February 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 31

February 24, 2021

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
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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

Volunteers needed!

March 10, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Curt Sharp
  • Inspiration:   Mary Begier  
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Bob Juettner

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, March 10 -- Guest Speaker is Barbara Kiernan, coordinator of a RI Project in Mexico
  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Guest Speaker is Mark Merriam -- Myanmar Update
  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Board of Director's Meeting, immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, March 24 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, March 31 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, April 7 -- Maternal and Child Health Month, Guest Speaker is Terri Lum, East Hawaii Children's Justice Center
  • Wednesday, April 14 -- Guest Speaker Past DG Win Shoneman -- Rotary Legacy
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker is Misa Sato
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, April 28 -- Guest Speaker is Curt Sharp
  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • 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 TBD
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker TBD
  • 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 Invitations

Email regarding Diaper Project

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.  There are still volunteers needed for 3 hour shifts.  She will send out the link to be able sign up to volunteer for 3 hour shifts.

  • Diaper Project -- Sharon Scheele and Geoli Ng.  The flyer for the event is almost ready to go out.  Geoli will send it as soon as it is ready.  Her current request of RCHB is to spread the word to friends, family and acquaintances.  There will be a link on how to donate on the flyer.  Geoli said that they do not take open packages of diapers due to COVID and other health concerns.  Tim H. put in the chat box that CFS might want opened packages for their DV shelter.

  • HRYF -- Richard Cunningham.  Richard gave us a short tour of his woodshop and had 3 pieces of mango that he had pulled for the box he will be making.  He asked the club -- straight edge or natural edge -- since he is making his box to community specs.  Overwhelmingly, the club responded natural edge.

  • RYLA -- Tim Hansen  RYLA is February 26 and 27th.  Tim reported that there are over 100 participants and RYLA will happen this weekend.  It should be noted that Tim had an awesome background picture that showed RYLA.  He reported that there has been a background picture made for every RYLA pod that the students will be assigned to.  

  • Junior Achievement -- Sharon Scheele.  JA will be teaching classes virtually this year and Sharon is looking for volunteers to teach.  There will be training available for the volunteers.  Please contact Sharon if you are interested in being a JA volunteer at the elementary level.

  • Easter and the Foodbasket -- Sharon Scheele.  In line with holiday traditions, Sharon is urging us to make contributions to the Foodbasket in time for Easter (April 4).  You can make a check out to the Foodbasket, so you can tax benefits, and send the check to Sharon and she will make sure the Foodbasket receives the checks and knows that RCHB is supporting them.

  • Lorraine shared with the club that YuYok has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Lung Cancer.  She has undergone surgery and is now facing additional treatment for this aggressive cancer.  Lorraine asked that members reach out to YuYok and hold her and her family in their hearts.

Today's Inspiration

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dreak."
            - C.S. Lewis
Janell Kuamoo -- Prospective New Member
Patrick Kizehe -- Guest Speaker
Thank you so much for joining our meeting!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Patrick Kizehe Feb 24 2021


Wednesday’s guest speaker was Patrick Kizehe who joined us from Edmonton Canada. Patrick is the Founder of Giving Refugee Hope in Uganda. He was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently a Social Worker for children in Edmonton. Congo has 430 tribes with their own languages and many of the tribes are not considered true citizens of Congo.  When he was a teenager Rwandans crossed into Congo. One day they heard gunshots in the school and the teacher sent them home. They hid in the forest and walked for four days until they entered Uganda. They were sent into the refugee camp and seven people lived in a small tent with minimal food and no medical assistance. After 2 years his father was able to join them in Uganda with some money from selling their house in Congo.  Currently there are 1.5 million refugees in Uganda. After Patrick was able to relocate to Canada he decided to help other refugees in the camp by founding Giving Refugee Hope in Uganda. The board is made up entirely of volunteers so all funds raised go to assist refugees. Patrick shared photos of the orphanage, medical building, and training center the foundation has built. The Foundation also created a sewing machine project to teach women a skill so they can earn their own income and become self- sufficient. He reminded us that even small donations can have a positive effect.



Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Paula Uusitalo
March 1
Kevin Hopkins
March 14
Bryan Lindsey
March 23
Spouse Birthdays
Sandy Tokuuke
March 10
John Gapp
March 9
Dale Tokuuke
Sandy Tokuuke
March 11
Sharon Scheele
Al Inoue
March 14
Mary Begier-Phillips
Lyle Phillips
March 20
Arthur Taniguchi
Barbara Taniguchi
March 21
Geoli Ng
Kurt Ng
March 23
Richard Cunningham
Michelle Jodoi
March 31
Join Date
Paula Uusitalo
March 8, 2006
15 years
John Gapp
March 18, 2020
1 year
William Barnes
March 18, 2020
1 year
Tim Hansen
March 19, 2014
7 years

Happy Dollars

Sharon Scheele ($10) happy.  She is getting her second COVID vaccination this afternoon.  She would like her $$$ to go towards HRYF.
Lorraine Davis ($20) happy.  She got her first COVID shot at the tennis stadium and it was a highly organized and efficient event.
Alan Okinaka ($10) happy.  $5 is for a very smooth COVID vaccination event and $5 because he has signed up to go to the Rotary International project in Bhutan this coming fall.
Paula Uusitalo ($10) happy.  She appreciates that David D. offered his garage for RCHB items while things are being sorted out.  Lorraine added that Pete Muller has donated his shirt inventory to RCHB to sell.
Miyuki Lee ($20) happy.  $10 for Steven being on television and $10 for well-wishes for YuYok.
Michelle F. ($15) happy -- it's her oldest son's 11th birthday.
Tim Hansen ($100) happy and wants to honor his younger brother's 54th birthday by earmarking the $100 to HRYF.
Tom Witthans ($23) happy as his twins turned 23 two days ago.

Upcoming Events

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

Guest Speaker - Guest Speaker Michael Marshall, Art Department UHH on COVID Budget Cuts Impacts


Inspiration by: Curt Sharp
Pledge led by: Marlene Norton
4-Way Test: Geoli Ng
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