October 10, 2023 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 03

Joint statement from District Governor Mark Merriam and District 5000 Foundation President Dave Hamil.

Aloha Hawai'i Rotarians,

Our hearts continue to be with our Rotary families on Maui. The devastation caused by the August 8th Maui fires has impacted the community in many ways. It has affected personal lives, families, business operations, culture and so much more.

We want to share how the power of Rotary is real.

Maui Rotarians have been on the ground providing support and relief to survivors daily. At disaster relief centers, community hubs, moving supplies, and assisting in countless ways. Maui Rotary Clubs are meeting and coordinating service projects across the island. They are an inspiration and fine examples of Service Above Self.

Our Rotary District 5000 Foundation moved quickly on August 9th to establish a Maui fires relief fund. The intent was to provide a single portal and focus for relief donations. A simple letter and infographic with QR code went out that day. The outpouring of care and concern for Maui has been overwhelming. Rotarians and Rotary Clubs across the world have contributed. More than 5,000 donors have participated, and the fund has grown to $2,000,000. Another example of the power of Rotary.

An advisory committee composed of active Maui Rotary leaders meets weekly to review written project proposals for distribution of fire relief funds. They have been challenged to consider funding emergency relief, intermediate recovery, and long-term community rebuilding projects. Rotary Clubs from D5000 are welcome to submit a proposal in collaboration with one of the 9 Rotary Clubs on Maui.  Rotary volunteers are committed to vetting proposals to ensure monies are used in the most effective and impactful ways to those who have been so deeply affected by the fires.

To date, more than $250,000 has been committed from this fund for emergency relief. $85,000 in gas cards have been given to families that lost their homes. $50,000 in specialized equipment for the only Burn Unit in the state at Straub Medical Center. $30,000 to each of the 3 Lahaina Rotary Clubs so club members can make decisions on how best to help their community. More funds will be released in the coming days.

The Rotary District 5000 Foundation is committed to managing these funds with prudence and care, and that 100% of donations received will be used to help Maui communities as they rebuild. Mahalo for all that you do for Rotary in Hawaii, and for your support to the Maui Fires Relief efforts.


Aloha in service through Rotary,
Mark Merriam
District Governor
Rotary District 5000
David Hamil
Rotary District 5000 Foundation

International Day of the Girl Child: October 11th

Join Rotary Girls' Empowerment Ambassadors on October 11th for a showcase of projects from AROUND THE WORLD in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child. Please Share and add this event to your calendar to Watch On Demand on October 11th! 

World Polio Day is October 24 - Why eradicate polio?
Past District Governor shares five reasons you should help eradicate polio from the world.

Does your club have event for World Polio Day? Share it online and tag the district's social media accounts @HawaiiRotary on Facebook and Instagram.

Does your club participate in the Dictionary Project?
Do you need labels for your club's dictionary project?Contact West Oahu Clubs Assistant Governor and Kapolei member, Arlene Estrella to order it today.
Register for DisCon2024: Kauai
Rotary Club of Kapolei Fundraiser

Support Rotaract E-Club Ohana

The month of October is just starting, but Christmas will be creeping up around the corner soon.  That also means there is a child somewhere in this world that will not receive a single Christmas gift this year.  Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a service project organized by Samaritan's Purse, and its goal is to provide underprivileged children worldwide a Christmas present.

RECO will be participating on the project and is collecting monetary donations from now until the end of October.  The money donated will be used to purchase gift items that will be packed into the OCC shoeboxes. We would love for club members and non-club members to participate in this cause. Ways one can contribute is by writing a check to "Rotaract E-Club Ohana" or sending a Venmo payment to Nicole @nnickii5. 

World Mental Health Day is today, October 10th, as organized by the World Federation for Mental Health and endorsed by the World Health Organization. The global designation strives to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. Share your club's Mental Health Initiatives and join the District's Chapter of Mental Health Initiatives the last Friday of each month on Zoom. Contact District Chair Kathleen Merriam for more details. 

Upcoming Club Events
Oahu Central
General Membership Meeting - Guest Speaker
Oct 10, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hickam Pearl Harbor
Oahu East
Love Chance, Indigenous Soap Company - 10-11-23
Oct 11, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Kahala Sunrise (Honolulu)
Oahu Waikiki
Hybrid Lunch Meeting - Club Connections
Oct 10, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Honolulu, Oahu
Club Meeting - Guest Speaker Art Gladstone
Oct 11, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting - October 12, 2023
Oct 12, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Ala Moana Oahu
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CALENDAR UPDATE: No President's Call this week. Next meeting is Wednesday, November 8th.
Upcoming District Events
Fiji International Service Project
Oct 03, 2023 – Oct 10, 2023
Virtual Junior RYLA - October 11, 2023
Oct 11, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Club Presidents Meeting DG Mark Merriam
Zoom Meeting (see link in description)
Oct 11, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM UTC-10:00
Grant Qualification - 2nd chance
Oct 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Learning Facilitator Forum
Oct 16, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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