January 2020 Volume 31 | Issue 24

January 15, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
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President's Announcement
Lorraine Davis
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  • Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner
  • Recording of the June 26, 2020 Installation meeting has been posted on YouTube
  • Member Followup:
    • Resignation as of June 30: Patty Sue Salvador, Karolyn Lundkvist, Bettye Williams
    • Leave of absence submitted: Kevin Hopkins (YuYok sent a beautiful card to Kevin to let him know that his Rotary friends and family are thinking about him and his family.
  • Thank you for all who donated to Polio Plus!
  • All East Hawaii Group Meeting held every first Thursday of the month at 12:00
  • 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
  • Together Talks 

    It is a weekly series of online conversation events, connecting people from across the globe to a range of leading speakers from the worlds of business, humanitarian interest and more.

  • We received a letter from Ku'ikahi Mediation Center. Our club donated $2,500 from our community grant.
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
  • 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
Marlene Norton
July 15
Steven Jacunski
July 4
Kim Keahiolalo
Ted Keahiolalo
July 6
William Barnes
July 17
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
John Abundo
July 24
Join Date
Arthur Taniguchi
July 1, 1994
26 years
Julie Hugo
July 1, 1991
29 years
Paul Ferreira
July 1, 2016
4 years
Marlene Norton
July 8, 2015
5 years
Curtis Sharp
July 9, 2016
4 years
Barbara Hastings
July 12, 2006
14 years
Emmeline de Pillis
July 13, 2011
9 years
Gary Young
July 18, 2018
2 years
Suzanne Robotham
July 19, 2018
2 years
Junichi Noumaru
July 22, 2015
5 years
Tomoaki Saito
July 23, 2003
17 years
Lorraine Davis
July 25, 2012
8 years
Kevin Hopkins
July 28, 2010
10 years

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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