April 2017:  Child and Maternal Health
 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
 
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
 
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
 
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breastfeed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
 
OUR IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
 
The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
 
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
  • Mobile prenatal clinics: Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
  • Cancer screening: Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness training around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
  • Preventing injuries and deaths: Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they have also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.

Don't forget to register for the District Conference!
 
If you haven’t done so already – don't forget to make your reservations for the annual D5000 Conference at the beautiful Kaanapali Sheraton!  Registration is only $399/person, and Sheraton is still offering $199 room rates through the end of March.
 

D5000 Polio Champion Challenge Update:

2016-17 is a special year for all of us.  Not only are we celebrating the 100th Anniversary, but we are also working incredibly hard to finish the job of eradicating Polio!
 
I have more exciting news about the D5000 Polio Champion Challenge!  As of April 4th, we have had 398 District 5000 Rotarians commit to the Champion Challenge; a commitment of over $118,000!  WAY TO GO!
 
To date, we have 75 participants working toward Bronze level, 231 Bronze level donors, 48 Silver level Donors, and 35 Gold/Gold+ level donors! 
 
What an outstanding show of support as we raise the final funds necessary to eradicate Polio ONCE AND FOR ALL!  I am so proud of the Rotarians and Clubs that have stepped up to the challenge to “Make this year the LAST year.  Our D5000 giving is already 87% to our total goal of $135,000 to the Polio Plus Fund. 
 
Now, let me brag about some of our clubs!  We have 49 clubs “on the board” that have already started giving AND we already have 16 clubs that have exceeded their club goal of $2,650 – Well done!
 
The following are the clubs that have already made their 2016-17 Polio Goal of $2,650:
1
Waikiki
 $7,162
2
HNL Metro
 $5,480
3
Honolulu Sunset
 $5,325
4
HNL Downtown
 $4,520
5
HNL Sunrise
 $4,450
6
Volcano
 $4,000
7
South Hilo
 $3,850
8
Lahaina
 $3,450
9
West Pearl Harbor
 $3,298
10
Kona Sunrise
 $3,160
11
Kapolei Sunset
 $3,100
12
Hilo
 $3,080
13
Hilo Bay
 $3,051
14
Waianae Coast
 $3,050
15
Honolulu
 $2,850
16
Kapolei
 $2,726
17
Hanalei Bay
 $2,725
 
 
As of April 4th our club rankings are:
 
1
Waikiki
 $7,162
2
HNL Metro
 $5,480
3
Honolulu Sunset
 $5,325
4
HNL Downtown
 $4,520
5
HNL Sunrise
 $4,450
6
Volcano
 $4,000
7
South Hilo
 $3,850
8
Lahaina
 $3,450
9
West Pearl Harbor
 $3,298
10
Kona Sunrise
 $3,160
11
Kapolei Sunset
 $3,100
12
Hilo
 $3,080
13
Hilo Bay
 $3,051
14
Waianae Coast
 $3,050
15
Honolulu
 $2,850
16
Kapolei
 $2,726
17
Hanalei Bay
 $2,725
18
Ala Moana
 $2,250
19
Kona Mauka
 $2,230
20
Lahaina Sunset
 $2,100
21
Mililani Sunrise
 $1,827
22
Kihei Wailea
 $1,710
23
Wailuku
 $1,700
24
Kaneohe
 $1,455
25
Kahala Sunrise
 $1,415
26
Windward Oahu
 $1,396
27
West Honolulu
 $1,363
28
Kahului
 $1,263
29
Kona
 $1,254
30
Lahaina Sunrise
 $1,225
31
E-Club of Hawaii
 $1,200
32
Pearlridge
 $1,200
33
Kauai
 $1,100
34
Pau Hana
 $1,050
35
Maui
 $1,032
36
East Honolulu
 $1,000
37
Upcountry Maui
 $900
38
Pearl Harbor
 $683
39
Hawaii Kai
 $670
40
North Hawaii
 $600
41
Wahiawa-Waialua
 $450
42
Windward Oahu Sunrise
 $400
43
Pahoa Sunset
 $372
44
Valley Isle Sunset
 $340
45
We Club Hawaii
 $250
46
Diamond Head
 $111
47
Lanai
 $100
48
West Kauai
 $76
 
 
To find out more about the Polio Champion Challenge, go to http://www.d5000champion.org OR to donate, go to http://www.endpolio.org/donate.
 
Thank you for ALL that you do.  What a fantastic year of Rotary Serving Humanity!
 
 
Yours in service,
 
Clint Schroeder
District Governor 2016-17
D5000 Hawaii
 
Club Stories

Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset’s new Rotary Community Corps

It’s official!  The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset has just chartered their first Rotary Community Corps, The Hawaii Men's Shed Association.  You may wonder, “What IS a Rotary Community Corps?” 
A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a team of nonRotarian men and women who are committed to their community’s long-term development and self sufficiency.  An RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club and is one of Rotary’s partners in service.  The main principle of the RCC program is to enable its members to personally address and solve problems of concern within their community.  They carry out creative and sustainable solutions to address community issues. 
Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more prosperous lives.
 
Rotarians don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good health, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
Each year, Hawaii Rotarians gift a paperback dictionary to every third grader in the Hawaiian Islands as part of the organization’s effort to increase childhood literacy. As part of the gifting process, Rotarians, teachers, and keiki sit together, going on a journey of discovery as they explore their dictionaries. Besides basic word information, these books are packed with 150 extra pages of enlightening information on our country, our world, and our universe. 
I am Peter Sterne of the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach and assistant to the International Service Chair, Craig Nishimoto. I have been working with my daughter, Betsy Benoit, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Warwick (RI) on a project for Ghana. Betsy is the American Director of Adanu, a charity in Ghana that has been going since 2002 and has had help from over 1600 volunteers. Betsy has prepared a couple of brochures which are attached about a trip to Ghana April 21-29 to the village Have-Fiakopoke in the Volta region of Ghana.
February’s Rotary theme of Creating Peace and Preventing Conflict is my favorite theme of the entire Rotary year.  For me, almost everything we do as Rotarians relates back to peace.  Throughout history, so many wars have been fought over access to clean water, disease and community economics.  Rotary addresses each of these areas every single day.
 
 
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