Event to feature Rotary International boss
PORT RICHEY - Sakuji Tanaka, president of Rotary International, will be the main speaker on Feb. 5 at a district event sponsored by Rotary Club of Port Richey. Tanaka will be featured at a celebration of "Peace Through Service" at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. The formal dinner will raise money for the Rotary Foundation and Rotary's Camp Florida, said Tekoa Bean, a spokesman for Port Richey's Rotary. The summer camp helps special-needs children realize their potential."We are very excited, as you can imagine, to be sponsoring such a high-profile Rotary event," Bean wrote in an email. The 38 Interact Rotary service clubs for high school students in District 6950 will get involved as well, Bean said. District 6950 covers Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties The Interact members will create "Paintings for Peace" to be auctioned at the event Feb. 5. One painting will be chosen to be presented to Tanaka. Jamie Mick, the District 6950 governor, will greet Tanaka. Mick is based at the Land O' Lakes office of Prudential Commercial Real Estate Services. She is chairwoman of the board-elect of West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. She belongs to Rotary Club of Holiday. According to a Rotary biography, Tanaka is the former chairman of Daika Co. and former president of the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan. He also has been vice president of the chamber of commerce in his hometown, Yashio, a city of approximately 81,000 north of Tokyo. A member of the Yashio Rotary Club since its charter in 1975, Tanaka has served the international organization as a director, Rotary Foundation trustee, head of the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee, member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force and Future Vision Committee, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, district governor and training leader. Working with his district, Tanaka helped construct a school building in Bangladesh. Tanaka has received the international group's Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, Major Donors and members of the Arch C. Klumph Society. In addition, Tanaka has established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Tanakas have been married since 1963 and have three children and seven grandchildren. The Port Richey club is handling tickets for the celebration of "Peace Through Service." Atendees are encouraged to wear business or black-tie attire. A cash bar at 6 p.m. will precede the dinner at 7. Tickets are $65 a person, with a discount for people who register by Jan. 18. After that date, tickets will cost $80. Guests are welcome. To register online, go to www.dacdb.com and click on "Go to register me." Reservations must be paid in advance. For assistance, contact Brenda at [email protected] or (352) 249-7302. For sponsorship opportunities, call Mick at (727) 642-8041.