Friends Around the World

 

 
A couple weeks ago we had a visiting Rotarian Nick Cragg (Rotary District 1100 in England) join us for our weekly meeting.  He was accompanied by his partner Catrina Hares and close friend Sue Vanderwalker.  Although our time together was short, stories were shared, ideas were created, and fun was had by all. We even had the opportunity to exchange club banners, a long-standing tradition in Rotary.  It was a great reminder of the amazing Global community Rotary has created.  A community of over 1.2 million people all with the same mission... Service Above Self.   
 
Over the past few days we have been reminded of the terror that still exists around the world.  I just wanted to take this moment to share this photo of our banner exchange with Nick and remind everyone of the truly great works Rotary does all over the world, everyday! 
 
For those that are not familiar, Peace & Conflict Resolution is 1 of Rotary's 6 major Areas of Focus worldwide.  In fact, in just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.  So the next time someone asks What is Rotary? or What does Rotary do? you now have yet another answer.  Please see the attached link for more info on Rotary's Peace Fellowship Program