Rotary International president to visit Nashville for ‘peace luncheon’
By Derby Jones, Publisher
Two internationally prominent speakers will speak to the importance of peace on a global scale at a Rotary luncheon in Nashville March 7.
The “Peace Luncheon,” hosted by Rotary District 6760 of Williamson County, will take place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.
The luncheon will feature Sakuji Tanaka, president of International Rotary and member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama, Japan; and Al Jubitz, Jr., president of the Jubitz Family Foundation from the Rotary Club of Portland, Ore.
Tanaka is former chairman of the Daika Company and former president of the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan. He has also served as vice president of the Yashio City Chamber of Commerce.
Dan McCormick, Franklin resident and Rotary District 6760 governor, has been working for more than a year with help from a committee and others to make the luncheon a reality.
“It is a very rare occasion to get the Rotary International President to come and speak,” said McCormick.
Tanaka represents more than 34,000 Rotary clubs and 1.2 million Rotarians across the globe as international president.
“It is truly a feather in our District’s cap to bring him here. It means a lot to the Rotarians to meet the national president,” McCormick said. “We look forward to hearing his message of peace.”
Tanaka told Rotary International News, “Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary.”
Tanaka, a businessman from the greater Tokyo area is giving up a year from family and business to dedicate to Rotary as the International President serving the Rotary message of “Service above Self.”
Rotarian Al Jubitz, Jr. is a long-time advocate for peace and has a vision to prevent all war by the year 2030. He will present this vision at the meeting on March 7.
Jubitz is a friend of McCormick’s from the trucking industry and McCormick was impressed with Jubitz’s involvement with Rotary Peace Fellows.
“I had read stories and spoken to people over the years about Jubitz’s sponsorship of Rotary Peace Fellowships and thought this would be the perfect complement to Tanaka’s message,” McCormick said.
Jubitz has pledged $300,000 to fund five fellowships for aspiring peacemakers to pursue master’s degrees.
To register for the Peace Luncheon, visit the district website at www.rotary6760.org. Cost to attend is $30 and includes a buffet lunch and the program.
Posted on: 2/28/2013