Weekly Bulletin E-Blast

Week of September 29, 2023

Whats Happening Around Town with RC East Honolulu?

Rotary Club of East Honolulu’s Fun Weekend Helping at Aina Haina Library Book Sale!


A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our Rotarian and Friends of Rotary Volunteers!
The Rotary Club of East Honolulu had a blast volunteering at the Annual Aina Haina Library Book Sale! We helped with selling in the media area and cleaning up, making lots of new friends and sharing plenty of smiles along the way!
Our club members spent the weekend arranging CDs DVDs LPs and other media,  and helping out at the sales table. We all enjoyed chatting with visitors and helping them find great movies! After the sale, we rolled up our sleeves and cleaned up the place, leaving it nice and tidy.
This event helped raise money for the library and brought people together to celebrate reading! Our club was thrilled to lend a hand and be a part of strengthening our community bonds.
Rotary:  Making friends and helping in the community!
Volunteer List!  Rotary Members:  Dailyn Yanagida, John Steelquist, Doris Hannaford, Laura Steelquist, Cheryl Holdcroft, Mae Mendelson.  Friends of Rotary:  Lauren Holdcroft, Mikki Scanlon, Naiya Balaji and Trudie, Robbie, Ruddy and Trudy Keissling.   Kalani High School Boy's Baseballl and Girl's Softball teams and parents:  Wyatt Ishii, Dyson Murakami, Pacey Hatanaka, Breadly Asato, Tracy Hatanaka, Naomi Stremick, Samantha Morinaga, Cassidy Wong, Tien Saiki, Shya Morinaga, Emma Fujino, Kyla Castro, Layna Faria Kira Matsumoto and Iris Stremick.  Team work makes the dream work!

Aina Haina Library Book Sale Info and Volunteer Sign Up

It’s September, and that means it’s time to mark your calendars for the Friends of the Aina Haina Public Library’s Annual Sale event.
This year the big blow-out sale is happening on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The library is overstocked with an amazing selection of books—bestsellers and classics, mysteries, romance, cookbooks, self-help, biographies, children’s favorites and more—plus a huge variety of DVDs and CDs to buy.
Volunteers are needed!  Please click this link to sign up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AAAAD23A5FBC61-aina Refreshments are provided for all volunteers.  
All proceeds from our annual sale benefit the Aina Haina Public Library and its programs. We look forward to seeing you there, and mahalo for your support!
Lilian and Laura

District Governor Mark Merriam's Club Visit

The Rotary Club of East Honolulu had a lively meeting with a special guest: Rotary District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam, and surprise drop in District Governor Elect Ted Faigle and his partner Rick.  With an engaging mix of 15 members and guests (including 2 prospective new members,) the atmosphere was both upbeat and collaborative. The food provided by member Kelli Chun and President Cheryl was a traditional fried chicken meal and Korean chicken and sides - and everyone left with a bento!   
Mark dove into Rotary's D 5000's goals with enthusiasm, sprinkling in some light-hearted anecdotes. Yet, when he touched upon the serious topic of supporting Maui post-fire, everyone felt the gravity, and also pride at how much Rotarians around the world had contributed to this cause.  The session ended on a high, with the group feeling motivated and sharing many laughs. It was clear that even amidst serious discussions, Rotary knows how to blend purpose, good food and a dash of fun.

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk - RCEH Represented!

The Rotary Club of East Honolulu joined with several clubs to support Suicide Prevention!  

It was a lovely day to support this great cause, and also fellowship with our Rotarian friends from other clubs!  Our DG Mark Merriam's wife Kathleen was one of the Chairs of the event.
We even had a chance to get a photo with President Cheryl and the Mayor Rick Blagiardi!
Here are some photos of the day and a link to the District Website update.  https://rotaryd5000.org/Stories/out-of-the-darkness%E2%80%99-a-world-day-of-hope-and-awareness




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Hello from PResidenT Cheryl

What a busy week for the Rotary Club of East Honolulu! A big thank you to those who helped move books from storage to the library for our upcoming Book Sale Setup. Over 10 people from the club, high school clubs and Rotary families came to help to get ready for the 22nd and 23rd. 

Hats off to the Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai for celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It’s inspiring to see another local club reach such a milestone.   Our own club member Lincoln Jacoby was also a guest - and we had a great time chatting about the club's fundraiser Sake and Sushi!  More coming soon.  

On a sad note I heard from Rotarian Janice Kim that her lovely Mother-In-Law Christina Lorusso passed away peacefully on September 2nd with Janice and Mike at her side in Kahala.  Christina was such a lovely part of so many of our parties over the past few years.  Here is a link to her obituary.  https://www.flynnfuneral.com/obituary/christina-lorusso.  Our sincere condolences to Janice and Mike.

Many of you have asked to donate happy dollars, even though you can't regularly attend right now - so I have put a link below.  Hope to see many of your again at our next regular meeting September 26, 2023.

Thanks to you all for making this week rewarding and reminding us why we're all here—to serve and make a difference.   

Upcoming Meetings and Events 
Japan Sister Clubs Visit
Feb 28, 2024 - Mar 07, 2024
General Meeting 2nd Tuesday
Mar 12, 2024
Luncheon Talk Story February
Mar 18, 2024 12:00 PM
General Meeting 4th Tuesday
Mar 26, 2024
RCEH Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 02, 2024
General Meeting 2nd Tuesday
Apr 09, 2024
Luncheon Talk Story February
Apr 15, 2024 12:00 PM
General Meeting 4th Tuesday
Apr 23, 2024
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse Birthdays
David Okinishi
February 10

September is Give Aloha Month at Foodland!

Please support the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) by making donations to Foodland's  Give Aloha Campaign! 
Yes, it’s time to support HRYF, which provides scholarships to our best and brightest Hawaii high school seniors and assists in furthering their university education.
The BEST and EASIEST way to donate to HRYF is at Foodland during their “Give Aloha” Campaign, September 1 – 30, 2023.  A percentage of your donation will be matched by Foodland and Western Union and given to HRYF.
To donate, go to any Foodland, Sack N’ Save or Foodland Farms with your Maika`I Card (if you don’t have one, you can sign up at the store), designate the amount you want to donate to Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation or use the organization code – 77199. Request a duplicate receipt. Give your copy to your Club’s HRYF Rep to mail to HRYF for credit to you and your Club. Please write your name and Club name on the receipt. You can also scan the receipt and email it to: office@hawaiirotaryyouthfoundation.org. Your donations will count toward the Per Capita Giving for your Club.
Thank you for taking this step during your daily life to strengthen the Foundation for our youth!

Hawaiian Airlines has a Discount for Rotarians!

District 5000 Rotarians,
Book your Hawaiian Airline flights through this link!  We have partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to provide you with easy access to Hawaiian Airlines' reservation site. This is a win-win: you get the lowest available HawaiianAirlines.com webfare and the District earns 1 Hawaiian Mile for every $1 spent via the Affiliate Website.  Here are the benefits of doing your reservation with our special link for District 5000 Rotarians:
  1. You get the lowest available HawaiianAirlines.com web fare.
  2. You use the convenient online access with a variety of fare and itinerary options.
  3. It's a completely electronic process.
  4. Rotary District 5000 will earn 1 HawaiianMile for every $1 spent via this special link.
  5. You will earn flight credit in your individual HawaiianMiles account too.
  6. And for a limited time, HAL is offering District 5000 Rotarians a 5% discount on transpacific web fares! 5% Off applies to flights between SEA, PDX, SMF, OAK, SFO, SJC, LAX, SAN, PHX, LAS, JFK and Hawaii.
Rotary Hawaiian Air Discount
Thank you for supporting the District by using this program to book your HawaiianAirlines Flights!!

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.

Consider these facts: If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.  Our Rotary goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.


🌟 Rotary Club of East Honolulu October Lunch Social! 🌟

We're excited to invite you to a casual and enjoyable lunch social on October 16th at noon!   It's a fantastic opportunity to relax, connect, and have a great time with fellow Rotarians who want to meet on Mondays at lunch.  Pat Yee is our host for the event.
Here are the event details:
📅 Date: Monday October 16th
⏰ Time: 12:00 PM
📍 Location: Assagio's Kahala
No formalities, no agenda—just good company, delicious food, and engaging conversations. Let's come together, share stories, and strengthen our Rotary bonds in a laid-back setting.
To help us plan accordingly,  RSVP to Pat at utti8411@gmail.com or call 808-941-3330
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