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Mr. Ed Futa

Wrong Ed Futa?

Manager of Strategic Planning

Secretariat
 
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Employment History

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Ed Futa, RC of Honolulu, ...
www.rotaryfirst100.org, 10 Nov 2011 [cached]
Ed Futa, RC of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 2000 -
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Edwin H. Futa was unanimously elected to be the General Secretary of Rotary International, effective 1 July 2000.
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Ed joined the RI staff in November of 1998 as the manager of strategic planning for the Secretariat. He came to Rotary from Hawaii, where he was president of an international marketing consulting firm. Active in youth ministry, he also served on the Board of Governors of the YMCA and as a mediator in the Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu. A Rotarian since 1979, Ed is a member of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu. He has served RI as district governor, group discussion leader, committee member, Rotary Foundation regional coordinator, and RI president's representative to numerous district conferences. He has been keynote speaker at many district conferences, assemblies, and other district and club venues.
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Ed Futa, General Secretary
Club Service Day Featuring Ed Futa General Secretary of Rotary International
www.easthonolulurotary.com, 28 Sept 2009 [cached]
Ed Futa, General Secretary of Rotary International (RI) and a member of East Honolulu Rotary, will be the featured speaker on September 28th.
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Ed joined RI staff in November of 1998 as the manager of strategic planning for the Secretariat. He came to Rotary International from Hawaii, where he was president of an international marketing consulting firm. Active in youth ministry, he hasalso served on the Board of Governors of the YMCA and as a mediator in the Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu. A Rotarian since 1979, Ed has served RI as district governor, group discussion leader, committee member, Rotary Foundation regional coordinator, and RI president’s representative to district conferences.
During his years as ...
www.rotarynairobi.org, 29 July 2013 [cached]
During his years as RI's general secretary, Edwin H. Futa was affectionately known for his comic showmanship, which brought an element of entertainment to the announcements he delivered during Rotary's annual conventions and the International Assembly, a training event for incoming leaders.
His weather reports and his costumes for the assembly's talent night, from Neptune to Zorro, were legendary.
Earlier this month, Futa was recognized in a different way, for his generous giving to The Rotary Foundation. He was greeted with a standing ovation from Rotary leaders and staff during a ceremony at Rotary International World Headquarters, where he was inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society. The society honors those who have contributed US$250,000 or more to the Foundation.
"Everyone assembled here today has felt Ed's genuine love for Rotary and its Foundation," said John Osterlund, general manager of the Foundation, in introducing Futa.
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"For eight years, I had the privilege of working directly for Ed," Osterlund noted.
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"I learned a considerable amount from Ed and the leadership example he set ... In addition to being my boss, Ed became a friend."
Since his retirement from the post of general secretary in 2011, Futa has continued to serve on the Rotary Peace Forums Committee and as an RI representative to the United Nations. Futa said he gives to the Foundation to support Rotary's peace program because it's an investment in people.
"I believe the people-building aspect is the most important and the most long-lasting aspect of the Foundation," Futa said in an interview after the ceremony. "We can build wells, and wells will crumble after a while. But the legacy people leave, especially well-trained professional people, will last longer than any wells and monuments we could build."
Futa has been a member of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, since 1979. He recalled how he came to join.
"I knew nothing about Rotary at the time," he said. "I was invited, like many of us are, by my banker to join him for lunch. As one starting a business at the time, I considered my banker an important person. I was surprised most of the people there were people I knew from the community anyway. I felt quite natural in that grouping."
As general secretary, Futa oversaw many changes in Rotary. During his tenure, the Foundation appointed the first woman to serve as a trustee and Rotary elected its first female director. Under his leadership, the Foundation celebrated record giving in 2009-10. He laid the groundwork for the Foundation's Future Vision Plan, the Foundation's new approach to granting funds.
Futa said he feels his biggest contribution was realizing that the strength of the organization is based in the talents of its staff and acting on that knowledge to assist staff to grow as professionals. He said he remains committed to Rotary because it is an effective and positive use of his volunteer efforts.
"I never feel it is a waste of my time," he said.
District Directory
www.rotarydistrict5670.org, 28 Nov 2005 [cached]
Edwin H. Futa
Associate General Secretary, Rotary Iternational Honolulu, HI USA Ed joined Rotary in November of 1998 as the manager of strategic planning for the Secretariat.He came to Rotary from Hawaii, where he was president of an international marketing consulting firm.Active in youth ministry, he also served on the Board of Governors of the YMCA and is a mediator in the Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu.A Rotarian since 1979, Ed was a member of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu. he has served RI as district governor, group discussion leader, committee member, Rotary Foundation regional coordinator, and RI president's representative to numerous district conferences.He is a keynote speaker at district conferences, assemblies and other RI venues.
WCSRN Background
www.rotarywcsrn.org, 2 May 2004 [cached]
Despite the actions of the RI Board of Directors from 1997 through 2001, the RI Board in October, 2003 based on a recommendation from Ed Futa, the RI General Secretary, rescinded virtually all of the features from previous Board's actions.
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