Today, our hearts are heavy with grief as the catastrophe unfolds on Maui. Lives of our fellow Rotarians, families, and friends across the island have been drastically changed, potentially forever, due to rampant fires. The devastation is immense and the loss unthinkable. As we grapple with this reality, our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers go out to all affected.
As is our charge, Rotary is stepping forward to lend help.

Action Amidst Tragedy: A Call to 'Create Hope For Maui'

In response to the distressing events, we, as people of action, have the power to catalyze change. We need to come together, more than ever, to 'Create Hope for Maui'.
Through the Rotary District 5000 Foundation, we have established a special relief fund. We are assessing the situation, talking with Rotarians on Maui, and are finding the areas of greatest need for the distribution of funds. This single relief fund strategy will ensure that the benefits, over time, reach those most affected and provide much-needed aid in varied capacities.

Your Contribution: The Power to Build Hope

This moment calls for collective action. We urge you to consider donating to this special fund. Every contribution, large or small, will make a noticeable difference, providing tangible aid and solace to those grappling with the enormous impact of the disaster.

In the face of devastation, we find strength. Let's transform sympathy into action, despair into hope. 

Once upon a recent time, the Ala Moana Rotary Club embarked on a remarkable journey known as the "Smart Start" mission. Predicated upon the belief that every student deserves to begin each school year with a confident, prepared stride, this program was born out of compassion, dedication, and a profound understanding of the plight faced by too many families.

This year, the Smart Start program's primary objective was to assemble and donate 60 fully-equipped backpacks to the children of Lunalilo School. School supplies, often taken for granted, can be a significant financial burden for families. We were determined not to let this adversity hinder our future leaders.

Club members labored tirelessly, gathering donations and stuffing backpacks full of essential supplies to ensure a bright start to our student's academic year.

The Ala Moana Rotary Club recently concluded a clothing drive that drew participation from different corners of our island. Many people devoted their time, sorting through their homes and pooling gently used clothing for the students at Lunalilo School.

This initiative saw its beginnings with Past President Sue Ann Lee. During a school visit, she noticed a student wearing clothing that had definitely seen better days. From this observation sprung the belief, "If children feel good when they go to school, they'll be more likely to have an improved readiness to learn."

People heeded this call to action and responded generously with donations. The pile of clothes eventually filled half the size of a cafeteria!

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