Speaker Date Topic
Jim Leahey Jan 31, 2019 12:00 PM
The Leahey Legacy: Generations of Sportscasting in Hawaii

Jim Leahey is an iconic name in the world of Hawai‘i sports broadcasting. For thousands of games, his voice brought University of Hawai‘i athletics into our living rooms.  And he’s one-third of a local sports dynasty; his father was legendary sportscaster Chuck Leahey, and the ball is now in the hands of Jim’s son Kanoa. James Charles Leahey, sometimes called Kimo, but better known as Jim, retired in June 2018 from a career that spanned more than sixty years in sports broadcasting. He started out teaching school, which he calls his first love.  After he changed careers, he became the most recognized sports voice in Hawai‘i, announcing games and hosting sports talk shows on radio and television for decades. His first radio announcing job came unexpectedly in his teens, when his sportscaster father, Chuck Leahey, fell ill. Chuck Leahey had gotten his start in Hawai‘i as a U.S. Navy reporter during World War II.


Roger E. Breisch Feb 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Affirming Life
Affirming Life

Roger E. Breisch - Biography

Roger has lived an eclectic life.

He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Management from the Sloan School at MIT.

During his career he taught high school, was a manager for a Fortune 100 company, owned a management consulting company, and, most recently ran the local Chamber of Commerce.

In the midst of his professional career, Roger has volunteered extensively. He chaired the local 4th of July Fireworks for 17 years, has worked with teens in an anti-alcohol, anti-drug program for 12 years, and has spent more than 3500 hours answering calls on a suicide hotline over that past 16 years.

Roger speaks and writes extensively. He has spoken at TEDxIIT and TEDxQuincy, and published a collection of his essay in his book “Questions That Matter.” Today, Roger focuses on helping others discover a “Life That Matters.”

He and Judi, his wife of 36 years, have two grown children and live in Batavia, Illinois.

Murray Visser and James Ham Feb 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Global Grants and the Nepal Water Project

Murray Visser, our District 5000 International Service Chair, will be discussing how the D5000 International Service Team works with local clubs to develop international projects and design global grants of higher quality and greater scale by leveraging local Rotarian expertise, establishing connections between clubs in the district and a host or international partner, and creating a network of local experts to help with project planning and the grant process.

James Ham is a board-certified emergency physician at Straub Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine. He is the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset, and currently serves District 5000 as a member of its International Service Team under Murray Visser and as the Global Grants Coordinator under Mark Harbinson.  He was trained at the University of Washington and Madigan Army Medical Center, and served as the Brigade Surgeon for the 130th Combat Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks, and in the Emergency Department at Tripler.  He attended his first Rotary meeting in 2013 in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, where he is still actively involved in several different water sanitation and community health projects through a small Hawaii-based nonprofit Water Hands Hope, which he is the director of.  He joined the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset in 2015 while helping with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, and has served as the club’s International Service Chair, participating in nine of his club’s global grants - Slovenia, Romania (x2), India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nepal, Malawi, and Tanzania (2019).

Check out the International Service Projects Presentation video overview of this initiative.

Nicole Malia Coglietta - CEO/Founder of Care Sift Mar 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Providing Support to Seniors & their Families
Providing Support to Seniors & their Families

Nicole Malia Coglietta, CEO & Co-Founder of Care Sift, a senior care finder service, started the Hawaii-based company in November 2015. Ms. Coglietta started this business because of her experience working as a discharge planner in various local hospitals and watching families struggle to find affordable, quality senior care at a time in their lives when they were at their most stressed and time-pressed.

Two and a half years ago, when she found herself driving around Kaneohe in the middle of the night, going door to door frantically looking for a care home for her grandfather who was being discharged from the hospital the following day, she decided to start a company to provide support to seniors and their families looking for senior care. “The process was a nightmare even for me an experienced social worker,” she said.

Although she never dreamt of being an entrepreneur, Ms. Coglietta said that starting and building Care Sift has been a truly gratifying experience. She and her amazing team, whom she describes as “professional, compassionate and committed to doing what’s right for our seniors and supporting our care providers,” are the reason she said Care Sift works with every hospital on Oahu. And, the reason Care Sift has hundreds of partners, including care homes, foster homes, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, adult day care centers, and in-home caregiver agencies. “We’ve expanded to include all types of senior care options for families seeking senior care to accommodate every budget and level of care needed,” Ms. Coglietta said.

Ms. Coglietta is a local girl, having grown up in Kaneohe and graduated from Castle High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She lives in Kaneohe with her husband, Dennis, and their two sons, Maverick, six years old, and Lennox, three years old. They enjoy the outdoors, and all watersports as a family. And they especially love spending time with family and friends.

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