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Our local chapter of the American Cancer Society is requesting volunteers from the Rotary Club of  South Hilo and our Satellite club members at next weekend's (Saturday, July 20) Relay For Life at Francis Wong Stadium.   We have traditionally supported the event by providing our local American Cancer Society the use of our 20X20 tents.  But this year, they are requesting help with the Survivors Dinner, which takes place at Aunty Sally's from 2-4 p.m.
 
We need two groups of 4-6 people.  One group will work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. setting up tables and assisting with the food preparation.   The second group (2-6 p.m.)  will serve food during the dinner period and then stay for the clean up and put away tables.  The ACS will provide a crew leader, we need to provide the volunteers. All volunteers get a free meal and an event t-shirt.
 
If you are able to  help (friends and family also welcome), please email or text Benson (rcshnews@gmail.com or 808-286-6559) so we can get you on the list.  Relay for Life is a major event in our community so it would be great for our Rotary Club to provide the volunteer power to make this event a success.
 
 
June 22nd proved a great day for some ono Hawaiian food, horse and buggy rides and some good old fashioned Rotary fellowship at John and Karen Fitzgerald's ranch.   Benson, John and Karen started the festivities Friday night by lighting the imu and roasting pork butts and sweet potatoes overnight. Twelve hours later, the sweet smell of kalua pork greeted our guests.  Dave and Jeanna Rimmer were the first on the scene, followed by Peter Boucher and his family.  Jimmy Souza and  arrived with his daughter and her entire family.  Benson and Zeda brought their usual entourage of grandchildren who took full advantage of the buggy rides John offered anyone brave enough to hop into the carriage.  Randy Kurohara, Ka'iu and son Caleb also enjoyed the ride. The crowd also include friends of the Fitzgeralds  and other Rotarians.  Here's a few pictures from the event:
 
 
 
A great Saturday of fun at Tom Yeh's mango farm in Kona.  We were joined by Audrey and Jim Wilson (who supervised the mango pickling) and their grandson.  Tom and Eileen were  great hosts, treating us to wonderful buffet of steak, fresh (and fried) ahi and a delicious array of fruits and salads.   Audrey also brought some homemade cookies to go along with the custard pie dessert.  Over a dozen jars of pickled mango left Tom's place and are now in refrigerators all over Hilo waiting to be eaten!  Also making the trip over were Doug and Deb (along with their house guest Alexi), Jim and Phoebe Lambeth, Ben and Zeda Medina, Brenda and Clyde Ho, Charlene and Bob and Lani and Jeanna (along with her friend, Rene).  These great pictures compliments of Charlene Iboshi.
 
 
 
Images from the District 5000 Conference on Oahu
 
Rosemary, Charlene and Paulla participating in the "Walk With A Doc" at Queen Liliuokalani Gardens
 
Your East Hawaii Peace Committee in action!
 
Tuesday Meeting Roundup: Wana brought Chocolate from Italy that was auctioned to the highest bidder Arabel.
Big Mahalos to Randy, Margaret  and the amazing .staff at Creative Arts for the banners, shirts for our Hilo Huli
Elena gave happy dollars for HMC’s A grades for patient safety with two evaluators...also, a statewide first with the tiniest pacemaker inserted by HMC’s interventionist cardiologist.  Jimmy was  impressed! 
Courtney Gusick with Pahiki Caskets spoke with our club on Tuesday May 14th.  Her sustainable caskets are now available at Dodo Mortuary.  Learn more about the good works Courtney and her team are doing by visiting https://www.pahikicaskets.com/
 

PĀHIKI (Hawaiian): 'To pass quietly, go lightly, touch gently'

Pāhiki came into existence after a series of deeply moving and intimate experiences with death. As we navigated the emotional & logistical complexities of funeral planning, we found a lack of continuity between eco-conscious living and sustainable burial options. The more we observed the more we realized our 'death denial' culture has the unintended consequence of perpetuating poor environmental stewardship. In the West we have defaulted to practices such as embalming; manufacturing caskets made of heavy toxins, metals, synthetic fabrics; and artificially making those who have passed appear animate. These gestures, though temporarily comforting to the living, are wreaking eco-havoc in perpetuity.

This past Tuesday was a busy meeting indeed! We had the pleasure of welcoming Gordon Shurtleff and his wife Penny from Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club.  Our guest speaker was Courtney Gusick founder of Pahiki Caskets on Oahu.  We also had the honor of welcoming our Rotary Scholarship recipients.
 
Thank you to all cam out an represented Rotary at the annual Rice Rally on May 11th at KTA.
On Wednesday night, May 8th, the Rotary Club of South Hilo chartered the first Rotary Satellite Club in the State of Hawaii.   A Satellite Club is an affiliate club of an existing Rotary Club but meets at a different time and place.  All members of the new Satellite Club are now members of the Rotary Club of South Hilo so we just added 11 new members to our club.  The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at Wiki Fresh on Kilauea Avenue. Meetings start at 5:30 and generally run for an hour.  Margaret Stanley and Marissa Guerra will serve as the Chairperson and Secretary for the new club.
 
Here are the charter members of the new Satellite Club and the newest members of the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Some are new to the area and some are very familiar names in our community:
 
  1. Jeff Calley
  2. Marcie Saquing
  3. Kalani Kahalioumi
  4. Darryl Oliveira
  5. Kurt Kuipers
  6. Courtney Pachecano
  7. Lokelani Dahl
  8. Tom Ivascanin
  9. Nicole Gasperi
  10. Mabyn Ganiron
  11. Shari Todd
Not everyone was able to join the charter ceremony but over 20 people attended the induction ceremony.  Even our District Governor, Win Schoneman flew from Honolulu to preside over the ceremony.  Please join me in welcoming our newest members:
 
Front Row (L-R) Win Schoneman (District Governor), Margaret Stanley (Satellite Chair), Mabyn Ganiron, Courtney Pachecano, Marissa Guerra (Secretary).  Back Row: Jeff Calley, Shari Todd, Benson Medina (President). Kalani Kahalioumi, Kurt Kuipers, Marcie Saquing, Randy Hart (Assistant Governor).   Missing: Lokelani Dahl, Tom Ivascanin, Nicole Gasperi, Darryl Oliveira.
 
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of South Hilo

South Hilo

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Queens Court Restaurant
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Hilo, HI  96720
United States of America

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