IMAGINE THE ROTARY CONNECTIONS
Each month offers a chance to connect and engage in Rotary events, and October is loaded with opportunity!  October is Rotary Economic and Community Development Month, World Polio Day is October 24th, and there are social events and FUNdraisers across the month.  

 

When I think about economic and community development, two things rise to the top.  First, the power of the Rotary network.  What you can accomplish with your Rotary connections is truly unlimited.  Through Rotary you are instantly plugged into local and global networks of influencers, community and business leaders, and people who have time and talent to share. 

Second, the skills and leadership development opportunities that are available to Rotarians, as well as the youth who have access to Rotary programs.  Youth leadership development contributes to education, work force development, and fosters sustainable economic growth – and that adds up to security and peace. 

Using our networks, we identify challenges and community needs, roll up our sleeves, and become People of Action.  What do you do with your Rotary network?

Remember to send me pictures and video clips of your club in action for the District Public image campaign.  Looking forward to seeing along the way!

Peace,
Janice Fulkerson

'22-'23 District 5400 Governor

Positive Peace
 Peace is more than the lack of conflict or the absence of violence. Positive Peace creates and sustains societies that allow all people to flourish.  And this is what Rotarians are doing daily across District      5400 – working to support flourishing communities’ where we live and work.    
Rotary International is collaborating with the Institute for Economics and Peace to offer all Rotary members – and their community partners - the resources and tools they need to promote positive peace locally.  Want to learn more?  Check this out:  Institute for Economics and Peace | Rotary International
 
In District 5400 we have a Peace Force, that includes members from several clubs and it’s growing.  They are hosting annual Learning Peace Camps for kids, hosting peace walks, building peace parks and much more.   Here are some ideas you may want to build into your club’s programs:
  • Celebrate the International Day of Peace in September 21st with a fellowship or service event
  • Become a Rotary Peacebuilder Club
  • Plant a Peace Pole in your community
  • Include peace building messages in any service event
  • Plant pollinator trees, bushes, or a Chicago Peace Rose and add a peace pole or interpretive sign about peace and the planting
  • Join a local school or city program that promotes peace building
  • Use a peace pledge in their club or individual activities (sample pledges below)
  • Use a digital banner on social media with a peace builders’ message
  • Join and support existing local/regional peace building activities
  • Recognize a ‘Peace Hero’ in your community at a club meeting, or in conjunction with a peace walk in your community.  
  • Join the D5400 Peace Committee
  • Designate a Peace Ambassador in your club
For more information or ideas, reach out to District Governor Janice Fulkerson for her support.
Earth Stewardship
 
Rotary brings together diverse individuals, locally and globally, to have fun, connect people, transform communities and make a difference in the world! Imagine a world of peace, kindness, hope and joy, where people unite and take action to create lasting change.  That is Rotary!  
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