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
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,
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
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
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