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Tuesday, April 27 Monica Rott Stone, Founder of In Harmony Hawaii LLC, a waste reduction and zero waste event consulting business and West Hawaii Coordinator of Zero Waste Hawaii Island, will discuss source reduction strategies to address our plastic pollution and waste issues and an upcoming event for Big Island (and beyond). Monica lives in Kona and is an avid surfer and devoted mom.
 
Tuesday, March 9 Melina Rajaei Founder and President of Ulana Museum which aims to provide a space dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture, both I ka wā kahiko, as expressed in Hawaiian traditions of old, and its ever evolving in a modern-day context— mea awana. Currently, all exhibits and activities will be available online. Rajaei discusses the advancement of the knowledge and appreciation of cultural heritage and natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and how those will be experienced through dynamic exhibitions, the presentation of artifacts, and engaging, interactive and innovative workshops open to all.
 
Next meeting will be April 27 @ 12pm (HST)
 
Join us:
Meeting ID: 812 0189 2467
Email: Maurice4Rotary@gmail.com for password
Tuesday, February 16 - We will learn more about "How Rotary will be Moving Forward in 2021-2022" from Sandy Matsui, Governor-Elect (District 5000). We'll watch a video from our incoming Rotary President, Shekhar Mehta who will let us know the new Rotary theme for the upcoming year.   Sandy and Benson will discuss what's ahead for the District and our own incoming club President Keith Greer discussed his plans and ideas for the coming year. Sandy has been a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kāneʻohe since 1992. After she served as Club President in 2011-012, her Rotary journey led to new adventures serving District 5000 as Assistant Governor for three years, District Secretary, District Trainer and as a member of the Host Organizing Committee for the Rotary International Convention that was scheduled to be held in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in 2020. 
 
Tuesday, February 9 - Agronomist and Farmer, Bob Shaffer, will talk to us about compost, its influence on our island, global warming, as well as food security and quality. He has a wealth of knowledge and may cover other topics that fit in with our Club's new focus.
 
Tuesday, January 12 - Tom Kabat, who consults on federal hydropower improvements, and with local non-profits and start-ups on efforts fight climate change, will be joining our meeting from Palo Alto, CA. This talk frames the climate crisis as something ordinary citizens can act upon working together to implement and demonstrate ideas and actions. This gives policy makers the courage to take those actions and make them the new sustainable normal. We will talk about ways to make low carbon living easy, affordable, and meaningful!
Tuesday, November 10 Geoff Cochran, the Annual Giving Officer for Rotary International, will be joining our meeting from Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.  Geoff will talk to us about the many programs that are funded by the dollars that Rotarians donate and how we can play an important role in what Rotary does around the world.
 
Tuesday, November 17 Farrah-Marie Gomes, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, will discuss equity, the Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women, and the University of Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Gomes previously served as Founding Director of UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center and Interim Dean for UH Hilo's College of Continuing Education and Community Service. Dr. Gomes will touch on various forms of equity, look at examples of disparities, and bring to light some actions that can be taken to help bridge equity gaps here locally.
 
Tuesday, November 24 - No Meeting (Holiday)
 
Tuesday, December 1 - Final 2020 Rotary Meeting : The Hilo Club is having a special 100th Anniversary Meeting at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.  We are suspending our regular club meeting at noon and ask our members to attend/support Hilo Club's special meeting as it will be open to all clubs in the District.
Tuesday, October 6 Scott Laaback, Co-founding board member and President of Center for Getting Things Started. A regenerative land systems designer, farm-to-table chef, and organizer who works to create regenerative culture and landscapes. He brings wildland firefighting experience, restaurant and farm work, pop-up farm-to-table event production, design, installation and maintenance of regenerative landscapes and any and all sustainability design projects.
 
Tuesday, October 13 Brent Norris, life-long designer and learner will discuss how smart design and planning can move Hawaiʻi toward a sustainable future. Brent has years of digital design experience and a command of IT. Brent helps implement Puna’s Community Development Plan and serves on the PCDP Action Committee, Junior Achievement, and brings light to new ideas as a TEDx Mentor. He earned the Webmaster of the Year award in 2009. As Co-Founder of Green Collar Technologies earned the Small Business Administration’s “Home Based Business Champion of the Year” for the State and County of Hawaiʻi. Brent currently lives off-the-grid in a self-built treehouse and re-imagines sustainable living in a native 'ōhi'a lehua forest on Big Island.
 
Tuesday, October 20 Hannah Shipman, Community Outreach Director at Blue Planet Foundation. Hannah will discuss the foundation and their efforts to help Hawai'i transition to 100% clean energy. She will offer actionable information on how to be more energy-efficient as efficiency is our cheapest and cleanest energy resource. Especially during COVID, with an increase in time spent at home, reducing energy bills is top of mind.
 
Tuesday, October 27 Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D. Dr. Akina is a Trustee-at-Large in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a statewide elective position. He is also President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy research institution dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. Dr. Akina believes that "It's time to reform OHA" so that it becomes a driving force in preserving the Aloha Spirit and advancing Hawaiians through housing, education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.
Tuesday, September 1 Mark Manuel, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program (NOAA MDP) will discuss the Pacific Islands region, ocean plastic, volunteer efforts, and impact waste management has on our environment.
 
Tuesday, September 8 Stephanie Nagata has been with the Office of Mauna Kea Management for twenty years and has served as director on an interim basis for nearly four years. She will likely talk about the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan and how her group works to integrate cultural and natural resources in the management of Mauna Kea.
 
Tuesday, September 15 ​​Mattie Mae Larson Founder of Upcycle Hawai'i. Inspired to create an entire product line from exclusively reclaimed and repurposed materials she created Upcycle Hawaii at a farmers market in Winter 2014. Mattie has grown her business into a Production Studio in Hilo and is working hard to pivot Upcycle Hawai'i into the age of e-commerce and continue to educate her community through field trips and speeches (now virtual) and remains an active volunteer for Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Mattie Mae will talk about her work and goals to turn trash into treasure, change how our community looks at solid waste and inspire a greener and more sustainable way of living in Hawai'i.
 
Tuesday, September 22 Doug Adams is the current Chair of the Hawai'i County Charter Commission. Doug will briefly review the 16 questions that will be on the ballot. He has been member of South Hilo Rotary since 2012. He and his wife Deb Lewis live in Hilo. 
 
Tuesday, September 29 Rafael Bergstrom, Executive Director for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and longtime volunteer for SCH will discuss plastic pollution issues(and solutions!), our role in stemming the tide of single use disposable items, and tips on how to make change as an individual and the power civic engagement can have in pushing zero waste efforts.
 
Join us:
Meeting ID: 812 0189 2467
Email: Maurice4Rotary@gmail.com for password
 
About Our Club

Welcome to the Rotary Club of South Hilo

South Hilo

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Call (808) 286-6559
Zoom Online
Hilo, HI 96720
United States of America
Phone:
(808) 286-6559
Our club meets every Tuesday online (via Zoom). We look forward to in-person meetings in the future as conditions improve. Contact Maurice for meeting details and login information (maurice4rotary@gmail.com). Mahalo!
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