By Logan Johnson, December 20, 2018, Published in Rotary International
For the past few years, Rotary International has been promoting Reconnect Week as a time to remind Rotary clubs of the value of reaching out and “reconnecting” with alumni of Rotary programs like Interact, Rotaract, scholarships, Rotary Peace Fellowships, youth exchange and other regional programs. But celebrating alumni and making them feel welcome to your club is something you can and should do year-round. Alumni of Rotary make great leaders and innovators and may possess the skills you need for your next service project.
December 24, 2018, By Rotarian Action Group For Peace
Happy Holidays from Rotarian Action Group For Peace. We wish you a joyful time with friends and family. This holiday season offers an opportunity for us to acknowledge Rotarians around the world who strive to bring peace through service to their communities during this time of the year. As we reflect on 2018, we recognize that Rotarian Action Group For Peace (RAGFP) will remember 2018 as a year of Rotarian peace action that created a wave of peacebuilding momentum. It also provided opportunities for peace that will flourish and inspire in the upcoming seasons and years. We are pleased to reflect upon what we accomplished for peace in 2018, together, in our RAGFP “year in review” of Rotarian peace action.
August 28, 2018, Published in Rotarian Action Group For Peace
Monday, December 10th, 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Rotarians wrote the outline for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1943. Rotary's role in the formation of the United Nations helped establish a framework and opened a dialogue between nations that paved a way to peace and support of human rights around the world. As Rotary clubs and districts celebrate the 70th anniversary of this historic document, they also commemorate Rotary's deep, historic relationship with the United Nations.
November 29, 2018, Published in Rotary International
When Susan Stigant was growing up in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, she was far from the unrest in Quebec, on the other side of the country. But she paid close attention to that province’s independence referendum of 1995 and to the consequences of the “no” faction’s razor-thin margin of victory, when the Canadian government quickly set in motion reforms to assuage the separatists.
With so much disunity across the United States, it can be difficult to find common ground. But one organization is taking steps to bring people together. After working for 40 years to bring peace around the world, Paula Green co-founded Hands Across the Hills, bringing Liberals and Conservatives together to speak about their differences and similarities. The gatherings allowed the group of around 30 individuals to humanize each other. Green and her organization won the first annual Melanie Greenberg Peacebuilding Award in 2018, at the annual Alliance for Peacebuilding conference, PeaceCon2018.
By Rotary Service and Engagement, November 14, 2018, Published in Rotary International
ShelterBox and Rotary International are Project Partners in Disaster Relief. By working together, we are ensuring that no family is left without shelter after disaster. Not only do Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world support ShelterBox financially, but on many of ShelterBox’s deployments local Rotarians, Rotaractors and Response Teams work closely together at an operational level. Rotarians often have great connections with communities and authorities that can help response teams understand the situation and respond better together.