Aloha District 5000 Rotary Members!     November Newsletter 
   As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank you for doing good in the world. Thank you for the care for each other in our clubs and thank you for this opportunity to serve you as your District Governor. It is impressive work that you all do with the projects around the District and I know that your beneficiaries are grateful for all you do.
   Each November, our clubs show gratitude by executing a Rotary Gives Thanks project.   One in particular gathers members from Waianae Coast, Kapolei, Kapolei Sunset, West Honolulu, Kaneohe clubs to serve Thanksgiving meals to Pacific Gateway Center clients, which this year includes almost 100 Ukrainian refugees.  Thank you goes to Sonya Mendez for spearheading this project for the fourth year.
   What are you thankful for?  We have our own "Post It" board to post your thoughts.  Fashioned after the Stuck on Aloha board that Barry Villamil (RC Pearlridge) curated, please feel free to add to the board. CLICK HERE to go to the Kudos board, click on the pencil icon on the top right and then Add to board.
   I hope that you all will tune in to the Zoom webinar on Saturday and meet the Rotary International President Nominee Stephanie Urchick (2024-25) and her Aide, PDG Tom Gump. They will do a presentation on Club Transformation for Growing Membership. Thank you to the Poipu Beach Club for arranging to have these speakers address our District members.
   Happy Thanksgiving!  And if you are in the Hilo area on December 2, come join the East Hawaii clubs in tossing Genki Balls into the Queen Liliuokalani Gardens pond.
Randy Hart
District Governor 2022-2023
November is Foundation Month

   The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 14 consecutive the highest ratings from Charity Navigator. We know that the Foundation is helping Rotary members do good in the world. It is through the generosity of Rotarians and that powers the good work that the Foundation supports. November is Rotary Foundation Month; to make a contribution, go to

   Remember The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday, 29 November. This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, we raised more than ever before — over US$1 million! We’re asking you to help us surpass that this year, so that we can do even more good together.
Upcoming Events
Club Transformation for Growing Membership
Nov 19, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Vocational Service Chairs Meeting
Nov 21, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
District 5000 Public Image Committee Meeting
Nov 21, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Youth Service Chair meeting
Nov 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
This is Who We Are
Dec 03, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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District Governor 2025-2026 Named
The District Nominating Committee, chaired by PDG Nalani Flinn is pleased to announce the Nancy Cabral has been selected to be our District Governor for 2025-2026. Nancy Cabral was the Centennial President of the Rotary Club of Hilo in 2020 to celebrate its 100th year. Nancy joined the club on January 29, 1988 as the first woman member and has served in various capacities since that time. She is active in business and in the community.  She is a property manager and the owner of Day-Lum Rentals Management and of Coldwell Banker Day-Lum Properties in Hilo. She has been an active member of the Rotary Club, is currently involved with Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, the Hawai‘i Island Leadership Council for Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the H.C. Shipman Foundation. In addition, Cabral is a member of the Zonta Club of Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo, the National Association of Property Managers, the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and the Hawai‘i Horse Owners Association. She recently received the Athena Award for her success in helping women in the community and work place. Congratulations, DGND Nancy!
Environmental Survey -West Maui Residents
The three Rotary clubs of West Maui invite West Maui residents to participate in an online environmental survey on composting.  This survey is the first step in the three clubs’ environmental project to reduce the amount of waste going into the Maui landfill. The three Rotary clubs – Lahaina Sunrise, Lahaina, and Lahaina Sunset – have partnered with Malama Maui Nui, a non-profit organization whose mission is to care for Maui’s environment, to undertake this environmental project.  Malama Maui Nui estimates about 50% of waste currently going into the Maui landfill is organic material – food waste and household paper – that could otherwise be composted.  Composting reduces the volume of organic material by 80% and produces a helpful soil supplement to be used in home gardens and farms.
“The environmental mantra has three parts – reduce, reuse, recycle”, says Kelsey Briggs, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.  “For seven years our club has partnered with the County of Maui, Malama Maui Nui, and 5A Rent-A-Space to focus attention on the third part of the mantra by sponsoring West Maui’s monthly Go Green Recycling events.  Since 2015 the Go Green Recycling events have allowed West Maui residents to recycle nearly 2 million pounds of appliances, electronics, scrap metal and vehicle batteries and tires.” “Now”, says Briggs, “with the help of the other two West Maui Rotary clubs, we’re turning our attention to the important first part the environmental mantra – reduce.  We’ll need West Maui residents’ help to make a difference.”
Residents can access the online community survey on composting through the following link:  Residents taking the survey may request more information on composting and/or a free presentation on composting for their neighborhood or community group. The survey is also accessible from the website of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset:
For more information about this community service contact Project Chair Jim Fahnestock at
Volunteers Wanted:
District-wide. Vocational Service Club Champions.  Rotary started as a business networking group and District Vocational Service Chair, Nancy Cabral is holding a meeting on Monday, Nov 21 at 5:30-7pm on Zoom to brainstorm about activities we can do in our clubs to promote vocational service.  If you are interested, please join Nancy. Zoom link:
Oahu, Nov 19, 8am - 1pm. Rotaract e-Club Ohana (RECO) at WAIKALUA LOKO 'IA
Kaneohe. This time, we will be assisting with a special paipai event to survey the current population of fish in the pond! We' l l weigh, measure, and identify whatever fish we catch with our 300-ft seine net. Please bring clothes that can get wet and tabis or shoes with laces, and we recommend you pack a towel and extra clothes to change into after! We had a blast learning about Hawaiian culture and the importance of fishponds back in August, and we can't wait to go back to help out and learn more! Waikalua Loko 'Ia is very special to us, and we hope it can be to you too!
Oahu, Nov 21, 10:45-1:30pm.RC of Hickam Pearl Harbor is planning to help Kalihi Elementary with their annual activity, the “Turkey Trot”.  This an event where we put together a lot of fun activities for the kids and volunteers are needed for the games.  The teachers have put together a line up of events, such as tug of war, bean bag toss, Portuguese horseshoes, ball relay, etc.  Please let me know if you can help.  It is a work day, but help is needed from 10:45-1:30PM and the kids have thoroughly enjoyed this annual activity.  They are looking forward to seeing Rotarians again.  The parking is on the right side in the lower parking lot.  We will meet at the Office at 10:00 for sign in and instructions for the games.  Contact Allen Kamemoto at 808-224-1618 or email: if you have any questions
Big Island, Dec 2, 12:30-3:30pm. We have scheduled a second Genki ball-making session with Hiro Naga (EM Hawaii) from 12:30-3:30 at the KOKL greenhouse (no lunch this time) and then we will all head over to the Liliu`okalani Park- and toss at (around) 4-4:15 depending on how long it takes folks to register and be placed at their toss location. (we have 7 locations).  Susie Osborne  808 640-3439
Kauai, Dec 2, 6-8pm.  Lights on Rice Parade with the Kauai clubs in Downtown Lihue. The parade route is all along Rice Street, starting from Ho’olako Street and ending at Umi Street. Please arrive early and park along Hardy Street. Rice Street and Ho’olako Street will be closed from 6pm – 8pm for the parade. 
Maui, Nov 19, 9am-5pm. SEVEN MAUI ROTARY CLUBS WORK AS ONE FOR ISLAND-WIDE FOOD DRIVE FOR MAUI FOOD BANK. After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic seven Rotary Clubs on Maui will be involved in an island-wide Food Drive for the Maui Food Bank which will be held on Saturday November 19, 2022. On this day Rotary Club members will be at entrance doors of the Maui Safeway stores listed below accepting non-perishables and cash donations for the Maui Food Bank. Hours of the Food Drive are 9:00 am-5:00 pm. The goal of the Food Bank is to provide hunger relief for anyone who might be in need. Food and funds collected will be able to provide food for working poor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents who rely on the Maui Food Bank just to make it month to month. Safeway Lahaina – Rotary Clubs of Lahaina and Lahaina Sunset at two doors; Safeway Maui Lani – Rotary Clubs of Kahului, Wailuku and Eco Club of Maui at two doors; Safeway Kahului – Rotary Clubs of Kihei Wailea and Upcountry Maui at two doors
Oahu, Dec 2, 5-9pm: Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako’s Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako's Christmas Party Fundraiser for Pearl Haven's Food Forest Christina Laney Mitre,, 808-282-1399
Do you know a Hawaii high school senior (not closely related to a Rotarian) who would like to apply for a Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) scholarship?   Sully and Joanna Sullivan started HRYF more than 50 years to help students realize their college education dreams. D5000 participating Rotary Clubs select a deserving student to receive a $5,000 of $2,500 scholarship and last year, $250,000 in scholarships were awarded by HRYF! The HRYF scholarship program is made possible by donations from Rotarians, Individuals, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and HRYF investments. You can help continue this program that Sully founded. HRYF is a 501(c)(3) Foundation.
The Windward Rotary Education Foundation (WREF), a separate 501c3 charitable organization of the Rotary Club of Windward Oahu, offers scholarships for graduating high school seniors who live or go to school on the Windward side of Oahu. The WREF scholarship is a 4-year scholarship of $20,000 ($5,000 each year). WREF scholars are selected based on academic achievement and financial need. The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu also offers a one-time scholarship grant of $1,000 through a bequest made to the club by a former member, Ross Mickey. If you have any questions, please contact the WREF scholarship chair, or 808.429.7829.  Complete  application packet from the HRFY website should be sent it to Roberta Cestare by Feb 1, 2023 at