Ann Nicol, director of Book Trust Hawaii, will speak about the work the nonprofit does in Maui County during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.
Book Trust Hawaii's mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspire a passion for reading, develop literacy skills and foster lifelong learning.
Partnering with Scholastic, Book Trust Hawaii enables participating students to choose and own $7 worth of books each month of the school year or 18 to 20 books per year.
Nicol joined Book Trust Hawaii in fall of 2011 and oversees development and fundraising efforts for Hawaii. Through collaboration with the Maui and Oahu regional boards, she works to raise awareness of and support for the organization in Hawaii. Her previous nonprofit experience includes human resources and community engagement work with Teach For America. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in business administration, concentrating in finance.
As a young girl, reading instilled a sense of adventure in Nicol. She credits her favorite childhood book, "Island of the Blue Dolphins," as the impetus to her creating her home in Hawaii and her desire to see its children grow in their love of exploring new worlds through reading.
The public is invited. Cost for lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee. Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at www.kahuluirotary.org. For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.