Aloha and welcome to the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu. I am Gloria Affigne and I am proud to be the 2017-2018 President of this wonderful club. Since joining Metro I have had the pleasure of working on many rewarding service projects that have major impact on our community. My goal as president is to continue the good work that we do and to help to grow our membership so that we can expand our impact on the community. We will continue to work with organizations to help alleviate our burgeoning homeless crises and projects that serve youth at risk. Both of these issues have a major impact on our community.
As such we will continue our work with Mental Health Kokua in Chinatown and our signature Keiki Backpack program that provides weekend meals for underprivileged children in conjunction with the Hawaii Foodbank. In addition this year we plan to work with KVIBE, a program for at risk youth in Kalihi Valley as well as Ho’oala Napua, an organization that deals with the growing issue of human trafficking.
We will also continue with our international service projects in Thailand, where we provide dialysis equipment to rural hospitals, and in Myanmar and Taiwan where we assist in training teachers.
In addition to our service projects I want to expand our fellowship time by scheduling regular Pau Hana meetings/events in lieu of our breakfast meeting. While the majority of our members love the early morning meeting as a great start to our day, having to rush off to work afterward does not leave much time to socialize and get to know each other. This can be especially difficult for our new members, so these events offer an occasional change to our normal schedule and have met with a great deal of success.
Above all it is my goal to leave the club in as good or better shape than when my year started, and for our members to continue to look forward to our meetings, service projects and events. I am very proud of our club and our members who continue to prove that service above self is alive and well.