February 2020 Volume 31 | Issue 28

February 12, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
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  • RI Convention has been canceled. Registration fee will be refunded upon request.
  • District 5000 conference has been postponed to July. The new date is TBD.
  • D5000 training assembly will be held online on Saturdays from 9a.m. to noon
    • April 4 - Youth Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, Education/literacy
    • April 11 - International Service, Grant Management, Climate change/environment
    • April 18 - Public Image, Online Resources, Disease prevention/health
    • May 2 - Membership, Club Service, Club Trainer, Peace initiatives
    • May 9 - Rotary 101, Foundation 101, Homelessness
    • May 16 - Secretary, Treasurer Basics, Leadership Opportunities, Mental health/suicide prevention
  • All East Hawaii Group Meeting
    • Time: Thursday March 26, 2020 12:00 PM Hawaii
    • Meeting ID: 702 021 081
    • Or Dial in by Cell Phone (408)638-0968 Meeting ID 702021081#
  • 140 masks were shipped to Higashi Hiroshima Rotary Club
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
2020 Convention Coordinator
  • Sharon Scheele - Art Taniguchi will be charing Hilo High Foundation Dinner. Table cost per person will be $75 on Friday, February 28 at Sangha Hall.
  • Richard Cunningham - Accepting HRYF donations. Donations over $50 will be entered in a raffle drawing. We raised $2800 so far.
  • Tim Hansen - Accepting 9th-12h high school students for RYLA at KMC from 2/28-3/1.
  • James Tyrin - February monthly social will be held on Thursday 2/20 at Temple Bar from 5-7pm
Alan Okinaka (right) sharing is Happy dollars
So nice to see Rotarian Kim Keahiolalo at the meeting!

Today's Inspiration and Quote

“Never look down on anyone unless you're helping them up"
            - Rev. Jesse Jackson
Quote of the day:
"There is no bad time for good news."
             - Stephen King


Anita Cunningham with her son Noah :)
Bryan Yamaoka from Rotary Club of Hollister California
Lovely to see Jennie LeGates once again :)
Preston Barnes's son Preston (left) and his other son and member Ken Barnes (center) and Preston (right) the Great Trio this morning!
Tom Witthans with his guest John :)

Guest Speaker: Michael Kaleikini - PGV

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Michael Kaleikini of Puna Geothermal Venture (subsidiary of publicly traded Ormat NYSE: ORA) provided an update on the anticipated reconnection of PGV to the Hawaii Island power grid as well as future plans for the site.
The site itself was shutdown as a result of the May 2018 eruption, some wells were capped for safety reasons and some HELCO infrastructure was destroyed along with the main road leading to the facility.  The road has been cleared and the intent is to upgrade the equipment (newer technologies) in order to get up to 46 megawatts of flexible capacity from 38 megawatts prior to the eruption.  Additional capacity up to 60 megawatts is possible with the appropriate approvals and political will to get it done.
PGV would like to be back up and running in 2020, actual timing is dependent on approval of a new Power Purchase Agreement with HELCO now in the hands of the PUC.
The State of Hawaii has a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2045, PGV is critical to Hawaii Island's roadmap to achieve this based on what is in place today.
For more information on Ormat and PGV, please visit their website:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lorraine Davis
April 6
David De Luz
Caroline Darakjian-De Luz
April 30
Join Date
James Tyrin
April 10, 2013
7 years

Happy Dollars

Kim Keahiolalo - ($10) February 2nd is the 1 year anniversary of husbands kidney transplant and he is doing well. Tesla power wall!
Alan Okinaka- ($10) Found out he was 4% Korean with ancestry test and was ecstatic.
Brian Yamaoka - ($2) to Alan Okinaka: I am also 2% Korean.
Virginia Juettner - ($2) Work crews are out of the house. Also surprised there are beaches in N. Korea.
Barbara Hastings - ($10) Thank you everyone for embracing her.
Mary Begier - ($10) Thank you Alan Okinaka for educating all of us about Kolea birds.
Anita Cunningham - ($5) Happy for her son Noah's visit this morning
Mike Carroll - ($10) Thank you for everyone who volunteered for 4H essays.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 1/19 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, January 19: Vocational talk by Emmeline de Pillis


Door prize donated by Dave De Luz consisting a $75 in meat won by Richard Cunningham

Inspiration by: Dave De Luz

Pledge led by: Kim Keahiolalo

Mr. Mike: Bob Juettner

4-Way Test: Tom Witthans

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