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Hilo Bay

Service Above Self

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Hilo, HI  96720-4931
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Jack Higgins, MD in on vacation in Hawaii but took time to share with RCHB the 25 years of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project (LARAP.)
Jack, who's day job is chief medical officer for Avantis Medical Systems, has served on the AIDS Project board for 13 years and recently spent time in Liberia for the launch of the partnership of Save the Children and LARAP. Save the Children is the biggest NGO dealing with kids in the world.
He noted that while in the United States, AIDS is a treatableable, controlable disease, but in Africa "it is still a killing disease."  Each year 300,000 children are affected.
For more information on Jack, and on the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, click here and for more about Jack, click here.

Krishna Dhir, Ph.D., new dean of the UH-Hilo College of Business and Economics says it "boggles the mind why someone would leave the UH system to go to the Cal State system."  He said the UH system is higher quality.
Dr. Dhir is unapologetic in his support for Hawaii's higher education, and for UHH in particular.  One might ask, he said, if he's  trying to say UH system is better than Harvard.  "My response.  What has Harvard done for you lately."  He tells businesses they need to be aware of the different strengths of colleges, whether it's Harvard, Shidler at Manoa, or UHH.  Shidler, he said, offers a broader mission, but at UHH the mission for his college is "regional economic development."
He said he is talking to local industries about their needs; they tell him the human resources are inadequate to what they require.  For instance, they say in the visitor industry, 'We need people who speak Japanese."  He tells them UHH has many students who fill the bill.  Give them summer jobs, he said.
"We need industries to tell us what profile they need."  It's a prerequisite that industry be involved with the university, and if students work with industry, the programs become moer relevant.
For more information on Dr. Dhir — click here.

"We need your help," said Robin Benedict of the Friends of the Children's Justice Center.  She announced that she wanted to touch our hearts to help the Center help the children "who see deplorable things."  Robin is the only paid staff, with 10 vlounteers.  Last year, the Center saw 630 children, from assault victims to children who witnessed violent crimes. 
Robin has more than 20 years' experience with the Department of Human Services and finds it rewarding to help child victims of abuse and neglect. 
She noted research shows that abuse is a learned behavior; if children who experience this as part of life don't receive help, they may well repeat these learned behaviors as an adult. 
"Each day in the US, more than three children die of abuse," she said. 
She said locally, 158 children suffered severe abuse.  "A lot of these children just want someone to love them," she said.
Among the things the Center regularly needs are new underwear, in any size, and rubber slippers.
The Friends work with the Center to offer supportive programs to assist the children traumatized by assault, abuse and neglect. They sponsor "Winners Camp"  where the children learn leadership and life skills as well as self worth.
The Friends have applied to RCHB to be our 2015 Weinberg project. 

Mike Carroll, one of the newest members of RCHB, told Club members a little bit about himself and wife, Leslie as part of our vocational service series.  Mike called himself a "common soldier." He spent 20 years in the tactical Army including time as a combat arms officer.
Starting out as a private, Mike went to officers candidate school.  He retired as a colonel.  He's been to the War College in Washington, DC, been to jungle school, arctic warfare school and been to more deserts than he like to count. 
Mike holds an MBA, and now operates a farm with Leslie.  "My wife shot the last boar" on the property," he said. Leslie is also retired military, where she was a warrant officer.  They raise and sell lamb on their Puna area far.
Since joining RCHB, Mike was quickly drafted to help with Oktoberfest and create a manual to streamline operations in coming years.  He also accepted our sergeant at arms position.


Rotary Foundation Month

It's Rotary International Foundation Month and Sandra Wagner-Wright urged members to give, even at a nominal amount of $10.  Packaged with other Club-member contributions, it goes a long way, and much of it come back to us through district designated grants.  
We sometimes think Foundation money is used for international projects overseas, but that's only part of it.  Grants help locally and across the U.S.  Sandra gave this example of how Foundation contributions work:
In June 2013, the Yarnell Hill, Arizona fire claimed lives of 19 firefighters, destroyed over 100 homes, severely damaged Yarnell Water Improvement Association’s water system.  Estimated cost of Repair: $1.5 million
With a $89,000 Global Grant, The Rotary Club of Prescott-Sunup (AZ) partnered with RC Weonju (South Korea) & Alliance Service & Control Specialists (Phoenix) repaired damaged system. Grant Contributions from Rotary Clubs in Mexico, Germany, Canada,  and the Cayman Islands. For more information click here.
Please give to the Foundation:  Write a check, pay at our registration desk with a credit card, or go to RI website and make either a one time, or recurring gift.  And, remember, November happy dollars go to the Foundation.  92% of contributions go to project funding, 2% to administration and 6% to fundraising.  RI Foundation has a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator.

St. Joseph's Interact

RCHB Past President Sharon Scheele and member Miyuki Lee represented our Club for the induction of new members and the installation of the new officers of St. Joseph High School on November 18. There are 11 new members and one continuing member this year.


Vocational Service: John Furstenwerth
Small Business Development Center

John explained Wednesday this his organization provides professional level business advice to small and start up businesses. SBDC bridges business owners with information and services that they need—from financial and empolyee management to marketing and help with loan applications. 
There is no charge and SBDC "partners with the client over the long haul."  This year, 1,000 clients have been served in 2,600 sessions.


Keiki Vision: Hilo Union School

Cedric Mitsui, Steve Jacunski, Anita Cunningham, Sandra Wagner-Wright, Mike Carroll and Barbara Hastings joined some of Cedric's staff to screen three classes at Hilo Union Thursday.  There are more opportunities to volunteer for keiki vision sessions in December.  Sign up online or at the registration desk Wednesdays.

For a pretty long time, akamai folks on Hawaii Island were warning about a looming doctor shortage and how a residency program might entice primary care physicians here.  This year, the first docs have begun the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency (HIFMR).  Dr. Kristine McCoy, a Stanford trained physician, has gotten it off the ground and moving forward.
Most our island's primary care providers will be retiring at the end of this decade, she said, "some want to retire now, but can't."
"It's great to come to come and be a doctor in Hawaii," she said, but the reality is that it's not as easy to be a business person here.  With a single insurance provider holding a huge percentage of the market, physicians aren't paid very well.  Medicare is cutting payments by one-fifth. 
Families are challenged—often the physicians have highly educated spouses who need work, but if they are not astronomers, finding work can be hard.
"We try to recruit people who know already," about Hawaii, its challenges and benefits, she said.
McCoy talked about HIFMR—"our clinic is a school that treats patients.  It's the first place outside Honolulu where you can train doctors."
She said with two silver tsunamis—older patients and retiring doctors—nurse practitioners are critical to solving the problem.  She said HIBMR is working with UHH Nursing program and the College of Pharmacy for interdisciplinary training.
And, on Sunday mornings, you are welcome to join the "Walk with a Doc" group at the park.
For more info on the residency program:   http://www.hifmr.org/

Masaru Oshiro was named a Living Treasure by the Honpa Hongwanji in 2011 for his lifetime of service. 
He’s a social worker by training and by heart.  He has come through life with no chip on his shoulder, no bitterness.  He runs by a very steady moral compass.
His immigrant parents lost the family farm when it was confiscated after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Masaru, a teen, tended livestock in the leeward hills of Oahu and went to Waipahu High School. He graduated in 1946 and immediately joined the US Army to serve in the Army of Occupation in Japan.
He came back, went to UH for a bachelor’s and then a master’s in social work, married Kiyoko and began a lifetime of service to his family and community.
Oshiro spoke to RCHB about life changing moments when he had to decide to do the right thing for his conscience at the peril of his career path.  Once, because he disagreed with Gov. Ariyoshi, on whose administration team he served, over the death penalty.  The other, when he was appointed warden of the prison, only to discover that while he had the on paper qualifications for the job, he was not equipped for it. 
Oshiro, who is 86, continues to serve community, family and friends.  He is a weekly volleyball player. 
For more about him, download the information from the Living Treasure event.

Our Nov. 18 dictionary project at Hilo Union School needs six additional volunteers.  Please consider participating.   This is an opportunity to put a great resource into the hands of children.
Click here to sign up (you'll need your Rotary website user name and password ).   If you don't have your user/password, you have two options: Contact Roy Takemoto or Barbara Hastings and they'll help you retrieve it, or email Cedric Mitsui and let him know you are available. Cedric: doc_mitsui@yahoo.com


Hilo Union Keiki Vision

Need 6 more Rotarians
Thursday, Nov. 20
8:15 am
Please sign up at GM or online! Click here
or email Cedric: doc_mitsui@yahoo.com

"It really bugs me when I see children, women, men, who feel they are not of value," Brandee Menino, CEO of HOPE Services told RCHB members.  "We are here to inspire hope in our community—refeshe, reboot and move forward."
HOPE Services is the main organization on Hawaii Island trying to impact homelessness.  She says one of its jobs is to build a bridge between non profit and business sectors. Menino works with a staff of 50 and 170 volunteers, handling 10 facilities, including two homeless shelters.  HOPE also manages six transitional units for the County of Hawaii.
"What we really need are leaders who have the political will" to deal with affordable housing, Menino said.  Hawaii is 160 percent above the national average cost of living, but average income is low.  "Without housing, we'll have poor health" and other issues, she said.  "It is cheaper to move them into housing than it is to deal with homelessness."
She reminded us that 26 percent of the homeless are children. 
Menino grew up in Hilo, got her bachelor's degree at UHH, and earned a masters in professional counseling psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.  She sits on the board of Bay Clinic Inc. and The Foodbasket, Inc. 
For more information about HOPE Services, visit its website here.

Yu Yok Pearring asks our support for the Dec. 6 5K Lava Run/walk. Part of the proceeds will help students affected by the lava flow.  Download the flyer here.



Aloha, Wonderful Rotarians of District 5000!

Help #EndPolio Forever social media video launch:
We are very grateful for William Gates Sr.'s participation in the groundbreaking made-for-social-media video developed in partnership with Rotary. The video, Help #EndPolio Forever is now complete and has been approved by all partner health organizations.
Video: http://bit.ly/HelpEndPolioForever
As World Polio Day approaches we are distributing this video far and wide across the internet and ask for your help. Share it where you can and especially on any FaceBook Pages between October 20th and October 25th with concentration on October 24th, World Polio Day if at all possible.
Check out the new video - share it with your friends!        
And join us for our Polio Fundraisers this weekend on all islands. 

Together, let's LIGHT UP ROTARY and END POLIO NOW!
Aloha, DG Laura
Also Note:  Please check out the amazing "world's biggest commercial" about ending polio at www.thisclose.endpolio.org . Nearly 120,000 people from 173 countries participated.   We're "this close."

When Karolyn Lundkvist introduced speaker, Col. (Ret.) Deb Lewis, she asked members to "imagine a life of service on steroids." A military brat who joined the Army after West Point (in first class to admit females), Deb has moved 31 times; she spent 34 years in the military.  Hilo, with spouse Doug Adams (president of the South Hilo Rotary Club) is their chosen home and community. 
Deb Lewis is a combat veteran, holds a Harvard MBA, and recently established a personal development service with Doug called Sunrise Aloha LLC.  She's also working with UH-Hilo's Chancellor, Don Straney, Ph.D., on energy and sustainability issues.
Deb talked about Rotary as a great example of a face-to-face organization.
She offered tips on greeting people you don't know; "strangers are just friends you haven't met, yet."
And, using her relationship with her daughter as an example, she noted that "people do not want advice."  The ultimate empowerment tool is to "ask better questions."   Rather than give advice, it is more effective, and you can have more influence, if you ask directed questions. 
When her daughter reaches out to her, for example, she might ask what her daughter would say if her best friend faced the same issues. 
She asked Club members to consider and answer two questions for themselves: What one relationship in life you could influence for the better?  If you could have anything that would change your life for the better, what would it be? 

Past President Cedric Mitsui was strutting in red spikes.  Member Kris Speegle, in a three-piece suit, took on the role of "Mayhem" as RCHB members were urged to support efforts to stop the mayhem that comes with sex assault.
Andy Kahili spoke Wednesday about the upcoming (Oct. 26, Saturday) Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event that aims to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence in our community.  It also aims to raise money for the YW's Sex Assault Support Services. 
As community relations events officer and program director at the YW, Kahili has been involved with Walk a Mile... since it's inception.   "This is our sixth year, and the Mayor has walked each year," he said. 
Mayor Billy Kenoi and his cabinet support the Walk, and Mayor Kenoi will be walking in Hilo while Wally Lau, County managing director, will walk on the Kona side.  Mayor's shoes, shown here, are large, but pretty!
One in seven women in Hawaii are forcibly raped.  In the US, one in 71 men are raped.
Kahili urged our support for Walk a Mile—men taking a stand.
"I am man enough to walk in women's shoes," he said. "What about you?"

In 2008, members of our Japanese sister Club of Higashi-Hiroshima visited Hilo and, with our Club, planted a tree at Kuhio Kalanianaoli Park, known as Rotary Centennial Park, along Bayfront.  On September 22, Takashi Shimasaki, who was president of the Sister Club during the planting visit, returned to see the tree and talk to mullet fishermen in the area.
Special thanks to Kenneth Barnes, Preston's son, for being tour guide to Volcano, and to Paula Uusitalo, who led Shimasakisan and his son to other sites.
It's especially interesting that Shimasakisan's visit comes immediately after a visit from Anamaria Maraboli-Smith, PP of our other Sister Club of La Serena Oriente in Chile.
Again, we are fortunate to have these international connections, and that we live in such a wonderful place that brings them to visit.

We received a warm letter from the president and secretary of our Sister Club, La Serena Oriente in Chile, and Anamaria Maraboli-Smith (president of the Sister Club when the relationship was forged) and her spouse, Malcolm Smith of the La Serena Rotary Club, were on hand for a second meeting of RCHB during their Hawaii visit. (The letter is further down.)
Anamaria and Malcolm filled us in about the rural schools their clubs serve and talked about the local value of "Dar de si antes de pensar en si" — giving of yourself without thinking of yourself."   It called to mind local adages:  Hawaiian: Kahiau—"giving of yourself without expecting anything in return",  and the Japanese: Okage Sama De—"I am what I am because of you."  These values are part of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii mission statement. And, of course, of Rotary's "Service Above Self."
Anamaria explained that the rural area is poor and so support of the schools is a major effort for their Club.   They take the kids to the beach, where some have never been before, have talks on subjects such as astronomy and international exchange.
And through Rotary, these Chilean Clubs are hoping to create a global awareness of the need for education about tsunami.  Right now, the project is in the survey phase, Malcolm said, with the Utica (New York) Sunrise Rotary Club contributing $7,000.  "If each district contributed $3,000, we could launch the actual project," he said.
During their Hilo visit, Anamaria and Malcolm visited the historic Bayfront clock, once the center of Waiakea town, before the town was devastated and the clock was stopped by the 1960 tsunami.  They visited with the 96-year-old man who cares for the clock area. (9-hole Naniloa golf course borders clock area now.)
That same tsunami destroyed coastal areas in South Chile, too.  The online photos are similar to Hilo’s.
From Wikipedia:
The 1960 Valdivia earthquake or Great Chilean Earthquake (Spanish: Terremoto de Valdivia/Gran terremoto de Chile) of Sunday, 22 May 1960 was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.5 on the moment of magnitude scale. It occurred in the afternoon (19:11 GMT, 15:11 local time), and lasted approximately 10 minutes. The resulting tsunami affected southern Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia, and the Aleutian Islands.
We are fortunate to have connections like these through Rotary sister clubs.

Dear President Barbara,
       Thanks to the good offices of my friend Anamaria, member and ambassador of our Rotary Club La Serena Oriente, I wanted you to receive our warmest Rotarian greetings together with all the members of our Sister Cub of Hilo Bay, Hawaii.
       It has been put ot us to be the leaders of our clubs, so far away one from the other geographically speaking, but so close in respect to our ideals and spirit of service.  My best wishes for you to have a successful Rotarian year and that we could unite in some common projects and to get to know each other better.
       We are a small club, of only 14 members, but with a great will to "LIGHT UP ROTARY" and with clear goals to accomplish the objective set out by our President Gary and our Governor Felipe.
      Finally, I would like via my friend Anamaria, to offer you an affectionate embrace of sisterhood, and to convey to all the members of your Club, especially to your Secretary Kyle, our feelings of friendship and of mutual collaboration.
M. Cristina Carrillo, Presidenta
Pedro Bello R., Secretary


Update on Rotary Park's Phase II

Several years back, Mike Robinson of the Rotary Club of Hilo spearheaded an ambitious, successful effort to reclaim a part of the Bayfront coastal area as a park to honor the 2005 Centennial of Rotary.
At the time, there were four East Hawaii Clubs (Pahoa Sunset had not yet been founded). "Everybody pitched in," Robinson told RCHB meeting Wednesday (9/10/14).  "Once we put together the plan, it was easy to sell."
He spoke to our Club about Phase II operations and funding for Kuhio Kalanianaole Rotary Centennial Park. Robinson's committee estimated the cost per Club based on size.  RCHB's suggested amount was around $7,000.  The board last year approved $3,500 for the project. Our board is expected to be asked for an increased contribution. The project remains about $4,000 to $5,000 short of needed funding.
The large banyan trees on the site will be trimmed substantially, and an ironwood growing through the middle of one of them will be removed. 
Mayor Kenoi is on board and has promised county assistance with park benches and picnic tables.
The next phase will include clean up around a former fish pond, getting rid of vegetation and "see what's there," Mike said.  In Phase I, the clean up unearthed the remains of a restaurant, The Kontiki, which had burned years ago. 
The first step will be on Rotary Work Day, Oct. 18, Saturday, when all Clubs are committed to clean up and a pot luck picnic.  Those who cannot participate in the actual cleanup can still be involved by bringing a potluck dish for the picnic.


Richard Ha on food security

Farmers are pro science, Richard Ha told Club members at Wednesday's meeting. 'Whichever way science says, farmers will go."  He and other crop producers, who represent 90 percent of the farm value on Hawaii Island, have filed suit against the County.  "It's not about GMO; it's about food security," he said.  In June, farmers, cattlemen and flower growers filed a suit to oppose the County's ban on genetically modified crops. 
Ha said such a suit was a difficult decision.  These groups took a big risk against concerns that people might boycott them, or take other actions.
"The group is saying, 'don't take away our options;'  I don't use GMOs, but don't take away my options." 
He was heartened by the recent federal court decision that Kauai's new law is preempted by state and federal measures.
Only 10 percent of what we eat here is produced here, he said.  Organics have a particularly hard time against Mainland organics.  Because cold winters and chilly springs allow harvest before the critters come, the industrial agriculture organics from the Mainland will win out.
He added that cost of energy drives up Hawaii food cultivation as well.  Ha said we must leave options open for farmers to farm.
Ha is a former US Army Captain who served in Viet Nam. Hamakua Springs Country Farms is a 600 acre fee simple diversified ag farm with 70 workers. He sits on Board of Agriculture and on boards of HIEDB and Kohala Center. He is founding member Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United, whose members produce more than 90% of the farm value on the Big Island.


Hilo Bay Oktoberfest!

E komo mai!

Join us for our 15th Annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sangha Hall.

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay offers this evening of food, music and friends to raise funds that help finance community service projects in East Hawaii.

Sponsorship Packages are available, as  well as reserved tables for 10.



Vocational Service Event: Cunningham Gallery

Thanks to Vocational Service Chair, Allen Novak, for organizing our first-of-the-year visit to a member's workplace Thursday, Aug. 28.  Richard Cunningham and spouse, Michelle Jodoi, were gracious hosts;  Richard demonstrated the skill and knowledge that his shop puts into its framework, clearly art pieces in themselves.
Thanks to the Witthans for organizing the food, and to Kyle Kawano for the gift of delectable Suisan poke. 
Additional photos are at bottom of Baywatch.


Rich season at Performing Arts Center

Lee Dombroski outlined the upcoming season at UHH Performing Arts Center and reflected on some past experiences, including getting called out for copyright violation by Frank Zappa's wife, because his moustache is copyrighted. She has been director at the Center for seven years.
She was introduced by Sandy Tokuuke, who is a member of the Center's advisory board, and is spouse of RCHB member Dale Tokuuke.
From Blue Grass to the Demigod Maui, to Mavis Staples and Tunisa's Emel Mathlouthi with her band.  One of Mathlouthi's songs was picked up by the Arab Spring as an anthem.  Se is not allowed to perform in a number of Mid-East countries.  She's performing at UHH on Oct. 4.
Dombroski said Indian Ink Theatre Company (Oct. 18) will present the story of a tea seller in Bangladesh; she called it "our homage to giving students live performances from a very different world view."
Conquering the Sun, about Demigod Maui, was written, in conjunction with others, by Jackie Pualani Johnson and will be performed for island school students. Johnson is also writing "Hilo, da Musical" for a spring performance.
These are only a few of the lineup for the season.  The entire list can be viewed by clicking here.


Experiencing Africa's Wildlife, Bushmen, and Culture 

Our guest speaker, Chris Tamm, and his wife, Barbara,  spent six weeks on Safari in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.  The word of the day is Antipodes, the part of the world that is diametrically opposite.
Tamm, member of the Hilo Club and former owner of Bay Lighting, and Barbara emigrated to Hawaii from the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.  

Chris showed pictures of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers, and the confluence of the two.

While in Botswana, they stayed at the LImpoa Lodge and visited the Mashatu Game Reserve.  There Chris saw his favorite animal, the African elephant, and his second favorite , the giraffe.  They also saw cheetahs, spotted hyenas, zebras, ostrichs, blue wildebeast, kudu, impala, eland (they are delicious), Maribou storks, white storks, warthogs, and an English bulldog.  Botswana is also famous for the Great Zebra Migration.

In Namibia, they went to Etosha Pan National Park and stayed at Etosha Village Camp.  While on safari there, they saw springboks, hartebeests, gemsboks, black rhinos, and darker colored giraffes.  They also experienced the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes.  Chris mentioned it was extremely difficult walking up the dunes. 
They stayed at Desert Camp Lodge and experienced a BBQ Dinner called Braaivleis.  They also visited Skeleton Coast and the Namibia Desert.  Chris explained how the Skeleton Coast got its name, with ships and sometimes, real skeletons being found off the coast.  There are two currents that meet of the coast, the Angola and Benguela currents.

They also visited Cape Town, South Africa.  Cape Town has the Cape of Good Hope or "The Fairest Cape of All".  The Cape of Good Hope was discovered by Sir Francis Drake in 1580.  Chris showed pictures from Cape Town, the tranquil rivers/mountains, and beautiful homes.  Chris also recommended to try the outstanding wines that are produced in South Africa!
Baie Dankie!


District Governor outlines RI goals for 2014-15

DG Laura Steelquist got to illustrate one of RI President Gary Huang's goals—to increase membership—at our meeting Wednesday when she inducted our newest member, Paul Agamata.  Paul is a principal of Xceptions Inter-Networking Solutions.
Making her visits to East Hawaii Clubs, DG Laura is carrying Huang's call to increase membership to 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide.  She pointed out that it's been at 1.2 million for too many years.
Laura Steelquist is a member of the East Honolulu Club and  owns  with her husband (Past DG John) Hawaiian Islands Medical, a durable medical equipment company which they operate on the principles of the Four Way Test.
At our meeting she outlined two other world goals Huang has called on Rotarians to embrace—No new cases of polio by the end of 2015, and to involve families in Rotary.
Last year, 194 polio cases were reported in Somalia; this year, there's only been one so far.  "Pakistan is still the problem child," Laura said.  Violence against vaccinators continues there, along with outbreaks of the disease. But world civic and religious leaders are responding and an immunization ring has been thrown up around the country. You can't get in or out without being vaccinated.
District 5000 is trying to do its part (with Gates Foundation matching every dollar with two), but selling novelty mugs that are black until filled with heated liquid; they then display a brilliant lava eruption.  ADG Charlene Meyers reported that already enough mugs have been sold to account of $10,000 in the polio battle, and more mugs are ordered.  (RCHB has sold one case and ordered another of the mugs, that sell for $20, with $10 going to fight polio."
DG Laura told of her experience in Ethiopia helping with polio immunization.  A mother brought her baby in for the two drops.  She asked that "the white one do it."  Laura gave the drops—baby, mother and Laura cried, and mother wrapped up baby and left, for what would be a nearly two hour trek home.  As she went off she turned to wave and smile at Laura—"and changed my life forever."

Federal Grants/Contracts at UHH Mean 500+ Local Jobs
"Research at UH-Hilo is a significant economic driver for East Hawaii and the Big Island," said UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, Ph.D. at Wednesday's (7/30/14) meeting. He said $14 million in federal grants and contracts have produced more than 500 jobs, many of them filled by UH-Hilo grads, and netting a $42,000 a year average salary.
"Our core business is graduating students prepared for the workforce," Straney said.
The chancellor said UHH should be a model for energy and food sustainability.  He said the university hopes to cut the utility cord by producing enough of its own power.  He added that UHH wants to work with the utility.  "We should be training the next generation of utility workers.
A major plan in that direction is the energy engineering degree program his administration is working to establish.  Also in the pipeline is an aviation program.  "We are taking it to the board soon," he said.  It will be the only four year aviation program in the state.  "This will open a new set of careers," Straney said, and with the rapid growth of Asia airlines, it will attract international students.
He said UHH continues "to attract powerful faculty."
Major areas of focus he mentioned included working "to protect our status as a premier indigenous-serving institution," and will include a new heritage management masters. Another was to promote 21st century facilities, which means upgrading, and getting the necessary permits for the College of Pharmacy.
He spoke about athletics, the high cost of travel, and that funding may not continue to be sufficient to maintain the strong competiitve sports to attract students.  He said this is an area where they may need community help.
Straney reminds faculty that UHH "exists because Hilo willed it to be," he said; plans are underway for a Village Phase 2, which will be mixed residential and commercial, with shops or services aimed to also attract local residents.

Restorative Justice Can Strengthen Communities
With 2.6 million people incarcerated in the US, and the recidivism rate 67 percent in Hawaii alone, Tim Hansen says an answer may be the trend called restorative justice.
Restorative justice, he explains, aims to make it better for the victim, ad often helps the criminal as well.  "Crime victims want a voice in the criminal justice system," he says.  Sometimes they want to talk to the perpetrator for some kind of closure.
Tim spoke at Wednesday's (7.23.14) meeting about his work at the Hawaii County Prosecutor's Office, as well as on the mainland. 
When a crime happens, he says, rather than simply ask who did it, they ask, "who was harmed and what are their needs."
It can help the offender too, Tim says.  "They often don't get a change to tell the  truth."  The system is set up in a way that legalities get in the way of truth telling.  "There are many good things in our criminal justice system" he says, "but many things are lacking."
He asked the audience why a victim might want to engage in restorative justice.  Some of the answers included that folks want to get stolen stuff back; regain a sense of power; be compensated for damages, or that something good may come out of it, such as preventing future crime.  Sometimes, often even, there's a sense of forgiveness.
The restorative framework with the offender is based on "what you did was wrong and bad," but not that the person, at his or her core, is wrong or bad.
Criminals often objectify their victims, but if it can be personalized, put a human face to it.  Tim talked about Native American, Hawaiian and other groups' methods of dealing with an offender, from hooponopono and peace circles.


Kelso: No snakes in outer space

No snakes have gone into space, said Rob Kelso, executive director of Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), but frogs have.
Kelso spoke at Wednesday's (7/16) meeting about the program, its promise, and its benefits to Hawaii Island.  But first, the frogs:
Frogs have a similar middle ear to humans, so off they went to where no frog has before dared to go, so they could be studied for the impact of weightlessness on the ear.  Pigs have gone too, because their backbon is the same as humans, so they could be evaluated for the impact of G forces on the bone structure.
Kelso said Hawaii is a little like the international space station.  Everything needs to be brought in.  The concept of living off the land can be taken to great lengths.  For example, basalt, a plentiful substance on Hawaii Island (and on Mars and the moon), could replace the tons and  tons of cement that are shipped into the state.  A test sidewalk is in devleopment. 
And structures are being engineered using essentially 3D printers.  A house, he said, can be built in 48 hours, right to the appliances, using this technology.
He spoke about jobs in the aerospace industry here, from the basalt work to suborbital tourists flights that are being planned out of Kona.
Kelso also noted that he'd found photos that are now on the PISCES website, that are from early space training missions, when Apollo Missions 13 through 17, and some backup crews worked in the spacy terrain of our mountains. 


Pay for Meetings & Tickets Online

Great news!  We can now register and pay for our morning breakfasts and buy raffle tickets online.  Go to our website and click on the Mini Calendar meeting date at the right side.

Once you click on the meeting date that says "Prepay", and the page comes up, click the date again and you'll be able to enter your info and credit card and it's done. 

You'll need to know your log in for the website.  If you don't, Roy or I can assist. 

Anticipating your queries -- No, Not yet. You cannot pay for multiple days on one charge.  Not yet, but we are a work in progress -- forward!!





Traveller. Historian. Writer

We know Sandra Wagner-Wright as a great Club member, dedicated to helping keep us on track with Rotary Foundation.  We may also know that she taught women╩╝s and global history at the University of Hawai`i for more than 20 years and holds a Ph.D. in history.  We know she has an easy, warm manner in front of a group.

But many of us probably don't know that our Sandra is an avid blogger and writer on history and historical fiction.  You can see her blog by clicking here, and you can subscribe to her blog/letter so you don't miss her travel stories.  A recent one is about Nani Mau Gardens, its beauty, some history and a picture tour. For the full Nani Mau blog post, click here.









At the July 9 meeting, Hawaii County Council Chair J Yoshimoto, who has served on Council for eight years, said citizens might be better served by four-year Council terms and by at-large voting for the Councilmembers.

Yoshimoto, who cannot run for reelection to the Council due to term limits, said when we talk to elected officials, we should take note of how well they listen.  For him, that is a measure of effectiveness. Elected officials should "listen, listen" and "contemplate," he said.

He said his big dream for the County remains unrealized, but that he intends to continue to press for it.  That is to replace the aged Civic Center with a larger venue that would better serve the community.

Yoshimoto was first elected to Council in 2006.  He has practiced law since 1992, is married to Tracie Nakano-Yoshimoto, who operates The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo. The couple has three children.  Yoshimoto is home grown and educated: EB De Silva Elementary, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo High, bachelor's degree from UH-Manoa and law degree from the Richardson School of Law.





Sharon Scheele Honored:

Immediate Past President Cedric Mitsui honored Sharon Scheele with the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation for her steadfast support for the RCHB.  Sharon, current membership chair, is heavily involved in RYLA as well as other projects and programs, and is a past president of the Club.



New Members

John Furstenwerth was inducted as a new member.  John is assistant state director for the Hawaii Small Business Development Center network and was sponsored by Yu Yok Pearring.  John said he was attracted to the warmth and camaraderie of our Club.  Welcome John!

We also officially welcomed Marcia Sakai (right photo) to our Club, Marcia transferred from the Rotary Club of Hilo.  She is vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.  Her sponsors in our Club are Sharon Scheele, Barry Taniguchi and Carol Van Camp.  Welcome Marcia!





Oktoberfest is officially launched for 2014! 

Go to our new event website: www.hilobayoktoberfest.com and check it out. Committee Chair James Leonard announced the change to a larger venue—Sangha Hall—which means more guests can be accommodated and more silent and live auction items will be needed.  He asked all Club members to be ready to take a role in making our signature fundraiser a success.  Sharon Scheele will be handling tickets, and members will be asked to sell a minimum of six ($45 each).  Reserved tables of ten are available at $500.

Sponsorship Packages for Oktoberfest are being offered for the first time this year.  Consider having your business sponsor.  Click here for more information about cost and benefits. To become a sponsor, please contact Committee Chair James Leonard or Barbara Hastings.

Ticket sales have begun and individual tickets can be purchased online.  Click here for information about Oktoberfest 2014 and to purchase tickets.  Sharon will provide numbered tickets.




New officers and committee chairs have committed to carrying on the programs and projects of RCHB, as well as take on new challenges as part of new RI President Gary C.K. Huang's theme to Light Up Rotary. The first meeting of the year is July 9, 6:45 am at Hilo Yacht Club.



The First in Hawaii Breakfast Clubs

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay (RCHB) was chartered on June 22, 1988 as the first breakfast club in District 5000 (State of Hawaii). 

Founding president Pete Muller brought the early morning club to Hilo after experiencing them during a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Austria. 

RCHB averages about 50 members from business, non-profit, academic and professional sectors.  The club focuses on service above self and works to improve Hilo and the world. We're friendly and take joy in our Rotary network.

We contribute our treasure in the form of dollars to scholarships, international aid to eliminate polio and promote safe water and to local projects.  We contribute our time to bring children better learning, through keiki vision screening, library programs and introducing third graders to dictionaries. 

Each year, the Club takes part in the Weinberg Friends Program—the sweat equity of 25 members for one morning nets the nonprofit of our choice $10,000.  Over the course of our Weinberg projects, we have been responsible for more than $100,000 of grants to our community. 

The 2013-14 Weinberg project brought a fresh coat of paid to the YWCA’s preschool buildings.




For Immediate Release

Allstate’s Speegle Nets Rotary Vocational Honor

Hilo, Hawaii—February 27, 2014—Kris Speegle, owner of Allstate Insurance Agency in Hilo, has been awarded the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award for his work in advancing ethical business practices, collaboration and community service.

Speegle, a member of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay (RCHB), was presented the award earlier this month by Rotary District Governor Phil Sammer.  Besides his service in Rotary, Speegle helped found and is the president-elect of the Big Island Referral Network.  The network is a referral-based vocational organization, which was built on Rotary values of community service.

Speegle, who served in the military in Kosovo and Macadonia, returned to Hawaii and joined Allstate in 2012.  He mentors his three full-time employees to develop goals and skills and to participate in community service.

Speegle worked through Allstate Insurance to help fund the Hilo Goodwill Industries with improvements. Speegle obtained a $4,500 grant from Allstate, which the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay matched with a $5,000 grant and he got an additional $1,000 from an Allstate counterpart.

Speegle also organized other Rotarians to speak to the St. Joseph High School Interact Club on vocational service.  Interact is a secondary school program built on Rotary values.

“Kris Speegle is a shining light for the future of Rotary and our community,” said Cedric Mitsui, president of RCHB.  “We are grateful that he was introduced to our club by Preston Barnes III, one of club’s charter members.”

RCHB was founded in 1988 and averages 50 members.  The group meets for breakfast on Wednesday mornings for fellowship and community speakers.  For more information, visit www.hilobayrotary.com


Kris Speegle, center, was awarded the Rotary’s Vocational Service Leadership award.  He is flanked by his sponsor, Preston Barnes  III and District Gov. Phil Sammer.




The following press release has been issued...


For Immediate Release                                                       Image

Rotary Club of Hilo Bay Donates Sweat Equity to Net $10,000 for the YWCA 

(HILO, HAWAII, February 25, 2014)—The YWCA of Hawaii Island received a $10,000 grant from the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Friends Program, earned by the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay (RCHB) sweat equity. 

 Rotarians worked for four hours Saturday, Feb. 22, painting the YWCA’s preschool center in warm vanilla and bright persimmon, the YWCA’s signature color.  The work project was part of the Weinberg Friends requirements for hands-on community service in order to earn the grant for the agency. 

“For Hilo Bay Rotarians, the work day is more than community service,” said Cedric Mitsui, president of RCHB. “It affords members a different kind of fellowship and bond.”

The YWCA Preschool on Ululani Street in Hilo offers a safe place for youngsters to learn emotionally, intellectually and physically, to prepare for kindergarten.  Studies show that preschools with structured programs give children skills for school success.

“Preschool is expensive for many of our island families, said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of the YWCA. “We intend to use the Weinberg grant money to help defray the cost for some families who need it, both for tuition assistance and for nutritious snacks. More than 70 percent of the families who use our preschool are at or below the federal poverty level.” 

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, chartered in 1988, averages about 50 members representing business, non-profit agencies and the professions.  The group meets weekly on Wednesday mornings for breakfast.  For more information, visit HiloBayRotary.com





Tasting Diversity!

Bay Clinic, Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a gala—Taste of the Pacific, Celebrating Bay Clinic's Diversity on Friday, Dec. 6, at Wainaku Center. For more information about the event and cost, download the PDF, available under the "Download" tab, lower right-hand column.




Energizer Awards

ImageDistrict Governor Phil Sammer, far left, presented his  "Energizer Award" to four Rotary Club of Hilo Bay members for their efforts to energize our club and give back to the community.  

Kris Speegle (Youth Service Chair), Sharon Scheele (Membership Chair), Anita Cunningham (Newsletter/Octoberfest Chair), and Alan Okinaka (Past President/25th Anniversary Committee) received their awards on July 24, 2013 at the Hilo Yacht Club.

Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. 



Check out the Hawaii Tribune-Herald article about RCHB new officers...

Next week, District Gov. Phil Sammers will be in East Hawaii to meet with Rotary Clubs.  He'll meet with RCHB board on Tuesday evening (7/23), 8pm, and participate in our Club meeting Wednesday morning (7/24).




Club's Future Vision documents to be presented at meeting

President Gerry Hollins told members the 7 objectives that are part of our 3-year business plan for the club will be presented and discussed at June 19 meeting. The objectives are part of the requirement for future vision. The objectives cover:  Attendance; Website; Club Leadership; Public Relations; Membership & Retention; Rotary Foundation; Club Service. 


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Welcome to our Rotary Club Website! 

Aloha.  Rotary Club of Hilo Bay is launching its new website, using ClubRunner—a web platform that is integrated with Rotary International.

As we explore ClubRunner, we are finding many advantages to it, some that we will institute immediately, and some that will or could be added later.

One of the nice things is that we can easily decide what is public—open for all to see—and what we want protected for only our members to view.  It's click-of-the-button easy. Eventually our newsletter can become an eBulletin as well, connected to the website, again, with some parts public and others for members only.

ClubRunner is "a complete online package comprised of several modules, all designed to maintain members' data, facilitate interactive communication, organize events and volunteers, distribute email newsletters and broadcast communications, improve public relations, and help run a club more efficiently."

Some information is in a password protected member area, it allows every member to access key information while it remains secured from the outside world. 

ClubRunner is also able to automate administrative functions such as attendance tracking and billing. This is one of the areas we will explore later.

Each of you will be able to make changes to your Club information and those changes to the database are automatically communicated to Rotary International, therefore also saving the Club Secretary from performing double data entry.

We will also be able to do online registrations for events and volunteer activities, automatic email services, and an integrated e-Bulletin, among other features, makes it easy to promote club's activities.

Hastings & Pleadwell's Ryan Ishibashi (who works in the Honolulu office but is a Hilo native) is lending technical help as we navigate ClubRunner. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barbara Hastings.




December 2014


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