Aloha District 5000 Rotarians, 

How appropriate that June is Fellowship month! We just concluded the District 5000 conference where friendships were renewed and new ones made with Rotarians within our District and from outside our state. To those of you that were able to attend the conference, thank you. We hope you enjoyed hearing the compelling addresses from RI Director Guiller Tumangan and PDG Deepa Willingham. Past RI General Secretary Ed Futa served as emcee for the weekend and regaled us with stories throughout the conference of his many experiences working and traveling for Rotary. And, finally, if you were able to attend the Rotary International Conference in Seoul, your fellowship quotient was even higher this month.
 
As we draw to the end of the 2015-16 Rotary year, Diana and I would like to thank everyone that has helped to make this year a great success. We kicked off the centennial year with the luau at Lanikuhonua where RI President Ravi Ravindran and his wife joined us for the celebration and ended with a great District Conference! There were centennial projects, district assemblies, and many other opportunities throughout the year for we Rotarians to learn more about Rotary from speakers and each other and deepen their friendships across the district. Thank you to the District Leadership team, club presidents and leadership, each Rotarian, and our community partners for making this a memorable year for our awesome District.
 
It has been my honor to serve as your District Governor. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every Rotarian in our District. I hope you will continue to Serve with Aloha and Be a Gift to the World as we move in to our second century of Rotary in Hawai‘i. 
 
 
Yours in Rotary,

Del and Diana

 
Highlights from the District Conference
 
Club Stories
 
For the Centennial Project, all of the West Hawaii Rotary Clubs joined together to adopt the first mile of the Queen's Lei, a 16.7 mile shared-use circulation trail parallel to the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy in Kona.  This is a mixed-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians that will connect Kailua village to the new Palamanui Campus, virtually connecting all of North Kona.  Our Hawaii West Rotarians donated $6,000 and volunteer labor to plant 100 trees and install benches.  Work on the first mile of the 10’ wide shared use path took place over 3 days from April 20th to the 23rd.  The blessing took place that Saturday with Kahu Danny Akaka.  
 
 
 
Fellow islanders on Fiji experienced one of the worst cyclones in history last week. Shelter Box is on the ground in Fiji working with Rotarians and need your donation to provide 2,000 boxes to shelter Fijian families who have lost everything. The Rotary Club of Hilo would like all District 5000 clubs to join us in that challenge.
 
 
 
Here’s How We Help End Polio Now and give a unique gift:
You or your club purchase a case of 36-15 oz. mugs for $21 per mug.  • Purchasing a mug for $21 gets 10 Paul Harris credit for the $10 donation to the Rotary Foundation and a tax deduction.  The mug is a color changing magic mug:  starts off black and when filled with your favorite hot beverage the striking volcano picture appears. The picture was taken by Rotarian Charlene Meyers! We Are This Close - Let's End Polio Now 
 
To place an order,  email Charlene Meyers at CharleneVolcanoRotary@gmail.com or call DG Del Green at 523-2363 to pick up a case at his office.
 
 

 
 

KOLOA –Rotary Club of Poipu Beach (RCPB) greatly surprised Koloa Elementary School teachers at their Thursday staff meeting. Along with Aloha Angels, they presented a major gift totaling $19,500 to teachers for the coming school year. Carlsson expressed his great appreciation for the work of Koloa Elementary School teachers. He also explained, “This means that each of you will receive $700 to spend on classroom supplies and a field trip for your students in the coming year. We are very happy to increase our support of the work you do for the next generation.”

 
 
 
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