Club Stories
Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
This past week I had the privilege of traveling with Senior Annual Giving Officer Steven Solomon and Regional Major Gift Officer Beth Garrow to Hilo, Kona, Maui & Kauai. The reception on our neighbor islands was amazing.  They couldn’t help repeating over and over how generous, welcoming you all were.  I told them, “that’s the Aloha Spirit.”  As an Ambassadorial Scholar, Steven thanked the Rotarians for a life changing experience traveling the world and meeting influential people –all made possible by their Annual Giving. We ended the week with the Oahu Foundation Dinner at the Jade Dynasty Restaurant and the food was excellent!!   Thank you, Rotarian Wes Fong,  AG Mary Ann Berry & PDG Phil Sammer and their “committee” for planning a fun filled evening.  Everyone had a great time. The evening came to a close with  Beth Garrowʻs presentation of D5000’s Fundraising Analysis:
Total giving in Annual Fund, Polio Plus, Endowment and terms gifts and funds for approved grants, $306,060.00; PHF: 210, Benefactor 3, Bequest Society: 1, Major Donor: 12, and Major Gifts: 2.
Congratulations on a great job.   Let’s keep it going…
I also wish to thank my Assistant Governors for doing an awesome job in setting up the island wide Foundation Seminars and receptions; club members opening their homes and giving us a tour of their island. Our two guests from RI kept saying how impressed they were and wished to extend their gratitude
Finally, I would like to leave you with a couple of reminders.  Rotary will be celebrating its 113th birthday on Friday, February 23, 2018 and I encourage every club to make it special by having a social event with family and friends; highlighting all your accomplishments you’ve done; and showing your appreciation to each other for their giving of time, resources and talent.  
On, March 10, 2018, we will be celebrating Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary with High Tea at the Kapiolani Community College from 1 – 3pm.  It’s open to everyone at $45.  Come and honor the first woman inducted into your club.  Registration is on-line at the District website. Come and join us. 
Our Centennial Park that the Rotary Club of Honolulu is working on still needs our financial support.  Any assistance you can do in spreading the word out for this wonderful project would benefit all to enjoy.  And donʻt forget to register for the 2018 District 5000 Conference
Navigating Together To Change Lives
May 18-20, 2018
Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina
E hana kakou (Let’s work together)
District 5000 Governor 2017 - 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay distributed their gifts to the department of human services, child welfare services. These gifts went to the children in foster care Who could not be with their loved ones during this holiday season. 95 children had smiles on their faces and so did all the elves who made it possible. 
We do this every year and I think we enjoy it even more than they do. Somebody bought 20 of the angels themselves. We all spent $40 on a gift for each one we give a bike to everyone who wants a bike. Someone donates them.      Story from Monica Oszust.
  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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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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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,
Upcoming Events
February 2018
2017-2018 Membership Goal Progress
Goal of 1900 members. As of 01/31/18, 1748 members or 92% of goal.
RI Convention

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