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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.
The Rotary Club of Kapolei is accepting scholarship applications for Nursing and Education students through October 1, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student in Nursing, Education, or any type of Healthcare industry program, who will be attending, as a full-time student, an accredited 4-year college or university in Hawaii or on the U.S. mainland to earn a baccalaureate degree.  A full-time student is defined as taking a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours per semester or equivalent.

  2. Must be a U.S. citizen and legal resident of Hawaii prior to submittal of application.

  3. In the interest of providing as many scholarships as possible to students in Hawaii, ineligible are:

    a. Rotarians or their spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, brothers or sisters.              
           b. Anyone entering a U.S. Military Service Academy. 
           c. Anyone receiving a multi-year scholarship or a full tuition scholarship.

           d. Anyone attending a university or college outside the United States.


Criteria for Selection:

  1. Academic achievement, scholarship merit and financial need.

  2. Personal involvement in campus, community activities and employment experience.


Scholarships Available:

  1. Two (2) Jacob J. Blokker Scholarship Award of $2,000 to a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student in Education or any type of Healthcare Industry program. 

  2. Two (2) Anne Pochna Blokker Scholarship Award of $2,000 to a Junior or Senior college student in a Nursing or Education Program.


The scholarship is non-transferable, cannot be deferred, and is a one-year grant that need not be repaid.  Enrollment must be in January of the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the applicant’s college or university.The Rotary Club of Kapolei Scholarship programs are administered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, national origin or physical disability.

Applications and information can be found here:
The following are the service opportunities available in August, click on the event name to sign up online.
8/22                     Feeding Homeless                     Rotary Contact: Benson Medina
5 - 6:30 pm          United Methodist Church
8/22                     Special Olympics Cop On Top    Rotary Contact: Jeanna Rimmer
5- 8 pm .              Hilo Wal-Mart
8/31                     Hawaii Wildlife Fund                    Rotary Contact: Keith Greer
8:30 am               Bech Clean Up . - Na'alehu Milepost 65
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
July 20th and 25th marked our club's first two service projects of the new Rotary year.  On July 20th, the American Cancer Society sponsored it's annual fundraiser "Relay for Life" that draws hundreds of people from east Hawaii and raises tens of thousands of dollars for the ACS.  This  year, our Rotary club assisted with the set-up, serving and clean up of the Survivor's Dinner, a major component of the Relay for Life event.  The dinner paid tribute to dozens of cancer survivors.
On Thursday, July 25th,  RCSH started a regular service event with the "Peanut Butter Ministry", a non-profit group that serves meals to the homeless and hungry at the United Methodist Church on Waianuenue Avenue.  Our club will cover the fourth Thursday of each month. joining with other volunteers to serve the 60-75 people who come looking for a hot meal.  Please let Benson know if you are interested in helping.
It's been a busy couple of months for the Rotary Club of South Hilo.  We have numerous speakers, visitors from the mainland, John Fitzgerald speaking to u about the "moon landing", birthdays and special 90th for our Jimmy Souza, a new Rotary Board,  Foundation giving, children leaving for college and children graduating from college, awards for your service and dedication.  Thank you all for making this club special!
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 still need volunteers from 2-6 p.m.  to 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.
About Our Club

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

(808) 286-6559
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