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Aloha my fellow members,
This week is going to busy and, that's why, please book your calendars for our first RCHS Strategic Planning Session this year! (Yay!) It will be on Saturday, October 10th, 1-3 pm! It is an exciting opportunity for all of us to get together on Zoom with our happy hour drinks, brainstorm ideas and share our club vision for next 3 years.
We have an amazing and fun facilitator - D5000 Trainer, Benson Medina from the Rotary Club of South Hilo, who will lead us in this brainstorming session. 
It will be productive, fun and interactive! The agenda will be shared a couple of days before the event.  If possible, please email to me if you are planning to join.
Topic: RCHS Strategic Planning Session 
Time: Oct 10, 2020 01:00 PM Hawaii
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 273 034 8799
Passcode: 1995
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS


As the number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii is increasing, the RCHS, following City and County of Honolulu mandates and guidelines, is offering only virtual Zoom meetings in October. We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our members, guests and the community.
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 Nate Gyotoku, President & Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Hawaii.
Nate serves as the President of Junior Achievement of Hawaii, overseeing all operations for the state. Junior Achievement of Hawaii is an impact organization that inspires and empowers Hawaii’s youth to be successful in today’s global economy.
Before Junior Achievement, he served as Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Kupu, a nonprofit organization serving Hawaii's youth. There, he oversaw the organization's Sustainability Initiatives internship, the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer, HYCC Community, Kupu Culinary, Pacific Resiliency Fellowship, and the Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge programs which impacted more than 170 young adults annually.
Nate also served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in 2015 and also held the position of President for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Nate also has extensive private in the technology, food manufacturing, and facilities management industries.
Nate is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and is also a graduate of Waiakea High School on the island of Hawaii. He is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council's Emerging Leaders Program.
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 Bill Tobin, of ShelterBox USA. ShelterBox is continuing to provide families with shelter and other vital aid in global areas that are most susceptible to and least prepared for the covid-19 pandemic. 
Bill explained that ShelterBox is in its twentieth year. It was started by a Rotary club in Cornwall England. Although it partners with the Rotary Foundation, it is operated and funded independently from the Foundation.
It provides tents and shelter for people displaced by conflict or natural disasters. The types of tents varies depending on the part of the world and the situation. It also provides household items. It does not provide food, but provides the means of cooking. It provides water purifiers. It also provides tarps, which can have more functions and more uses than tents. Tarps can also help with homes that are not fully destroyed.
The shelters are temporary, but the need can last for years. When it was founded, ShelterBox planned to help 8 to 10 families per year. With the Boxing Day tsunami in 2006, it was put on a different plateau of helping around the world. 
Its largest response to a natural disaster to date was with the 2010 Haiti earthquake. It helped 33,000 families. Its longest response to date is the Syrian conflict, which has been going on since 2012. It has helped 60,000 families. 
ShelterBox rarely operates within the United States. However, with Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017. There, it provided "shelter in shelter," which gave privacy for people in a large communal shelter.
ShelterBox has materials pre-positioned around the world to be able to move quickly. It relies on local Rotarians as front line workers. They know how to help find out where to look for survivors.
Here are some resources. Please feel free to forward these to friends and associates. 


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.


Clare Schnurr writes:
Aloha fellow Rotarians.  Just a few words about me, Clare Schnurr to follow after Dr Paul Moroz my husband’s member spotlight as we are a tag Rotarian team. 
I was drawn to Rotary by the excellent speakers- an opportunity to learn about my new community in Hawaii and the programs that are improving our world, one project at a time.  
I grew up in suburban Toronto, Canada with lots of escapes to the family farm, Lake Huron cottage and epic camping trips with family through Canada and the USA.  This likely seeded my love of the outdoors.
I completed my BSc in Biochemistry and Nutrition at Guelph University, known for its agricultural programs and International studies.  There, I became involved in a non profit organization “Crossroads” and found myself in The Gambia, West Africa for a year, teaching community development workers.  It was austere!  I learned to carry well water on my head, how to pound sorghum for dinner and how to teach without technology.  Visiting students in the remote villages involved creative transport from river boats to vans packed with people, chicken and goats and finally donkey carts
It was then back to Canada and what next?  Off to do a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences where I met my love, Paul Moroz on a canoe trip – 32 years later we are still paddling through life together.  Next step was medical school at McMaster University – the innovative educational center whose curriculum is now used at many medical schools including Harvard and JABSOM in Hawaii.  Then, the interesting challenge of balancing babies with internship and residency in Family Medicine.  Sleep was not part of the agenda! 
My Medical Career as a primary care provider has involved for 25+ years of practice in Canada interspersed with medical missions in Nepal and Bhutan.   Paul was the “big ideas” man and I was the support team.   It has worked well.  I did enjoy my clinics, my inpatient hospital work and my work as medical director, Rehab Unit at our local hospital.  Juggling kids and medical work has had its challenges but the 3 kids, Sonja, Anna and Nick seem to be unaffected by the many times they spent at the hospital, coloring at the nursing station while I attended some crisis.
Medical practice in Hawaii for the last 5 years is very different from my prior work.  I started at a Community Health Center and used all my 25 years of experience to provide care for Polynesian islanders with end stage diseases, often due to lack of access to health care for most of their lives.   The desire to travel to these islands with Paul required leaving primary care and enjoying the flexibility of an Urgent Care practice.  As with many of us, I open my calendar and lament the “Fly to Figi,  Fly to Samoa” etc that is 2020.   However, the marathon is half over and our future includes balancing work, travel and family.  For now, I am loving paddling with the Waikiki Yacht club, diving, hiking and being a Rotarian.


President Ary Radnaeva


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill
Upcoming Events
RCHS Meeting with Jacob DeNeui
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Oct 15, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting with Dave Molinaro from HTDC
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Oct 22, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Kim Haruki (CPB - Keep Hawaii Cook
Zoom only
Oct 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Foundation Meeting w/ Rich Zegar
Waikiki yacht club
Nov 05, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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By Glen Bailey, Community Service Chair
NO MATCH PROJECTS - TARGET $4,367 PROPOSED Projects = $4,367    
  1. WOMEN IN NEED – Estimated cost $2,000 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Assist Hawaii Women In Need halfway house homes on Oahu by providing funds to buy items to upgrade living conditions for the occupants.  Additionally provide 25 hygiene kits.
  1. SHOPPING WITH FAMILIES – Estimated Cost $1,600 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Holiday shopping at Walmart with 3 - 5 local needy families (up to 15 persons). The families have a child in the HUGGS program due to a severe medical condition and are very financially strapped due to high medical expenses.
  1.  (New Project) ROTC Project at Farrington High School – Estimated cost $767 – Rotarian Project Lead – Jim Hoban
Provide funds to purchase Sports and Training Equipment for the ROTC cadets program at Farrington HS.  Additionally the cadets new instructor MS. Ranelle Manaois has offered her cadets to participate in a community service projects with our club.
MATCHING FUNDS PROJECTS - TARGET $13,122   Our Club Funds $6,561 District Matching $ 6,561 – Proposed Projects = $13,122
  1. HAWAII KEIKI – Estimated Cost $2,500 – Rotarian Project Lead – Beth Hoban 
Provide Funds to support exam and health rooms at 25 public schools.  These schools are staffed by registered nurses who are not given state funding to make the health rooms child friendly. 
  1. JEFFERSON SCHOOL – Estimated Cost $2,000 Rotarian Project Lead – Patricia Nevada
Provide funds for 7 laptop computers for students that cannot afford them and other required school teaching equipment and supplies. Project is a combined Youth Services and Vocational initiative. School has requested new laptop computers for home use for children that cannot attend classes.
  1. JABSOM H.O.M.E. PROJECT – Estimated Cost $2,700 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Purchase vaccines and provide new equipment for the examination room in the H.O.M.E. Project Medical Van that services Oahu Homeless centers.  The van is staffed by a group of volunteers mostly from the John Burns School of Medicine.   This outreach program brings the medical van to homeless areas on Oahu. (Note - This is a continuation/upgrade of our 2013 project.
  1. ALOHA MEDICAL MISSION DENTAL CLINIC- Estimated Cost $ 2,000 Rotarian Project Lead – Jonathan Okabe
Provide funds to purchase disposable dental supplies that are used daily in direct support of over 800 patients per year.  
  1.  (New Project) District 5000 Rotary Gives Thanks Tree Planting Day led by Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako. Estimated Cost $1,000 – Rotarian Project Lead – Ary Radnaeva
Provide operating funds to support the District 5000 Tree Planting Project that will be held December 5, 2020 for “Rotary Gives Thanks Day”.  We will participate as a club to help plant 5000 trees at Gunstock Ranch located near the Ko’olau Mountains on Oahus North Shore.
  1. (New Project) US VETS Facility at Barbers Point. Estimated Cost $ 2,922 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Our Club will provide "Welcome Household Gift Sets" and other needed items to newly placed male and female VETS into the main home that houses up to 140 VETS and into the New Tiny Homes being built on the property by the State of Hawaii.  10 of the 35 new Tiny Homes are designated for use by US VETS.  There are about 50 new US VETS per year that enter into the program as new residents.  This new project re-energizes our past involvement with support to the US VETS. 


This 2020 year has been very challenging in many different ways. As many of you know, that we were unable to host our annual club's Fundraiser event in May due to COVID-19 pandemic and we likely won't be able to do any in-person events in the nearest future. However, our club's leadership is optimistic and creative in finding ways to raise funds to support the community projects locally & internationally. 
Our goal for this year is to raise minimum of $17,000 and we need everyone's help! Please review below the options how you can help & contribute to the good work we do in our community in Hawai'i & internationally!
1. Donating any valuable items for the online silent auction which will be hosted by our club on website. Please email to Beth Hoban, the Silent Auction coordinator, a filled out donation form and share a picture of the item. If the donation item needs to be packaged, please contact to Beth by October 10th. We will be collecting donation items for the whole month of October! 
The silent auction bidding will be open for everyone from November 16th - 20th. The weblink will be shared in advance.
2. Contributing by writing a check to D5000 Foundation (if you would like a tax credit) for RCHS in support of local and international community projects. Please mail a check to PO Box 4684.
3. Attending the RCHS 25th Anniversary Virtual & Christmas Celebration event on Zoom on Thursday, December 17th. The event will be ticketed and all proceeds will go towards the fundraising goal in support of the community projects. More details and program will be shared soon. 
You are welcome and encouraged to support our club in other ways by planning and organizing our fundraising initiatives. Please reach out to President Ary for more details.