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Volume 29| Issue 6

August 9 & 16, 2017
Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and what we learned from our speaker.  

Volcano Forest Run

Club members spent the morning on August 19 giving out water and gatorade to the marathoners at Aid Station #5. Our volunteers were Richard Cunningham, Bryan Lindsey, Tom Witthans, Mary Begier, Sandra Wagner-Wright, Miyuki Lee, Katie Lambert, Dayday Hopkins.

International Convention 2020

John Steelquist, past district governor, announced that the International convention will be in Hawaii on  June 6-10, 2020. 

Multi-Club Social

The RC Kona Mauka Club invites all clubs to the Volcano Winery on Aug 27, noon to 3pm, $30.


Katie distributed the Oktoberfest silent auction form.  The goal is for every member to donate, individually or as a group.  This year we are trying fewer donations of higher value-- sweet spot of $75. Need names of business owners to send solicitation letter.  Caps just came in ($15), available for purchase at meetings.  Tickets will be distributed in two weeks (or buy a table).

Celebration of Life

Jeff Melrose's celebration of life will be at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, August 27, at the Niaulani campus of Volcano Art Center.


Sharon reached out for support for the Jr Achievement Hall of Fame dinner honoring Sig Zane and his wife. Aug 26 (Saturday), 5pm, Nani Mau.  Still some seats available at $75 each.
This Week's Speaker
Ike Wai, Water Knowledge
Matthew Platz is a Vice Chancellor for Academic affairs at UH-Hilo.  A native of New York city, he has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University and has won awards in distinguished teaching and research.  Matt's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  UH is fortunate to have been selected by NSF as one of a few selected states to participate in NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).  One of Hawaii's EPSCoR projects is Ike Wai, a project to advance the state of knowledge of "blue gold", our precious water resources.  At the UH-Hilo, Ike Wai research occurs on the Mookini Library 3rd floor.  There is a large high resolution screen to view data collaboratively.  The research challenge is data mining.  UH-Hilo will soon offer a Data Science certificate to prepare students in this emerging field of opportunity.  Internship opportunities are available in the natural and social sciences to address the history of water usage and policies, water security, and water quality.
Introduction to Adaptive Optics
Mary Begier heard a speaker explain the complex in simple terms-- just right for us Rotarians.  Tapping the bountiful knowledge of our treasured UH-Hilo, we were enlightened on the topic of how astronomers peer into the universe.  Christoph Baranec is an Assistant Astronomer with the Institute for Astronomy.  The hot and cold air mixing in our atmosphere causes a blurring effect, much like cold fresh water mixing with warmer ocean water.  Christoph has pioneered a completely robotic telescope, called AO-Robotics, that uses adaptive optics to correct and sharpen the focus of celestial objects.  Adaptive optics uses a laser shot toward the star or other object to determine the light scatter.  This feedback then manipulates a deformable mirror to produce a sharper image.  The potential applications of this technology to other fields are just being explored, such as thick tissue imaging or optometry.
Happy Dollars & Recognitions
August 9 Meeting
  • Sharon S.-- $5 sad dollars since Mika started kindergarten; appreciate support, she blossomed
  • John Steelquist-- $2 happy to be here
  • Barbara H.-- $5 sorry for flinging a beer on Mary just before Mary went chasing after a pilot
  • Steve J.-- $5 for front page article for Curt
  • Curt S.-- 10 cents-- that's what is worth
  • Mary B.-- $5 reconnaissance for next club social; first mission was Naniloa bar; thought a pilot checking in was an old friend pilot
  • Tim-- $5 11 days return from Bulgaria, Norway, visited beer gardens to research for Oktoberfest
August 16 Meeting
  • Barbara H.—$5 in response to recent news, stand up against racism and sexism
  • Art T.—$5 happy Deloitte gave job offer to daughter Jennifer after her senior year at Creighton University
  • Steve S. (first happy dollars!)—$10 happy elder sister expecting baby in January
  • Steve B.—$5 happy first meeting in a month due to work in Honolulu; glad to be back
Upcoming Events
Club Social
Grand Naniloa Hotel
Aug 24, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Aug 23, 2017
Meet our 2017-18 District 5000 Governor
Aug 30, 2017
Networks Past, Current, & Future for Big Island and State
Sep 06, 2017
Farmer to Farmer Bangladesh Volunteer Trip
Sep 13, 2017
Personal Journey
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Allen Novak
August 18
Spouse Birthdays
Lyle Phillips
August 9
Caroline Darakjian-De Luz
August 10
Al Okinaka
Ellen Okinaka
August 7
Michael Fitch
August 7
Anita Cunningham
Charles Cunningham
August 24
Join Date
Bettye Williams
August 20, 2008
9 years
Deborah Beaver
August 27, 2014
3 years
Michael Carroll
August 27, 2014
3 years
Kris Speegle
August 29, 2012
5 years
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