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Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea
Luncheon Meeting at Mulligan's on the Blue 
March 19, 2014

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance at 12:15 pm.


Potato Leek Soup

Caesar Salad

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Homemade Brownies



 Billie M


Billie Moksnes delivered an inspirational poem called “I’m glad you’re in my dash.”  She detailed her inspiration was the quick recovery of our member, Mark Harbison, and her being impressed by the help from the Rotary Ohana in San Jose, CA.


I'm Glad You're In My Dash"

I'm Glad You're In My Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
From the the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

(1934 - 1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her,
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile..
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Author: Linda Ellis


 Kevin & Adrian

Kevin Caputo-Ct. & Adrian Zywno-Kihei

 Bob Penny

Bob Penny-Ft. Collins, Colorado

Scott M
Scott Matthews-Kihei

Marleen Maltby
Marleen Maltby-Vacaville, CA

Tom & Alice Thompson
Tom & Alice Thompson-Bemidji MN

Tony & Alice Ng
Tony & Alice Ng-Calgary AB

Mark Chamberlain-Indiana
Jim & Marianne Curry
Marianne Curry-Kihei & Jim Calandra


Flag Exchange
Mark Chamberlain-Chesterton Porter Rotary Club, IN 
Flag exchange 2
Alice Thompson, Bemidji MN Rotary Club

Bob Penny, Windsor CO Rotary Club 
Former guest from Marion, OH
mailed in their flag




Mark is back home on Maui and recovering well.  We continue to keep him in our thoughts and look forward to seeing him soon.  


President Stuart held a quick vote on acceptance of Scott Matthews as a new member. The result was a unanimous yes! He will be inducted next week.


The Kihei-Wailea Rotary Clubs March Melodies, to be held on Saturday, March 29th, needs each member to sign up for the variety of volunteer activities needed to make the event a success.  Please contact Stuart with suggestions for a DJ and decorations, and to get details what volunteer positions are available. Tickets were passed out with a request to sell them to our friends. Thanks to Barry for helping with the mailing, to Kim and Roni for the help with the press release, and to District Governor Phil Sammer and Senator Roz Baker for starting our ticket sales. You can add items for the silent auction and ask the businesses you visit if they'd like to donate to the auction. You can also get through tickets our website, newsletter, facebook page and twitter.



Our big fundraiser, March Melodies will be at Mulligans, March 29th from 5 to 9.  Everyone is encouraged to get the word out, forward the email invitation to friends and your other organizations, donate silent auction items, buy their tickets and sell tickets to friends for this big event.

April 5th is the District Assembly which the club will pay for members to attend and for breakfast and lunch.  New members in particular are encouraged to attend. It will be held at a new elementary school in Wailuku Heights, 8AM to 2PM and is a great way to learn much more about Rotary.


We will have a Maui Food Bank drive at Safeway, April 26-27


Jim Calandra will take orders for polo shirts embroidered with our new club logo, available in many colors, sizes and organic or non-organic cotton for about $25.

May 2-4, Turtle Bay Resort-Oahu


Silent Auction item for District Conference

Board of Directors Secretary 

Speaker Seekers for 2014

Fundraising Chair


Janice Eisler passed the koa bowl for Happy Dollars

Those contributing were:

Karen S
Karen Siangco was happy to be at the meeting
and for the good weather.
Cecilia Camp is happy to be on a
staycation during spring break.
Bob Perry
Bob Perry is happy to be on Maui.
Paige Fontaine is happy to be able
to come to a meeting.
Gloria Lukens is happy to report that
Rowen Mulligan is on track with our scholarship
Charlotte George Smith is happy that 
she was elected chair of the
Senior Fall Prevention Coalition
convened by Dr. Lorrin Pang of
the District Health Department

Tom Blackburn-Rodreguez is happy to be here and didn't fall
on his way, and to hear about Warren Harding.
  • Barry Hyman who is heading to Tahiti for a rare boat trip with his family

  • Speaker Terryl Vencl

  • Michelle Scott

  • Gloria Lukens

  • Haley Wood-contributing to the Rotary Foundation 

  • Jeannie Duberstein 

  • Allen and Donna Nelson 

  • Bill Knet 

  • Jim Calandra back from PETS 

  • Stuart Karlan 

  • Scott-friend (and member-to-be) of Jim Calandra 

  • Joe Mitchell 

  • Don Gross, 

  • Jane Smiley 

  • Karen Siangco 

  • Janice Eisler

  • Karl Schurz

  • Charlotte Smith 

  • Jason

  • Kit Hawkins 

    • Barry Hyman who is heading to Tahiti for a rare boat trip with his family

    • Speaker Terryl Vencl

    • Michelle Scott

    • Gloria Lukens

    • Haley Wood-contributing to the Rotary Foundation 

    • Jeannie Duberstein 

    • Allen and Donna Nelson 

    • Bill Knet 

    • Jim Calandra back from PETS 

    • Stuart Karlan 

    • Scott-friend (and member-to-be) of Jim Calandra 

    • Joe Mitchell 

    • Don Gross, 

    • Jane Smiley 

    • Karen Siangco 

    • Janice Eisler

    • Karl Schurz

    • Charlotte Smith 

    • Jason

    • Kit Hawkins 

    • Mark Chamberlain is happy he'll shortly be a first-time grandfather to either twins or triplets.
    • Alice McDermott is happy to hear that Mark is home and doing well and happy that her son has been accepted to 5 out of the 6 colleges he applied to.
    • Stuart was happy for the "Jock talk" script and PSAs that Tom has been putting together for the upcoming fundraiser.


    Lois Lois Prey, who just returned to active membership, introduced our speaker, Mr. Dave DeLeon,  the current Director of Government Affairs Realtors Association of Maui and past executive assistant for Mayors Alan Arakawa and Linda Lingle, and former editor of the Maui News.

    Dave DeLeon 1

    Mr. DeLeon spoke on how democracy works in Maui County and how his trade association interacts with state and local government. He introduced himself as a lobbyist for the realtors, largest trade association on Maui. He also is an organizer developing a dynamic, membership-based system, in which Mark Harbison is a major player. More than talking about the arcane aspects of how the organization works he focused on how American-style democracy works in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and how the association tries to make its way in this process. A basic message is that you can affect Maui County policy-making if you know what you're doing and are willing to put in the time, energy and resources. His 35 years in Maui politics and degree in Political Science have helped him correct the county and state's prior marginalization of realtors, who were being demonized along with developers. Our county government has to deal with three separate island populations in a single context. Our centralization, with no separate townships, water districts or sewer systems or school boards puts us a little on the over-organized side of the spectrum. Uniquely, the origin of our state form of government was a kingdom and then an American colony ("territory"), which resulted in a very centralized form of government. This means lobbyists don't have to deal with completely different sets of officials, only one in Wailuku, but this can be a problem for residents of Molokai and Lana'i, just as dealing with the Honolulu-based state government can be problematic for the "neighbor islands". Instead of one-man, one vote elections in Maui county, representatives from the 9 districts are elected at-large by everyone. All council members, elected each two years, have the same power on the council, regardless of the size of their constituent population. Because people on Molokai and Lana'i are outvoted by those living on Maui, those candidates must have support from the Maui population. This has resulted in people remaining in office for forty years.


    There is an upcoming election, which as our system is established, is non-partisan and, even though Hawaii is a very "blue" (Democratic) state, the last 3 out of 4 Maui mayors came out of the republican party. Our current mix includes our mayor who will have had three terms because he was out of office between his second term and reelection. Of interest is that he grew up on in a relatively poor Okinawan farming family in Kula, got a business degree, worked to help his family as a sweeper in the West Maui water treatment plant, Within 10 years he was running the plant and in another 10 years was on the county council—a lot of native ability there. The current council member from Lana'i is the son of the person who held that seat for 40 years, almost like an inheritance, which is how that's working. 

    About 10 years ago, council members got a raise from $35,000 per year to $65,000 per year for that full-time job. That made a difference and helped attract the council's first attorney and a CEO of one of Maui's big resort hotels. As an example of the dedication of councilmembers, Gladys Baiso is so dynamic that, after being hospitalized for breaking her hip, she attended a fundraiser in a wheelchair, gave a fiery speech and returned to the hospital.

    Dave 2Dave mentioned that in the upcoming election, incumbent Mike White is running against the mayor's executive assistant, former council member Mike Molina ("Mike vs. Mike"). The Kahului district also has an interesting race between the current and former council members for the district. 

    In Maui county, because you have to run at-large, every council candidate has to run the same county-wide campaign as candidates for mayor, which for a competitive race costs upwards of $100,000. This is the effect of concentrated political power, which would not be the case if we had townships. The advantage in Maui county is to the incumbent because of name recognition from TV and newspaper reporting. Most voters don't really know details of the candidates. Maui elections offer a chance for everyone to personally meet mayoral and council candidates at "Speed Candidate" events, like the one held by the Kihei Community Association, where candidates rotate from group to group of about 10 attendees each, and answer their questions.  This gives voters a chance to really see who these people are, what's going on inside, and how they respond to the same basic questions. Member of the realtors association actually score the candidates. This replaces the old smoke-filled room to determine who will be endorsed. 

    and dialed in on his specific role.  He reminded the group that housing is and will always be an issue that he and his team continue to focus on. Elections are coming this year and he encouraged the group to do our due diligence on the positions and candidates to make an informed vote. Even then though, endorsements may not go to the person who runs the best campaign.

    Big issues on Maui are housing, because of the excess of interest over available houses. This is a challenge for housing the working people required to run the island. The bare-bones minimum to build a basic 1,000 square-foot house on a 3,000 square-foot lot today in Maui county is $350,000. One of the reasons for this is that we have six layers of land control, which takes 10 years to re-entitle $10,000 to $20,000 per acre agriculture land to housing, resulting in a $1 million final investment including the $30,000 cost for fact fees. There is a state law that allows developers to skip much of this. The county also will guarantee water rights if the housing is 100% affordable.  However the county's workforce housing program, created in 2006 just before the big recession, which required a development to be 50% affordable, failed and nothing was built.

    To affect policy, you have to meet one-on-one with the policy makers. The Realtor's Association takes a list of discussion points to their hour-long meetings with council members and the mayor. This helps develop good and productive relationships. The realtors association also does not support specific project developments because the membership is so diverse that not all members want to support any one specific project. 

    You can contact Dave by phone at (808) 243-8585, fax (808) 871-8911 and email:

    Thank you Dave!


    Dave & ticket
                     Dave draws the ticket #590396

    Karen Siagnco lead the magic marble draw. Our guest speaker, Dave drew the lucky number that Billie Moksnes held. YES!! We have a winner. Everyone cheered when Billie drew the magic white marble and won $293!


    Karen reads number
    Karen reads the number

    Big surprise! 


    The winner!

    4-WAY TEST

    Heather  Ballaine closed the meeting with the four way test at 1:25.



    The Room



    Heather Ballaine

    How long have you lived on Maui?  I have lived part time on Maui for fifteen years.
    When did you join rotary? I joined Rotary February 2009 and Billie and Steve Moksnes sponsored me.

    What is the most unusual job you've worked at? Selling eye glass cleaner in 1964 at The World Fair Grounds Seattle Center during summer vacation.
    What one word best describes you? Hard worker. I am happy working.
    What is one thing you wish you could change about yourself? I would try to relax more and not worry. I seem to need something to worry about!

    What is the biggest risk you ever took?  Crossing the Pacific Ocean on our sailboat Promises 1994-97.

    What did you want to be when you were little? A nurse.
    What is the next immediate priority in your life? To keep my health.

    Name 2 things on your "bucket list"  See my grandchildren grow up. Travel to South America and perhaps Africa.

    What is the biggest challenge you've overcome?  I think passing the Extra Class Ham Radio License Exam in 1994 in La Pas Mexico.

              Congratulations and Thanks for being our Member of the Month, Heather.





    Club Duties 


    One of the Five Avenues of Service: Club Service


    March 19, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Heather Ballaine

    Greeter/Inspiration: Billie Moksnes

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Janice Eisler

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Hayley Wood

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Dave Ballaine

    April 9, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Kit Hawkins

    Greeter/Inspiration: Janice Eisler

    Cash/chg:  Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Hayley Wood

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Heather Ballaine

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Susan Bradford


    April 16, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Lois Prey

    Greeter/Inspiration: Scott Matthews

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Jeanne Duberstein

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Hayley Wood

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  ? for Karen Siangco


    April 30, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: ?

    Greeter/Inspiration: Jim Calandra

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Cecilia Camp

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Hayley Wood

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Mary Margaret Baker




    May 7, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Judith Catherine Lam

    Greeter/Inspiration: Barry Hymen

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Gloria Lukens

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Billie Moksnes

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Steve Moksnes



    May 14, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Joe Mitchell

    Greeter/Inspiration: Mark Harbison

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Lois Prey

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Alice McDermott

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Ron Harris



    May 21, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Janice Eisler

    Greeter/Inspiration: Tom Blackburn Rodriguez

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Jim Calandra

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Hayley Wood

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  ?



    May 28, 2014

    Set-up/Pledge: Susan Bradford

    Greeter/Inspiration: Ron Harris

    Cash/chg: Kim Dobson

    Happy Dollars:  Kit Hawkins

    Audio/Video:  Don Gross

    Photographer:  Cynthia Clark

    Minutes: Charlotte George Smith

    Magic Marble: Paige Fontaine

    Breakdown/4-way test:  Judith Catherine Lam
























    The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the suppo rt of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


    A big portionof that mandate includes polio eradication through Polio Plus.

    The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.


    How can you help?  Donate today to Polio Plus or Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.


    Checks should be made payable to


    The Rotary Foundation and your donation is tax deductible.  


    You may turn in your donation to Barry Hyman, our Foundation Chair person!


    Donating to the Rotary Foundation is supposed to be a continuing process. Rotarians worldwide are asked to contribute at least $100 per year to The Rotary Foundation,

    ....even after becoming Paul Harris Fellows.  





    Speaker Seekers

    January—Paige Fontaine

    February—Susan Bradford

    March—Lois Prey

     Club Duty Descriptions:    

    Descriptions Online at:



    Missed a meeting and need a make-up?  Log on to and watch at least two of the meeting videos, then write Secretary Stuart Karlan a note so your make-up will help the club's attendance record.  Other ways to earn make up credit is by:

    1. Attending another Rotary club's meeting - or
    2. Attending a RCKW board meeting, attending an RCKW committee meeting - or
    3. Attending an RCKW sponsored event.

    When you make up a missed meeting, you are not only helping yourself, you are helping your club!




    Invite someone to Rotary today!

    What are some of the benefits of being an RCKW member? 
    • Satisfaction of helping others, broaden circle of friends
    • Being affilitated with International humanitarian projects
    • Becoming aware of the needs of your community
    • Feeling great about really making a difference.

    Got someone in mind who may be interested in membership?  Invite them to a meeting.  There is a simple contact form in the storage cabinet that you to fill out and give to the membership chair or secretary "How to Propose a New Member".

    Each One!  Reach One!  Because membership in Rotary is by invitation only, it is important for every one of us to invite a friend to Rotary.  More members means more energy, fresh ideas, more hands for service projects, more fellowship!

       The Four Way test of things we think, say, and do

    First- Is it the truth?

    Second- Is it fair to all concerned?

    Third- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

    Fourth- Will it be beneficial to all concerned? .... And

    Fifth- Is it fun?


    RCKW Mission Statement: In the spirit of the Rotary Four-Way Test, strive to improve the lives, health, and well being of citizens (with a special emphasis on children) in our community and that of underprivileged communities around the world.  Achieve meaningful results for our service projects in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship, and aloha.

    Please call or send newsletter corrections and suggestions to Stuart Karlan: 891-8457,