• Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introduction of guests
  • Announcement by the President
  • Announcements by the Director, Committee Chair and by the members
  • Anniversaries
  • Happy Dollars
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Announcements by the President

The notes of the last club meeting has been posted on the ClubRunner.

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Thank you for one-time donation to Polio Plus through our club

All East Hawaii Group Meeting

Virtual RI convention  June 20-26

  • The schedule and the name of each presentation have been posted on Mark your calendar.
  • Saturday, June 20 3:00-4:15 a.m. General Session 1 "Together We Connect"
  • Sunday, June 21 3:00-4:15 a.m. General Session 2 "Together We Learn"
  • Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26 Breakout Sessions 3:00-4:00 a.m., 7:00-8:00 a.m., 1:00-2:00 p.m.

BOD meeting held on May 20

  • The board approved $1400 to cover the cost to host eight RYLA students who were not sponsored by any club.
  • RCHB Community Grant
    • The board approved $2,500 for Ku'ikahi Mediation Center and up to $1,000 for Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii.
    • The call for application to the community grant has been closed. But urgent and meaningful requests of funding is always accepted.
  • Club meetings continue to be held online through the end of May. The form of the meeting in June will be decided later. One condition to hold an in-person meeting is the availability of Hilo Yacht Club (HYC) for the meeting. Tom Witthans said that HYC will open from June 8.
  • The board approved the subscription of the cloud-based accounting system (Xero).
  • The board approved the sponsorship of a teacher in Micronesia to the RI Peace Scholarship. There will be no financial obligation to our club. Tim said that the teacher is from Cameroon and graduated the university in Canada.
  • Reinstating the RCHB foundation that is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was discussed. The benefit of having a tax-exempt organization is obvious. To make this happen, someone needs to step in to do all paperwork for the application of 501(c)(3) organization.

Please nominate Quiet Rotarian, New Rotarian and Rotarian of the Year

Please email me or text me (808-987-5385) by June 7. I'll pick the finalists who will be recognized at the installation.
  • Quiet Rotarian – a member who has done a lot for the club, but choose to stay out of the limelight, shy… 
  • New Rotarian – a member who is very new to Rotary, but jumps in getting involved and doing a lot for the club’s welfare.
  • Rotarian of the Year – member, new and old, who has done a lot for the club in very significant ways.

#RotaryResponds Live series

  • Join a new weekly Facebook Live series to create connections and take part in engaging conversations. The #RotaryResponds Live series features Rotary leaders and members, and leaders from partner organizations sharing how they're taking action in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • :: Wednesday May 27 5:30-6:00 a.m. ::
  • Rotary International CEO John Hewko in conversation with ShelterBox CEO Sanj Srikanthan.
  • This online meeting slot is reserved for June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1.
  • RSVP now and don't miss an episode!
  • How to watch the video:
    • Have a Facebook account.
    • Search for #RotaryResponds or click #RotaryResponds.
    • Click "Get Reminder" as shown below. Make sure the icon changes to "Interested."
    • When the meeting starts, you will receive a notification from Facebook. You may need to keep the Facebook screen open on the browser on your PC to receive the notification. The notification contains the link to the live screen.
    • The event is available on demand. If you miss one, search for #RotaryResponds and you can find the recorded video.

Update your Zoom client


  • Mr. Yutaro Tanaka, the immediate past president of Higashihiroshima Rotary Club, our sister club, will withdraw from the membership as of May 31.
  • I sent emails to another sister club, Rotary Club La Serena Oriente in Chile. Anamaria Marabóli-Smith from the club emailed me back with the letter from the President.

Announcements, Director / Committee Chair report

  • Rice bagging: Chris said that we need to vacate Hilo Daijingu as it will resume normal operation. To continue this project, we need to find another location.
  • Kupuna meal project: Tom praised Marlene Norton has helped this project constantly. Tom offers his kitchen and labor for preparing food. He mentioned that this project will end this month and the last meal packing will take place on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at Hilo Missionary Church in Komohana Street. Volunteers are asked to bring a mask. Gloves are provided.
  • St. Joseph School: Miyuki said that she had contacted the principal of St. Joseph School regarding the Interact Club and received a letter asking for donation to continue the school. David and James are the members of the community group that is raising donations for continuation as well as reformation of the school.
  • Club annual due: Tim mentioned that the bill of the annual due will be mailed out. The annual due is $265 with the request of a donation of additional $100 to the Rotary Foundation. You may send a check to the club or contact Deborah Beaver to charge to your credit card.
  • John Fitzgerald, a Rotarian is sick.  

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Anniversaries through May 27

Wedding Anniversary

  • Dawn Pung

Club Anniversary



  • Barbara Hastings


  • Dale Tokuuke and Julie Hugo attained the status of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) +3. Sharon explained that the Rotarian who donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation in a lifetime is recognized as the PHF. As the Rotarian donates every $1,000, he/she will be recognized as the PHF+2, PHF+3... until PHF+9. Alan stressed the importance of donating to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Kim Keahiolalo donated $30 for Facebook Ad to distribute our mask donation. This ad reached 4,000 FB viewers. Kim has donated over $100 for multiple FB ads.

Happy Dollar

  • Dawn Pung: $20 for Irene's doing fine.
  • Dawn Pung: $100 for her wedding anniversary.
  • Barbara Hastings: $20 for Rotary buddy's help for her home improvement and for Mike's birthday celebration.
  • Mary Begier: $5 for James' coordinating the online Pau Hana.
  • Virginia and Bob Juettner: $10 for finished painting at their living room and for Dale and Julie's attaining PHF+3 status.
  • Tim Hansen: $2 for Junichi's new glasses.
  • Lorraine Davis: $5 for taking a 5-day vacation by shutting down her computer.
  • Yu Yok Pearring: $28 for her son Casey purchasing a manual-shift car.
  • Bryan Lindsey: $10 for a pair of glasses that his daughter bought for him.

Keep your happy dollar donation in an envelope and bring it to the next in-person meeting. You may contact Deborah Beaver to make a payment with your credit card or mail your check to the club. Thank you.

Guest Speaker

Next Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 3 from 7 a.m. 

The Four Way Test