Rotary Club of Northern Guam (RID 2750)
Northern Guam
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
1st two WED of every month
Hilton Fisherman’s Cove
Tumon,  96913
Our Club Bulletin
Vol. 1 Issue 6,  December 15, 2020
smiley Zoom Meeting - 16 Dec. 2020 @ 12Noon ChST
Meeting ID: 921 5332 3752
Passcode: 361325
smiley Annual Club Meeting
Election of Officers and Avenue of Service Directors for Rotary Year 2021-2022
Club Events
  • 2020 Virtual 9/11 Wreath Laying Ceremony
    The virtual program was carried on KUAM’s The Link interactive talkshow, which was livestreamed on their Facebook page at 8:30 A.M., ChST, Friday, September 11, 2020.
    The event is traditionally held in person at the club’s Peace Memorial located at Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point), Tumon, Guam but could not continue in its previous form due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    In a spirit of unity and remembrance, Rotarians, local and federal officials came together in this virtual presentation and gave us a sense of hope, even in the face of shared grief.
  • Donation to Sanctuary
    Community Service Director, Ina Lee successfully received generous donations of much needed supplies on a Wish List provided by Sanctuary. Our club wanted to support the clients, staff and volunteers in these difficult pandemic times. Although the Board appropriated $1,000, Director Ina coordinated for all the items to be donated.

  • 76 Halloween Drive Thru
    Northern Guam teamed up with 76/Circle K to prepare over 1,000 bags of donated items to be passed out to children dressed up in their costumes.
    Rotarians helped distribute Halloween Treat Bags at the Dededo, Ypao and Ocean Vista stations.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Donation to the Kids at the Homeless Shelter
    Director Ina Lee realized the donations to the Global Dorm Shelter catered primarily to the adults. She organized at the last minute juice boxes and snacks compliments of Palomo Store and Micronesian Brokers for over 50 kids at the shelter.

  • Operation Christmas Drop 2020
    Northern Guam donated $1,000 together with Farmers' Rice Cooperative, 150 sacks of 50-pound Diamond G Calrose Rice valued at $4,000.
    Additionally, Honorary Rotarian Mayor Savares and her family donated 34 packets of Seeds (Beans, Eggplant, Pak Choy, Onions); Fishing Nets – 8 each; Mosquito Nets – 15 each; Books to read, miscellaneous – approximately 200-plus in 5 medium size boxes.
    Assistant District Governor Luckie Sakamoto arranged for the cash and supplies donations of the clubs in Guam and Tokyo for an overall support valued close to $7,000.
    OCD Committee held the first ever Donor's Box Build day. Rotarians and family members helped pack the first 32 boxes which were the first to be dropped off at the islands of Palau.

  • Sanctuary Christmas 2020
    Club's annual tradition continued in spite of the lockdown restrictions imposed by the public health emergency. Treasurer John Ilao and Youth Service Director Tony Paulino led the event and donated two fresh Christmas trees. They organized for Rotarians to donate Christmas decorations and potluck of food for the clients, staff and volunteers to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Due to the lockdown restrictions, the donations were dropped off at Sanctuary.
Check out the photo albums of these events.
Photo Albums
2020 Virtual 9/11 Ceremony
Sanctuary Donation
76 Halloween Drive Thru
Donation to the Homeless Shelter
Santa Barbara Parish Pantry
Operation Christmas Drop 2020
Sanctuary Christmas 2020
Charter President's Message 12 Nov 2020
On November 12, 2020 Northern Guam celebrated its 45th Charter anniversary.
Very fortunate to have Charter President William "Bill" Thomasson speak to the club members at their Zoom meeting held on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
He wrote this message ahead of time for Rotarians to read of his recollections of the Club start up and its first year of operations.
Greetings to all! 
The following  are some of my memories going back to the Clubs formation and early years.  My notice to put this together was quite short so it is not as complete as I would like.  It was our founding members that set the tone for this Club and is why it has survived these many years.  I am so proud the Club continues today and I played a small part in its formation.
It was the Rotary Club of Guam that spearheaded the formation of our Club.  There were several meetings and at the last formation meeting it was decided to hold an election of officers.  There was a consensus by members of the formation committee of the  Guam Club that the first President should come from the Guam Club.  After much discussion this requirement was waived and myself along with Joe T. San Agustin and others were nominated from the floor to choose its directors/officers. Joe was a Senator serving in the Guam Legislature at the time. It was between Joe and I for Club President and we each tried to convince the other to take the job.  I lost and was elected President.
That first year was somewhat difficult.  None of us really knew much about Rotary and at that time I was serving as President of American Savings and had little time for the Club job.  However, it became clear a commitment was needed to keep the Club alive so every week I phoned every member to urge attendance at our meetings.  We met at the Tower of Pizza which was owned by Club member Gary Caplan. I believe our major project was a Luau at one of the Tumon Hotels.  Later we adopted the Soap Box Derby which was a roaring success and carried through to my second term in office.
We had so many great members in the early years we were quite active with various projects.  I wish I had received this request a while back so I could really give careful thought as to all the things we were involved in.  Our most active members in the early years were Hank Buffet, Rich Krusee, Fred Sun, Keith Nakamura, Jim Hutcherson and Paul Chang. Hank and Rich are no longer with us but made great contributions to the Club.  I know I left out some and I apologize for this.  At 81, the memory function is not what it used to be.  
I can tell you we made a difference in the community.  I do not recall the many areas of involvement we were in but our treasury was solid and we were active.  In my first year we talked many times about the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self" and we lived up to this commitment.
I commend the Club on its 45th Anniversary and wish you every success in the future.  On a personal note I lived all together just under 40 years in Asia Pacific.  After leaving Guam I lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Today I am somewhat retired living in America's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.  I am a Mason and a Shriner having recently served as its President.  Our Club supports its 21 children's hospitals across the nation.  I also volunteer at our local Hospice and do Census work for the U.S. Census Bureau.  If any of your members should ever come this way give me a call.  
One of these days and maybe on your 50th Anniversary I plan to revisit Guam.  I loved my time there and the Territory was very good to me in my various businesses.
So Hafa to all and best wishes always,
Bill Thomasson
St. Augustine, Florida

ZOOM Meeting: Thursday, November 12, 2020 
GUAM DAILY POST   •   Friday, November 13, 2020
Attendance Report - November 2020
Attendance Report for November month end
Of the 31 total members attending 11/4 and Charter Day 11/12 Meetings held including Makeups.
Who we are
Northern Guam was chartered as a club 12 November 1975.
We are a group of women and men, from many nationalities, committed to the Rotary guiding principle of "Service Above Self".
Membership is open to all, regardless of gender, religious affiliation, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or nationality.
We are a small family-friendly group dedicated to improving our community through our service projects.
Members and guests are encouraged to bring their families and friends to our meetings.
With you, we can do even more!
2021 Rotary International Convention
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Birthdays & Anniversaries - December 2020
Member Birthdays
Julian Cooper-Nurse
December 14
Manny Cunanan
December 25
Join Date
Hermie Queja
December 1, 1995
25 years
Charlie Hermosa
December 6, 2017
3 years
Peace Memorial Website