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Aloha my fellow Rotarians, 
It was a wonderful meeting last week! It was great to see Dr. Murariu visiting us here and sharing updates about Romanian Global Grant. Also, past Saturday we had beach cleanup service day at Ala Moana Beach Park. Thanks to all members and friends who participated in this project. It was fun and we did a lot of great work. We will continue our commitment to caring for environment and our community, so please join us for next service opportunity!  
I want to share a special thank you to our members, Lisa Harding and Dr. Clare Schnurr for stepping up and leading this project. Their time, talents and contributions are so valuable and because of them, everyone had a great time! 
Check out some pictures here:  
RCHS members w/ FHS JROTC students
Left: Lisa H explaining the sand sifting technique and importance of collecting microplastics. Right: Maureen collecting the data of trash items found at the park.
Left: Arjun and his family and Patricia sand sifting at Magic Island Beach. Right: Some members of RCHS and other Rotarians
Left: Members of RC of Metropolitan Honolulu. Right: Ben Chu, Tiarra (Eco Rotary Club) and Paul Jursack collecting trash items. 
It was great service day and lunch at the Waikiki Yacht Club!
With aloha,
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS
Last week's speaker was Dr. Dan Murariu who gave us an update on the club's Global Grants in Iasi, Romania.
He explained that there are three Global Grants, with the ultimate goal of establishing the first center for cranio-facial plastic surgery in Eastern Europe. Plastic surgeons from Texas and the University of Virginia share their knowledge with doctors in Romania. The center will be inter-disciplinary, bringing in neurologists and speech therapists, as well as surgeons, to treat all of the problems arising from cleft lips and cleft palates and similar conditions.
Honolulu Sunset is the lead club in all three grants, along with clubs both from D5000 and other districts. Rich Zegar and Win Schoneman accompanied Dan to Romania in 2015. The overall project will last at least until 2023.
Above left, Rich Zegar presents Dr. Dan with recognition as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Right, Dan and Rich with Dan's wife. Center, Dan showed us pictures of the work being done in Romania.
The first banner exchange in over a year, with visiting Rotarians from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jim Hoban serves as videographer for the Zoom audience.


This week's speaker will be Honolulu Sunset Rotarian Dr. Samir El Swaify, who will talk about Hawaii's living soil.

Dr. Samir A. El-Swaify is Emeritus Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was born in Port-Said, Egypt, grew up and finished college education in Alexandria. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Science (Honors) with Soil Science Specialization from the University of Alexandria, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science with Water Science/Irrigation Management Options from the University of California at Davis.

Samir served the RCH Sunset as Foundation Chair (2001-2002), Club Service Director (2003-2004), President when his team earned Club of the Year title for large clubs (2006-2007) and most recently as Vocational Director last year. As an extension of his professional interest, he led a number of outdoor community service projects focusing on water quality, environmental enhancement and natural resource conservation; most famously to the UH Lyon Arboretum; and joining WASRAG (now WASH) and ESRAG action groups. With support from our club, he secured a Global Grant to partner with the Rotary Club of Limbe for protecting water resources in, Malamulo, Malawi.
To join the meeting via Zoom, please follow this link:

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New (returning) member Elle Zhang writes:
I was born and raised in the mainland China.  My dad was a dentist at the hospital.  I was fortunate to move to California from Beijing then came to Hawaii for a vacation.  The love of Hawaii made me move here eventually.  I have lived here for 17 years and being a full-time realtor with Coldwell Banker for 16 years.  

My husband and I live in Waikiki.  We love travel,  small garden projects, movies, eating out and connecting with friends. We could almost walk to the club every Thursday.  I have always liked to dedicate my personal time and finances to the charity last 20 years.  I sponsored 3 children through Compassion International for 10 years.  My church friends and I organized homeless outreach at the Magical Island.  The Rotary Club helps to serve the community and I would love to be part of that again.  I was attracted to join this club in 2010 and met many wonderful Rotarians.  While I was away for 5 years, I met my husband and got married. Now I decided to come back and embrace this club and all the nicest people I can associate with.  


On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr's office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris' desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.

Each of the first four Rotarians, and Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian," brought different professional perspectives to the organization.

Paul Harris was a lawyer, Loehr was a mining engineer. Shorey was a merchant tailor, and Shiele was a coal dealer. Shiele was the club's first president. 

Rotarians continue to honor Rotary's founder, Paul Harris. Among other things,  those who make significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation are recognized as "Paul Harris Fellow."


Our Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset is conducting a clothing drive for the women residents of the Women in Need Homes during the month of April.  We have conducted this drive for the past several years and will present the clothing and other donated items on a Saturday event with our members at the Aiea home in early May.  Items that may be donated include:

-  New or used women or children clothing items in all sizes.

-  Wearable Women shoes, hand bags, or purses

-  Women accessories

-  If you have other items to donate please call me first to see if they can use them

When you have your donations ready you can bring them to our Thursday meeting or call Glen Bailey at 392-7170 for pick-up.

Thank you,

Glen Bailey

Community Service Chair



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. 
President Ary Radnaeva



“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”

– Winston Churchill

Upcoming Events
RCHS Meeting w/ Dr. Samir El-Swaify
Waikiki yacht club
Apr 29, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Richard Courson (Polio Plus)
May 06, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ John Yoshimori-Task Force Oceania
Waikiki yacht club
May 13, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Ed Futa
May 20, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Mark your calendars!

May 20, 2021

Ed Futa

Past General Secretary and

Chief Operating Officer

Rotary International and

the Rotary Foundation

will be our guest speaker

This is an event you don't want to miss.

The Friends of the Library  book store--Village Books and Music at Ward is still on until at least the end of May and there a lots of books still waiting to be bought, not to mention vinyl records and artwork!

The bookstore is open from 10 am - 7 pm, Tuesday - Sunday. It's where the old Pier 1 imports used to be, below Nordstrom rack in Kakaako. It's a calm, cool oasis to browse for your favorite book, vinyl record or even artwork.

Proceeds go to fund special requests from all 51 State of Hawaii libraries.
Albert Bediones and Paul Jurcsak
Members' Anniversaries in April
Join Date
Robert Ehrhorn
April 29, 2011
10 years
Sharon Ehrhorn
April 29, 2011
10 years
Club Information
Honolulu Sunset
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Waikiki Yacht Club
1599 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States of America
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