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October 26, 2018
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Rotarians Unify Their Communities for Peace
"It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement." 
- Paul Harris (Founder of Rotary International)
The history of Rotary International and peace is an amazing story of unifying people from all walks of life around service. Service above Self is every Rotarian's approach to promoting the greater good in their communities and networks. Rotarians use the Four-Way Test and guiding principles to lead their conduct of Rotarian service and subscribe to an underpinning philosophy of uniting people while respecting their individuality. These Rotarian principles produce empathy, respect, and harmony in Rotary clubs and the communities they serve around the world. 

Rotarians sustain peace by leading unifying ideas, structures, institutions and attitudes that shape the political, social and economic environments surrounding them. Rotarians' overarching value of unity and togetherness is embedded in their approaches. They convene stakeholders, forge collaborations, provide platforms for healing conversations and much more. 
Rotarians realize that what brings us together is much more powerful and meaningful than the matters that separate us. They create peace by creating unity. 

RAGFP empowers Rotarians to create peacefulness in their communities by providing them with the tools and strategies they can utilize in their unification approaches. RAGFP Peacebuilder Clubs provide a great platform for Rotarians to grow more initiatives in their communities where they can foster peaceful political dialogue, inspire positive social conduct and lead economic and community development. 
Fostering Peaceful Political Dialogue  
There are 10.6 million immigrants assimilating into German society, and roughly 1 in 8 people now living in Germany is a foreign national. The RotaryClub of Bornheim is a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club working with District 1810 and Rotary Global Grants to train immigrant youth to become effective participants in the political discourse and democracy in Germany. This is the Rotarian approach to bridge gaps in Germany and help integrate immigrants into German society in a positive way. Read More
Rotarians in America are tackling polarization between the political sides. The Rotary Club of Three Creeks (Vancouver, WA) is a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club. This Peacebuilder Club is active in Rotary Peacebuilder District 5100 promoting initiatives to foster political conversations that reflect the Four-Way Test and offer Rotarian guideposts leading to constructive civic activities and discussions. Rotarian peacebuilders in this club are supporting Better Angels. This non-profit organization offers events and education designed to “depolarize America.” Better Angels' Red/Blue Workshops visit cities across America and feature activities, listening exercises, and co-operative skills training developed to get even the most hardened political partisans talking (and listening) to one another. Read More
Inspiring Positive Social Conduct
The Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise is a Peacebuilder Club. In the photo (left) is RAGFP Executive Director and Rotary Peace Fellow Reem Ghunaim along with McMinnville Rotary Assistant Governor Larry Strober. Reem (who is a Muslim Palestinian), and Larry (who is a Jewish American), also serve together on the Board of Peace Village Global, an inclusive peacebuilding program for children. 
Together, their deep friendship and Rotarian peacebuilding alliance illustrate how religious or social distinctions are irrelevant in Rotary because Rotarians are committed to service above self and the international advancement of goodwill. Larry is also joining countless Rotarian peacebuilders to support the Declaration of Friendship Across Religions. Prominent religious leaders of various world faiths are invited to sign the declaration at a historic summit at the Peace Palace in June 2020. The declaration aims to counter division, hatred, and intolerance between people of different religions by promoting friendship between members of diverse faiths. Read More and watch a video of world religious leaders inviting us to "make friends" with others of different faiths. 
Leading Economic and Community Development
Rotary clubs close economic disparities and bridge social incoherence caused by unequal distribution and lack of accessibility to resources. Rotary and RAGFP empower Rotarians in Uganda and throughout Africa to unify their communities through economic and community development.  
The Rotary Club of Lugazi Central is a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club. RC Lugazi Central chartered as a Rotary International club in November 2016, and became the very first RAGFP Peacebuilder Club on the continent of Africa in July 2018. 
Another new club in Uganda, the Rotary Club of Entebbe, was recently founded because one Rotarian saw an opportunity to improve lives in his community by upgrading sanitation in the only medical health center in an area that serves nearly 600,000 villagers who can't afford private health care. This new Rotary club also rehabilitated a major water well and their project led to a 40% increase in clean water availability to villagers. These Rotarian initiatives help sustain peace by creating more economically cohesive communities. Read More
Unify Your Community
We invite all Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, RAGFP members and Peacebuilder Clubs to write their own stories that demonstrate to the entire world the power of "focusing upon matters of agreement." You can start today and establish new Rotarian peacebuilding projects and initiatives that expand the path to peace by inspiring peaceful political dialogue, greater social inclusion and community development for all.
  • Start a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club. Find step-by-step instructions here
  • Visit our Peacebuilder Clubs Map or Rotary Peace Map to engage with other Rotarians. Exchange ideas, discuss what works, and make global connections.
  • Join or donate to RAGFP. Share our mission with your Rotary club or district.
  • Submit a Peace Project. Send us stories about your club's peace initiatives to contact@rotariansforpeace.org.  
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