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.