Table Speech


“Closing Address for the Fiscal 2006 Final Regular Meeting”

June 27, 2007

Mr. Yoshihiko Miyauchi,
President,
Rotary Club of Tokyo
Mr. Yoshikazu Masuda
Secretary,
Rotary Club of Tokyo

Mr. Yoshihiko Miyauchi,
President,
Rotary Club of Tokyo

 I assumed the post of chairman since July of 2006 and will terminate my tenure in June of this year. I would like to express my heart-felt gratitude for the support of the members of the Rotary Club of Tokyo, its officers, directors, and participants who joined our activities and to the secretariat who provided backup support.
 
 The activities of the year were held under the club slogan of “Lead the way” and the motto of “Creating a circle of companions” and “The joy of giving services to society”. This is because I believed that if each member of the Club enjoys the daily joy of giving service to society and creating a circle of companions, it would make it an even better club.

 I cannot assess myself whether such slogans have been truly achieved. I would like to express my joy and gratitude for having been able to engage in the busy club activities without any major obstacles.

 The financial conditions of the Rotary Club of Tokyo, thanks to the maintenance of club membership and the practice of simplification of the regular meetings, have been slowly improving.

 In strengthening the membership throug deliberations on the image of members that would be desirable as a member of the Rotary Club of Tokyo, achieving a certain level of consensus is truly gratifying. Over the past year, I was able to think about the relationship with the No. 2580 district and with Rotary International and other Rotary clubs, and was able to gain many new experiences.

 The awareness of issues in society that are faced by the Rotary Clubs in Japan and the enhancement of the literacy rate, health and famine, water problems, and the like that are themes of Rotary International, in some respects, is not likely at all times to mesh. Although there is appreciation for the theme proposed by the Rotary International, there were times that I felt that it would be acceptable for us to have our own objectives. I deeply felt anew that the Rotary Club of Tokyo has a responsibility to have high awareness, establish relationships with other clubs, and play a bigger role.

 Lastly, in closing I would like to express my appreciation for the active service activities of various committees that enable me to make the issues of the community and the world a more personal one.

Mr. Yoshikazu Masuda
Secretary,Rotary Club of Tokyo

 There was much I learned over the past year while serving as a secretary. I would like to express my appreciation for giving me this precious opportunity.

 I would like to report on the annual activities of the Rotary Club of Tokyo.

 There were 14 new member enrollments and 12 withdrawals in the numbers. We will begin the next fiscal year with a membership of 342. The average age of the members is 68.66, exactly the same number as the last fiscal year. In terms of the fiscal status, like last fiscal year, we expect a surplus of some \4 million.

 The Club Forum was held twice. The first meeting was “Creating a circle of companions and enhancing the rate of attendance to regular meetings” (attendees 57) and the second was “Image of desirable new members for the Rotary Club of Tokyo” (attendees 55). In the regional meeting held in February, including those registered, there were 131 participants. The D2580 Central Group Intercity Meeting was held in March under the theme of “Thinking about female Rotary Club members”. The past President Mr. Tsuneo Wakai expressed his views and the meeting was a success. For this meeting, including registrations, 150 participated.

 Many activities sponsored by the various committees were actively held and received cooperation from many members. The Tokyo RC 86th anniversary meeting and family party held in October had 256 participants while the Tokyo RC meeting and Christmas party attracted 368 participants. For the Rotary 102nd anniversary meeting and family party, 223 members invited ambassadors and envoys from related countries and had an enjoyable time.

 Instructors were sent to middle schools and high schools on 7 occasions, and worksite visits by students on school trips and worksite eaddition, 75 participated at the cherry blossom viewing and musical evening, while the job service viewing (at Tokyo Midtown) hosted 84 participants. The “Camera Club”, a hobby club, was revived and held an exhibition of their works.

 Exchanges with overseas Rotary Clubs and exchanges with other Rotary Clubs in Japan were actively held. There were many anniversary events for dependent clubs and sub-dependent clubs and the president and the vice president made congratulatory visits.

 I would like to close with this report of the above results of “creating a circle of companions” and “joy of giving services to society”.