Nearly 50 people are signed up for our member guest golf outing at the Safari Golf Club on September 18. This is a Rotary Member and their Guest event. The event will begin at 1:00 PM with a Shotgun Start. Stay and enjoy the cookout and awards afterwards. $60 per person includes 18 holes, cart, range balls and dinner. For those wanting to join us for Dinner Only you are welcome to join us for $22 per person. Sign up at our meeting or by contacting the office.
My husband, Sam Lewis, and I visited Okinawa earlier this month, and I could not leave without paying a visit to at least one Rotary club on the island. Believe it or not, there are several chapters there. We had lunch with the Ginowan Club. Ginowan is a small municipality on the main island.
The club has about 30 members, so they were floored when I told them how big Columbus Rotary is. They are all Japanese people. The club meets at the Laguna Garden Hotel, a very nice venue. We enjoyed a wonderful Japanese buffet lunch featuring nigiri sushi (among other dishes) and delicious little desserts. Seconds were encouraged.
The people were friendly and vivacious and curious about our chapter. Our host was Mayumi Shingaki, who introduced us to club president, Mikio Shiroma and secretary, Horoshi Hokama. Mayumi also introduced us to their most highly esteemed member, a 98-year-old physician, who did not look a day over 78. Okinawa is in the Blue Zone, an area of the world noted for its residents’ longevity.
The meeting was similar to ours, but featured the Japanese national anthem. Each time a speaker approached the microphone, he or she paused to bow at the Japanese flag. There was a lot of bowing. At one point we all circled the room to greet each other with a handshake and a bow. Presentation of business cards is also important there, and each person who had one, presented it with both hands and a bow.
The program featured introduction of a Rotary Exchange student, Maria Beatriz Guimaraes Lopes, from Brazil. She had just arrived the night before, and her Japanese sounded extraordinary!
Ginowan Rotary’s special projects on the island focus on sustainability and ecology. I shared what we are working on in Columbus. We also talked about the importance of the Four-Way Test and they showed me their banner featuring it - in Japanese, of course. I spoke to the club, told them our president is a woman, and she encourages each of us to “be a Rotarian, every day.” Mayumi translated that, and everyone applauded. (Way to go, Tricia!)
Rich Ramsey shared with us on Monday that our Adopt A School partner, KIPP Columbus, is starting a new program this year. "Meet the Rotarian" is a chance for members to talk to students about your life, major decisions, schooling and where this has all lead. Rotarians will meet with students at the Agler Road campus. Sign up on Monday's is you are interested.
All Rotarians are invited to attend the District 6690 Annual Conference in October. This is a chance to learn more about Rotary, meet other Rotarians from around SE Ohio and have fun. Save the date and call the Club office to register.
PRESENTERS AND TOPICS
Service Project – Driven Foundation David Fey – Preservation of Historical Parks Frank Bullock – Presentation on William Tecumseh Sherman Floyd Lancia – Polio Plus Update David Uhl – Project Search and Discover You
PLEASE NOTE: The 2016-17 District Grants Training will take place from 9:15 – 11:30
VENUE: Ohio University – Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike Lancaster