Rotarian Action Group for Peace
Suggested Directives for Becoming an Active Rotarian in the Area of Peace Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Join the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) by becoming a Peacebuilder District, a Peacebuilder Club or a Peacebuilder Rotarian. The RAGFP is inspired by Rotary’s long-standing commitment to world peace and peacebuilding initiatives. The organization’s focus is on building on Rotary’s tradition for peace and enhancing peace efforts around the world.
- How do I become a Peacebuilder Rotarian?
- How do we become a Peacebuilder Club?
- How do we become a Peacebuilder District?
How do I become a Peacebuilder Rotarian?
The following are recommended steps in becoming an active Peacebuilder Rotarian.
Step 1: Join the RAG for Peace by signing up on its Website (give link)
Step 2: Educate yourself in peacebuilding initiatives by visiting the RAG for Peace website and looking up the list of peace projects and initiatives that clubs and districts have undertaken around the world.
Step 3: Educate yourself about peace and peacebuilding initiatives by looking up on the RAG for Peace website the list of educational resources and suggestions for learning about peacebuilding (link).
Step 4: Identify some practical and relevant peace initiatives and projects that may inspire your club to become engaged in peacebuilding.
Step 5: Encourage your club members, club president and District Governor to visit the RAG for Peace website and learn about its vision and activities.
Step 6: Form a Peace Committee in your club and learn how Peace Committees work.
Step 7: Encourage your club to join the RAG for Peace and become a peacebuilder club by following the suggested steps outlined on the RAG for Peace website.
Step 8: Encourage your District Governor to join the RAG for Peace by following the suggested steps outlined on the RAG for Peace website.
How do we become a Peacebuilder Club?
The following are recommended steps in becoming an active Peacebuilder Club
Step 1: Join the RAG for Peace by singing up on its Webpage
Step 2: Form a Peacebuilder Committee in your club. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer?
Step 3: As a Peacebuilder Committee Learn about Peace
Learn about Rotary’s History in Peacebuilding. Encourage some interested members of the Peace Committee acquire basic training in Conflict Resolution skills, including facilitation and mediation, as well as knowledge about conflict, war, peace and peacebuilding in general. Learn about peace initiatives that other Districts, clubs and Rotarians have undertaken.
Step 4: Brainstorm within your Peacebuilder Committee possible peace initiatives and projects that your club may undertake and or/support. List as many ideas as possible for peace initiatives and projects. They may be focused on the local, and/or national, and/or international level. Consider one time, short term, or long term projects. Consider projects that your club can self-initiate or projects that your club can undertake in collaboration with organizations already engaged in peacebuilding, be they local, national or international. (see peace organizations on the PeaceMap on RAGFP website)
Step 5: Review your entire list of peace initiative ideas and projects and select the one or ones you and your club will undertake. In your selection process you may want to consider undertaking the ones that meet a certain set of criteria. For example, choose the project or projects that are:
- The most inspiring to Rotarians and the beneficiaries of the project
- The most practical and doable
- The most impactful
Step 6: Inform your club about your peace agenda and invite your club members to become involved and assist.
Step 7: Plan and execute your peace projects, be they one time, short term or long term.
Step 8: Prepare an end of year report on the progress of your peace project(s).
Step 9: Submit your end of year progress report to your District Governor and to the Rotary Action Group for Peace for posting on its website for other Rotarians to learn and be inspired by your work.
How do we Become a Peacebuilder District?
According to Rotary International Rotary Districts acquire the title of “Peacebuilder District” when,
“Peacebuilder Districts support the Rotary Peace Centers by allocating a minimum of $25,000 annually in DDF donations. To maintain their Peacebuilder District standing, districts donate $25,000 every year thereafter. To become a Peacebuilder District, or to learn more about the Rotary Peace Centers program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.rotary.org/
The RAGFP invites and encourages districts to also become engaged in peacebuilding initiatives in more direct and practical ways. To help districts do so the RAGFP recommends the following steps:
Step 2: District Governor adopts Peace as one of the areas of focus during his/her term of office
Step 3: District Governor develops a narrative for the purpose of inspiring clubs and Rotarians to pursue peace through service
Step 4: Rotary District appoints a District Chair of Peacebuilder Clubs
Step 5: Rotary District develops a strategy for promoting peace initiatives that is relevant to your district.
Step 6: Rotary District engages clubs within its district, inspiring, inviting and assisting them to become Peacebuilder Clubs.
Step 7: Rotary District plans peacebuilding learning opportunities, initiatives and projects that will inspire and prepare clubs and Rotarians within your district to become effective agents and/or contributors to peace.