December 2019 Volume 31| Issue 22

December 18, 2019

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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President's Announcement
Junichi Noumaru
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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
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
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Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
2020 Convention Coordinator
  • Tim - RYLA camp is welcoming any 9th, 10th, and 11th graders from 2/28-3/1 to grow as a leader.
  • There will be a presentation by Rotaract on January 22.
The collected gratuity for the staff of Hilo Yacht Club presented to Kelly.
James Tyrin's new look! see Happy Dollars below for more details.
A very Merry Christmas at the HOPE service project
HOPE service project on Dec. 18

Today's Inspiration and Quote

"I always did it for half-an-hour a day, why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
            - Lewis Carroll
Quote of the day:
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them"
             - John F. Kennedy


Guest Karl Gutknee (left) and fellow member Tom Witthans (right)
Today's guest speaker Bruce Matthews
Our monthly guest from Maui, Bryan Rose (left) with President Noumaru's son, Kousuke Noumaru (right)
Irene Nagao's guest and potential member Dawn Pung (left) and Irene (right)

Guest Speaker: Bruce Mathews

Bruce Mathews, Dean of The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at UH-Hilo spoke to our club about some of their exciting areas of research that could have a significant economic impact locally as well as environmental impact globally.
With carbon dioxide emissions on the rise contributing to global warming, the use of bio-alternatives to fossil fuels is promising.  Our tropical climate and under-utilized agricultural lands are likely conducive to the creation of Bio-Economies which is the conversion of biomass into energy, products and services alongside but distinct from food production.
An area of synergy within the college is the newly created Aeronautical Science program where the use of un-manned aircraft (drones) carrying specialized sensors could assist in efficient deployment of fertilizer which improves yield, reduces waste and residual runoff that could harm the surrounding environment.
Sugar cane is one of the most promising crops for biomass, so the possibility exists to return to the past for an economic driver. An institute for tropical BioEconomy has been proposed at UH to focus on this area.
For more information on Bioenergy, the potential of biomass in a tropical climate and UH-Hilo’s College of Agriculture, please go to:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Curtis Sharp
February 3
Junichi Noumaru
February 5
Spouse Birthdays
Kevin Reardon
February 14
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

Sandra Wagner-Wright - ($5) 2 Coins ranked top 100 indies book of 2019
Barbara Hastings & her table - ($1) Excited for James Tyrin's bear look
James Tyrin - ($1) Thank you to Barbara Hastings & her table and also excited for 
Anita Cunningham - ($5) Meeting James and Misti at Disneyland on New Years Eve
Lorraine - ($10) YWCA was chosen for 1st quarter HFW Donations
Tim Hansen - ($1) 
Art Taniguchi - ($3) Sad dollars for William Ng's passing
Junichi Noumaru - ($5) Happy to have his son Kosuke back from college and excited for a 3-week trip to Japan

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 1/8 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, January 8: Dr. Yumiko Ohara on Linguistics


Door prize donated by Tim Hansen consisting a $50 gift card to Hilo Rice Noodles and won by Anita Cunningham

Inspiration by: Tim Hansen

Pledge led by: Hirona Yamanaka

Mr. Mike: Art Taniguchi

4-Way Test: Gary Young

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