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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. 
With COVID-19 completely changing our world, our club meeting have now moved online.  Our club meets online at our normal time (12 noon) every Tuesday.  You can join the meeting with either your computer or phone, but you must register ahead of time using the following link.  Our meetings are password protected, but once you register and receive the password, it's the same every week.
When: Every Tuesday at 12:00 PM Hawaii
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you've already registered for a meeting previously, you do not need to do this again.  Just use the same link every week.
The Rotary Clubs of East Hawaii also have an online meeting every Thursday at noon.  You can register for this meeting using the following link:
When: Every Thursday at 12:00 PM Hawaii
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you've already registered for a meeting previously, you do not need to do this again.  Just use the same link every week.
Stay safe, stay in touch, stay positive!  Hope to see you at a meeting!
Following the suggested cancellation or postponement of group/social gatherings by our State and County governments, I am suspending our regularly scheduled Rotary club meetings until April 7th.  We do have a service project scheduled for March 21st so please check with our website (www.rotarysouthhilo.org) for updates.
I encourage everyone to stay in touch with each other via phone, text or email.  Pass along information on any of our members who may need help or might fall ill.
Please stay home if you are at risk, practice social distancing and wash your hands!
Take Care All,
Benson Medina
With worldwide concern over the rapid spread of a novel coronavirus and a recent report from the State Department of Health that two confirmed cases traveled through our state in recent weeks, over 60 people attended a special meeting on Tuesday, February 18th.  East Hawaii Rotary Clubs hosted Jason Dela Cruz from the State Department of Health and Chad Shibuya, Arthur Sampaga and Elena Cabatu from Hilo Medical Center.  The group took us through a lively presentation that included the origin of the virus, measures that have been taken to arrest the spread and local precautions that are being taken to keep our citizens safe and prevent panic that can result from the spread of inaccurate information on social media.  Dela Cruz and Shibuya both stressed taking the normal precautions to avoid getting the flu or colds (such as frequent handwashing) and that the spread of the virus throughout Hawaii is pretty small.
Over 60 people attended a special Rotary meeting to discuss the coronavirus in Hawaii.
Members from all East Hawaii Rotary Clubs were in attendance
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
(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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