Club Stories

The Rotary Club of Hilo accepted $20,000 US dollars from their "sister club", Rotary Club of Hiroshima South at their meeting on Friday, June 1.  Their contribution will go toward the Puna Relief Fund with the funds distributed by the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset.  President Shigeo Mimura, President of Hiroshima-South Rotary sends his club's heartfelt Aloha to our Big Island community.  The Rotary Club of Hiroshima South has about 110 members.  There will be about 24 Hiroshima South Rotarians on their annual visit with the Rotary Club of Hilo and 6 Hiroshima students doing homestay with the Waiakea High School Interact Club members from Aug 17 to 21. 

Photo:  Past President Ed Hara and President Shigeo Mimura is shown on Ed's recent visit to Hiroshima in October. 

Check photo:  L-R  Rotary Club of Hilo President Steve Handy, Mitchell Dodo (PP), Ed Hara (PP), Ron Cutler (Pahoa Sunset Rotary President), Newton Chu (PP), Naomi Menor and Russell Oda (PP).  PP = past president of Rotary Club of Hilo.

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
As I look back on this Rotary year, the memories and moments spent visiting you have been gratifying and special.  Your presence at our District Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel filled the event with a lot of Aloha.  Working together, sharing stories, singing, dancing, playing music, and making new friends has been just wonderful and I thank the District Conference Committee for all their hard-work.  Your positive remarks made the effort worthwhile and I thank you for that.
June is the last month of this Rotary year and is designated as Rotary Fellowship month. Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.  To join, go to and contact a fellowship directly or check out the links on the page.  I’m sure there is something for everyone. If not, check out the instructions on starting one.  In District 5000, we have an active Wine Fellowship and invite you to join us by contacting Liz Kane (RC of Honolulu Sunset or Charlene Meyers (RC of Hilo) for more information.
As we prepare for the 2018-19 District Leadership Team, donʻt forget to take care of your District and Rotary International dues by the end of the month, input your club goals online, and update your club directory. 
In closing, I wish to express my heartfelt Aloha for joining me on our Rotary voyage “Navigating Together to Change Lives.”    It has been a real pleasure serving you as District Governor and working together as we continue “Making a Difference the Rotary Way.” 
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Nalani Flinn
District Governor 2017 - 2018
Hawaii Rotary District 5000
(808) 342-1565
The Rotary D5000 Foundation Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations by credit card using the "Donate" button.  On a mobile device, scroll down to get to the Donate button. For checks, please make them payable to Rotary District 5000 Foundation and mailed to : Rotary D5000 Foundation, c/o 45-675 Luluku Road, Kaneohe HI  96744.  Questions?  Contact Mark Merriam at 808.381.5504 or
     The Rotary d5000 Foundation (a 501 (c)(3) organization) is now accepting donations by credit card on the DONATE link below or checks can be mailed directly to the Foundation at 45-675 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744. Please put "Puna Relief Fund" on the memo line.
Rotary Fund for Puna Lava Relief 
Rotary is uniquely positioned to assist our friends and neighbors in Pahoa/Puna with not only immediate needs, but can take a longer view and address the far reaching consequences of this volcanic eruption. The lava intrusion isn't just about burning homes, there are many more problems that will need financial assistance in the future. Homes that didn't burn but are damaged by earthquakes. Homes that cannot be rebuilt because the land is under eight foot deep pahoehoe. Homes that cannot be occupied because access is blocked.
     The disruption of the economic base of Pahoa, toxic fumes to nearby "unaffected" neighborhoods with toxic gas and the larger question of where a sizeable population can be relocated are just a few of the "down the road" consequences of this lava intrusion.
Please continue  to help the Pahoa area with a donation to the Rotary Fund for Puna Lava Relief. This fund will be administered by the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset... the very people who know just what is needed because they are right there... on the ground.
Questions? Contact Mark Merriam, 808.381.5504. 
Puna Volcano Relief Fund
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