Rotary Governor pushes for tree plantations Each club member has been told to plant at least one tree sapling as part of conservation and they were urged to instill in their children the importance of protecting the environment.

Rotary Club of Saipan President Thomas Thornburgh (centre) with a visiting delegation from RI District 2750. Photo: Junhan B Todino
Rotary Club of Saipan President Thomas Thornburgh (centre) with a visiting delegation from RI District 2750. Photo: Junhan B Todino

The two major programmes of the Rotary International this year are geared toward environmental preservation and sustainable service in the community, visiting Rotary International District 2750 Governor Masamori Sawatari said.

“Each club member should plant a tree as we approach the Earth Day celebration on April 22 next year,” Sawatari told the Rotary Club of Saipan (USA, Western Pacific Island — District 2750) during a meeting at the Hyatt’s Giovanni’s Restaurant on Wednesday.

“Let us plant one tree per member for global environmental conservation,” he said, adding that he himself has planted trees not only in Japan but also in the other places he has visited such as Chuuk, Guam and Saipan.

He told Saipan Rotarians and Interact Club members from Kagman High School that they should strengthen their “sustainable services” by supporting all club projects.

He said other clubs are instilling in the young minds of the children the importance of protecting the environment.

In one such programme, he said the children visited a forest to “experience” the environment.

Other children and their families were brought to recycling plants to learn how trash is converted into usable materials, he added.

Sawatari also emphasised the other goals of their district which include maintaining close contact and communication between clubs and the district team, supporting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, and promoting Rotary International activities.

He reminded Rotarians of their five avenues of service: club, vocational, community, youth and international.

“One Rotarian can change the region,” he said, “one million Rotarians can change the world.”

Source: Marianas Variety 

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