Rotaract shuffles leadership; community events in the works

Posted on Jun 15 2021

Rotaract Club of Saipan president Keoni Hosono, left, shares a photo with current director of club service and incoming president Richard Baleares at the end of the club’s Summer Shoot-Out and Family Sports Fiesta at the Kagman Community Center last Saturday. Baleares will be club president and Hosono back at his original role as secretary in the next Rotaract year.

Current Rotaract Club of Saipan president Keoni Hosono will soon be moving back into his original role as club secretary, with current director of club service Richard Baleares assuming the club president role. The leadership shuffle was done so that Baleares can be relieved of social media and other community outreach responsibilities and to shift his focus toward organizing events later in the year.

In a joint interview with Hosono and Baleares after the Rotaract’s Summer Shoot-Out and Family Sports Fiesta last Saturday at the Kagman Community center, Hosono wished the best for the club’s next president and Baleares detailed what he already has planned for the latter half of 2021 going into 2022.

“I have faith in his ability to lead us in the next Rotaract year. …I’ll be sure to make sure that all of our information is kept up to date, and also I’ll be helping to relieve [Baleares] of all his responsibilities of posting stuff on social media,” said Hosono.

Baleares said he hopes to work closely with whoever will succeed him as director of club service to continue the Rotaract’s community service activities.

Among the possible events he hopes to organize in the future when he becomes club president is for Rotaract to host a “5K Fun Run,” another fighting game tournament in November to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rotaract hosting its first ever Smash tournament last year in November, and a Summer Shoot-Out next year, where he plans to source more basketball racks and other equipment to hold an actual three-point contest and a skills challenge, akin to the NBA All-Star Weekend events.

“We’re going to be busy, but we’re also going to take it more slowly,” said Baleares.

Rotaract’s next upcoming event is its “Summer Showdown” on June 26, which will be a fighting game tournament featuring Super Smash Brothers and Tekken 7, with the venue still to be decided. The registration link for the tournament can be found at

The club can be found on Facebook at, and on Instagram and Twitter @rotaractclubofsaipan and @rotaractsaipan, respectively.

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.
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