Got an idea? Share it, watch it grow

The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay wants to hear from you, so please, let them.

This group of colorful and dedicated men and women is looking for input on what should be their next community project. These folks are wonderful at uniting resources, talents, know-how and commitment to get things done. They don’t just talk. They do. They know how to start and finish a project. And in case you were wondering, they’ve made significant contributions on the island over the past years.

Some of their previous projects:

w The restoration of the Hanalei Pier

w Ocean Safety Equipment Storage building on Weke Road in Hanalei

w Landscape project for the courtyard at Mahelona Hospital.

w Development and installation of rescue tubes on local beaches

w “Adopt a Classroom Program” for the benefits of local students and teachers

w Creation and support of a food pantries in both Hanalei and Kilauea

w GOOT, Growing Our Own Teachers, this project helps fund teachers in their last year of student teaching, with a commitment to stay on island.

John Oszust recently came on board as the group’s new president. One of his first efforts involved leading this outreach survey to generate ideas for their next community project. So if you got one, please share. It could be something to benefit our keiki or kupuna. It could be to improve the health of the island’s residents. It could be something to assist veterans. It could be an idea to help the needy. It might be an idea that just makes Kauai an even better place to live.

The suggestions are already coming in and there are many good ones. They include new restrooms along Hanalei Beach, purchasing an ambulance for the North Shore and raising money to construct buildings at an agricultural park in Kilauea. More are wanted. Don’t think yours won’t be selected or won’t have an impact. It could, if not this year, then perhaps next.

Club members would love to consider as many as possible before settling on one that they will put their considerable resources behind to bring to reality. The Hanalei Pier is proof of their resolve. They want to do their very best for the island, so let’s help them.

“Your ideas are important in determining the future direction of our next community project,” the club wrote.

Input will be collected on the club’s website until Sept. 1. After the club makes it selection, members will begin working on the project Dec. 1. Projects take between one to three years to complete. Please go to www.hanaleirotary.org and click on the link on the home page to submit your ideas. If you wish to be contacted to provide further information, include your name and contact information.

What’s most important here, what really matters, is the sharing of ideas may be powerful. So whatever you do, don’t dismiss your idea. Do the opposite. Share it with the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay.

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world,” said Victor Hugo, “and that is an idea whose time has come.”

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