Zone 25 & 26
September is Youth Services Month in Rotary – a time when we celebrate the joys of working with our young people in all of the programs of Rotary. Rotaract, Interact, EarlyAct, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Youth Literacy projects such as the Dictionary Project and Keiki Vision – all are ways that Rotarians interact with young people and help improve their lives and engage them in helping our communities. Check out the messages in your D5000 newsletter from Youth Services Chair Joanne Laird, Literacy Co-Chair Gale Warshawsky, Youth Exchange Officer David Hurd, and Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation. PDG Linda Coble also offers suggestions for how Rotarians and youth can work together in the newly rebranded We Vote Hawaii campaign.
By September 1st, we will have had official DG visits with 44 clubs, including participating with PDG Phil and the Rotary Club of South Hilo (sponsor) in the Charter Ceremony for the new Rotary e-club of District 5000. The club, informally known as We Rotary, was chartered on June 30, 2014. Great way to end the year, PDG Phil! And congratulations to Charter President Kat Haber and the 21 new Rotarians in District 5000. What an amazing experience the club visits have been. I knew our clubs were active but have been blown away by the number of projects accomplished and planned by all of our clubs. And clubs are embracing the proven idea that clubs with lots of projects and lots of parties are strong, successful clubs!
Rotarians in District 5000 have epitomized Service Above Self in your response to the needs of the East Hawaii communities damaged by Hurricane Isele. A special thanks to the Hawaii Island clubs for their immediate response with water and manpower. The additional $4,000 food shipment which was sent when the Hawaii Food Basket was out of food and the need was greatest was fully funded by generous donations from our clubs, Club Foundations, and individual Rotarians. I’m PROUD TO BE A ROTARIAN in District 5000!
Aloha, DG Laura