BECOME A PEACEBUILDER CLUB
 
Peacebuilding  may sound bold and lofty but it is something that Rotarians do every day.   Rotarians have always been peacebuilders going back to Paul Harris and his remarks during World War I asking Rotarians to have the moral courage to speak of peace.  Rotary was present at the birth of the United Nations and its Peace Fellows are deployed around the world.
 
In Rotary Year 2015-16, District 5240 became a Peacebuilder District providing support to the Rotary Foundation Peace Centers worldwide. We also made a commitment to build peace wherever we can – in our local communities and in communities around the world. The District 5240  Peacebuilder Club program is designed to assist Rotarians in District 5240 to support Rotary’s mission of ‘advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace’ through the promotion of programs and projects that support a more peaceful community and a more peaceful world. 
 
Peace is not just the absence of armed conflict.  Peace is:
  • Lack of Poverty
  • Lack of Injustice
  • Lack of Hopelessness
  • Lack of Non-Human Environment
A District 5240 Peacebuilder Club is a Rotary club that is dedicated to diminishing the root causes of conflict: the need for food, water, shelter, health care, literacy, jobs, and human rights. The Rotarians in a Peacebuilder Club are committed to breaking this cycle of devastation and despair, and to helping create an environment of security through providing education, water, sanitation/hygiene, health-care and a chance at a decent future. A Peacebuilder Club uses peace education and peace principles to guide the club’s service and development projects.
 
In many ways everything we do as Rotarians to improve the human condition, supports peace.   When you feed the hungry, improve educational opportunities for everyone or help create a climate for community economic development you are building peace. When you see injustices and assist in removing them you are building peace.  When you reach out a hand to people you don’t know, you are building peace. 
 
To learn more about the RY 2019-20 Peacebuilder Club program or to schedule a presentation at your club, please contact District Peacebuilder Club chair, PDG Nick Frankle (email: nickdg1617@earthlink.net)
 
If Rotary can eradicate polio and do it in our spare time, can our next goal – peace - be far behind.
 
SIGN UP NOW FOR THE ROTARY WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 2020 TO BE HELD JANUARY 17-18, 2020 IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, GO TO www.peaceconference2020.org