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At our November 15, 2022, meeting, we welcomed guest speaker Brittany Zimmerman, CEO and Chief of Innovation at Yummet, a world-wide group of scientific innovators who are taking on major environmental issues such as carbon sequestration, green energy, clean water, and the teaching of innovative technology to youth, all major areas of concentration for Rotary International.
At our November 1, 2022, meeting, Sam Kalanikupua King II, a descendant of Samuel Wilder King, the first Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, addressed, via Zoom, issues surrounding the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, OHA, the Thirty-Meter Telescope project, and other matters of interest to native Hawaiians and the public.
At our October 18, 2022, meeting, guest speaker Michele Carvalho addressed Project Pilina. Project Pilina recruits and guides resource caregiver (foster parent) applicants through the first steps of the general licensing process to foster in Hawaiʻi. There are over 1,250 children and youth in Hawaiʻi’s foster care system and 50% are Native Hawaiian.
At our October 4, 2022, meeting, David Anitok, a healthcare and community activist, discussed via Zoom the fresh water needs of the Marshallese Community in Oceanview.
At our September 20, 2022, meeting, District Trainer and two-time past president of our South Hilo Rotary Club, Benson Medina, talks of Aloha Based Leadership and how to Serve with Aloha.
At our September 6, 2022, meeting, Guest Speaker James Akau spoke on Hawaiian Canoes and their cultural connection to the ocean.
OSMD Hawaii Foundation founder Daryl “Sammy” Sampaga and Rotary District Governor Randy Hart address our August 16, 2022, club meeting. Sammy spoke of living with muscular dystrophy and about his foundation. Randy outlined Rotary's structure and vision.
Rebecca Moore, Hilo Medical Center Stroke/STEMI Coordinator, addresses our July 2, 2022, club meeting, speaking of expanding stroke and cardiac services to the Big Island.
Magin Patrick, Project Hawaii, Inc., co-founder addresses our Club's July 19, 2022, meeting while co-founder Cliff Kama, Sr. and President Cat Rehberg follow along. The children present were attending summer camp and broke away to join us.
During its July 5, 2022, meeting, Rotary Club of South Hilo welcomed three new members, L-to-R, Michael Hauben, Laura Acasio, and Gerry Baldwin.
Newly inducted Rotary Club of South Hilo President Cat Rehberg asking the audience to breathe during her July 1st, 2022, acceptance speech.
Newly installed District Governor Randy Hart swearing in new presidents Connie Ichinoise, Rotary Club of Hilo; Cat Rehberg, Rotary Club of South Hilo; Susie Osborne and Ron Cutler, co-presidents of Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset
Outgoing Rotary Club of South Hilo President Benson Medina and his wife, Zeda Medina, blessing the July 1st, 2022, District Governor Change of Command event.
Since our first in-person/hybrid meeting on July 6, attendance has been steadily growing both in person and online.  Yesterday's meeting featuring United States Coast Guardsman Peter Wilson, was attended by sixteen of our members in person and six more online.  As our club continues to rebuild from a year where COVID-19 shut down most of our activities, it's been really encouraging to see people participating again.
 
Among the attendees yesterday was Karen FitzGerald, the wife of our late member John FitzGerald.  She came to let us know that she will be having a Celebration of Life for John on Saturday, August 28th.  John was one of our most active members and his ranch in Hakalau was the site of many Rotary functions.  More details on this function will follow.
 
Join us next week when our own Elena Cabatu will be our speaker and will give us an update on COVID-19 and the new Delta variant.
 
Speaker Peter Wilson, his wife Megan, daughter Pohai, son Gunnar, Marissa Guerra, Zeda Medina and Karen FitzGerald after the meeting.
 
Legacy Member Valta Cook with Past President Rosemary Linden and guest Michael Hauben
 
South Hilo members Keith Marrack, Doug Adams and Tom English join our meeting online.
 
Club Secretary Tracy Klask and Past-President Tom Yeh
 
Past President and Zoom Master Benson Medina trying to keep all the technical pieces of a hybrid meeting moving.
Great News!  With pandemic restrictions easing and with the approval of the County Civil Defense and the Mayor's Office, we have been approved to open up our inaugural event for President-Elect Keith Greer up to 50 people.  This means that we can now bring spouses, friends, invite officers from other clubs, etc. The event will now take place at Nani Mau Gardens on Tuesday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
We have a bountiful prime rib buffet planned and a really exciting program (with our lovely Marissa Guerra as the MC) that will include special awards, a tribute to John Fitzgerald, a preview of one of our big service projects, a presentation by Cat Rehberg on our newly designed Hilo Huli, plans to re-start our Satellite Club, the induction of our new president Keith (including his vision for the next year) and even some door prizes for some of the lucky attendees!
 
The festivities start at 5:30 with a no-host bar and pupus.  The dinner and program will start a few minutes after 6 and we should all be heading home by 7:30.  Cost per person is $40 and can be paid in advance by Venmo (email me and I'll walk you through it) or you can pay by check at the door.
 
What we need at this point is a head count as soon possible. I know a lot of you have already RSVP'ed but if you could indulge us one more time and let us know if you plan to bring your spouse, partner, family, children, neighbors, grandchildren, etc. To RSVP, please reply to this email.
 
This will be a great opportunity for us to come back together again (in-person) after a year of being locked down!  Hope to see you there!
 
The Rotary Club of South Hilo and the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset welcomed new presidents in the first joint inauguration ceremony for both clubs.  Because of the COVID pandemic, Rotary club meetings were moved online in April 2020.  Assistant Governor, Doug Adams (and RCSH member) did the honors of inaugurating RCSH incoming president Keith Greer and incoming Pahoa club president, Kirk Bailey.
 
Pahoa Club Members (from Left to Right), Past President Ron Cutler, President Susie Osborne, Glen Calvert, incoming President Kirk Bailey, Fran Calvert and Libby Oshiyama.
Doug Adams, Zeda Medina, Zoe Medina, Mistress of Ceremonies Marissa Guerra and incoming President Keith Greer start the celebration.  President Keith outlined his goals for the coming year including a return to community service and in-person meetings (starting July 6th) at the Coconut Grill Restaurant.  The event was first Rotary event that many of our members had attended in over a year including:
Past President Keith and Sally Marrack
Pat Aiona Sr and wife, Annette
The Bouchers: Olivia, Claudia and Peter
Guest of honor, Karen FitzGerald and son, Kimo with wife Megan.  The program included a special tribute to Karen's late husband, John, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of South Hilo.
Past President Rosemary Linden and guest Michael Hauben
Past President Randy Kurohara, Kimberly Kobayashi and daughter, Dani
Past President Brenda Ho and Debbie Ono
Past President Tom Yeh and Rotary Service Award winner, Charlene Iboshi
Membership Chair Lani Weigert and Joe Capellas
Our new President-Elect, Cat Rehberg and our Sargent-At-Arms and Social Media chair, Marissa Guerra
Our Club Secretary, Tracy Klask
Club Treasurer Zeda Medina and Board Member Margaret Stanley
 
Zeda and Past President Benson Medina                Incoming President and Assistant Governor Doug Adams
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
 
President Maurice Goulding hosts weekly club meetings online. The Tuesday meetings will feature a variety of guest speakers though most will focus on sustainable agriculture, food security, and other environmental issues. Stay tuned for more from the S. Hilo Rotary Club and invite your friends to see experts in their field on Zoom Tuesdays.
 
Tuesday, July 28 David Marquis from Puna Precious Plastics will fill us in on his project's progress and obstacles as he ventures to find ways to reduce or redirect our plastic waste stream. 
 
Tuesday, August 4 Peter Silva, Executive Director of the Hawaii HIV/AIDS Foundation, will be talking about his foundation, what it's like to run the only STD clinic on island, the importance of his work and how it impacts us all.
 
Tuesday, August 11 Councilman Tim Richards from District 9 will talk to our group about several agriculture and food initiatives happening on the island as well as new project ideas and what we can do to move toward a food secure, sustainable and resilient Hawaii. 
 
Tuesday, August 18 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, August 25 Rotary District 5000 Governor, Naomi Masuno, has been a Rotarian since 2002 and has served as East Honolulu Club President, District Awards Chair, District Secretary, and District Treasurer, and District Chief of Staff. She has done it all with Rotary and continues to drive the mission forward, as well as share leadership tools and guidance to the club(s).
 
Join us LIVE via zoom!
 
On Tuesday July 7, Maurice Goulding will be inaugurated as the next president of the Rotary Club of South Hilo.  He takes over for Benson Medina who served the last two years as club president.   Maurice has been an active member of our club since joining in 2016.   He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last two years, serving as Community Service Chair and President-Elect.  Maurice will be supported by an experienced Board led by President-Elect Keith Greer, Secretary Tracy Klask and Treasurer Zeda Medina.   
 
Maurice's celebration and first club meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 7th from 11:30 - 1p.m. at Hilo Town Tavern at 168 Keawe Street. 
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