February 24, 2024 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 07

DISCON2024: Kauai right around the corner!

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,

Our collective efforts and achievements will be celebrated in grand style at the upcoming 2024 District Conference – a gathering that promises to be both inspiring and unforgettable.

Here's What's in Store:

  • Mark Your Calendars: Join us from May 10-12, 2024, at the breathtaking Kauai Beach Resort. It's a perfect setting to reflect on our life of service, celebrate our impact, and look ahead to new horizons.

  • A Warm Kauai Welcome: The five Rotary Clubs of Kauai are gearing up to ensure that our conference is nothing short of spectacular. With an agenda packed with excellent presenters, quality programs, and special events, there will be ample opportunities for fellowship and fun.

  • Special Pricing Continues: We've extended the $399 registration fee through March! This includes access to the Friday reception, Saturday luncheon and banquet, Sunday brunch, and all conference programs. Not to mention, the House of Friendship and an End Polio Walk on Saturday morning to kickstart your day with purpose.

  • Stay in Paradise: The Kauai Beach Resort, freshly remodeled and boasting multiple pools (one with a slide!), offers special room rates for our conference. Extend your stay and enjoy more of paradise at a great rate. Reserve your spot here.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities: Your support can make a significant difference. We welcome individual and corporate sponsorships at various levels. From a $25 personal sponsorship to $50 business card placements in our printed program, every contribution is valued. Find out more about sponsoring here.

Let's Come Together!

This conference is more than an event; it's a celebration of our Rotary family in Hawaii. It's an occasion to honor our past, revel in our present, and anticipate the exciting future we will build together.

Please join us for a weekend that promises to be memorable, enriching, and full of Aloha. Together, let's celebrate the difference we make in the world and reignite our commitment to service above self.

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. Be sure to visit the home page of our district website to watch this inspiring video and share it with your networks. Let's spread the Aloha spirit far and wide!

New D5000 video premiered at SWPETS with DGE Ted

District Governor-Elect Ted Faigle introduced Rotary District 5000 at Southwest Presidents Elect Training Seminar this past weekend In LA with this video produced by District Videographer Ryan Kawamoto

Empowering Girls in Paradise: How Hawaii's Rotary District 5000 is Making a Global Impact

Past District Governor Sandy Matsui's presentation at the Zone Institute Peer-to-Peer Session in San Diego, November 9, 2023, showcased the transformative power of Rotary International's Empowering Girls Initiative. This initiative, a legacy from RI President Shekhar Mehta and actively promoted by Immediate Past President Jennifer Jones and President Gordon McInally, focuses on enhancing girls' safety, health, education, and well-being. Highlighting Rotary's commitment to basic human rights, the presentation covered the evolving role of the initiative, available resources for clubs, and actionable steps for deeper involvement.
Rotarian Branch Lotspeich was honored by the Hawaii House of Representatives
for the impact and success of the Rescue Tube Foundation.

Rotarian Branch Lotspeich was honored this week by the Hawaii State House of Representatives for the impact and success of the Rescue Tube Foundation.

In 2008, after a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Monty Downs,  The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay became aware of what rescue tubes are and what they can do. Dr Downs, now the head of Kauai Hospice, was President of the Kauai Lifeguard Association at that time. The club was inspired by the project and purchased and installed 5 rescue tubes which were installed on the North Shore of our island.

New Website for Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Foundation

The Rotary District 5000 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds humanitarian service projects in the community, welfare and support, vocational opportunities, environment, and youth education and scholarships to individuals in need to fulfill their potential and become responsible members of the global community.

The Foundation aligns with Rotary International's mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

New Website: RotaryD5000Foundation.org

Upcoming District Events
World Understanding and Peace Day
Feb. 23, 2024
Honolulu Sunrise Hosts Blood Drive
Office Pavilion Conference Room
Feb. 23, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health Initiative Hawai'i Chapter (RAG) Monthly Meeting
Feb. 23, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Club Board Forum
Feb. 24, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Youth Service Chairs meeting
Feb. 26, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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Upcoming Club Events
Hawaii Island East
Speed Chat 2024
Feb. 22, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Maui Valley
Rotary on the Road - The Maui Farm
Feb. 23, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Upcountry Maui
Oahu Waikiki
Paul Harris Event - Kaneohe Ranch
Feb. 22, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Honolulu, Oahu
Paul Harris Event - Mediation Center of Pacific
Feb. 23, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Honolulu, Oahu
SERVICE PROJECT at RYSE Kailua - Feb. 24
Feb. 24, 2024 – Mar. 02, 2024
Honolulu, Oahu
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