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Rotary clubs join forces to provide school supplies for children and teachers on Maui

By Staff | Jul 21, 2016

Last year, (from left) Melinda Clarke, Paige Fontaine, Charlotte Jacobs and Deidre Teagarden from the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea collected school supplies for needy children at Longs Drugs in Kihei.

LAHAINA – Starting July 23, Rotary clubs on Maui will spend a weekend at the entrances to a number of businesses to collect school supplies for the children of Maui. As patrons enter these places of business, Rotarians will hand them a school supply list of items needed by our island keiki and teachers.

Store patrons are encouraged to purchase any of the needed items or to make a donation for such purchases. Once collected, the Rotary club members will divide and deliver the collected supplies and funds to community programs that help children in need and to individual schools on Maui.

This is the tenth consecutive year that a school supplies drive has been sponsored by Maui Rotary clubs.

Drives will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at OfficeMax in Kahului; Saturday, July 30, at Longs Drugs in Kihei, Pukalani and Maui Lani, Walmart, Kmart, Lahaina Cannery Mall entrance near Longs, and OfficeMax in Lahaina; and Sunday, July 31, at the Lahaina Cannery Mall entrance near Longs and Longs in Pukalani.

This island-wide school supplies drive is one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary clubs on Maui and Lanai.

Supplies collected by the Rotary Club of Kahului are on display for teachers at Lihikai Elementary School at the conclusion of the 2015 school supplies drive.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. Clubs hold regular meetings where members are able to form friendships and participate in activities that serve their communities.

For more information, contact Rotary Maui Public Relations Chair Melissa Crawley at “mailto:crawley.m@gmail.com”>crawley.m@gmail.com.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise recently introduced its new board; pictured (from left) are President Brandie Henderson, Anne Biedel, Amy Crowe, Treasurer Brian Beach, Secretary Ann Neizman, Judy Sheller and Theo Morrison (Chuck Schneider, Paul Tangonan, Tera Paleka, Martin Roush and John “Kane” Kadowaki are not pictured). The club meets every Tuesday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Pioneer Inn. There is a $10 fee for the meeting, which includes a choice of breakfast items. The club encourages the public to attend the meetings to learn about Rotary, become a member and participate in the many community service projects the club initiates. For more information, connect with Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise on Facebook.