May 2021 Volume 32 | Issue 43

May 5, 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
Michael Carroll
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Announcements by the President

Aloha All!!  Wow, what an impressive presentation from Dr James Ham (Past Prez of his Rotary Club!!) & Dr Theresa Schiff-Elfalatan on Oahu!!  Very informative view of what communities can Do to attack "houseless" people needs.  We'll use this talk at the January Board meeting to discuss East Hawaii views of this challenge.
We’re dark on the 29th but Zoom will be on to talk story & compare gifts!!
Always including both the Zoom link for our weekly meetings & the Club's Square payment linkage for Happy Dollars & donation payments.  Mahalo Piha!!  Prez mike
If your email system doesn't like Square, you can always mail a check to club at Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, POB 11506, Hilo, HI  96721

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 2022 -- will be held May 20-22, 2022 at the Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.  

The link to registration is:

If you plan to use a credit card, you will be notified after July 1 to include your credit card in your registration.

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

  • Houston: June 4-8, 2022
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Assistant Treasurer
Oktoberfest Co-chair


State Wide RYLA meeting. Hope to have in person meeting  February 10-12, 2022 at Kilauea Military Camp.



Give Aloha Month (Fundraiser)- Sack & Save



Today's Inspiration

Thank you so much for joining our meeting!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Director, Hawaii Community Foundation


Our Guest Speaker this week was Justin Acevedo-Cross who was a scholarship awardee through the Hawaii Community Foundation and is now their Program Director in Hilo. HCF has 72 employees across all of the Islands and last year awarded scholarships to 270 students on the Big Island.  Since the COVID 19 Pandemic began the Hawaii Resilience Fund, which is part of HCF, has been able to distribute over $12 million in grants to the community to assist with setting up testing centers, food banks, and child care centers. Justina also discussed the Promising Minds Initiative. She spoke about Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and how these early experiences can shape a child’s brain and have long term negative effects. Nearly half of Hawaii’s children have experienced some adverse events. She reminded us that our brains and bodies are resilient and we can change the outcome of early adversity with positive actions. 

Link to the meeting here:


Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Deborah Beaver
January 6
Tomoaki Saito
January 20
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
January 28
Anita Cunningham
January 31
D'Andrea Pelletier
Drew Pelletier
January 31
Join Date
D'Andrea Pelletier
January 1, 2020
2 years
Sandra Sakaguchi
January 4, 2006
16 years
Sharon Scheele
January 12, 2005
17 years
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
January 15, 2020
2 years
Ken Barnes
January 15, 2020
2 years
Anita Cunningham
January 19, 2011
11 years

Happy Dollars

Gary Young - ($100) Happy for his company, Island Home Loans, as being Best of East Hawaii in Mortgage companies for the 9th year in a row, and going for 10 years being best of.

Lorraine Davis - ($10) Happy for seeing a Kolea bird in her subdivision.

Mary Begier - ($10) Happy for Deborah Beaver and Mike Carroll club anniversary.  They are great Rotarians.

Mike C. - ($10) Happy.  Thank you to Mary and also he is heading to Kona to order a 2 person kayak/outrigger.

Virginia J. - ($10) Happy that after some renovations have been completed, she is able to move back into her bedroom.  She states that she has moved from utter chaos to just chaos.

Miyuki L. - ($10) Happy for the Rotarians that have stopped by her booth at the Farmer's Market and supporting her business.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 5/19 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Guest Speaker is Jessica Histo, Hawaii Diaper


Inspiration by: Marlene Norton
Pledge led by: Preston Barnes IV
4-Way Test: Mike Carroll
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