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Aloha my fellow members,
It was a great meeting last week! We had more than 20 attendees! Along with a fascinating presentation on hydrogen from my friend Dave Molinaro (read the recap below), the highlight of the meeting was the induction ceremony of Maureen Conwell! I am glad to see our club expanding with amazing individuals who are looking forward to get more involved in our service work and make an impact in our community and communities around the world. My heartfelt congratulations to Maureen! We are happy you are a part of our Ohana now!
If you haven't joined our meeting in a while, please join us on Thursday nights, even for a few minutes just to say hi! You are just one click away! Would love to see you and catch up!
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 Kim HarukiVP, Community & Market Development Manager, Central Pacific Bank
Kimberly Haruki is Vice President, Community and Market Development Manager at Central Pacific
Bank, a Hawaii-based financial institution founded in 1954 by Nisei WWII veterans, which
today provides a full range of banking, investment, and trust services. Kim is responsible for CPB’s community involvement program, aligning corporate objectives with engagement by Central Pacific Bank, its employees, and the CPB Foundation in the communities and markets served. Previously, she was Senior Director of Integrated Marketing at PacRim Marketing Group, which provides marketing and technology solutions for U.S. brands seeking to grow their businesses in Japan and Asia. Kim served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Oahu and was a participant of the 2017 U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program and the 2016 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
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 Colonel (Ret.) David H. Molinaro, Director, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT). 
Dave told us about hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Hydrogen is a viable alternative energy source. It is the simplest element on earth, and it is the most abundant. It is everywhere. It is clean. It is a zero-emission fuel source. It can be stored and distributed as a gas or a liquid. Hydrogen fuel cells allow for fast and easy refueling. It is a safe energy source, used world-wide.
Many people misunderstand hydrogen fuel. They associate it with nuclear bombs. Instead, it is quiet, clean, and versatile. It produces about three times more energy for the mass than gasoline. The technology is not new. It was developed in 1867.
Currently, hydrogen fuel cells are used to power cars, trains, warehouse handling equipment, among other things. Approximately 25% pf the goods moved in warehouses in the last few months have used fuel cell technology.
So far, almost all of the uses of hydrogen fuel cell technology in Hawaii are for prototypes, although there are a few hydrogen fuel cell automobiles in Hawaii. It will become profitable when, through additional development, the economies of scale make it so.
HCATT is a federally-funded program, working with the military and with state government, to help shape Hawaii’s clean energy future.
Also at last week's meeting, PDG Win Schoneman inducted our newest member, Maureen Conwell. Welcome, Maureen!
RCHS Meeting with Dave Molinaro.
(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.

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.


Marco Schlesser writes:
Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Europe as the second generation of Italian immigrants. With studies in law, accounting, economics and management and Luxembourg being a banking center, I naturally enter this business and join The Industrial Bank of Japan’s Luxembourg office. I receive a broad formation as a banker and am appointed vice-president of the loan, capital market and research department and act as an advisor to the managing director on issues relating to Luxembourg and the European Union.
During this time, I attend several seminars in Japan, which nurture my admiration for Asian cultures and without knowing, become a decisive factor in choosing Hawai’i as my future residence. Since 2005, my role as a Relationship Manager with Heartland has allowed me to consult with businesses for payments and payroll/HR solutions here in Hawai’i and across the U.S.. I’m fluent in English, French, German, Luxembourgish with some rudimentary knowledge of Japanese. (Wakarimasen is probably the word I use most nowadays).
In my free time, I occasionally play Bocce (an Italian long ball game) and Tennis. I love to cook and entertain and enjoy fine wine and food. One of my favorite time is when some of us Rotarians get together for cigars and whiskey.
I am a past member of the CIGV (International Club of World Travelers), where members share the same passion for travel and their love to discover new cultures.
Active in Rotary since 1999, I am a twice Past President of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Pau Hana, and have been involved on the District 5000 level on membership and vocational development, as well as the founder of Rotary Means Business Fellowship-Oahu Chapter.
One of the items on my bucket list was real estate, so I decided to get my Realtor license in 2017.
My claim to fame is the HGTV Hawaii Life, Season 13, Episode 8. Honolulu Beach and City Life in December 2018. While not worthy of an Emmy or Oscar, it was hard work and fun for two days.
Sometimes, when asked how long I have been a Realtor, I respond “my entire life” – from early on my dad would take me to construction sites where I would be “hands-on” helping to build our next home (disgruntledly, I must admit). When I look at a real estate transaction, there’s the research part, the legal documents, the financing, the sales/negotiation and the stickler to detail to get the transaction over the finish line…all skills that I have honed over decades in various capacities. It really gives me immense satisfaction to see it all come together like that.


On 2 October, RI President Holger Knaack declared Jennifer Jones to be the official nominee for president of Rotary International for 2022-23.
The Nominating Committee for President of RI selected Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada in August. She will be formally elected at the 2021 RI Convention in Taipei, and will become president on 1 July 2022.
Jennifer will be the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
To learn more about Jennifer, read her interview and vision statement outlining her goals for Rotary.
President Ary Radnaeva


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
John Wesley
Upcoming Events
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
RCHS Meeting w/ Warren Lee (Honua Ola Bioenergy)
Zoom only
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
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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. 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.
2Contributing by writing a check payable 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. Please add a note on the check "2020 Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset Fundraiser".
3. Attending the RCHS 25th Anniversary & Christmas Virtual 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.


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.