Aloha Rotarians,

August is Membership & Extension Month!  One of the most exciting things that we do in Rotary is to share our organization, our passion and our commitment with like-minded individuals by inviting them to help us change the world.  Since July 1, we have welcomed almost 20 new members across the District!  Keep up the GREAT work!

Club VIsit at Rotary Pau HanaSharing our organization with prospective new members goes much further than inviting them to come to a meeting.  To share “who we are & what we do,” you need to invite people to join us on a community service project or to a networking event.  Nothing says ROTARY like slinging a paint brush!  Rotary is about action – and there is no better way to connect with great prospective members.


There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:
  • Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by using our District 5000 Rotarian campaign!  Just clicking on the link below will walk you through the process of adding a Rotarian wheel to your profile pictures!
  • Connect with me!  I like to share videos, photos and great stories of Rotary’s work around the District, and all over the world.  (
  • Watch and share. Download the RI Foundation “Rotary Smiles Video” and share it through social media and email
  • Exchange ideas. Do you have successful membership strategies that have worked well in your club? Create a Membership Best Practices Discussion Group within your club.
  • We Are Rotary. Using the hashtag #WeAreRotary, post photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine of your club members at work in your community or abroad to show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world.
  • Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how these projects improve lives on Rotary Showcase. Be sure to follow RI on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.
  • Wear your Rotary Pin.  Don’t miss an opportunity to tell our story.  So many people ask me about my Rotary pin or the logo on my shirt.  It is such an easy way to open a conversation, or share a little about what we do.  Just don't forget to invite them to see what we do!
  • What does Rotary mean to you? Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world. SHARE YOUR STORY!

D5000 Polio Champion Challenge Update:

Polio Champion Medal 
I have exciting news about the D5000 Polio Champion Challenge!  As of July 28, we have had 108 District 5000 Rotarians commit to the Champion Challenge; a commitment of over $48,000!  WAY TO GO!
To date, we have 78 Bronze level donors, 12 Silver level Donors, and 18 Gold/Gold+ level donors!  What an outstanding show of support as we raise the final funds necessary to eradicate Polio ONCE AND FOR ALL!  I am so proud of the Rotarians and Clubs that have stepped up to the challenge to “Make this year the LAST year.  Our D5000 giving is already 36% to our total goal of $135,000 to the Polio Plus Fund. 
Now, let me brag about some of our clubs!  We already have 5 clubs that have exceeded their club goal of $2,650 – Well done Waikiki, Honolulu Downtown, Honolulu Sunrise, Volcano, and Waianae Coast!  Your generosity and Aloha Spirit never cease to amaze me.
As of July 28 our club rankings are:
HNL Downtown
HNL Sunrise
Waianae Coast
To find out more about the Polio Champion Challenge, go to OR to donate, go to
We are off to a great start in 2016/17.  Let’s make this year a record breaker in every way.  I look forward with you to a year of great accomplishments and of Rotary Serving Humanity.
Yours in service,
Clint Schroeder
District Governor 2016-17
D5000 Hawaii