February 2018
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise - Courtenay

Welcome to our Club!

Strathcona Sunrise BC

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Best Western - Westerly Hotel
1590 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, BC  V9N2K4
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What is Rotary?

"A worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities."

Our Club Mission:

To promote and further the work of Rotary within the Comox Valley and internationally with projects that help people in need and to foster understanding among cultures, with a view to making our world a better place.


Our club email address is rotary_strathconasunrise@outlook.com
Our mailing address is: PO Box 3576, Courtenay, BC V9N 6Z8

... or if urgent, contact Secretary, Pat McKenna @ 250-890-0855 or comoxmckenna@gmail.com


Home Page Stories
Another month to go and it will still be winter!  Forget it - celebrate instead with us and enjoy another performance of great tunes and comedy from the Beach Street Players and a fine buffet dinner to begin your evening.
THERE ARE STILL GOOD SEATS AVAILABLE FOR EACH EVENING - BUT HURRY, they won't last long if past experience is anything to go by!

Survive an atomic bomb

Jiro Kawatsuma, Rotary Club of Tokyo Yoneyama Yuai, Japan

When I found my sister, only her bones were left.  

I had been told that she died in the bombing, so I went to identify her. But when I got to the bomb shelter where she had been hiding with a friend, I only saw two charred bodies. They were unrecognizable. Then I noticed that one had a gold tooth. I knew my sister didn’t have a crown on any of her teeth, so that’s how I knew which one was her. I gathered her bones and left her friend there for her own family to claim. My sister was 23. She had been a teacher. 

Peace is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Learn about the different ways you can work for peace.


Most people think they would like their loved one to live even an hour longer, but with this kind of bomb, I knew it was better to die right away. I was grateful that she had died immediately. That was the best I could hope for.

A B-29 bomber transported the atomic bomb they called “Little Boy” on the morning of 6 August 1945. My mother, my father, and my sister were in Hiroshima when the bomb hit. I was 18 and a freshman at Hiroshima University, but to support the war effort I had been sent 70 kilometers away to Mihara to supervise a team of high school-age factory workers. We supplied fuel to fighter planes.

I was at work that morning when I found out that a huge bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima. They said that fire was spreading through the city and that catastrophe was unavoidable. At the time, we didn’t know it was an atomic bomb. I got three days off from my superior and rushed to the train station to get back to my family, but nobody knew when the trains would resume running. I waited at the station in Mihara the entire day and finally arrived in Hiroshima about 8 o’clock in the evening. That delayed train saved me from being exposed to the most extreme concentration of radiation. 

As I walked to my parents’ house from the station that night, I saw many dead horses, but no human corpses. Seventy-two years later, I learned from a TV program that the streets I had walked down that night were in an area where the first cleanup efforts had taken place. I had been spared from an even more terrifying sight.

Our house was destroyed, so I walked to the nearby university campus, where people were sleeping in tents. I found my parents there. My mother was bleeding from her head, but able to talk and otherwise OK. My father had been at his office, which was a very sturdy concrete building, so he didn’t have many injuries. I stayed in a tent with them that night. The next day, I went to claim my sister’s body. 

My sister was a teacher at a girls high school. She was married, but her husband was away serving in the army, so she and her mother-in-law had rented a small house outside the city. Because so many air raids took place at night, it was common for people to rent homes outside the city for safety and commute into Hiroshima for work. But the day before the atomic bomb was dropped, my sister had a meeting, so she and her mother-in-law stayed at their house in the city that night. There was a bomb shelter under the first floor. When the air raid sirens went off, the two of them, along with one of my sister’s colleagues, went down there. But there wasn’t enough room. As the air raid sirens blared, my sister’s mother-in-law ran 10 kilometers back to their rural house. 

After I found my sister, I spent my third day of leave looking for her mother-in-law. I’ll never forget what I saw when I arrived at the house. She was lying face-up, and between her lips, there was a blood clot the size of a golf ball. She was badly burned and had blood all over her face and chest. The radiation must have affected her, yet she still made it back to the house. I could tell she had suffered terribly. I still can’t bear to think about how badly she suffered before she died. 

Later, I heard more stories of suffering. I heard about a group of schoolgirls who were so badly burned that their own mothers couldn’t identify them. But they could still talk, so one by one the children called out. “Mom, I am Keiko.” 

I’m 90 now, but what I experienced that day is still very clear in my mind. I believe there should not be a bomb like this. Human beings should not have nuclear weapons. That’s why I have dedicated the rest of my life to peace.

After the bomb, they told us that nothing would grow in Hiroshima for 75 years. Everything was destroyed. But soon after, some trees started to bud. It gave us hope that we could live on as well. Hope for a better, more peaceful world. 

I recently moved from Hiroshima to Tokyo to have a new start and dedicate my last years to Rotary and peacebuilding. I have worked on a global grant to help fund the planting of saplings from trees that survived the atomic bomb. My goal is to plant these “peace trees ” around the world. During the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, I helped plant one, a ginkgo tree, at the Carter Center. 

I know nuclear weapons are not going away. But maybe I can help spread a message of peace so that others never suffer as we did.

As told to Vanessa Glavinskas


We extend our very best wishes to all residents of the Comox valley for a wonderful year in 2018.  Indeed, we wish the entire world a peaceful, content and safe year.
-- Help Rotary in it's mission to 'make our world a better place for all'.
 Make a jump in the right direction!
We welcome Valley residents who would like to actively contribute to the well-being of our community and to 'making our world a better place' through support of our international projects.
To learn more about Rotary, visit http://www.rotary.org/newmember.  here you will find all kinds of materials providing insight into what we do - and the payback potential to yourself.  Or, you might start by simply coming along to one of our weekly meetings (see page header for details).  Or, you might prefer to talk first with Membership Director. Paul Edgington - you can connect with him at  250.897.1656.
We need folk with all skill-sets, across  age and gender spectrums.  If you would like to give-back to your community while having fun and enjoying the fellowship of the team, we offer a wide variety of opportunities and would love to hear from you.

Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, is made-up of some 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. It's members form a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities around the world.

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


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