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Newsletter - Archive Mar 31, 2008
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Volume 03-08 Issue 05

March 31, 2008


This Week's Program



Maui Pineapple Company Heritage and Future 

presented by

Gerard J. Watts and Teri Frietas Gorman


 NL033108_1.jpg Maui Pineapple Company is a subsidiary of Maui Land & Pineapple Company (ML&P), a holding and operating company established in 1907 dedicated to agriculture, resort operation, and the creation and management of balanced communities. Maui Pineapple Company grows and cultivates the popular Maui Gold pineapple on its Maui pineapple farms, which anyone can visit by taking the famous Maui Gold Pineapple Tour.

ACF1174.jpgML&P owns approximately 28,600 acres on the island of Maui, on which it operates the Kapalua Resort community and cultivates approximately 6,000 acres of pineapple. ML&P also owns and manages the 8,661 acre Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve, which is the largest private nature preserve in the state of Hawaii.

Operating as one company with one vision and one set of values, ML&P is working to achieve results that contribute to the economic, social and environmental health of both the Company and the greater Maui community.


ACF113A.jpgGerald Watts has served as Vice President and General Manager of Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd., the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary for the Agriculture Segment since March 2007.  Mr. Watts served as Vice President of Operations for Coastal Berry, Inc., a strawberry growing and marketing operation in California.  He is the former Vice President North American Operations for Calavo Growers Inc. and Vice President and General Manager for Calavo de Mexico, Inc., whose business is principally the procurement and marketing of avocados and other perishable commodities worldwide. 


Teri Freitas Gorman is vice president, Corporate Communications for Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Born in Wailuku, Maui to a longtime kama‘âina family, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Film & Television from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In her life pursuits, she has worked in the communications field in the Netherlands, California, Hawai‘i, New Zealand and Florida. She returned home to Maui in 2005 and was hired by ML&P as director of Corporate Communications and later promoted to corporate vice president. The Kula resident is married and the mother of two students at Kamehameha Schools Maui.


“And the Award Goes To…”


At this week’s meeting we honor our 2008 Laulima Vocational Services Award winner, Hana School Building Program’s Richard Rutiz.


The Laulima Award recognizes exceptional service to vocational training in our community.  We designed this honor to inspire vocational leadership and recognize achievers in the community. Each finalist makes an outstanding contribution to vocational training, job placement, or career development - making a difference in the lives of Maui’s young adults.


Rick is the Executive Director of the non-profit Ma Ka Hana Ke `Ike which means “In working, one learns.”  It’s a vocational building trades program for Hana High School students – a hands-on learning program that substitutes textbooks and classroom work with tools and job experience. This is how their website describes the experience:  “Geometry and algebra come to life with the use of a tape measure, level square, and transit. Nail guns blast and hammers pound as each structure rises from the ground.  Music plays, voices shout, energy soars.”

Our own Chuck Gray nominated Rick and told us that he started the program several years ago for at-risk kids.  Students who lacked motivation to learn with traditional methods employed in classrooms struggled with poor results in arithmetic and reading.  Under Rick’s inspiration and guidance these same students have surged ahead – some even surpassing their classmates.  In addition to basic skills, Rick’s students receive and absorb many of the “real world” life skills needed to be better citizens. Many of his graduates have gone on to good paying jobs in the construction industry and are now contributing to the community in their own artistic ways. Together these talented students have constructed a building for the kupuna at Hale Hulu Mamo (the Hana Senior Center), renovated the Hana Youth Center, built a Polynesian pavilion, and taken on a number of other structures needed in East Maui including homes or additions for some of Hana’s most crowded family living situations. 


Because of restrictions, the Department of Education does not fund any of Rick’s programs.  He is responsible for raising the group’s $180,000 annual budget – which supports the projects and development of 40-50 youth aged 14-18 who participate each year.  He also manages to secure nearly $40,000 in material donations needed every year for the various projects.


Hana is a small village and as such, the kids are becoming local heroes in their community.  Everyone is aware of the projects they do – everyone benefits from what they build!  And the students are praised for their skilled efforts by the ohana they give back to in this very meaningful way.  They feel their sense of accomplishment and the phenomenal pride that goes with it.

None of it could happen without Rick’s vision and dedication.  He gets local businesses to donate exceptional materials:  bamboo flooring, koa, and camphor for trim.  He works with the community to identify the most pressing needs and then guides his students in the project’s design and implementation.


The Rotary Club of Kahului is proud to present this year’s Laulima Vocational Services Award to Rick Rutiz with our heartfelt gratitude for the difference he makes in his community and in the lives of so many promising young people. 




Weinberg Friends 2008 Project


The Community Services Committee are accepting proposals for consideration for the next Weinberg Friends Project.  The criteria are as follows:


This is a call for proposals from Maui-based nonprofit agencies for a community service project that would productively involve at least 25 adult Rotarians that can be substantially completed on August 23, 2008. (It will be necessary to certify to the Weinberg Foundation the names of member participants in order to designate the charity/agency to receive the cash award. 


Proposal Contents
Interested 501c3 agencies should provide a written narrative describing the proposed project along with a justification of how it addresses the needs of Maui's "poor and needy" (a Weinberg Foundation requirement).  Possibilities for projects are endless, but examples may include paint-up/fix-up type projects, grounds maintenance, special events, etc.  The selected nonprofit will also be awarded a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to further the mission of the agency on or near the day of the event.


The proposal should be not more than 5 pages in length and should describe the activity and the agency's plan and commitment to participate in the project in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Kahului.  Please itemize costs associated with the project and how the agency plans to acquire the resources to complete the project.  Costs should include provision for food and refreshments for the volunteers on the day of the event.


The selected agency must also be able to submit a formal letter of request to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation at least six weeks prior to August 23, 2008, accompanied by the most recent audited financial statements, by-laws, charter, Board of Directors' names and mailing addresses, and an explanation of the expenditure of funds.  Further, the selected agency will be required to chronicle the event and provide a press release prior to the event (approved by the Rotary Club of Kahului). 


Due Date
Proposals should be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand-delivered by no later than 4:00pm on April 30, 2008, to:  Jud Cunningham, Weinberg Project Committee Chair, c/o Aloha House, Inc., 444 Hana Highway, Suite #201, Kahului, HI 96732;  Phone: 871-1314; 276-2919 (cell); 871-1060 (fax); judc@aloha.net (e-mail).


Check out the photos from the 2007 project at the Boys & Girls Club here







(Every Rotarian Every Year)


The mission of the Annual Programs Fund mirrors that of The Rotary Foundation: to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


Contributions to the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs, which cover more than 160 countries and geographical areas on seven continents. From digging water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise. All contributions to the Annual Programs Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.

How to participate in EREY

Your donation can mean a world of difference. For example, a contribution of $100 can fund one year of tuition and books for two children in Kenya. Contribute now.


If you give $100 per year through EREY, you automatically become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. By donating $1,000 or more, you can become a Paul Harris Fellow


You also can honor a friend or family member through a named gift to the Annual Programs Fund.





Rotary Literacy Month highlights literacy and education issues around the world. Celebrated in March each year, Rotary Literacy Month is an excellent opportunity for Rotary clubs and districts to raise awareness about literacy, launch new literacy initiatives and projects, and recognize literacy accomplishments from the past year. Rotarians everywhere are encouraged to participate in Rotary Literacy Month by engaging in service or activities that specifically address literacy and education issues either in their communities or abroad.


Why is literacy important?


Literacy is the foundation for virtually all forms of education and a crucial component of effective

social and economic participation, human development, and poverty reduction. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) nearly 800 million people over the age of 15 lack even basic reading and writing skills worldwide. In addition, there are roughly 137 million school age children who are illiterate around the world. Sadly, over 64% of all illiterate people in the world today are women.


The benefits of literacy to society are undisputed. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report published in 2006 by UNESCO argues that literate populations are less likely to experience civil strife and are more likely to develop economically. There is also a direct connection between literacy rates and community health. People who are literate are generally more aware of health concerns in their communities and are therefore better equipped to avoid illness.



Click here for details and to register! 


Registered Kahului Members are:

 Randol Leach  Leslie Mullens
 Randy Echito  Lisa Rodrigues
 Joan Martin   Byron Warner
 AnnaLena Zanolini  


Let's have the Kahului Club make a good showing on our home island this year!  Register here today!





(Maui Outdoor Rotaract Experience) 


MORE (Maui Outdoor Rotaract Experience) is an international awareness and education program modeled after RARE (Rustic Alaskan Rotaract Experience), which was created by John Pile, Jr., a Rotaractor of the Rotaract Club of Aurora Borealis at the time, but now Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks Golden Hearts.  The objective of MORE is to create an opportunity for international understanding through service and adventure.


Ten (10) Rotaractors from around the world will be selected to participate in a week-long adventure on Maui that will include, island adventures, Native Hawaiian cultural activities, exchanging of the cultures of the participants, learning how to live like a local and much, much MORE!


Read more on MORE here.


The fundraiser below is to benefit this new program:







 Greeter: Melissa Ross
 Registration Desk: Byron Warner & Della Nakamoto
 Pledge: Colin Hanlon
 Inspirational Moment:

Saucy Walter

 Rotary Moment:  
 Member Share and Tell: Darryl Banks 
 4-Way Test: Randol Leach















Winner's Circle - "Being Out of Order"


Did you know that, in at least one way, you're at your best when your system is out of order?


Now by "Out of Order," I mean when your mental picture of how things should be is very different from how things actually are. Human beings are always striving for order, and when our mental picture of how things should be matches reality, we feel comfortable and in control. But what happens when they don't match? What happens when our mental picture of, say, the car we drive is thrown out of order by an accident?  Or our picture of how we make our living is thrown out of order by a sudden layoff?


Well, what happens is that we create inside ourselves a tremendous amount of drive and energy to restore order, to make our inner picture and reality once again match. We feel highly motivated to get that car repaired, to get a new job, to do whatever is required to set things right.


Once order is restored, the drive and energy turn off because they're no longer needed. This is exactly how goal-setting works. When you set a goal and systematically visualize the end-result, you throw your system out of order. That creates the drive and energy to change reality so that it matches the picture you've been visualizing.


That is why it's important to set goals continuously, so you won't arrive at your desired end-result and then go flat because your energy just up and drove away.



Lou Tice
The Pacific Institute





"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." ~ Dalai Lama







Maui Nui Botanical Garden's

Earth Day 2008


April 19, 2008, 10am to 3pm

150 Kanaloa Avenue (across the War Memorial Sports Complex)



Enjoy Hawaiian culture at its best, including Hawaiian entertainment, food, plants sales, informational booths, and cultural activities.  Co-sponsored by the County of Maui and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Admission and parking is free. 

Call 808-249-2798 for more info.


 Contact us to list your event on the community calendar.




Happy Birthday!




Happy Wedding


3/27 - Stacey Sills

4/5 - Dick Drayson

4/5 - Annalena Zanolini


4/20 - Bob Yeager

4/29 - Chuck Gray 

April Club


Joan Martin

 - (2002 - Tom Blackburn Rodriguez)



Our apologies to anyone who may

have been inadvertently omitted. 

Please contact us to let us know.


Ted's Tie


 March 24, 2008


The Pledge of Allegiance

The last change in the Pledge of Allegiance occurred on June 14 (Flag Day), 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved adding the words "under God".   As he authorized this change he said:


"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

This was the last change made to the Pledge of Allegiance.  The 23 words what had been initially penned for a Columbus Day celebration now comprised a Thirty-one profession of loyalty and devotion to not only a flag, but to a way of life....the American ideal.  Those words now read:


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I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.



June 14, 1954


In 1892, 1923, 1924 and 1954 the American people demonstrated enough concern about the actual words in the Pledge to make some necessary changes.  Today there may be a tendency among many Americans to recite "by rote" with little thought for the words themselves.  Before continuing with our tour, let's examine these 31 words a little more thoroughly.


I Pledge Allegiance I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)
to the flag to the emblem that stands for and represents
of the United States all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag
of America yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.
and to the Republic And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,
for which it stands, this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.
one Nation under God, These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, "our most powerful resource" (according to the words of President Eisenhower)
Indivisible, and can not be separated.   (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 50 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)
with Liberty The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue "life, liberty, and happiness",
and Justice And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,
for All. And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria.   Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.
Thus it is that when you Pledge Allegiance to the United States Flag, You:

*Promise your loyalty to the Flag itself.
*Promise your loyalty to your own and the other 49 States.
*Promise your loyalty to the Government that unites us all,
     Recognizing that we are ONE Nation under God,
     That we can not or should not be divided or alone,
     And understanding the right to Liberty and Justice belongs to ALL of us.



Information taken from "Home of Heros"




April 2008 - Magazine Month

April 7 - World Health Day  April 26 - District Assembly - location TBA

May 23 - 26, 2008 - District 5000 ConferenceWailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

 June 2008 - Rotary Fellowships Month

June 14 - World Environment Day  

June 15-18 - Rotary International Convention

Los Angeles, California



Need to make up a Rotary meeting that you missed?  Choose an option below:


District 5000 Local Make Up Locations

District 5000 Meeting Makeups


Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise

Tuesdays @ 7:00 am

 Pioneer Inn


Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea

Wednesdays @ 12:00 noon

Diamond Resort

555 Kaukahi St

Wailea, HI 96753



Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise


Wednesdays @ 7:30 am

Five Palms at Mana Kai Maui

Rotary Club of Maui

Thursdays @ 12:00 noon

Pa'ina MCC


Rotary Club of Wailuku

Thursdays @ 7:00 am

Maui Tropical Plantation


Rotary Club of Lahaina

Thursdays @ 11:45 am

Royal Lahaina Resort

Ka'anapali Beach


Rotary Club of UpCountry Maui

Fridays @ 7:30 am

Kamehameha Schools Campus

275 A'apueo Parkway

Pukalani, HI 96768



STAY IN THE KNOW:  Log onto the members' area of www.kahuluirotary.com for more club information.