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With the pervasiveness of slugs and rats, we all face the risks of becoming infected by the rat lungworm disease (RLWD).  Sue Jarvi, Ph.D., professor at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy, founded the Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working Group in 2012.  They have made considerable progress in promoting prevention of RLWD through education and outreach, research on infection levels in slugs and rats, exposure levels in humans, prevention through vaccination, and improvement in diagnosing the disease in humans.
Rat Lungworm Disease-- State of Knowledge 2017-07-16 10:00:00Z 0
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Hitachi means "sunrise".  Robert Mohan, Ph.D., mechanical and systems engineer, enlightened us with a glimpse of how a large global corporation plans 100 years into the future seeking to make ever more useful products.  Bob also mentioned that Hitachi is working to bring its presence to the Big Island where a major project could offer opportunities to experience, learn, train, educate, and work with Hitachi.
Hitachi- Breadth and Vision of a Global Corporation 2017-07-05 10:00:00Z 0
Dale announced that one of the July social events would be in lieu of other installation activities.
 
Dale introduced members of his team who were present to preview the year ahead.
 
Club Service, Mike Carroll –
- Monthly social events at Cronies on July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 – all from 4:00 to about 6:30.
- Looking for venue ideas for Christmas Party. Place & Caterer need to be booked soon.
- Keaau H.S. Interact Club. The club meets at noon on Wednesdays. Mike, Sharon, Alan, and Mike have taken turns with club advisor Christopher Ho to attend the meetings. The club has over 100 members.
 
HRYF, Richard Cunningham –. This year our club gave $6300 and was fifth in the district.
 
Program Committee, Roy Takemoto –
- The committee arranges for speakers, maintains the web page, and puts out the newsletter
- He needs at least 2 more committee members or will have sign up sheets for volunteers to take photos or notes at each meeting
- Discussion of ways to improve the newsletter. Two primary suggestions: 1. That there be a sign-up sheet for individuals to take notes each week. 2. That there be cards on the table so people giving Happy Dollars can write down the “411.”
 
Membership, Katie Lambert – will continue to have the club socials where members encouraged to bring prospective members
Fundraising, Kim Keahiolalo – open to creative or tested fundraising ideas.
Club Trainer, Julie Hugo has been our club trainer. It was a 3 year term. Mary Bergier will follow up to see if we can have more activities.
Club Assembly-- Incoming President Dale Tokuuke 2017-06-24 10:00:00Z 0
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Steven graduated from Waiakea High School, UH Manoa Shindler Business School with major in finance.  He worked on campus as a tour guide.  He was also a competitive boxer. 
 
For his career path, he interned at Bank of Hawaii.  Beyond work, he can legally officiate at weddings, likes sky diving, modeled for Honolulu magazine.  Now employed as Manager at Bank of Hawaii KTA branch.
Getting to Know Steven Sylvester, Our Newest Member. 2017-06-17 10:00:00Z 0
Club member and native Japanese, Miyuki Lee, organized the highlights of the trip to visit the Rotary Club of Higashi-Hiroshima:
  • Katie talked about the first day and the tour of a pottery factory​.  
  • Dale talked about the formal program.
  • Chester talked about dinner after formal program and then the stay at a farm house and visiting a tea house.
  • Yok talked about program, bowing, to flags then bowing to audience.
  • Mike talked about the cultural presentation after dinner and the dragon dance.
Highlights of visit to the Rotary Club of Higashi-Hiroshima 2017-06-11 10:00:00Z 0
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Peace spreads one by one as foreigners become friends.  Rotary's youth exchange program is based on that precept.  Our exchange student this year, Mathis Bergay from France, reported on his year.  There is hope in the world with youth like Mathis.
Au Revoir 2017-06-04 10:00:00Z 0
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This year's session was full of drama if not results.  We were fortunate to have Senator Kai Kahele give us a timely report on this year's ups ad downs.
Legislative Session Report 2017-05-27 10:00:00Z 0
10 things the military taught me that apply universally Michael Carroll 2017-05-17 10:00:00Z 0
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We depend on our native forests as a watershed for drinking water and to purify our air by sequestering the overload in carbon we cause.  Fire, invasive species, climate change, and other impacts on our forests are important to our livelihoods.  Dr. Christian Giardina of the U.S. Forest Service is at the forefront of research on the health of our forests.  Interestingly, his message was not what the scientists are doing, but what we can all do by engaging with nature.
Climate Change, Rapid Ohia Death, and Other Hot Topics 2017-05-14 10:00:00Z 0
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To help us age gracefully, Leilani Soliven, a medicare consultant, explained how best to enroll in medicare.  Due to the complexity of the medicare program and numerous options, the services of a consultant such as provided by Premier Benefit Consultants help individuals find the best fit through home appointments or educational seminars.  Premier represents four of the six healthcare insurers in Hawaii:  United Healthcare, HMSA [exclusive contract], Ohana Health Plan, and Humana (does not represent Kaiser Permanente and AlohaCare).  Clients are never charged any fees. There are multilingual speaking agents.  Leilani provided an overview of Medicare and helpful tips.
 
Medicare 101 2017-05-14 10:00:00Z 0
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About 150 "Angels", children of incarcerated parents, attend the annual camp sponsored by Camp Agape Hawaii.  In Hawaii, the child of an incarcerated parent is 50% more likely to be incarcerated as well.  The role of Camp Agape is to reach these children and their parents, to see whole families transformed by unconditional love.  Dawn Tavares and Kahu Charlie Kama introduced a former Angel who provided a heart-warming account of her experience.
Camp Agape-- Success Story 2017-04-29 10:00:00Z 0
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The UH Hilo provides cutting edge technology to better understand the dynamics of our island.  Dr. Ryan Perroy, Assistant Professor at UH Hilo in the Department of Geography & Environmental Science and director of the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) research lab, enlightened our club with an overview of a number of ongoing research projects including mapping erosion at the summit of Maunakea to detecting invasive tropical plant species with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He is also in the midst of a multi-year project assessing coastal erosion rates and impacts from sea-level rise at three different locations across Hawaii island, using a combination of existing imagery and topographic datasets and new geospatial data collected with unmanned aerial vehicles. 
UHH Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab 2017-04-23 10:00:00Z 0
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Those pesky mosquitos can make you more than itchy.  Of the six species of mosquitoes in Hawaii, two species are of primary concern that are active day and night.  These species have been responsible and are capable of spreading Dengue, Zika, Chikunguya and other serious diseases.  Jason Dela Cruz of the Department of Health explained the risks and prevention measures.
Fight the Bite: Mosquito-Borne Diseases 2017-04-15 10:00:00Z 0
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Whether solid waste or liquid waste, the challenge is the same-- can we turn this liability into a sustainable asset?  Our County's Director of the Department of Environmental Management, William Kucharsky, focused on the current efforts to reuse wastewater, but also touched on the recent sewage spill in Hilo Bay and composting.
Converting Waste to Assets: R-1 Wastewater 2017-04-09 10:00:00Z 0
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What is so light that it gets dispersed as litter in a light breeze, but strong enough to hold food; that can break into pieces that can take decades to breakdown, which pieces are ingested and toxic to marine animals and seabirds?  Styrofoam.  The introducer of a bill to ban styrofoam, Councilmember Eilene O'Hara, explained the reasons for the ban, potential cost impact to vendors who use them, alternative products, and status of the bill.
Proposed Styrofoam Ban 2017-04-04 10:00:00Z 0
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It was a pleasure to get to know Jo-Anna Herkes, one of our newest members, as she shared her story.  Jo-Anna heads the Hilo office for a prominent engineering company based in Honolulu, SSFM International.  She is not an engineer.  She was asked to join the company in 2001 to help the engineers outreach to the community and government.
Jo-Anna Herkes: My Story 2017-03-25 10:00:00Z 0
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Project Name:  Rotary Youth Leadership Academy for 2017
Date:  February 24, 25, 26
Place:  Kilauea Military Camp
Description:  Annually, the RYLA program is offered to high school students on the Big Island.  The nine Rotary Clubs on the Big Island partner to provide the program and logistics for RYLA.  The program is designed to give high school students leadership skills and experiences.  RYLA is Rotary’s commitment to developing our youths to become future leaders of our communities.  in addition to developing these leadership skills, students participate in the Volcanoes National Park program to eliminate the invasive ginger plant.
 
RC of Hilo Bay sponsored 13 high school students for RYLA 2017.  5 from Keaau High School and 8 from St. Joseph High School.  The students are members of the Interact Clubs at these high schools, and both clubs are sponsored by RC of Hilo Bay.  There were a total of 62 high school students participating in this year’s RYLA at the Kilauea Military Camp.
 
Two members of RC of Hilo Bay participated in the planning and facilitation of RYLA 2017.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Alan Okinaka
RYLA 2017 Completion Report 2017-03-21 10:00:00Z 0
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Are you aging gracefully?  Or, are you noticing weight gain, loss of muscle mass, compromised immune system, wrinkling and thinning of the skin, depression and stress, cognitive decline, insulin resistance, loss of sex drive, fatigue, sleep disorder.  What are you doing about it-- accepting all your aches and pains, taking drugs to treat symptoms, buying larger clothes to fit your weight gain, reducing activity due to pain, feeling and acting old?  Well, if you want to start taking responsibility for your health, you may want to consult our newest Club member, Dr. Michael Fitch, M.D., who introduced us to his new practice.
A New Doctor in Town 2017-03-21 10:00:00Z 0
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Rape victims need trained physicians and nurses to timely and effectively gather evidence, as well as tend to the physical and emotional trauma of the victim.  In 1995, a rape victim waited over five hours in the emergency room for a trained doctor.  She left in frustration, abandoning any chance to prosecute.  Terri Lum, Director, explained how the Big Island Coalition Against Physical and Sexual Assault (BICAPSA) formed after that incident vowing to provide 24-hour service for rape victims.  BICAPSA was the worthy recipient of our Club's Weinberg Foundation grant this year.
BICAPSA: Protecting Women from Sexual Abuse 2017-03-20 10:00:00Z 0
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Active, fun, dedicated, reliable.  Our Rotaractors make us proud.  President Brittany Luna, Vice President Brooke Higa, and Historian Kimi Taguchi gave an impressive report of their activities.  
Rotaract Update 2017-02-28 10:00:00Z 0
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An elderly wife calls 911.  Her husband has fallen and she can't lift him.  When the paramedics arrive, they notice the home is in disarray.  This couple needs help beyond the immediate assistance to lift the husband off the floor.  Jesse Ebersole, Fire Department Captain, presented the community paramedicine program-- the first in the State.  A team of paramedics, physicians, and social service providers identify and assist underutilizers of the healthcare system, particularly elderly, to connect them with services and prevent more serious injuries or sickness.  The team also regularly strolls through homeless camps to tend to wounds and other needs.  They use a computer program to identify frequent 911 callers and assess their needs.  When they are called to a home and notice potential fall hazards, they perform an assessment and provide preventive aids such as slip-resistant mats or shower chairs.  The goal of the community paramedicine program is to save overall healthcare costs by proactively preventing people from using the emergency care system as their primary care.
Community Paramedicine-- Reaching the Underserved 2017-02-19 10:00:00Z 0
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A once boring and lifeless median in downtown Hilo now thrives with the fruits of the natural farming method.  Drake Weinert, a farmer and teacher, explained how natural farming creates an environment favorable to promote beneficial fungus and microbes. The microbes create the fertility.
Natural Farming 101 2017-02-07 10:00:00Z 0
Owner's Vision of the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton 2017-01-25 10:00:00Z 0
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Yoga is the "union of body, mind, spirit".  Jennifer Weinert, a registered yoga instructor, explained the benefits of yoga.  Purna yoga combines the poses (asanas) with breathing, meditation, and nutrition.
Purna Yoga- Smiling from the Inside Out 2017-01-24 10:00:00Z 0
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Chief Paul Ferreira was named to the Police Chief’s position by the Hawaii County Police Commission on December 8, 2016, assuming the role on December 30, 2016.  He chose Kenneth Bugado, Jr. as his Deputy Police Chief.  We were honored to have them introduce themselves to our Club.  The Police Chief and Deputy are honorary members of the RCHB.  We offered our club as a source of assistance.

Introducing New Police Leadership 2017-01-16 10:00:00Z 0
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Member profile: Margarita "Dayday" Hopkins
"How did I get here?"
Margarita's nickname is Dayday, which means "little one".  Her family last name is Leyson.  She was born into a prominent mestizo family (Spanish, Chinese, local mix) as the second of three girls in the city of Maasin, Philippines.  She grew up in a thatched nipa house cooking with a wood fire, taking cold showers, and using an outhouse.  
 
When her father past away when she was 15 years old, her mother and two sisters had to move to another city. Dayday stayed to finish high school and attend a Catholic college on a scholarship where she earned a bachelors degree in accounting.  She was a leader in ROTC.  Under martial law, student leaders were threatened as "communist".  Her mother urged her to move to Mindanao to live with her sister.   What a fateful move! 
Dayday's Story 2017-01-07 10:00:00Z 0
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It's all about helping people get back on their feet with a job.  Steven Harris explained Goodwill Hawaii's Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Program and how local business owners can benefit by employing one of Steven's clients. 
 
SEE: Creating Livelihoods 2016-12-29 10:00:00Z 0
Caring for Our Youth: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island 2016-11-16 10:00:00Z 0
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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.
On the Front Lines Administering Polio Vaccinations 2016-11-09 10:00:00Z 0
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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.
Rotary Foundation-- Doing Good in the World 2016-11-07 10:00:00Z 0
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).
Lifelong Learning at CCECS 2016-10-16 10:00:00Z 0
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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.
Meet the New HCC Chancellor 2016-09-28 10:00:00Z 0
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What if . . . the horrifying trembling lasted seconds but seemed like forever.  The electrical lines are down.  Homes have toppled.  Neighbors have gathered in the streets.  Some are trapped or injured in their homes.  911 cannot immediately respond; too busy with other emergencies.  What to do?  Whether it be an earthquake, hurricane, or other disaster, our capable first responders cannot respond to every emergency in a mass disaster.  William (Bill) Hanson of the Civil Defense Agency briefed our club on how a community can be trained as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to properly respond while waiting for the professional first responders.
Community Emergency Response Team 2016-09-24 10:00:00Z 0
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Healthcare with heart.  Introduced by Alan N., Dr. Stefan Harmeling conveyed his vision "of an integrative and holistic medical center to improve equal access to quality healtcare and transform the health and wellness of our Hawaii Island community."  The existing Aloha Nui Family Practice, located at 69 Lanihuli Street, would be expanded to an 8200 s.f. facility under a new name, The Dan Harmeling Medial & Wellness Center.  This facility would enable attracting and retaining  an integrated staff of physicians, family nurse practitioners, nursing staff, and business administrators.  Dr. Harmeling explained his approach to healthcare and how this facility would improve the health and wellness of our community.
The Dan Harmeling Medical & Wellness Center 2016-09-16 10:00:00Z 0
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Education can be one of the greatest equalizers if our children, regardless of income, are given quality support and encouragement to realize their potential.  Quality education can also strengthen our workforce and economy so that families and communities thrive.  To further this quest, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International collaboration has made a dedicated commitment of $1M per year to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education on Hawaii Island through the creation of The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF).  Introduced by our astronomy club member, Junichi N.,  Andrea Furuli, HCF's Senior Philanthropy Advancement Officer, accompanied by advisory Board member and Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President, Roberta Chu, explained the opportunities offered by the THINK Fund.
THINK Fund 2016-09-10 10:00:00Z 0
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Save the date:  October 7, 2016, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Sangha Hall.  Planning the Oktoberfest 2016 is in full swing.  David D., this year's chair, updated the members in a Club Assembly and encouraged members to sign up for the various tasks to make this event a success.
Oktoberfest 2016! 2016-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
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Bundled and spirited, our members manned Station #5 of the August 20th Volcano Run.  Members included leader Katie Lambert, Richard Cunningham, Mary Begier, Tom Witthans, Steve Jacunski, William Knight, Miyuki Lee, and Kevin and Dayday Hopkins who encouraged the runners and kept them hydrated.
Volcano Run 2016-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
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How do you spell l-i-t-e-r-a-c-y?  With the help of the dictionaries distributed to the third graders of Hilo Union Elementary on August 24th, those students should be on a more solid path to become better readers and writers.  It's difficult to distinguish the Rotarians from the third graders but our literacy ambassadors, led by James Tyrin, included William Knight, Kim Keahiolalo, Anita Cunningham, Marlene Norton, Katie Lambert, and Junichi Noumaru.
Dictionary Project 2016-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
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Paul and Jane Field, members of the Volcano Rotary Club, have been dedicated volunteer stewards of the Volcano National Park rainforest.  They will be leading an East Hawaii Rotarians work day on September 24, Saturday, chosen as the work day in celebration of National Public Lands Day.  There will be no park entrance fee on this day.  The work day is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of both Rotary in Hawaii and the park.  The task is daunting and all hands are appreciated.  Paul and Jane explained the challenge.
Stewardship at the Summit 2016-08-19 10:00:00Z 0
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East Hawaii is one of three communities in the State selected as a Blue Zone demonstration area.  Carol Ignacio, Blue Zones Hawaii Community Program Manager for Hawaii island, explained this global initiative to create a healthier, happier life.
Blue Zones: Live Longer Better 2016-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
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Our club worked side by side with three other East Hawaii Rotary clubs (Hilo, South Hilo, Volcano) to help BISAC (Big Island Substance Abuse Council) transform a 3 acre site to teach participants about growing food while helping them learn marketable job skills.  The work involved spreading 60 tons of gravel, painting garden beds, and painting a garden shed.  Led by President Kevin and joined by Bettye, Katie, Deborah, and Roy, it was a satisfying morning of fellowship towards a good cause.

BISAC Work Day, August 6, 2016

 

 

 

 

Joint East Hawaii Rotary Clubs BISAC Project 2016-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Kevin Hopkins became the 29th President of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay in July 2016.  He is an internationally-known scientist who has managed aquaculture and fisheries development projects throughout the world for more than 40 years.  Both he and his wife, Margarita, teach at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Kevin Hopkins Installed as New President 2016-17 2016-07-20 10:00:00Z 0
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We wasted 261,000 tons of food in Hawai‘i in 2010.  Earthworms have the power to turn food and other organic waste into rich compost.  Dr. Norman Arancon, professor (and singer extraordinaire) at the UH-Hilo, is considered a national expert in vermicomposting.  Born in the Philippines with his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he was a recipient of a Rotary International ambassadorial scholarship.  Vermicomposts are “stabilized organic matter that are produced by the interaction of earthworms and microorganisms under controlled conditions.”  Dr. Arancon provided insights on the superior qualities of vermicompost, its uses, and its potential for municipal waste processing and even toilets.
The Power of Earthworms 2016-07-20 10:00:00Z 0
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How do you grow a business over four generations from a family-run mom & pop store to a five-store chain employing over 750 associates?  Started in 1916, KTA Super Stores is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  In his humble manner, Barry Taniguchi, Chairman & CEO of KTA, and charter member of our club, shared his thoughts for a successful business.
 
KTA Superstores: A Hundred Years Young 2016-07-17 10:00:00Z 0
 
Hilo Bay Oktoberfest 2015 scored again in its second year at Sangha Hall, Oct. 2, 2015. This was the 16th annual Oktoberfest the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay (RCHB) has sponsored.  At the outset, Oktoberfest was at Wailoa State Park's pavilion, then it moved on to Aunty Sally's.  It soon reached the walls there, and in 2014, it moved to Sangha Hall in Hilo, Hawaii.
 
Hilo Bay Oktoberfest now draws about 400 people, gathered for great food, excellent beer, frivolity and fundraising that supports community service projects in East Hawaii. 
 
Watch this space for information on the 2016 Hilo Bay Oktoberfest...
 
 
Oktoberfest 2015: Super Success! 2015-09-23 10:00:00Z 0
Test Story Anita Cunningham 2015-07-02 10:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Cunningham on Jun 24, 2015
     
 
         
Pres Bettye and PDG D5000, Linda Coble with  Rev. Dr. William H. Knight       President Bettye with PPDG's D5000, Charlene Meyers and Linda Coble          Bettye S. Williams, President, 2015-16
 
 
"Our RI President will ask us to "BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD" in 2015-16.  We really don't know what kind of gift we have, until we unwrap it.  Our individual gifts, or lack thereof, can evolve with time and experiences.  And by the time the gift is unwrapped...it can surprise us."
 
      That is how PDG Linda Coble began her remarks to the installation crowd, and she shared stories from throughout her television news career and volunteer time with the Rotary Club of Honolulu...unwrapping gifts at every turn.  She said the greatest gift of Rotary has been the gift of Ohana.  She has Rotarian friends around the world, and never takes for granted the joy they have brought and the valuable lessons she has learned from them. She noted UCLA Basketball Coach, John Wooden told his players; "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."  She said those words helped her throughout her career.  Linda urged us to unwrap the gifts we have been given, gifts that have defined us...and share the mana and the Aloha Spirit of Service Above Self.
 
 
 
Highlights - Bettye Williams Rotary Installation Dinner Anita Cunningham 2015-06-24 10:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Installation Ceremonies Conducted by PDG Linda Coble
 
Bettye Williams, a social services management consultant, was installed as the 28th president of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay at ceremonies Monday, June 15, 2015.
 
Outgoing president Barbara A. Hastings, partner of Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company, passed the gavel to Williams, who was installed by Linda Coble, Rotary District 5000 past governor.   In her keynote speech, Coble called on Rotarians to continually “unwrap the gift” of self to share time and talent with our communities.
 
Other officers installed were Hastings as vice president; Kyle Kawano, secretary; Paula Uusitalo, treasurer; Kevin Hopkins, president-elect, Roy Takemoto, sergeant at arms, and Mike Carroll, attendance secretary.
 
Over the past year, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, which has 56 members, contributed to Puna relief efforts, to Camp Agape for children of incarcerated parents; to the Children’s Justice Center and to HOPE Services’ homesless shelters. The Club screen keiki for vision issues, and participated in youth literacy projects to earthquake relief in Nepal, to helping build wash facilities in Kosovo schools and to world polio eradication.  Scholarships and education grants were made to several local students and the Club donated more than $5,000 to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.
 
Bettye Williams installed as 2015-16 President 2015-06-16 10:00:00Z 0
RCHB page: YWCA Remarkable People Program 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2015
HRYF Scholarship
Fiona Follett, a senior at St. Josephʻs, is our HRYF scholarship recipient. She graciously accepted the  scholarship at last Wednesdayʻs meeting.  Fiona will be attending California Polytechnic at Pomona where she plans to study chemical engineering.  She is student body secretary (2 yrs),  a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the volleyball team, captain of the tennis team, and carried a 4.+ GPA/
 
HRYF Club Fundraising
Our Club has donated a total of $5,350 to HRYF scholarships, thanks to the hard work, artistic woodworking, and great PR skills of Richard Cunningham. 
Scholarships & Funding for Them 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Moves Forward
 
Letter from Cliff Kopp, Treasurer of RC of Kona Sunrise
 
To the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay,
The Kosovo Global Grant Team is excited to share with you that the Grant has received final approval from The Rotary Foundation as of TODAY, April 16, 2015.  Not only has your Kosovo Global Grant  been approved, it has the enthusiastic support of the review team and the WASH advisory team.  Through our combined efforts, and our wonderful and industrious partner club in Kosovo, we are ready to start changing lives.
 
What next?  The Prishtina Club is ready to begin work -- just as soon as funds has been transferred.

 
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay     —   Amount of contribution:    $500.00
Kosovo Project Approved 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Great Job on Rotary Centennial Park
 
Once again, the Rotary Clubs of East Hawaii pitched in to work at the Rotary Centennial Park.  Many thanks to the RC of Hilo Bay members, family and friends who participated, and special thanks to Mary Begier for organizing on behalf of our Club.
 
Mike Carroll...chain saw man, Walt Thistlewaite, Linus Liesenklas, Walt's exchange student; Deborah Beaver, Kim Auberson & fiancé...trailer man Ted Keahiolalo; Tom Witthans; Carol Van Camp; Marcia Sakai & Irie Sakai; Anita Cunningham; Roy Takemoto; Mary Begier, and Richard Cunningham.
 
Rotary Park Redux 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
 

Celebrate Day of the Dead with StoveTeam

Rotarians, if you missed the February 2015 language school and stove-making trip to Guatemala have no fear! We have added a new adventure in November.

Celebrate the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guatemala. Improve your Spanish, explore Antigua, and volunteer for a good cause by working at a stove factory!

From October 31 until November 8,...read more
 
 
International Service Opportunity 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Andrew Iwashita, an attorney with Hawaii Family Trust Program, spoke about Alzheimer's and dementia.  He urged members to understand the links between heart health and brain function— "the older you get the more you need exercise."
 
He said there were three ways to grow brain cells: exercise, fasting and learning new things.
Speaker: Andrew Iwashita 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
At the March 4 meeting, we were happy to be able to present checks to two well deserving community programs. 
 
After our successful completion of more than 100 combined hours of work by 29 Rotarians and two friends at the HOPE Services transitional housing complex, we earned $10,000 from the Weinberg Friends program, which we presented to Brandee Menino, the CEO at HOPE.  Chester Cabral, who organized our Weinberg Project, presented the check.
 
And Bryan Lindsay, Community Service chair, presented a $2,000 check to Pastor Charlie Kama and Dawn Tavares for Camp Agape.  The Camp, held each year on Memorial Day weekend, provides skills, leadership training and fun for children of incarcerated parents. 
 
 
HOPE & Agape Contribution Presentations 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Forty-one high school students from various Big Island high schools attended RYLA 2015 this year to gain leadership skills and experience.
RYLA  was again successfully held  at the Kilauea Military Camp from Feb.27 to March 1.   
 
The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay sponsored seven students from St. Joseph and two students from Keaau High School. 
 
Sharon Scheele, Anita Cunningham, and Alan Okinaka joined other Rotarians as trainers and facilitators for the leadership programs that focused on the Rotary Four Way Test.  The fifth test, “Is It Fun?” was also tested and based on the student feedback on the last day, it was fun!
 
RYLA 2015 was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kona and Rotarian Scott Unger served as committee chair, focusing on the logistics of the camp to keep the students safe, happy, and well fed!  Rotarian Gail Takaki from the Rotary Club of Hilo chaired Programming to get the students akamai and excited about their future.
 
Besides the indoor activities, students spent half a day on a hike through Haleamaumau Crater which included assisting the National Parks with the eradication of the invasive flower ginger plant, and later a night visit to the always humbling glow of the Haleamaumau Caldera. 
 
The highlight of the leadership experience was hearing the students accept their role in becoming future leaders of our communities.  Hearing adults say this is one thing.  Hearing the youths say this with their thoughts, words, and visions is what validates this belief.
 
The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) camp is a program in the Youth Services (formerly known as New Generations) Avenue of Service, and it is our club’s commitment of supporting one of six areas of focus for Rotary International, which is Basic Education and Literacy.
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WEINBERG!
 
 
Mahalo to the RCHB members who came out to make our Weinberg Friends Project at HOPE Services a success.  At least 25 members from our Club, plus a cushion of a few from other Clubs, meant we met Weinberg's requirement of 25 members working 100 hours on the project.  We had a few friends there, too. 
 
Special call out to Lance Forsythe, who was there against doctor's orders, and to Carol VanCamp who painted in pain, and finally left for the emergency room.  She wasn't admitted, but sent home with medications. 
 
Again, special thanks to Chester Cabral for the excellent planning.   Chester's report will come later, but we wanted to get the Mahalo in, right away. More photos (from Charlene Iboshi) are at the end of "Images of the Week."
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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.
 
Past Prez Mary Begier Awarded Athena 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Centennial Park Update 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Scenes from the TriClub Meeting 01/28/15
 
 
 
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Posted on Jan 27, 2015
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.
 
 
Hawaii Public Radio Subject of TriClub Meeting 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2014
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.
 
 
Speaker: J Higgins, Rotary AIDS Project 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 25, 2014
"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. 
 
 
Speaker: R. Benedict, Children's Justice 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 25, 2014
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.
Mike Carroll: Vocational Speaker 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 21, 2014

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.
Happenings & News This Week 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2014
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/
Speaker: Dr. McCoy, Residency Chief 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
Speaker: Masaru Oshiro, Living Treasure 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2014
"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.
 
 
Speaker: B Menino of HOPE Services 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2014

WORLD POLIO DAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014

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."
 
DG Laura Steelquist on World Polio Day 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2014
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.
 
Sister Club's PP Shimasakisan at Centennial Rotary Park Tree 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Chilean Sister Club Hopes for Common Projects with RCHB 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2014
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
 
Letter from Sister Club — La Serena Oriente 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2014

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.
Speaker: Ha of Hamakua Springs 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2014

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.
Framed! By R. Cunningham 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2014

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."
Speaker: DG Steelquist 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
July 23 Speaker: Member Tim Hansen 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

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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.

 

 

Member Sandra Wagner-Wright Barbara Hastings 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Hastings on Jul 08, 2014

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     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.

 

Council Chair J Yoshimoto addresses 1st RCHB 2014-15 meeting Barbara Hastings 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

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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.

Council Chair J Yoshimoto addresses 1st RCHB 2014-15 meeting Barbara Hastings 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Hastings on Jun 28, 2014

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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.

RCHB launches 2014-15: "Light Up Rotary" Barbara Hastings 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Hastings on Feb 27, 2014

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

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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.

 


Allstate's Kris Speegle Receives Rotary Award Barbara Hastings 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Hastings on Feb 26, 2014

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

 

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Rotarian Sweat Equity Nets YWCA of Hawaii Island $10,000 Weinberg Grant Barbara Hastings 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Hastings on Jul 24, 2013

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. 

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Posted by Barbara Hastings

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 2014-15 Weinberg project found 29 Rotarians and a few friends painting the exterior of HOPE Services' transitional housing for homeless families.  The 2013-14 Weinberg project brought a fresh coat of paid to the YWCA’s preschool buildings.

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