NORMAN — Rotarians from all across the state will gather to meet and welcome president of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka, of Japan, at the sixteenth annual Bi-District Rotary Foundation Banquet to be held on Friday at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel.
The banquet will be held by Rotary Districts 5770 and 5750 which cover the southwest and northwest quadrants of the state.
Tanaka is visiting the home Rotary district of Ron Burton, of Norman, who has been named president-elect of Rotary International and will serve as President in 2013 – 2014.
This year’s theme of the banquet is “Let’s Celebrate Your Giving” honoring the service and support given to the Rotary foundation.
“We are excited to have President Tanaka come to Norman, Oklahoma. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate to our president our commitment to Rotary, Ron Burton, and the Foundation,” said District 5770 Governor, Phil Moss.
Shari Kinney, president of the Norman Rotary Club, said Norman was very fortunate to have the president of Rotary International and the president-elect for Rotary International as our guests in Norman and at the Bi-District Foundation Banquet.
“President Tanaka and president-elect Burton will both have the opportunity to observe Norman Rotarians in “Service above Self” visiting the Norman High School Pancake Breakfast, Thunderbird Clubhouse and Food and Shelter,” Kinney said.
James Harp, president of Norman’s Sooner Rotary Club, said this has been an exciting year to be a local Rotary president.
“The Sooner Club of Norman celebrated a 25th anniversary and we have the very unique and distinct pleasure to have a Normanite be the International Rotary president for our next year,” Harp said.
Dr. Marion Paden, president of the Oklahoma City Downtown Rotary Club 29, the 3rd largest Rotary Club in the world noted, “We consider this event very significant since president Tanaka represents over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. The 34,000 Rotary Clubs located in virtually every country, share a common quest – service to community and the workplace around the globe,” Paden said “We hope to learn much from president Tanaka during his stay that will aid in our club’s local and international humanitarian efforts.”