Rotary Foundation Month
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.
St. Joseph's Interact
Vocational Service: John Furstenwerth
Small Business Development Center
Keiki Vision: Hilo Union School
Hilo Union Keiki Vision
Thursday, Nov. 20
Please sign up at GM or online! Click here
WORLD POLIO DAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
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.
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
Update on Rotary Park's Phase II
Richard Ha on food security
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
Rich season at Performing Arts Center
Experiencing Africa's Wildlife, Bushmen, and Culture
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 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!
District Governor outlines RI goals for 2014-15
Kelso: No snakes in outer space
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 womenʼs 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.
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
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.
District 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.
Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.
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.