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Korea Rotary plans for 100th anniversary at Busan seminar

Korea Rotary held its annual seminar at Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan on Tuesday. The three-day seminar was attended by over 1,000 Rotary members from Korea and across the world.

They shared up-to-date information on policies and programs that the community service organization has held this year and discussed the future of Korea Rotary.

The seminar took into special consideration a five-year preparation plan to prepare for the 100th anniversary of Rotary’s establishment in Korea in 2027. Rotary members will focus on preparing a bid to host the 2027 International Rotary Convention in Busan.

Barry Rassin, Rotary International president, attended the seminar to celebrate Korea Rotary’s addition to Rotary’s Zone 12. For administrative purposes, the 32,000 Rotary clubs worldwide are grouped into 529 districts which are then grouped into 34 zones. Each zone consists of 15 districts. With 65,000 members registered in 19 districts across Korea, Korea Rotary has the fourth-most Rotary members after the United States, India and Japan.

“The International Rotary Committee will support Korean Rotary members in achieving peace in the Korean Peninsula. We are an organization that goes beyond political boundaries and takes into careful consideration the direction we need to take in order to achieve world peace,” said Rassin.

“Five Korea Rotary seminars were held in Busan over the past 16 years. I hope that the Rotary leaders who have come together today will learn more about sustainable growth and development,” said Jang Man-young, the head of the preparation committee for the 2018 Korea Rotary Institute.

The Rotary Club was founded in 1905 by a young lawyer, Paul Harris, in the United States. The organization now has more than 1.2 million members. The organization focuses on serving others and has the motto “service above self.”

BY JEONG JU-WON [jeong.juwon@joongang.co.kr]
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