How Our Club Got Its Start

In June of 2013, just prior to beginning one of his many years of service to Rotary, this time as President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka dedicated his year and set his theme as “Peace Through Service.” Many Rotarians attended President Tanaka’s peace forums in Berlin, Honolulu or Hiroshima.  

PDG Steve Yoshida was Chair of the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu. From that forum he conceived of the idea of a club with members from all over the world meeting together online and giving President Tanaka’s vision a future.  Together with like-minded Rotarians, The Rotary eClub District 5000 Hawaii (now The WE Club of International Peace) was formed as a peace-focused eClub in the image and inspiration of RI President Tanaka’s “Peace Through Service” mantra. PDG Yoshida is the Executive Secretary/Director of our Club.

President Tanaka is an honorary member of our Club and we strive every day to seek out connections, form relationships and sponsor projects that make our world a more peaceful, healthy and prosperous place.

Past President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka speaks to attendees of the Rotary International 2014 Convention in Sydney, Australia, Noko Yoshida on his left.

Good friends, past RI President Sakuji Tanaka and our Club Treasurer, now Executive Secretary and Director, Steve Yoshida planted a ceremonial tree in Happiness Park, Hilo, Hawaii.

President Tanaka and his wife, Kyoko, receiving thank you gifts from our Club President, Kat Haber right, and Noko Yoshida, left.