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The History of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset – The Beginning

(PP Chuck Harris 12/2011)

Honolulu Sunset began as an idea by Rotarian David Choate, a member of the Rotary Club of Waikiki, who not long before had moved from California and seen the success evening Rotary Clubs were having.  At the time, D5000 had no evening clubs and the idea of one in Hawaii was roundly discounted by many as having little chance of success.  Despite this, David, Harold Estes, Joe Phillips, and Ayman El-Dakhakhni proposed the idea to D5000 Governor Pete Mueller and gathered support among other Waikiki Rotary members.  Charlie Weems proposed the name “Honolulu Sunset” which was adopted by the charter members and on December 15, 1995, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset became District 5000’s first evening club with 28 members and Joe Phillips as the inaugural President.  Linda Coble represented the Rotary Club of Honolulu, the Sponsor Club

 

The club meetings were initially held at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani but this location proved problematic with frequent changes and cancellations from the hotel’s management.  In 1997, with Past President Joe Phillips and President David Choate attending the Rotary International Convention in Glasgow, President-elect Ayman made the move to the club’s current meeting place at the Waikiki Yacht Club. 

 

 Since 1995, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset has been proud to honor the following themes of Rotary:

 

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1996-1997

 

 

1997-1998

 

 

1998-1999

 

1999-2000

 

2000-2001

 

 

2001-2002

 

 

2002-2003

 

 

2003-2004

 

 

2004-2005

 

 

2005-2006

 

 

2006-2007

 

 

2007-2008

 

 

2008-2009

 

 

2009-2010

 

 

2010-2011

 

 

2011-2012

 

 

2012-2013

 

 

2013-2014

 

Engage Rotary/ Change Lives

RI President Ron Burton

 

2014-2015

 

2015-2016          2016-2017                                   2017-2018

            Rotary Serving Humanity             

   

 

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