At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

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September 2020
Eco Tip of the Month
Tried A Bamboo Toothbrush?
     Many of us are making a conscious effort to eliminate the most ubiquitous forms of plastic pollution like plastic bags, straws, and water bottles. But what about other plastic items we use every day? Billions of plastic dental care products are discarded every year nationally. In fact, nearly every single toothbrush since the 1930s was made from plastic and comes wrapped in plastic packaging. That’s one billion, non-recyclable plastic toothbrushes thrown away each year in the United States alone. Along with straws and bottle caps, plastic toothbrushes are some of the most common items found at beach cleanups! Bummer!
     There are new eco-friendly plastic-free toothbrush available. Keep an eye on ingredients, some bamboo brushes still use nylon bristles. It may sound weird, but boar hair bristles been in use for centuries. They are hygienic, less abrasive, natural fiber bristles, free from petroleum-derived plastic, and 100% biodegradable. Choose to refuse free plastic toothbrushes from your dentist and try a bamboo handled toothbrush today. And for those die-hard sustainable souls check out bamboo and boar bristle toothbrushes. 
     This tip was facilitated by April Bullis, Oahu Service Manager at Pono Home, and Foundation Chair for the Eco Rotary Club of Kaka’ako. 
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Inspiring Peace Through Service—Our Stories
Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION! Many clubs are jumping into action to help their families, friends and beneficiaries.
*Kauai, Maui Oahu- Rotary Caremongers buddying up to help a club member or neighbor who is higher risk due to age, lowered immune system, self-isolating and need help getting groceries, supplies or other errands and delivering them to a garage or doorstep after carefully wiping down items.  
Oahu: our Community Desperately Needs Blood Donors! Please call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at (808) 848-4770 with questions and to schedule an appointment in April or May.  You can also make an appointment online, at when you select “find a blood drive”. Appointments are available at locations in Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waikele and Kapolei.   Please indicate you are donating on behalf of Group Code 3010 - Eco Rotary  so we can track and report on our progress
Lots of need out there.  Be safe and proud that we are Rotarians! Please add your story on what your club is doing during this time of need.  Log in to the website and click the Comment button right under the Article title and add your comment.
If you have an interesting speaker for your Zoom meeting and would like to invite others to join you, add to this blog by clicking the Comment bubble under the Title of this article and add your comments.  You need to log in to the website to add or read the comments. If the speaker is available for other club presentations, please send their contact information to Speaker Chair, Marietta at
Waikiki Zoom Wednesday at Noon:  
Sep 23- Speaker Jesse Lopez, Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council.  He’ll be updating us on the current Scouting Program in Hawaii.Meeting ID: 886 3751 5841. Password: FUNCLUB
Kihei-Wailea Zooms at Noon:  email Dennis Bagshaw for codes at  
September 9th          Branch Lotspeich, The Rescue Tube Foundation
September 16th        Harrison Schmitt and Jens Currie, Pacific Whale Foundation
October 14th            Bill tobin, Shelter Box
October 21st            Representative from Maui Farms
RC of Maui, Sep 18 at Noon: “Music Mends Minds” Founder & Director, Carol Rosenstein! ZOOM ID: 858 5674 5821, Password: 964679
Music Mends Minds (MMM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates musical support groups and bands for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and PTSD — aiming to foster community among our seniors, caregivers, and families through the power of music.
D5000 Rotary webinar recordings are available for your viewinglive or recorded.  You can also find ton of webinars in the Learning Center at
Upcoming Webinars: (Log in for the ID# and passwords, click the bubble Comment icon under the title of this article)
9/14, Mon 7pmFoundation ChairsMeeting ID: 989 3428 2111, PW 843514
9/16, Wed, 5pmEnvironment D5000 Focus groupMeeting ID: 824 1211 9303 ,  Password: 189139
9/16, Wed 5:30pmDistrict RYLA Committee meetingMeeting ID: 997 2946 0148, Passcode: 251459
9/19, Sat 9amSocial Media 201 Ted FaigleMeeting ID: 876 9401 1736, Passcode: 335715
9/19, Sat 10-11:30Membership Chairs w/ BreakoutsMembership Chair and committee
9/21, Mon 7pmClub Trainer with BensonAll Club Trainers
9/24, Thur 5:30pmDistrict Online Auction, Fundraising ideasClub Fundraisers
9/26 Sat 10-11:30Foundation Basics 101 - Big picture The WhyAll Rotarians
10/3, Sat 6am-9amRotary Youth Service Conference for Zone 26/27Youth Service Chairs, RYLA, RYE
10/3, Sat 9amWelcome to Rotary (Rotary Basics)Non and new Rotarians
10/3, Sat 10-11:30Foundation 201 Foundation Chairs and interest Rotarian
10/5, Mon 7pmPresidents with District Trainer Benson MedinaPresidents, AG s
10/10, Sat  College Application processInteractor
10/10, Sat 10-11:30PolioPlusAll Rotarians
10/17, Sat 10-11:30Grant Qualification and ManagementPE, Foundation Chair, Person involved
10/19, Mon 7pmClub Trainer with BensonAll Club Trainers
10/21, Wed, 5pmEnvironment D5000 Focus group Rotarians interested in the Environment
10/26, Mon 7pmFoundation  ChairsFoundation Chairs and Committee
11/2, Mon 7pmPresidents with District Trainer Benson MedinaPresidents, AG s
11/7, Sat 9amWelcome to RotaryNon and new Rotarians
11/7, Sat 10amYouth Protection TrainingAll Clubs represented
11/16, Mon 7pmClub Trainer with BensonAll Club Trainers
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