December 30, 2023 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 05

Embracing Reflection and Renewal: Hawaii Rotary's Journey into 2024

Aloha Fellow Rotarians and Season's Greetings,

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a wonderful time for reflection on the extraordinary work Rotarians do every day in serving our communities. Our collective efforts, project by project, are creating hope and making a positive impact. It’s not just the work that’s important; it's also the joy and fellowship we share within the Rotary family, enhancing our lives as we assist others.

With the year coming to a close, I am continually impressed by the dedication and hard work of Hawaii Rotary. I am proud to be part of this remarkable team and hope you feel the same inspiration and energy.

The holiday season is upon us, and it's important to take a moment for ourselves in this busy period. Embrace the season as a time to recharge. Breathe, spend valuable time with loved ones, and take care of yourself. In the midst of the holiday rush, make sure to enjoy the special moments that define this time of year.

As we look forward to the start of 2024, let’s build on our achievements. I encourage you to welcome new members into our Rotary family, support The Rotary Foundation to continue our global impact, raise our public image to share our values and work, organize impactful community service projects, and strive to provide an exceptional Rotary experience in our clubs.

Kathleen and I extend our warmest and most heartfelt greetings as we stand on the threshold of the new year. Being part of the Hawaii Rotary family is a privilege, and we are excited about the Rotary adventures that 2024 will bring.

Yours in service,

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

We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand new promotional video! 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. Let's spread the Aloha spirit far and wide!

Meet Geoff Cochran: A Valuable Resource from The Rotary Foundation

From January 16 to 19, 2024, we have the pleasure of welcoming Geoff Cochran, the Annual Giving Officer from The Rotary Foundation, to Hawaii. His visit represents a fantastic opportunity for our Rotarians.

Geoff's itinerary is packed with club visits across the district, which are currently being scheduled. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these meetings. It's a unique chance to meet Geoff in person and learn directly from his extensive knowledge about The Rotary Foundation.

This visit is more than just an opportunity for professional growth; it's a chance to deepen your understanding of the Foundation and how it impacts our global community. Geoff is eager to meet as many Hawaii Rotarians as possible and share insights that could enrich your Rotary experience.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect and learn!

We Want to Hear From You: Share Your Club's Stories and Events

Do you have exciting news, activities, or events from your Rotary club that you'd like to share with the broader Hawai'i Rotary community? We encourage you to reach out and let everyone know about the fantastic work your club is doing!

You can easily share your stories and updates with the Hawai'i Rotary Public Image Resource Team. Just send an email to with the details of your club's activities or events. We're always eager to hear about the wonderful initiatives and projects that our clubs are undertaking.

Alternatively, if you're active on social media, tag us in your posts on Instagram or Facebook. Use the handle @hawaiirotary when you post about your club's activities or events. This is a great way to increase visibility and engage with the community in Hawai'i and beyond.

Let's celebrate and showcase the diverse and impactful work of our clubs. Your stories inspire and motivate all of us in the Rotary family!

Join Us for DISCON2024:Kauai | May 10-12, 2024

Mark your calendars for an inspiring and enjoyable weekend at DISCON 2024:Kauai, scheduled from May 10 to 12, 2024! We are excited to announce that early registration is still open, so be sure to visit our district website for details and secure your spot at a special rate.

The conference program promises to be exceptional, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers and presentations tailored to spark inspiration and foster learning. In a showcase of our clubs’ dynamism, each club is invited to submit a 2-minute video highlighting their achievements over the year. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your club's journey and successes with the wider Rotary community.

Get ready for a weekend brimming with Rotary fellowship, fun, and motivational experiences. It’s an event not to be missed, offering chances to connect, share, and be inspired by fellow Rotarians and their remarkable stories.

Exclusive Flash Sale: Rotary Apparel at Island Traditions

Attention Rotarians! Island Traditions is offering a flash sale on Rotary apparel, with significant discounts available until January 14. This is a perfect opportunity to stock up on high-quality Rotary gear at unbeatable prices.

To take advantage of this offer, visit Island Traditions Rotary Collection and explore a wide range of Rotary apparel. Whether you're looking for something casual or formal, you're sure to find something that suits your style.

And that's not all! While you're browsing, don't miss the chance to pre-order the 2024-2025 district polo for just $50.00. It's a great way to show your Rotary pride and stay connected with the district's identity.

Make sure to place your orders soon — deals like this won't last long!

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Upcoming Club Events
Maui Valley
Treecycle - collecting Christmas trees to mulch
Dec. 30, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Upcountry Maui
Students of the Month
Jan. 12, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Upcountry Maui
Oahu Central
General Membership Meeting
Jan. 09, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hickam Pearl Harbor
Oahu East
RoCKS Bi-Monthly Meeting
Jan. 10, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Kahala Sunrise (Honolulu)
Oahu Waikiki
Hybrid Lunch Meeting - Jeff Nash
Jan. 09, 2024
Honolulu, Oahu
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Upcoming District Events
Assistant Governors Meeting with DG Mark Merriam
Zoom Meeting (see link in description)
Jan. 03, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. UTC-10:00
Rotaract E-Club Ohana New Years Fundraiser
Jan. 06, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Club Presidents Meeting DG Mark Merriam
Zoom Meeting (see link in description)
Jan. 10, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. UTC-10:00
Alaka'i (fka Club Trainer) Forum
Jan. 15, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Public Image Committee Meeting
Jan. 15, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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