Regular Meeting on May 8, 2019 will be held at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Waikiki.
Assistance League of Hawaii Board of Directors - April 2019
Assistance League of Hawaii - May 2019
Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Gerri Migita

It's a Wrap on the Year and a Walk for Charity

As we end the 2018-2019 fiscal year, this year has been a whirlwind of an adventure... for me, at least! The Philanthropic Programs and Operations were busy with their own events which they report in each of their articles but this is a short synopsis of the events and meetings thus far:
  • During the summer, we transferred our chapter website from Hi-Point to WordPress which is the platform that National Assistance League supports. Kudos to Melvin Ah Ching for his knowledge and expertise in singly tackling that task while also producing the newsletters.
  • In September we had our first business meeting with the new elected board and appointed chairmen.
  • In October we were enlightened with a "Laughter" session led by our own Laughter Leader, Geri Johnson.
  • Cybersecurity was our Regular Meeting topic for November by Loren Aquino, an expert in "Phishing Attempts and Scams".
  • December was our Christmas Coffee at the Beautiful home of Laurelyn Berger.
  • In January we rang in the New Year with a Business Meeting at the Elk's Club to elect the Nominating Committee and recognized milestone members.
  • For February we were truly inspired by our guest Speaker, Leslie Wilcox!
  • March was a great time for an in-home session to reflect and hear how members envision the future of Assistance League of Hawaii.
  • At the April Regular Meeting we heard the results of the Evaluation sessions which were both positive and constructive in directing Assistance League of Hawaii in the right direction.
We hope to see many of you at the Outrigger Canoe Club on May 8 for our last Regular Meeting before the summer. We will vote on the Proposed Budget for the coming year and install our new Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.

May 18th is also time for the 41st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk . Assistance League of Hawaii participates in this event every year as preference is given to non-profit organizations that provide services to Children and Education. Grants are based on an organization's community impact up to a total of $10,000 per organization. Besides the good you'll be doing for Assistance League of Hawaii, think of all the fun, comraderie, and refreshments ( food!! ) that you'll be having along the way! So, please sign up with Arden Moore , our Resource Development Chairman.

Lastly, I would like to leave you with the updated Value of Volunteer Time from the Independent Sector is $25.43 an hour. This figure is calculated each year because volunteers are so critical to the quality of life in all our communities. Just like a check or a pledge card, volunteers are a vital resource that help nonprofits deliver their mission. Board members, committee members, and community volunteers contribute in unimaginable ways.

You may not realize this but all of you are the real-life Superheroes in the lives of all the people you have helped!

Geri Johnson

Membership Review (June 2018 - May 2019)

During this year twenty-four people completed the Assistance League of Hawaii membership interest form. Most were introduced to Assistance League of Hawaii by a current member while others learned about us from shopping in the store or during one of our philanthropic events. One new member sought out philanthropic groups online and found us!

Of this twenty-four, nine became members this year. Welcome again to Lorimegan Black, Donna Smith, Kahala Motoyama, Kela Holt, and Shirley Krause. Aloha to our newest members Shari Sunabe, Ku'ulei Pai, Charlene Grande and Hazel Sumile.

Four ladies joined us as community volunteers: Pearly Pit, Gwen Kneuven, Marcia Kamiya, and Pam Gomes.

Of the remaining eleven, two accepted full time employment and do not feel they have the time to volunteer. The others simply did not reply to calls or email.

We also lost a few treasured members this year, either because they moved away or have taken their first steps into eternity. Of note is Eileen Urquhart, whose donations to the Assistance League of Hawaii have helped to reduce our mortgage. As of today we have 101 members.
There still is time to register for the annual conference in Las Vegas this fall.

The Early Bird registration fee is $550 and ends on June 30, 2019.

More information is available at

Helen Taufaasau
Join Us  for Our Regular Meeting May 8

Our April Regular Meeting held at Mid-Pacific Country Club was a big success with 40 members attending! A special thanks to the staff at the club for doing such a great job.The Deli Buffet was a big hit! A big Mahalo to Joy Corbett, our club host - couldn't do it without you!

The Assistance League of Hawaii Regular Meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 , will be held at the Outrigger Canoe Club . Arden Moore is our member host to the club.The meeting will begin at 10.30 AM .

"Stick to Tradition" Luncheon
  • Menu Choices (choose one of the following):
  • Certified Angus Burger with fries
  • ½ Grilled Mahi with rice and veggies
  • Chicken Curry Papaya Salad
  • Lunch includes:
  • Ice Cream Dessert
  • Carrot Bread, Coffee and Ice Tea
Cost is $29.00

Please RSVP by May 2, 2019 to HelenTaufa'asau, email: , telephone - cell 728-8420

Be respectful of deadline date! Be sure to indicate your luncheon choice. If you already signed up at our last meeting, you do not need to RSVP again.

Payment is at the door with cash or a check made payable to Assistance League of Hawaii . We are unable to accept credit cards at the meeting. Parking is free in the OCC garage.

Mark your Calendar.

LaVonne Holmberg
Operation School Bell ®  Literacy

Kindergarten Receives Donated Books for Reading
Twenty-five books were donated through our Operation School Bell Literacy program to a Fern Elementary kindergarten class for their classroom library. Books included titles the teacher requested, both old favorites like Rainbow Fish by M. Pfister, and newer books on social development (I Can't Believe You Just Said That! J. Cook) and math concept (One Big Pair of Underwear, L Gehl). The variety of books offered something for everyone.

Geri Johnson volunteered as a Tutu Tutor in this classroom, helping to reinforce phonetic skills and number concepts. She also worked with children who are hungry to read but have limited opportunities.

Betty Parinas
Operation Wildlife

Neighbor Island Trips Cap Off Successful Year
Geri Johnson on Kauai
April was a busy month for Operation Wildlife (OWL) member volunteers with two trips to the neighbor Islands held - one to Kauai and the other to Maui. 

Last year OWL volunteers did not go to Kauai. They missed us and welcomed our team of Gerri Migita and Geri Johnson back. We went to 46 schools in all on the neighbor Islands including Hana. The last trip was to Maui with Gerri and Ronnie Wassill.
OWL visits to the last four Oahu schools were completed as well to round out the year with a total of nineteen schools visited. Needless to say, this has been a very successful year! 

Myrtle Ching-Rappa did a fabulous job renewing our PowerPoint program and labeling of all biofacts. It was a very heavy year in regards to renewing biofacts but everyone helped.
Our OWL ladies are to be praised for their strong commitment to our program. We look forward to next year with Kathy Takemoto as Chairman.
As one child on Maui said It best about our program's popularity "I wish I could stay in fourth grade and see this again next year!"

Nancy Sparacino

Good News About 
Parking Fees!  

Our membership voted at the April Regular Meeting to approve a line item in our Thrift Shop Budget to reimburse our members for most of their parking meter fees when working at the Thrift Shop. Members who wish to be reimbursed will fill out a page in the Parking Fee Reimbursement Log, indicating the hours they have used a parking meter on a given day. ALH will reimburse members $1.00 per hour up to 6 hours per day. This applies to members working either upstairs or downstairs. Reimbursements will be distributed quarterly. We encourage all members who use the parking meters to claim this reimbursement, as these parking fees are part of the cost of doing business at our Thrift Shop. These reimbursements will be retroactive from April 1, 2019. You can either use your credit card in the meters or deposit coins. The Thrift Shop cannot supply quarters for parking, so please come prepared with ample quarters, if you plan to use coins in the meters.

Mortgage Reduction: Our membership also voted to approve the application of an additional $60,000 to the principal on our building mortgage during this fiscal year. These funds are derived from surplus in our reserve savings accounts and do not affect our required One Year's Total Operating Budget reserve. This addition to the principal will almost cut our remaining mortgage balance in half. A mortgage burning party is in our near future!

Dues: Thanks to many of you who have already paid your $70 dues for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. If you have not yet paid your dues, you can send a check made payable to "Assistance League of Hawaii" to: Assistance League of Hawaii / 1505 Young Street / Honolulu, HI 96826 / Attention: Treasurer. You may also bring your dues to the May 8 Regular Meeting at Outrigger Canoe Club or drop off your dues at the Thrift Shop. Save your cancelled check or check carbon as your receipt for your tax purposes. If paying in cash, a receipt can be provided for you. Please submit your dues by May 15 to ensure that your name will be included in our roster of members for the coming year.

Reimbursements: Our fiscal year ends on May 31, 2019. If you need to be reimbursed for any expenses for ALH, please submit reimbursement forms to the Treasurer by no later than May 31. Reimbursement requests made after May 31 will be considered a donation to ALH.

Marjorie Van Swearingen

New Budget to be Voted on May 8
The proposed budget for 2019-2020 was prepared by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. It was presented to the membership at the April 10, 2019 Regular Meeting. It will be voted upon at the May 8, 2019 Regular Meeting.

The Overview to the Budget was distributed to all members. It is similar to the current Budget. Some new items include:
  • $5,616. 00 allowance for the Staff Parking Fee Reimbursement
  • Increasing the expense for "Prospective Member Activities" from $200.00 to $300.00 to cover buying lunch for the first Regular Meeting attended by a new member.
  • Coverage of the Early Bird Registration Fee ($2,200.00) to the 2019 National Conference in Las Vegas for four (4) members, chosen by lottery.
The complete 2019-2020 Budget is posted on the upstairs bulletin board at the Thrift Shop.

Jane Winslow
We Care

A Busy May for We Care Member Volunteers

We Care will hold a Lullaby Layette Packing on Friday, May 17, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at my home on 683 Iana Street, Kailua. Mary Kay Junk and Pat Dixon purchased the supplies for 200 layettes. We would appreciate any help with packing. Call me at 285-5603 if you can help with the packing. A light lunch will be provided.

Two hundred fifty Malama Bears were delivered to the Thrift Shop and are being stored in Bert's Room for packing. Anyone who can help pack the Malama Bears at the Thrift Shop in Bert's Room would be greatly appreciated. There are 20 Malama Bears to a bag; instructions and bags are posted in Bert's Room. Any question please call or ask Jane Winslow or Peggy Monell. The Malama Bears will be delivered to local hospital pediatric wards, St. Francis Hospice, and Legacy of Life in mid-May.

HelenTaufa'asau has purchased and will deliver word puzzles, games, and other hand held items for children at Shriner's Hospital.

Dot Mason
"Reluctant" Secretary

Enter Your Name to the Connect 2019 Conference

Please let me know if you would like to put your name in the the drawing for the National Assistance League conference Connect 2019. As you know, four members will have their Early Bird registration fee reimbursed by the chapter. You need to email me or phone me (554-3240) before the May meeting. You need to go ahead and register on-line at the National website. If your name is drawn, you will be reimbursed the $550 registration fee. Your transportation and travel expenses are your responsibility.

This conference will begin September 4 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other volunteers from our great organization, to learn new and better ways of doing our jobs, and to enjoy some time away from our busy routine here in Honolulu. I will be there working as a part of the NAL Leadership team.

Sharon Ehrhorn
Thrift Shop

New Carpeting at Thrift Shop Counter Area
New carpeting was installed behind the main cashier counter location at the Thrift Shop in April.

The recently installed surveillance system helped us catch a shoplifter at the Thrift Shop. Honolulu Police Department was called.

Check the calendar below for the volunteer work schedule. Help is always needed downstairs and up.

Sharon is out of town. Her regular update will resume next month.
Be Sure to Turn in Your Service Hours

PLEASE remember to turn in your service hours through April 2019. Include driving time to Assistance League of Hawaii events, meetings, and work done at home. You can do that by emailing them to me at the address below or simply call me.

Karen McClelland at or call 808-395-4904.


  May 2019
Shop Calendar





Can you help out upstairs?
M. Fabre  9:00-1:00
T. Kiladis 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
N. Wang 12:00-3:30
H. Taufa'asau  12:00-3:30
Free parking today!
E. Dihel  9:00-12:00
N. Wang 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
M. Monohon 12:00-3:30
K. Kehoe  12:00-3:30
E. Dihel & M. Murphy  9:00-12:00
L. Berger  9:00-11:30
P. Monell - all day
L. Black  12:00-3:30
Regular Mtg.
@ Outrigger Canoe Club
10:30 a.m.
M. Fabre  9:00-1:00
T. Kiladis 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
H. Taufa'asau 12:00-3:30
J. Corbett & B. Trustin 12:00-3:30
Can you give an hour?
E. Dihel  9:00-12:00
S. Richardson - all day
P. Monell - all day
B. Richardson - all day
K. Kehoe  12:00-3:30
E. Dihel & M. Murphy  9:00-12:00
L. Berger  9:00-11:30
P. Monell - all day
M. Monohon 11:30-3:00
L. Black  12:00-3:30
Do you have an hour to sort donations?
M. Fabre  9:00-1:00
J. Winslow 9:00-1:00
P. Monell - all day
H. Taufa'asau  12:00-3:30
J. Corbett  12:00-3:30
We need your help.
E. Dihel  9:00-12:00
N. Wang 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
K. Kehoe  12:00-3:30
E. Dihel & M. Murphy  9:00-12:00
L. Berger  9:00-11:30
P. Monell - all day
M. Monohon 12:00-3:30
L. Black  12:00-3:30
Can you refill clothing on sales racks?
M. Fabre  & J. Winslow 9:00-1:00
L. Berger  9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
H. Taufa'asau 12:00-3:30
J. Corbett  12:00-3:30
N. Wang 12:00-3:30
Want to display
E. Dihel  9:00-12:00
N. Wang 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
S. Richardson 12:00-3:30
B. Richardson 12:00-3:30
K. Kehoe  12:00-3:30
E. Dihel & M. Murphy  9:00-12:00
L. Berger  9:00-11:30
P. Monell - all day
M. Monohon  12:00-3:30
L. Black  12:00-3:30
Could you help to sort & price craft items?
M. Fabre  9:00-1:00
T. Kiladis 9:00-12:00
P. Monell - all day
H. Taufa'asau 12:00-3:30
J. Corbett  12:00-3:30
Work party!
June 1, 2019
New Fiscal Year Begins
If you are able to help out any day at the Thrift Shop, please contact
Nancy Sparacino at or call 808-436-5305.
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