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Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President for 2012-2013 pays visit to Ghana

By Alamisi J. Dabire

Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President for 2012-2013 pays an official visit to Ghana from 14th July -17th July 2012. Rotary International President Tanaka, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Yashio Japan for 37 years and has served Rotary at every level including district governor, training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force and Future Vision Committee, chair of the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee and Permanent Fund Committee for Japan, RI director and Rotary Foundation trustee. He and his wife Kyoko Tanaka are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors and Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.

During his 3-day visit to Ghana, the Rotary International President will hold roundtable discussions on peace with Rotaractors and Interactors at the Law Faculty Auditorium, University of Ghana, Legon, perform the sod cutting ceremony at the Adabraka Polyclinic for the construction of a vaccine cold room facility for the storage of various vaccines for immunisation programmes, pay a visit to the La Wireless Early Childhood Centre to inspect the project and donate books and also present the charter for the 24th and newest Rotary club in Ghana – The Rotary Club of Accra Spintex Road.

For the year 2012-2013, the Rotary International President has asked all Rotarians to actively work for Peace Through Service and has stated, “Peace is not something that can only be achieved through treaties, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways. Peace and conflict resolution should start at home. The family is the smallest unit of society, so we should start from there. If you are mindful of peace with your partner and your family members, that gives you an opportunity to reflect on your family life and to spread that sense of peace by example. Peaceful families lead to greater peace for everyone.”

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