meeting to accept the check from Foundation treasurer, Wana Agasa.  HMCF was one of 15 east side non-profits to apply for project funding from the Rotary Club of South Hilo Foundation.   Rantz reavealed that the award would be used to assist the Rural Health Professionals rotation program.   This program allows health professionals to move around our community to experience the many facets of our culture, livelihood and families.  Our Foundation has donated nearly $100,000 to HMCF over the last 10 years.
Congratulations to Charlene Iboshi for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.  Charlene is an active member of our club serving as the Peace Committee Chair, volunteering her time to numerous service organizations in our community and always with camera in hand capturing all the special moments.  Thank you for all you do for us Charlene!
Kamaka Gunderson (left) and Linda Leilani Lindsey-Kaapuni (3rd from left) spoke on the behalf of the Mauna Kea Protectors at our October 8th meeting at the invitation of our member Lani Weigert (2nd from left).  Sherry Bracken (right) from NPR was also at the meeting to cover the presentation.  Gunderson and Lindsey-Kaapuni discussed their view that many of the agreements that were supposed to be followed regarding the management of Mauna Kea have been not been upheld by the State of Hawaii.  They also shared the belief of many native Hawaiians that Mauna Kea has always been deemed as a scared space so that any building or construction of any kind constitutes desecration of a sacred Hawaiian site.  Several club members participated in a lively question and answer period that followed their presentation.
Another successful Rotary volunteer event was held on Saturday October 5th.  Under beautiful sunny skies, 10 members of our South Hilo family handled the awards section of the annual Special Olympics Bocce Ball competition held on the baseball field at University of Hawaii-Hilo.  Chairperson Jeanna Rimmer assembled an experienced crew who was responsible for making sure every participant was acknowledged for their achievement and participation.  Besides Jeanna, other members of the RCSH 'ohana Tracy Klask and her daughter Tiana, Cat Rehberg, Lani Weigert, Zeda and Benson Medina and their granddaughters Zoe and Marissa and Shari Todd spent the better part of Saturday helping this very worthy cause.
Please welcome the newest Rotarian to the Rotary Club of South Hilo, Kim Kobayashi.  Please reach out and introduce yourself to Kim!
Join us for our next Rotary of South Hilo meeting.  Lunch meetings are held each Tuesday at 12:00 pm at the Hilo Hawaiian, Queen's Court Restaurant.  Get there early for seating and placing lunch order
On Saturday August 31st the Rotary Club of South Hilo members joined forces with Fairwinds Cruises and Big Island Divers to help Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund clean plastic and marine debris from Kamilo Beach.  Plastic from across the Pacific Ocean is carried by the currents and washes ashore on our island at this beach. Together, the 14 volunteers and Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund staff members removed 790 lbs of marine debris. This consisted of 37 bags of trash, 100 lbs of loose plastics, and 300 lbs of nets and fishing line.  We can all help keep our oceans cleaner by reducing our use of plastics and properly disposing or recycling of the plastic we do use.
Charter member Jimmy Souza and 50-year Rotarian Val Cook welcome Cat Rehberg to the club
On Tuesday, August 20th, the Rotary Club of South Hilo welcomed Catherine "Cat" Rehberg as the newest member of our club.  Cat is the CEO of Lavaloha a chocolate producing farm outside of Hilo.   Cat was born in New Hampshire and travelled extensively before settling in Hilo.  She previously worked as an account executive for Creative Arts before founding Lavaloha.  Cat will be serving on the principal planning group for next year's Hilo Huli fundraiser.
Congratulations to Brenda Ho who received her Paul Harris +5 pin and Wana Agas who received her Paul Harris +6 with a Ruby stone pin.
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.  The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:
  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
The Rotary Club of South Hilo recently donated of $300 in cash and school supplies for Hope Services keiki returning back to school.  Thank you Charlene for coordinating.
Aloha Club Members,
I am the Point of Contact for the 2020 Rotary International Convention Host Organization Committee, HOC for short, and my job is to keep the Club up-to-date on the convention and also the HOC activities.
As a recap, the 111th international convention is well underway with about 18,000 already registered.  Imagine Rotarians from all over the world coming to Hawaii to experience the Power of Rotary and enjoy our island hospitality!  There will be lots of collaboration on projects and partnerships, lots to learn about Rotary and a lot of inspiration from awesome speakers.  The convention will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center June 6 to 10, 2020.  There will be great speakers, maybe 100 breakout sessions and several hundred booths in the House of Friendship.  Rotary International is responsible for the convention logistics, the program, speakers, breakouts and the House of Friendship.
The HOC is responsible for the local events, which includes 2 lunch cruises, a windward fishpond service project, a walk for peace in Ala Moana park, host hospitality and a fabulous concert at the Waikiki Shell.   We have a website for registrants to sign up for the HOC events and also tours and activities.   In order to cover the expenses, we need your help with donations and sponsorships.   If you would like to donate or can reach out to your company contacts, it would be much appreciated.  If the amount is $6,000 or higher, please let Sonya Mendez, the Sponsorship Chair know, because we need to get Rotary International’s approval first. 
We also need a lot of volunteers.  If you would like to greet people at the airport, provide info at the Convention Center or just want to be in the thick of the action, sign up either on the HOC or District website.  This is an initial volunteer registration.  You’ll have a chance to choose your shift later this year.
This convention is an opportunity for you to see the Rotary big picture without having to pay a lot for airfare and hotel rooms.  It will bring a lot of attention to Hawaii, not to mention revenue for the State. So, what are you waiting for, register now before the price goes up in December.
Here are web addresses for more information:
      The HOC website is:  rotaryhonolulu2020.org
      The District website is: rotaryd5000.org
      The Rotary International website to register is:  riconvention.org
Thank you for listening and I hope you will take action to donate, volunteer and register for the convention.  It’s going to be a memorable opportunity for us to share the Aloha spirit with Rotarians from around the world, make lasting friendships - and learn more about Rotary ourselves!
Yours in Rotary,
Charlene Meyers, POC Liaison
Cell 808-937-2178
A large group of East Hawai'i Rotarians gathered at the Hilo Hawaiian on July 29th to welcome PDG Del Green.  Every eastside club was represented among the 65+ attendees.  PDG Green took us through some of the legislative changes made by Rotary International at a recent conference in Chicago.  He was also able to update us on the upcoming International Conventional to be held in Honolulu from June 6-10, 2020.
East Hawaii Presidents Junichi Noumaru (Hilo Bay), Lee Dombroski (WE Club), Anna Liu (Hilo), Benson Medina (South Hilo), Deb Nichols (Pahoa), Paul Field (Volcano) and AG Randy Hart welcome PDG Del Green
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