ROTARY AND PEACE

Rotary's Mission: "Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that:

(Please note that this is not an official web site of Rotary and is not intended to represent anything but information provided by Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace.  Robert Stewart is a Director of CCTP and a Rotarian - in fact, it was Rotary that ignited the passion for peace in Robert and the development of CCTP and this web site.  To learn about Rotary, and their official opinions and programs, please visit their web site at http://www.rotary.orgThe purpose of this information is to help Rotary and Rotarians meet their Peace objectives.)  

Click here to read Letters of support from the Rotary District Communities Program

For the quickest overview, see http://www.peace.ca/groundworkforpeace.htm

Rotary and Peace 2005 - A Powerpoint presentation made to the Rotary Club of Recife Boa Viagem, Brazil February 16, 2005 providing an overview of Rotary peace programs and a Rotary PeacePlus Program.  An excellent overview available for presentation to any Rotary Clubs/Districts who wish to advance peace and world understanding.  Click here for presentation also in Portuguese.

Rotary's Seven Paths to Peace - I can not tell you how happy I was to learn of such a wonderful publication.  The Rotary International  publication "Seven Paths to Peace" is as relevant today (2004) as it was when it was written in 1959.  In fact, I was amazed at the wisdom contained in this book published 45 years ago.  I have been doing a lot of research into peacebuilding and peace education over the past 9 years (a passion that was ignited in me by Rotary) and I learned a lot from the book, particularly from a Rotary point of view.  It is very important for me to understand the history, current perspective and future path Rotary is following to peace.  I think this is important for all Rotarians to understand – this is a ‘must read’ for anyone genuinely interested in Rotary.  It is also recommended to non-Rotarians interested in building peace.  The book is available online by clicking on the link.  

Rotary's Seven Paths to Peace Chart - See the attached Microsoft Word two page summary of key words from the RI publication, in Word Art.  An excellent summary.  We print the two pages in color, copy them onto one leaf of paper (i.e. double side copies), and laminate them for distribution to Rotarians.  You can too.

Rotary International Powerpoint Presentation on "Rotary and Peace"

Rotary, Business and Ethics - two articles that are 'must reads' for Rotarians: ‘A Challenge for the New Century: In a time of ever-changing societal values, Rotarians take the lead in establishing right from wrong’ by Anthony G. Craine; and ‘Watergate, war, and The Four-Way Test’ by U.S. lawyer John W. Dean III, who served as White House counsel from 1970 to 1973 under President Richard M. Nixon John W. Dean III

Rotary Peacebuilding Fellowship (in formation) - Lend a hand for peace.  Rotarians - Please join us in our fellowship for peace and mutual support.

Rotary and Peace Presentation - view the slide show put together by Rotarian Mark Zober, RC Jerusalem (D2490).  See what Rotary is doing to help build peace around the world.

Rotary, Peace, and "Me" - A Rotary Club of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada International Program Proposal: A Rotary Peace Vision Proposal.  “Peace is the most important cause – and you should do something!”  That was the message given by several prominent speakers at the 1996 Rotary International Annual Convention in Calgary , Canada .  The speakers included RI President Herb Brown, Nobel Peace Prize Recipients Oscar Arias and Betty Williams, among others.  This challenge is embodied in Rotary’s Fourth Object of Service: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”  This article is one Rotarian's response to the passion for peace ignited by that Rotary Conference.

Rotary Peace Plus Program  - The mission of Rotary, among other things, is to help build a better world, and to advance the search for peace in the world.. It is our Rotary Dream that Rotary International will adopt a "Peace Plus Program", analogous to Polio Plus, with ambitious goals (in terms of violence reduction throughout the world) to be achieved by a specific deadline. In keeping with a Rotary spirit of Thinking Globally and Acting Locally, Peace Plus would include building peace at the world, community, family and individual levels.  Read the proposal submitted to Rotary International by clicking on the link.  This might be of interest to the Lions International Clubs as well, as they also have in their mission to help advance peace in the world.

Rotarian Ms. Rusty Broughton attending the Rotary International President's Conference on Peace in Kuala Lumpur August 9 - 11, 2002.  She did an amazing job of summing this all up.  I am attaching her report to her district leadership.  I think you will find this fascinating.  You can see some promising development here (including peace education), complimentary to a Rotary Peace Plus Program and work towards the development of a Culture of Peace in our communities and world.

What type of peace education activities might Rotary support?  See examples here.

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)SONGS FOR PEACE© A Proposal and Call for Action to Create World Peace by 2050 Through Rotary International, by Dr. George Barkett, Member of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach , Florida  

Rotary University/College Chairs in Peace Studies - A Proposal - “But the greatest challenge, of course, is to those Rotary clubs in neighborhood of universities.”  From the Rotary International publication ‘The Seven Paths to Peace’.  Here is a proposal for Rotary Clubs in the neighborhood of universities and colleges to get together to sponsor Rotary University/College Chairs in Peace Studies.

Rotary International Peace Parks - notes from a 2 hour workshop put on September 11, 2004 at the Waterton-Glacier  International Peace Park Association Assembly.  Theme - "How can an International Peace Park promote and stimulate International Peace". 

Draft Peace Parks and Rotary Marketing Strategy, August 29, 2005 - I am pleased to submit (below) a first draft of a WGIPPA Peace Parks and Rotary Marketing Strategy for your consideration and discussion.  I believe that our challenge is to develop the best possible strategy to “sell the WGIPP peace park idea” (in simple terms), to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace.  Your suggestions to improve the document will be appreciated.

Rotary Clubs, Other Service Clubs, and Peace - a network of common interest and support worth considering (speak to them, solicit them and/or join them - its another way to expand your influence)

Report on Bob Stewart's visit to Recife, Brazil to speak to local Rotary Clubs and at their Peace Education Conference in February 2005.  Click here for the English version or the Portuguese Version in Microsoft Word format.  Includes interesting insights and suggestions for consideration.

Powerpoint Presentation by Bob Stewart to the Rotary Club of Okotoks August 31, 2005 on the Global Conference From Reaction to Prevention: Civil Society Forging Partnerships to Prevent Violent Conflict and Build Peace, the World Futures Society 2005 Conference: Foresight, Innovation and Strategy, and What This Might Mean For Rotary.  Includes interesting insights and suggestions for consideration. 

Bob Stewart, Chair of the Rotary Club of Okotoks Peace Plus Committee and Conference Chair, is pleased to invite Rotarians to a half day workshop November 25, 2005 (as part of the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada at McMaster University, Hamilton) intended to help Rotarians help Rotary to achieve its Peace Mission.  As you know, "Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world."  (quote reference http://www.rotary.org/aboutrotary/index.html ).  Click on this link to see the more detailed invitation.  Participants will be interested to hear about the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary World Peace Scholars programClick on this link to see a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation used in the Workshop. 

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Rotary World Peace Summit, Windsor, Ontario April 25-27, 2008 www.rotarypeacesummit.orgClick on this link to see a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation by Bob Stewart at the Summit.  Summarizes Rotary's peace mission, why we must act together, Rotary Peace Plus, and what Rotarians and Clubs can do to help advance peace and world understanding.

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)MY ROTARY PRAYER FOR PEACE

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