Rotary International is an international service organization that operates to bring
business and professional people together in order to provide humanitarian services to those peoples, and nations, in need around the world. The Rotary groups are non-political and non-sectarian, and each group is open to all people regardless of race, religion, color, creed, gender or political preference. Rotary International was formed in 1905, in order to better serve the community on a local to global level. Rotarian groups usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill the group’s principle of developing friendships and connections in their local area.
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise was formed in 2001, and meets on Thursday’s at 7 am at the Nord-Bridge Senior's Centre. The Club works to bring local business professionals together to get involved, and help, the local Lethbridge community. Their objective is to: “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”
As part of the Sunrise club’s commitments to the local and global community, they aim to: “channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.” These Avenues of Service include: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and Youth Service.
One of the global projects that the Lethbridge-Sunrise club became a part of was the Los Amigos Project in 2017. The group heard of the need for a variety of emergency vehicles in Mazatlan, Mexico. In collaboration with the Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie, the Sunrise Club was able to drive down, and donate, three school buses and emergency supplies to Mazatlan, Mexico. A detailed account of the Los Amigos Project can be found in file 2019.1015/001.
Scope and Content
2019.1015/001: Rotary Club Los Amigos Project Story, 2017.
2019.1015/002: Miscellaneous Casino Records, including Casino License Applications, Facility and Services Agreements, Volunteer Registrations, etc., 2003-2010.
2019.1015/003: Administrative Records Part 1/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, Dawn Breaker Newsletter, etc., 2000-2001.
2019.1015/004: Administrative Records Part 2/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc., 2001.
2019.1015/005: Administrative Records Part 3/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Annual Reports, etc., 2002-2003.
2019.1015/006: Administrative Records Part 4/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Annual Reports, etc., 2003-2004.
2019.1015/007: Administrative Records Part 5/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Correspondences, etc. 2004-2005.
2019.1015/008: Administrative Records Part 6/10, Membership Records, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc. 2005-2006.
2019.1015/009: Administrative Records Part 7/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Rotary Motto, Promotional Statement, etc. 2006-2007.
2019.1015/010: Administrative Records Part 8/10, Semi-Annual Reports, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc. 2007-2008.
2019.1015/011: Administrative Records Part 9/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, New Member Applications, etc. 2008-2009.
2019.1015/012: Administrative Records Part 10/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, Semi-Annual Reports, etc. 2009-2010.
Tomomi Okutake originally immigrated to Canada in 1907, and was employed with the CPR in Vancouver. He then moved to Hardiville, Alberta in 1911, and resided there until enlisting with the Princess Pat Canadian Infantry in 1917. After serving two years in Britain and France, he was honourably discharged, receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Upon his return to Canada, Tomomi began his work in the No. 6 coal mine. In 1930, he travelled back to Japan to marry Tsuru Genka, and together they moved back to Hardieville where Tomomi continued his work.
The No. 8 coal mine site was moved to Lethbridge shortly after, where he continued as a miner until his retirement in 1953. Once Japanese citizens were allowed to live in Lethbridge, the couple moved into the city. Tomomi and Tsuru Okutake resided in the City of Lethbridge from 1961 until Tomomi’s passing in 1971.
Throughout his time in Alberta, Tomomi became a founding member of the Lethbridge Buddhist Temple and the Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple. He also played a big part in being the interpreter or spokesperson for those who couldn’t speak English in the Okinawan community.
After Tomomi passed away, Tsuru enrolled at the Community College to learn English as a second language. She joined the Senior Centre and learned new skills such as weaving and dancing. In her final years, she lived in the Taber Long Term Care unit where she later passed away in 1990.
The Okutake family had two adopted daughters, Patricia Yuriko (Sassa) and Esther Tsuru (Ayukawa).
Scope and Content
2017.1025/001 Okutake Family Photographs: Tomomi Okutake, Tsura Okutake, Chiyoryo Ishimine, Toshiko Ishimine, Tomotaka Ishimine, Choryo Ishimine, Toshiko Higa, Chiyosei Genka, Yoneko Genka, Chiyotasu Genka, Dorothy Goshinmon, Chiyoki Okutake, Chotei Okutake, Art Okutake, Pat Okutake, Chokei Okutake, Guiso Oshiro, Vicki Okutake.
2017.1025/002 Citizens certificate, statement of service, passport, biography, etc.
2017.1025/003 Biographies of Issei Pioneers from Okinawa to Southern Alberta.