October 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 18

October 28, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
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President's Announcement
Lorraine Davis
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Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner!
Video of the meeting:

Volunteers needed!

December 2, 2020 meeting:
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   
  • Inspiration:    
  • Birthday Song:   
  • 4-Way Test:    
Slate of Officers -- Elections have to be held by the end of the year.  Step up, Step up and join the fun and consider being a part of the Board, an Officer, or Committee Chair.  

Pete Muller informed me that he has some Rotary shirts still in inventory.  He reports that he has some very nice shirts.  Cost for the shirts are $45 and if you are interested in adding to your shirt collection or need a new shirt, contact him directly.  His information can be found in the RCHB member spreadsheet that Alan O. sends out.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday, November 25 -- Dark.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Wednesday, December 2  -- Disease Prevention and Treatment Month -- Guest speaker is Dr. Jim Gude
  • Wednesday, December 9 -- TBD
  • Wednesday, December 16 -- Guest speaker -- Dr. Yumiko Ohara
  • Wednesday, December 16 -- Board Meeting directly following the regular meeting.
  • Wednesday, December 23 -- Dark, Have a safe and blessed holiday.
  • Wednesday, December 30 -- Club General Assembly -- Vote on the slate of officers.
  • 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:

District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island at Grand Naniloa Hotel on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.
  • Future Rotary International Conventions
    • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021
    • Houston: June 4-8, 2022

Mark Your Calendars

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Hilo.  

December 1, 2020 5:30-6:30 pm.  Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Hilo.  
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Meeting ID: 994 5400 1347
Passcode: 786580
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
  • Veterans Project -- Virginia Juettner.

Virginia reported that the Veterans Day drive has been postponed due to other activities going on.  We still plan to drop off the items that have been collected on November 10 for the patients of the facility.  The Veteran's home suggests a drive by around Thanksgiving, date to be determined.  Ipad purchase isn't finalized, but we are getting there.  Virginia wanted to acknowledge Miyuki, Hirona and Steven's contribution of orchids for the patients at the facility.
  • District Auction -- Mary Begier

Mary communicated via L. Davis that the auction has been extended to November 2 and she is still accepting auction items for bidding.  She asked that you fill out the auction form that was sent out previously and submit a picture of the item and she will put it on the website.  Those who has done a "buy it now" purchase cannot pay for the item just yet.  More information to follow.
  • Volunteer opportunity  - Halloween with Boys and Girls Club -- Junichi Noumaru

Junichi reported that the event has been cancelled but we have been asked to consider helping for a Thanksgiving event, still to be determined.
  • Global Grants - Junichi Noumaru, Chester Cabral, Curt Sharp

Chester reported that we chose two projects to support:  

GG1752052 Kumari Hospital medical equipment and training
GG2098529  Bhutan Wilderness Medicine VVT
  • Volunteer opportunity  - Continuing through November.  -- Junichi Noumaru

State Department of Health and UH Nursing request Rotarians to help for the face mask observation. The purposes of this project are (1) to monitor ongoing use of face masks/coverings by the public in Hawaii and (2) to track social norm change in regard to mask wearing over time. A pair of volunteers will count the number of people who (a) wear the mask correctly, (b) wear the mask in correctly and (c) don't wear the mask at a designated location (Prince Kuhio Plaza, Keaukaha Beach Park (Start at parking lot), Liliuokalani Park or Airport post office) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays until November 28. Instructions include the counting device and how to report the counts are available on YouTube:
The sign-up sheet is also available online.
If you have any question, please contact Dr. Glauberman (

Today's Inspiration

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
            - John Wooden


Kimo Jim Becker - Rotary Club of Hilo
Thank you for joining us!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Richard Cunningham October 28, 2020

On Wednesday our Guest Speaker, Richard Cunningham, shared photos of his family’s trip to Africa. They visited Ruaha which is the largest protected area in Tanzania. The Park is larger than the Big Island and they rarely saw other visitors. The 4 of them, along with a Guide, travelled in a specially made safari vehicle. They were able to get close to many of the animals but it was not recommended to get out of the vehicle. The few times they were able to get out and walk in the bush they were instructed to walk single file with an armed guide in the front and the back. Richard shared many pictures of Cape Buffalo, Impalas, Elephants, Zebras and other African animals. He also said that Ruaha is a wonderful place to birdwatch since it is home to 571 bird species. They also were able to take a river safari on the Sand River which was welcoming after travelling around on the bumpy roads. After the safari they spent some time in Zanzibar before returning home. 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Irene Nagao
November 1
Al Okinaka
November 3
Virginia Juettner
November 3
Sandra Wagner-Wright
November 8
Richard Cunningham
November 11
Jo-Anna Herkes
November 14
Hirona Yamanaka
November 15
Suzanne Robotham
November 16
John Gapp
November 17
Sharon Scheele
November 19
Spouse Birthdays
Al Inoue
November 11
Gary Young
Suzanne Robotham
November 2
Suzanne Robotham
Gary Young
November 2
Misaki Saito
S. K. Saito
November 24
Robert Juettner
Virginia Juettner
November 27
Virginia Juettner
November 27
Join Date
Al Okinaka
November 1, 1988
32 years
Allen Novak
November 1, 1994
26 years
Carol Van Camp
November 1, 1990
30 years
Chester Cabral
November 1, 2011
9 years
Timothy Young
November 1, 1988
32 years
Trevor Rodrigues
November 1, 1993
27 years
Mary Begier-Phillips
November 13, 1996
24 years
Irene Nagao
November 28, 2018
2 years

Happy Dollars

Kimo Jim Becker - ($50) Happy. He likes our club.
Richard Cunningham - ($5) Happy Alan Okinaka gave a generous donation to HRYF
Bob ad Virginia Juettner - ($20) $10 happy for the Polio Plus work and $10 to acknowledge Miyuki for the flower donation.
Tom Witthans - ($2) Happy he is back on the island, was tested 2 times for COVID-19 and was negative both times, so doesn't have to quarantine. He is also warmer - he left a 32 degree weather to come home.
Chester Cabral - ($20) Happy for the work Rotary has done on polio.
Paula Uusitalo - ($5) Happy she saw her first Kolea in her back yard after having all the heliconia removed.
Art Taniguchi - ($21) Happy for the work we've done on polio.
Miyuki Lee - ($10) Happy for the work Rotary has done on Polio.
Lorraine Davis - ($100) Happy that the entire interior of her house has been painted and it is done! Also she took two prints to Richard's gallery for framing. The end product was incredible.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 9/16 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Rotarian Yu Yok Pearring


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