New Rotary club forming in West Maui

Two former presidents of Rotary clubs in Maui and California who have been active on Maui have announced the formation of the new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

The new evening Rotary club will engage in monthly community service projects and host monthly socials, in addition to regular meetings with guest speakers, according to a news release.

The chief organizers of the new Rotary club are Liz May, general manager of AAAAA Rent-A-Space in Honokowai, and Jim Fahnestock, a former financial adviser. May, a past president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina, played a key role in raising funds for the Lahaina library restoration. Fahnestock, a past president of the Rotary Club of San Carlos, Calif., chairs a community group for a West Maui condominium association.

Those interested in community service and business networking are invited to attend an information meeting on the new Rotary club.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Roy’s Kaanapali restaurant, 2290 Kaanapali Parkway. There will be a no-host bar, complimentary pupus and free parking.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will be the 10th Rotary club on Maui and the first new Maui Rotary club since 2009. The club will meet weekly on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for drinks and pupus at a West Maui restaurant to be determined, the release said.

The club will be officially launched when 20 charter members commit to join. Eleven have signed up. The new club will be part of the global Rotary network of 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and territories.

The organizers point out that the needs of the West Maui community are so great that a third Lahaina Rotary club will enable Rotarians to expand service to West Maui. Plans for the new club have been endorsed by Rotary District Gov. Phil Sammer, according to the release.

More information is available by calling Fahnestock at 214-5282 or May at 669-5200. RSVP is requested for the May 20 information meeting.