Canonsburg-Houston-Southpointe Rotary Club
Rotary Peace Centers

Support Peace Centers

Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.

Rotary Peace Centers

Each year up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict through a variety of lenses and explore innovative solutions that address real world needs. We have peace centers around the globe:

Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship

Most Rotarians know that Rotary began with a meeting of four friends on the Evening of February 23, 1905. It is a lesser known fact that the Rotary Foundation did not come into being until 1917.  In July of 1917, Rotarians gathered in Atlanta, GA for the annual convention and it was at this meeting that President Arch Klumph proposed an "endowment fund to do good in the world".  In July of 1918, the "fund" received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri.  The contribution represented the net proceeds of the 1918 Convention.  The fund officially became the Rotary Foundation in 1928.
In 1930, the first Foundation grant of $500.00 was made to the International Society for Crippled Children, which was started by Edgar "Daddy" Allen, a Rotarian from northern Ohio.  In 1947, the first Foundation program was established.  The program was the forerunner of the Ambassadorial Scholarships and awareded 18 scholarships for college students.  The first Paul Harris Fello, recognizing a $1000.00 gift was given in 1957 to Al Brush from Mississippi.  The first polio immunizations were given to 6 million children in the Philippines in 1978.
During a 1967 speach, President John F. Kennedy said "peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opionions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures".  He could have been talking about Rotary's peace initiative.  Forty six years later, Rotary's Peace Centers and its Peace Fellows are quietly building new structures and eroding old barriers.  Through these centers, Rotary knows that peace is possible.  For more information on Rotary's Peace Centers and how you can help work for peace, contact Colleen Wood.
When asked, why Roary has a Foundation, Past RI President Lee said, "We have a Foundation because our Foundation lifts Rotary up.  It lets every club and every district do the most it possibly can.  It allows every one of us to be part of all of Rotary's work, and it brings that work to greater and greater heights.  We should all remember that the Rotary Foundation is our Foundation.  It is her for us and because of us; it allows us to do more, to be more and to bring more hope to the world.  The responsibility for keeping our Foundation strong lies with each of us."
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Southpointe Chamber Offices
135 Technology Drive, (California Univ Building) 2nd floor conference room
Canonsburg, PA  15317
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