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Rotary Club of Lahaina Wins Small Club of the Year Award

May 25, 2017, 10:31 AM HST
* Updated May 25, 10:34 AM
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For the second consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset has been named the small club of the year at the Rotary International 2017 District 5000 conference.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset display their “award frisbees” at the recent 2017 Rotary District 5000 annual conference. Top Row L-R: Phylecia Platte, Mariko Higashi, Heidi Dollinger, Katie Zimmerman, Liz May, Sandy Schneider. Bottom Row: Joanne Laird, Larry Laird. Photo Courtesy

The conference took place from May 19-21, 2017, at the Sheraton Resort in Kā‘anapali. On the final day, District Governor Clint Schroeder presented the award to the club.

To be considered for the club of the year award, rotary club presidents from across the state submitted information on their club’s activities during the Rotary International year.

The submissions and one-page narratives were then reviewed and rated by presidents in categories other than their own. Award “frisbee” patches were presented to first runner-up and first place in each size division for six categories: community service, club service, vocational service, youth service, international service, and public image.

Lahaina Sunset won small club of the year for earning first place awards in public image, vocational, club and international service and first runner up awards for community and youth service. The club also received the District Governor’s Citation.


“The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is honored to receive this award for the second year in a row,” said interim president Joanne Laird. “Our small club of nine men and 18 women give freely of their time and talents and work tirelessly to serve the West Maui community, their dedication truly demonstrates the Rotary motto of “service above self,” she concluded.


Ten of the 51 clubs that make up Rotary District 5000 are located on Maui and Lāna‘i. Small clubs are defined as having 29 members or less and there are 31 small clubs in District 5000.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. Members meet regularly, form friendships and participate in projects that serve their community.

For more information, contact interim president Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or via email at [email protected].

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