District 7390 News and Events
It is February and the Rotary International theme for this month is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution. I know that when I think about this theme I first think about the state of the world and the factions within nations that are at war over various disputes and struggles for power. That is certainly true. But as I thought more deeply about this theme, I began to think about other struggles and conflicts in other parts of society and the many levels at which we are not at peace. Parents and children, husbands and wives, neighbors, local town councils, business management and labor, water rights, and political affiliations all come to mind. Clearly we live in a conflicted environment and the problem at hand is how to resolve it.
As Rotarians, we have a simple test and it is the application of the Four Way Test. In it is embodied the way in which we conduct ourselves as an example to others. In the best case, we are greeted by the other party who would emulate our actions in return. In this way we are the peacemakers in a true hope of preventing conflict and in the worse case not the instigator of a dispute. Rotarians are seen throughout the world at all levels.
As a non-governmental organization, Rotary global grants take us to far regions of the world applying our resources in the six areas of focus and polio eradication. At the local level, we are visible signs of community action and improvement whether cleaning a park or acknowledging a student of the month in our schools to name just two such possibilities.
Recently, I returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic (see www.fathom.org ) where Rotarians among others took part in a variety of service projects. Poor communities were enhanced by our efforts for sure, but more importantly, there was a great sense of peace and understanding between all parties involved. During this trip, I came across a plaque which perhaps says it best: “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” Please begin February with a sense that you are the key to peace by your own actions.
2016-17 District 7390 Governor
The Four-Way Test (of the things we think, say or do):
- Is it TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and , in particular, to encourage and foster:
- First - the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- Second - High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- Third - The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;
- Fourth - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.