November 5: Rotary Club of Niigata Bandai, Japan, our sister club.
Help us welcome our fellow Rotarians from Japan.
Ms. Yuko Takahashi is their coordinator and speaks excellent English
Ms. Yasuko Kuriyama is the club secretary and is comfortable with English
Mr. Yuzuru Nagai is the Friendship Coordinator for the club, is comfortable with English and is an avid scuba diver.
Mr. Kazuki Koizumi is the President of Niigata Bandai Rotary Club this year.
November 3: KCC Open Market, hiking Diamond Head, cocktail party at Dave Erdman?s home. Sunday: skydiving. Monday: meeting.
The Economy is Looking Up
Mahalo to this week?s guest, Bob Harrison, President and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii?s oldest and largest bank. He gave us a brief overview of the economic forecast by?First Hawaiian Bank?economist, Leroy Laney.
In a nutshell:aspects of Hawaii?s economy are beginning to show signs of recovery. Jobs are predicted to increase by 1.1 percent in 2012, and could accelerate to 2 percent in 2012, with many of the jobs related to tourism. Credit card data has shown an increase in retail spending ?by visitors, as well as higher sales in automotive, supermarket, home improvement and home furnishing sectors. While construction remains 27 precent below 2007 levels, new projects in Kakaako and eventually Leeward, are having a positive effect.?For a complete overview of First Hawaiian Bank?s economic forecast, visit Pacific Business News.
Harrison also talked about Hawaii?s need to diversify our economy beyond tourism and construction, to add more high-skill jobs and stop the ?brain drain.? He wants young people?like his children?to have opportunities in Hawaii.
Honorary member Wally Amos of Wamos Cookies.
Welcome to prospective members?Dean Spagnoli and Clint Dodson.
More good news: Mary Benson has submitted her membership application.
Support Family Programs Hawaii
On December 1st, Family Programs Hawaii will be holding their holiday party for families with foster children. Many of the children attending have siblings who live separately, making their time together especially meaningful. You can support Family Programs Hawaii by purchasing a table or making a donation, but unlike other functions, the party is for the kids so you don?t have to attend. However, they could use a few more volunteers.?For information, call (808) 521-9531 or contact Linda Santos at?LSantos@familyprogramshi.org (Mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank for being a major sponsor of this event.)
Support eGlohal Family
eGlobal Family is having a fundraiser to benefit the children of Future Light Orphanage in Cambodia on?Sunday, December 2 at?Duc?s Bistro in Chinatown. There will be fine silk scarves and other woven gifts for sale. eGlobal Family was founded by former Honolulu Sunrise Rotarian, Rob Hail. For information, email Jan Taketa email@example.com.
Niigata Bandai Polo Shirts for Sale
Dave Erdman has a few Niigata Bandai embroidered shirts available for sale, so let him know if you?d like to buy one. For details, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read to Me
It was the Jon and Jerry show again this week, with more compelling reasons to read to the students at Lincoln Elementary School. If you?d like to volunteer, email John Ball email@example.com
First Wednesday of every month,?12:30-1:00PM,? 2 readers. Please bring Vanilla Oreos (no peanuts).
First Thursday of every month,?2:15-2:45PM,? 2 readers. Please bring Vanilla Oreos?(no peanuts).
Every Thursday,?12:30 -1:00PM in Ms. Anne Uyeda?s class, 1 reader, no treats needed.
Mark Your Calendar
Nov 3 ?INT. SVS: KCC Open Market and Diamond Head hike with Niigata members, potluck dinner at Dave Erdman?s.
Nov 5?? MEETING: Niigata Bandai guests
Nov 8 ? DUTCH LUNCH: Cafe Julia in the YWCA
Nov 12? Veterans Day Holiday
Nov 19 ?MEETING: Past District Governor Ayman El Dakhakhni, ?Update on Egypt and the Middle East?
Nov 20 ?COMMUNITY SERVICE: YO! House Thanksgiving