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Aloha my fellow members,
Some of you might not know but tomorrow, February 23rd  is World Rotary Day! It is the 116th Anniversary of the foundation of the Rotary Club of Chicago, the start of a movement that has grown to become Rotary International. Congratulations to all of you for being part of an amazing community of global leaders and changemakers! I hope this message will be a reminder that YOU are a part of something bigger than yourself and you are making a positive difference in this world.
Have a great week and see you on Thursday!
With aloha,
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS
Our speakers last week were representatives from three organizations that we support: Women in Need, Hawaii Keiki, and the Farrington High School ROTC.
Dr. Annie Anderson from Women in Need told us that WIN is a non-profit that helps women feel empowered, and to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. It has three transitional homes on Oahu for victims of domestic violence, women fresh out of incarceration, or homeless. It also runs a drug treatment program, support services, and job training, which helps men as well as women. She explained that the women who come to the shelter frequently have nothing. Through the help of our club, WIN has been able to provide welcome kits with hygiene items, and to purchase items for the homes.
Laura Trinkle told us about Hawaii Keiki, which provides school-based health services for students in public schools. It works in partnership with the UH Manoa School of Nursing and the State of Hawaii Department of Eduction. Among other things, it provides enhanced school based health services, screens for treatable conditions, provides referrals to primary health care providers, prevents and controls communicable disease and other health problems, provides emergency care for illness and/or injury, and provides case management and coordination for students with chronic health conditions. The goal is to keep children in school where they can learn. With the funds provided by the club, Hawaii Keiki was able to purchase some much-needed equipment to improve the environment in the health rooms, including a wheelchair, an air purifier, a standing desk, bulletin board supplies, and window coverings to aid in privacy.

Michaela Patdu, a senior at Farrington HS, is the current Battalion Commander of the Farrington High School JROTC. She explained that the mission of the JROTC is to motivate young people to become better citizens. She explained that not everyone in the JROTC joins the military, and that the skills that they teach are useful in civilian life as well. The JROTC at Farrington was established in 1946. At one time, it was the largest JROTC program in the country. Its activities fall into four major categories: events, community service, school service, and service learning. An example of a service learning activity was its recent participation in the tree planting project with Rotary clubs. 25 cadets planted 25 trees on January 23. The money from the club was used to purchase pull up bars, ropes, and two-way radios.


Scenes from the Waikiki Yacht Club on February 18
Please join us for our weekly meeting on Zoom! Our usual informal happy (half) hour begins at 6:00 pm, and the bell rings at 6:30 pm to formally start the meeting. 
Our speaker will be PDG Win Schoneman, who will be talking about the "Forgotten Fund."

All Rotarians are familiar with the Rotary Foundation and the great work that the Foundation facilitates.   We are less familiar with the programs within the fund...both contributory and how we fund grants.  This week I will be presenting on "The Forgotten Fund"... the Endowment Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  I call it the "forgotten fund" because it is the least known and rarely talked about with our members.  Maybe it is because most contributions are in the form of bequests... yet it could be the most important fund for providing for our future and there is a mechanism for making a cash contribution as well.  One of the things that we do know is that demand for funds exceeds our current contributions.  It is time to grow.
To join the meeting via Zoom, please follow this link:

Meeting ID: 865 8869 6909

Passcode: 1995

Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma).

from Community Service Chair Glen Bailey:
Our club approved a Grant this year to help U.S.VETS. Below is a picture of Glen presenting a check to Tatsu Sasaki.

'ROTARY is Fun" Social Night on Zoom on March 11th!

Join us for our second virtual "ROTARY IS FUN" Social Night! It will be on Thursday, March 11th from 6 - 7:30 pmOur planning committee is working very hard to put this event together and we need your help to make this event a success as a first one! 
All you need to do is invite your friends, coworkers, relatives, or neighbors who're interested in learning more about Rotary for our club's virtual event.  Please make sure that you & your guests register for this virtual event via this link below.
Registration is quick and easy! Click the link to register & share it with your guests:
This registration link serves as an RSVP for the event and will allow us to collect your guests' contact information directly and follow up with them after the event. All registered attendees will automatically receive the Zoom link and other necessary information to join the virtual event.


Attached you will find details about our 2021 District International Service Trip to Nepal and Bhutan, scheduled for Oct 22 to Nov 4. 

To register for the trip, please visit

Due to the limited space of 30 persons, priority will be given to Rotarians of clubs who have contributed to the current or previous global grants in Nepal or Bhutan and also to Rotarians who have specialty training or expertise in secondary education, agricultural science, veterinary science, soil science, land surveying, or other applied science subjects.  For additional questions, please feel free to contact our Nepal Workgroup Chair Arjun Aryal or myself.  Toward the end of next month, we will host an informational meeting for those who have registered.
Thank you again,
James Ham, M.D.
Immediate Past President, RC Honolulu Sunset
Global Grants Chair, D5000
Member, International Service Team, D5000
See the flyer below. 


February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month in Rotary. Check out 

Peace is at the center of all Rotary Areas of Focus. All vocations have the potential to serve for peace. No matter which Rotary Area of Focus you, your club, or your vocation are dedicated to, the values of positive peace will always be at the core of vocational service.

The RAFs of Maternal & Child Health and Community & Economic Development are essential indicators of peace. Maternal & Child Health programs focus on the healthcare issues concerning women, children, and families, such as access to recommended prenatal and child care, infant and maternal mortality prevention, maternal and child mental health, and child immunizations. Economic and Community Development addresses the economic needs of low-income communities and individuals through the creation of sustainable avenues of business development and employment opportunities that can empower communities away from poverty. 

President Ary Radnaeva


If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.
--14th Dalai Lama
Upcoming Events
Win Schoenman
Feb 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS - Vera Zambonelli Hawaii Women in Film Making
Mar 04, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:29 PM
"Rotary is Fun" Social Night event on Zoom
Mar 11, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Vocational Community Awards Night
Mar 18, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Big West Rotary
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Join Date
Rich Zegar
February 1, 2001
20 years
Jane Ferreira
February 4, 2010
11 years
Marco Schlesser
February 18, 1999
22 years
February 21, 2013
8 years
Club Information
Honolulu Sunset
jeudis at 6:30 PM
Waikiki Yacht Club
1599 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States of America
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Friends of the library store now open at Ward Village.

The new Village Books & Music store by Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i will be open to the public beginning Saturday, February 27, 2021. Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, games, works of art, and much more will be available for sale! The store is conveniently located at the former Pier 1 Imports space at 1142 Auahi Street, Honolulu. Ample parking is available in the adjacent structure.

Generously sponsored by Ward Village and Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union, the store will be open through Summer 2021, giving book and music lovers three months to browse our collections. Inventory will be restocked daily and rotated periodically. Please check back often for new items.

Reminder to wear your Rotary pin or Rotary logo attire even when you're not in a Rotary meeting. Jim and Beth Hoban model their shirts, pin, and Rotary theme mask.