For the fourth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise has earned the coveted Small Club of the Year Award.
The South Maui club received the 2009-10 award in the Small Club Division at the Rotary International District 5000 “Salute to the Stars” event on Saturday, July 10, on O‘ahu. 2009-10 Kïhei Sunrise President Joanne Laird received this and many other well-deserved awards for her club at the stellar event.
The 48 clubs of Rotary International’s District 5000 (O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Island and Maui) recently vied for awards within small, medium and large club divisions based on community and international projects and services they provided in the previous Rotary year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.
The Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise earned its Club-of-the-Year status by earning First Place in Membership Development, Club Service, Website, Newsletter and Achievements in Public Relations categories. They were also First-Place Runners Up in Vocational Service, Youth Service, International Service and Attendance Percentage categories. They received third-place ranking in the Community Service category.
The Club also received the Rotary International Presidential Citation, the Achievement in Membership and Community Support certificate, and the District Governor’s Citation. The club also swept the literacy category by earning Rotary International District, Zone and North America Literacy Awards.
An award-winning Website (www.kiheirotary.org) and newsletter, and the publication of 35 articles in the Maui Weekly and The Maui News about community service projects were among the clubs public relations accomplishments.
Among their many projects, the club honored teachers at Kïhei and Kamali‘i Schools for excellence in literacy, hosted a lüau for members of the Group Study Exchange from Thailand, conducted a sanitation project for Christmas Island schools and help support a Russian orphanage. The club also held a literacy-based ethics project for 350 second graders, partnered with Keiki Kupboard to provide school supplies and funds to Kïhei and Kamali‘i Schools, participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp and provided funding for educational programs at the Hawaiian Humpback Whale Sanctuary.
The “Salute to the Stars” event was lead by 2010-11 District Governor John Steelquist at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.
For information about Rotary on Maui, call Assistant District Governor Mark Harbison at 283-3785.
(Left to right) 2010-11 President Ed Corbett, District 5000 Governor Lisa Foster, Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise 2009-10 President Joanne Laird and Past President-Club Service Chair Larry Laird display their “award frisbees,” which culminated in a fourth consecutive District 5000 Small Club of the Year Award for the South Maui club.