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Mai receives alumna pin

Mai Tsumura holds her pin presented to her by Rotarian John Saunders and Novus president Jason Chauhan
Mai Tsumura holds her pin presented to her by Rotarian John Saunders and Novus president Jason Chauhan

In August 2018 Mai Tsumura searched and found the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus website and e-mailed the club to say that she was coming to the city in September to undertake post-doctoral research at Leicester University.
Mai said she was being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nishinomiya-Ebisu near her home in Japan. She wanted to find a Rotary Club to engage with and that she had seen on the website that Novus was helping the Rainbows charity five mornings after she was due to arrive. Mai said she wanted to help, even though it needed volunteers to be there are 6am.
Ever since then she has been a regular attender at our meetings and a willing helper at many of our functions.
At our meeting on February 21, 2019 she was presented with an alumna pin, by John Saunders, a member of the Rotary Club of Leicester and the District 1070 Alumni Officer.
John explained that the pins are now quite rare and are awarded to students who engage with Rotary, either on Rotary courses, and activities or as Rotary scholars, such as Mai.
Mai said she is looking forward to wearing her Rotary Alumna pin — and the Dementia Friend pin given her by speaker Lesley Green — when she attends the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus’s next function, on Thursday, November 28, when the club marks it 10th anniversary with a dinner to raise funds to rid the world of polio.