April 7: Donna Whitaker - Executive Director Humane Society
April 14 Kyle Teves Paramedic FMS (Fire, Medical, Specialist). Training, aspects of the job (EMS).
April 21 Captain Gifford Matsuoka’s paramedic of EMS
Emergency Medical Service-Ambulance to police and fire. How to recognize stroke, dealing with 911, other aspects of public's relationship to EMS.
May 5 Denise Stromberg Kailua-Kona Library Branch
Library Programs and Resources including Summer Programs – open to Adults
May 12 Dr Warren Skidmore – Research Scientist with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
May 19 Karen Rose VASH - Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii
Ron & Kathy Hawkes Scholarship
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!
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.
Rotary Club of Kona
International Service Chair
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 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
This Week At the Rotary Club of Kona
Presentation of Community Awards
The Rotary Club of Kona is Pleased to Acknowledge
For her many years of service to the Kona Community
Including her work at the ARC of Kona
WEST HAWAII COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
For the many years of service and leadership in health care in our Kona Community
For her many years of service and gracious hospitality to our
Rotary Members and Guests
Be sure to sign up and come help with our Rotarians
at Work Day. This year we will be cleaning up the new land and building acquired by the Humane Socitey.
This project will concentrate on the dog park and sprucing up the buildings.
Rotarians Jeff Rich and Preston Crowl are working hard to get as much preliminary work done and to organize
the volunteers so that we can get as much as possible done on the work day itself.
Sunday, April 14, 2014, the Project Compassion event at Denny's will raise funds for Therapeutic Horsemanship of Kona. Please come, enjoy fellowship and support this great organization.