Being my last article as President of the Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor, I just wanted to share some things that I have learned as a member of Kiwanis. My involvement with Kiwanis began at Leilehua High School where I joined Key Club. While attending Washington State University I joined Circle K and became club treasurer for two years, then went on to serve as the PNW (Pacific Northwest) District Treasurer during my last year. During my years in CKI, aside from our advisors (who were, and are awesome), I can honestly say that the involvement and relations with our Kiwanis clubs are nothing compared to the connections that the Kiwanis clubs in Hawaii have with their kids, and with each other. Kiwanis International is always talking about the K-Family, but because of the culture of Hawaii, we truly are an Ohana. We never look at our Key Clubs and CKI clubs as “just another expense.” And it is this type of relationship and support that I decided to stay in the K-Family after I graduated from WSU, and also why I am still a Kiwanian.
Mahalo to Aladdin for serving two consecutive years as our club president. He has generously donated his President’s gift to the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation to be used for their year-end celebration.
Region 18 RTC was held Sept 1-2 at Iolani School. Mililani Key Club President Lina shares her thoughts:
“RTC was a great opportunity for both me and my officers to meet new Key Clubbers in our region and acquire not only leadership skills but also valuable life-long skills that we can apply to our lives in the future. This year was my officers’ first time attending RTC and they all have told me that it was a wonderful experience for them to really come face to face with what Key Club is and bond with Key Clubbers from other divisions. I can really see that it has made a significant impact on each and every one of them. We were able to learn more about each other and grow closer together through all the laughs and fun times that we shared at RTC. By being exposed to many different schools in our region, we felt a strong connection that we were all united as one team who were here to help to serve our home, school, and community. Mililani was also given the opportunity to facilitate 3 of the 4 workshops in our division. This rare experience offered us the chance to strengthen our public speaking skills as well as engaging and interacting with Key Clubbers in our region. Overall, I would say that RTC was definitely one of the most fun and memorable times I’ve had throughout my years in high school and I would love to relive that experience again if I could.” – Lina, Mililani President
Hurricane Lane caused the closure of schools and delayed on-campus events such as Club Rush Day. August 30, Pearl City Key Club had their table during Club Rush and were inundated with interested students. They reached out to all grade levels, encouraging students interested in leadership and community service to sign up. Hurray for Key Club!
The Alaka`i Young Professionals (AYP) Kiwanis Club held a Special Guest Night on Tue, August 14 at the University of Hawaii with Leslie Wilcox as their guest speaker.
Leslie Wilcox, Kalani High School alumna, is the President and CEO of PHS Hawaii since 2007. Many of us are familiar with her smile and “talk story” voice when she was a news anchor and reporter.
Her career has allowed her to work with many community leaders. In her eyes, a leader is: able to simplify complex tasks, able to walk alone, willing to try something new, and has battle-hardened confidence.
Wilcox said that she is always impressed with “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Which ties directly to the Alaka`i motto “EverydAY People making a difference.”
There was a small window of nice weather after the District Convention that allowed the Komohana Division to hold their monthly Key Club DCM on Sat, August 18. The DCM was hosted by the Leilehua Key Club. There was a potluck lunch immediately following the DCM. After lunch, the Key Clubbers gathered in the quadrangle behind the band room for a PTP fundraiser. Whipped cream pies and water balloons were sold. The targets were the Komohana Division Team members with LTG Halia being the first to be pied. Lots of fun was had by all who took part or just watched from the sidelines. Alaka`i Kiwanis President Michael auctioned off a full can of whipped cream to the highest bidder for $60.00.
As we neared the start of CNH District Convention, we were closely watching Hurricane Hector as he made his way towards the Hawaiian Islands. Luckily, he took a turn southward and we were spared devasting winds and rains. We suffered from high humidity during the Convention but that didn’t dampen our ALOHA spirit.
As we emerged from the threat of Hurricane Hector, another hurricane came barreling towards us. Hurricane Lane, Category 5, was upon Hawaii Island delivering rain and winds causing major flooding and road closures. As Hurricane Lane headed westward, airline flights were cancelled, schools were closed, even our monthly USS Missouri workday was cancelled. As Hurricane Lane approached Oahu, he took a sharp turn southward and was downgraded to a Tropical Storm.
Top Row, Left to Right: 1. Kaneohe enjoying the Friday Night Luau. 2. Members from Division 22.
Row 2: 1. Felix from Germany (father Eric is dual member of Literacy in Southern California and Cologne, Germany) bought his favorite snack—SPAM (also a local favorite). 2. Jan, Vanessa, and Marc working on the “no-sew” blankets in the hospitality suite. 3. Registration Table Joy (standing), Linda and John.
Row 3: 1. Members from Easter Seals, Hilo Aktion Club were ready to work at the “no-sew” blanket table. 2. Danny, Pauline, Lori, Michael, and Ernette at the Sales table were ready to greet and make a sale. 3. Danny, Kay, and Carol with First Place Newsletter banner patch.
Row 4: 1. Melissa and Past Gov Alan, Kiwanis International President Jim Rochford, Key Club District Treasurer Kara, and Key Club District Governor Jonathan learning to hula. 2. Cheryl asked Past LTG Eugene to be a delegate for the Kauai Club.
While attending Washington State University, the value of giving back to the community stuck with me. During all four years of my undergrad I was a member of Circle K International. Service was a big part of me being so passionate about Circle K, but that was not the whole picture. The three tenants of Circle K are Fellowship, Leadership, and Service. It provided me with opportunities to serve the community and hold leadership roles that would boost my resume. But most importantly, Circle K provided me with a place of belonging in a state thousands of miles away from my home and family. The relationships that I made with my friends in Circle K are stronger than even some of the relationships I have with my high school friends. Circle K was a community that allowed trust and comfort to cultivate. And this brought people together through the common goal of giving back to our community.
My personal philosophy on education is that we, as educators, must create a positive student-centered classroom environment that will make learning meaningful and cultivate our students into good, THINKING human beings. Throughout my education, the teachers that I remember and the ones that had a positive impact on me all facilitated this type of classroom environment. In all of their classes I felt comfortable in; not only with the teacher, but also with my classmates. Being able to create this type of positive student-centered environment can facilitate and enhance the ability for deeper learning. Needless to say, in these classes I feel that I learned more and retained more from those classes.
CNH District Executive Director, Mark McDonald said at the Saturday night Installation Dinner, “Let’s not wait another 40 years to return to Hawaii.”
Region 18/Division 22 welcomed K-Family members for the 98th District Convention held in Kailua-Kona on August 9-11.
Thursday’s golf tournament teed off at 7am and registration opened at 1pm.
Friday morning, the Inspirational Breakfast was hosted by East Hawaii and followed by the First General Session where Deputy Managing Director, Barbara Kossow, welcomed the attendees to Hawaii Island. The Awards Luncheon was hosted by Kahului.
Foundation Board of Director/Past Div22 LTG Richard Minatoya was the Keynote Speaker at the Saturday morning Foundation Honors Breakfast. The Inter-club Luncheon was hosted by Kailua-Kona and Past Div22 LTG Neil Yamamoto was the Keynote Speaker. There was a variety of Education Seminars as well as cultural activities such as hula dancing and ti-leaf lei making coordinated by Division 22 SLP. The “no-sew” blanket making was for all conventioneers including the Aktion Clubs from Santa Clarita and Easter Seals, Hilo.
At the Saturday Installation Dinner, Greg Peros was installed as 2018-19 Div22 LTG and Richard Minatoya as 2018-21 Region 18 Trustee. Rocci Barsotti was installed as 2018-19 CNH Governor and Tim Cumming installed as Governor-elect.
On to Las Vegas for the 99th CNH Convention, August 15-17, 2019 at the JW Marriott Las Vegas, NV.
Mahalo to Audrey and Roy Kagawa!
At the July 14 Key Club Komohana DCM hosted by Kailua High School Key Club, our K-Family was busy cleaning and painting new stripes in the school’s parking lot. Although it was forecasted to rain on our project, we were blessed with cloudy but dry skies! The Vice-Principal thanked us for a job well done!
Our USS Missouri workday on July 28 brought together not only Division 22
K-Family members, but a Kiwanis family from Germany. Eric Meurer-Eichberg, 2018-19 Vice Governor for Germany and Past LTG for Cologne, is vacationing with his family and joined us for our monthly workday. Eric, Ellen, and Felix worked with our Waipahu Key Clubbers and Pearl Harbor Kiwanians. Eric and his family will be attending our District Convention in Kailua-Kona.