January 20, 2024 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 06

Embracing a New Year of Service and Growth

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,

As we kick off the new year, I'm thrilled to share some of the latest happenings and upcoming events in our District.

Geoff Cochran’s Inspiring Visit

The whirlwind tour by Geoff Cochran, an Annual Giving Officer for The Rotary Foundation, was a resounding success. His visit across three islands and to eight clubs saw over 200 Rotarians come together in fellowship and learning. I extend my sincerest mahalo to all Club Presidents and members who went above and beyond to make this visit memorable. Geoff’s presentations and his offer to be a continued resource for our district are invaluable.

Rotary Direct: A Simple Way to Give

Our meeting with Geoff brought into focus the ease and impact of using Rotary Direct for recurring donations to TRF. This effortless method of contributing mirrors the convenience we experience with online banking and automatic bill payments. I encourage each of you to consider this approach for your donations to TRF, making a difference in the world with regular contributions.

Start giving today through Rotary Direct!

Club and RI Dues

A gentle reminder to ensure the continuity of your membership by timely submitting both Club dues and Rotary International dues. Your commitment and financial contributions are the bedrock of our club's and district's efforts.

Looking Forward to District Conference 2024

The upcoming District Conference at Kauai Beach Resort, scheduled for May 10-12, promises to be a highlight of our year. With an engaging program format akin to TED Talks, and a range of diverse speakers, the conference is shaping up to be an enlightening and inspiring event. I urge you to take advantage of the early bird registration and discounted room rates available now.

Your Support through Sponsorships

Our District Conference offers various levels of sponsorship opportunities. Your support in this regard is crucial to the success of the event and in keeping registration fees affordable for all members.

Sponsor DISCON2024:Kauai

As we move forward in this new year, I am confident that our collective efforts will continue to strengthen our communities and create lasting change. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Rotary and our shared mission of service above self.

Yours in service,

Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam 2023-2024

Mark Merriam
Hawai'i Rotary District 5000
District Governor 2023-2024

Share the story of Rotary in Hawai'i. This captivating production, skillfully crafted by Ryan Kawamoto (Kahala Sunrise) and our dedicated Hawai'i Rotary Public Image committee, beautifully captures the essence of Rotary in Hawaii. Be sure to visit the home page of our district website to watch this inspiring video and share it with your networks. Let's spread the Aloha spirit far and wide!

Honolulu Sunrise Rotary Club Blood Drive (Oahu)

The Honolulu Sunrise Rotary Club is thrilled to announce an upcoming event that embodies the spirit of service and giving back to the community. On February 23, 2024, the Honolulu Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting a crucial blood drive at the Office Pavilion Conference Room (Kukui Plaza - 50 South Bertania St. C208 B Honolulu, HI 96813) from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Upcoming Club Events
Oahu Central
Let's Serve at Keauhou Shelter
Jan. 26, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hickam Pearl Harbor
Oahu East
Hamakua Marsh Community Service Project with Chitose RC
Jan. 28, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kahala Sunrise (Honolulu)
Special Meeting with Sister Club - RC of Chitose
Jan. 28, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kahala Sunrise (Honolulu)
Oahu Waikiki
Beer Fest - January 20, 2024
Jan. 20, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Honolulu, Oahu
Hybrid Lunch Meeting - Steve Alm
Jan. 23, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Honolulu, Oahu
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Upcoming District Events
TRF Annual Giving Officer, Geoff Cochran Visit
Jan. 16, 2024 – Jan. 19, 2024 11:00 p.m.
Geoff Cochran visits RC Kauai
Kauai Veterans Center
Jan. 19, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Youth Service Chairs meeting
Jan. 22, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Club International Service Chairs Meeting
Zoom Meeting (see link in description)
Jan. 25, 2024
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. UTC-10:00
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