Sandra Roberts our Guest Speaker shared information about the Rotary Passport Club she has joined.  They meet every two weeks.  They are limited in fundraising so their key focus is on Volunteerism.  Her passport club is presently focusing on Peace Building a concept Sandra says “is built for us as a passport club”.
Sandra’s passion for the Peace Building project was shared with the club at our “GoToMeeting”  Sandra stated that: “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in communities and in ourselves”.  “Peace happens one conversation at a time”.  “Care is the foundation of Peace”.  One of the 5 avenues of Rotary service is "International Service" which exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding.
 
To find out more about Peace Building log into www.rotarypeaceacademy.org  This site provides a learning center approach to this topic.  No fee to join and learn.
Sandra made reference to the 8 Pillars of Positive Peace. These pillars are present when a country can demonstrate a:
  • Well-functioning Government
  • Acceptance of the Rights of Others
  • Equitable Distribution of Resources
  • Free Flow of Information
  • Good Relations with Neighbours
  • High Levels of Human Capitals
  • Sound Business Environment
  • Low Levels of Corruption
 
As Sandra explained if Pakistan and Afghanistan where not engaged in conflicts and wars Rotary would likely have already eradicated Polio world wide.
The following slides were shared at our meeting and provide some highlight of Sandra’s presentation.
 
Sandra encourage our club to consider becoming a Peace Builder Club
 
 
 
 
Thanks Sandra, great project and good luck with encouraging more “People of Action” to have their Rotary club become a  “Peace Builder Club”.