Paul Harris Donna 2019-07-14 10:00:00Z 0
Portable Library Donna Hiranaka 2019-04-14 10:00:00Z 0
No Lunch Meeting: Pau Hana Club Social Donna Hiranaka 2019-04-14 10:00:00Z 0
Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Funding Scholarships and Local & Global projects 2019-03-07 10:00:00Z 0
Instead of our regular lunch meeting, Rotary Club of Kona Mauka will be having a social on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Fish Hopper's @ 5:30 pm.
RSVP:  808.333.6416
DARK: No Lunch Meeting Tuesday, March 12 2019-03-07 10:00:00Z 0
Club fulfilled wishlist items for several families at the holidays Donna Hiranaka 2019-01-10 10:00:00Z 0
Valentine Wine Tasting fundraiser Donna Hiranaka 2019-01-09 10:00:00Z 0
Donation to the Hawaii Island Food Basket Donna Hiranaka 2018-12-17 10:00:00Z 0
Donation to Hawaii Island Food Basket 2018-12-17 10:00:00Z 0
Supporting Children at the Holidays Donna Hiranaka 2018-12-17 10:00:00Z 0
October 24 is World Polio Day Donna Hiranaka 2018-10-02 10:00:00Z 0
Installation Dinner Donna Hiranaka 2018-07-10 10:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on July 3 Donna Hiranaka 2018-07-01 10:00:00Z 0
Japan trip to Sister Club Donna Hiranaka 2018-06-01 10:00:00Z 0
Vocational Award Donna Hiranaka 2018-06-01 10:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member! Donna Hiranaka 2018-06-01 10:00:00Z 0
Scholarships Donna Hiranaka 2018-06-01 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Well it’s hard to believe, I looked up my newsletter messages and I have now come full circle.  My first one was June 2017 and now my last one for June 2018.
It has been a crazy year, definitely not the norm with everything going on for our East Side Rotary Clubs, to say we are going out with a bang is to put it lightly.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your President this past year.  I especially want to thank my Board.  Mary Kay Rovelstad (Secretary), Adam Reugh (President Elect) and Eric Curtis (Treasurer).  And, then there are all of you serving on our various committees giving your much valuable time and experience to your club.  Thank you all so much.
I am so proud of what we accomplished.  Voted First Place in a medium size club for Youth Services, how can we thank Chris Leinenweber for his outstanding service?  Also, our most important prize was the Governor’s District Citation Award.  Which means we pretty much covered everything our DG asked us to do, special having a fundraiser just for Polio Plus was a crucial one for this award, and I thank you all who helped make it happen.  This includes our “Pennies for Polio” that raised over $200.00 this year, thank you.
And, let us not forget our representation to our sister club in Japan’s 50th Anniversary Gala.  This group attended at their own expense to represent our club.  There will be a special presentation of their trip at our June 4 meeting, this should be exciting.
Remember the installation party is on Saturday, June 23rd at the Hiranaka’s (what would we do without them) so sign up and/or email Donna and let her know if you are going to be able to attend. 
As I review my message I see that I have said “thank you” quite a few times, but it doesn’t seem like enough, so from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you all again.
As always,
President Laura Kniffin's June Message Donna Hiranaka 2018-06-01 10:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal & Child Health Month Donna Hiranaka 2018-04-09 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
What does Rotary mean to you?  No, I mean it, when was the last time you actually thought about why you joined Rotary in the first place?
For many of us it was a friend that brought us to our first club meeting.  We walked in and were immediately welcomed as if we were family.  Then came the…….”what committee do you want to be on?”  And you realized that as a matter of fact you do want to be on a committee.  You do want to make a difference.  Before you know it twenty years have gone by.  You sit back and realize just how much you, one person, has made a difference in your community and the world through Rotary Foundation.
And that’s not all, there’s the friendships we have made throughout the world.  People we never would have had the honor to know if we had not walked into our first Rotary meeting.  We need to share this wonderful experience by bringing in more of our friends and family into Rotary, if not our club, sponsor them in another club, but bring them in.
I am forever grateful to Rotary, and I hope you are too.  Here’s to the next twenty years of service.
Thank you all,
As always,
President's March Message Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-07 10:00:00Z 0
All Island Training Donna 2018-03-07 10:00:00Z 0
Valentine Wine Tasting Fundraiser Donna Hiranaka 2018-02-20 10:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Kona Mauka Rotary Donna Hiranaka 2018-02-20 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Well here we go, our busiest time of the year.  The 15th annual Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Event was held this past week.  It always amazes me what a 30+ member club can accomplish every year.  Every single member plays a part in this event, either physically (setup/take down), time (gathering items for the silent auction, selling tickets and haha, buying tickets).
We had a wonderful “foundation” at the Civic Center.  For new members it was a time to learn more about Rotary and how the foundation works, for old timers like myself, it gave us a boost to continue what we do and do well.  Raise money.
We are also lucky to have Ken Obenski who is the one booking our speakers.  We had the Honorable Mayor Harry Kim at our meeting this week, who gave us a sneak preview of where he stands with Mauna Kea……I’ll keep you in suspense, watch for it in the paper next week.
Thank you all, Laura
President's February Message Donna Hiranaka 2018-02-20 10:00:00Z 0
Valentine Wine Tasting fundraiser: Join Us! Donna Hiranaka 2018-01-12 10:00:00Z 0
Valentine Wine Tasting fundraiser Donna Hiranaka 2018-01-12 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
I am one of the luckiest people to belong to the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka.  When the Board and all our committee members met and I explained my limited ability to participate in the club because of the new job, I was overwhelmed by the support I received.  Right off the bat Eric jumped in and said “how can we help you.”  Special blessings go to Sharon who offered and is handling “grants.”  And another huge special thanks goes to Adam, who volunteered to attend all the President’s meeting and will keep us informed.
So I can proudly finish the job.
More thanks go out to Adam, Eric, Sharon, Donna and Gabriella who are part of the nomination committee.  Adam announced the following have stepped up to volunteer for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors.
Adam as you know is our current PE and will be our next President.  Lisa has volunteered to serve as Secretary and PE.  Carol has volunteered to join Eric as Co-Treasurer.  So we are off to a great start.
Remember there is always room for more, if there is a committee you would like to join then come on down, all are welcome.
Now, the big one…….our annual Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Event.  This is it….all hands on deck.  Ticket sales, auction items (please contact Gabriella on this as she is in charge and knows what kind of items she is looking for).  And overall volunteers for the actual event itself.  Special thanks to Dave and Bob who started working on this immediately following last years successful event.
Hopefully everyone made it through the holidays, with the least amount of weight gain and enjoyed your friends and family.
I look forward to continuing to serve you and here’s to a fabulous 2018.
Thank you all, Laura
President's January Message Donna Hiranaka 2018-01-09 10:00:00Z 0
Kona Mauka Rotary will be DARK December 26 and January 2.  We hope you all have an awesome holiday season surrounded by those you most cherish!
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, January 9, 2018 when our speaker will be Deputy Mayor Wil Okabe.
Happy Holidays! Donna Hiranaka 2017-12-20 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians
By now most of you have heard that I was offered and accepted the position of Director of Operations for the Big Island with Associa of Hawaii.  A homeowners association management company, which is my background.
It was too good to pass up.  The situation though is very, very busy with changes in the local office and it makes it beyond difficult at this time to continue to serve as your President effective January 1, 2018.  The Board will be having a meeting after our regular meeting and will be reviewing options to cover the rest of the year.  If all I had to do was the meetings, I still could not make more than half of them and that is not fair to the club.
I has been an honor serving you this past 6 months.
Moving on, what can we say but it’s the Holidays…….rushing, wrapping, mailing, cooking you name it.  Try to stay healthy and don’t over stress, I’ll do that for you……
Thank you all.
As always,
President's Message December Donna Hiranaka 2017-12-07 10:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party Fun! Donna Hiranaka 2017-12-07 10:00:00Z 0
Palettes for Polio Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless Donna Hiranak 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Palettes for Polio Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Tree Planting Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Shredding Event a Success! Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Eric Curtis: Adventures in Mongolia Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
            What a month…..we had the Sunrise Club’s Pig and Swig, our 2nd Annual Shredding event (thank you Donna for coordinating that), volunteered at the Monster Dash, (thank you Sharon for getting us up at the crack of dawn to help with this great event) and a group of us went to the Halloween party at the Elks.
            Now we are getting ready for November and our first ever “Palettes for Polio.” This, as you know, is going to be on Saturday, November 18 at the Rumley Gallery located in the lobby of the King Kamehameha Hotel.  We have received our first two palettes from One Gallery and are expecting another 30 from both the artists of One Gallery and the Rumley Gallery.  We will need some folks to sign up to bring pupus.  Remember, there is no cost for this.  100% of the proceeds will go directly to Polio Plus, 70% through Kona Mauka Club and 30% through Hilo Bay Club.
            This is the event to bring friends to.  I’ve also contacted Quinn’s (waiting to hear back from them, Patrick’s sister is the owner) concerning blocking some tables for us so we may walk over there and have dinner after the event.
            As we approach the holiday season we have so much to be thankful for.  Grateful for the family and friends we have and more than that, we share our blessings by the work we do as volunteers in our community and service above self.  Thank you all.
As always, Laura
President's Message November Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-23 10:00:00Z 0
Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-06 10:00:00Z 0
West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery 2017-10-06 10:00:00Z 0
Keiki Vision Screening & Dictionary Project 2017-10-06 10:00:00Z 0
FREE Shredding Event Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-06 10:00:00Z 0
Another great month is up ahead. With two events (or 3 if you include the Kona Sunrise Club). October 21st from 8 to 11am is our shredding event. Need a few helping hands, but more than anything need to get the word out. Last year it was slow and we want to make a difference.

As many of you know the Sunrise Club will have their annu-al fund raiser “Pig and Swig” that same evening. I have al-ready received emails from some of you wanting tickets. I will have some and put together our own table. Then of course, Larry and I would like to in-vite anyone who wants to come to the Elks Halloween Party on Oct. 28. I will have more details when I get back in two weeks. Donna, (bless her heart) had given me enough time to get this out for the newsletter, but someone (wonder who) got busy with the trip planning and then Habitat.

Speaking of the Habitat Blitz, y’all made me so proud. Incredible support from members of our club. Steve Pine couldn’t make Thursday, but he worked on a house of a friend on Friday, his day off.
Words of wisdom……”keep on truckin.”
President's Message October 2017 Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-06 10:00:00Z 0
Foodland HRYF Donna Hiranaka 2017-08-22 10:00:00Z 0
Presidents Message
Laura Kniffin
Dear Fellow Rotarians:

I recently returned from 6 days in Reno for the National Elks Convention (yes, not only am I a member but Larry, the husband, is also the Exalted Ruler for our lodge). A lot of hype and circumstance as there are a lot of “rituals” along with dress criteria, so glad we don’t have that. But, I did come back with some of their ideas.

These I was able to share with your Board of Directors and Committee members at our first board meeting held in July. Your Board made some wonderful decisions, especially concerning membership categories, but I will let the Membership Commit-tee share that with you all.

We are also adding a new event, I know have we gone crazy or what??? President Elect Adam Reugh has taken the bull by the horns and is organizing our first golf tournament, which he has named “Rotary Classic”. Please see Adam’s update in this issue.

On another note, we had our first Pau Hana at Fish Hoppers, thank you Sam….with wonderful attendance, I know Donna has some great pictures for you. This was a multi club function as we were joined by KC Mahoney President of the Sunrise Club and our own Assis-tant District Governor Barbara Kossow.

Next month Saturday, September 9th is another community event, we are having a Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge starting at 5, games to begin at 6 on the dot. Cost for this won-derful event is $30.00pp, which includes heavy, heavy pupus and 4 playing cards. Cash bar. Joining us will be the VFW Auxiliary and profits will be split 3 ways…..this is not a fundraiser it is another “fun raiser” open to all friends and family alike, with green bananas to be won.

As if that isn’t enough we are bringing back………the Pennies for Polio jar. Look for it at the door each week - this is a great way to get rid of your change (and any stray dollar bills!). Let’s see how much we can raise for polio this year.
President's Message August 2017 2017-08-04 10:00:00Z 0

President’s Message
by Sharon Taylor

Maternal & Child Health Month

April is Maternal and Child Health Month. Rotary makes high quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so that they can live longer and grow stronger.
An estimated 5.9 million children die each year be-cause of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation, all of which can be prevented.
The Rotary Foundation provides education, immunization, birth kits and mobile health clinics to communities in need so that they can take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
We should all be proud of belonging to such a caring organization. Please continue to support these efforts by donating to the Rotary Foundation.
The time is fast approaching to our 50th Anniversary Celebration. As you know the date is May 6 and the venue is the Sheraton at Keauhou. The Jubilee Committee has been working hard to make this a time of reflection and celebration. Members, past members and friends will be gathering to have fun and fellowship. Please let the committee know of your intentions to attend or not.
Happy spring to all!
President's Message April 2017 2017-04-14 10:00:00Z 0
President’s Message for December 2016
Sharon Taylor

December is Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
As Rotarians we do such great things every day. One of
the most notable things that Rotary has ever done is to
undertake the fight against polio. This effort has been very
successful as polio ,in very small numbers , remains in only
2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There are many more projects both internationally and locally
that contribute to the well being of others.

This is also the time of year when we celebrate with our families and give to
others. Our club once again acted as Secret Santa to 12 children through
Family Support Hawaii’s Kalikimaka No Na Keiki project. Bringing joy to these
children by making sure each one has presents to open represents the true
spirit of aloha and ‘ohana. Last week when Awa and I were shopping for our
two needy families, we were approached by a woman in Target. She was
overcome with emotion and with tears in her eyes said to us: "This is so wonderful
what you are doing, mahalo, mahalo". Needless to say, there were
tears and hugs all around. Of course, we told her that we'd were doing it on
behalf of the Kona Mauka Rotary. WOW! Folks really do appreciate what we

I want to wish each and everyone of you and your families many blessings for
the holiday season and a 2017 filled with joy and good health.
President's Message for December 2016 Sharon Taylor 2017-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
President’s Message
Sharon Taylor
Happy New Year! Here we are in a new calendar year and half way through the Rotary Year.
January is Vocational Service Month. As Rotarians we promote excellence and integrity in our chosen professions. Also, we share our professional talents with our community both here at home and throughout the world.
On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of meeting with 14 fellow members of our club to develop a strategic plan. Laura Steelquist, a past District Governor was our facilitator. After much meaningful discussion, it was decided to focus on 2 of our top priorities for immediate ac on.
  1. To explore alternate membership types and alternate meeting structures. Dave, Carol and Chris immediately volunteered to be the committee of ac on. They have set their first meeting and selected Dave as their chairman. Many thanks. 

  2. Develop a strong Public Relations Committee. Donna volunteered to Chair this committee. Before our session ended she had Karen Wilson and Joe as members of the committee and they have set their first meeting as well. Great job! 

If you would like to be part of the action, please speak to Dave or Donna. Your opinion counts.
Many thanks to all of you who participated. A number of other priorities were established but the group decided that is was prudent to focus on just two at this me.
In the coming weeks the members will get a full report of the session.
As President, I will be making a greater e ort to keep members informed of what is happening in the club.
I wish all a happy, healthy 2017 filled with joy and peace. And for our club I hope for a year of fun, fellowship and continued good works.
Don't forget that this year the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka will be celebrating 50 years of doing good. Let's shout it out!!!
President's Message January 2017 2017-01-07 10:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message for October 2016
By Sharon Taylor

October is Economic & Community Development Month 

What does this mean to a small Rotary Club on the Island of Ha- waii? It means that we, along with millions of Rotarians through- out the world get to celebrate all that we have done to promote Economic and community development through the world and here at home. 

The dollars that we donate to the Rotary Foundation on over a
three year cycle come back to us in the form of local and global grants that our club can use to support community and global projects.
This year your club executives together with the Chairman of International Service, Kent Nakamaru, has pledged our support to two international projects, a library and learning 

Center in Taiwan and a dialysis medical device project in Thailand. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find more detail on these projects. In addition our club gave $1000.00 to the Polio Plus campaign to further Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio in the world. 

Here at home we are using our District Grant Funds to assist the Kona Literacy Center in their struggle to get established and to be able to o er learning tools to the literacy challenged adult population here in Kona. 

And, never ever loose sight of the endless work we do in our community, from Keiki Vision ( please sign up to help), seniors projects, providing food for the homeless, honoring our veterans, providing for needy keiki, to name but a few. 

This is what being a Rotarian is all about and why I am so proud to be a Rotarian.

President's Message for October Sharon Taylor 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message for September 2016
By Sharon Taylor

September is Basic Education & Literacy Month 

Under the direction of Chairman Chris Leinenweber and member Greg Stille, the New Generations committee has many important functions. Very shortly they will be coordinating the Keiki Vision and Dictionary Project. Club members will be visiting the elementary schools in our area to conduct a vision screening for grade 3 students. These students will be also be given a dictionary at this me. 

In February the club will participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a leadership program for high school students who show the leadership potential in their community. It will be held at the Kilauea Military Camp during a week-end in February. 

In January (HRYF), then again in May, this committee will conduct interviews for scholarships. Also, for the first time in many years our club, in cooperation with the Kona Club, is hosting a Rotary exchange student, Tanguy, who is from France. 

You can see that this is a very active committee. Please lend your support. Speak to Chris about becoming a member of the committee. 

I read an article in the Sept. 2 issue of West Hawaii today about James Resor, past president of the Rotary Club of Kona. James has a full me job, is training to participate in the Ironman Kona on Oct. 8, is an active Rotarian, and volunteers with youth in both Kealakehe and Konawaena High Schools. I found it very inspiring. 

Let's all do a little more to support the youth in our community. They are after all our future. 

Presidents Message for September 2016 Sharon Taylor 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
President's Message
By Gary Rovelstad
Where Was the Flag, Anyway?

I'll get back to that question in a sentence or two. Before I do, I would like to thank everyone again who helped plant some 100+ trees along the Ane Keohokalole Highway last month. I think as a group we likely bought all of the Advil Long's had in stock. Even so, it was a great effort from all of the West Hawai`i clubs and I thank you for it. I also want to thank Donna and Ken for their work honoring Jerry Tracy with our 2016 Vocational Service Award at our April 26th meeting. As long as I'm thanking folks, I would like to add another thank you to your board of directors who, with the fine help of Laura's preparation and Larry's cooking, debated for some two and one-half hours at their last meeting over matters important to our club.

The first of these matters was not so much a debate as it was gathering information from Gabriella, whom we had invited to the meeting, regarding her recommendations to us and the club about how we can best continue to honor Bill Cliff's memory. Listening to her rein-forced our understanding of Bill's ongoing desire to bring the opportunity of education to as many as possible. It will take us some time and planning, but our efforts will move towards this goal. Then the board discussed, amended, and discussed again our new by-laws be-fore accepting them as our club's new set of rules. The board also heard reminders about Sharon's June 24th installation dinner, our participation in June 11’s King Kamehameha Parade, and Don's Jubilee Committee's ongoing work to identify those projects which will help us commemorate our 50th year as a Rotary Club. All of these announcements led Dan Montgomery to ask us to establish a more formal procedure to keep everyone, including the public, informed about our club's activities so they don't come as a surprise to us or the rest of our community. Finally, the board discussed our membership headcount.

Most of you know that Rotary International assesses our club a semi-annual fee based on our headcount on a specific date, in this case June 30th. So, please don't be surprised if you get a call as we prepare to submit our membership report.

What happened to the flag, then, on the 26th? There's a story told about "Bear" Bryant, the former football coach at Alabama, that speaks to his attention to detail. If a bald eagle, the story goes, swooped down onto the field and stole the football, coach Bryant would have a play ready to defend against the eagle. Well, I could take a lesson from that story. The flag was in the closet. Thanks for going along.
President's Message for May, 2016 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Cliff
"Gary," Bill Cliff said to me. "You're the new sheriff. When you need something done, just ask." I knew Bill Cliff for entirely too short of a time, but, even so, it didn't take me long to see that what you saw and heard was what you got. 'Makes sense, I suppose. Annapolis grad, naval and commercial pilot, well-traveled and wryly funny (you do remember his tale about almost hitting his flight instructor with his plane) but serious when the need was there, Bill was an admirable and valuable member of our club and community. Those of you who knew him longer than I will have to help the rest of us remember all he did for our club and town.
Our club's records show that he was admitted to Kona Mauka in July of 2010, but some of your correspondence over the past weeks since his death and conversations that I had with him over the past two-plus years tell me that he was a Rotarian for more than just five or so years. More than one of you, for example, referred to him as a past Assistant District Governor which implies an earlier start in Rotary, and on more than one occasion he and I would talk about his time as a club president. Again leading me to believe that he had devoted a good part of his life to being a Rotarian.
I will take from Bill his focus on a task and his commitment to help others and get things done. Sometimes, even though he was the only one who could decipher the puzzling abbreviations that the Rotary Foundation uses, I could sense his frustration with its politics and bureaucracy when we tried to to get grant money. Nonetheless, we got the money (I do wish he had left us a copy of his code book for the next person). When the money came, whether it was for dictionaries or projects in South Africa or other countries, we could rest easy knowing that Bill had done his homework and that the money would be well-spent.
Now it will be our turn to take your suggestions that we honor him by dedicating this year's Valentine's fund raiser to his memory, that our club establish scholarships in his name and, because he promoted cooperation with other clubs, joint projects with them that also remember the time he spent with us.
Bill Cliff 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
President’s Message
Gary Rovelstad

January 2016

Our Current Strategic Pan: A Mid-Year Report
If you didn't know that we have an existing strategic plan, please take a look at page 4 for more detail and my reference to Point 1,
Point 2, etc. What I would like to do in this message is report on how over the past six months or so we have satisfied its ten
points that describe ways for us to serve, grow, and improve.

Point 1. We do have ongoing international projects in South Africa and Romania along with local community efforts that assist seniors, the food bank, and those who provide meals to many who would not otherwise have them. We do not have 100% member participation.
Point 2. Our current club size is 36.
Point 3. We are friendly and enjoy fellowship. We have picnicked, attended the theatre, and enjoyed a Christmas party among other social events.
Point 4. We do have the best weekly programs of any West Hawai'i Rotary Club. Our goals and objectives, however, are not well-known outside of our club.
Point 5. We do not have "adopt-a-student," summertime interns, or tutoring programs. We do award and recognize community leaders.
Point 6. We do not have an established process for determining which, or what, organizations need assistance. We do provide this assistance on an ad hoc basis. We do have ongoing and consistent keiki vision screenings.
Point 7. We do raise monies annually primarily through our February wine-tasting that exceed $30,000. We do not have an identified grant writer.
Point 8. We do partner on international projects on an ongoing basis. We have limited youth exchange in this area.
Point 9. We do have an understanding of foundation giving because of the recurring emphasis we place on it. We do not have 100% of all five-year members of our club who are Paul Harris Fellows.
Point 10. We have approximately 90% of our members assigned to committee work. We have not had a member move on to become our first District Governor. Our member sponsors do mentor new members.
That's my mid-year report on how we our fulfilling our existing strategic plan. It is, of course, open to comment and criticism, but it also highlights, I believe, the need to revisit our plan over the next several months. 
I look forward to your help when we do.
President's Message 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
If You're Traveling for the Holidays

I'm told that I should expect a mixture of regulars, new and old visitors, and a fluctuating attendance at our meetings as many of us travel during this holiday season. Not knowing where you might go but knowing that you will seek out "make up" locations, I thought I would offer some suggestions.
If you're headed to Southern California, then you might visit the Crossroads Rotary Club. It meets every Wednesday for lunch across the street from the Inland Resource Center in San Bernardino. Should you venture across the Atlantic, the Pond as it's called, the Rotary Club of Northern Paris would also welcome you to lunch. It meets every Tuesday at the Brasserie Flo housed in Paris' northern train station not too far from the Stadium of Paris.  Still on the continent, then enjoy a Tuesday dinner meeting of the Rotary Club of Athens, Greece near Aegli Zappiou.
Leaving Athens and traveling across the Aegean Sea, through the Dardanelles and on to the Bosphorus could find you meeting with the sixty-one year- old Rotary Club of Istanbul. It meets at the Istanbul Hilton on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:00. Unfortunately, south of Turkey, in Damascus, Syria, you would not find a Rotary Club to visit. There was one, but, after 50 years in existence, it recently lost its charter due to a decline in membership. You can, however, go across the border to Beirut. If you're there on a Tuesday, you can meet with the Rotary Club of Beirut in the Phoenicia Hilton. If you want to leave right away, and if you have 75 Israeli Shekels ($19.50 U.S.), you can have lunch with the members of the Rotary Club of Jerusalem the very next day on Wednesday. Finally, if you want to round out your Mediterranean adventure, you can get up early for breakfast at the Rotary Club of Cairo when it meets on Monday at the Cairo Marriott in Zamalek.
If you're just staying home, we hope you had fun at our Christmas party and look forward to seeing you at our next regular
meeting. We'll leave the light on for you.
President's Message for December, 2015 2015-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
President's Message, September 2015
by Gary Rovelstad
"And From Viewers Like You"
This past weekend Mary Kay and I and several other members of our club attended the annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation dinner.  It was our first time, but, for the Sayre family, the eighteenth.  To say that the number of people attending the dinner, awards ceremony, and accompanying silent auction has grown, begs the question.  I suspect there might have been 500 people in the ballroom Saturday night.  This message, however, is not about the Sayre dinner so much as it is about our own annual, singular, fund raising event.
For those of you new to our club, I am guessing that you have heard older members mention that the Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting is not far off and speak at the same time about location, food, and so forth.  Well, it is true that this event is now roughly five and one-half months away.  Like the Sayre dinner, the wine tasting evening has grown in size and monetary importance.  Last year, thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, the event raised some $48,000 for us to give to west Hawai’i students. 
So, we have two events with some similarities.  They are both annual.  They raise money for specific needs.  They give their attendees an enjoyable evening.  They both have silent auctions.  And, they cost about $100 per person.  But, there, perhaps, the similarities end.  Aside from the obvious difference in the number of people attending, 500 versus 200, and, of course, the focus of the two events, it became clear to me, while watching Joe and Tammy help prepare for the dinner, that the Sayres begin planning the next year as soon as this year’s dinner is over.  This “permanence of planning” is something that our annual wine tasting has been missing.  To this end, your Board of Directors voted at their last meeting to establish a permanent events committee.  So, what does this mean for you and me?
This year will be one of transition from planning and having this year’s event to one of on-going planning.  I would like all of us to consider how best we might help getting ready for this coming February 13th and then how we might serve on this new committee when asked.  Because, after all, the success of this project really does come from “viewers like you.”
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President's Message
Larry Kniffin
What a wonderful Valentines Day celebration we had. Our fundraising event has truly become “The Event” for the Kona area. All feedback this year was exceptional with only a very few recommendations for improvement. The food was outstanding, the wine flowed and monies were generously given. We will be able to make a marked contribution to the lives of many West Hawaii students this year.
I would like to thank all members on their hard work in making this endeavor come to life. The many, many months of preparation paid off. This had to be the biggest silent auction we have ever had, at last count was at 194 items. I would love to list everyone’s efforts, but the fear of leaving someone out lends me to just say “Thank You All”, we couldn’t do it with out you. A special congratulation goes to Sandee Crisp, our event chair whose leadership and attention to detail ensured the event came off without a snag. Great job.
Now head back to the work of Rotary, February's theme in the Rotary Calendar is “World Understanding”. Sometimes we focus so much on our club and local events and projects that we lose sight of our International efforts. Think about how our club can help further Rotary's quest for peace, goodwill and understanding throughout the world. How can you personally do so?
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Happy New Year, Rotarians!

As a New Year dawns we have a lot to look for-ward to. Our main fundraiser is well underway, thanks to the leadership of committee chair and President Elect Sandee Crisp. All hands will be needed to ensure that this year’s event is the best one ever.
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Posted by Karen Wilson on Oct 20, 2014

Gift Certificates, art work, weekend resort packages, lovely things you own but don't use anymore? We're collecting donations for our Valentine's Day Winetasting Silent Auction!
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Posted by Paphassone Sokham on Sep 11, 2012

Aloha All,

I believe Youth services is one of our greatest projects. It brings young adults into the family of Rotary.

I am very excited about working with our Interact Club at Kaiser High School. We have a record number of students this year.

Up to 64 members and growing. Today we are holding their induction ceremony at our regular meeting. About 75 people are coming. Wow ! It will be our largest meeting ever!

This Rotary International PSA is well worth watching. Please view it when you have 5 minutes.

Aloha and Mahalo,

Henry deButts

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Posted by Paphassone Sokham on Sep 11, 2012

Aloha ... to date we only have 2 GSE Team Leader Applications and 1 Team Member Application.


* Participants will have their transportation to and from Poland paid for by TRF.
* Participants will be hosted by Rotarians while visiting Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

* Visit cultural highlights, attend the 2230 District Conference, make hundreds of new friends.
* Improve your public speaking skills, learn about other cultures, expand your network of friends and associates by adding "Rotarians of District 5000" to your list.


* Travel dates to Poland, Belarus and Ukraine: Depart April 27, 2013 and Return May 28, 2012
* Team Leader Application Deadline: Sept 29, 2012 (old flyer was incorrect)
* Team Leader Interviews: October 13, 2012
* Team Member Application Deadline: Oct 13, 2012
* Team Leader Interviews: October 27, 2012



Let me know if you have any questions ... Mahalo for your help!

Aloha Hal,

Hal Darcey
Friends of St. Mary's Coordinator
Rotary District Governor 2001-02
2011-14 GSE Chair
Advisor to RI Director Ken Boyd 2011-13
The Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu
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The President's Message

by Larry Kniffin


As a New Year dawns we have a lot to look forward to. Our main fundraiser is well underway, thanks to the leadership of committee chair and President Elect Sandee Crisp. All hands will be needed to ensure that this year’s event is the best one eve

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On October 31st,  members of the Kona Mauka Rotary Club volunteered at the annual fall Seniors Ground Golf tournament. The event was sponsored by the Kona Mauka Rotary Foundation. Over 100 seniors from across Hawaii Island came together for this fun event. Many of the seniors were 80 years and over and some had played for the very first time. Many were in Halloween costumes.

After the golf, lunch was served and prizes awarded.
Ground Golf is a variation of the traditional game of golf and in some ways is similar to croquet.
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The Rotary Club of Kona Mauka has presented 16 scholarships totaling $25,400 to graduating seniors and to students working towards their degree at University of Hawaii—West Hawaii Campus.  Over the years the club has established several scholarships as a way to help young adults achieve their academic goals

Mary Teshima Memorial Scholarship:

· Chase Takaki ($1,000)                                     

· Miranda Lugo ($1,000)    

Teshima's Restaurant has been the home of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka for over 40 years. In honor of Mrs. Teshima's 100th birthday in 2007, the Club set up a perpetual scholarship in her name. She passed away at the age of 106 and donations continue to come in to help with scholarship in her name. Mrs. Teshima was a legend in our community and a lifetime believer in higher education.                                                


Valerie Izuno Memorial Scholarship

· Rebecca Crabtree   ($1,000)

“Auntie Val,” as she was known by the students at Konawaena High School, was the vocational counselor at the school for many years. She was an inspiration to all her students and worked tirelessly to help students obtain scholarships to further their education.  Auntie Val passed away in 2008 and a perpetual scholarship was set up in her name for the students of KHS.  She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her and her love for education continues to help deserving students.


Wayne Hedemann Memorial Scholarship 

· Shon Inouye  ($2,000) to be distributed over 2 years

Wayne Hedemann graduated from Konawaena High School.  He enlisted in the military to serve his country as a helicopter pilot and was tragically killed during the Vietnam War.  His father, who was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka, sponsored a scholarship in Wayne’s name. The club has perpetuated this scholarship; which has been helping students to further their education for over 40 years.


Cou Family Scholarship 

· Jennifer Kalili ($2,000)  to be distributed over 2 years

This scholarship is supported by Marta Cou to honor her parents and grandparents.  Her family always told her that education was the opportunity to make better choices in life.  Both Ms. Cou’s grandfathers were Rotarians in Cuba and she supports Rotary’s dedication and commitment to the community.


Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF)

· Olivia Maigret ($10,000)

The recipients of this scholarship participate in a thorough interview process.  A small handful of students from across the state are awarded this generous scholarship, which was originally chartered by Foodland proprietor and Rotarian ‘Sully’ Sullivan.  Olivia will be studying diplomacy.


Kona Mauka Rotary Memorial Scholarships

Kona Mauka Rotary invited community members to establish a scholarship to honor a loved one while helping a student achieve their academic goals.  This year we also had a local business create a scholarship and anonymous donors participate with donations.  The club matched the family/friends’ donation dollar-to-dollar.

America’s Mattress Golden Scholarship  $500 - Jay Kopelman & Sherry Bracken   $1,000 –Richard & Lorraine Meitzner $400

· Chenoa Jesser Journalism

Edith Crisp Memorial Scholarship

· Kellen Lambert ($1,000)   Elementary Education

Jean Holmquist Memorial Scholarship

· Kristen Hiromasa ($1,000)    Exercise Science

Carol Lu Rapp Memorial Scholarship

· Sarah Pike ($1,000)     Business

Hazel Fessler Memorial Scholarship

· Tayana Cardoza  ($1,000)  Veterinary Assistant

Cynthia Irons Nursing Scholarship

· Savannah Udac ($500)    Nursing

Susan Sayre & Isabella Mustard Memorial Scholarship

· Elijah Gladstone ($500)  Television Production

Ruth MacKay Memorial Scholarship

  •  Caryn Masutomi  ($500)  Nursing –2nd year student at UH West Hawaii

Gerald Scoville Sr. Memorial Scholarship

  •    Jacqueline Sanders ($500)    Nursing


Scholarships to students of our local University of Hawaii -West Hawaii Campus

Kona Mauka Rotary’s Career Technical Scholarship

  •     Yarden Davis ($500)  Nursing
  •      Samantha Madsen ($500)  Culinary
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Please welcome our new member, Elly Johnsoon.   We look forward to getting to know you better and to enjoying Rotary fellowship!Image
May 20, 2014
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On December 15, 2012, the four Rotary Clubs in West Hawaii will join together with many other organizations for the First Annual Menehune Food Drive to benefit the West Hawaii Food Basket.  During the day, you can drop off food or cash donations at any of the supermarkets in West Hawaii, from 9-2pm. Rotarians will be at tables set up just outside the entrance to the supermarkets, ready to receive donations.  During the evening, Rotarians will be on duty at the Christmas parade in Kailua-Kona.  We will be staffing tables at the entrance areas for viewers, receiving donations from the audience watching the parade.  

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