I will never forget the gift of meeting tea master Genshitsu Sen during my trip to Japan in November.
Not only is Sen the former grandmaster of the Urasenke tea tradition, but he is also an accomplished Rotarian. Those accomplishments include helping charter the RC Kyoto-South, Japan, serving as president of the RC Kyoto and governor of District 2650, and holding leadership roles in Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
It was an honour to spend time with him. He is a remarkable human being and a joyful soul. And his leadership and engagement in Rotary remain strong.
During that same week in Japan, I had the opportunity to record a video for a 100-year-old World War II naval hero and two-time Rotary district governor from Park City, Utah.
Sen and the Rotarian from Park City shared similar stories, though they served on opposing sides of the war. What was remarkable to me was that each of them chose Rotary to live lives of peacemaking. It struck me that we are all on this planet simply trying to do our best, and we are much more similar than we are different.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to witness these stories and meet such incredible people.
President, Rotary International