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People of Action!

Kauai: The Hanalei club reports that they haven’t slowed down and going crazy as usual.  At one of their meetings, they raised over $24,000 for North Shore Food Pantry and the YWCA.  Someone also bought $500 of girl scout cookies and gave them to the food pantry.  They assembled over 150 bags to pass out on the north shore of Kauai for the food pantry.  The Kapaa club is supplying homeless camps with toiletries and cleaning supplies.  The Hanalei Club is baking goodies for the fire department. The Poipu Rotarians are delivering food to kupuna and those in need.
Maui: The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is working with Dr. Rebecca Winkie, principal at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School, to help students and families in need who attend her school. This club has purchased 40 $25 gift certificates at two locally owned food establishments. Another $1,000 in $25 gift cards were also purchased by the club at Foodland. These 120 gift cards and certificates were presented to Dr. Winkie on Thursday, March 26, for distribution. Dr. Winkie said, "To witness the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset's compassionate support for our community is both humbling and heartwarming. Their beyond-generous donation of meals by way of gift cards is truly a blessing during these trying economic times, and I applaud their efforts to assist the students, families and local businesses of Lahaina." This club also made financial contributions to the following agencies to support local needs during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Maui Food Bank, $1,000; Salvation Army, $500; and Maui Rescue Mission, $200.
Oahu: West Pearl Harbor and Kapolei clubs delivered 100 care packages with toilet paper, canned goods, paper towels, hand sanitizers, masks and more for kupuna residents at Hale  Mohalu II in Pearl City. The Resident Manager said some residents were in tears because they were so grateful for this act of kindness.  The masks, especially made a difference because it gave them a little bit of freedom to go to the grocery store. This meant so much to the kupuna and they are truly thankful for this service.
*A $5000 grant will be shared by ten Oahu Rotary clubs (Downtown, Ala Moana, eclub of Hawaii, Eco Kakaako, Waikiki, Honolulu Sunrise, East Honolulu, Kahala, Hawaii Kai and Diamond Head) who are collaborating to source and distribute plastic face shields for first responders and healthcare workers on the island. In addition to the grant, the clubs will inject another $3600 for the project. 
*Rotarians from Wahiawa, Mililani, Kapolei, West Pearl Harbor, Pearlridge assisted Every1ne Hawaii in a free mask giveaway at Wahiawa Park. The residents were very grateful and touched that someone cared about their well being and their community.
*Every1ne Hawaii has purchased 2,000,000 masks and is distributing these free to Hawaii residents to help keep everyone safe and healthy as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rotary clubs have been able to obtain masks from them to deliver to community organizations we work with, such as The Plaza, US Vets, Hale Mohalu, Hale Mohalu II, Waikiki Health Center, Wahiawa Hospital, Windward Treatment Center, Hawaii Meals on Wheels, Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse and others.
* Rotary Club of Pearlridge dropped off 20 handmade cloth masks
*H.O.M.E. is a mobile free medical clinic started in 2005 that services homeless sites and shelter and is supported in part by the RC of Honolulu Sunset. Over the next 8 Saturdays, Rotary clubs will volunteer to serve breakfast to the homeless alongside the HOME RV. Contact:
Kona: Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise provided ready to eat bags of food to the homeless being housed at a facility in Kailua-Kona. Club member Barbara Kossow was contacted to serve this area of need. Rotary Club of Kona President   Unger and his club members provided the funding. Dennis and Sue Rast purchased the food items. All of the 24 bags contained jars of peanut butter and jelly, loaf of bread, Cup O’ Noodles soups, fruits, paper plates and plastic utensils.
District-wide: One major grant of $5000 and five grants of $1000 are awarded across six different projects on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. In addition, all fifty-two Rotary clubs in Hawaii each receives a $400 distribution of funds to use in Covid19 relief projects. “Rotary is about helping people in our local communities,” said Eric Kaler, District Governor of Rotary in Hawaii. “We are mobilizing and re-deploying funds to enable our Hawaii clubs to do even more to provide relief for people impacted by the Covid19 pandemic."
Globally: Global Grant 2011576 for Four Covid-19 Response Ambulances for the Mewat District Haryana in Northern India. ($39,000) was approved. The 4 medically equipped ambulances to the heavily affect Mewat District of Haryana, about 2 hours outside central Delhi should be in operation by the end of May. Delhi South Metro Rotarians, working with health and welfare workers and village leaders, estimate that up to 3,000 people a day will benefit from this Rotary Foundation grant. Thanks to more than 15 years of experience in polio eradication and WASH in Mewat, the Delhi South Metro Rotarians have developed a close relationship with village leaders, local and state government officials, and WHO country officers who were also involved in polio eradication efforts. Today, the same districts are among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with up to 20% infection rates. The most urgent need is to transport seriously ill patients to central Delhi hospitals or District Quarantine Centers where they can receive intensive care (ventilators and other interventions) or quarantine in centers with intensive quarantine facilities. 
Zooming Around the District
May 12, 6pm: Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods presentation at the Kakaako Eco club A State-wide tree planting project is in the works for Nov 28, Rotary Gives Thanks Day.  Zoom ID #889 9196 4386
May 19, 5:30pm: ROTARY ZONE 26 END POLIO NOW COORDINATOR, Ernie Montagne from Oro Valley, Arizona will be the speaker. Montange’s presentation will review past efforts and successes of Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide. He will feature the Gates Foundation match of donations and will explain how Rotarians from across the world have been taking action to eradicate this disease forever. To quote Montagne: Polio is only a plane ride away.  There is no cure.  But it can be prevented with two drops of vaccine”.  If a guest would like to join this Virtual meeting, contact Past President Mariko Higashi at:


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Spring Training Assemblies, May 16  All Rotarians are invited to the Spring Training Assembly Webinars on Saturday, May 16th, 9am to Noon.  Track 1: Secretary and Treasurer Basics, Leadership Opportunities, Community Issue on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Zoom ID  151 642 569,password: 131951
Track 2:  Youth Service, Community Service, Vocatio nal Service. Community Issue:  Education and Literacy.  Zoom ID # 182 985 365, password 553420
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Save 3 lives with a blood donation! The Kakaako Eco club is calling on Oahu Rotarians to make a blood donation in the months of April and May.  To meet the needs of our community, The Blood Bank of Hawaii requires approximately 4000 pints of blood per month. Please call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at (808) 848-4770 to schedule an appointment or go.Online at select “find a blood drive” at locations in Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waikele and Kapolei.   Please indicate you are donating on behalf of Group Code 3010 - Eco Rotary  so we can track and report on our progress.
PolioPlus Drive, Memorial Day Weekend: Since those of us who usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch, dinner or  drinks, are not physically meeting for our club meetings at this time. Maybe we could all make a ONE TIME donation to Polio Plus for $25 (or more) or whatever your usual weekly cost may be.  If all of us in District 5000 would do this just ONE TIME, we would contribute over $35,000 to this great World Wide effort.  And that multiplied THREE TIMES, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match, makes it over $100,000.00!! 
What do you say, we mark Memorial Day Weekend as the time we make our ONE TIME contribution? WOW, what an impact this could have from a small group of Rotarians.  Details later. LET’S DO THIS!  Rich Courson
The Rotary Virtual Convention
June 20-26, 2020  General sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Breakout session Monday - Friday. Save those dates!
Island Traditions has Rotary masks and $35 District shirts .  Go to:
If you are a healthcare practitioner, attorney or educator and would like to volunteer at a call center, Hawaii Towards Zero needs help.  Check them out at:  Honolulu Sunset's President, Dr. James Ham is a volunteer there.  Health Practitioners talk to callers about physical health symptoms related to the coronavirus, mental health concerns related to social isolation and/or other medical related complications that have arisen from the pandemic. Attorneys who are willing to provide Pro Bono legal advice to small business owners, tenants and/or staff workers affected by the pandemic. Educators offer their services and/or resources to isolated students. If you want to be trained to handle telehealth calls, take the class at
Rotary Caremongering FaceBook pages for Kauai, Oahu and Maui for opportunities to assist.
Upcoming Events
Spring Training Webinars
May 16, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Family Night
May 22, 2020
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Aloha D5000 Rotarians,
     During my Zoom presentation at the recent District Training, we discussed ways to stay safe and healthy, and we also heard some updates from Rotarians and their family members who have survived COVID-19. One recent survivor, Kat Haber (Charter President, WE Rotary Club) created a survey in partnership with myself and Leo Koloamatangi of Hawaii Towards Zero for District 5000 Rotarians to volunteer information about their COVID-19 symptoms, condition, and recovery. We promise to share this information with our District leaders and partners at Hawaii Towards Zero to better understand the situation and the needs of our fellow Rotarians and our community.
     I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and I personally encourage you to please reach out to your fellow Rotarians (myself included) if you have any questions or needs during this difficult time and beyond. 
     Thank you again and always for your continued service and commitment to helping others. 
Yours In Rotary Service,
James Ham, M.D.
President, Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset
"I'm healing from COVID-19. Stopping the spread will help Rotarians stay safe and our communities to recover. Trust me, you don't want to get this! Being centered now. Please answer our simple survey by clicking the link below.  Thank you." 
- Kat Haber 
Charter President, WE Rotary 
"Thirst drove me down to the waters where I drank the moon's reflection." - Rumi