A Rotary International (RI) District 5000 ceremony was recently held at the Hale Koa Resort in Waikiki, where RI District Governor Laurie Yoshida presented awards to clubs judged in a number of categories for final determination of Club of the Year.
Two Maui Rotary Clubs of the 15 small clubs in the district (up to 24 members) "swept away" the competition by winning first-place and first-runner-up awards in virtually all categories.
The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise was named Club of the Year for the sixth consecutive year by earning first-place awards for Club Service, Club Website, Public Image, New Generations, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service, and first runner-up awards in Membership Development and Attendance Percentage. They received the overall Public Relations Award for all 48 Rotary Clubs in Hawai'i. The club also received the RI Presidential Citation, the RI 2011-12 Changemaker Award and the Literacy Award with Distinction. Club President Jane Emery received the awards on behalf of the club.
The Rotary Club of Valley Isle Sunset received a first-place award in Membership Development. The club received first runner-up awards for Club of the Year in the small club category, Public Image, Foundation Participation, Membership Net Increase, Club Website, Public Relations, Club Administration, Community Service, Vocational Service and New Generations. The club also received the RI Presidential Citation, the RI 2011-12 Change Maker Award, the Literacy Award with Distinction, RI Recognition of Small Club Membership Growth and the 100 percent Benefactor Club award.
Both clubs won awards for Public Image for thier extensive coverage of all club activities in the Maui Weekly, The Maui News, Maui TV News and Akaku: Maui Community Television.
Rotary International District 5000 is comprised of 48 clubs. There are nine Rotary Clubs on Maui: Kahului, Kihei Sunrise, Kihei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise, Maui, Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset and Wailuku.
For information on attending a meeting of any of the above clubs, contact Maui Assistant District Gov. Rita Barreras at 264-0491 or Joanne Laird at 757-0981.