Fellow Rotarians Bill McNulty and Kevin Lainchbury went to Japan in April 2013.
 
 

International Connections

Rotary clubs in Japan

 

In late April, Rotary E-Club of Lulu Island members Bill McNulty and Kevin Lainchbury visited Japan to meet with another E-Club (Rotary E-Club Sunrise of Japan), and 5 traditional Rotary Clubs to study their virtual Rotary Club and make international affiliations.

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We had a casual dinner with Hiro Takane of the Tokyo Hiroo Rotary Club. 

 

http://www.hiroorc.org/

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At the Tokyo Roppongi Rotary Club, Bill made a presentation about the Steveston fundraising for the Japan Tsunami relief.  We also listened to their presentation on the benefits of  'smiling'.  (For reference, 'lunch' was at the Grand Hyatt for $55.00 per person...)

 

http://www.tokyoroppongi-rc.jp/

 

 

Bill and Mr. Sekiguchi exchanging banners.

 

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In Wakayama, we met with the second Rotary E-Club in Japan to learn about their system.  They actually have virtual members in different cities and countries !  Mr.  Toyosawa (Governor), Ms. Toyosawa (President) and Ms. Yamaguchi at banner exchange.

 

http://www.e-club-sunrise.jp/

 

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In Nagasaki, we met with two Rotary clubs together (Nagasaki North and South) for dinner, and then met with Dejima Rotary Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill with Mr. Tanaka and Mr. Sato at Nagasaki traditional restaurant.

 

Dejima Nagasaki

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Nagasaki Newspaper article about the opening of Shindenan, a historic tea house !

 

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In Fukuoka we had coffee with Mr. Ooho of the Fukuoka West Rotary Club.


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In all cases, upstanding citizens meet weekly for breakfasts or lunches, and volunteer their time and money to support the causes of Rotary.

 

However, we also heard comments about it turning into a 'weekly watering hole' rather than a service gathering.  There was discussion about fundraising vs performing service.  When we discussed a virtual Rotary Club, many people thought this was very progressive and the wave of the future.


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The spirit of Rotary International is alive and well !