December 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 23

December 16, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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Volunteers needed!

January 27, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Deborah Beaver
  • Inspiration:   Geoli Ng
  • Birthday Song:   
  • 4-Way Test:   Paula Uusitalo

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 20 immediately following the general meeting, Board of Directors Meeting
  • Wednesday, January 27 -- Guest Speaker is Junichi Noumaru on Zooming
  • Wednesday, February 3 -- Guest Speakers are Charlene Iboshi and Tim Hansen
  • District Happenings
A series of D5000 Rotary webinars is available for your viewing, either live or recorded.  You can also find ton of webinars in the Learning Center at
D5000 Webinar Recordings:
Business Assistance webinar recording:

District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island at Grand Naniloa Hotel on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.
  • Future Rotary International Conventions
    • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021
    • Houston: June 4-8, 2022
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
  • Volunteer opportunity  - Continuing through January, 2021  -- Junichi Noumaru

State Department of Health and UH Nursing request Rotarians to help for the face mask observation.
One or a pair of volunteers will count the number of people who (a) wear the mask correctly, (b) wear the mask in correctly and (c) don't wear the mask at a designated location from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays:
  • Prince Kuhio Plaza (Zippy's)
  • Airport Post Office
  • Target/Walmart/Safeway
  • Hilo Farmers Market
Since Saturday morning is a favorite time slot for webinars/meetings by D5000, the host is considering to widen the time frame in the Saturday afternoon.
The sign-up sheet :
If you have any question, please contact Dr. Glauberman (

Today's Inspiration

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."
            - Willie Nelson


Thank you for joining us!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Dr. Yumiko Ohara December 16 2020


Wednesday’s Guest Speaker was Dr. Yumiko Ohara and her presentation was “The “real” language situation in Japan and its implications”. Even though Japan is considered a homogeneous country culturally and linguistically there are other languages within its borders that are in danger of being lost. The Japanese government lists the 7 languages in danger as dialects of Japanese not separate languages. UNESCO claims there are 8 endangered languages including 6 languages in Okinawa.  Dr. Ohara used the expression “thank you” to demonstrate that the languages are mutually unintelligible. In general, if a dialect is being spoken there should be mutual intelligibility. A traditional language that is classified as a dialect can have damaging results such as endangerment or death of the language, loss of traditional knowledge, and loss of identity among others. She directed us to the website to see a map of the world’s languages that are currently in danger. 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Deborah Beaver
January 6
Tomoaki Saito
January 20
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
January 28
Anita Cunningham
January 31
Join Date
Sandra Sakaguchi
January 4, 2006
15 years
Sharon Scheele
January 12, 2005
16 years
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
January 15, 2020
1 year
Ken Barnes
January 15, 2020
1 year
Ken Barnes
January 15, 2020
1 year
Anita Cunningham
January 19, 2011
10 years

Happy Dollars

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 12/30 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Club Assembly


Inspiration by: Richard Cunningham
Pledge led by: Deborah Beaver
4-Way Test: Bob Juettner
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