July 2017 President’s Message

Aloha, Lions, Cis, and Friends,

I’m so humbled, excited, and proud to serve as your President for the next year.  Mahalo to Past President & PDG Lion Roy Aoki for serving as our President for a second time.  His guidance and leadership over this past year enabled the Hawaii Kai Lions Club to achieve another successful year of community service.  I will surely be utilizing his knowledge and experience for assistance over the next year.

Mahalo to all the members of the Board of Directors, both past and present.  We have several repeat members that will serve in different capacities, and several new Lions accepting the responsibility of a position on the board.  We are looking forward to a fabulous year of fun projects and community service.  I’d also like to call on all Hawaii Kai Lions to share any ideas for service projects that will keep us all involved in improving the lives of our Hawaii Kai community.

Also, a big, big, mahalo to our members, their CIS and family members, and the “huge” numbers of volunteers who helped to make our 44th Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast a gigantic success.  This is our one fundraiser for the club each year, and it is an undertaking of epic proportions!  The success of this event is a direct result of all the tireless efforts put forth by every one of you. We are still tallying up the numbers and have a couple more bills to pay and will report the final numbers once completed.

Breakfast ticket sales by all of you added up to 3,602 by my last count.  Mahalo to all who sold tickets to your families, friends, co-workers, clients and neighbors.  Thanks also go out to Ken Nishibun who mapped out all the neighborhoods for our dedicated Lions to canvass every blazing-hot Sunday leading up to Fathers Day.  Along with all the ticket sales we also received over $2,000 in monetary donations and almost $1000 donated by sponsors.

Not only did we serve 3602 breakfasts on Father’s Day, we also had a successful bake sale and plant sale sponsored by our hard-working CIS.  A couple of new displays generated a lot of excitement at the breakfast.  Thank you to Peggy Oyama for her hard work at the Lions 100th year celebration tent, where you could take a picture and pick up a souvenir.

Thank you to Eric Kvick and his wife for setting up and manning the Rescue Tube Project display.  The Rescue Tube project was our newest project last year and it was the brainchild of Eric Kvick along with Bill Modglin’s assistance.  Over 100 rescue tubes were distributed at Maunalua Bay to community members with the purpose of educating them in the ways they can help save a life.  This is a project we hope to expand over the coming year.

Once again, I am very excited and looking forward to this new year and all the great projects and activities to come.  The first one coming up is the International Youth Camp Diamond Head hike.  Sign-up sheet is on the website and hope to see you all there on July 29th.

Aloha for now…

President Lion Jeanne