Upcoming Events
Mtg- Zoom Speaker Val Schmidt
Jan 15, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mtg- Zoom Speaker Judge Faris
Jan 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Tree Planting project
Gunstock Ranch
Jan 23, 2021
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Mtg- Pau Hana, Club Assembly
Jan 29, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Feb 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Happy Chinese New Year!
Feb 12, 2021
Zoom Speaker TBD
Feb 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Feb 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mtg- Zoom Speaker TBD
Mar 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Speaker info and sign up for Fri Jan 15 (via Zoom)
Speaker and topic for next week: Being a Parent to a High School Senior Student-Athlete during COVID.

Valerie Schmidt will talk about how the college recruiting process has been preCOVID, and what they did as a family since March 2020 to prepare Hunter to be a Men's Volleyball Recruit when Spring 2020 volleyball was canceled and gyms were closed.  


Val is a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial since 1997.  Her primary focus has been College, Retirement, Small Business Planning.  From 2000 to 2003, she was the Manager who trained advisors to get their licenses and start their financial careers.  Currently, she works with individual clients to plan for their future financial goals.  She was named the Business Woman of the Year by the Organization of Women Leaders in 2017.  She also runs a nonprofit - The Bella Project, that gives prom dresses to high school girls who are low income, special needs, or critically ill.  The nonprofit is currently inactive due to COVID.

Val joined the West Honolulu Rotary Club in 1998.  She was the youngest member and the 3rd woman in the club.  She won an award on the district level for being an outstanding Female Rotarian. After various board positions, Val became the 2nd woman President in the 2002-2003 year.  Her son was born during her year of Presidency.  In 2005, Val took a sabbatical from West Honolulu Rotary to take care of her son who had a rare heart condition.  She rejoined the club a year later.  She was one of the WHRC orientation Past Presidents from 2010 to 2020.  

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UPDATE:  TREE PLANTING - Sat, Jan 23 at 10:30am!
WHR has signed up for (Jan 23, 2021). If you're interested, we are asking for 5 volunteers. You can use a lot of the same information (below) in the last Pali View/e-newsletter (e.g., 5 per timeslot, holes already are dug, 10 trees per volunteer, etc.)
Please click on the link to sign up for Tree Planting on Jan 23rd, 2021 at 10:30a:
We'll keep you posted with future dates for volunteer service, clearing, and weeding as well.  Thank you so much for your understanding, flexibility, and continued support in this project!
Please feel free to contact Cici Fong with questions, or 808-429-8535.
Planting Trees and Climate Action
Tree planting is one of the most effective ways for us, as individuals, and collectively, to positively impact climate change and in fact, a study published in Science found that planting trees can be one of the best ways to offset the effects of global warming. The researchers determined that: “The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.”
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and forests absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks, offset carbon and reducing the effects of climate change. Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. 
We are partnering with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) on this tree planting project at Gunstock Ranch. Since the arrival of man in the Hawaiian Islands, over half of the native forests have been lost. Since its inception in 2014, (HLRI) has been working hard to reverse this trend and return these forests to the native landscape. Working together with community minded businesses, non-profits and individual Legacy Tree sponsors, more than 400,000 endemic trees now cover nearly 1200 acres in the state’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest.
Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring an endemic Legacy Tree for $90. You will receive a beautiful personalized certificate and the knowledge that $30 goes to Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako to fund their environmental projects . The remainder funds collecting seeds by hand, raising your seedling in our nurseries, planting your tree to create a forest, fencing out pests, clearing invasive species, and of course, the RFID tagging so you can track your tree.  If you would like to sponsor a tree, go to :