Articulate and passionate, Jazmin Bronco, made our day by giving us hope that our youth are in good hands at the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island, and that their program is very worthy to receive our fullest support.
Most of us donate money to the Polio Fund. Our own Trevor Rodrigues has donated himself. Trevor joined a Rotary mission to Nigeria and Senegal to assist with vaccinations. Trevor had witnessed the sufferings of polio victims first hand when he had lived in India. Trevor described a typical day in the life of a Rotary volunteer.
Rotary International sets a monthly theme. The theme for this month is Rotary Foundation. Many of our newer members are not fully aware of the breadth and depth of the Rotary Foundation. Our Rotary Foundation chair, Alan Okinaka, provided an informative overview of RF's mission and focus.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. Our community is fortunate to have the opportunities offered by the UH-Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS). Julie Mowrer, Acting Director, and Chris Nishioka, Technology Program Coordinator, explained the courses and services that can take you to the next level whether it be for work (professional development, certification testing, continuing education requirements), pleasure (personal development), classwork (summer school), technology (senior net), or inter-cultural (English Language Institute, foreign language classes).
Our new Chancellor of the Hawaii Community College bikes to work. That says volumes. Although a newcomer who started in July 2016, Dr. Rachel Solemsaas fit right in and spoke with the ease, friendliness, and clarity of mission of a long-time fellow community member. Through her vision, the HCC will inspire students of diverse backgrounds and abilities to reach higher, thereby strengthening our local workforce and families.