We are a small but very ACTIVE club.  Here are some of the fun but valuable community projects that we did in 2009-2010. 

2009-2010 Grant Awards for our Books Deliveries Project

The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu Sunrise’s Literacy Chair wrote and submitted a grant application to First Book (http://www.firstbook.org) to get free books to give to every student in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade at Blanche Pope and Waimanalo Elementary Schools, which are Title I schools. We were notified on July 15, 2009, that we had been awarded books through this grant. We received 252 books from this grant!

We delivered one book to each student in grades prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade at these two schools on December 16, 2009, for winter vacation reading fun. The purpose of First Book is to get new books into the hands of needy children who will own the book and can take it home to read and re-read again and again.  

Our club's Literacy Chair also wrote and submitted two grant applications for Rotary District Simplified Grants (Phase I and II). Both were received by this club.

DSG Phase I allowed the club to buy new library books for preschool students at Maunawili Elementary School. DSG Phase II allowed the club to buy 150 books (and to receive 20 books for free) from Scholastic Literacy Partners which enabled them to give a new book to all students in Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade at Maunawili Elementary School.

In addition, a Book Drive was held from the University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus which provided many more books to be given to students in several elementary and intermediate schools on Oahu. Finally, Friends of Kailua Library also donated gently used books to this project.

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Service Projects for 2009-2010

Community Service

1. July 4th parade
2. Relay for Life Silent Auction
3. Cool Kailua Nights
4. Road Clean Up
5. Windward YMCA Hallowine Fundraiser
6. Thanksgiving Dinner for a Shelter
7. Kupuna Wishes project
8. Christmas Dinner and gifts for children for a Shelter
9. YMCA Project
10. Red Cross Fundraiser
11. Rotary Work Day – Beach Clean Up

Vocational Service

1. Vocational Tid-Bits – each week one of our Rotarians will share a vocational tid bit
(advice) at our club meeting, based on his or her vocation.
2. Mock Interviews at Kailua High School
3. Preschool re-accreditation committee for Hongwanji Mission School

International Service

1. Hosted the GSE Team from Thailand:
a. Welcome BBQ
b. Tour of Oahu’s North Shore
c. Breakfasts daily for the weekend they were here
d. Housed the 5 team members
2. Held a Fundraiser which enabled our club to sponsor 3 girls in India to go to school
from PACE Universal. We donated $988.
3. Child Mortality project – Nothing But Nets – prevention against Malaria. Partnership
project with Waikiki Rotary and Pi Lambda Theta Hawaii chapter.
4. District 5000 Polio Walk is March 20, 2010 –Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio
5. Support of LN4 Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hands - International
Health/Humanitarian Project
6. Purchased an egg-laying chicken for a needy family in Nigeria to support at project
from the Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai

Youth Service

1. Our club donated $200 to RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
2. Our club donated $100 to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarships for high
school students

Rotary Foundation (non-literacy projects)

1. Matching Grant Water Wells Project – We donated some of our International money
to help the Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu with their water project for Rwanda.

Peace Service (from the District Governor’s Citation)

1. Peace Through Puppets. The 4-6th grade A+ After School students at Maunawili
completed puppets cut out by Rotarians and the GSE Team members from Thailand. The puppets were sewn by the husband of the Pres. of Pi Lambda Theta HI Chapter. The students completed the puppets (facial features, etc., and also wrote a letter from the puppet’s point of view to the puppet’s new friend in Afgahnistan. US soldiers gave these puppet ambassadors of peace to children there. To learn more about Peace Through Puppets go to http://www.peacethroughpuppets.com/
2. A second Peace Project was completed by first grade students who drew pictures and wrote about what peace meant to them in their school, at home, and in their world.
Documentation of this project was shared at the District 5000 Conference at our Club’s
Display at the Conference.
3. A third Peace Project was completed by 7th grade students from the Rotary Club of
Waikiki’s Early Act Club at Hongwanji Mission School. This was a partnership project
between Windward Oahu Sunrise and Waikiki Rotary Clubs. The Early Act students
participated in a Poster and Essay Contest about what peace meant to them in their
school, at home, and in their world. The contest was judged by 2 Rotarians from
Windward Oahu Sunrise and 2 Rotarians from Waikiki Rotary. The winning team from
this contest was invited to read their essay at a lunch meeting of the Waikiki Rotary club. The judges from both clubs were also invited to attend.