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Maui

Service Above Self

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Fridays at 12:00 PM
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P. O. Box 2086
Kahului, HI 96733
United States of America
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(808) 633-2472
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On Sunday June 27th 2021 at the Kwock Hing Society in Kula, the gavel was passed to incoming president Anne Marie Bøndergaard. Pictured here with her are past Presidents, Brian Moto, Bridget Bongaard and Heather Mueller. 
Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
 
2021-22 RI President Shekhar Mehta speaks about Service and Presidential Initiatives during general session 3 of the virtual International Assembly, 7-11 February 2021.
 

Rotary clubs around the world are mobilizing in their communities to support the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rotary leaders are urging members to connect with their local health agencies to determine how Rotary can support COVID-19 vaccine efforts.

Rotary has decades of experience in supporting the distribution of polio vaccines as well as highlighting their power and efficacy, which is a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication. It’s this expertise, along with strategic partnerships and innovation, that Rotary members can tap into to protect communities from COVID-19.

Back-up for health officials

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Foundation Trustee Chair K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran have called on Rotary members to take action on a number of levels. Rotary members in North Carolina, USA, quickly organized to offer assistance to health officials. District leaders contacted the state’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to strategize support efforts.

The six district governors in North Carolina joined the state’s health department in conducting a webinar, open to the more than 12,200 Rotary members in North Carolina, to provide information about the available COVID-19 vaccines, how they will be distributed, and answer their questions so they can serve as role models and instill confidence in the vaccines in their community.

“Rotarians are leaders who are looked upon for guidance, and the more information and opportunity to share ideas with health officials, the better,” said Dawn Rochelle, governor of Rotary district 7730 (North Carolina).

Members volunteered at local vaccination sites across the state to help health officials with logistics including data entry, crowd control, and check-ins. Members also provide health workers and volunteers with food and beverages. In addition, the districts provided the state health department with a spreadsheet that included a Rotary member contact for each of the 100 counties in North Carolina.

Nancy Barbee and Rochelle, past governors of the same district, volunteered together during National Immunization Days in India. It’s those experiences with mass immunization for polio that helped them identify specific needs for how members can help support COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The polio eradication initiative gives a blueprint that provides strategy that is effective in any community,” says Rochelle, who took part in two polio immunization drives in India. “Governments take the lead on immunizations there and here in the U.S., but what’s critical to the success is the additional layer of support Rotarians bring. We are here to back-up the frontline workers with anything they need. It’s amazing to see the response of North Carolina Rotarians.”

At a meeting in December, the Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees created a joint taskforce that will help guide upcoming efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines and advocate for people to get vaccinated. The newly formed group will also share information promoting vaccine acceptance, and encourage service projects to stop the spread of the disease, such as social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently.

In a joint letter to district leaders, Knaack and Ravindran said members have a successful history of getting things done when help is needed. “Through the hundreds of global grants and projects, Rotary members have demonstrated what we can accomplish to raise awareness, deliver critical personal protection equipment, and provide support to frontline health workers,” they said in the letter.

The two Rotary leaders called particular attention to the importance of one specific call to action: combatting vaccine hesitancy. “Help us combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Our advocacy in our communities will be critical – we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives,” they urged.

Other ways clubs can mobilize around COVID-19 vaccine introduction and delivery at the local level include community education, ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, helping stop the continued spread of the disease, and aiding local health authorities to get prepared for mass vaccinations.

The infrastructure created by Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners is already supporting efforts to combat COVID-19. The GPEI recently announced that it is ready to support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

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1-Feb-2021

Dear tree -loving friends,
 
We are planning to plant Sandalwood trees on the Chinese New Year.....February 13, 2021.....Saturday.  As many of you may know, the upcountry area of Maui was referred to as the Sandalwood Mountains and the forests of Sandalwood were abundant. The trees were harvested in the late 19th century and we are trying to restore sandalwood trees in the Upcountry area.
 
We appreciate any help you can offer to support this project with the Rotary Club of Maui. Please forward this to information to your club members.
You can contact me directly at 808 446 3545 or heathermaymueller@yahoo.com.
 
Mahalo,
Heather May Mueller

 

Wailea, Maui Sunday 9/6 8am - 9am.  Allan took on the challenge of riding for Rotary International END POLIO NOW efforts. The POLIO PLUS program supports global efforts to eradicate all infectious diseases including COVID-19. It is vital more than ever today that we raise funds to support this world wide program. All funds raised will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which means your donations will be tripled. 

Ronelle also joined and walked the route with friend Jaham. Congratulations to all of them for their generous efforts in fundraising for the POLIO PLUS program. We are all very proud of you.

Thank you. https://raise.rotary.org/Allan-Bondergaard/challenge

Earlier this year when we first adopted a Rhino, Esmerelda, we learned that she was expecting a baby in July. We decided that we would adopt her baby too and went through the formal proceedings. Weeks later, we got news of the arrival of a baby boy, who was named Maui in honor of our club. Here is an excerpt from the email from Francois du Plessis at the Rhino Foundation, South Africa:
     
     "South Africa was hit by two extremely severe cold fronts during the month of July. Temperatures dropped to below zero at the conservation and this is really unusual for us. The extreme cold led to a lot of problems for our rhinos especially the mothers giving birth and the newborns. This stretched our resources and we worked very long hours. The covid crisis led to a massive increase in poaching activities and due to the budget cuts that we had to implement it just added to the pressure and long hours. I am happy to report that we did not lose one single rhino to illegal poaching during this time.
 
Thank you so much for your generous contribution in adopting Esmerelda’s baby, and showing such faith in us even before the birth.  Time for the good news!
 
Esmerelda gave birth to a very healthy baby boy on Sunday 26 July 2020. It was very difficult to get the pictures of her and the baby as she was very aggressive after the birth and we had a very small time slot to get the pictures. The first picture was taken in the first two hours after the birth and the second was taken a few hours later. The whole reserve was on notice that if any of the security personel noticed a rhino going into labour in Esmerelda’s crash we were to be notified immediately. Luckily a reaction group was on routine patrol when the call came in.
 
Both Esmerelda and her baby are thriving. Honoring The Rotary Club of Maui and thanking you for your kind and generous contribution we decided to name the baby Maui. The baby’s name was duly registered and updated in the official stockbook required by our government.  Thank you again so much for everything."
 
It is so touching to know that as a small club on Maui, Hawai'i, we can make a big difference in protecting the endangered Rhino population for more generations. Please join with us in this celebration, because we all share in the successes of all Rotary Clubs. Together we can and do a difference in lives of people and the environment we live in around the world. Thank you for all that you do. Mahalo
Rotary District 5000 generously matches funds that each local club raises. Rotary Club of Maui had a soft spot for the kapuna served by Nā Hoaloha here. Nā Hoaloha provides compassionate care to seniors and those with disabilities to help them to remain independent and to enhance their quality of life. This wonderful organization provides services for elders such as shopping, providing transportation to pick up medications, or go to medical appointments. They also help grocery shop, and are a life line for these fragile kapuna who fiercely want to remain independent. It was our delight to use our clubs yearly grant to support the Na Hoaloha group, and for our members to choose them as our monthly service project by supplying gift cards to local stores for other needed items. Click here to find out more about Nā Hoaloha.
Rebalance, Refresh with Rotary..........the 3 R project.
Our new governor for Hawaii, Naomi Matsuno was concerned about the stress of COVID on our community including our Rotary Members. She with Lynn Goya, and Bridget Bongaard, brainstormed to launch a program once a month where Rotarians can gather and learn new concepts for stress reduction, including meditation, QiGong for enhancing lung function, Gardening as a stress release, Healthy energy drinks, and more. Each month 3 or 4 different Rotarians present their ideas to share. This upcoming month we have: how to do a vision board to fix your inner goals, Uncertainty and how to deal with this, Aromatherapy for relaxation and more.. Tune in for these sessions at 5pm the first Friday of the month. Naomi usually sends out an email with the Zoom ID and password a week before the session is due.
Bridget Bongaard, 2019 - 2020 Club President passes the gavel to Heather Mueller 2020 - 2021 on Saturday 6/27/2020.
Thank you Val and Steve Spence for hosting the event. There was a silent auction which raised $200 towards community projects. Thank you Bridget for your service and dedication and good luck to Heather taking over during the challenge of COVID-19 world pandemic. Pupukahi i holomua. Translation: Unite to move forward.
Our club, The Rotary Club of Maui supports The Rhino Foundation. 
 
Rhinos are a critically endangered species. South Africa is home to 80% of the world’s rhinos. Every 8 hours a rhino is killed in South Africa. In the next 6-8 years it is highly likely that all wild rhinos will be extinct.  The Rhino Foundation is an independent, registered non-profit local conservation organization, situated in the Bushveld province of Limpopo, South Africa. They care for and protect more than 1800 rhinos in Southern Africa (that is 20% of the entire world’s white rhino population). No rhinos under their care and protection have been poached (the illegal killing of rhino for their horn) for the past 3 years.  All the rhinos under their care and protection are wild free ranging rhinos and not kept in small enclosures. Their African Rhino Conservancy (ARC) project breeds almost 20% of all new white rhinos born in the world. They also have a rhino orphanage that currently cares for 49 rhino calves.

Their focus areas are:

  1. Sustainable rhino conservation

  2. Disruption of criminal networks

  3. Rhino care and wellness

  4. Education and awareness

  5. Strategic relationships & engagement

  6. Scientific development and research

They believe that the only way a species is saved from extinction, is if there are more births than deaths.

Due to the current Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic gripping the world, donations from the donor community have severely decreased. This has placed these 1800 vulnerable and critically endangered rhinos and orphans under immense pressure. Please contact Francois Du Plessis  francois@therhinofoundation.com for more information on how you support the efforts of the Rhino Foundation.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Anne Marie Studer Bondergaard

February 2019 was last of service projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will resume our community service projects following guidelines from the health authorities. Until then, stay safe and wear a mask. If you need a mask contact Anne Marie at 808 633 2472 or anniequilts4u@gmail.com. Mahalo

Maui Adult Day Care Centers Annual Caregivers Walk

Maui Adult Day Care Centers provide a social, therapeutic, memory care, daytime
program for frail, elderly individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related
forms of dementia , as well as, for adults who are physically and/or mentally challenged.
Maui Adult Day Care Centers provides support throughout Maui County to family caregivers by offering monthly support groups, quarterly workshops and ongoing support counseling.

The money raised will...

  • ✓  Help support the Weekday Programs , Saturday & Sunday Respite Programs ,
    Sun Downing /Friday Night Social Program & the High-Functioning /Intergenerational Program located at the Ocean View/Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

  • ✓  Help to keep the cost to families and caregivers to a minimum .

  • ✓  Assist with the continuation of MADCC monthly caregiver support groups , quarterly workshops & counseling sessions.

  • ✓ Help provide funding for MADCC scholarships for those individuals in financial need.

Thank Brian, Laura, Allan, Bridget, Ronelle and Anne Marie for participating. Looking forward to the walk in 2021

Hale Kau Kau Feed the Hungry Program at St Theresa's Church, Kihei, HI
January 2020 Service Project - volunteers with Father Terry at St. Theresa's Church Hale Kau Kau, Feed the Hungry Project. With smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts, we served 57 meals to the community.

Keālia Pond

National Wildlife Refuge | Hawaii

Beach/Pond Clean-up

Saturday November 23, 2019, Rotary Club of Maui’s monthly community project was to clean up a small area of this beautiful wildlife refuge. The club volunteers were guided by 2 park officials and together we collected several large garbage bags of trash. Many items were blown off the beds of pick up trucks such as cooler lids, plastic storage container lids, bottles, old tires and even carpet. It was a good day for this project as the area is normally underwater but the rains had not yet arrived to filled the dry ponds. After the group enjoyed shaved ice at nearby Ululani’s Shave Ice on S. Kihei Road. This was a very rewarding project, being outdoors with a lovely group, knowing we’re helping to take care of the land and animals for future generations. Please join us again this year, we’ll post the event here on our website. 

 
Rotary Club of Maui On the Move!
 
As our first Service project for the Rotary year 2019-2020, our club members banded together with neighbors, to start a Back to School Supply Drive for Teachers and Keiki in Need in conjunction with Sarah Sorenson of Wishing Well. We added to our first collection drive with a second one organized by Shareen Sekoya, and had over 88 different items including 24 backpacks, 33 boxes of crayons ( and more types art supplies), calculators, over 100 notebooks of all sorts, paper, hi-lighters, an area rug for children to gather on, hand sanitizers, construction paper, whiteboard, glues, pencils, pens, folders, and in all....88 different types of supplies!! Sarah will come to our Rotary Meeting this Wednesday to meet us to say thanks, and talk about students and teachers in need.
 
 
 Rotary Club of Maui School Supply Drive
Shareen Sekoya, Brian Moto, Laura Rosenthal, Heather Mueller step up and man the table!
Other Club members serving but not in photo: Zoee Crowley, Ronelle Esty, B. Bongaard
 
We kicked off our July 2019 year of service with a drive to provide much needed school supplies to our Maui Teachers and their students by pairing up with Wishing Well a nonprofit group who collects supplies year round then gives them to teachers who distribute in their class rooms to children in need. Our club started with personal donations and neighborhood drives through "Kula Next Door" whose neighborhoods opened their hearts and sent items through Amazon, or drop offs for the project. A huge amount of supplies was then given to Sarah Sorenson of Wishing Well to distribute to the teachers in need at our schools on this side of the island. Our Rotary club then wrapped up with a collection at Office Max ( many thanks to the great staff there for supporting our Ohana) yesterday August 3rd, and collected more supplies from great hearted people coming to shop. One lovely lady stopped at our table, asked who these supplies were going to and on learning the mission, she softly said...…." I was one of those keiki" and donated a load of supplies....What an example of paying it forward and keeping the goodness rolling for others.
 
We are proud to serve as the Rotary Club of Maui. 
Mahalo to all!!

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