Welcome to the East Honolulu Rotary Club, this has been such a great year of service for us! The 2011 -- 2012 Rotary year ends this July and boy have we done a lot!
Our final event of the year was a Community Awards luncheon and fundraiser. The Kalama Award's purpose was 3-fold. First, to "Celebrate Excellence in our Community" by honoring four outstanding individuals who use their profession to also inspire and support our community. Honorees in the categories of Arts and Culture in Hawaii, Health and Wellness, Business Development, and Innovative Education; were Rich Richardson (Arts), Dr. Terry Shintani (Health), Glenn Furuya (Business) and Principal Ruth Silberstein (Education). Second to raise funds for our many projects, and third to raise the awareness of Rotary in our community. Thanks to all of us pulling together in the short 5 week planning period that we had the Kalama Awards were a great success!
Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have a great year in the making for the 2012 -2013 Rotary year. So get your calendars ready for more great service projects and great events like the Kalama Awards "Celebrating Excellence" and Community Partnerships "Networking Events"!
In order to participate in local community health, hunger, literacy and water projects we take club and community assessments of projects that we are interested in supporting. We have formed relationships with other Rotary clubs as well as other organizations to complete these projects. Examples of our 2011 -- 2012 projects are below
- - Continued support of Palolo Elementary School, Jarret Intermediate School, Kalani High School in their program and school needs
- Palolo School Supply Drive
- Palolo Shoebox
- Keiki Vision
- Jarrett Middle School Books
- Supported Chaminade University's Rotoract Club in Rotary-related service activities
- Sponsored HUGS Respite / Dinner night
- Sponsored Ronald Mc Donald Respite / Dinner nights
- Friends of Aina Haina Library Book Sale
- Support our homeless Veteran's in Hawaii
- Conducted School Supply Drive for Palolo School
- Waialae Beach Clean up
- Provided dictionaries to 3rd graders in 8 schools in East Oahu
- Provided clean water systems, books, and library equipment to disadvantaged schools in Northern Thailand
- Taught English as a Second Language in Thailand schools
- Participated in a three day and two nights children's English camp in Chiang Kham at Canaan Church
- Sponsored cataract surgeries in Indonesia in partnership with Kahala Sunrise Rotary Club
- Sent goods to Kiribati in partnership with Christmas Island & Denver Rotary Club
- Hosted Youth Exchange student for a year
- Hosted an Ambassadorial Scholar
- Assisted in a vision PROJECT in Northern Thailand with the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North.
The inaugural Kalama Awards~ Awards of Excellence in the Community, a fundraising event for our Clubs many service projects.
We also sponsored a Community Partnership networking event.
Purpose: To connect with like minded professionals, businesses & organizations in order to better support each others areas of interest.
The East Honolulu Rotary Club, one of 48 Rotary clubs in the state of Hawai'i. Rotary is a volunteer service organization. It is nonreligious, nongovernmental and open to every race, culture, and creed. We encourage high ethical standards for business, and our personal lives and carries out local, national, and international humanitarian projects, including contributing to the world wide eradication of Polio. keeping with Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self," our club has supported service projects both locally - and internationally - Thailand and Afghanistan.
If you live or work in the Kaimuki and Kahala communities and are interested in helping improve the quality of life in in these communities, we would love to have you be a part of our organization. You might even have a particular project we could support. If you have a passion for serving your community, come and give us a try. We meet every Monday at the Wai'alae Country Club for fun and fellowship. At each meeting, we have a new speaker. Lunch is served at 11:30 am, and the meeting starts promptly at noon. Your first lunch is on me!