August 25, 2023 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 02

Creating a Culture of Care in Rotary District 5000

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,

Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Maui during these times of uncertainty. The Hawai’i Rotary District 5000 Foundation is acting quickly to respond to the relief efforts using donations received through the Maui Fires Relief Fund from around the globe. This past week, the District Foundation’s Board of Directors authorized $50,000 to be released to purchase gas cards from Maui Oil and distribute on Maui beginning on Monday.

The District Foundation has also created an advisory group to help prioritize the use of the funds with representation from Maui Rotary Clubs including Wendy Hornack (Eco Club of Maui), Mariko Higashi (Lahaina Sunset), Joe Park (Lahaina), Joanne Laird (Lahaina Sunset) and Al Weiland (Kihei Wailea).

As we navigate through the challenges and opportunities, it is essential to reflect on the core values that guide our collective journey. This year, Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally has outlined an important theme that resonates deeply within our district: Creating a Culture of Care.

The Importance of Mental Health

President McInally urges us all to prioritize mental health, not just within our individual clubs, but also in our larger communities. In a truly caring culture, we aim to go beyond routine interactions and take meaningful steps to help each other thrive—emotionally, mentally, and professionally.

Why August is Pivotal

August is Membership and New Club Development Month, and there is no better time to introspect and evaluate the culture within our clubs. Fulfilling experiences are the cornerstone of member retention. If our members find value, purpose, and a sense of community, they are more likely to stay and contribute their unique skills and perspectives.

Strategies for Cultivating a Caring Culture

  1. Communication is Key: Stay in touch with members at every stage of their Rotary journey. Whether they are new inductees or seasoned Rotarians, open lines of communication make people feel valued.
  2. Feedback Loop: Regularly ask for and act upon feedback. If a member feels there is room for improvement, take immediate action to initiate those changes. This demonstrates adaptability and shows that the leadership is attuned to members' needs.
  3. Empowerment Through Involvement: When members are actively engaged in shaping their Rotary experience, they are not just participants but stakeholders. This shared ownership is a potent factor in creating a robust, caring community.

Additional Resources

I encourage all clubs to explore the wealth of membership resources available on My Rotary. There you'll find invaluable guides, training materials, and case studies that can further assist us in nurturing a caring environment.

The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leadership is willing to tolerate. Let us all take steps to ensure our culture is one of inclusiveness, caring, and continual improvement.

Together, let's embrace a culture of care, for the well-being of our members and the communities we serve.

Yours in service,

Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam 2023-2024
Mark Merriam
Hawai'i Rotary District 5000
District Governor 2023-2024
Maui Rotary Clubs Announce Free Starlink WiFi Hotspots for Those Affected by Recent Maui Wildfires
Lahaina, Hawaii, August 22, 2023 –Maui Rotary Clubs, part of Hawai’i Rotary District 5000, is pleased to announce the availability of Free Starlink WiFi Hotspots to assist residents affected by the recent wildfires in Maui.

Creating hope for Maui: Rotary District 5000 launches Maui Fires Relief Fund

Source: Lahaina News (August 17, 2023)

Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Foundation Allocates $50,000 for Wildfire Relief Efforts in West Maui

Kaanapali, HAWAII (August 23, 2023) – In response to the devastating wildfires that recently impacted West Maui, the Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Foundation has allocated $50,000 towards relief efforts aimed at providing immediate assistance to affected residents in the form of gas cards from Maui Oil. The distribution of gas cards started on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali, in conjunction with Maui United Way. Members of the Maui Rotary Clubs will continue distributing gas cards to individuals impacted by the fires.

Foodland's Give Aloha program begins September 1st.
Membership Minute

RI President R. Gordon R. McInally urges Rotary members to prioritize mental health and create a culture of care within Rotary and worldwide. As August is Membership and New Club Development Month, it's an ideal time to assess and enhance the club's culture. The article suggests utilizing surveys, like the member interest and member satisfaction surveys, to gather feedback and empower members to shape their club experience. Moreover, it encourages taking the "Creating an Inclusive Club Culture" course and exploring additional resources on My Rotary to foster an inclusive and supportive environment.

Maui Stories: A Call the Serve
By Mary Albitz (Upcountry Maui)
On Friday, August 11, 2023, I got a call from a friend, Rochelle Mendoza, who works at Pacific Media Group. While PMG is not officially a hub of information for this situation, they keep receiving calls asking what to do in x situation. One of the calls that Rochelle received was from a woman who had 2 children in her care that are now orphans due to the fire. Rochelle had no idea what to tell her. She called me as she knows I have been a local foster parent. I told her that I did not know for sure what to do but that I would call some caseworkers that I’ve worked with before. 

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