Aloha District 5000 Rotarians                       February Newsletter
   Rotary was launched on February 23, 1905 with a vision of one person, Paul Harris.  It was important to him to bring together professionals to network and form lifelong friendships.  Today, this still holds true about what is important to us.  I hope to see you at the event on your island to celebrate Rotary’s 118th birthday and The Rotary Foundation successes! 
   It is invigorating to see clubs spring into action to plan the April Rotarians at Work projects and participate in Kanu Hawaii’s Volunteer month and Pledge to Keiki.  The Pledge is a commitment to respect and care for the island places that they call home so that future generations continue to enjoy all that Hawai‘i has to offer.  Please join us and make the pledge.
    With more hands, we can do larger, impactful projects in our communities.  The Presidents and Club Membership Committees recently attended a workshop to share ideas to recruit and engage members, but it takes each one of you to tell your Rotary story to bring in new members to join you in doing good in the world and build a stronger club. We are getting the word out with Public Service Announcements on TV about the good work Rotary in Hawaii does. I urge you to help expand our reach by making that personal connection to someone who is the right fit to be People of Action.  
   Let's celebrate all the good work we did together!  See you at the District Conference, May 19-21, 2023 in Hilo.  CLICK HERE for more information on registration, tours and more!.
                     District Governor Randy Hart                                            
Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month
Peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission. By carrying out service projects in this area of focus and supporting Rotary Peace Fellowships and scholarships, you become part of Rotary’s effort to address the underlying causes of conflict, such as poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. During Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month in February, review Rotary’s brochure about our peace efforts and find ways to get involved in building more stable, peaceful communities.  Rotary was present at the inception of the United Nations in 1945 and was one of only 42 organizations invited to serve as consultants to the U.S. delegation to the UN charter conference in San Francisco, California, USA. Throughout that process, Rotary members served as delegates, advisers, and consultants: guiding agendas, drafting resolutions, and helping resolve disputes between delegates. 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Birthday and TRF Celebration on Kauai
Feb 22, 2023
Oahu District 5000 Foundation Dinner
Feb 23, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Birthday and TRF Celebration - Hawaii East
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
Feb 24, 2023
Rotary Birthday and TRF Celebration - Hawaii West
Feb 25, 2023
Board Training
Feb 25, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Recruit Rotary Peace Fellow Candidates
   Applications are now open for the 2024 Rotary Peace Fellowship! Help us promote it and find the next cohort of global peacebuilders. If you know any peace and development leaders in your community, encourage them to apply for a fully funded master’s degree or professional development certificate at one of our Rotary Peace Centers around the world
   Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards fellowships to leaders in peace and development to study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers at premier universities around the world. The fellows can earn a master’s degree or a professional development certificate. The application will be open early February through 15 May this year, and selected peace fellows will begin their studies in 2024. If you know any midcareer change-makers or any young professionals who have peacebuilding experience, help them apply for a fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. Connect with your district Rotary Peace Fellowship subcommittee chair to learn more about members’ role in selecting peace fellows and get involved.
   Since the Rotary Peace Centers program began in 2002, more than 1,600 fellows have graduated from our programs. They are now working on peace and development initiatives in more than 140 countries. Many serve as leaders in government, nongovernmental organizations, education and research institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organizations like UNICEF, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Follow the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page for updates about peace fellows’ work.
Donate to the Pakistan Flood Response Fund or Ukraine Response Fund
Your gift helps Rotary clubs provide disaster recovery and support rebuilding efforts. Contributions are combined into one fund and made available through Rotary Disaster Response Grants; they cannot be directed to a specific disaster. If you would like to donate to either the Pakistan Flood Response Fund or Ukraine Response Fund, please visit the Donate page and select the featured fund of your choice CLICK HERE to Donate
Fundraisers, Events and Projects:
Hawaii West, Feb 25, 5-9pm. Kona Mauka Rotary Foundation presents Wine, Dine & Music Benefit.  Join us for an evening filled with wine, food, music and a curated silent auction. Your giving supports scholarships and community service.  Four Seasons Hualalai Ballroom, $200.
Oahu, Feb 25, 8am-Noon. Eco Rotary of Kakaako.  Waikalua. Register at:
Maui, Mar 1-5, RC of Kihei-Wailea, online auction for local and global programs. We will coordinate local pick-up/delivery with winning bidders. Unfortunately, shipping is not available. Gift certificates can be mailed.  Go to:
Oahu, Mar 18, 10am-4pm drop off, Mar 19, 10am-4pm. Rummage Sale Fundraiser. RC of West Pearl Harbor. Waipahu High School Cafeteria, 94-1211 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu. Fundraiser to benefit scholarships for Waipahu High School students and community service projects.
Oahu, April 16, 11:30am-12:30pm. Recyclable Drive and Book Drive at Mililani Mauka Elementary School. The Youth Leadership Celebration participants will be collecting recyclables to raise funds for the Sustainable Coastlines.
Advertising and sponsorships opportunities for the 2023 District Conference.  If you would like to place an ad in the District Conference program booklet or be a sponsor, please CLICK HERE for more information.
Message from Kerri Murray, President, ShelterBox USA: Over the last week, the world has watched in disbelief as search and rescue crews worked to try to save thousands of people buried beneath the rubble from the earthquakes in southern Turkey and northern Syria. One week later, hope for survivors wanes as the death toll surpasses 36,000 in the region. Millions are left homeless.  ShelterBox teams are on the ground in Gaziantep- a large city in southern Turkey where ShelterBox has pre-existing humanitarian partners and suppliers. We are working around the clock to mobilize aid that has been pre-positioned in strategic hubs around the world into the affected regions of both Syria and Turkey. To Donate, go to :
Cross Academy Interact Club/LJHA “Penny War” raises $384.07 for humanitarian aid to victims of Syria, Turkey earthquake. The Cross Academy (Our Savior Lutheran School) in Aiea, recently came together, led by the school’s Youth Leadership Interact Club (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pearlridge) and LJHA to raise disaster relief funds for victims of the devasting earthquake in Syria and Turkey. The entire school participated in the “Penny War” fundraiser with proceeds raised for the Lutheran World Fund. Through the Penny War fundraiser, Cross Academy has extended the spirit of Aloha to a part of the world facing a desperate time of need to survive, while experiencing the heartfelt compassion of prayers for those who lost their lives and healing for survivors from those who truly care.
Congratulations to the Rotary club of Kapolei Sunset for earning a 2021-2022 Bronze Hero Award for support to ShelterBox
Congratulations Rotarians named as PBN Women Who Mean Business Honorees: Mary Begier, Owner, Mary Begier Realty, RC of Hilo Bay, and Monique Ibarra, Executive Director, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Inc., Kathleen McGilvray, CEO, YWCA of Hawaii Island (RC of Hilo)
Fiji 2023: DG Randy and Steve Handy are working on an International Service Project to convert a school from diesel power generator to Solar powered with batteries and mini power grid. Funded by a global grant, the main purpose is reducing dependence on Diesel fuel and move the school to a green energy source.  The D5000 group will also be painting buildings and doing literacy training for the students.   If you are interested in participating, please register and you will be notified of the next informational meeting.  Details of the scope of the project will be shared at the meeting, which may be next month.  REGISTER HERE
Celebrate Rotary’s Birthday and the Power of The Rotary Foundation!
In February, Rotary celebrates its 118th birth.  What better way to celebrate, than to get together for fellowship and fun!  We have two exciting speakers.  Shirley Grace, the Regional Rotary Foundation Giving Coordinator for Zone 26  & 27 and Jon Teich is a Major Gifts Officer at The Rotary Foundation. See you at one of these events:
Kauai – February 22, 5:30-7:30pm at Nawiliwili Yacht Club, $20 per person. BYOB.
Oahu – February 23, 5:30pm at Waikiki Yacht Club. 
Hawaii East – February 24, 5:30-7pm at the Makupapapa Discovery Center, Hilo.  $55 per person.
Hawaii West – February 25, Brunch. 10am-1:30pm at Linda Kelley’s house
Maui – February 27, 5:30-7pm at the Seascape Restaurant, No cost to attend, just order food and drink from the special menu.  RSVP to your Maui club president by Feb 22.
The Rotary Youth Interact Leadership Clubs from Pearl City High School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Cross Academy School, along with the RC of Pearlridge volunteered their time on Saturday, January 21 to clean-up and beautify a portion of the Pearl Harbor Bike Trail at Puuloa Springs, and the Pearl Harbor Peace Bell located near Blaisdell Park in Aiea. They pulling out overgrown weeds and grass from the Puuloa Springs native Hawaiian Garden, clear out trash and overgrown weeds and grass from the Puuloa Springs freshwater stream,
picked up rubbish along the bike trail from Puuloa Springs to the bridge near Cutter Ford and the Peace Bell in Blaisdell Park
More than 20 Rotarians and friends of the Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu, Rotary Club of Metro Honolulu and Rotary Club Honolulu Pau Hau, as well as members of the Rotaract E-Club ‘Ohana and Ke‘elikōlani Middle School’s Interact Club, joined forces this past Saturday morning to beautify Building A of the historic Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani Middle School. We even got a little bit of news coverage on KITV 4 News and Hawaii News Now (click the links to watch).
Given our special relationship with Ke‘elikōlani Middle School, it was great to see so many out to for this community service workday. The purpose of the effort was to prepare the interior walls of the building for future murals to be created on them by a local artist. As you can see from the photos, we were able to paint almost the entire ground level walls of Building A. What a difference a couple coats of paint make.
Another workday at Ke‘elikōlani Middle School at 1302 Queen Emma St, Honolulu, HI 96813 is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. I hope we can get an even bigger turnout for that one to get the rest of the first floor and all of the second floor completed. See you at the next one.  Nathan Kam, +1 808 741 2763,
Aloha colleagues, I’m writing today to share a wonderful opportunity! My Rotary Club of Honolulu is losing our excellent Administrator to retirement in 2023. It’s a 30 hour a week hybrid job based on Oahu, with excellent benefits. 
Please consider taking a few minutes to review the info if you or someone you know is interested. I'm eager to get the word out to the community, so please feel free to forward this opportunity to friends, family and colleagues.
Thank you for your cooperation. With best regards, Carolann Biederman, 808-386-7728,
HRYF Seeking Board Nominations
We are looking for nominations for the below open positions. Deadline for nominations is March 31. Email:, 


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