RPJ’s monthly General Membership Meeting saw many new faces learn about the chapter as members learned about and voted on the various school projects vying for support from this year’s Spikes for Tykes Tournament. The meeting was held Sunday, September 15 at Ward Center’s Piggy Smalls restaurant. Many thanks to owner/chef Alex Le for hosting the event after hours at his restaurant.
Nearly 30 members and friends were in attendance. 2019 RPJ President Kevan Mau coordinated the meeting, which saw presentations from Eve Epitome (a former RPJ President, JCI Hawaii State President, and JCI USA National Vice Presdient), Nhut Pham (2019 JCI Hawaii State President), and Nathan Martin (2019 JCI USA National Vice President).
Eve gave an overview of the junior chamber, highlighting its mission, vision and creed. She also spoke of RPJ’s history, and the rise of the Spikes for Tykes tournament. President Nhut presented projects put on by the other chapters of JCI Hawaii, and NVP Nathan discussed the connections and experiences shared between the local chapters across the country. 2019 RPJ Board members also discussed upcoming events and opportunities.
As the presentations were happening, RPJ members were tasked to read and vote on the project applications turned in by various schools across the state. This year’s Spikes for Tykes Tournament is donating $2000 to a school project chosen by RPJ’s members. The project applications included a campus gardening project, supporting summer sports coaches, and funding a medical innovation workshop to name a few.