On Friday, March 8, 2013, Mr. Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International (RI) President, will visit the Secret City Commemorative Walk and the International Friendship Bell located in Bissell Park. As part of the event, Mr. Tanaka will participate in a tree planting ceremony in honor of his visit.

Mr. Tanaka is the former chairman of the Daika Company and president of the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan. He has also served as vice president of the Yashio City Chamber of Commerce.

A member of the Rotary Club of Yashio since its charter in 1975, Mr. Tanaka has served RI as a director; Rotary Foundation trustee; committee member and chair, including chair of the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee; regional Rotary Foundation coordinator; district governor; and training leader. His district assisted with the construction of a school building in Bangladesh.

Mr. Tanaka has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, Major Donors, and members of the Arch C. Klumph Society. In addition, Mr. Tanaka has established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.

WHO: Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President

Chuck Hope, Oak Ridge City Councilman

Mark Watson, Oak Ridge City Manager

Sean Seyfert, Co-President, Oak Ridge Sister City Support Organization

Jack Bailey, Governor, District 6780 Rotary International

Shigeko Uppuluri, Oak Ridge Sister City Support Organization

Students from the Oak Ridge City School system

WHAT: Sakuji Tanaka International Rotary President Tours Bissell Park

WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The event will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

WHERE: A.K. Bissell Park 
              1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike 
              Oak Ridge, TN 37830


News Media Contact: Candice Brogan (865) 425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov