District Governor Nominee Designate Eric Kaler, 2019-20
Eric was first introduced to Rotary in 2000 upon moving to Bali, Indonesia. There he joined the Rotary Club of Bali Nusa Dua. As with most of us, Eric saw the connections and network of Rotary as a way to build trust and relationships with the prominent business people in the area. He naturally also became involved in both the community service and international service projects that the club was engaged with.
In late 2002, when the Bali Bombing attacks occurred, Rotarians in Bali stepped in to help. Through this tragedy, Eric saw first-hand the ability for Rotary, as a volunteer and humanitarian organization, to help in ways that the local Government wasn’t able to. Local Rotarians started a coordination website for people from around the world who wanted to help the Balinese people in their greatest time of need. The funds raised were enough to back several short- and long-term projects for humanitarian aid to the Bali community. It was in this environment that Eric became Treasurer, President Elect, and President for the Rotary Club of Bali Nusa Dua in RY 2004-05.
Upon relocating to Hawaii in 2006, Eric first joined the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu and later the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise where he eventually served as President in RY 2014-15. During that year, Honolulu Sunrise received the recognition of being the District 5000 Medium Club of the Year. The following year he took on District level roles as a member of the Membership Committee, the District Chair for International Service, and also served as Chief Sargent-at-Arms for the Centennial District Conference in 2016. He is currently serving this year as the Assistant Governor for the West Central Oahu clubs (RY 2016-17).
Eric is a career professional of 28 years in the airline industry and is currently the Senior Director of Airline Security at Hawaiian Airlines where he has been employed since 2007 and oversees both aviation and corporate security. Already an international citizen at an early age, Eric grew up in Cairo, Egypt, graduated from high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and earned a business degree from Valencia College in Florida. He and his wife, Anastasia live in Waikiki and have raised their two children in Hawaii; his son, Jett (15) and daughter Callista (17). Outside of Rotary and work Eric enjoys to travel, participates in every kind of water sport and enjoys reading.