March 2021 Volume 32 | Issue 28

March 31, 2021

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
President's Announcement
Lorraine Davis
member photo
Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner!
Recorded Meeting:
Published Presentation: 
New Logo for Rotary Year 2021-22
Saturday Cleanup!  260 pounds of garbage removed from downtown Hilo!
Special Thanks to those who participated:
Jan Abundo and her husband
Junichi Noumaru and his wife and son
Michelle Flemming and her husband
Janell Kuamoo and her daughter
Art Taniguchi and his wife and daughter
Richard Cunningham
Tim Hansen
Bryan Lindsay
Mary Begier
Misa Saito
Lorraine Davis
(My apologies to Mary and Misa for not including them in the original thank you.)
Special Thanks to:
Deborah Beaver for coordinating the efforts
Deborah Beaver for supplying tables, chairs and paint for the project
County of Hawaii for supplying vests and garbage bags
David DeLuz Jr. for supplying the signage
The YWCA Preschool for loaning us their pop-up tent
Starbucks for coffee
Deborah's friend, who does this every week, for helping and supplying additional paint
Michelle Flemming and her husband for hauling the garbage to the dump

Notable Board Decisions

We will continue to Zoom through May.
The BOD voted to support a previous Peace Fellow applicant, Anika, who also was the recipient of the school supplies project in December.
The BOD voted to support sign waving for HPD and EMS with $200 for professionally made signs.

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

  • Recorded Meeting:
    Published Presentation:  None
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Volunteers needed!

May 5, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Preston Barnes IV
  • Inspiration:     Marlene Norton
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Mike Carroll

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Guest Speaker Art Kimura - Exchange with Ehime High School
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- DARK -- Please plan to attend the District Conference over May 14-16, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Guest Speaker is Jessica Histo, Hawaii Diaper
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, May 26 -- Guest Speaker, Michelle Flemming, YWCA Preschool and recipient of RCHB Funds
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker Yu Yok Pearring
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, June 23 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 30 -- Induction of New Officers -- stay tuned for more information

Other Rotary Meetings and Invitation

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:
Mark Your Calendars

District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.  The event is now 100% virtual.  Volunteers who have skills in videotaping and virtual platforms are requested.  Please contact Alan Kusunoki at

District Conference 2023

  • Will be held in Hilo.  The committee is looking for volunteers to help with the planning and a co-chair from East Hawaii.

Future Rotary International Conventions

  • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021 Rotary International has announced that the International Conference will be virtual due to the ongoing threat of the COVID virus.  Stay tuned for further news.
  • 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  - COVID Vaccine Scheduling for DOH -- Sharon Scheele.  Still looking for volunteers to support the project.  Side note:  Benson Medina sent an email out encouraging folks who have been trained and have already volunteered to consider volunteering more.  Expected that help will be needed through the summer.

  • Diaper Project -- Sharon Scheele and Geoli Ng.   The Diaper Drive ends March 31, so there is a final push for donations.

  • HRYF -- Richard Cunningham.   There was a statewide interview for applicants for scholarships.  There were 10 applicants and 5 interviewers.  There were stellar applicants that were interviewed.  To date, approximately $4700 has been raised for HRYF.  Richard is still taking contributions.

  • April work day -- Deborah Beaver.   March April 24th as a word day for all the clubs in Hawaii.  Stay tuned for more information.  Deborah needs you to let her know if you are able to participate in the Rotary Work Day ASAP.

Today's Inspiration

“Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up."
            - Isabelle Laflèche


Toby Taniguchi, prospective member
D'Andrea Pelletier, prospective members
Richard Coulson, guest speaker
Thank you for joining us!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker March 31 2021 Richard Courson Polio Plus


Wednesday’s Guest Speaker was Richard Courson. To begin his presentation Richard recognized Sharon Scheele as our Club’s first member of the Polio Plus Society. He asked “what is the Plus in Polio Plus?” It is the network of workers who also distribute other vaccinations, educate about sanitation, help Polio survivors get jobs and other necessary items.  Two years ago, Richard volunteered to Chair the Polio Plus for 1 year because as a child he knew children who had been affected by Polio. At one time Polio was the most feared disease and the only thing Americans feared more was nuclear annihilation. Following the introduction of Dr. Jonas Salk’s vaccine Polio cases dropped dramatically in the United States. To be declared Polio free a country must verify they have no cases of Wild Polio Virus for 3 years. In 1979 Rotary International made a 5-year commitment to eradicate Polio in the Philippines. Once that goal was accomplished Rotary International decided to provide Polio Vaccines for all of the children in the world. At this time there are only 2 countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, that still have the Wild Polio Virus. So far this year there have been 2 cases of Polio reported. By contributing $100 or more annually each of us can help the Polio Plus effort. 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William Barnes
May 6
Geoli Ng
May 8
David De Luz
May 10
Janell Kuamoo
May 16
Barbara Hastings
May 25
Dawn Pung
May 31
Spouse Birthdays
Leslie Carroll
May 25
May 30
Emmeline de Pillis
Michael de Pillis
May 2
Yu Pearring
Mike Pearring
May 6
Dawn Pung
May 23
Join Date
Dale Tokuuke
May 1, 1996
25 years
Kim Keahiolalo
May 14, 2014
7 years
Steven Sylvester
May 17, 2017
4 years

Happy Dollars

Kim Keahiolalo - $10 happy because Easter is coming.
Junichi Noumaru - $10 happy.  $5 for his first Zipline adventure and $5 for getting his first COVID vaccine shot.
Alan Okinaka - $10 happy.  He can see the sun!

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 4/7 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Maternal and Child Health Month, Guest Speaker is Terri Lum, East Hawaii Children's Justice Center


Inspiration by: Deborah Beaver
Pledge led by: Mike Carroll
4-Way Test: Mary Begier
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