October 2019 Volume 31 | Issue 13

October 13, 2019

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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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
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HRYF Chairman
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Oktoberfest Co-chair
2020 Convention Coordinator

1. Walk-a-mile event by YWCA Saturday, 10/26 - Lorraine Davis (See flyer above)

2. Rainbow Pride awards October 3 & 4 @Hilo Union School - Patty Sue

3. The art of negotiation workshop on Friday, October 18 @ UH Campus Center Room 301 (RSVP to Majidah 808-935-7844 - Tim Hansen

4. Thank you to Junichi Noumaru, Dale Tokuuke, Brian Lindsey, and Marlene Norton for hosting people for Russia

5. Preston Barnes sent thank you card for anniversary flowers - Paula Uusitalo

Thank you Rotarians for your hard work for Oktoberfest
Important thing comes first. There is no club meeting on Wednesday, October 9. If you come to HYC then, no one would welcome you. 
Thank you so much for pouring your time, talent, expertise and passion into Oktoberfest. I convince most guests enjoyed beer, food, wine, music and distinct atmosphere.
I would like to commend co-chair of the Oktoberfest Committee David De Luz, Jr. and Anita Cunningham for their strong leadership and all Rotarians and volunteers for your professionalism and passion.
This Oktoberfest caused me the same emotion as I had when I attended Oktoberfest for the first time in 2015 soon after Miyuki Lee sponsored me to the club. As soon as I entered the hall, my heart became full of surprise and joy, and I felt as if I were in a beer hall in Bayern or Bavaria in English. 
For me, Hilo Bay Oktoberfest is more than a fundraising event. It is a miracle happening in Hilo and is a virtual trip to Bavaria that I can experience only once a year. I guess many guests have shared similar feeling because they wore German costume that may be used also only once a year. Some might have worn German costume because of their origin, but the most should love to be a part of this fragile dream as a cast. 
After the Oktoberfest was closed at 8:30 p.m., all festivity disappeared quickly and Sangha hall returned to the original condition in just 1.5 hours.
We all got together to make this great dream happen and we did it. We will do it next year. And it is fantastic that we can raise fund to help our community and the world and at the same time entertain ourselves. 
Your feedback to the event is very important for us to make it even better and larger for next year. The Oktoberfest Committee Co-Chair David and Anita will make an announcement for the final counts of the guests and the final revenue after all turn-down work has been done.
Again, I would like to show my sincere appreciation and congratulations to my fellow Rotarians and to all supporters.
Junichi Noumaru


1. Alan Okinaka - Polio pig for Polio month in October

2. November is Rotary Foundation month.

3. James Tyrin - Thank you for everyone who came to the dictionary project at Waiakeawaena on 11/8.  

    Please sign-up for the dictionary project on 11/18 at Waiakea Elementary.

4. James Tyrin - November social will be at Cronies on November 21 from 4:30pm

5. Sharon Scheele - Accepting Food Basket donations

6. Sharon Scheele - Emmeline, Kenneth, and Jan's names submitted for membership

7. Vanessa Carlson (guest) - Big brothers and big sisters NETCOM fundraiser will be held on Saturday 11/23. The event will be $65.

- Oktoberfest 2019 -
Oktoberfest 2019
Please click on the link above to check out more pictures from Oktoberfest 2019!
Taken by Anita Cunningham on Rotary meeting 10/2/2019

Today's Inspiration and Quote

"The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"
            - Steven Wright
Quote of the day:
"Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of no reward. Your life will never be the same again"
             - Og Mandino


Guest Speaker: Pete Muller

Pete Muller was on hand to speak about the history of the Hilo Bay Oktoberfest, from its humble beginning 20 years ago to today.
In 1999, Pete and his wife, Roberta, introduced Oktoberfest to our Club. Since then, it has grown to a major event for RCHB and our Hilo community.  The 2019 edition marks the 20th anniversary of Hilo Bay Oktoberfest.  The first edition was held in the small pavilion at Wailoa Park and progressively built a larger following enabling the event to move to Sangha Hall where it is currently held.
Oktoberfest is a traditional Autumn festival that originated in Munich, Germany. The festival there begins in late September and lasts through at least the first weekend of October; it features beer-drinking, food and merriment.
The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and has been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.
In Bavaria, Oktoberfest lasts for a little more than two weeks, and draws over six million visitors annually. The Munich-based Oktoberfest is considered the largest festival in the world.
The first Oktoberfest celebrated the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Everyone in Munich was invited to the celebration on the fields outside the city gates. The following year, horse races and other festivities were added, and the festival continued to expand over the next two centuries.
There are a number of traditional foods associated with Oktoberfest in Germany and our Hilo celebration focuses on some of them: W├╝rstl (sausages), Brezel (pretzels), Sauerkraut and/or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).
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

  1. Marlene Norton- ($7) Happy and excited son is visiting for 2 weeks
  2. Anita Cunningham - ($5) Excited for the performers at the Oktoberfest and thank you to all Rotarian
  3. Richard Cunningham - ($5) $1145 raised and donated for the Vet student Keala Matsumoto
  4. Tim Hansen - ($5) Happy niece is getting married in Wisconsin
  5. Mary Begier- ($5) Mealoha fighting for cancer
  6. Mike Carol - ($50) HRYF & for President Junichi continuing to lead the pledge
  7. Junichi Noumaru - ($5) Becoming head for TMT beginning 10/1
  8. James Tyrin- ($5) Patty Sue serving as community service chair and picking up 19 cases of dictionaries
  9. Yu Yok Pearring - ($5) Thankful for everyone at Rotary for support and success of Oktoberfest
  10. Sandra Wagner-Wright - ($5) memories of Barry Taniguchi

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 10/16 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, October 16th: Julie Mitchel for conflict resolution from Kuihahi Meditation


Door prize donated by Mary Begier consisting a $50 cash and won by Bryan Lindsey

Inspiration by: Mary Begier

Pledge led by: Kim Keahiolalo

Mr. Mike: Mike Carol

4-Way Test: Yu Yok Pearring

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