rotary international President — Sakuji Tanaka district 5000 Governor — Chet Dal Santo rotary club of honolulu sunset Club No. 31173 * District 5000 Chartered December 15, 1995 board of directors 2012-2013 officers President Beth Hoban Vice President/President-Elect Jan Reischel Secretary Cari Belczak Treasurer Jim Hoban Immediate Past President Paul Jurcsak directors Club Administration Elle Zhang Community Service Harry Kubota January 31 Gerald “Jerry” S. Clay Jerry will share with us how mediation can both resolve civil disputes faster, cheaper and more completely, and in the process, create a better society in the process. Last Week Bonnie Hilory, Vice President Development with USS Missouri Memorial Association. International Service Dan Murariu Vocational Service Matt Sutton New Generations Service Cari Belczak Foundation Chair Rich Zegar Sergent At Arms James Buchner Membership Jane Ferreira Public Relations Anna Fishburn Web Master Andy Arakaki Bonnie told us of the amazing and sig nif icant USS Missouri, and of the array of membership and volunteer opportunities available. Many Rotary clubs in Hawaii have ongoing service projects on board the Missouri. January 31, 2013 Page 2 Past RI President and Rotary Foundation Chair Wilf Wilkinson visited our club last week. He is shown at left with PDG Roz Cooper, President Beth, and Eric and Kathy Jones from New Zealand. Last week, Lynn Mattson from Colorado and Oliver Chang from Taipei were among the visitors to our club. Past RI President and Rotary Foundation Chair Wilf Wilkinson presented PDG Ayman El-Dakhakhni with recognition as a member of the White Hat Society, for having donated at least $5,000 in one Rotary year. President’s Message Beth Hoban Last week-end, I was at an International Convention--I felt like I was, meeting Rotarians and Rotaracts from 32 countries and more than 1000 attendees at the Peace Forum. The Hawaii Convention Center welcomed Rotary International’s 2nd Peace Forum with movers and shakers of all nationalities and backgrounds who shared their passion and expertise about the work that they do. Workshops were interactive and varied, catered to the young and the more matured Rotarians. Speakers were of high caliber, inspiring and motivational. Mahalo to PP Liz, who made it all happen as Program Chair. Talented speakers like Ash‘s son and Ayman’s daughter made their fathers so proud. Ash’s son spoke of his journey as director and producer of short films, sharing some of his work at a workshop. Ash acted in one of the videos--could be an Oscar nominee at that! Ayman’s daughter, Amanda, received a standing ovation after sharing her story about “Jews and Muslims Finding Common Ground.” The Saturday banquet with keynote speaker, Nobel Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, brought many dignitaries together from the community. The ballroom was filled with Rotarians and non-Rotarians who listened to Daw Not to be outdone, Past President Harry Kubota is also a member of the White Hat Society. Four Way Test of things we think, say or do 1 Is it the Truth? 2 Is it Fair to all concerned? 3 Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? 4 Will it be Beneficial to all concerned? Aung San Suu Kyi’s talk about her vision of the future for Burma. There may be future potential partnerships and collaboration with Rotarians sharing that vision. I heard the inspiring story of how one person, Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, changed the lives of the Bonsai People, especially women, through a microcredit program and offering business solutions. He was able to tackle problems and improve healthcare, education and energy needs in that community. As all great things must come to an end, this Peace Forum is just the beginning as strategies were developed and ideas exchanged to bring peace globally. The Peace Forum Committee offered a gift of ideas to the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hokule’a that they will take on their 3 year-world-wide journey in June 2013. Those were all snap shots of my own experience last week-end. I will remember RI President Sakuji Tanaka’s comments about working with the young and his emotional closing remarks that were heartwarming. The next District event may not be like the Peace Forum, but it is one I encourage you to attend. The District Conference and Awards Week-end is on May 17-19. Jim and I are co-Chairs of this event and look forward to a record number of our members at Turtle Bay. Shhh . . . you are the first to know that Nainoa Thompson from the Polynesian Voyaging Society/ Hokule’a has agreed to be one of our speakers. In the next couple of weeks, we are going to have our fund-raiser, Mardi Gras. This fun-filled evening of jazz, fun fortune-telling, delicious cuisine by the Plaza Club Chef, silent and live auction needs our help. Please support our only fund-raiser, so we can carry on our service projects locally and globally. Ticket sales and soliciting for the silent auction are needed. If prior commitments keep you from attending, donations are welcomed. Let us share this fantastic evening with our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers who will thank you for the opportunity to make a difference in Rotary. See you at our next meeting to hear Jerry Clay’s story. Malama pono. . . take care.