March 2021 Volume 32 | Issue 34

March 17, 2021

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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United States of America
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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

Volunteers needed!

March 24, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Art Taniguchi
  • Inspiration:  Richard Cunningham     
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Bryan Lindsey

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker is Dawn Pung
  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Board of Director's Meeting, immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, March 24 -- Guest Speaker is Mark Merriam, update on Myanmar
  • Wednesday, March 31 -- Guest Speaker is Richard Courson, Polio Plus and honoring Sharon Scheele
  • Wednesday, April 7 -- Maternal and Child Health Month, Guest Speaker is Terri Lum, East Hawaii Children's Justice Center
  • Wednesday, April 14 -- Guest Speaker Past DG Win Shoneman -- Rotary Legacy
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker is Misa Sato
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, April 28 -- Guest Speaker is TBD
  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Art Kimura -- Exchange with Ehime High School
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • 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 TBD
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker TBD
  • 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

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.  Introduction of Jessica Histo.

  • HRYF -- Richard Cunningham.  Have collected over $4000 for this year.  Richard is still taking contributions.

  • Junior Achievement -- Sharon Scheele.  Sharon has enough volunteers for the session.  Thank you to the folks who volunteered.  Stay tuned for dates for training.

  • Easter and the Foodbasket -- Sharon Scheele.  Sharon and Geoli Ng will be going to the Foodbasket on the 25th to present the checks.

  • April work day -- Deborah Beaver.  April 24th is the work day for all Rotarians around the State.  Stay tuned for more news.

  • Club Social -- James Tyrin  Club social is pushed back to March 25 -- invite a friend to share in the diversity of wines that will be tasted.  James will send an email out.

  • Dictionary Project -- James Tyrin   Update:  Saturday, March 20 has been delayed for filming.  Stay tuned for a new date.

Today's Inspiration

“It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves."
            - Katherine Mansfield


Randy Hart - District Governor Nominee
Toby Taniguchi - Prospective Member
Jessica Histo -- Hawaii Diaper Project
D'Andrea Pellitier -- Prospective Member
Doug Adams -- Assistant Govenor

Guest Speaker

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Paula Uusitalo
March 1
Kevin Hopkins
March 14
Bryan Lindsey
March 23
Spouse Birthdays
Sandy Tokuuke
March 10
John Gapp
March 9
Dale Tokuuke
Sandy Tokuuke
March 11
Sharon Scheele
Al Inoue
March 14
Mary Begier-Phillips
Lyle Phillips
March 20
Arthur Taniguchi
Barbara Taniguchi
March 21
Geoli Ng
Kurt Ng
March 23
Richard Cunningham
Michelle Jodoi
March 31
Join Date
Paula Uusitalo
March 8, 2006
15 years
John Gapp
March 18, 2020
1 year
William Barnes
March 18, 2020
1 year
Tim Hansen
March 19, 2014
7 years

Happy Dollars

Sharon Scheele - ($50) happy for her anniversary and she is designating the funds to HRYF.
Curt Sharp - ($25) happy.  He has a good cup of coffee, he is still kicking and he loves the rain.
Mary Begier - ($25) happy.  $5 for her second COVID shot and $20 to celebrate Tim, Benson, Richard and Steve for the 2nd set of scholarship interviews.
Sandra Wagner-Wright - ($25) happy.  Her health is returning, she got a COVID vaccine and her book is out!
Alan Okinaka - ($20) happy.  He got his second COVID vaccine and gave kudos to Hilo Medical Center for a finely run event.  He mentioned that he got an email from Irene who had a reaction to the vaccine.
David De Luz - ($10) happy.  He reported that Irene is doing better but joining via Zoom is challenging for her.
Randy Hart - ($20) happy and dedicated his dollars to HRYF.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 3/24 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Guest Speaker is Mark Merriam, update on Myanmar


Inspiration by: Curt Sharp
Pledge led by: Mary Begier
4-Way Test: Paula Uusitalo
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