Preserving Legacies, Honoring Lives

Dear Rotary District 5000 Presidents,

I hope this message finds you well. As we prepare for the upcoming District 5000 Conference, DISCON2024:Kauai, we would like to take a moment to honor and remember the Rotarians and spouses who have left us during this Rotary year.

Please submit the completed "Celebration of Life" form in PDF or Word, along with a headshot or high-resolution photo of the departed Rotarian or spouse, to me, Sonya Mendez via email at by Friday, April 12, 2024.

Celebration of Life Form Instructions:

  1. E-mail the Form and Photo: Send the completed form and a JPEG photo of the Rotarian or spouse who passed away between May 31, 2023, and April 12, 2024, to

  2. Include Relevant Details: Provide the full name, nickname, date of birth, date of death, and Rotary Club affiliation of the departed individual.

  3. Share Their Story: Write a brief paragraph highlighting their Rotary achievements, personal history, and any other noteworthy information. Include the number of years they were a Rotarian and/or a member of your club.

  4. Information Submission: Include your name, phone number, and email as the person submitting the information.

Example for Reference: Here is an example of what will be shared during the Celebration of Life ceremony at DISCON2024: Kauai on Sunday, May 12, 2024:


James “Kimo” Smith

Known to his close friends as “Kimo,” James passed away on July 7, 2023. Kimo loved anything to do with the ocean - diving, spearfishing, boating, and even beach cleanups. Kimo was a past president of the Rotary Club of _________ and a member for 25 years. He is survived by his wife Mary and sons James, Jr. and George.


Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated as we work to create a meaningful tribute to our departed friends. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (808) 228-4499.

Thank you for your cooperation in honoring the memory of our fellow Rotarians and spouses.

Yours in Rotary,

Sonya Mendez
District Conference Planning Committee
Rotary Club of Ala Moana
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