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Hilo Bay

Service Above Self

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Hilo, HI  96720-4931
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Sharon Scheele was awarded her Paul Harris +5 pin, which means she's contributed $5,000 to the Foundation.

RCHB Past President Mary Begier was honored by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award for those who excel in business and support women in business. Mary joins Past Presidents Sharon Scheele and Carol Van Camp as Athena winners.  Sharon was the very first awardee.  Senior active member Barry Taniguchi's KTA SuperStores is a sponsor.
She's pictured below with MC Lincoln Ashida and then with some (not all) of RCHB members who attended the luncheon.  Her husband, Lyle Phillips and Jill Jacunski are in the photo, as is Newton Chu, who apparently wants to switch Clubs!!
Congratulations, Mary.

The five Rotary Clubs of East Hawaii spent Saturday morning (1/31) at Kuhio Kalanianaole Park, better known to us as Rotary Centennial Park, working on cleaning out more invasive plants and trees and opening up the view plane.  Thank you Mary Begier and James Leonard for being the point people for RCHB. 
If you haven't seen the park lately, arborists cut down several ironwoods to expose the beauty of the Bay.  A round of applause is due Mike Robinson, RC of Hilo, for doggedly moving this project forward.
From RCHB, attending were: James Leonard, Mary Begier, Alan Okinaka, Richard Cunningham, Bettye Williams, Allen Novak, Mike Carroll, Tom Witthans, Lance Forsythe, Roy Takemoto, James Tyrin, and Barbara Hastings.
Mike Robinson came upon the sad discovery early Saturday morning that thieves had wrenched off and stolen the plaques.  See photo below.


Mahalo to All Who Attended
TriClub Meeting, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Presiding: Barbara Hastings, president, RC of Hilo Bay
Pledge: Richard Johnson, president, RC of Hilo
Inspiration: "Ideas have unhinged the gates of empires."  — Paul Harris (selected by Cedric Mitsui, RCHB)
Photos: Special thanks to Chris Tamm.
4 Way Test: Doug Adams, president, RC of South Hilo
Happy Dollars: $730 contributed to HPR
Program:  Michael Titterton of HPR gave an update on progress of bringing the second stream of programming to East Hawaii, the least remaining spot without it.  He also gave an overview of where the station stands, and plans for the future. Pictured with Valerie Yee of HPR.
Charlene Meyers, ADG, demonstrates color changing mug (available for $20) that funds Polio Plus.  Our District has donated $30,000 from mug sales, matched 2 for 1 by Gates Foundation, for a total of $90,000 to help eradicate the disease.
Richard Cunningham, RCHB, urges everyone to pony up for Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.  There could be a handcrafted wooden box in your future!
Mike Robinson, RCH, reminds us that work day at Centennial Park is Saturday, 1/31.
Doug Adams, RCSH, left, looking for folks who want to represent Rotary in the Merrie Monarch parade.
Richard Johnson, RCH, right, talks about Project Kokua fundraiser 2/28 to aid Puna district. Ask your Club leaders about tickets. Doug of RCSH noted his club helping with silent auction and needs items.
Bryan Lindsay, RCHB Community Service Chair, left, invites other Clubs members to help with the Weinberg project, 2/28, at HOPE Services.

Scenes from the TriClub Meeting 01/28/15

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.

 The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) scholarships application process is underway and the final deadline for Hawaii high school seniors is Saturday,
January 31, 2015.  $245,000 in scholarship grants will be awarded in April, 2015 with scholarship grants of $5,000 awarded to 45 students and two “outstanding students”
 who will receive one $10,000 Maurice J. Sullivan Scholar Award and one $10,000
 Joanna Lau Sullivan Award.
All statewide interested high school seniors, as well as any home schooled senior student, can apply for a HRYF college scholarship award. There are three ways to obtain application forms.  All interested seniors can contact their high school college counselor, contact one of the Hawaii Rotary Clubs or visit the website http://www.rotaryd5000.org.  Look under “Site Pages”, then HRYF and “Application Packet” to download an application. For additional information, contact the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation directly by calling Aloha Makekau at the HRYF office (808) 735-1073.  The deadline for HRYF scholarship applications from interested Hawaii high school seniors is January 31, 2015. 
The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation was founded by Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan in 1976 and provides support with scholarship grants that assist Hawaii’s high school seniors in achieving their goal of attending college. Since 1976, 1,562 scholarship grants with a total value of $5,611,313 have been awarded to Hawaii high school seniors on all major islands.
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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.


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