The Rotary Club of Vancouver 13 year Sister Agreement with the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South was renewed on March 27th, 2018 in Japan. 
Signing the agreement are Makoto Hattori, President of the Tokyo Setagaya South Club and Michael Woolnough, Co-chair of the Rotary Club of Vancouver International Service Committee.
 
The Sister Club Relationship between the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South is an important relationship for our club. We will be entering the 13th year of this relationship which bridges fellowship and friendships across not only national and cultural boundaries, but across the Pacific Ocean. As announced at noon on March 27 by President Phil Webber of RCOV in Vancouver, the Sister Club Agreement was renewed for a further five years in the evening of March 27 (in Japan and after accounting for the effect of the International Date Line).
 
This relationship has resulted in the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South partnering with us in the water projects in the Congo and in Tanzania and Kenya.  These projects and the relief and health they bring to whole communities in Africa would not have been possible without international cooperation and support, such as that provided to us by Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South.  We search for new humanitarian projects and value the relationship with our Sister Club which enables them and us, as “Rotarians: Making a Difference.
 
RCOV was represented at the signing ceremony in Japan by Dr. Michael Woolnough and Mr. Ian Storrs, the Co-chairs of our International Service Committee, Ms. Verona Edelstein, a past chair of our International Service Committee and currently the Chair of the Grant’s Committee for Rotary District 5040, Ms. Kayo Otake the coordinator of the Sister Club Agreement renewal initiative and trip, Mr. Kaz Kadono, our Club’s Treasurer and a Director of our Club, and by Ms. Barbara Welsh, our Club’s official photographer and her husband, Mr. Bob McDonald.
 
The full text of President Phil’s letter to Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South and relating to the renewal of the Sister Club relationship can be viewed by clicking below.