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Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley, President 2017-18

June 2018

For 60 years, choosing a theme has been the privilege, and sometimes the challenge, of each incoming president. Looking back on those past themes opens a small window into the thinking and the vision of each leader – how they saw Rotary, the place they saw for Rotary in the world, and what they hoped Rotary would achieve.

When my turn came to choose a theme, I did not hesitate. I knew immediately that our theme in 2017-18 would be Rotary: Making a Difference. For me, that small phrase describes not only what we do now, but what we aspire to do. We want to make a difference. We strive to help, to have an impact, to make the world a bit better.

Over the past two years, I have seen so many ways that Rotary is doing just that. In California, after the devastating wildfires last year, I saw Rotarians Making a Difference to those who had lost everything. In Guatemala, I saw the difference that simple wood stoves are making in the lives of women who had been cooking on open fires: They no longer breathe smoke when they cook, they spend less time gathering firewood, and they are using their stoves to start small businesses. In Israel, I visited a Rotary-supported hyperbaric center that is helping brain injury and stroke patients return to healthy, productive lives. In communities around the world, Rotarians are Making a Difference by resettling refugees, immunizing children, ensuring a safe blood supply, and helping young people learn and thrive.

All over the world, I have been a part of Rotarians’ commitment to planting trees. As this issue of The Rotariangoes to press, we are still awaiting the final count of trees planted, but I am delighted to announce that we have already far surpassed our original goal of 1.2 million trees, one new tree per Rotarian. And, all over the world, Rotary is continuing its advocacy, fundraising, and support for polio eradication. Last year, wild poliovirus caused only 22 cases of paralysis in only two countries. I am confident that soon that number will be zero, and we will begin a new phase in the timeline of eradication: counting down at least three years from the last sign of wild virus to the certification of a polio-free world.

As Juliet and I return home to Australia, we will bring warm memories of the places we have visited, the friends we have made, and the service we have seen. Thank you, all of you, for the tremendous work you are doing, through Rotary: Making a Difference.

The West Honolulu Rotary Club annual installation dinner will be held at Hale Koa Hotel on Saturday, June 30, 2018, 5:30 PM, cocktails, and 6 PM, dinner. All of you and your spouse, family and friends are invited to attend this special elegant sit down dinner to witness the changing hand of our President and Boards, and also network with your rotary fellowship. So please RSVP your attendance by signing up at the link below. Looking forward to see all of you on June 30, 2018.
Click onto the link to sign up:  https://doodle.com/poll/utphcmhpkss569y4
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I have one last community service project for you to participate in before the end of the President Kristi’s Rotary Year! It’s a beautification project at the Palama Settlement (“PS”).  PS was established in 1896 and is a private, non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods which is located right in our service district.  For the last 120 years, PS has and continues to offer a wide range of educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health, and community building programs and services for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens. Its mission is to partner with those who have the greatest needs in the community and empowering them to enhance their well-being through education, health and recreation.
PS needs our help to maintain its heavily used facilities as it starts of up its summer programs. PS has asked us our club to partner up with PS to remove overgrown weeds, vegetation and debris from certain high traffic areas and to place gravel and potted plants in these areas to enhance its well-worn facilities. PS will provide all of the materials and equipment needed. Only your hands, smiling faces and energy are needed.
The event kicks off at the Palama Settlement on June 16, 2018, at 9 a.m. and is expected to take a total of two hours.  
Please lend a helping hand to PS by signing up for this event. The work will help to ensure that PS continues on with tradition of helping those in need and supporting the youth in the community.
You may sign up by clicking on the doodle link:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Richard A. Ing
Community Service Chair
WHR plans to put together a group to attend the convention and do some sightseeing in Germany, the trip will be around 2 weeks, visiting Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin. If you are interested in joining us, traveling in Germany and RI Convention, please sign up by clicking onto the link below!
Dear D5000 Rotarians,
The Hamburg RI Convention is June 1-5, 2019, if you are considering going, please read this to find out about:
1) The early registration discount, if registering between 6/23 and 6/26 2018.
2) If you are interested in getting a hotel room with the group, please add your name to the list by CLICKING HERE.
Don’t miss your chance to Capture the Moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg, Europe’s “Gateway to the World” will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. A place where the Rotary spirit fills the air — a place to connect with friends while making unforgettable memories and a place to discover the latest news, ideas and strategies that drive Rotary. 
So take advantage of the special limited-time registration rate of $350 when you register and pay between Saturday, 23 June and Wednesday, 27 June CDT.  
This promotional rate is also available on-line for those who aren’t in attendance in Toronto.
Regarding the block of rooms we are getting:
1) We will let you know in the next few weeks what hotel we will be in.
2) Your commitment to reserve a room will be needed by sometime in September.
3) Your payment will be needed by sometime late November 2018.
We will be promoting our 2020 Hawaii Convention in Hamburg and registration will open at that time. 
Naomi Masuno 808-492-0126
District Governor Elect

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