Rotary Peace Centers on five continents, where Rotary sponsors 100 and more Master's Degree and Certificate program fellowship candidates every year, can look to their roots when Rotary first decided, after its founding in 1905, to broaden its focus on international in 1921. Then in 1990s Rotary started its initiative to build a global program of learning in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Today there are seven universities providing post-graduate programs for Rotary-sponsored peace fellows.

Marty Helman is the 2020-21 chair of The Rotary Foundation’s Peace-Major Gifts Initiative. She conceived of, and was instrumental in developing, the Sakuji Tanaka Endowed Rotary World Peace Fellowship Committee, which raised $1 million for the Rotary Peace Centers.
 
Marty, Past Rotary District 7780 Governor 2012-13 for southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire, and her husband, Frank, joined the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club in 2003.  She is the current Trainer for our Rotary Zones 28/32 (Canada and Northeast USA) and has served as International Training Leader at the 2018 and 2019 International Assemblies and will serve as Training Leader Support for the virtual 2021 International Assembly.  
 
She has been a Trainer for the Governors-elect and Governors-nominees at Zone 24/32 Institutes for a number of years, as well as for District 7780 Governors-elect. She has facilitated at the Rotary Leadership Institute since 2009 and Northeast Presidents Elect Training Sessions since 2013, and she has presented in breakouts at the Atlanta, Toronto and Hamburg International Conventions. She has served as President’s Representative and is a popular speaker on The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Peace Centers, and membership topics.
 
Marty helped conceive and edited A String of Pearls, a book authored by PDG David Forward which tells the stories of Rotary Peace Fellows.  Earlier, she used a Rotary Foundation Volunteer Service Grant to research, write and publish Rewriting the Future, a book designed to promote awareness of educational needs in Guatemala.
 
Marty and Frank are Paul Harris Society members, Major Donors, and charter members of the Legacy Society of The Rotary Foundation. Through the corporate support of the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation, they are also Arch Klumph Society members (Foundation Circle).
 
Marty asks for our prayers for Naing Ko Ko, who has disappeared, and may have been disappeared, in pursuing his career in peace, with courage,
by combatting corruption in the financial industry
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