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Great News!  With pandemic restrictions easing and with the approval of the County Civil Defense and the Mayor's Office, we have been approved to open up our inaugural event for President-Elect Keith Greer up to 50 people.  This means that we can now bring spouses, friends, invite officers from other clubs, etc. The event will now take place at Nani Mau Gardens on Tuesday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We have a bountiful prime rib buffet planned and a really exciting program (with our lovely Marissa Guerra as the MC) that will include special awards, a tribute to John Fitzgerald, a preview of one of our big service projects, a presentation by Cat Rehberg on our newly designed Hilo Huli, plans to re-start our Satellite Club, the induction of our new president Keith (including his vision for the next year) and even some door prizes for some of the lucky attendees!
The festivities start at 5:30 with a no-host bar and pupus.  The dinner and program will start a few minutes after 6 and we should all be heading home by 7:30.  Cost per person is $40 and can be paid in advance by Venmo (email me and I'll walk you through it) or you can pay by check at the door.
What we need at this point is a head count as soon possible. I know a lot of you have already RSVP'ed but if you could indulge us one more time and let us know if you plan to bring your spouse, partner, family, children, neighbors, grandchildren, etc. To RSVP, please reply to this email.
This will be a great opportunity for us to come back together again (in-person) after a year of being locked down!  Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 27 Monica Rott Stone, Founder of In Harmony Hawaii LLC, a waste reduction and zero waste event consulting business and West Hawaii Coordinator of Zero Waste Hawaii Island, will discuss source reduction strategies to address our plastic pollution and waste issues and an upcoming event for Big Island (and beyond). Monica lives in Kona and is an avid surfer and devoted mom.
Tuesday, March 9 Melina Rajaei Founder and President of Ulana Museum which aims to provide a space dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture, both I ka wā kahiko, as expressed in Hawaiian traditions of old, and its ever evolving in a modern-day context— mea awana. Currently, all exhibits and activities will be available online. Rajaei discusses the advancement of the knowledge and appreciation of cultural heritage and natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and how those will be experienced through dynamic exhibitions, the presentation of artifacts, and engaging, interactive and innovative workshops open to all.
Next meeting will be April 27 @ 12pm (HST)
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Meeting ID: 812 0189 2467
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Tuesday, February 16 - We will learn more about "How Rotary will be Moving Forward in 2021-2022" from Sandy Matsui, Governor-Elect (District 5000). We'll watch a video from our incoming Rotary President, Shekhar Mehta who will let us know the new Rotary theme for the upcoming year.   Sandy and Benson will discuss what's ahead for the District and our own incoming club President Keith Greer discussed his plans and ideas for the coming year. Sandy has been a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kāneʻohe since 1992. After she served as Club President in 2011-012, her Rotary journey led to new adventures serving District 5000 as Assistant Governor for three years, District Secretary, District Trainer and as a member of the Host Organizing Committee for the Rotary International Convention that was scheduled to be held in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in 2020. 
Tuesday, February 9 - Agronomist and Farmer, Bob Shaffer, will talk to us about compost, its influence on our island, global warming, as well as food security and quality. He has a wealth of knowledge and may cover other topics that fit in with our Club's new focus.
Tuesday, January 12 - Tom Kabat, who consults on federal hydropower improvements, and with local non-profits and start-ups on efforts fight climate change, will be joining our meeting from Palo Alto, CA. This talk frames the climate crisis as something ordinary citizens can act upon working together to implement and demonstrate ideas and actions. This gives policy makers the courage to take those actions and make them the new sustainable normal. We will talk about ways to make low carbon living easy, affordable, and meaningful!
Tuesday, November 10 Geoff Cochran, the Annual Giving Officer for Rotary International, will be joining our meeting from Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.  Geoff will talk to us about the many programs that are funded by the dollars that Rotarians donate and how we can play an important role in what Rotary does around the world.
Tuesday, November 17 Farrah-Marie Gomes, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, will discuss equity, the Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women, and the University of Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Gomes previously served as Founding Director of UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center and Interim Dean for UH Hilo's College of Continuing Education and Community Service. Dr. Gomes will touch on various forms of equity, look at examples of disparities, and bring to light some actions that can be taken to help bridge equity gaps here locally.
Tuesday, November 24 - No Meeting (Holiday)
Tuesday, December 1 - Final 2020 Rotary Meeting : The Hilo Club is having a special 100th Anniversary Meeting at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.  We are suspending our regular club meeting at noon and ask our members to attend/support Hilo Club's special meeting as it will be open to all clubs in the District.
Tuesday, October 6 Scott Laaback, Co-founding board member and President of Center for Getting Things Started. A regenerative land systems designer, farm-to-table chef, and organizer who works to create regenerative culture and landscapes. He brings wildland firefighting experience, restaurant and farm work, pop-up farm-to-table event production, design, installation and maintenance of regenerative landscapes and any and all sustainability design projects.
Tuesday, October 13 Brent Norris, life-long designer and learner will discuss how smart design and planning can move Hawaiʻi toward a sustainable future. Brent has years of digital design experience and a command of IT. Brent helps implement Puna’s Community Development Plan and serves on the PCDP Action Committee, Junior Achievement, and brings light to new ideas as a TEDx Mentor. He earned the Webmaster of the Year award in 2009. As Co-Founder of Green Collar Technologies earned the Small Business Administration’s “Home Based Business Champion of the Year” for the State and County of Hawaiʻi. Brent currently lives off-the-grid in a self-built treehouse and re-imagines sustainable living in a native 'ōhi'a lehua forest on Big Island.
Tuesday, October 20 Hannah Shipman, Community Outreach Director at Blue Planet Foundation. Hannah will discuss the foundation and their efforts to help Hawai'i transition to 100% clean energy. She will offer actionable information on how to be more energy-efficient as efficiency is our cheapest and cleanest energy resource. Especially during COVID, with an increase in time spent at home, reducing energy bills is top of mind.
Tuesday, October 27 Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D. Dr. Akina is a Trustee-at-Large in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a statewide elective position. He is also President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy research institution dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. Dr. Akina believes that "It's time to reform OHA" so that it becomes a driving force in preserving the Aloha Spirit and advancing Hawaiians through housing, education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.
About Our Club
Welcome to the Rotary Club of South Hilo
South Hilo

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Call (808) 286-6559
Zoom Online
Hilo, HI 96720
United States of America
(808) 286-6559
Our club meets every Tuesday (starting June 22 2021) at the Coconut Grill Restaurant at 12 noon. The restaurant is located at the Hilo Seaside Hotel (126 Banyan Drive). For more information on meetings, contact Benson Medina at 808-286-6559
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