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Our club donated $10,000 to the Friends of LHS Music to be used for the Lahainaluna band.  They had a plaque made to hang in the music room as a way to recognize Richard Lyman and WHR for the donation. Richard Lyman was the 1975 David Malo Award recipient and he left our club money in his estate plan.  We paid it forward to LHS, David Malo's Alma marter.
 

February 2019

In my travels over the past year, I've visited many strong, vibrant clubs and districts that are transforming their communities. When I attend their meetings, I can feel the energy. When I meet their members, I can see they are people of action. And when I look at their communities, I can recognize the impact of their work.

I've also visited communities with Rotary clubs that were hardly more than social clubs. It shouldn't ever be that way. Fortunately, there's a simple approach that I believe can help revitalize any club.

I'd like to challenge every Rotary club to come up with at least one high-impact service project. Each club already has the potential, the resources, to make it happen. It has the power to change people's lives — completely.

It doesn't take millions of dollars. One of the most transformational projects I've been a part of involved providing a Jeep to a group of midwives in Haiti. We had asked the midwives what we could do for them, and they told us they needed a way to reach expectant mothers in a remote part of the country. We supplied a Jeep, painted it pink, and put the Rotary logo on it. Three years later, we went back to see how they were doing. They were excited by the outcomes: They told us that the mortality rate for mothers and infants in that region had dropped by 50 percent.

That's what I call transformational service. But Jeeps don't last forever, and after eight years on the road, that vehicle was on its last legs. So we bought a pink Land Cruiser. It's still on the road, allowing the midwives to provide prenatal care to women in that remote region.

What makes a project transformational? It doesn't have to involve a lot of money, but it has to reach people and have a major impact in the community. That is the key, and that is where careful planning and thorough research come in. So do your research. Leverage your resources. Seek partnerships that can increase your impact. And then take action.

Of course, service is only part of what a strong club must offer. It must also have good speakers, provide leadership development, involve Rotaract and Interact, and bring value to its members and reasons to participate in Rotary events.

If your club is transformational and well-organized, everything else will follow. Members will be engaged, and new members will be eager to join you. Fundraising will be easier: People love to give when they see how their money is making a difference and when they know the organization is accountable. Your club will be vibrant, relevant, and alive — and it will Be the Inspiration to those within its ranks as well as to the community it serves.

 

Our Vision : "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."  Rotary's vision statement adopted by the Board and Trustees in June 2017, reflects the impact Rotary aspires to have on the world and our members.

Our Mission : We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Our sister club, the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West, will be celebrating their 65th anniversary and our club is invited. If you would like to go (April 12-14, 2019), please let Roland Chun know at: rchun44@yahoo.com  The celebration program follows:
 
12th April 2019 Friday: For golfers: morning golf at Fanling Hong Kong golf Club.
For non-golfers: visit the Jao Tsung - I Academy, a cultural place and lunch there too.
 
13th April 2019 Saturday 7 pm: 65th Anniversary celebration dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Salons I to IV
 
14th April 2019 Sunday  noon: Dim Sum farewell lunch
 
The Club recommends staying at the Harbour View Hotel at wanchai North, no.4 Harbour Rd, which is opposite the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
 

The Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West is one of 56 Clubs in Rotary International District 3450 (Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia). During an official visit of R.I. President Joaquin Saratossa Cibilis to Hong Kong in November 1953, he found that there were only two Rotary Clubs in Hong Kong, namely, the Rotary of Hong Kong and the Rotary Club of Kowloon. Immediately President Cibilis suggested to the Rotary Club of Hong Kong to sponsor two new clubs, one in each of the Western and Eastern districts of Hong Kong, and two extension committees for the new clubs were appointed. For the Western district, after a few months' work of the committee, a new club emerged under the name of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West, which held its inaugural meeting on Friday, 26th March 1954. Its application for Rotary International membership was soon approved. The first regular Club meeting was held on Friday, 2nd April 1954 at the Golden Dragon Restaurant (金龍酒家), officiated by the late C.P. Fung Hon-chu (馮漢柱). Our Club charter was issued by R.I. on 12th April 1954.

On Friday 28th May 1954, a joint charter night was held by the Hong Kong Island West and East Clubs at the Ritz Ballroom, during which Rtn. T.F. Wei, acting on behalf of R.I. Administrative Advisor G.E. Mardnc, formally presented the Rotary Charters to the two new clubs, and a 'birth certificate' to each and every charter member of the two clubs. This marked the birth of twins in the same city, the first time in Rotary history.

 

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.  Donate to PolioPlus today.

 
 

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