Saturday, March 19, The Rotary Foundation Celebration, 4-6pm at Ko'olani.

District  5000 is holding a virtual foundation celebration and President Matt Wong is one of the entertainers.  Doug Yee is graciously hosting our club to view this together at his Ko'olani condo party room.  If you would like to attend in-person, bring a pot luck heavy pupus dish and your beverage. Registration is through this link to out club website.  If you don't know your user name and password, just click on Guest:    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

March 18, Speaker Dennis Hwang's topic is " Hurricane Risk in Hawaii and How to Prepare your Family and Home."  In this talk we will cover the significant hurricane risk in Hawaii including the near misses over the last five years and the impact climate change may have on the States vulnerability.  Guidance is provided on creating shelter – emergency/evacuation plans as well as key steps homeowners can take to fortify their house.

 Dennis Hwang is the lead author for the Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, which is currently in the 4th Edition, with ten print runs and over 100,000 copies.   The Hawaii book has been modified for 13 States and Countries.  Mr. Hwang is currently working on the book for the Federated States of Micronesia.   He is a Faculty member at the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, which is part of NOAA, an advisor to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Counsel at the Office of O'Connor Playdon Guben & Inouye and Past President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.  Dennis has educational background in science and the law.

Help to Ukraine:

Statement from Rotary International: It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.  At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue. In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a military operation on Ukraine, creating a devastating humanitarian crisis.
As military activities continue and missile strikes rock the country, people are on the move, desperately trying to find safety.
According to the UN, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the country.
  • They are predicting as many as 12 million people may need humanitarian assistance
  • Four million refugees as a result of this crisis.
  • More than 660,000 people have already fled Ukraine into neighboring countries.
Others are sheltering where they can, in places like metro stations. The situation is developing rapidly, and the death toll is rising.
Here are some ways that you can help:
  1. ShelterBox We are deploying a team of highly trained operations and response team members to the region to carry out assessments. In coordination with local authorities and other aid agencies, our team will work to understand the type of emergency shelter the displaced people of Ukraine need and if our aid will be suitable. ShelterBox has deployed to the region before and has experience working in Ukraine in response to flooding in 2003 and 2008 as well as carrying out assessments in 2014 following the outbreak of the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region. We are committed to supporting families affected by the Ukraine crisis.
  1. The Rotary Foundation, in response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.   We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries. To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:  Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
Projects for Rotarians at Workday!
Every year in April, the clubs in the District do projects for Rotarians at Work Day.  This year, we have 2 opportunities to present to you, both on Saturday, April 23rd, 8-11 am. Please indicate if you are interested in participating in either of these projects and feel free to bring the family to the beach cleanup.
1)This year's speech festival is a virtual event for 
approximately 30 participating schools with about 210 student participants.About100 judges from various community/business partners are needed to support this fabulous event.  The judge will need access to a device (laptop, computer, iPad) that has a working video camera, microphone, and strong internet connection, and all documents and rater sheets will be digital.
2) If you and your friends and family would like to do a hands-on, outdoor project, we can pick a beach and pick up plastics, rubbish as we did last year at Ala Moana Park.  Of course, a picnic will follow for fun and fellowship.  The location is TBD.
Thank you!
If you have any questions please contact:
Cici Fong (Community Service Chair)
Upcoming Events
Speaker Anton Krucky - Chinatown and Homelessness
Mar 11, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker Dennis Hwang-Hurricane Risk in Hawaii
Mar 18, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Foundation Celebration
Mar 19, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
DARK for Kuhio Day
Mar 25, 2022
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Apr 01, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Apr 08, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
DARK for Good Friday
Apr 15, 2022
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Apr 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotarians at Work Day
Apr 23, 2022
Pau Hana Social
Apr 29, 2022
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Rotary Anniversaries
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Rod Moriyama
March 1, 1995
27 years
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