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RI President’s Message in June 2013

 

 
 

DEAR FELLOW ROTARIANS,

      A Rotary convention is a powerful thing, and a first convention is an experience you never forget. My first was in Chicago, in 1980. That was the year I was president of the Rotary Club of Yashio. I thought we should learn more about
Rotary, so I asked nine other members of my club to join me, and we traveled to Chicago together. We did not know what to expect from a Rotary convention. What we found was more than any of us had imagined.
 
That convention showed me Rotary, and changed me forever. It gave our club something to strive for. I came to that convention as a member of a Rotary club. I left it as a Rotarian. The feeling that entered my heart in Chicago is still there today.
 

 
     I am glad I will have the opportunity, as an RI president from Japan, to be part of the
convention in Portugal. Portugal and Japan have a history together that began in the year 1542. This was the year that a Portuguese boat landed on a southern Japanese island. The Portuguese sailors did not plan to come to Japan. Strong winds blew their boat off course. But it was a happy accident, and the beginning of a peaceful and prosperous relationship.
 
     In 1993, Japan and Portugal celebrated 450 years of good relations. Portugal was the
first European country visited by the Japanese, in the middle of the 16th century. And the long Portuguese presence in Japan has had a lasting effect on my country.
 
     The Portuguese found Japan by accident. But it is no accident that Lisbon has been chosen for this convention. Lisbon is A Harbor for Peace. And peace is the theme of this convention, as it has been the theme between Japan and Portugal for nearly 500 years.
 
     As Rotarians, we work toward peace in many ways. We do it through humanitarian
service. We do it through our belief in Service Above Self. And we work toward peace
simply by being who we are. Every year, when we come together for a Rotary convention,
we see, for a few days, the world as it could be. We see people of all colors and cultures
come together. We work to build a better world.
 
     I hope you will join me, and your fellow Rotarians, as we celebrate this year of Peace Through Service together.
 
 

 
   

Sakuji Tanaka

 

President, Rotary International

 

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Sakuji Tanaka and wife Kyoko

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2012-2013
RI President
Sakuji Tanaka (Japan)
Sakuji Tanaka was chair of the Daika Company and president of the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan. He also has been vice president of the Yashio City Chamber of Commerce.
  Sakuji has served Rotary as a director, Rotary Foundation trustee, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and training leader.
  He was chair of the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee and the Permanent Fund Committee for Japan, and served on the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force and Future Vision Committee. Working with his district, Sakuji helped to construct a school building in Bangladesh, and he has established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.
  He has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. Sakuji and his wife, Kyoko, are Benefactors and Major Donors.
 
 

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2013   Convention

 

2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 June.

 

D3450

71

1,902

D3460

93

3,947

D3470

56

1,775

D3480

102

3,666

D3490

72

2,951

D3500

106

3,729

D3510

73

2,366

D3520

121

4,825

Total

694

25,161

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