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Maui Rotarian Earns Prestigious Award

July 30, 2010
Maui Weekly

Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise presented the prestigious Four Avenues of Service Award to Past President and Past Assistant District Governor Ron Capanash. This award is presented each year to one member in a club who demonstrates excellence and outstanding contributions in all four avenues of Rotary service—club, vocational, community and international.

Past President and Past Assistant District Governor Ron Capanash was surprised with the presentation of this recognition by Past President Joanne Laird at a July meeting.

The contributions by Capanash in each avenue of service during the 2009-10 Rotary year were as follows:

Club Service: Capanash served as president of the club in 2003-04 and provided outstanding leadership as the club incorporated new projects and activities during his year as president. Since his year as president, Capanash remained on the Board of Directors and utilized his storehouse of knowledge about club operations serving as Club Historian. He was typically the first to open his home to many club social gatherings.

Vocational Service: Capanash was the first to recommend that the club recognize two teachers for the club’s Vocational Service Award this year. In the past, recognitions have gone to other business leaders. The club selected to present Vocational Service awards to a teacher at each of two elementary schools for “Excellence in Literacy Projects.” At his recommendation, each teacher received a framed certificate and a $100 Gift Card to Office Max.

Community Service: Since his year as president, Capanash has also served as Community Service Chair for the club. He has spearheaded many of club projects during 2009-10, including school supplies drives, dictionary distribution to grade-schoolers, food drives for the Maui Food Bank, Kalepolepo Park and Adopt-A-Highway beautification, fundraisers for Hale Kau Kau, and provided funds and gifts to two families-in-need for the Christmas holidays.

International Service: Ron achieved the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris plus-six level, contributing money to fund the club’s matching grants International Service projects. In the club of 22 members, Ron has achieved the highest level of giving.

Rotary International has over 1.2 million members worldwide meeting at 32,000 clubs in 207 countries. The Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise, which is one of nine clubs on Maui, meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

For further information about this club, contact President Ed Corbett at 264-3468 or visit

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Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise Past President Joanne Laird presents the Four Avenues of Service Recognition to Ron Capanash.



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