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DG Nalanii makes her officiial DG visit on Friday, September 8th.  She meets with the Board at 10am and will be our speaker at the regular meeting.
 
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Nalani Flinn is a retired credit union executive, who renewed her commitment to service above self in April 1996, when she joined the Waianae Coast Rotary Club. During a 40-year career in the credit union industry, she played an increasingly significant role in improving her community through helping families secure loans to buy cars, start businesses, improve homes and pay for their children's education.
Since her retirement in July 2007, she has been approaching with a sense of urgency a passion to promote the importance of literacy in her community as a volunteer with the nonprofit organization Reading is Fundamental, which enlisted her help to read regularly to elementary-school students in Waianae. In addition, she is a dedicated assistant pastor at the Gospel of Salvation Church, where she has a leadership role in efforts to strengthen families and deepen their spiritual faith. 
 
As a member of the Waianae Coast Rotary Club, she served two, one-year terms as president in 1999 and again in 2003. She has also been an Assistant District Governor for five years, starting in 2004. Among key achievements for the district was her lead role in humanitarian efforts to help promote world peace in January 2013, when an estimated 900 people gathered in Honolulu to spread the global message of peace through service. 
 
Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and early-morning walks with friends at KoOlina in West Oahu. Born and raised in Kalihi, she lives in Waianae.
District Governor Nalani Flinn 2017-09-02 10:00:00Z 0
Remember when we crowned our fellow Rotarian George Otani, King George?  We honored him at Roland's house for his 50 years of perfect attendance.  We said goodbye to our dear friend on Sunday August 6th at his memorial service.  George was posthumously presented with an "Ingo" by Bishop Eric Matsumoto for 32 years of outstanding contribution to the Honpa Hongwanji.
 
TRIBUTE TO GEORGE OTANI by Gil Fujiyoshi
 
Nary to miss a beat,
George’s 50 years, an unblemished feat.
Crowned (April 2014) King George of WHR Club,
Toasted, roasted, and applauded from the membership hub.
 
Quiet and unassuming, George was at the club helm (1999-2000),
A recent post, International Director, and Kyoto kids exchange realm.
 
Richard Ing in 2010 needed a club secretary,
George quickly obliged as intermediary.
His key presidential project was Renton Road in Ewa Beach,
Where carpentry endeavors were within our reach.
 
Through Star Market, George donated turkeys to the less fortunate in Kalihi Valley,
Giving his gift of time, he could always be counted in the
community service tally.
 
George will be sorely missed. Fond ALOHA, George.
WHRotarians say goodbye to King George 2017-08-06 10:00:00Z 0
 
Making a difference through vocational service

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley recognizes the importance of Rotary clubs defining service for themselves and their communities. During the 2017-18 year, President Riseley encourages Rotary members to answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference.

However members chooses to serve, they do so because they know their service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whatever motivation you had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction you find that causes you to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of Rotary: Making a Difference. Below are just a few activities you can undertake throughout the year to continue making a difference:

  • Volunteer on a service project and use your professional skills to help others.
  • Inspire others by posting your vocational service projects on Rotary Showcase or supporting a project on Rotary Ideas.
  • Join a Rotarian Action Group to use your technical skills to assist service projects around the world.
  • Join or form a Rotary Fellowship related to your vocation.
  • Emphasize integrity in your club by recognizing Rotarians for high ethical standards.
  • Guide a young person to achieve his or her career aspirations and encourage others in their professional development.
  • Work with your district international service chair to offer your expertise as part of a district resource network. Let your chair know if you have technical expertise in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, project planning and implementation, community assessment, measurement and evaluation, or other key aspects of large-scale projects and grants.

Review the humanitarian service goals to learn how your vocational service projects can help your club qualify for the 2017-18 Rotary Citation. The citation recognizes clubs that achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Making a difference through vocational service 2017-07-25 10:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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