RI President: Parade grand marshal

RI President Sakuji Tanaka (right) served as grand marshal in Evanston’s Independence Day parade. With him are RI General Secretary John Hewko and his wife, Marga.

By Sakuji Tanaka, in English and Japanese

I was honored to have been the grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Being in the parade was a great opportunity to represent Rotary and the work of Rotarians — especially our polio eradication efforts.

Despite the record heat, I was surprised at the number of people who lined the streets well in advance of the parade in order get a place along the route. It was an impressive display of patriotism. I was happy to have been a part of this event, and I hope that future Rotary International presidents participate in this parade.


 

RI会長:パレードの「グランド・マーシャル」に

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イリノイ州、エバンストンで7月4日に行われた独立記念日パレードで、パレード隊の先頭を行く「グランド・マーシャル」を務めるという栄誉にあずかりました。このパレードは、ロータリーの活動、特にポリオ撲滅の取り組みをアピールする最高の機会となりました。

記録的な猛暑にもかかわらず、パレードが始まる何時間も前から沿道に大勢集まっていることには驚きました。アメリカ人の愛国心の強さには、本当に感心します。このイベントに参加できたことを、光栄に感じています。来年移行も、国際ロータリー会長がこのパレードに参加できることを願っています。

3 thoughts on “RI President: Parade grand marshal

  1. Its inspiring to learn that our RI President Sakuji Tanaka showcased Rotary image at the prestigious grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Every Rotarian should follow his path to portray Rotary image in popular events in their respective country.

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