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Kiwanis Club of Sendai, Inc.
Kiwanis Children's Fund (formerly known as Kiwanis International Foundation) gave US$1,500 scholarship each
to four diligent students receiving higher education in Japan, since the Japan District gave next-to-largest
(after the Southwest District) amount per member in the 2016-17 Annual Giving Program.
KC of Sendai sought nomination from Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, which nominated
Ms. Mana ISHIGAKI and Ms. Momoyo HANASAKA. The club then nominated them to KCF through the Kiwanis Japan District.
Ms. ISHIGAKI (sophomore) had her house in Ishinomaki City devastated by the tsunami in 2011 when she was a sixth grader. Her father passed away at home last year due to strain since then. Witnessing her father's medical treatment at home, she hopes to be a registered dietitian.
Ms. HANASAKA (sophomore) had her house in Higashi Matsushima City devastated by the tsunami in 2011 when she was a sixth grader. She had to study at a junior high school inland, and realized that people inland could not understand her bitter experiences. She hopes to be a clinical psychotherapist and help people with bitter experiences.
Ms. Mana ISHIGAKI (above) and Ms. Momoyo HANASAKA (below) being presented with the scholarship list from President Hiroshi KATO of the KC of Sendai at its meeting on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
On Friday, August 10, 2018, members of the Circle K Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
(sponsored by the KC of Sendai) visited Tohoku University Hospital Pediatric Department to donate 20 Kiwanis dolls.
(From the left) Kiwanis adviser Michiko ODA, Faculty adviser Ken KURIHARA, Yuu KUMASAKA, Mizuki NAKATSUGAWA, Sayaka MIKAMI, and Tohoku University Hospital Pediatric Department Child life specialist Haruka WATANABE.
On Monday, August 6, 2018, the KC of Sendai held the first "Tanabata (star festival)" meeting from 17:00 till 19:00.
72 attendees: 36 guests from 12 Kiwanis Clubs in the Japan District, 30 members of the KC of Sendai, and 6 members of
Sennan Satellite. Club President Hiroshi KATO gave a talk on "Sendai and Tanabata".
After the party, members of each table formed a team to visit the Tanabata decorations in downtown Sendai.
The teams got together at an after-party held near the Tanabata decorations.
On Friday, July 6, 2018, Chair Reiko TADA of the Japan District SLP Committee visited
Circle K Miyagi Gakuin Women's University (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sendai).
She attended the club meeting during the lunch recess, and in the afternoon conducted training
for members who did not have class.
Training in the afternoon
On Saturday, June 23, 2018, members of Circle K Miyagi Gakuin Women's University (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sendai)
accompanied students, graduates and teaching staff of
Kanto Gakuin University (in Japanese)
Children's Village Tohoku (in Japanese)
Sendai Tensien (in Japanese).
Members of Kango Gakuin University have been providing support to these institutions for recovery from the disaster.
Circle K Miyagi Gakuin Women's University learned a lot about these institutions, and hopes to support them in the future.
3 photos above at Children's Village Tohoku, while 2 photos below at Sendai Tensien
The 46th KC of Sendai Community Service Award to the Group "Keyaki" (Sachiko SAITO, representative).
Around 1998, aging of the residents became conspicuous in the Shogen Housing Complex, where the group is located.
Volunteers started to support the aging residents through food. They started providing lunch twice a week.
Since 2005, the group of 35 members provides supper suitable to elderly four times a week
totalling 15,000 suppers annualy. Since 2015, the group also organizes "Hot Salon Shogen" for elderly
in cooperation with other groups in the community.
Group Representative Sachiko SAITO and KC of Sendai President Hiroshi KATO (June 14, 2018)
Kiwanis Club of Sendai together with its Sennan Satellite held a golf competition on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
at Sendai Country Club.
7 members of the KC of Sendai and 5 members of the Sennan Satellite participated.
Club President's award (Kiwanis doll sculpture by club member Takayasu SUSA) was presented by Governor Yoshiaki SATO (KC of Sendai) to the champion Kazuhiro TAKAGI (Immediate Past President, KC of Sendai).
The KC of Sendai took part in the prize awarding ceremony on May 5, 2018 of the 46th Spring Softball
Competition of Junior High Schools in Sendai City.
The club has been sponsoring the Competition since 2007 as one of its Signature Projects. The venue "Gamou Seaside Park Baseball Fields" was devastated by the Tsunami on March 11, 2011. Kiwanis Clubs Joint Fund helped repurchasing of the baseball equipment that used to be stored at the venue and lost by the Tsunami. This year the games were played at the newly reconstructed "Gamou Seaside Park Baseball Fields 1 through 6". Until last year, the games were played at various junior high school yards. This year, 24 Junior High School teams participated in the Competition. Unfortunately, games had to be cancelled on May 3 because of rain. Consequently, the games were played in tournament style on May 4 and 5 at Fields 1 through 4.
The cover of the Softball Competition together with the newly reconstructed baseball fields.
The baseball fields are in the middle of the areas devastated by the tsunami, whichi also destroyed the beautiful pine forest along the ocean.
The "Evacuation Hill" (10 meters ASL) on the ocean side of the baseball fields
Takamori JHS team won 13 to 3 called game against Koriyama JHS team.
Plaques for Champion, Vice-Champion and two 3rd place teams (protected with plastic sheet)
Awards presented by Vice President Michiko ODA of the KC of Sendai.
On April 4, 2018, we donated 20 Kiwanis dolls to Tohoku University Hospital Pediatrics Department.
We were told that Kiwanis dolls are being used for treatment preparation as well as for the hospitalized children to play
doctors, and felt that we should make more Kiwanis dolls for children.
(From the right hand side.) President-elect Toshiya CHUBACHI, Child Life Specialist Haruka WATANABE, Head Nurse Mitsue SUDO, and Service Committee Vice Chair Hiroko TAKAGI.
Circle K Miyagi Gakuin Women's University was chartered on December 22, 2017. Its Charter Ceremony
was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Conference Room 2 of the University.
Governor Yoshiaki SATO and Governor-elect Koji YOSHIDA of Kiwanis Japan District attended.
Also in attendance were 10 members of KC of Sendai (sponsoring club).
The Circle K has 25 charter members, but only 7 members including President Akari TOMITA could make it
due to internship and other duties.
President Hiroshi KATO (KC of Sendai) and President Arata HIRAKAWA (Miyagi Gakuin Women's University)
gave opening addresses. Governor Yoshiaki SATO presented the charter to President Akari TOMITA.
Immediate Past President Kazuhiro TAKAGI (KC of Sendai) then presented the charter kits, officers' badge
and advisor badges.
Vice President Atsuko TONOZUKA (Miyagi Gakuin Women's University), Ryozo MINEGISHI
(Former Lt. Governor, KC of Sendai), and Ikuko MIYAHARA (Dean, Miyagi Gakuin Women's University)
Kiwanis Club of Sendai held its 1,000th anniversary meeting on February 22, 2018, which is
46 years and 8 months after its establishment on June 23, 1971.
Among the 58 attendees were club members and guests, members of Sennan Satellite, former club members,
and members from Kiwanis Clubs of Fukushima and Aomori.
Mr. Toyokazu KONDO (Head, Seiron Research Room, The Sankei Shimbun Tokyo Headquarters) gave a talk entitled
"Corporate scandals and responsibilities of the executives." The party afterwards included the performance by
Violinist Yukihiro NISHIMOTO (concert master, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra) and pianist Chiaki WATANABE.
The 45th KC of Sendai Community Service Award to the group "Star Festival Tradition" (Yoko SATO, representative).
The group, which was established in April 2000, has been trying to nurture the good tradition of Sendai Star Festival
by teaching children,elderly people and those living in temporary shelters after the Great East Japan Earthquake and
Tsunami. Sendai City participants at the National Health and Welfare Festival are famous for holding a traditional
Star Festival decoration each at the entrance procession.
Group Representative Yoko SATO and KC of Sendai President Kazuhiro TAKAGI holding a star festival decoration made by the group. (June 8, 2017)
10 Kiwanis dolls were donated to Tohoku University Hospital Pediatrics Department.
Pediatrics Ward Chief Takeshi RIKIISHI, Head Nurse Tomoko SHIDA and Child Life Specialist Haruka WATANABE of Tohoku University Hospital together with President Kazuhiro TAKAGI and Service Committee Chair Atsushi NAKAROKKAKU of the KC of Sendai. (June 6, 2017)
Kiwanis Club of Sendai together with its Sennan Satellite held a golf competition on Thursday, May 18, 2017
at Sendai Airport Country Club.
15 members of the KC of Sendai and 6 members of the Sennan Satellite participated.
Club President's award (Kiwanis doll sculpture by club member Takayasu SUSA) was presented by President Kazuhiro TAKAGI to the champion Yasuaki KASUKABE of the Sennan Satellite.
On May 11 through 13, 2017, the 54th Annual Congress of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons was held
at Sendai International Center.
Kiwani Club of Sendai displayed Kiwanis dolls at a booth in the lobby in cooperation with the KC of Sapporo.
(50 dolls made by the KC of Sapporo and 150 dolls made by the KC of Sendai.)
Members of the Service Activities Committee were at a booth in the lobby. 86 Kiwanis dolls were given out during the meeting, and 30 more were requested for delivery.
On April 5, 2017, President Takahiko OGATA and three members of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette, Indiana, USA
(established in 1916 and is a sister club of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo) came to visit Sendai.
We took them to the following places in Miyagi Prefecture devastated by the Tsunami on March 11, 2011:
Ishinomaki City (Kadonowaki, Hiyoriyama Park, Former Okawa Elementary School),
Shizugawa, Minami Sanriku Town and Nobiru, Higashi Matsushima City.
They seem to have been amazed by the vastness of the disaster stricken areas,
and impressed by the patience and resilience of Japanese who are engaged in reconstruction
according to well established plans.
At Shizugawa Junior High School with Shizugawa, Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture in the background. Ground raizing construction is under way.
Former Disaster Prevention Center Building (Minami Sanriku Town) completely destroyed by the tsunami. Photo above was taken in October 2011. The photo below taken on April 5, 2017 shows that the surrounding is higher than the building.
At the musium (former Nobiru Station building of JR Senseki Line) of Higashi Matsushima City showing the photos and videos of the Tsunami Disaster on March 11, 2011.
Jack Brockley, Publisher of Kiwanis Magazine
(8 issues annually) of Kiwanis International came to visit Sendai.
His purpose was to report the accomplishments of the relief activities of
Kiwanis Clubs Joint Fund and Kiwanis Club of Sendai, Children's Fund
established to make effective use of the donations from all over the world for children devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Kiwanis Club of Sendai meeting (February 23, 2017), welcome party (February 24) and sightseeing (Matsushima and Aoba Castle)
(February 22, 2017) 3.11 Disaster Recovery Memorial Museum of Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture.
It uses the former Nobiru Station building devastated by the tsunami.
(February 23) Former Nakahama Elementary School of Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture.
The building was flooded by the tsunami up to the second floor.
About 90 children and residents climbed to the roof and escaped the tsunami. Helicopters of the Self Defense Force evacuated them the following day.
Study assistance activities at Sakamoto Junior High School and Community Center by "Manabi no Mori, Inc." for children in the tsunami devastated Yamamoto Town, Miyagi Prefecture.
Ground-raising reconstruction in progress at Shizugawa, Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture. (February 24, 2017)
(February 24) Mr. Souta SASAKI interviewed at Shizugawa Junior High School overlooking Shizugawa.
(February 24) Mr. Souta SASAKI interviewed at former Okawa Elementary School, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.
First outside the classroom of the second graders (whom his late father was in charge) and then at the foot of the hill in the back of the school.
(February 25, 2017) Unveiling of the new building of Miya no Mori Elementary School, Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture.
The tsunami-devastated two elementary schools Nobiru and Miyato were combined to form this new school.
Classes had been held in temporary buildings until December, but the new buildings were completed in time for the sixth graders to be able to study in the new buildings before their commencement in March.
As the Kiwanis One Day event, Kiwanis Club of Sendai (Japan) held on October 22, 2016
a charity concert at Donald McDonald House Sendai for families of children hospitalized
at Miyagi Children’s Hospital. At the dining hall about 70 people including 6 children
at the hospital and their parents enjoyed the favorite melodies played by prize winning
Ranko YOSHIDA (flute), Kazuhisa YOSHIDA (viola/violin) and Maya FUKUMURA (piano). #KiwanisOneDay
Kiwanis International Foundation gave US$2,000 scholarship each to five diligent students receiving higher education in Japan,
since the Japan District gave the largest amount per member in the 2014-15 Annual Giving Program.
KC of Sendai sought nomination from Tohoku University, which nominated Mr. Takumi SATO, Freshman in the School of
Engineering. The club then nominated him to KIF through the Kiwanis Japan District.
Mr. Sato's house was devastated by the earthquake on March 11, 2011. He hopes to be a space engineer.
Mr. Takumi SATO received the scholarship from Club President Yoshiaki SATO at the 970th club meeting on August 25, 2016.
On June 10, 2016, Kiwanis Club of Sendai held
"45th Anniversary Celebration---5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami".
About 100 people from all over Japan took part.
On the following June 11, about a half of them visited Okawa Elementary School (Ishinomaki City),
Shizugawa (Minamisanriku Town) and Hiyoriyama Park (Ishinomaki City) to see the current state of the areas
devastated by the tsunami.
The 44th KC of Sendai Community Service Award to "Children's Dream Network" (Yasuyuki BOKURA, representative), which has been providing assistance for independence to orphans after they leave nursing homes.
Professor Fumihiko IMAMURA (Director, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University) gave a talk on "Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake---Lessons for future generations"
Idol personality group "Michinoku Sendai ORI Hime Tai" formed by children in elementary schools, and junior and senior high schools in the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.
15 Kiwanis dolls were donated to Tohoku University Hospital Pediatrics Department
at the request by its Child Life Specialist.
Head Nurse Tomoko SHIDA and Child Life Specialist Haruka WATANABE (April 13, 2016)
Kiwanis Club of Sendai accomplished the pledge to be a "Model Club" in the Eliminate Project
(joint project of Kiwanis International and UNICEF, from 2011 till 2015) that aims at eliminating
maternal and neonatal tetanus.
A model club pledges to pay US$750 per member in 5 years. KC of Sendai pledged to pay US$42,750 (for 57 members then) on June 18, 2012, a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. On December 21, 2015, the club finished paying US$43,622.05 (JPY 4,533,462), more than the pledged amount.
After the club meeting on February 25, 2016.
Annual Bone Marrow Registration Promotion Parade (on October 24, 2015)
KC of Sendai has been cooperating with Miyagi Bone Marrow Registration Promotion Association since the Association's beginning, and took part in the 21st parade through downtown Sendai.
Ceremony before the parade. Club President Yoshiaki SATOU presented donation.
This year, a Kiwanian from the Philippine South District and her daughter took part in the parade.
Hwang Chia Sing, President-elect-designate of Kiwanis International Foundation, visited Sendai
from September 5 to 8.
Group photo with participants from KC of Sendai at the 39th Japan District Convention hosted by KC of Saitama (September 4, 2015))
Welcome dinner by KC of Sendai.
Sendai City viewed from the Sendai Castle remain.
"Date samurai" at the Sendai Castle remain.
The statue of Lu Xun (famous Chinese novelist) at the headquarters campus of Tohoku University.
The "Lu Xun's Lecture Hall" at which Lu Xun in 1904--1906 attended classes of Sendai Medical School.
The seats around which Lu Xun is said to have sat during classes.
Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the tsunami (viewed from Hiyoriyama Hill).
The old Nobiru railroad station (in Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture) devastated by the tsunami on March 11, 2011. A new station was built on the hill behind and put in service on May 30, 2015.
Sendai Airport was devastated by the tsunami.
2015 KC of Sendai Community Service Award
At the 948th Club Meeting (June 11, 2014), President Seiichi AGATSUMA presented the 43rd KC of Sendai Community Service Award to Ms. Yuki KOBAYASHI, President of the Aoba BBS.
Aoba BBS was established in 1952 and is a member of "Big Brothers and Sisters Movement of Japan". Its volunteer activities consist in helping delinquent or at-risk youth as big brothers and sisters. Currently, the members of Aoba BBS are mostly students of Tohoku Fukushi University.
11 initial members
Inaugural meeting on November 19, 2014 in Marumori Town, Miyagi Prefecture
2014 KC of Sendai Community Service Award
At the 929th Club Meeting (June 12, 2014), President Hiroo SATO presented the KC of Sendai Community Service Award to Mr. Hideyuki TAKAMURA, President of the Specified Nonprofit Corporation "Miyagi Prefecture Liaison Council of Patients' and Families' Organizations".
The corporation is composed of the Patients' Organizations of Rare Diseases and their Families. It originated from the "Miyagi Prefecture Liaison Council of Patients of Rare Diseases" organized in 1988, and the Families of Patients were added at its incorporation in 2005.
Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser and First Lady Chiristiana came to visit Kiwanis Club of Sendai together with Governor Keizo OGAWA and District Secretary Masayuki ISHIHARA.
Welcome party at Hotel "Sakan" in Akiu Spa Resort (April 12, 2014). Welcome address by Club President Hiroo SATO, and banner exchange.
(April 12, 2014) Welcome party at Hotel "Sakan" in Akiu Spa Resort and Tsugaru Shamisen performance.
(April 13, 2014) Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Tsutsujigaoka Park in Sendai City. We then traveled to Ishinomaki City and Shizugawa, Minamisanriku Town which were devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake 3 years ago. Kiwanis has been providing support to children in these areas.
Annual Bone Marrow Registration Promotion Parade (on November 9, 2013)
KC of Sendai has been cooperating with Miyagi Bone Marrow Registration Promotion Association since the Association's beginning, and took part in the 20th parade through downtown Sendai.
KC of Sendai printed the Kiwanis logo on the baloons, and blew them up with helium gas at the club office.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts took part in the parade.
Members of the club gave away the baloons to children during the parade through downtown Sendai.
Annual Bone Marrow Registration Campaign Parade (on November 17, 2012) .
Unlike in previous years, the club had to have Kiwanis logo printed on baloons and helium gas filling had to be taken care of by the members at the club office.
President's Cup Golf Competition (on October 29, 2012 at Sendai Country Club Natori Course).
KC of Sendai annually supports activities for sound development of youth.
This activity was started in 2006 to commemorate the club's 35th Anniversary.
Two activities were supported in 2012: (1) Team jerseys, net, volleyballs were donated to "Ohira Yamanami Girls' Volleyball Team" (currently, 17 elementary school girls). (2) Plaques and diplomas were donated to the 39th Sendai Junior High School Softball Spring Meet of the Sendai Softball Association.
Members of Ohira Yamanami Girls' Volleyball Team with President Toshikatsu Hamada and Service Committee Chairman Yoshio Kojima
The team jerseys have the Kiwanis logo.
The Volleyballs donated to the team
The team jerseys with the Kiwanis logo.
President Toshikatsu Hamada addressed at the 39th Sendai Junior High School Softball Spring Meet.
2012 KC of Sendai Community Service Award
At the 890th Club Meeting (July 26, 2012), President Toshikatsu Hamada presented the KC of Sendai Community Service Award to Ms. Chikako Sato, Representative of the Incorporated Nonprofit Organization "Cosmos Club". (photograph: courtesy of The Sankei Shinbum).
"Cosmos Club" was established on May 1, 1999 and provides support to handicapped children and adults. It runs "Cosmos Club Tsurugaya" and "Cosmos Club Donguri" for infants and elementary school kids, "Cosmos Club Nikoniko no Ie" and "Pokapoka no Ie" for Junior and Senior High School Students, as well as "Cosmos Club Smile Workshop" and "Cosmos Club Smile Workshop Ekubo" for aduts. Currently, 141 members are registered altogether.
Paper crane folding
At the 881th Club Meeting (March 8, 2012), the members folded paper cranes as requiem prayer for those who lost their lives by the earthquake and tsunami a year earlier. The paper cranes are to be distributed at the Kiwanis Asia-Pacific Convention in Colombo City, Sri Lanka (March 15--17, 2012) as tokens of gratitude for the disaster relief contributions.
Kiwanis doll making at the club meeting.
Annual Bone Marrow Registration Campaign Parade.