Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presents outgoing Rotary International president, Kalyan Banerjee with a key to the City of Evanston.Phot by Mary Mumbrue

The Rotary Club of Evanston, which maintains the City of Evanston’s International Friendship Garden on McCormick Boulevard, hosted special tree-planting ceremonies on two consecutive Wednesdays – June 27 and July 4 – celebrating the garden’s 50th anniversary. At both events, Rotary’s top elected officials – the outgoing international president and the incoming president –were present.

The garden, free and open to the public, is located near the intersection of McCormick Boulevard and Bridge Street. It features trees and flowers representing countries around the world that have Rotary clubs. The Rotary International headquarters are in Evanston. 

On June 27, Kayan Banerjee planted a Himalayan Pine Tree honoring the 3000+ Rotary Clubs of India and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Clubs of Evanston’s International Friendship Garden. A reception followed in the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

At 11 a.m. on July 4 Sakuji Tanaka planted a Weeping Katsura Tree honoring the 2000+ Rotary Clubs of Japan.

Later in the afternoon on July 4, President Tanaka served as Grand Marshall of Evanston’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Central Street. Rotarians from both of Evanston’s clubs (Rotary Club of Evanston and Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse) walked with Mr. Tanaka along the parade route.

A reception followed the July 4 planting across the street at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard.