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Aloha My Fellow Rotarians,
We are six months into our Rotary year and so much has happened since our last visit.  We are having our Polio Plus Fundraising project “Ride So They Can Walk.”   It’s still ongoing and together, we can “Make that Difference.” The fight against Polio lives on and we can reach our goal of raising $300K through everyone’s participation.  Don’t give up!   I ask that you continue to raise the public’s awareness of Polio, the good Rotary does in the world, and continue to Ride So They Can Walk.
 
Another project that is dear to my heart is the Holiday Homelessness Project at Kahauiki Village Transitional Housing on Oahu, where fellow Rotarians in collaboration with other organizations are donating their time, talent and resources by painting and cleaning these housing units.  Our goal is to help homeless families get off the street and into a home by the end of the month.  We sent a “wish list” via your club president asking for your assistance in supplying 30 of these housing units with needed household products and supplies.  Please work with your Club President and/or AG in securing items on the list.  This is a manageable act of giving that will make such a big difference for many families this holiday season.
 
We have so much to do and only 6+ months left to finish -- selecting your club officers for next year, hosting Foundation dinners on each island, updating your Rotary Club Central projects, supporting the Centennial Park project in Waikiki, planning our upcoming 2020 Rotary International Convention, awarding clubs with the RI President and the Governor Citations, hosting the Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary Tea celebration, engaging with our the Mauka to Makai - Malama the Land service projects and more.  So much to do, so little time to finish…
As we navigate to the end of the year and approach the holiday season continuing to change lives together, may the Spirit of Christmas be never-ending, filling your home with the warmest greeting for this holiday season.   
 
From my home to yours, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! 
 
District Governor Nalani Flinn's Message: December 2017-12-01 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Stories from Across the Aloha State Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-01 10:00:00Z 0
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am so blessed to be a Rotarian and have many friends like you.  As we enter into the holiday season, please be safe and share the opportunity of service through Rotary Give Thanks Day.  Our Polio Plus “Ride So They Can Walk”  Bike ride is ending November 18th and I know we can reach our goal.  Many are looking to raise a $100 and stop.  I say, don’t stop, continue and add another “0” zero at the end.  Ask family and friends to join our team to End Polio Now. 
 
I have been hearing about the many different activities clubs are working on to raise awareness of this disease.   The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach held a  Raise a Glass to End Polio  event on October 18th where they donated 100% of the sales from two beer taps at Merriman’s Kauai during the culinary market at the Shops at Kukui’ula to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fund.  The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise held a casual   One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio  evening under the stars at Bakery and Table for World Polio Day on October 24th.    Palettes for Polio  will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka at which 40 artists’ palettes will be painted and offered at a silent auction at the Rumley Gallery at the King Kamehameha Hotel on November 18th.   The Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu held a  Strike Out Polio  bowling event, while another club is collecting Pennies for Polio.  Share your story with our District Polio Plus Chair Charlene Meyers to post on the website.  Let her know how you celebrated World Polio Day. 
 
 I received an email from my classmate DG Claudette McWilliams (District 5110) and I quote, “As long as we are bragging, my DRFCC tells me that with the second check for $536,000 to TRF (the first was $500K), District 5110 was Number One in the world for giving.  Whether that lasted beyond the date that it was reported is unknown, but Number One in the world for even one day is something that I will gladly accept.” She reminded me that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  I thank the many Rotarians in District 5000 for stepping forward to share their resources in “Making a Difference.”   Without your generosity, the books we ship, the eye clinics we support, the clean water wells we build would not happen.  This is my favorite quote when an individual is recognized for donating $1,000 or more to Rotary Foundation:
 
You will build houses in which you will never live
You will feed hungry people of every race creed and political philosophy
You will make crawlers into walkers.
You will educate children you will never know
You will vaccinate children you will never meet
You will dig wells from which you will never drink
You will plant trees under which you will never sit
You will restore eyesight to those who will never see you.
 
When you donate to do these things, not only will you be IN the Rotary Family, but you will have the Rotary Family in you.
 
DG Message: November 2017-11-01 10:00:00Z 0
Zone Institute District 25 & 26 Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0
Polio National Immunization Day Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0
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Having just completed 47 club visits in the District, I can’t believe we are already 3 months into the Rotary year.  Mahalo for your hospitality, accommodations and for chauffeuring me around the state.  Three (3) more club visits to go and we are done.  I have learned so much from you.  I hope you found our visits profitable, meaningful and of value. 
 
October is Economic and Community Development Month
October is designated as Economic and Community Development Month featuring one of Rotary International’s 6 Areas of Focus, The Rotary Foundation (TRF). I’ve asked Rotarians from our District to contribute to this topic. The first is submitted by Geoff Horvath, Past President of the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua that spotlights one of Rotary’s vital causes -- growing local economies.  According to the United Nations, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. Unemployment and underemployment, along with a lack of economic services, lie at the core of poverty.  In addition, nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Rotarians promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
 
What are we doing in D5000?
I hope you have enjoyed the first issue of Mauka to Makai, our District 5000 Community Service Newsletter that highlights community service projects our clubs are engaged in across our islands. Mahalo to Wally Wong, Community Service Director of the Rotary Club of Hilo and D5000 Community Service Chair, for putting together this culturally based community service program.  
 
One of the projects featured this month is from the Rotary Club of Hilo in which Rotarians helped plant 28 ulu trees to provide an economic development start for an education and applied research based farm that will provide cultural programs and a sustainable crop.  It’s an ongoing project in collaboration with UH Hilo and a grant thru Kamehameha Schools that supports the lease of 15 acres of land with the purpose of propagating Ulu. Kaivao Farm, an agro-forest farm, specializes in the cultivation and production of two food crops: breadfruit (ulu) and cassava, and two art crops: wauke (paper mulberry) and hala (pandanus). Breadfruit and cassava produce high yields of organic starch to supply local markets, restaurants, and a feed mill in Panaewa, while wauke bark and hala leaves support the art-forms of kapa making and weaving.  Kaivao Farm presents an opportune venue for education and research surrounding the practices and resources of the farm.
 
From the Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, President Bruce Fink reminds us that October 24th is World Polio Day and brings our attention to the article, Our Goal: A World Without Polio,  recently featured in The Rotarian.  To reach this goal, the Rotary Club of Pearlridge, led by President Lasar McCabe, sponsored a BBQ fundraiser dinner with all proceeds going to Polio Plus.   A second initiative is the “Ride So They Can Walk – Polio Plus fundraiser” in which members who donate a minimum of $100 to Polio Plus before October 24 will receive a calendar. 
Let us continue to Navigate Together to Change Lives by supporting economic and community development through our service projects and by contributing to The Rotary Foundation…
 
DG Message October 2017 Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0
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Governor David Ige Joins Rotary Governor Nalani Flinn at her Family Reunion:
Helping to Celebrate September's Rotary Theme:  Basic Education & Literacy
At DG Nalani’s annual family reunion family members chose to do a community project together.  They worked side-by-side creating book marks for Nanaikapono Elementary School.  This   venture so intrigued Governor David Ige and his wife, Dawn, that they decided to join in the project!! They then signed the book marks with the message,  “Study Hard” and “Read 20 minutes every day.”
 
 
A Tale of Two Governors Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
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Q:  What is one of the goals for our new R.I. President, Ian  Riseley?
A: Our environment. 
Ian challenged every Rotary club to make a  difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a  Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”  He makes the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are    essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. 
                   Be sure to share at #pledgetoplant
 
District Governor Nalani Planting a Kukui Nut Tree Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
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Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary!
 
How timely that Hawaii District 5000 starts the year with a female District Governor on the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary.  It seems hard to believe that it was as recent as May 4, 1987 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. 
 
As we celebrated 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii during PDG Del Green’s year, he hosted Sylvia Whitlock as the Keynote at the District Conference.  Sylvia has the distinction of being the very first woman Rotary club president . . . in the world! 
 
Did you know that in 1972 more and more clubs began lobbying for female members as females began to reach higher positions in their professions.   In 1977 three separate proposals to admit women into membership were submitted to the Council on Legislation for consideration at the 1977 RI Convention.
 
Today, not only do we have a female District Governor with Nalani Flinn, but 2017 also has the distinction of being the year that Hawaii is lead by our first Hawaiian District Governor.  Imua!
 
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
Support HRYF (Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation) and Help Provide Scholarships to Hawaii Students
 
Did you know that you can help support Rotary’s efforts to provide scholarships to students while you are shopping at Foodland?  
The BEST and EASIEST way to give to HRYF is at Foodland during the “Give Aloha” campaign September 1—30, 2017.  Your gift will be matched so that a $20 donation becomes approximately $24, a $40 gift would increase to around $48.  The match comes from Foodland (up to $250,000) and Western Union (up to $50,000).  Based on past years, the matches have provided at least an additional 20%!
 
How?
1) When you shop at Foodland show your Maika`i Card and make your tax deductible donation to HRYF (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N. Save or Foodland Farms checkout from September 1-30, 2017. Please check to make sure that the HRYF name appears on the receipt.
2) Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined.
3) Give a copy of the receipt to your Club Donation Rep or email a copy to hryf@hawaii.rr.com. Please be sure to include your name and club for credit to your HRYF contribution account.
 
What is HRYF? 
The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation was founded by Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan (founder of Foodland) during his year as Rotary's District Governor in Hawaii, 1976-1977. It was Sully's desire to assist Hawaii's high school graduates realize their potential by attending a college or university of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland United States.
 
Did you Know??
HRYF gives a $5,000 scholarship award to each of the 50 participating clubs!
 
Where does the money come from?
HRYF programs are financed by contributions from Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, individuals and various foundations. Donations can be made through your Rotary Club representative or made directly to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.
Give Aloha, Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, was created in 1999 to honor Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan, and continue his legacy of giving back to the community.
 
 
 
 
HYRF: September 'Give Aloha' giving campaign Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
Hawaii Rotary Featured in 'The Rotarian' magazine! Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
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I spent this past Labor Day weekend at my annual Kekauoha family reunion in Nanakuli. As a community project we made bookmarks for the students at Nanaikapono Elementary School.  When Mrs. Dawn Ige heard about this, she decided to join us accompanied by her husband, David.  Yes, thatʻs right, I mean Governor David Ige. She & the Governor both joined us making the bookmarks and signed them with “Study Hard” and “Read 20 minutes every day.”  Mrs. Ige commented that the most critical need in Hawaiʻi is Early Education for children 0 – 5 years old.  Of the 66,000 preschoolers, only half receive any type of basic educational training, pre-school or after school program.  It all starts with the parents which leads me to our Rotary theme for the month of September, Basic Education and Literacy.
 
The sad reality is that 1 in 6 adults in Hawaiʻi struggle with basic reading and writing skills.   What are we, as Rotarians, doing to help?   Think about the many education programs we support throughout District 5000. We provide dictionaries to the elementary schools, school supplies and books for the local communities, tutoring and mentoring, scholarships to high school graduates for college and trade schools, and much more.  In addition, we support Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and host annual camps to foster leadership development for our local youth.
 
As examples, one of the familiar sights on the Waianae Coast is the Hawaii Literacy Blue Bookmobile that serves families on a weekly basis at the Boys & Girls Clubs, housing developments, as well as homeless families and emergency shelters.  With humble beginnings of a donated VIP van, fellow Rotarians partnered with the Hawaii Literacy Project to produce a bookmobile that is still in use today.  Another Literacy program Rotarians are actively engaged in on the island of Maui is Read Aloud America, an after-school-reading program led by Joanne and Larry Laird.  As educators, they enjoy the opportunity to share their “craft.”  Through projects like these, we become part of the solution to a major social dilemma by providing “Basic Education and Literacy.” Every time we put a book in a person’s hand, we are improving their survival skills.   
 
Consider inviting local educators, representatives from literacy organizations or members of your own club who are educators to provide a “Craft Talk” and to promote basic education and literacy as one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.   
 
Let us continue to Navigate Together To Change Lives by improving Basic Education & Literacy…
 
September DG Message Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-10 10:00:00Z 0
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Ride So They Can Walk – biking event
State Wide Rides – We're on a roll. Keep going!
Help Rotary - End Polio Now
Rotarians, individual community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, and those on stationary bikes in health clubs and gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. This ride is different in that no roads need be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance. Each rider will pay a $20.00 registration fee and will also have friends and family sponsor their ride with all those donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of the date of this writing there are 10 cases worldwide – 6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. This isn’t good enough - Zero is the magic number.
   Each rider will receive a commemorative towel with the specially designed logo once they complete their ride and bring in a minimum of $100.00 in sponsor donations. Do even more by challenging another rider to see how many sponsor dollars you can bring in….
   Join in the fun by becoming a rider and/or sponsoring a rider to help Rotary End Polio Now.
 
Aloha, Charlene Yours in Rotary,
Charlene M. Meyers, PHF
Rotary Club of Hilo D5000 Polio Plus Chair 2015 - 2018
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East Hawaii ADG 2011-13 & 2014-15
President 2008-09, Rotary Club of Volcano
Home: 808-985-8800 Cell: 808-937-2178 Email: Charlene.Rotary@gmail.com
 
To go directly to the registration, donation page ---> Click here
 
 
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Rotary Global Rewards Naomi Masuno 2017-08-25 10:00:00Z 0
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Need an suggestion for a speaker or had a really great one that you want to let clubs know about?  Add your information to the message board, using the  "Comment" link.
 
Log in first to the rotaryd5000.org website, click on the title of this story and then  look for the  "Comment" button.  You can add information about a speaker that was interesting and let other clubs know how to contact them.  If you are looking for a speaker on a particular subject, put your request out there and see if someone can help you.   This system will work as a message board for you to interact with the website and to help get ideas for speakers.  Comments are limited to District 5000 Rotarians only.
 
 
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