Dear Fellow Rotary Members,
February marks Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention month for Rotary, a cause that is a priority for many members and clubs. Nelson Mandela said, “Peace is not just the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste or any other social markers of difference.” Through our many projects and efforts throughout the world, Rotary helps create this environment by providing opportunities for education, combating disease and food insecurity, and promoting peace through the Rotary Peace Centers and Scholars.
Our District Peace Page contains a variety of resources to help our clubs get involved in Rotary Peace efforts, including becoming a Peace Club. Here is the link:
Save the Date - District Training Assembly!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 17, 2021, for the kick-off to our 2021 Virtual District Training Assembly. We will be offering a wide range of classes open to all members in the District. And it is free to attend!  More info to follow soon.
Rotary International Convention Going Virtual:
The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. This is a great opportunity for all members to experience an International Convention. Convention information can be found at this link: 
Public Image Grants Now Available!
Did you know that groups of clubs can apply for a Public Image Grant from the District Charitable Foundation?  Check it out at this link:
Rotary Rose Parade Float Commemorative Patches:
As you know, the annual Rose Parade was cancelled this year because of COVID, only the second time in history this has happened. To memorialize this unique occasion and to raise funds for next year’s Rotary float, the Rotary Rose Parade Committee created commemorative patches available in exchange for a $50 donation. The patch is dedicated to everyone who has been affected by COVID-19. You can purchase your patch and support next year’s float by clicking on this link:
All Things Rotary Podcast – New!
Rotary International (Club & District Support Office) has launched a new Podcast series called “All Things Rotary” that will cover various Rotary-related subjects. A link to the podcast channel is included under the “Links” tab on the District website, and here is the direct link:
Finally, thank you all for the incredible service you continue to provide to our local communities and throughout the world. You make a difference every day and I am so proud to serve in Rotary with all of you!