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As most of you are aware, the IRONMAN Race is coming to town and our usual venue at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel King Kamehameha will not be available on September 29 and October 6.  Instead Alana Yamamoto has arranged for us to meet off-site.
On September 29 we will meet at the recently renovated  Kona Country Club  The meeting will be at Noon and will follow our usual format.  The speaker will be someone from the Kona Country Club to bring us up to date on what's been done and maybe what's coming in the future.

On October 6 we will meet at the  Kona Historical Society in Kealakekua.  It's Bread Baking Day in the Portuguese Stone Ovens.  You can even place an order for bread if you want to take some home.

WE NEED A HEAD COUNT so that we can be sure to have enough food for everyone.  Please e-mail chrys@wtahawaii.com and I will keep a tally for the lunch order.  We need to know by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 FOR KONA COUNTRY CLUB and by MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 FOR THE KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY.



Join us at the Rotary Club of Kona's regular Thursday meeting at the Paddler's Restaurant at the Hotel King Kamehameha while we welcome our new President Lori Burgoon.  This week we will welcome a new member and will go over the plans and goals for the upcoming year.
Take a few minutes to check out the new look for the Coffee Blossom.  If you're not on our email list a downloadable copy is available in the downloads section of this website.  Comments and suggestions are welcome


May 19   Karen Rose  VASH - Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii


Aloha Fellow Rotarians.  
Please mark your calendars.  The Ironman Event, volunteers and participants will be in Kona during the first couple of weeks in October.  Our host venue, the Courtyard Marriott Hotel King Kamehameha, will be hosting a number of events and our regular meeting space will not be available.  We are going to take advantage of the opportunity and will be meeting on October 1, 2015 at the West Hawaii Explorations Academy at the OTEC site.  Then, on October 8, 2015 we will be meeting at the new facility at NELHA (also OTEC site).
More details on where to meet, how to order your lunch, etc, will be sent via email.  If you have any questions or need more information please contact Laura Guluzzi who is coordinating these off-site visits.

There won't be a Coffee Blossom this week and possibly for the next several weeks, while we make the transition to the new editor and I am away traveling.
Here's the info for this week:
June 25 -- Speaker:  Caleb Milliken --"Boys to Men Mentoring Hawaii"
Greeter:  Linda Jane Kelley
Door Prize:  Tom Bierlein
July 2nd - Speaker Jon Lomberg "Carl Sagan's artist for The Cosmos Series - One Earth, New Horizons"
Greeter:  Stephen Hicks
Door Prize: Dave Buehler
July  9th - Speaker: Diane Bertsch  "Ironman"
Greeter: Kris Hazard
Door Prize: Lori Burgoon
July 16th - Speaker: Carrie Kuwada Phipps  "Palama Nui Academic Programs:
Greeter:  Harry Hart
Door Prize: Kerstin Busse
Yours in Rotary
Chrys Yamasaki
Club Newsletter  2014-2015

DANI KNAPP  443.3456
LORI COWHER  987.9967


Ron & Kathy Hawkes Scholarship
Vocational Scholarship  $2,000 (at $1,000/year)  – Brandy Halliwell
Brandy is a Konawaena High School student
Jim & Sis Bedingfield Scholarship  $4,000 (at $1,000/year)  - Fernanda Hennig
Fernanda is a Kealakehe High School Student and is also the recipient of the HRYF Scholarship for $5,000
Ken & Marge Clewett Scholarship  $8,000 ($2,000/year) - Arielle Totten
Arielle is a Konawaena High School student.
Shanai Ortiz, a Konawaena High School student is being awarded one of the scholarships for a High School Student attending the WH Community College at Palamanui.  The scholarship will be awarded $500 for each of the first two semesters.
The following students are being awarded a special one time (lump sum) scholarship as approved by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation.
Daryl Nakamoto a Kealakehe High School student is being awarded $2,500
Sara Johnson  a Kealakehe High School student is being awarded $2,500
Madelyn Mumbert  a Kealakehe High School student is being awarded $1,000
Chole Delaney  a Konawaena High School student is being awarded $1,000
Our scholarship recipients have been asked to attend our May 28, 2015 meeting to share a little about their education goals and to meet the people responsible for their scholarships

At the meeting last week, the club presented Community Service Awards to four very special people.
GLORIA BLUM—Vocational Arts and Culture Service
Gloria has been involved in the theater our own Aloha Theater, along with the original play festival.
MARNI HERKES—Vocational Lifetime Community Service Marni has been a very active member of our community for many, many years.  She always had the best interest of Kona and always gave her all.
DELBERT SMITH— Vocations Services Employee of the year 2015.  Delbert has been the “van driver extraordinaire” at the Regency at Hualalai.  All of the residents and staff  appreciate his dedication to his interaction with the residents.
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP—(Accepted by Diana Bertsch, VP)  Employer of the Year 2015. The Ironman has become an integral part of the Kona Coast and has given back $1.2 million to the community.
  We were so very honored to have the opportunity to recognize these three individuals and a company, all who have given so very much back to their community.  The detailed introduction for each of these special recipients is posted on our website on the “speakers” link.  


On Thursday, February 5, 2015, we will be meeting in Ballroom #1 instead of the Paddler's Restaurant.



Rotary Club of Kona members and guests are working at the MEC Golf Tournamet, our annual fundraiser !!!

See you at Hualalai.












I am happy to report Sunday's "Project Compassion" event benefiting Rotary’s "POLIO PLUS" was very successful.  Total funds raised was $7,052.07; of which $370.12 was 20% of net sales, $408.76 was tips and remainder was mug sales, sponsorships and individual donations.

The next event is scheduled for February 22nd for the benefit of "THE PREGNANCY CENTER".  We'll look forward to seeing you all there!   

Mahalo to the many Volunteers, Rotarians & Denny's for all your support & hard work!   

Holly DeGeal
​Project Compassion, Chairperson



Aloha Kona Rotarians,

   We are so close to eradicating polio.  As Rotarians, this is the battle we have chosen to fight.  For some of us that means going to Pakistan or Nigeria and giving vaccines to children.  For most of us, however, it means contributing to the fight through donations.  This year, all four West Hawaii Clubs have agreed to join forces and raise money to fight Polio on November 9th through the Project Compassion Polio Plus Fund Raiser at Denny’s in Kona.

   What can you do?
 Come eat dinner and bring a friend (or 2 or 3). 
  20% of the meal ticket goes to Polio Plus

   100% of the tip goes to Polio Plus
  100% of sponsorship dollars go to Polio Plus
  100% of auction sales go to Polio Plus
 $20 for each mug supports Polio Plus


   The Polio Plus Project Compassion is a great social event, and fund raiser that costs us nothing.  Please don’t miss this opportunity to join forces with the rest of the West Hawaii Clubs and Rotary Clubs across the world raising money to fight polio.

   IMPORTANT DATE:  If you can find a $250 sponsor, to commit before October 28, 2014 will have the opportunity to receive recognition on our signs and fliers for the event, as well as post-event reports.

   Sponsors can make their checks out to “Rotary International Polio Plus”

   This website is a portal to more ideas for supporting this cause:


   Everyone can make a big difference.  Thank you for acting quickly to gain support to eradicate polio worldwide.

 Kimber DeVerse

Rotary Club of Kona

International Service Chair

808 936-4198




On Thursday, September 11, 2014 the Rotary Club of Kona presented a $25,000 check to the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation.  The funds will be added to the investment funds of the foundation with the interest and dividends used to fund our club's annual scholarships.   Each year we present $14,000 in scholarships.  In 2014 we added 8 additional scholarships.  All scholarships are presented to students attending schools in West Hawaii who are continuing their education at the community college, college and university level.

Acting President of Rotary Club of Kona, Alan Clark, presenting the check to Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation President Ken KjerActing President of Rotary Club of Kona, Alan Clark, presenting the check to Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation President Ken Kjer






It appears that a number of Rotarians will not be able to attend the meeting today as they prepare for the approaching Hurricane / Storm Iselle.  Thus, the Regular Meeting of the Rotary Club of Kona has been CANCELED.

In addition, the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation Annual Meeting scheduled for 1:00 pm today, has also been CANCELED.

Be Safe and we'll see you all next Thursday, August 14, 2014.





  As I said at Saturday's fabulous Installation Dinner, we've had a good year of building up our club! We not only won the award for the largest percentage membership increase in the District, but we're bringing in two more new members this week!  You've all helped to make this a great year, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve again as your president.  It seems to me that we've also built up our friendships and fellowship, while providing ever-increasing service to our community and the world. 

  As I'm sure all of you know, almost all of the good things that we did this year depended heavily on the skills, energy and enthusiasm of Liz Heiman, our Vice President and now President for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  I can't thank her enough for all she's done, and I feel that convincing her to take on this 3-year commitment (PE, Pres, PP) is an important part of what I've been able to do for our club as president.  MAHALO Liz!

  As noted at Saturday's gala, all of the members of the Leadership Team made major contributions to the success of this year.  I won't go through all the kudos and mahalo again here, but I especially want to thank Chrys Yamasaki for her continuing service as editor of the Coffee Blossom.  She continues to maintain the high standards and helpful content that have made our newsletter one of the best around for many years.  She was the Coffee Blossom editor when I was club president in 2001-02 and it was a great relief to me when she agreed to continue again this year.  I've relied heavily on her organizational and publication skills both times - and she's similarly served several other club presidents in the intervening 12 years. MAHALO Chrys!

  This also seems like the appropriate place to announce officially the special awards that we gave on Saturday to three Rotarians who've gone above and beyond the call of Service Above Self this year:

Quiet Rotarian - Tom Fine
Tom's always there helping, and generally too busy to take credit for all he does.

Outstanding New Rotarian - Kimber DeVerse
Kimber jumps in to volunteer when things need doing and she's learning rapidly how to accomplish things in Rotary.

Rotarian of the Year - James Resor
James has thrown himself into every project and greatly improved all that we've done this year - and we're really pleased that he's agreed to be our VP-President Elect this next year.

Mahalo to every one of you in the club for making this year so successful - and fun!

A Hui Hou,  Tom Daniel,
  Club President, 2013-14



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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kona

Kona, Hawaii

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI  96740
United States
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