July 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 2

July 8, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
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
  • Meeting Schedule in July and August

    • Wednesday, August 5 -- Membership Month.  Guest speaker is Sharon Scheele.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 12 -- Guest Speaker TBD.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 19 -- Vocational Day.  Guest speaker is Virginia Juettner.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 19 -- Board Meeting, immediately following the General Meeting.  Will end at 9:00 am.
    • Thursday, August 20 -- Club Social.  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Location TBD.
    • Wednesday, August 26 -- Guest Speaker TBD.  Meeting start at 7:00 am

    All East Hawaii Group Meeting

    These meetings will held every first Thursday of the month beginning at 12:00 PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 6, 2020.
    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.

Other Rotary Meetings and Invitations

  • Receiving many invitations.  I will forward information.
  • Future Rotary International Conventions
    • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021
    • 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
  • Rice bagging project: -- Chris Okano and James Tyrin

    To date, we have processed approximately 34,000 pounds of rice, resulting in over 6,800+ individual bags for families.  Doing the math -- my car weighs 2804 pounds -- we have rebagged the equivalent of 12+ cars!

    Moving the location to Aunty Sally Luau Hale, on Thursday, July 2.  Big Mahalos to the folks who came out to bag:  James Tyrin and his son, Luke, Curt Sharp, Marlene Norton, John Gapp and friend, Mary Begier, Deborah Beaver, Jan Abundo, Dawn Pung, Art Taniguchi, Ken Barnes, Tim Hansen, Junichi Noumaru, Sharon Scheele, Chris Okano, Richard Cunningham, Mike Carroll, Chester Cabral, Brian Lindsey, Barbara Hastings, Steve Jacunski, and Lorraine Davis.
    Post rice social, sponsored by Richard Cunningham was attended by Barbara Hastings, James Tyrin and son Luke, Tim Hansen, Mike Carroll, Art Taniguchi, Chester Cabral, Junichi Noumaru, Chris Okano, Brian and Lori Ann Lindsey and Lorraine Davis.
  • Monthly Social: In person social, tentatively scheduled for July 23 at Cronies.  More information to follow.
  • District events:
  • District 5000 (Hawaii) Foundation meeting was held on June 27. The amendment of the Bylaws was approved. Election of the directors and board members will be made at the next meeting at 10 to 11 a.m. on August 1. One board member who will represent the Hawaii Island may be nominated among the member clubs on the island.
  • Happy Dollars: 
    • Keep your happy dollar donation in an envelope and bring it to the next in-person meeting. You may contact Deborah Beaver to make a payment with your credit card or mail your check to the club. Thank you.
    • In addition, you may now pay from our new online payment system:
  • Chester Cabral: There are two District Grant available. The match grant has been set aside for RYLA. The no match grant RFP is available for non-profits to apply for and application form is on Hilo Bay Rotary website. 
    If anyone has difficulty accessing the application, they can contact Chester or Lorraine and they can email the application out.  This year's amount is $576 and the due date for submitting the application is July 14, COB so the Board can review and select the recipient.
    Alan Okinaka - He had sent out the club membership lists to members and he requested that we review them and make any corrections.  He will update the lists again and send them out within the week.
    Art Taniguchi - The Hongwanji is offering a course in conversational Japanese and Calligraphy and if anyone is interested in taking the course, to contact him. If there is enough interest by the club, he thinks they might be able to set up a course for just us.
    Lorraine Davis - The Vocational Chair is still open and if anyone is interested in taking on the task to please contact her.
July 7 Rice bagging project
Chris Okano with rice bags ready to be repacked!

Today's Inspiration

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
            - Dr. Suess

Rotarian Speaker: Mike Carroll 

Rotarian Speaker- Mike Carroll, President Elect

“Meeting, Make-up & Who’s Counting”


Mike Carroll spoke to the Club today about the changes in attendance that went into effect July 1, 2020.

Our Wednesday Zoom Meetings are now counted as a Regular Meeting; prior to July they were counted as make-ups. If you miss a meeting the make-up can be done anytime during the Rotary Year, July 1 -June 30. 

The list of make-up opportunities is now larger. You can attend another Club’s Meeting- in person or via Zoom, watch a Rotary Webinar, D5000 holds a monthly Zoom Meting and East Hawaii holds a weekly Zoom Meeting.  The rice re-bagging project, dictionary distribution, water station at the race, attending a Board of Directors Meeting, and monthly socials can still be used as make-ups. Zoom doesn’t track who attends so if you go to any of these meeting please email Mike so he can update your attendance record in ClubRunner.

Mike also discussed the Rule of 85. If a Rotarian’s age and years in Rotary add up to 85 or higher they are eligible for Exempted Status. If you show up for the meeting it counts; if you don’t show up it doesn’t count against you. This status is not automatic so if you believe you qualify please let the Board of Directors know so they can begin the process. 

The link to the meeting video is below and you can contact Mike if you have any questions.

The YouTube video of the meeting can be found here:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carol Van Camp
July 10
Marlene Norton
July 15
James Tyrin
July 16
Arthur Taniguchi
July 22
Yu Pearring
July 26
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
Thomas Witthans
July 1, 1991
29 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

Alan Okinaka - ($15) Happy that he has resigned from the Bay Clinic BoD which has lightened his to do list considerably. He was able to have an interesting experience during his visit to Kalani Cone. He claims with the road condition there, the bottle of cream he would've had probably become cream when he reached Kalani Cone. Finally, he made the prudent decision to cancel an Alaskan Fishing trip.
Marcia Sakai - ($6) Happy for 6 years of great experiences in Rotary.
Marlene Norton - ($5) Happy for her 5 years in Rotary
Barbara Hastings - ($5) Happy for the rice bagging experience and social at Richard Cunningham's Frame Shop.
Art Taniguchi - ($5) Sad as he reflected on former member Calvin Shindo's passing. He provided a brief history of Calvin's life and remembers him fondly.
Virginia and Bob Juettner - ($10) Happy to get lychee from one of the biggest lychee trees on their property. Also sad because neighbors pig wandered onto their property and died. Mary Begier recommended them of a former Rotarian that specializes in large animal removal/disposal and will send them the contact.
Junichi Noumaru - ($10) Happy as he also enjoyed the rice bagging project and welcomed Misaki to the meeting.
Miyuki Lee - ($10) Happy for Misaki joining the meeting and hopes she will join our club. Miyuki also invited Rotarians to visit her Farmers Market booth to get a complimentary single serve coffee packet which she will introduce at her presentation at next weeks meeting.
Chester Cabral - ($10) Happy about the social at Richard Cunningham's Frame Shop.
Richard Cunningham - ($5) Happy he brought 6 bottles of beer to the social and came back with 11 bottles of beer (not empties).
Lorraine Davis - ($10) Happy as she enjoyed seeing folks in person at the rice bagging event and social.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 7/15 on Zoom


Inspiration by: Lorraine Davis
Pledge led by: Barbara Hastings
4-Way Test: Tim Hansen
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