I hope this message finds you well. As many of you may already know, a heart-wrenching situation has unfolded in Maui with the outbreak of devastating wildfires. Words cannot truly convey the sorrow we feel for those affected by this tragedy. Our hearts go out not only to the communities suffering but also to our fellow Rotarians in District 5000 who are in the midst of this crisis.
The destruction is vast and the recovery process will undoubtedly be long, challenging, and costly. As we watch the news and see the heartbreak that unfolds, it is easy to feel helpless, but we are Rotarians. We take action. We serve where the need is greatest.
For those looking to extend their hand in support, there's a direct way you can make a difference.
Donate to Rotary District 5000:
Our brothers and sisters in District 5000 have set up a donation page for this specific cause. Please consider making a donation, however big or small, to support the relief and recovery efforts. Every contribution counts in making a meaningful impact.
I am confident that our combined strength, spirit, and generosity can play a pivotal role in alleviating some of the pain and challenges that lie ahead for the victims of these wildfires. Let's come together and showcase the true power of Rotary's unity and commitment to service above self.
Remember, in times of distress and devastation, it is unity and collective action that can bring about hope and change.
Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and unyielding commitment to the ideals of Rotary. Together, we can and will make a difference.
|MAUI NO KA OI - MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HAWAI'I
MESSAGE FROM MARK MERRIAN, DISTRICT GOVERNOR
August 9, 2023 was a tragic day for our Rotarians, families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.
As people of action, we can take immediate action. As we come together to recover and rebuild, we need to support each other. We need to Create Hope for Maui.
Through our Rotary District 5000 Foundation, a relief fund has been established. Foundation President Dave Hamil and Treasurer Sharon Amano will handle all donations. A committee will be organized shortly to find the greatest needs for distribution of monies. A single fund will be the most helpful over time to provide the most significant benefits.
Please consider donating to this special fund, Maui Fires Relief Fund. Mahalo to the Rotary Club of Waikiki for collecting monies at their lunch meeting today. These are the first contributions to the fund. Please also widely share this opportunity to help.
Stay safe, take care and mahalo for creating hope.
|SAT., SEPTEMBER 9TH - ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IS IN-PERSON
KEISER UNIVERSITY MIAMI
As Rotarians, you are all leaders, some in your community, some in your profession, and some in life in general.
At RLI, our purpose is to give you the necessary tools and skills to be better Rotarians. As in every endeavor, the more you know about anything, the more interesting it becomes. Rotary is most assuredly one of those areas that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. RLI can make that possible for you. Graduates of RLI are more likely to remain in, and be a bigger part of Rotary, than any other demographic.
A Note for In-Person Attendees: You should arrive around 8:30 AM for registration sign-in, material pick-up, and breakfast gathering. Classes begin promptly at 9:00 AM and will be completed by 4:30 PM.
Parts 1, 2 and 3 will be offered. Also, the graduate class for membership breakfast, lunch, and all materials for $100.*Special Note for Online Attendees: You must complete all sessions in a 'Part 'to register for the next level in person! Check your profile!
|SATURDAY, SEPT. 16TH @ 9 AM to 12 PM - "INT'L COASTAL CLEANUP DAY"
BROWARD COUNTY MARINE RESOURCES
• Saturday, September 16th - World Cleanup Day
• Saturday, September 16th - International Coastal Cleanup Day
• Sunday, September 24th - World Rivers Day
Every Club and every Rotarian in our District is invited to participate. You may participate as a Club or on an individual basis. Broward County Marine Resources is ready and has already published the locations where they will be present. Kudos to Broward. In Miami-Dade, VolunteerCleanup.org is Ocean Conservancy's representative and they will publish their details shortly. Monroe County and the Grand Bahama will need to organize locally.
Broward County Marine Resources has identified locations where they will be present. Please click here to see their locations. If you wish you may use a location of your choice.
If you and/or your Club want to cleanup at the sites identified by Broward County Marine Resources, it is strongly suggested that you register for this year's cleanup event. Please click on the Registration Email tab below, include your name, contact information, organization, site at which you wish to participate, and number of attendees.
REGISTRATION! Click Here: firstname.lastname@example.org to Register for this year's INT'L COASTAL CLEANUP DAY.
Please include your name, contact information, organization, number of attendees, and site (location) at which you wish to participate.
Once you have registered, kindly download, print, and sign the Coastal Cleanup Liability Release Form.