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  • Rotary Doing Business with Aloha Directory:  If you would like to listed your company, send this information: Name, Title, company address, email address, phone number, website and a 1-3 minute MP4 video to by September 22. The directory now has videos from our Rotarians and we have over 150 businesses listed. Go to: Thank you to Public Image Chair, Janet Kelley (RC of Waikiki) and the ManaMeans experts for putting the directory together!!
  • OktoberFest, Saturday Sept 26, 5pm, a 24 hr global online fundraiser by the B.R.E.W (Beer) Fellowship for the WASH Rotary Action Group. Del Green -D5000 coordinator.
  • World Polio Day is on Saturday, October 24.  Save this date for a District Zoom event with speakers, entertainment and fun, 10am-11:30am!
  • Environment Added as Rotary’s Seventh Area of Focus. Those interested in the environment and climate change can join the conversation on the third Wednesday of each month.  We hope to plant 10,000  trees for Rotary Gives Thanks Day in November on the major islands.  Ask your club’s Community Service Chair for more information.
  • International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians has renewed their Hawaii fleet in 2020. They partnered with the Ocean Voyages Institute on August 5th, 2020 to greet the S/V KWAI Ship and to sort and recycle nets and plastics from the Pacific Garbage Patch. The Hawaii Fleet worked with the crew on the KWAI, the ship that set sail for 35 days at sea and collected 67 tons of debris which added to the record-setting 103 tons removed in June. They set the largest open ocean clean-up in history! Many of the articles collected will be repurposed and recycled – keeping it out of the ocean and providing new, sustainable materials. Most of the debris will be sent to H-POWER (Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture) to be processed and burned in furnaces to produce steam that drives a turbine generator, which produces electricity. Some of the debris will be repurposed into jewelry, purses, and dog leashes through jewelers in Hamburg, Germany and Oahu, Hawaii. The rest of the debris will be sent to Dr. Barry Rock, a satellite scientist, in Durham, New Hampshire for a spectral analysis and further experiments and to a microfiber company in Czech Republic to be tested and repurposed into sustainable materials. The project was the perfect collaboration with a San Francisco organization while working under the lens of Rotary’s newest area of focus – Supporting the Environment. Thank you to Mary Crowley, Founder and Executive Director of the Ocean Voyages Institute, and the entire K/V KWAI crew for this service project opportunity and allowing Rotarians to take part in their efforts.
Matthew McKeever, President of the Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai,  is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a 2020 Emerging Retail Leader at Collier’s International's Honolulu office. Matt specializes in Investment Sales and Retail Leasing. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and collaborating in teams, Matt regularly participates in mentorship programs and networking event through various commercial real estate associations. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys a good Netflix binge, but can also be found at various surf spots around the Hawaiian Islands. Matt also attends various beach clean ups for Rotary, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and the Surfrider Foundation. If Matthew isn’t working or surfing with his girlfriend, Kayla, they can be found working in the garden or restoring old surfboards! “I’m very thankful for the opportunities that Rotary has presented and grateful for the leadership lessons club president has bestowed on me.
Steve Leeper, President of the WE Rotary e-club, is a resolution consultant, a translator and a peace activist. I was turned into a peace activist after spending thirty years in Hiroshima. For six years I was chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the peace and international relations arm of the city. That caused me to think relatively deeply about the meaning of the term “peace culture.” Now, my life mission is to insert this concept into human consciousness through a project called Peace Culture Village. I like writing, especially fiction. I like playing guitar and singing with my wife. I like playing with grandchildren and (other) animals, especially dogs and horses. But what I would really like to do is buy a big sailboat and sail all around the world going wherever the wind blows. Sadly, my wife doesn’t want to do that. I have to accept her veto because love is the desire/effort to make someone happy, and peace culture is the desire/effort to make everyone happy.
Our WE Rotary Club is about seven years old and our members live in the US, UK, Japan, Korea, and Russia.  We can attend meetings from cars, canoes, and hotels and, we can bring in first-rate speakers from anywhere in the world, as long as they have wifi access.   We were pulled together by Steve Yoshida who, at that time, was living in both Alaska and Hawaii. He was also DG for District 2220 , which included the Yukon, Alaska and eastern Russia. Uncle Steve, as many of us call him, remains our club mentor.  Ours was one of the first e-clubs, which has great advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages have to do with the development of community-based projects. We have no community, as such, so it’s hard to get ourselves collectively excited about physical projects. On the other hand, the theme that binds our club is peace, so our primary project for the past few years has been the distribution of A-bomb survivor trees, the seeds for which we get from Hiroshima.  The great advantage of an e-club, of course, is the ability to have members and speakers from anywhere. Our club is a great source of intercultural information, but we need to work together better on projects. 
Heather Mueller, President of the Rotary Club of Maui. I have lived for 78 years and what a great adventure my life has been. I am an Episcopal Priest and I served St John’s Episcopal Church in Upcountry Maui for 29 years. I loved my job. It brought me into circumstances when people were experiencing the most significant moments of their lives....weddings.... baptisms... funerals and preaching the Gospel regularly on Sundays. I have served ministries in Jerusalem, the Big Island and 5 years in California since my retirement in 2010. Currently I am serving churches on Maui as a Sunday/supply priest. Being a Rotarian is a wonderful part of my life. I appreciate the strong international presence of Rotary and that, combined with the local community projects, give me the satisfaction of knowing that I and my club members are doing what we can, to live lives of “service above self“. One of the recent projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Maui was when we agreed to sponsor a rhinoceros in Africa. She, Esmerelda, our rhino, was pregnant and gave birth to a male baby....they named the baby rhino “Maui”. This makes me smile every time I think of this outreach project. Thank you everyone for what you do in our important work as Rotarians.
Arlene Estrella, RC Kapolei Club President, was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Arlene graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1997.  Upon completing the massage certificate program in Michigan she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Massage Therapy.  She worked in the spa industry and has also practiced in conjunction with chiropractors and major corporations doing onsite chair massage. While living in Los Angeles she used to dance hula and was making numerous trips to Hawaii for hula and lomi lomi workshops. In November 2010 Arlene moved to O’ahu, settling in Makakilo.  When Arlene is not working in her practice you can find her in the ocean, participating in outrigger canoe races. She also has been a Rotarian for 10 years, her first year being a part of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club in Glendale, California. Arlene has a passion for life – always searching for a new experience, to grow as a person in order to help others find passion in their own lives.  She is eager to help those who are dedicated to assisting others – she delights in being a ‘caregiver to the caregivers’. Arlene expresses her intent this way: “I am not here to fix or heal you.  I am here to facilitate your own inner wisdom and knowledge to heal yourself.”

Congratulation to the Rotary Club of Kahului for receiving a Bronze ShelterBox HERO award for Rotary Year 2019-2020 for the club’s donations to Shelter Box. 1.6 million people have been sheltered since 2000, they could not have reached them without clubs like Kahului.  COVID 19 has not stopped our efforts, your help has provided aid to over 87,000 people so far in 2020. Right now, around 104 million people around the world have been displaced by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this. They provide Shelter kits, hand soap and vital aid to vulnerable displaced families facing the threat of COVID-19.  For more information, go to:
Date and Time
Webinar Topic
Recommended Audience:
10/17, Sat 10-11:30
Grant Qualification and Management
PE, Foundation Chair, Persons involved
10/19, Mon 7pm
Club Trainer with Benson
All Club Trainers
10/21, Wed, 5pm
Environment D5000 Focus group
Rotarians interested in the Environment
10/22, Thur, 5pm
Community Service Chairs
Interested Rotarians.
10/24, Sat 10-11:30
World Polio Day
All  Rotarians
10/26, Mon 7pm
Foundation  Chairs
Foundation Chairs and Committee
10/28, Wed 7pm
Zoom Training (tentative)
All interested
10/31, Sat  9-10:30am
College Financial Aid and Scholarships
11/2, Mon 7pm
Presidents with District Trainer
Presidents, AG s
11/7, Sat 9am
Welcome to Rotary
Non and new Rotarians
11/7, Sat 10-11:30am
Youth Protection Training
All Clubs represented
11/16, Mon 7pm
Club Trainer with Benson
All Club Trainers
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