2017 Presidential Peace Conference – Celebrate Rotary’s continued commitment to Peace

By Past District Governor Rudy Westervelt, Conference Program Chair, and Past RI Director Robert Stuart, Conference Chair Dear friends, Join RI President John Germ and us in Atlanta on 9 and 10 June, immediately preceding the RI Convention, for the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The conference will discuss …

2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

By John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17 Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June 2017, taking place in Atlanta immediately before the RI Convention. This special event will celebrate our work to address the underlying causes of conflict and our success in making …

Doctors’ Fellowship aims to empower albino community in Tanzania

By Dr. John Philip, Past District Governor and Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors Three years ago I was on the island of Ukerewe in Tanzania leading a Rotary project when I heard a child had been abducted and murdered. The child was an albino and was targeted by traditional healers. I was …

Promoting peace between countries

By Kristin Brown, Rotary Service Connections Manager Past District Governor Anton (Toni) Polsterer is passionate about peace. His district includes Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and part of Austria, and he’s seen firsthand the role that Inter-Country Committees (ICCs) can play in promoting peace between countries, or between different ethnic groups within the same country. He’s also seen …

Peace Corps partnership seeks to enhance project capacity

      By Ellina Kushnir, RI Staff and Scott Kumis, Peace Corps Partnership Manager Last year, Rotary International and Peace Corps, formalized a service partnership to help enhance our club and district service activities locally and around the world. Peace Corps sends U.S. citizens abroad to help tackle the most pressing needs around the …

Using the Rotary network to wage peace

By Zuhal Sharp, RI Programs Staff Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are autonomous, internationally organized groups with a passion for and expertise in a specific service area. They provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing large-scale community development and humanitarian service projects in their respective areas of expertise, such as …

Building peace in Chicago

By Past District Governor Patricia Merryweather, District Foundation Chair of District 6450 (Illinois, USA); Rotary Club of Naperville As District Governor-elect at the 2012 International Assembly, I remember tears streamed down my face when President-elect Tanaka announced the 2012-13 Rotary theme Peace Through Service. Fast forward to our District’s Conference in May 2012 as I …

Creating sustainable peace

By Rebecca Crall, Area of Focus Manager, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Building sustainable peace projects requires holistic thinking and a community-driven approach.  Rotarians are uniquely positioned to foster healthy, resilient and more peaceful communities. Violent conflict can devastate a country’s society, economy and political governance. Coordinating projects that prevent or resolve conflict requires a tailored, …

Peace fellows dig in to Rotary’s areas of focus

Originally featured in the February Rotarian Magazine The Rotary Peace Centers program is Rotary’s long-term response to conflict. Rotary Peace Fellows work to address today’s most pressing global issues, including their work in Rotary’s six areas of focus. Read their stories and see how investing in the peace fellowships pays lasting dividends. Saving mothers and …