January 2020 Volume 31 | Issue 24

January 15, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
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  • There will be a party tributing Mike, Barbara's husband, at YWCA on February 22 at 4:30pm
  • On Saturday 2/29 there will be a Volcano Club Social at Volcano Art Center, all are invited
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  • 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. Interviews will begin soon for the scholarship applications. We also received a card from Keola (vet student), whom we sponsored last time,
  • Tim Hansen - Accepting 9th-12h high school students for RYLA at KMC from 2/28-3/1.
  • Lorraine Davis - Fuel and wash car at Minit Stop to support YWCA. 
  • James Tyrin - Social will be held this coming Thursday 1/23.
  • There will be a presentation by Rotaract on January 22.
Thank you Dave De Luz for leading the meeting this week!
Today's vocational speaker was our very own Rotarian Sandra Wagner-Wright (left) and interviewed by Lorraine Davis
Richard Cunningham will make the prize for the raffle drawing for those who donates $50 or more to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.

Today's Inspiration and Quote

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one. Who'll decide where to go. "
            - Dr. Sucess (Oh the places you'll go)
Quote of the day:
"When you see the world through serene eyes, you generate peace wherever you go."
             - Jerry Dorsman


Virginia and Bob Juettner, Rotarians who recently moved to Hakalau from Arizona!
Great to see Preston Barnes's son Preston Barnes Jr. this morning!

Guest Speaker: Sandra Wagner-Wright

Today’s vocational speaker was our very own Sandra Wagner-Wright, author of several books, including the recently published “Two Coins,” a biographical novel covering Mary Pigot’s quest for justice after being wrongly accused of mismanagement and immorality by The Reverend William Hastie in what is known as the Great Scandal of British Calcutta which took place in 1883.
Sandra explained the efforts involved to research the subjects of her work along with the challenging creative and editing processes required to complete a novel.  In absence of complete records of events taking place over a hundred  years ago, Sandra explained that she has to consume all of the content she can find along with a visit to where the events occurred in order to obtain the character’s voice which helps to fill in the gaps.
In the case of “Two Coins,” her work may be classified as historical fiction since the novel is based on real people and historic events, but the completion of the entire story in novel format requires inference and gap filling by the author due to the lack of written record and the passage of time.  This type of novel combines the work of a historical researcher with expert creative writing and storytelling.
Sandra holds the doctoral degree in history and taught women’s history at the University of Hawai`i. Check out her weekly blog relating to history, travel, and the idiosyncrasies of life. 
Sandra’s books are available in e-book, audiobook and paper formats distributed through such mainstream booksellers as and Barnes &
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Curtis Sharp
February 3
Junichi Noumaru
February 5
Spouse Birthdays
Kevin Reardon
February 14
Julie Hugo
Jeffrey Melrose
February 17
Join Date
Richard Cunningham
February 1, 1990
30 years
Robert uettner
February 5, 2002
18 years
Hirona Yamanaka
February 27, 2019
1 year

Happy Dollars

Mary Begier - ($) Thanks to David De Luz for being with Barbara and being a wonderful Rotarian
Art Taniguchi - ($) Thank you Mary Begier for paying forward for parking at the airport
Steve Jacunski - ($1) Thank you Mary Begier for giving a ride to Queens hospital
Jan Abundo - ($10) Happy to finally be a member
Alan Okinaka - ($5) Kolea birds will stay on the Island until April
Virginia Juettner - ($5) Happy to be back and for RCHB to be the highest giving club

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 1/22 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, January 22: Alan Shiraishi from JA of Hawaii


Door prize donated by Steven Sylvester consisting a $50 KTA gift card and won by Virginia Juettner

Inspiration by: Steven Sylvester

Pledge led by: 

Mr. Mike: Steve Jacunski

4-Way Test: Chris Okano

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