Rotarian Anne Komatsu, Past President of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu, is truly an inspiration!  She recently stepped in to help form the Eco Rotary Club of Kaka’ako and while we were talking she mentioned that she was running a fundraising event for diapers...for diapers???  Anne is co-founder of the non-profit organization “Moms On A Mission” and while in past years they have partnered with other organizations to help families in need, in October 2018 they decided that they would do something on their own.  The cost of baby diapers for families struggling to make ends meet can be one-hundred dollars a month or more and forces families to make tough choices...sometimes those choices may be between having a roof over your head or food on the table and baby diapers.  Choosing to be without diapers may result in an unsanitary environment, lack of protection for the child or most often the use of a diaper beyond the time when it should be changed, creating baby health problems...and a visit to the emergency room.  The Aloha Diaper Bank was formed to provide the solution.  I was privileged to attend Moms On A Mission’s Aloha Diaper Bank fundraiser where money was raised to provide a substantial number of diapers.  And there will be a continual need.  For more information on how to host a diaper drive or other family activities please reach out to Moms On A Mission at    Big Island   I do not believe Kauai or Maui have a diaper bank.  As we develop budget and projects for next year this may be something with which you can become involved.  April is Rotary Maternal and Child Health Month.   Time to Be the Inspiration!
Winton Schoneman
Rotary International
District Governor 2018-2019