FROM SANDY SCHNEIDER
SECOND PRESIDENT OF OUR NEW CLUB 2015-2016
This is the 100th year of Rotary in Hawaii and we’ve named our “Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” program as our club’s centennial project. We expect to continue this important project next Rotary year and I wanted to give you an update on the community response so far.
We began the monthly recycling events at Lahaina Cannery Mall in July 2015 and have now conducted nine events. Thanks to our program partner, Malama Maui Nui, we’ve been tracking everything residents and visitors have brought to Third Saturday. Here’s the remarkable summary of our nine-month results. We’ve collected more than:
* 55,020 pounds of scrap metal
* 499 major appliances including refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers
* 1,271 electronic devices including televisions, computers, stereos and radios
* 177 vehicle tires
* 3,362 household and vehicle batteries
* And 19,460 pounds of glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard
These results clearly demonstrate the strong community response. An average of 150 West Maui residents have delivered recyclable materials to the four-hour events each month — one drop-off every 96 seconds. Often there is a line of vehicles at the registration point. Without this program, these recyclables would have ended up in the county landfill or, as some residents have told us, in the county’s back roads.
I want to thank every member who has participated in these monthly events. On average, we have 15 volunteers for each Third Saturday event, each working a two-hour shift. Most all the volunteers are members of our club, but we’ve appreciated the participation of the two other West Maui Rotary clubs and some other local residents. Without volunteers, the program could not function on the limited funds the County provides to Malama Maui Nui.
One member of our club deserves special recognition and our special thanks for her tireless efforts. Community Service Director Liz May manages each of the Third Saturday events. Liz is the first person to arrive each Third Saturday, and the last person to leave.
If many of us work two-hour shifts, Liz works five hours and more each Third Saturday. She recruits and organizes the volunteers, creates the promotional materials, sets up the tents and even brings the refreshments. When we look for role models in Rotary — those who exemplify “service above self” — we don’t need to look beyond our own club to find an inspirational leader: Liz May!!
Wow!!! What a night! Thank you to everyone who came together to pull off a FANTASTIC 2nd Annual Go for the Green fundraiser. It truly takes a village….volunteers to plan the event, sell tickets, donate silent/live auction items, decorate, volunteer the night of the event and clean up at the end. I certainly hope that in between all of the work it takes to run an event like this, you all had a chance to enjoy the party too. It will be a bit before we know the final numbers. Regardless, I can tell you that I am blown away by what we accomplished when we all came together with a common goal- to Be a Gift to the World. Thank you for the part you played in this Club success!WELCOME TO OUR NEW FEATURE.
The “Thank You” first…What a fantastic sunset sail fundraiser we had on Saturday (see pics for proof)! I hope that everyone enjoyed the beautiful sail, the great food and drinks, as well as the relaxing time with friends. Thank you to those who attended and invited friends to support our fall fundraiser. We raised over A sizable amount Proceeds of this fundraiser will support the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation, which will allow us the opportunity to award $5,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors this year. A special thanks to the hard working planning committee: Liz, Jenelle, Melissa and Leanna.
(Here is a summary of this months events (see Calendar)
In this month of Thanksgiving, there are plenty of opportunities for us to be thankful for the blessings in our own lives and to give back to those in our community who are less fortunate. Please take a few moments to reflect on what you have to be thankful for.
· I am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of you to make a difference…in our community and in others’ lives.
· I am thankful for your friendship.
Samdra Schneder, President