Members of the Rotary Club of Kahului feel privileged to have once had Lyons as their president, and is honored to utilize his name for their scholarship fundraiser for Maui students.
Michael H. Lyons II was a vital part of the Maui community for many years and an integral part of the Rotary family.
“The tournament is one way of continuing Mike’s legacy of service, but most importantly, it pays tribute to the attributes identified with a true leader who loved life, people and helping others,” said Tournament Administrator Phyllis Davis.
“This year we want to be able to award $10,000 to students heading off to college,” said Davis.
The Rotary club has also earmarked a portion of the profits for local community service projects.
Lyons began his career at the Bank of Hawai‘i in an entry position and retired as a senior vice president. His banking style was all about relationships and networking. Lyons was recognized for numerous contributions, including an award from the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) for his illustrious service to MEDB as a founding member and past chairman, and for his overall contribution to Maui’s economy.
Robert Cartwright of Whalers Realty remembers Mike as a friend and community leader. “Mike’s brand of customer service and availability is a thing of the past,” said Cartwright. “His love for this community was inspirational.”
“I called Mike and said I’m thinking of buying a car,” recalled Maui County Councilmember Gladys Baisa. He replied, ‘Just pick it out and I’ll send the check.’”
Lyons was an avid Rotarian, serving as club president and district governor, and more importantly, embodying Rotary’s principles of truth, fairness, friendship and goodwill.
Today, the bank continues to honor Lyons through an annual Mike Lyons Community Award for nonprofit organizations that exemplify leadership, fulfillment of their organization’s mission, and a commitment to staff development and training.
The $150 tournament entry fee includes a full round of golf on one of Maui’s most challenging courses, “19th Hole” cocktails sponsored by Goodfellow Bros. Inc., and an awards banquet immediately following. Toyota of Maui has provided the Hole-In-One prize at the 18th hole. Other tournament sponsors include, Maui Petroleum Network, Kaiser Permanente, 3D Builders and Security Tech.
For information about sponsorships and tournament registration, call Davis at 573-2931 or 344-4753, or visit www.kahuluirotary.com/2010Tournament.cfm.
Join the Rotary Club of Kahului and help contribute to the scholarship fund that Lyons held near and dear to his heart.