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This Weeks Speaker - Gwendolyn Woltz

of the Wahine Media, LLC

Important Dates / Announcements

Thursday February 23 - Speaker will be Gwendolyn Woltz of Wahine Me-

dia covering the business side of social media.

Thursday March 1 - Speaker is David Benson, co-chair of the Rotary

Global Peace Forum - Hawaii, an event coming HERE in January 2013.

Thursday March 8 - Our speaker will be Haward Wiig - Energy Analyst,

Strategic Industries Division, DBEDTState of Hawaii.

Thursday March 15 - The subject will be the Hawaii Robotics Competi-

tion, coming in March.

Thursday March 22 - Speaker Open


President Kalyan Banerjee


Governor Laurie Yoshida

Asst. District Gov Lora Williams


President - Paul Jurcsak

Vice President - Beth Hoban

Secretary - Al Dixon

Treasurer - Gloria Lao

Past President - Chuck Harris

Sergeant-at-Arms - Jim Hoban

DIRECTORS Club Service - Sharon Ehrhorn

Community Service - Johnny Sanchez

International Service - Lei Darcey

Vocational Service - Jane Ferreira

Foundation - Rich Zegar

Membership - Marco Schlesser

New Generations - Glen Bailey

Public Relations - Joanna Amberger

Interact Club Punahou School

Rotaract Club University of Hawaii, Manoa

Sister Clubs Rotary Club of Kapolei, Hawaii

Rotary Club of Pasig, Philippines

Rotary Club, Nagoya Meinan, Japan

Rotary Club of Alexandria, Egypt

Rotary Club of Kluuvi Gloet, Finland

Rotary Club, Pukekohe, New Zealand

Adopted Schools Hokulani Elementary

Ala Wai Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

Chartered December 15, 1995

Club # 31173

Editor/Webmaster: Al Dixon

Reach within to embrace humanity February 23, 2012 Volume 33

I come from a down-to-earth, hard working, am-

bitious, creative family. I have been an artist since

I was a little girl. You name it Ive tried it a

painter, a potter, a glass blower, a sculptor, a car-

penter, a printmaker, a photographer. I discovered

graphic design in college and it was love at first

sight. I was drawn to it because it allowed me to

take my extensive fine art background and apply

it in ways that challenged my intellect, creativity,

and ingenuity.

For the same reasons, I love social media, the Internet, and the infinite possi-

bilities of online marketing. I was one of the first people to sign up for an

account with Ebay, Amazon, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and all

the pages like these because I knew these ingenious networks had the poten-

tial to change the Internet forever and they did. Facebook, MySpace and

Twitter have made the largest community of instant updates, in-the-know, just

for giggles, and youre invited, while Ebay and Amazon are now the worlds

biggest yard sale, swap meet, and outlet stores all in one. I love the instant of

the Internet, I live and breathe it everyday, but I also see and cherish the value

of the hard copy, the handmade, and the in person. For this I am a unique and

rare contributor

Social media is a brave new world of limitless potential and growth, and like

any new territory it comes with its own set of rules. It has forever changed the

way you will talk to your audience. You cant just shout your message from

the rooftops anymore because there is no humanity in that. People wont lis-

ten to reconstituted messagesthey want genuine conversation, the personal

(albeit via keyboard) touch.

Quote of the Day - Computers are a lot like air conditioners. They

work fine until you start opening a lot of windows.

February 23, 1905...the birth of ROTARY A tribute to our founder PAUL HARRIS on this anniversary date

ATTENDANCE...The KEY to a Successful Rotary Club

Make improved attendance your New Years resolution for 2012

Club Goal

85% Club Actual


According to the attendance report for our February 9th regular meeting, you werent there! If you

are listed below, but DID attend, or made up somewhere, please let me know. (Al DixonSecy)

Joanna Amberger, Glen Bailey, Albert Bediones, Rita Cassella (LOA), Bob Ehrhorn, Sharon

Ehrhorn, Ayman El-Dakhakhni, Mina Ganapathy (LOA), Walter Killough (R85), Peter Kirov, Keola

Lloyd, Patty Maher, Ash Matar, Dan Murariu, Ron Patel, Jan Reischel, Delores Sandvold, Norris

Sandvold, Win Schoneman, Phil Sterry, Ashley Stokes, Pat Vyas, and Dianne Ward.

Members credited with make-ups within the 14 days before or after missing this meeting are:

Rita Cassella, Win Schoneman, and Pat Vyas for the referenced meeting.

At age 28, started practicing

law in Chicago

Age 47, 10 years after starting

Rotary...Note the PIN.

The first four Rotarians, left to right are: Gustavus Loehr,

Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905.

Paul was just 37 at the time.

Paul at work in his office at Rotary

headquarters, age 77.

Paul, in front of his home, called

Comely Bank, in Park Ridge, IL

December 1942 - age 74

F or nearly 40 years, Paul and Jean Harris hosted Rotary board meetings and entertained visiting dignitaries in their home on Chicagos

South Side, which they affectionately called Comely Bank after the street where Jean grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, the house

stands in disrepair, its walls stripped to bare studs, as the group of Rotarians that owns it struggles to raise the money for a restoration.

Comely Bank is the Mount Vernon of Rotary its the home of our founder, and its too important an asset to not do something about

it, says Robert Knuepfer, 2010-11 governor of District 6450 (Illinois) and president of the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation.

After Paul Harris died in 1947, Jean sold the home. It remained in private hands until the spring of 2005, when the Harris Home Founda-

tion, headed by local Rotarians who had frequently inquired about the house, purchased it with $500,000 borrowed from the charitable

foundation of the nearby Rotary Club of Naperville. The group made some immediate structural repairs to the century-old, Tudor-style

home, such as putting in a new basement floor and shoring up the old stone foundation, so the site would be safe for Rotarians visiting

during that centennial year.

The Harris Home Foundations vision for the future is to restore the house to the way it looked in 1947, but with a few special technical

surprises, as Knuepfer puts it. The foundation plans to digitize archival materials including videos, recordings of Harris speeches, and

still photographs, and to install digital monitors in each room to show visitors what life was like there.

But without the money to complete the repairs, the restoration project has been at a standstill, the rooms littered with bundles of insula-

tion and construction debris.

Rotarians of the Harris Home Foundation have embarked on a campaign to raise $3 million to pay off the debt and interest on the house,

complete the renovations, and establish an endowment to pay for maintenance in perpetuity. When the restoration is complete, Knuepfer

says, the home could be used as a meeting place for the RI Board and local or visiting clubs, and as a venue for Rotary Foundation func-

tions. The Harris Home Foundation board also envisions creating a Rotary history trail, with stops at Comely Bank, the nearby gravesite

of Paul Harris, and Room 711 at RI World Headquarters in Evanston a re-creation of the office where the first Rotary meeting was held.

Comely Bank, the home of Rotarys founder PAUL HARRIS

Pictured here last October at their

Mokauea Restoration Project, are

many of the members of the University

of Hawaii at Manoa Rotaract Club.

Twenty-four of them have so far com-

mitted to joining us, their Rotarian

sponsor Club, for an evening of fun,

food, and fellowship at our regular

Thursday meeting at 6:30 PM February

23, 2012, at the Waikiki Yacht Club.

A buffet dinner is planned this evening.

PDG Ayman El-Dakhakhni is gra-

ciously providing VIP Transportation

for the Rotaract members from UH to

the WYC and back. Mahalo Ayman.

Honolulu Sunset welcomes UH Rotaractors for joint meeting