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B. Rose Award of Excellence

 In 2004 Zonta Club of Hilo began the Rose Award to honor a community person for significant contributions. The honor is presented to coincide with International Women’s Day.  Zonta Club of Hilo aims to present the Rose Award of Excellence at least every other year. Nominations are sought from within the Club. The awardee need not be a Zontian.

The Zonta Rose, commissioned by Zonta International, is a symbol of excellence and friendship.


2012 Lily Inouye, a Hilo Zontian for 40 years, is responsible for inaugurating a number of local Zonta initiatives, including Hands Are Not For Hitting, which seeks to break the cycle of violence.  Lily, too, has broken many barriers, gender, age, ethnic.
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2010 Helene Hale was recognized for her lifetime service as an elected official of Hawaii County, a woman of many firsts.  She also founded the United Nations Association Hawaii Chapter. More information here.

2004 Carol R. Ignacio, ED of Office of Social Ministry, who organized the Hawaii Island Food Bank (now its own 501c3 as the Food Basket); the Care a Van outreach service for homeless people; Mobile care–the traveling dental care program (now part of Bay Clinic) and other services dealing with indigent people.

2004  Dr. Rose Tseng, then Chancellor at UHH, for her role as a woman leader making a difference by creating opportunities for higher education for local students and for "growing" the college to be where it is today.

Tonya Ozone,
May 21, 2012, 3:54 PM
Tonya Ozone,
May 21, 2012, 3:55 PM