Description of Service and Interest Areas

Combined EClub Service Areas and Interest Groups  with Chairs & Interest Leaders

  1. Rotary Foundation                                                           Julie Boswell & Asha Asokan

The Rotary EClub Rotary Foundation Committee helps raise money for The Rotary Foundation. 

The money comes back to the club in several ways.  It is used to fund global grants which all clubs may apply for. The funds are available to the district as District Designated Funds after three years. The Rotary Foundation is the way Rotary International funds the global polio eradication effort. Rotary Clubs do good things in the world.  Rotarians often do good in their hometowns.  The Rotary Foundation helps us to do good in the world on a larger scale.

  • Membership Service                                                        Mary Jo Larson & M.D. Kinoti
  1. Member enhancement team               Dee Boswell

To recruit and keep members, both new and old, engaged in EClub activities as well as in their service for peace.
To date, we have
        • Designed, conducted, and summarized survey on members ’service for peace’ and presented to the EClub. 
        • Recommended EClub members self-select leadership/affiliation teams related to Rotary areas of service and/or Rotary areas of focus.

Next steps to “enhance membership” and more fully engage EClub members in our EClub meetings and in service for peace include:
        • Diversify membership
        • Add two (2) peace-related capacity building sessions to the EClub meeting schedule (Jan-June 2022)

The two sessions will help to enhance skills and capacities of all members, especially those interested in submitting proposals for the “Speakers Bureau of EClub members”: a concrete idea / interest proposed by new honorary member, Dee Boswell. Note: With Dee’s extensive Rotary background and networks, he can provide practical guidance for the speakers/ mentor’s ideas emerging from the Peacebuilding Club. 

  • Community Service                                             Josiah Bruny
  • Police2Peace as public health  Lisa Broderick
    Project to transition communities and police departments to peaceful existences and address the public health crisis of gun violence by bringing these two parties together to create “Peace Officers” our police officers for culture change that is fundamental to police reform and uniting them with their communities in programs that uplift and heal.
  • International Service                                          Chantelle Vo & Michael Corbin
  1. Russia Rotary Clubs Relations – Sharon Tennison & Anya Kroth
  • World Citizenship                         Arthur Kanegis

Rising above the borders that divide us to find our power as citizens of one world.

  • Rotary/Peace Corps strategic partnership              Mark Zober

Global Grant Project Development and Support – Rudy Westervelt

  • Vocational Service                                                Jack Friedlander

Project to provide the US Department of labor’s Employment and Training Division information it needs to create a Peacebuilding Occupational Category with information about a career in Peacebuilding.

A primary resource used by career services personnel in secondary schools, colleges and universities, employment agencies, and private career consultants to help students and clients explore career options is the US Department of Labor’s O’Net Code Connector System. Currently there is not a specific occupational category for Careers in Peacebuilding. However, there exists a combined category for Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution since a number of colleges and universities offer degree programs in this field. 

What you will be doing: Members of this interest group will be asked to contact career services personnel and deans at two or more of the universities that offer degree programs in peace studies and conflict resolution.  The focus of these calls is to gather the information requested by the US Department of Labor (Questions 7-18 on the attached form). In addition, members will be asked to contact people in Rotary who have or are currently employed in peacebuilding-related positions to help provide the information requested.

  • Youth Service                                             Terry Felix & Karyn Westervelt
  • RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) – Camp for 11th graders
  • PRYDE (Personal Rotary Youth Development) – Camp for 7th graders         
  • Interact (Rotary Club for high and middle school students)
  • After school programs
  • Tutoring
    • Education as peacebuilder                    Warren Banks
    • Peace Advocacy Project             Catherine Bonifant

Peace Advocate Project, Youth led Leadership training supported by Rotary Great Britain & Ireland, facilitated by Rotarians, currently in 9 countries including Australia.

  • Youth led online monthly forum        JonDarr Bradshaw

I propose that we work with our district office to connect with Rotaract and Interact clubs from across the country and around the world to offer a monthly online forum where participants can come together, share information and ideas, and then take what they’ve learned back to their local clubs and communities. 

Beginning in January our members, working in partnership with young professionals that we will recruit to help us, will serve as mentors, helping these young people (Rotaract and Interact members) to develop the critical leadership and communication skills that the world so desperately needs.

Participating Rotaract and Interact members will be intimately involved with each monthly forum. Initially they will work with our members to plan and facilitate the early sessions. Helping to select youth leaders from around the world as guest speakers, and recording field reports from Rotary Youth Exchange participants both here and abroad. However, the ultimate goal will be a youth-led forum, planned and produced by Rotaract and Interact members with guidance provided by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace.

  • Peacebuilding Club Networks         Catherine Ross Bonifant

An international network of Rotary Clubs and districts mapped by the Rotary Action Group for  Peace with the purpose of supporting the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Peace education and engagement in peace projects.

  1. International Cities of Peace                Fred Arment & Brian Berman

To facilitate Rotary Clubs in meeting the peace challenge of Rotary International by establishing their community as an International City of Peace, thereby contributing to local/global unity, engaging Rotarians in meaningful actions, and increasing Club membership.

Rotary Quote: “As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect. By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources… Rotary creates environments where peace can happen.”

2. Cities4Peace – a nonprofit peace consultancyMandar Apte

“Peace is not the absence of violence. It is the ability to handle violence through peaceful means.”

With this goal in mind, Cities4Peace works with civic leaders to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities with transformative frameworks and meditation-based tools that increase social connection, resilience, and bring peace. Through a consultative approach, we design solutions using a participatory approach and empower local community peacebuilders to deepen their purpose and impact. 

  • Education as peacebuilder                    Warren Banks
  • Positive Peace Academy ( Institute for Economics and Peace) Vana Prewitt

The Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) is a global think tank and research organization. It’s purpose is to measure peace. How they go about this is complex, robust, and thought provoking. They produce the Global Peace Index (14th ed.) annually, which gives an overview of the attitudes, behaviors, and systems of (most) countries that either promote or hinder peace. IEP is an official partner of Rotary International as is their training program, Positive Peace Academy. Both are aligned with Rotary goals and beliefs, which makes this a valuable path for Rotarians to consider. 
The Positive Peace Academy is a structured 2-hour self-study online program that can be conducted as a workshop. The training comes in five small modules that are interesting, engaging, and informative. It takes the learner through the basics of the IEP research and concepts that frame Positive Peace. Once this course of study is completed, one can proceed to becoming a Peace Ambassador. There have only been a few cohorts and no way of knowing how much longer they will continue to train Ambassadors. The Ambassador role is to help organizations and individuals teach others how to activate Positive Peace.
Vana Prewitt is available for consultation, networking with global peace activators, and training support. 

  • US Department of Peacebuilding support team –  Jack Friedlander

 The following is a summary of the legislation introduced into the US House of Representatives by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA) to create a cabinet level US Department of Peacebuilding.

Focus of this interest group. Members involved in this interest group will be invited to participate in the Alliance for Peace’s Advocacy Group to promote support for this proposed legislation and other legislation to establish peacebuilding to a more central role in our domestic and international policies.

Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2021

This bill establishes a Department of Peacebuilding in the executive branch, dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace.

The mission of the department includes the cultivation of peace and peacebuilding as a strategic national policy objective and development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful conflict resolution, and structured conflict mediation.

  • Social Justice   & DEI                                                                   Dennis Wong

Let’s Have a Rotary DEI Party for Success
Food, drinks and different cuisines bring people together.

The proposal is to publish a book authored by fellow Rotary members.
The book will have member recipes with related stories.
This week, I will draft my story about a three-generation fruitcake recipe developed by my immigrant grandfather from China when he cooked for a Catholic bishop in Hawaii.

Now, I am carrying on the tradition … including baking and giving fruitcakes as Christman gifts.  As delicious as ever, the Lum-Wong Fruitcake recipe.

Rotary Poets for Social Justice
This is about a different approach that involves the hearts, minds, and creativity of all members of the Rotary family.

Remember the hit of President Joe Biden’s inaugural was Amanda Gorman and her poem titled “The Hills We Climb.”
Text …
Also see …Using Poetry as a Force for social change.
Let’s provide a Rotary place and platform for social justice.

Be and Think as a Rotarian

Both programs will ask participants to think about Rotary principles and the Rotary Path. For example:
Rotarian Code of Conduct — Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.
The Four-Way Test — Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

The Eight Pillars of Positive Peace — Acceptance of the rights of others, and the equitable distribution of resources.
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention area of focus — Take Action to pursue projects that address the underlying causes of the conflict including: poverty, inequality, ethnic tensions, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
And there are the Rotary DEI statements.

  • Olympian Thinking                                           Marilyn King & Ann Lordeman
  1. “Healing Arts”                                                                    Tami Briggs
  1. Rotarians Meditating for World Peace                                             Tami Briggs

 You are invited to attend a monthly (or bi-monthly or quarterly?) Peace Meditation on   Zoom for Rotarians and your families/friends. We meditate in silence, holding intention for the highest possible outcome of peace for the world. Tami Briggs, therapeutic   harpist, plays the harp intermittently throughout the hour to keep our vibration high and focused. We are a powerful group of manifestors!

Please join us as we help shift consciousness to manifest a culture of peace around the globe.

  • Peace Through Music                                                                  Tami Briggs

Music can be a powerful vibrational force for peace! This special interest group supports the Rotarian community by providing healing music focused on peace. This includes concerts on Zoom, downloadable music suggestions, YouTube video  recommendations and other music resources to help Rotarians stay in peace.

  • Art for Peace                                              Brian Berman
    • Peacebuilding Through Art                   Laurie Marshall

The Singing Tree Project is Shovel Ready to go.  Facilitators are available to co-create an intergenerational collaborative mural that envisions success to community challenges and helps heal heartbreak, rooted in the mutualism of Nature and the possibility of peace.  A training program is also available for those interested in learning the methodology of Peace Building Through Art and Unity Through Creativity.  100 murals have been created by 21,000 people from 52 countries to date.

Steps to take, what is needed to fully implement:

Just awareness of the Resource of the Singing Tree Project.

Conclusion, what do you have for other groups:

A joyous way to learn collaboration, conflict resolution, how to make a shared vision of success, spark innovative action and be connected to an international network of peace leaders using art and storytelling.  Peace Building Through Art is a 21 century survival tool.

See The Mahogany Singing Tree to Reunite Children with Their Families below.  11’x 7’, designed by 8th graders, 150 contributed.  The project raised $13,000 to give to Kids In Need of Defense who have reunited 1100 families who were separated at the U.S./Mexico border.

  1. Rotary Speakers Group                          Brian Berman
    1. EClub Speakers Bureau              Dee Boswell
  1. SIMCenter Peace Rooms                                    Peter Meisen

To develop SIMCenter visualization spaces within major NGOs, university sustainable depts, and ideally the UN. One goal is a facility at Rotary Int’l in Evanston so the leadership can better “see” all the issues and projects, and the help manage the progress on the 7 areas of focus.

  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Maternal & child health
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Economic & community development
  • Basic education & literacy
  • Environment
  1. Environmental Sustainability (ESRAG)       Andrea Shields    

 Work with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group as well as local groups to advocate with government and business for more actions to sustain our environment,  particularly to stabilize our climate.

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