May 2021 Volume 32 | Issue 44

May 19, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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Online (Zoom meeting)
P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
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!

May 26, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Curt Sharp
  • Inspiration:     Curt Sharp
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Janell Kuamoo

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 26 -- Guest Speaker, Michelle Flemming, YWCA Preschool and recipient of RCHB Funds
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker Dr. Junichi Noumaru -- a virtual tour of Mauna Kea
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker D'Andrea Pelletier -- expanding Opera on Hawaii Island
  • 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 -- Jenae Green, C-SPAN
  • Wednesday, June 30 -- Induction of New Officers -- stay tuned for more information -- A.M. meeting is dark.
  • Wednesday, July 7 --  Leadership Transition Month -- Mike Carroll -- General Meeting
  • Wednesday, July 14 -- Speaker TBD
  • Thursday, July 15 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Zoom, time to be announced.
  • Wednesday, July 21 -- Vocational Speaker Day, Guest Speaker is Virginia Juettner
  • Wednesday, July 28 -- Club Assembly -- Strategic Planning and Fundraising

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.  Early registration is open now -- $365 pays for your registration and meal package. 

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

  • 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.  Registration is open here:
  • 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.  Looking for experienced volunteers to staff the phones.

  • HPD and EMS sign waving project -- Art Taniguchi results.  Art acknowledged all the folks that responded to both sign wavings.  Mary B. and fellow realtors, Curt S., Tom W. and his wife and her sister, Toby T and KTA staff with homemade signs, David D., Geoli N (also supplied water), Dale T. and his wife, Art T. and his wife and daughter, two former police chiefs, EMS fire chief and chaplain, and numerous civic groups participated as well.  (if I missed someone, my apologies.)

  • James Tyrin -- Club Social Results.  Was a pleasant social and planning on another in-person social in May.

  • Mike Carroll reported that 22 members have 100% attendance at RCHB.  If you have participated in an activity that can be considered a Rotary make up, please let Mike know.

  • Tim Hansen reported that he sent out an email about the Foodbasket for future support.

  • Tim Hansen also gave an inspirational and joyous announcement that Rotary invoices for next year's membership will be coming up.  Stay tuned for the invoice in your email box.

Today's Inspiration

“'Thank you' is a miraculous expression. We feel good when we say it, and we feel good when we hear it. When we speak or hear the word 'thank you', the armor falls from our hearts and we can communicate on the deepest level."
            - Daisaku Ikeda


Jessica Histo -guest speaker
Dillon Histo - Jessica Histo's son and inspiration for forming Hawaii Diaper Project
Thank you for joining us!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker May 19 2021 Jessica Histo, Hawaii Diaper Project


Wednesday’s Guest Speaker was Jessica Histo of the Hawaii Diaper Project. In 2016, when her son outgrew his diapers, Jessica began searching for a place to donate the extra diapers. That was when she realized there was nowhere on Hawaii Island to donate them. She organized a diaper drive and donated them to a women’s shelter, Tutu & Me, and the Pregnancy Center in Kona. After organizing another diaper drive the following year Jessica was approached by a woman from LA who wanted to partner with her and they became Hawaii’s First Diaper Bank in 2018. One in 3 families suffer from not having enough diapers for their children and the Diaper Bank has grown from serving 30 Keiki a month to over 300. They have also collaborated with community partners who can assist with other needs the families may have as well as distributing the diapers. The Keiki they serve range in age from 0-5. They have Makana Packs for the children who are no longer in diapers but still have needs. The drive in March brought in over $5,000 which helps them to purchase diapers at a discounted rate. The diapers provided are meant as a supplement to the supply the parents are purchasing. There are drop off locations all around the Island and they are always looking for more locations. 

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

Art Taniguchi - $10 happy for the two walks to honor HPD and EMS.
David De Luz - $10 matched Art's happy dollars and reason.
Janell Kuamoo - $10 matched Art's happy dollars and reason.
Michelle Flemming - $10 matched Art's happy dollars and reason.
Mike Carroll - $10 happy for Junichi's virtual tour of Mauna Kea.
Toby Taniguchi - $10 matched Art's happy dollars and reason.  (Thank you Art for inspiring us!)
David De Luz challenged to give $100 to RI in Junichi's name if he would do a virtual tour of Mauna Kea that includes inside shots and mechanics of a telescope.  Junichi accepted the challenge.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 5/26 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Michelle Flemming, YWCA Preschool and recipient of RCHB Funds


Inspiration by: Sandra Wagner-Wright
Pledge led by: Mary Begier
4-Way Test: Richard Cunningham
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