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Presidential message

Barry Rassin, President 2018-19

November 2018

One early June, more than 30 years ago, I had a business trip scheduled to Las Vegas. I had been a Rotarian for about six years, and I thought of myself as an active member: I attended every meeting, I’d served as club secretary, I knew everyone in my club. But for me, Rotary was very much a community organization. It connected me to Nassau and perhaps even to the Bahamas — but no farther. 

I had never given much thought to Rotary beyond the Bahamas, and it had never crossed my mind to travel to a Rotary convention. But that spring, I realized that my trip to Las Vegas would coincide with the Rotary International Convention and thought, why not? I sent in my registration and paid my fees, never suspecting that the experience would change my life.

When I walked through the doors of that convention, I was stunned. It was one thing to know that I was part of a global organization with over a million members around the world. It was something else altogether to stand there in the middle of it. I went to every general session, looked in at every booth at the House of Friendship, and learned about projects that I hadn’t even known you could do in Rotary. That convention didn’t just open my eyes. It opened my mind. It inspired me to completely change the way I saw Rotary, what Rotary could do for me, and what I could do through Rotary. That inspiration has stayed with me ever since — and is renewed every year, at every Rotary convention.

In June 2019, Rotarians from all over the world will converge in Hamburg to Capture the Moment at the 110th Rotary International Convention. Many, like me, will have been coming to conventions for years; many others will be coming for the first time. Whether they’re looking to connect with old friends, to find inspiration for a new Rotary year, or simply to see what Rotary is all about, each of them will find their own moment in Hamburg.

Hamburg is a port city that connects Germany to the world and that has been an economic and cultural hub for centuries. It’s a wonderful place to visit — to stroll the shores of the city’s lake, take a boat trip on the Elbe River, dine out, hear great music, and explore fascinating museums. It’s also the ideal place to kick off a European vacation.

If you’re a regular convention goer, you absolutely won’t want to miss out on the friendship and inspiration you’ll find in Hamburg. And if you’ve never been to a convention, please consider this my personal invitation. Register at riconvention.org by 15 December for the best rate — and let this convention Be the Inspiration for your Rotary journey. 

Since 1957, the Rotary Club of West Honolulu, District 5000, annually recognizes a leader of Hawaiian ancestry who has made a difference in Hawaii; someone whose accomplishments have epitomized the idea of high achievement in such fields as art, music, dance, education, science, government, religion, business or sports. The award was named after David Malo, an important Hawaiian minister and leader in the 1800's who exemplified the ideal of high achievement and community service for the betterment of the world around us.
This year, we will honor Cyril Lani Pahinui. Please click onto the link to read his BIO:  
Friday, Oct 12, Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki Ballroom 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815.
Deadline to RSVP is Sept 25. No walk-ins.
Members, please click onto the link to sign up:  https://doodle.com/poll/88ccykuv39ednbg8
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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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