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Rotarians Work for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Each month Rotary International focuses on a particular humanitarian issue.  In February, for instance, the focus is on Peace and Conflict Resolution/Prevention.  While we all tend to focus somewhat singularly on the high profile conflicts around the world, like the fighting and human suffering in Syria, the fact is that according to the 2018 Global Peace Index the global level of peace has deteriorated in the last year, marking the fourth successive year of deteriorations.  Peacefulness in ninety-two countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved. The 2018 GPI reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in this gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness.  Clearly there has never been a more important time for Rotary International to push forward with peace initiatives worldwide. 
In our own District 7190 we will hold our second Peace Summit for Youth on May 11 in Schenectady.  This daylong event is aimed at high school students and invites them into a facilitated conversation which encourages them to self define peace - in their school, in their community and in the world.  While adults may think of peace on the context of war and border conflicts, our youth perceive conflict in social media, drug abuse, violence, bullying and sex.  Finding peaceful solutions to these issues is where they tend to focus their thinking and hopes.  It is our job to nurture their ideas and help them to grow hope for their own future.
Read on for an example of what Rotary International is doing around the world to address peace and conflict resolution.  This particular blog focuses on the effort of a Rotaractor (college age Rotarian) to encourage peace in her community. 
RYLA is designed to grow leadership skills in students who have untapped leadership potential. Specifically, we are focusing on juniors in high school. Our program is not for the student who is already utilizing strong leadership skills or students who have no desire to develop such skills. 
District 7190 RYLA has been developed to help the committed student with untapped leadership potential. Through our program we will open up that potential and show the student the possibilities that are available to them. This has positive effects on many parts of the student’s life. They will gain self-confidence, add valuable skills that will serve them well into their future, and will teach another generation
about the ideals of Rotary.

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Countdown to the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany - June 1 - 5,  2019
We are just months away from a very exciting opportunity for Rotarians and friends from District 7190 to attend the RI Convention International Convention in the great city of Hamburg, Germany! 
The District is encouraging all Rotarians to make the effort to attend this RI International Convention.  Many Rotarians believe that you cannot truly understand the impact of Rotary without attending one of these meetings. Don’t miss this opportunity!
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