Club Stories
Aloha My Fellow Rotarians,
We are six months into our Rotary year and so much has happened since our last visit.  We are having our Polio Plus Fundraising project “Ride So They Can Walk.”   It’s still ongoing and together, we can “Make that Difference.” The fight against Polio lives on and we can reach our goal of raising $300K through everyone’s participation.  Don’t give up!   I ask that you continue to raise the public’s awareness of Polio, the good Rotary does in the world, and continue to Ride So They Can Walk.
Another project that is dear to my heart is the Holiday Homelessness Project at Kahauiki Village Transitional Housing on Oahu, where fellow Rotarians in collaboration with other organizations are donating their time, talent and resources by painting and cleaning these housing units.  Our goal is to help homeless families get off the street and into a home by the end of the month.  We sent a “wish list” via your club president asking for your assistance in supplying 30 of these housing units with needed household products and supplies.  Please work with your Club President and/or AG in securing items on the list.  This is a manageable act of giving that will make such a big difference for many families this holiday season.
We have so much to do and only 6+ months left to finish -- selecting your club officers for next year, hosting Foundation dinners on each island, updating your Rotary Club Central projects, supporting the Centennial Park project in Waikiki, planning our upcoming 2020 Rotary International Convention, awarding clubs with the RI President and the Governor Citations, hosting the Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary Tea celebration, engaging with our the Mauka to Makai - Malama the Land service projects and more.  So much to do, so little time to finish…
As we navigate to the end of the year and approach the holiday season continuing to change lives together, may the Spirit of Christmas be never-ending, filling your home with the warmest greeting for this holiday season.   
From my home to yours, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! 
  Everyone has heard the old Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Rotary Districts 5000 and 2241 with the support of The Rotary Foundation, are taking that phrase to a whole new level by working to change the way complex cranio-facial pediatric medical procedures are being handled in Romania.
  The change began when Dr. Daniel Murariu, now a plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA, was doing his general surgery residency at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. He approached his local Club, RC Honolulu Sunset, with the idea that together they could make a transformative and sustaining difference in the lives of children in need throughout Eastern Europe.
  Dr. Murariu had been performing medical missions in Romania for years. He was inspired to help children who were suffering from the worst congenital cranio-facial deformities.
   “We would go to villages and have a team from the U.S. and one from Romania. Together we would work to provide specialty consultations to patients who couldn’t afford to go to the city,” said Dr. Murariu. “Over the years I met local plastic surgeons like Dr. Dragos Pieptu. We had several discussions about what the needs were in plastic surgery with the main one being pediatric cranio-facial malformations. These cases were not being treated to the same high standards as they would in the U.S."
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2017-2018 D5000 International Service
D5000 Chair: Nancy Pace,
International Service fulfills Rotary’s mission of “advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace” throughout the world through the delivery of projects and programs in one of six focus areas:
0 Basic education and literacy
o Economic and community development
o Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
o Disease prevention and treatment
o Water and sanitation
Listed below are ways in which District 5000 Clubs and individuals may fulfill their International Service commitment along with individual resource guides for the 2017-18 Rotary year:
Hands on International projects
Participation in a Polio Plus National Immunization Day
Sister Club activities and visits
-Resource for all of the above: Nancy Pace,
-Club participation in Global Grants: Resource: Mark Harbison,
-Youth Exchange Programs: Resource: Joanne Laird:
-Rotary Action Groups:
-Rotary Fellowships:
-Donation to Rotary International Polio eradication efforts:
-Project Fairs:
-Attend the Rotary International Convention, June 23-27, Toronto, Canada
NOTE: Please submit any international service project(s) or grant(s) that your club is involved in this year so that we may post them on this website as a resource for other clubs. Send to: Nancy Pace,
Ride So They Can Walk – biking event
State Wide Rides – We're on a roll. Keep going!
Help Rotary - End Polio Now
Rotarians, individual community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, and those on stationary bikes in health clubs and gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. This ride is different in that no roads need be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance. Each rider will pay a $20.00 registration fee and will also have friends and family sponsor their ride with all those donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of the date of this writing there are 10 cases worldwide – 6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. This isn’t good enough - Zero is the magic number.
   Each rider will receive a commemorative towel with the specially designed logo once they complete their ride and bring in a minimum of $100.00 in sponsor donations. Do even more by challenging another rider to see how many sponsor dollars you can bring in….
   Join in the fun by becoming a rider and/or sponsoring a rider to help Rotary End Polio Now.
Aloha, Charlene Yours in Rotary,
Charlene M. Meyers, PHF
Rotary Club of Hilo D5000 Polio Plus Chair 2015 - 2018
East Hawaii ADG 2011-13 & 2014-15
President 2008-09, Rotary Club of Volcano
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On October 7, 2017, the Rotary Club of Waianae was one of the sponsors for a Hooulu Kaiaulu O Waianae 2017, a Community Planning Summit in Waianae.  The Waianae Economic Development Council develops economic opportunities on the Waianae Coast. Their goals include building the physical infrastructure for local businesses to develop and grow by utilizing the rich culture, history, natural resources, and people of our community. They strive to increase opportunities for the residents by identifying and addressing economic development priorities.  The Council created an ongoing, sustainable and long-term community planning entity to take responsibilities for community planning and development needs on the Waianae Coast and improve access to capital, information, technology and other resources.
At this Planning Summit, a “Report Card” was shared that included demographic data on housing, employment, family, Aina/agriculture, transportation and business development. They discussed the homeless impact on the Waianae Coast. Participants discussed the goals and objectives for the next 3 years, which included developing existing and emerging leadership; identifying and constructing the physical intellectual and social infrastruture to further economic development and stimulate new growth; and building the financial foundation needed to ensure financial sustainability for the efforts to continue.
Rotarian Joseph Lapilio was one of the key organizers and he facilitated the session on economic development.  Seven Rotarians from the Waianae Club attended representing one of the many stakeholder groups involved in this community assessment and conversation.  As Rotarians, we should consider doing a community assessment to identify the needs of the communities we serve and look for meaningful solutions to make a difference in the lives of those around us.  Go to to find a Community Assessment Toolkit.
Upcoming Events
December 2017
2017-2018 Membership Goal Progress
Goal of 1900 members. As of 10/31/17, 1766 member or 92.9% of goal.
RI Convention

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