Welcome to the Hawaii Region
of Y Service Clubs International - U.S. Area
Welcome to our Y Service website. Here you will find valuable information about our Hawaii Region, US Area and Y Service Clubs. You will especially learn about the exciting and dynamic activities of our Region’s programs and services. If you are a Y Service Member visiting our site or islands, please leave us an email message. We would love to hear from you. From all the members of the Hawaii Region Y Service Clubs, we say Mahalo nui loa . . . . thank you very much for visiting us.
Bobby Stivers-Apiki, Regional Director 2014-2016
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A Message from Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki:
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Aloha Fellow Y Service Members,
I would like to express how proud I am to be a part of a great organization that demonstrates leadership, compassion and service. Starting with the Metro District meeting on Saturday chaired by DG Albert Lee. The meeting was well planned, engaging reports and discussions. Now I see how effective the Metro District is and how the clubs work together. In a sad note, it was reported that charter member of the West Oahu Y's Men's Club, Dr. Dennis Kuwabara had recently passed. Services to be announced.
Sunday was such a beautiful day of celebrations. It started with the Kaimuki Y's Men's YMCA Sunday at St. Patrick's Church. Almost a dozen members attended including Eddie Miwa, RDE and guest Mr. Sakota and his daughter from Tokyo. Nuuanu Y Service and Hilo Y Service Clubs also celebrated YMCA Sunday. After YMCA Sunday, Brad & Sharon hosted a holiday party at their lovely home. Guest Mr. Sakota from the Tokyo Zero Y's Men Club proposed being a Brother Club with the Kaimuki Club. In an unanimous vote his proposal was accepted. So we'll have a new Brother Club! Great news too, that 8-9 members from Mr. Sakota's club plan to attend our Hawaii Region Convention in May! Thanks Kaimuki for good friends, good fellowship and good fun!
The beautiful day ended in the celebration of life for fellow Y's Men and YMCA staff Steve Kranz. Steve was such a force in bringing people together and hundreds including a lot of Y Service members came to pay their respects. Aloha Steve.
Keep up the good work everyone!
Y's Men's World. Y Service Clubs International has issued a new "Y's Men's World," the official publication from headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It contains an important message from International President Wichian Boonmapajorn and other valuable information and insights. Click on the image at left to get your copy.
Fond Memories. Thousands of customers of Boyd Gaming's downtown Las Vegas properties have now seen this photo, taken at the Main Street Station last May during the 79th Annual Convention of the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International - U.S. Area. It was published in the latest issue of the company's magazine "News at the Cal" which covers events at the California Hotel where we stayed, Main Street Station where we met and new nearby Fremont. The picture brings back fond memories to those of us who attended, It is in the the magazine's Fall 2015 issue which is not yet online in Boyd's website. When it is, this site will alert you Meanwhile you can click here or click on the photo to see our album of photos from the convention. Scroll down this page to find our own picture of this great group of people.
Holoholo to Taiwan. That's the slogan Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki is using to promote the 72nd International Convention of Y Service Clubs International to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, from August 4 through August 7, 2016. Three Hawaii Y Service Clubs have International Brother Clubs in Taiwan — Nuuanu, Hilo and Windward — so a good relationship already exists. Taiwan is a Region within the Asia Area of Y's Men International, which we in America generally prefer to call by the authorized alternative name, Y Service Clubs International. There will be an International Youth Convocation in connection with the convention, starting August 1. More information will be posted here soon, including contacts for possible travel arrangements. There is a lot of information about the convention itself, including the host hotel and an outline of the programs, and there is additional information on excursions and sightseeing possibilities.
You can get to the English language official International Convention website if you click here. Or click on the official logo image above. And the convention host committee in Taiwan has posted a nice promotional video here on YouTube.
Hawaii Region Club Bulletins: Central February. Kaimuki January. Nuuanu January. Windward December. West Oahu February. Kalihi January East Kauai June. . Hilo July/August. Club bulletins as far back as 2006 are available via Hawaii Club Bulletins in the menu at left.
Hilo Y's Men and Women Help Fight Dengue Fever
Some 170 people on the "Big Island" of Hawaii have contracted dengue fever that is being spread by mosquito bites and the homeless and particularly their children, living in the open all the time, are especially at risk. The local Y Service Club decided to do something about it. After exploring chemical-treated mosquito nets they came came up with an effective but less-expensive solution by working with a local supplier of mosquito-repellent bracelets and recruited willing donors to help. The result was 1,500 of the anti-mosquito bracelets being distributed free to homeless around the island. The Hilo daily newspaper, the Hawaii Tribune Herald, gave the project a nice write up on Monday, December 21, and you can click on the photo or this link to read the Tribune-Herald article.
Christmas "Y's Alliance" The December issue of the U.S. Area's quarterly magazine has been distributed by Editor Fred Leonard (in Hot Springs, Arkansas) and it contains lots of important information. Of particular interest are Area President Charley Redmond's front-page comments on the lively Regional Director Elect training in St. Louis and Hawaii's news on Page 3. Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apikiki wrote about the Hilo Club's long-standing Christmas tree sale and other island fund raisers. Click on the image at left or the blue link to get your copy to read or download.
PIP Newsletter. Click in the image or the link to see a fascinating newsletter from the PIP Club, an organization of Past International Presidents of Y Service Clubs International. The 14-page quarterly newsletter is full of wisdom from these former top leaders, news of what they are doing now, pictures and added material from current key officers of our international organization. Lots of inspiring reading.
Hawaii Region Mid-Year Cabinet Meeting. The Hawaii Region held its Mid-Year Cabinet Meeting on November 21 at the Ilima Hotel in Waikiki. Follow the link to a photo album.
Kalihi 25th Anniversary. The Kalihi Y Service Club will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a luncheon at Kalihi YMCA on Sunday January 17. There'll be fun, food, fellowship and prizes and a great lunch catered by Natsunoya Tea House. Click on the illustration at left to the see a flyer with more details and when you are ready to make your reservation you can access the form if you click here.
Historical Photos. The Y Service Clubs of Hawaii's Metro District are working their way through stacks of photos and other materials at the YMCA of Honolulu headquarters. Go to this page to see some sample pictures and learn how you may be able to help identify people or events.
Club Helps Windward "Hallo-Wine." Members of the Windward Y Service Club once again donated auction items, helped with the setup and attended the annual Hallo-Wine fund raiser for Windward YMCA's teen program. See the photos here.
A New "Youth World." Y Service Clubs International's new Youth Intern at headquarters in Geneva has produced her first issue of "Youth World" and you can get the 20-page magazine by clicking in the image at left. It has lots of pictures and stories of young members in action, including several pages about the Asia Area Youth Convocation in Kyoto. Note: If you want to print it, set your page size at 94 percent or less of the original if you can. It's designed for a paper size we don't use in America.
A New "Y's Men's World." A new 16-page "Y's Men's World" has been issued by Y Service Clubs International and it is full of news and pictures of the activities of Y's Men and Y's Women around the globe. Note: Individual clubs can contribute stories to this publication, as illustrated by Debbie Redmond's piece on Page 13 about the Y Service Club of Carondelet's giant book sale. Clubs can also contribute news to the U.S. Area publication described below. Get your world news here.
New "Y's Alliance" Issued. Y Service Clubs International - US Area has issued its national newsletter "Y's Alliance" covering July through September 2015 and there's a lot of good reading in it, including an informative message from Area President Charley Redmond and a nice promo for Hawaii Region's 80th Convention next year. You can get it here.
New Clubs Overseas. Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki wants to draw your attention to the formation of new clubs, an ongoing process in thew world, particularly in Asia, but not so much in America. Take a look at the latest list here.
Why Did You Join? Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki recently asked members to tell why they joined a Y Service Club and why they stayed as members. He has put some of their replies together in and interesting two-page report you can get by clicking on the image at left.
Albert Lee is a new winner of the international Elmer Crowe Award. Here's a note from Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki:
I am pleased to announce that U.S. Area Y Service Clubs Immediate Past President Debbie Redmond officially presented our Albert Lee the Elmer Crowe Award, for his outstanding leadership as District Governor of the Hawaii Region (Metro District), at the 26th Asian Area Convention in Kyoto, Japan. Debbie was very impressed with Albert and declared "Albert Lee is such a delightful person. We need more of him and Eddie Miwa (previous winner) in our organization." Congratulations Albert on behalf of your fellow Y Service Hawaii Region and U.S. Area members! Mahalo.
Peace Project Gets International Recognition.
"Youth World," a worldwide publication of Y Service Clubs International, features Hawaii Region's peace project throughout its latest issue, which you can download here. Editor Dominique Fernandes-Trelles, finishing up her term as Youth Intern at international headquarters in Geneva, featured our project on the front page and in an article on Page Two and scattered pictures throughout the issue. There's a huge amount of other interesting reading in the publication too.
Area Convention News. A special edition of The Bulletin Board, our Hawaii Region publication, brings you reports from the recent U.S. Area Convention by our Regional Director, Bobby Stivers-Apiki.
East Kauai's Donna Schulze Receives Order of the Red Triangle. Click on the link or the picture to read about the presentation of this prestigious award, which is made by the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International to a member who has served in our organization for at least 20 years and has demonstrated exemplary service and leadership.
From International President -- A new “e-Communiqué” has been issued by Isaac Palathinkal, international president of Y Service Clubs International. For some it’s best read on-screen or you can download and print here. Lots of valuable information. Isaac finished his term at the end of June and the new International President is Wichian Boonmapajorn of Thailand.
Convention Photos. Click on the group picture or the blue link to see an album of photos from the 79th Hawaii Region Convention
Regional Bulletin Convention Special. Just out, a special edition of "The Bulletin Board" full of news and pictures from the 79th Hawaii Region Convention in Las Vegas.
U.S. Area Convention Update. Convention organizers have announced the list of dynamic and informative speakers for the July 9-12 convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Winners of this year’s “Peace Through My Eyes” contest pose with their art work and awards on stage at the YMCA of Honolulu’s Healthy Kids Day April 11. The contest was run by the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International among elementary school kids attending the Y. Click on the picture to see more photos of Healthy Kids Day activities, including our Metro District’s shave ice stand. To see the art work, pictures of most of the children who won prizes in the Peace Project and information about them click here.
YMCA Annual Support Campaign Members of the Y Service Clubs on Oahu brought in more than $143,000 in pledges for the YMCA of Honolulu’s Annual Support Campaign for 2015, as of March 30. That was more than 14 percent of the total donations from all sources which added up to just over $993,000 at the end of March. We’ve subsequently learned that the Y’s total goal of a million dollars has been achieved and passed and our club members played an important part in that success.
U.S. Area Bulletin. The January-March issue of “Y’s Alliance,” bulletin of the U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International has a lot of informative articles about Y’sdom, including news from the Hawaii Region.
“Youth World” A new issue of “Youth World” is out and you can get it by clicking on the thumbnail picture at left. This is the February issue of the publication produced by Youth Intern Dominique Fernandez from the Geneva headquarters of Y Service Clubs International (Y’s Men International) and it has lots of good reading by, for and about the young people in our organization around the world. Click on the thumbnail picture at left to get your copy and please share it, particularly with youth members.
U.S. Area Convention The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International is ready to take reservations for the informative and active Area Convention that is planned for July 9-12 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click on the image to get all the information you need to take part in this great convention. The Area Convention only happens once every two years and it would be great to have a significant Hawaii delegation at this one.
Nuuanu 50th Anniversary. See photos from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nuuanu Y’s Men and Women’s Club, held November 16 at the Natsunoya Tea House in Honolulu.
Mid-Year Cabinet Photos -- See an album of photos from the Hawaii Region Mid-Year Cabinet Meeting held in Waikiki on November 8. Here Sharon Ishida, immediate past regional director, holds up a phone so attendees can hear a message from Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki.
Members Only page has been changed to include the Club Service Awards form for the 2014-2015 year and some other documents, including the Metro District Constitution.
International “E-News” -- The latest online newsletter from the Geneva headquarters of Y Service Clubs International has lots of news and valuable information and you can see it here.
2014-2015 Goals Hawaii Region Y Service Clubs: Right Time. Right Now. This is the Hawaii Region Y Service Club theme for 2014-2016 and the Y Service Club Leadership Team #1 will focus on Five Areas of Strength. We will . . .
- strengthen our purpose and partnerships with the Hawaii State YMCAs;
- strengthen our membership with a planned member campaign; branding and renewing traditions;
- strengthen our relationships that will last a lifetime within clubs, region, area and international;
- strengthen our ‘experiences’ through purposeful region programs and activities and
- strengthen our trainings to develop leaders amongst leaders.
Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki has a great team elected with him to serve the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International. Go to this page to learn more about the Regional and Club Officers.
Peace Project Video: A seven-minute video now posted on YouTube tells about our 2014 “Peace Through My Eyes” poster/essay project for kids and features the winners. Slides start after a three-minute musical introduction. (News of the 2015 Peace Project is coming soon.)
Endowment Dinner 2014: Photos of the annual Endowment Dinner held on May 16th by the Metropolitan District of the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International.
Join our Hawaii Region Facebook Group: Receive automatic notifications when new items are posted. Hear from friends of Y’sdom around the world. As a group member you can post your own items, add your club bulletin, show photos of events etc. First, make your own Facebook page. It’s simple and it can be as private or public as you want. Then go to the Hawaii Region group page (link through the logo here) and ask to be a member. Our administrator will approve you. Everyone can see the page but only members can post to it.
U.S. Area Facebook Page: The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs has its own new national Facebook page. It’s ”public” and that means anyone can read it and anyone with a Facebook page can post items to it.
“Golden Book” Endowment Honorees: To find the names and write-ups of persons honored by your Hawaii club in the past in the Endowment Fund Golden Book of Y Service Clubs International, enter just your club number in the appropriate blank in this page of the U.S. Area website. Club numbers are: Central, 388. East Kauai, 228. Hilo, 224. Kaimuki, 227. Kalihi, 371. Maui, 225. Nuuanu, 226. West Oahu, 340. Windward 296.
Acronyms Used in Y’sdom Our organization’s documents and reports are full of acronyms and some of them can be pronounced as words like “ape” and “why sigh.” Don’t know what they all mean? Click here for a list.