Rotary Zone 2832 Donald MacRae Peace Award
The Rotary Zone 28‐32 Donald MacRae Peace Awards are annual awards presented by Rotary Zones 28 and 32 to recognize and honor an individual or organization for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary as expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary.
The award commemorates the contribution of Halifax Rotarian Donald MacRae, who in a speech to the International Convention in Kansas City in June 1918, proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations – the first time that this vision of Rotary was expressed publicly. In 1921, as chair of Rotary’s Constitution and By‐laws Committee, MacRae had an opportunity to incorporate this vision into the constitution of Rotary. He presented a resolution to the International Convention in Edinburgh, Scotland, that amended the constitution by adding the Fourth Object of Rotary. The Fourth Object became the engine that drives Rotary’s international service; indeed, it has become the watchword of the Rotary Foundation.
Reflecting the vision created by MacRae, the award focuses on advancing international goodwill, understanding and peace through peace‐making efforts or humanitarian activity of international significance. The recipient of the Donald MacRae Peace Award receives an inscribed glass plaque and his/her name is published in the Zone newsletter and website.

Award Criteria

Any Rotary Club or District in Zone 28 and 32 may submit the name of one candidate for the award directly to the Zone Administrator of the Donald MacRae Peace Award (see application form).   All nominations are to be kept confidential. The individual or organization nominated must be one whose life, mission, or work demonstrates outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of the Fourth Object of Rotary International, and who has made an outstanding contribution to this cause through international efforts. Awards will not be made posthumously.

Selection Process

The judging panel is composed of three senior Rotary leaders from Zone 28 and two from Zone 32, selected for their work in the Peace Area of Focus and named by the RI Zone 28‐32 Director to three-year terms. All decisions of the judging panel are confidential and final.
The members of the 2021 Donald MacRae judging panel and the years that their term expires:
  • Past RI president Wilf Wilkinson (three-year term - 2020-22)
  • Past TRF Trustee Carolyn Jones (three-year term - 2020-22)
  • PDG Ron Denham (two-year term - 2020-21)
  • Rotarian David Ives (two-year term - 2020-21)
  • Past Trustee Chair Brenda Cressey (three-year term - 2021-23)

Presentation of Award

The Award will be presented by the Director or other senior Rotary leader at a District or regional event in coordination with the selectee and nominator.

The Fourth Object of Rotary 

“The advancement of International understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.”.


Available on the Zone website at THIS LINK.