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February is World Understanding Month!
How are you as a Rotarian helping to promote world understanding?
These next three months we have Rotarians from District 5000 going on National Immunization Days to India, participating in Friendship Exchanges in Taiwan and Japan, supporting projects in Cambodia, Thailand, and Romania, attending District Conferences in Japan, attending and leading a peace symposium – and inviting many, many sister clubs to visit Hawaii. Do these activities promote world understanding? Of course they do!
How are you helping to promote world understanding? Let us know what your club is doing. Let us know what you as Rotarians are doing. We’d like to have a record of all the current sister club relationships – when you went there last and when they’re coming here. We’d like to know how many of your club members are visiting international projects. Let us know how many short-term exchanges are going on with sister clubs. Tell your story so we can share it with the world. We need to let people see what Rotary is doing to promote world understanding and peace.
Another story I might not have already shared with you:
John and I were participating in our first National Immunization Day in Mumbai, India – I think it was 2003 – with a group of Rotarians from District 5000. I remember I was thrilled that the President of the Rotary Club of Mumbai that year was a woman – a woman highly respected by her club members and community. We were in a small fishing village section of Mumbai – a floating small city surrounded by the teeming masses of people that make up Mumbai. We administered the drops – and yes, you do really feel like you’ve done something very, very special. But the highlight of that trip which has stayed with me to this day is that the group from Hawaii wasn’t the only team working with the Indian Rotarians and public health workers that day. When we had a chance to pause and meet the other group we were astonished to discover that they were from Pakistan – at that time India and Pakistan were engaged in open hostilities. Two countries at war, but Rotarians from each working side by side to save the children of Mumbai, India. At that moment I suddenly realized as never before that there is hope for peace and understanding in the world – through Rotary.
So – it’s FEBRUARY! February 23rd is the 110th anniversary of Rotary International. Find a way to promote world understanding – or community understanding – or family understanding - and share that story with friends and potential Rotarians. We have Five more months this Rotary year to make a difference in someone’s life! Five more months to change your own life! Five more months to
LIGHT UP ROTARY!