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Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. We have club activities, social events, and volunteer projects that offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections while at the same time serving the community. And Rotarians can extend those networks by visiting other clubs around the globe.
 
Please JOIN US! Thursdays at 12:00 Noon.
 
Lava Java Restaurant (Upstairs), Coconut Market Shopping Complex
75-5801 Alii Dr, Bldg 1-A, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
 
 
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The Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation has the following scholarships available for 2024:
  • The Ken and Marge Clewett Scholarship in the amount of $8,000 paid to the recipient annually in $1,000 increments per semester*
  • The Jim and Sis Bedingfield Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 paid to the recipient annually in $750 increments per semester*
  • The James Lightner Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 paid to the recipient annually in $500 increments per semester*
  • The Ron and Kathy Hawkes Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 paid to the recipient annually in $1,000 increments for 2 years*
  • Scholarships are available to full-time students attending Hawaii Community College – Palamanui Camus and working toward their associate degree or associate of applied science degree. *
        *The annual payment of the scholarship requires compliance with a specific GPA, number of credit hours and continuation of enrollment. 
        Each scholarship has specific guidelines and criteria. 
 
 The applications are fillable PDF files and can be downloaded from the home page of the  www.RotaryClubOfKona.com  website in the Downloads section on the left side of the home page.
 

Aloha, Fellow Rotarians!

We have an exciting year ahead of us. Our goals are enormous, but so are the needs of our community and the world.

We live in a time when our actions can move the needle--create positive change--in many areas. 

Our focus for the past few years has been on providing free meals and bags of groceries to a community in Kona that suffers from food insecurity. Last year, as part of a hui, we helped provide thousands of hot meals and bags of groceries--all at no cost to the recipients. The Meet N Eat program is something that brings significant benefits to our community and is something that we will continue to fund and provide volunteers to serve the meals and hand out the bags of food.

We will also support Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS), the Salvation Army, the Keiki Museum, and more this year. 

Two of our stellar club members--Kris Hazard and Larry Webb--will be (again!) organizing volunteers for the Mitsubishi Electric PGA golf tournament, which has provided us with significant funds that we use for higher education scholarships and community projects.

We also want to re-start Keiki Vision, a free in-school vision test for area 3rd graders. This is, for many, our favorite Rotary activity, which we dearly missed the past several years. 

Our club will also be focusing on the social aspects of our club. We will have at least one social and one community service project each month. We hope that those unable to attend many meetings will join us for food, drink, and fun at non-meeting events. We have visits to a goat farm, the Aloha Theatre, holiday parties, and more planned for the Rotary year.

If you are reading this as a potential member, we’d love to invite you to one of our meetings! I am biased, of course, but the Rotarians in our club are some of the most interesting, community-minded, and genuinely kind people I have ever met. We are a club that does things and cares for each other, so if that interests you, reach out.

 

Brian Asbjornson

2023-2024 President

 
 
 
The Rotary Club Of Kona Sponsored Program - Meet N' Eat
is a program that feeds underserved families at the:
 
Kealakehe Elementary School
74-5062 Onipaa St, Kailua, HI 96740
 
Meet N' Eat is every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Hot Food & Food Baskets are picked up in the parking lot in front of the Admin Building.
 
Please JOIN US and help out from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Contact Scott Unger: ScottURotary@Gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
MAHALO to all who already donated to the Interact Club for Scott's 4-Way Pidgin Test!
 
Thank you Scott for doing this and entertaining us!
 
If you can donate to help the Interact Club so they can support the orphanage in India, please click on "Donate." Let Janice know what your donation is for. jnjgustin@outlook.com
 
 
 
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