Visiting Our Twin Clubs
Ardmore RC & Washington DC RC


 Three member Rotarians travelled to the east coast of America from 11 November to 14 November, joining a tightly-scheduled tour to pay visits to our sister Rotary Clubs. The members were Takeshi Konishi (Chairman of Twin Club Committee), Yukio Tada (representing Tohoku Sukusuku Project) and myself, Norihiko Tanigawa (Director of International Service).

<November 11, Wednesday>
 The day happened to be Veteran’s Day and President Treadwell of Washington RC invited us to participate in their activity. Together with President Treadwell and member Rotarians, we joined the commemorative event held at Central Union Mission, a shelter for the homeless.

<November 12, Thursday>
 We moved to Pennsylvania and attended the board meeting and regular meeting of Ardmore RC. Ardmore is a small town surrounded by greenery, located about twenty-minute drive from Philadelphia. Regular meetings are held at Merion Cricket Club which is in close vicinity of the golf course Merion CC where the US Open was held in 2013.

 Mr. Tada reported the progress of Tohoku Sukusuku Project at the regular meeting. After the meeting, we visited the cherry-tree-lined avenue at Haverford College Campus and the Sensory Garden in Wynnewood Valley Park (initially Garden for the Blind) that were constructed with a gift of 10,000 dollars from Tokyo RC. We were deeply impressed by the hospitality of Ardmore RC.

<November 13, Friday>
 We returned to Philadelphia and attended a gala dinner held on the eve of Rotary District 7450 Conference.

<November 14, Saturday>
 We participated in the plenary session of the Philadelphia District Conference. During the luncheon meeting, we exchanged banners with Mr. Chad Rosenberg (Chairman of the District Conference and District Governor) upon his sudden request and were congratulated with a thunder of applause. Ardmore RC and Tokyo RC jointly organized a presentation session entitled “Lost in Translation” (meaning how difficult it is to communicate via translation) to update the progress of Tohoku Sukusuku Project. We participated as commentators and had a lively exchange of views with participants for about an hour.

 We realized anew the marvelous achievements made by senior Rotarians of Tokyo RC through this trip to the US. Let me express my sincere gratitude for giving us this precious opportunity.

 Let me also extend my gratitude to Chairman Yoshizawa of Challenge 100 Committee, former Chairman Tsuno, members of Tohoku Sukusuku Project and Secretary General Ms. Yamada for sharing their valuable time to prepare the presentation documents for the trip.

International Service Norihiko TANIGAWA

●Washington DC RC
Regular Meeting:Wednesdays 12:30〜
Venue:University Club
    1135 16th Street, NW
    2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20036
●Ardmore RC
Regular Meeting:Thursdays 12:15〜
Venue:Merion Cricket Club
    325 Montgomery Avenue
    Haverford, PA 19041