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Maui Rotary clubs win district awards

By Staff | Jun 30, 2016

Pictured at the Rotary District 5000 Conference with some of the “award Frisbees” earned for Small Club of the Year for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset are President Sandy Schneider (left) and President-Elect Melissa Fort.

LAHAINA – Several Maui Rotary clubs brought home awards from this year’s Rotary International District 5000 Convention held from June 10-12 at the Halekulani Hotel on Oahu.

District 5000 is comprised of 50 clubs that were judged within small, medium and large size divisions in eight categories of service: membership, club, community, international, vocational, youth, public image and foundation giving.

District Governor Dell Green presented the awards to first and second place winners in each category. The club with the highest point totals across all categories within each division was awarded the top prize of Club of the Year.

Earning the most points within a competitive field of 23 clubs, the two-year-old Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset was named Small Club of the Year. The win marked the first time a club received the top award so early in its charter.

Lahaina Sunset also won first place in the club, international and public image categories. It took second place in the youth and vocational service areas. In recognition of its “Go Green Third Saturday” recycling project, the club was awarded the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding club that performed an activity that addressed a significant problem or need in the community.

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea, in the medium club division, took first place in membership growth and community and international service. They earned second place in youth, vocational and public image. The club was the runner-up in Medium Club of the Year.

Also capturing a first place award was the Rotary Club of Lahaina in the membership growth category.

The Rotary Club of Wailuku won second place in the foundation-giving category, and the Rotary Club of Upcountry received second place in membership growth, medium size division.

Club presidents submitted information on their club’s activities in each category during the Rotary International year that began on July 1, 2015. The submissions and one-page narratives were then reviewed and rated by presidents in categories other than their own. Ratings were then submitted to the awards chair and the district governor for final tabulation.

Several of the Maui Rotary clubs also received the District Governor’s Citation, the Rotary International Presidential Citation and the Ignite Membership Award.

There are ten Rotary clubs in Maui County: Kahului, Kihei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise, Lahaina Sunset, Lanai, Maui, Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset and Wailuku.

For information on attending a meeting of any of the above clubs, contact Maui Public Relations Chair Melissa Crawley at crawley.m@gmail.com.