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Lahaina Sunset Rotary welcomes three new members

By Staff | Sep 24, 2015

Melissa Fort (left) and Melissa Crawley celebrate their recent inductions into the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

LAHAINA – The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, Maui’s newest Rotary club, has inducted three new members: Melissa Crawley, Melissa Fort and Craig Kuper.

Crawley writes the weekly television review column “Stay Tuned” for a division of GateHouse News Service. She is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes To Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s The West Wing” and is currently working on a second book.

Crawley earned her Ph.D. in Media Studies in Australia and has taught college courses in Australia and Hong Kong. She moved to Maui from Hong Kong earlier this year.

Crawley was sponsored for membership by Liz May.

“The members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset have a genuine interest in one another and a real drive to help the local community,” said Crawley. “It’s a great combination and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Craig Kuper is welcomed into the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset by club President Sandy Schneider (right) and his sponsor, Carmen Karady.

Fort is a sales executive for Starwood Vacation Ownership at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. She has had a long, successful real estate career in the Hawaiian Islands and on the Mainland.

Fort lives in Lahaina and was recently elected board president of her homeowners’ association.

She was sponsored by Sandy Schneider.

“I moved to Maui last year from Oahu and have been looking for ways to connect with the West Maui community,” said Fort. “Lahaina Sunset Rotary is just what I’ve been looking for.”

Kuper is a personal banking officer with First Hawaiian Bank in Lahaina. He assists individuals and business owners with banking needs, including asset management and personal/commercial loans. He has been with the bank for 15 years and recently moved to Maui from Oahu.

Kuper was sponsored by Carmen Karady.

“I joined Rotary to meet people who want to make a difference in our community,” said Kuper. “My goal is to help Lahaina Sunset Rotary change lives here in West Maui.”

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is a volunteer service organization of community leaders. The club meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact President Sandy Schneider at 662-2611.