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Aloha my fellow members,
We had a great Foundation meeting last week. Thanks Rich for a great presentation and Win & Paul J. for contributing comments and sharing more information on the topic. Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting! 
It is almost end of the year, we are getting closer to the holidays. We haven't seen some of you in a while, so I challenge you to join us at one of our Thursday Zoom meetings and/or respond to this newsletter email sharing what you have been up to, any news or good stories. So, even if you won't be at the meeting, I can share a message with others.
See you on Thursday! 
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS


Please join us for our weekly meeting. This meeting will be only 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 this week will be Travis Tsukayama, a Certified Financial Planner professional and part owner of his firm Andrews Advisory Associates, LLC located in downtown Honolulu.  He specializes in working with retirees and aspiring retirees and their families to avoid critical investment mistakes and invest money wisely.  An avid follower of the stock market,  he is currently pursuing his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is scheduled to take the Level 2 exam next May.  Travis was born and raised in Honolulu,  and graduated cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with dual degrees in economics and finance.  Outside of the office,  Travis can be found proudly cheering on the University of Hawaii sports teams with his family.
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).

Our Speaker last week was our own Foundation Chair Rich Zegar, who is also the D5000 Annual Programs Giving Chair as well as the D5000 White Hat Chair. Rich unraveled the “mysteries” of The Rotary Foundation concentrating on bringing our new members up to speed. He covered the origins of the Foundation as well as the backbones which are “The Annual Programs Fund”, ”The Endowment Fund” and of course “The Polio Plus Fund”. He went into some depth about the recognitions that are made to donors by TRF and the special ways Rotarians can be recognized such as Paul Harris Fellowships, the Paul Harris Society as well as various levels of Major Donor ship. He discussed the White Hat Society, pointing out that there are 49 White Hat Society members in District 5000 who have donated a combined $580,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
He was able to expand on discussions of the Endowment Fund by asking PDG Win Schoneman, who is the District Chair of that Fund to explain its intricacies, which Win did only as he could. .   
He also called on Sunset Rotarian Paul Jurcsak to explain the details of the Paul Harris Society, of which Paul is the District Chair.
He went into some depth explaining that without the Rotary Foundation the average Club has no great capabilities but with the Foundation behind the Club there is International reach. He pointed out that Honolulu Sunset is currently involved with more than $500,000 worth of grants in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, not to mention about a dozen local projects worth close to $30,000. Rich always says “The Rotary Foundation is the gas and oil of the Engine of Rotary” and he readily demonstrated the truth of that saying during his presentation.
(Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey)
Every year our Club provides support to HUGS families. HUGS supports Hawaii's families with a child up to age 21 who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or disease. This holiday shopping event gives an opportunity to HUGS families to shop for personal items at Walmart  as these families face financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child. There will be 3-5 HUGS families in need that are invited by HUGS. 
Where: Walmart Supermarket (700 Keeaumoku, Honolulu)
When: Sunday, November 22, 9 - 11 am.
How: For COVID-safety purpose, shopping will be done in 3-5 groups with no more 7 ppl in total, including the family from one household. For each family we need 2 Rotarians to assist with shopping. Everyone must wear masks and maintain social distancing. No lunch will be provided. 
Please sign up by emailing to the Project Lead - Community Service Chair, Glen Bailey, at
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is NOW!  This year, join us as Rotary Gives Thanks by planting 5,000 Hawaiian Native trees to combat climate change! 
Our COVID Strategy: 
The planting area at Gunstock Ranch is 5 acres!  This gives us ample space to socially distance in the vast, open-air area.  Furthermore, each tree will be planted in a pre-dug hole that is 10 ft apart from each other!  Planting will be coordinated with regards to teams and planting zones.  The number of participants in a team will depend on the current guidance by the government (ie. no more than 5 per team).   Only one team will be present on each planting zone and will be planting in the same direction as the other teams.  This will decrease the likelihood of teams of being in proximity of one another. 


WhereGunstock Ranch (56-250 Kamehameha Hwy)
When: Saturday, December 5th
Shift times:
  •8:30am - 12:30pm
  •12:30pm -4:30pm
What: Each person will plant 10 trees.  These trees will never be cut down or sold for profit.   

How: Holes are pre-dug!  Training, equipment, parking, and directions will be provided.

Please sign up by emailing to our Club
's President and Tree Planting Ambassador Ary at & let her know about the shift preference and number of people in your group.




Meet new member Cristiana Ercoli!
Cristiana was born in Rome, Italy and raised in Europe. She spent a few of the University years in Stockholm, Sweden and worked in finance in London, UK. She hold a bachelor degree in Economics and Management and a Master in Business Administration (MBA). Spent over 15 years in management consulting, she also worked at Luiss Guido Carli University, the private University in Rome (Confindustria) as a researcher, teaching Industrial Organization. She is currently a Financial Advisor in Edward Jones. She loves the ocean, reason why she ended up in Hawaii. Certified scuba diver. Cristiana, also loves to travel, sailing, play tennis and ski. She is a big fan of F1, Ferrari Team, clearly. Lucky enough to join different GPs around the world. Married with a 4 years old baby girl, Rebecca.


For a long time, there was a joke that said that Rotary was made up of old white men and their fathers. 
Honolulu Sunset has long been proud that this has never
been true of the club. Its membership is diverse, and that is one of its strengths.
Rotary International has adopted diversity as one of its core values, helping bring the rest of the Rotary world into step with us. As part of the process, it has established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforce.
The taskforce is made up of 9 people, from all over the Rotary world. One of the two members from the US is Brian Rusch, who was a keynote speaker at the D5000 District Conference in 2019.
Pictured below is Brian, along with Jennifer Jones, the first women to be selected as president of Rotary International, and Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to serve as president of a Rotary Club.
Women were not permitted to join Rotary until 1987, when the United States Supreme Court, in a case concerning the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, of which Sylvia was president, held that Rotary could not exclude women from its membership.
For those people who are legally-inclined, and would like to read the opinion, it can be found at the following link.
President Ary Radnaeva


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.
–Mark Twain
Upcoming Events
RCHS Foundation Meeting w/ Rich Zegar
Nov 05, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting with Travis Tsukayama (CFP from AAA)
Nov 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting with Robbieana Leung
Waikiki yacht club
Nov 19, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Community service Walmart Thanksgiving for familie
Nov 22, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Rich Zegar presented Il Kim with his first Paul Harris Fellow recognition in April, 2013.
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by Arjun Aryal

Currently, there are three active projects in Nepal. One from the last year that has been approved and fully funded (GG1988399). Two of them (GG2117300 – Hospital equipment and GG2118290-Education focus) are almost ready to be submitted. These two projects will be sponsored by D5000 and will receive roll-over DDF from DG Naomi.

1.      GG1988399 - Chunder Drinking Water Project (RCHS)$75K (Year 2019 -20) 

Fourteen D5000 contributing club payments, D5000 cash contributions (earthquake relief fund) and the local host club in Nepal already made the payments and all the contribution was sent to the TRF grant management center, Chicago. This grant will provide clean drinking water to 120 families who now have to hike over 4 hours to fetch drinking water. 

2.      GG2117300 - Dhading Hospital medical equipment and training (RCHS)

This Global Grant will provide Emergency Room and ICU equipment (ventilator, ultrasound, and other related equipment) to Dhading hospital. The hospital serves over 250k people of this remote Dhading district and 45+ Health posts and health centers feed into this hospital. This is the only hospital designated by the Government of Nepal to manage Covid-19 in this district but it has no proper equipment. Dr. Paul Maroz communicated with the hospital and verified the need and ensured that the hospital has expertise to use the equipment. Estimated budget is $60k 

3.      GG2118290 - Improving Basic Education in Nepal (D5000 sponsored)

This is a centerpiece of D5000 international service project sponsored by DG Naomi. This project will supply science lab equipment to promote career-focused high-school education and provide teachers training and adult science literacy. The focus is on so-called lower caste or untouchable children and seeks to empower them through basic education. D5000 Rotarians will have the opportunity to visit the schools and be involved in the project, tentatively in Oct 2021, assuming the situation will be improved). Estimated budget is $45k.