March 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 32

March 3, 2021

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
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
Saturday Cleanup!  260 pounds of garbage removed from downtown Hilo!
Special Thanks to those who participated:
Jan Abundo and her husband
Junichi Noumaru and his wife and son
Michelle Flemming and her husband
Janell Kuamoo and her daughter
Art Taniguchi and his wife and daughter
Richard Cunningham
Tim Hansen
Bryan Lindsay
Mary Begier
Misa Saito
Lorraine Davis
(My apologies to Mary and Misa for not including them in the original thank you.)
Special Thanks to:
Deborah Beaver for coordinating the efforts
Deborah Beaver for supplying tables, chairs and paint for the project
County of Hawaii for supplying vests and garbage bags
David DeLuz Jr. for supplying the signage
The YWCA Preschool for loaning us their pop-up tent
Starbucks for coffee
Deborah's friend, who does this every week, for helping and supplying additional paint
Michelle Flemming and her husband for hauling the garbage to the dump

Notable Board Decisions

We will continue to Zoom through May.
The BOD voted to support a previous Peace Fellow applicant, Anika, who also was the recipient of the school supplies project in December.
The BOD voted to support sign waving for HPD and EMS with $200 for professionally made signs.

The notes of the last club meeting has been posted on the ClubRunner.

  • Recorded Meeting:
    Published Presentation:  None
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Volunteers needed!

May 5, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Preston Barnes IV
  • Inspiration:     Marlene Norton
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Mike Carroll

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Guest Speaker Art Kimura - Exchange with Ehime High School
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- DARK -- Please plan to attend the District Conference over May 14-16, 2021
  • 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, Michelle Flemming, YWCA Preschool and recipient of RCHB Funds
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker Yu Yok Pearring
  • 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

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 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 needs volunteers.  Please contact Sharon if you are interested in helping.

  • Diaper Project -- Sharon Scheele and Geoli Ng.  The entire month of March is dedicated to raising funds for the Diaper Drive.  A flyer was sent out and members are requested to disperse them far and wide to support the project.

  • HRYF -- Richard Cunningham.  Richard is accepting donations for HRYF through March.

  • RYLA -- Tim Hansen.  RYLA was awesome and Tim thanks members who helped make it happen.

  • Junior Achievement -- Sharon Scheele.  Sharon is looking for volunteers to support JA in the schools.  Waiakea has 23 teachers looking for assistance.

  • Easter and the Foodbasket -- Sharon Scheele.  Sharon is coordinating efforts to support the Foodbasket for Easter.  Make checks payable to the Foodbasket so you get the tax credits and you can deliver it to Sharon and she will coordinate with the Foodbasket for delivery.  

  • April work day -- Deborah Beaver.  April 24th is a beach clean-up day Hawaii wide.  She is working with the Big Island coordinator (Keith Greer) to determine sites for clean-up.  More to follow as the date gets closer.

Today's Inspiration

“You get what you give."
            - Jennifer Lopez


Toby Taniguchi -- Prospective member
Janell Kuamoo -- Prospective member
Mike Marshall -- Guest speaker
Thank you for joining us!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Michael Mitchell, University of Hawaii, Hilo Art Department March 4 2021


Wednesday’s Guest Speaker was Michael Marshall from the University of Hawaii, Hilo Art Department. The Art Department is now considered a small department at the University because they had less than 10 Graduates. Michael discussed programs the Department has developed over the years including a Summer Art Institute in 2013 that included 11 international students, a retired educator, and undergraduate students from art and non-art majors.  One of the visiting artists couldn’t transport his piece home so he donated it to the Art Department. His piece went to the Bay Clinic through the Art to Loan Program and the money generated was reinvested back into their Artist Residency Project.  In 2012 they started the Artist Print Edition Project where visiting artists can work with the print studio and produce an original art print that is published in a limited portfolio. The portfolio is used as an archive, a teaching tool, and as a thank you for major donations to the program. Funds raised through major donations allow the students to travel to Oahu and visit museums and provide some services for visiting artists. Since their exhibition space, The Makery, shut down the Department has been in discussion with Bank of Hawaii to utilize space in their building across the street. The Department continues to grow the program with the community’s support.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William Barnes
May 6
Geoli Ng
May 8
David De Luz
May 10
Janell Kuamoo
May 16
Barbara Hastings
May 25
Dawn Pung
May 31
Spouse Birthdays
Leslie Carroll
May 25
May 30
Emmeline de Pillis
Michael de Pillis
May 2
Yu Pearring
Mike Pearring
May 6
Dawn Pung
May 23
Join Date
Dale Tokuuke
May 1, 1996
25 years
Kim Keahiolalo
May 14, 2014
7 years
Steven Sylvester
May 17, 2017
4 years

Happy Dollars

Mary Begier - $25 happy.  The Journey of the Universe was amazing.
Toby T. matched Mary's $25 for the Journey of the University compliment.
Sharon Scheele - $50 happy -- $25 for Girl's Day and the girls in her life and $25 because of the great experience she had with KTA delivery.  Her dollars are designated to HRYF.
Art Taniguchi - $10 happy.  He acknowledged Toby T. for his second visit, happy to see Mike Marshall and showed us what he got the girls in his life for Girls Day.
Miyuki Lee - is $10 happy for Tim's success with RYLA.
Curt Sharp -  is $25 happy to see the enthusiasm of this group this morning.
Virginia Juettner - is $10 sad.  Rotarian friend, Phil Silvers, lost his son to COVID his week.
Geoli Ng - $25 happy.  Waiakea Water is supporting YuYok with water during her recovery and also her company is donating $100/month to Hawaii Diaper for the rest of the year.  She is happy to have Rotary as a partner.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 3/10 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Barbara Kiernan, coordinator of a RI Project in Mexico


Inspiration by: Curt Sharp
Pledge led by: Deborah Beaver
4-Way Test: Brian Lindsey
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