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1973-74 (GEORGE TAMURA, President)

PP George reports that the highlight of his year as president of Guam Rotary Club was the decision by Rotary International that the clubs in the Marianas should be districted, which resulted in these clubs becoming part of District 358 (now District 258). After 34 years of being non-districted, the Rotarians in Guam were like mustangs and did not take kindly to being corralled, and the decision by Rotary International was met with mixed emotions; however, with PP George’s experience as a member of the Rotary Club of Hawaii, he was able to meet the challenge and the transition was accomplished with mutual benefit to all concerned.As a result of becoming districted, the Rotary Club of Guam attended its first Club Assembly and its first District Conference on 16-17 March 1974, and conducted the first General Forum for the Clubs in the District, which became known as Group II. The program covering the first General Forum, which was attended by the Rotary Club of Guam, Tumon Bay and Saipan, is reproduced (hereunder).


1974 GENERAL FORUM
DISTRICT 358 GROUP 11

February 11, 1974

 

P R O G R A M
11:45 – 13:00 REGISTRATION AND LUNCH
13:00 – 13:30 Call to Order – President George TamuraNational Anthem (U.S. and Japan)

Welcome & Introduction of Guests, Officers Members of Participating Rotary clubs – President George Tamura

Greetings

- District Governor Takeo Sugitani

Counselor Kyozo Yuasa

Forum Leader Bill McAlister

13:30 – 14:15 CLUB SERVICE FORUMOpening Statement

Rtn. Yoshitsugu Okuyama – District Secretary, R.I. 358

Guam Rotary Club Programs – Rtn. Richie Cehon

Tumon Bay Rotary Club Programs -V.P. James Shintaku

Saipan Rotary Club Programs – Rtn. Al Pendleton

Discussion Sub Leader – PP John Braderburg

Discussion Sub Leader – PP Herb Johnston

14:15 – 15:00 VOCATIONAL SERVICE FORUMOpening Statement – District Governor Takeo Sugitani

Guam Rotary Club Programs – V.P. Bud Theisen

Tumon Bay Rotary Club – PP George Harris

Saipan Rotary Club Programs – Rtn. Al Pendleton

Discussion Sub Leaders – PP Gerry Perry

Discussion Sub Leaders – President George Tamura

15:00 – 15:15 COFFEE BREAK
15:15 – 16:00 COMMUNITY SERVICE FORUMOpening Statement – Rtn. Frmio Miyairi

Assistant to Governor, R.I. Dist. 358

Guam Rotary Club Programs – PP John Brandenburg

Tumon Bay Rotary Club Programs – Pres. Ralph Palmieri

Saipan Rotary Club Programs – Rtn. Al Pendleton

Discussion Sub Leader – PP Joe Perez

Discussion Sub Leader – PP Ralph Palmieri

16:00 – 16:45 INTERNATIONAL SERVICE FORUMOpening Statement – Rtn. Fumio Tamura District Chairman, R.I. Dist 358

Guam Rotary Club Programs – PP James Underwood

Tumon Bay Rotary Club Programs – Dir. Frank Edwards

Saipan Rotary Club Programs – Rtn. Al Pendleton

Discussion Sub Leaders – PP James Underwood

Discussion Sub Leaders – PP George Harris

16:45 – 17:15 SUMMARY & CLOSING REMARKSForum Leaders – Bill McAlister

Counselor – Kyozo Yuasa District Governor – Takeo Sugitani

Appointment of the Host Club for 1974-75 Intercity General

Forum for Group II – Forum Leaders Bill McAlister

The Rotary Club of Guam has supported the United Servicemen’s Organizations, Inc. by providing the funds to allow “HI MOM” calls from servicemen stationed on Guam to their parents in the States during the Christmas period, and the success of this program is attested to by letter of 18 December 1973 from the Executive Director of the USO to PP George.


December 18, 1973

Rotary Club of Guam

c/o George Tamura

P.O. Box 204

Agana, Guam 96910

Dear Mr. Tamura:

On behalf of USO and for the servicemen stationed on Guam, I would like to convey to you their appreciation for the ten (10) “Hi Mom” telephone calls contributed by the Rotary Club of Guam.

The calls were all completed on Sunday, December 16. A total of eighty-two (82) calls were completed to families back on the mainland. It is a real joy to see the faces light up when they begin to talk. This service continued to be of value toward maintaining high morale of our military serving on Guam. Many thanks and best wishes for the coming year.

Sincerely,

William E. Scofield

William E. Scofield,

Executive Director

During this same year, the Rotary Club of Guam undertook a program to assist the Speech and Hearing Clinic of the Department of Public Health and Social Services. The picture (hereunder) is illustrative of PP George’s pleasant personality and his way with girls, judging from the smile on Linda Balderback’s face.
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