Learn. Live. Lead. It’s Back to School Time.
Touring District 5400 is joyful!  There are sooo many impactful service projects taking place across Idaho and Oregon.   Rotarians + Service = positively impacting humanity! 
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month and it’s no coincidence that it’s back to school time, too. UNESCO reports that nearly 70 million more teachers are needed in the world by 2030 to provide every student with primary and secondary education.  A statistic like that may seem overwhelming, yet Rotarians are working today and into the future to ensure the gift of education and reading is present in our District.  From little libraries to big libraries, from school-based programs to after school programs, Rotary volunteers and district grants are positively impacting Idaho students. Thank YOU.
Breaking Chains is an academy of development in Nampa, ID that I toured this month.  They are just one of many examples of how enhancing education is reducing poverty, improving health, and encouraging community, that leads to personal peace where we live.
When people ask me ‘where did you grow up?’ I generally answer with ‘everywhere and nowhere’ and the cover of the Dr. Seuss book Oh the Places You’ll Go comes to mind.  My dad was in the US Airforce and where my journey of attending nine schools by high school graduation began.  Reading was something I could do anywhere, anytime; books and the gift of reading gave me both an escape and a connection to communities. Pass on some books to students, fill a tiny library, support the gift of reading – it’s life changing no matter where you live.
Peace,
Janice Fulkerson
'22-'23 District 5400 Governor

 

Positive Peace
 Peace is more than the lack of conflict or the absence of violence. Positive Peace creates and sustains societies that allow all people to flourish.  And this is what Rotarians are doing daily across District      5400 – working to support flourishing communities’ where we live and work.    
Rotary International is collaborating with the Institute for Economics and Peace to offer all Rotary members – and their community partners - the resources and tools they need to promote positive peace locally.  Want to learn more?  Check this out:  Institute for Economics and Peace | Rotary International
 
In District 5400 we have a Peace Force, that includes members from several clubs and it’s growing.  They are hosting annual Learning Peace Camps for kids, hosting peace walks, building peace parks and much more.   Here are some ideas you may want to build into your club’s programs:
  • Celebrate the International Day of Peace in September 21st with a fellowship or service event
  • Become a Rotary Peacebuilder Club
  • Plant a Peace Pole in your community
  • Include peace building messages in any service event
  • Plant pollinator trees, bushes, or a Chicago Peace Rose and add a peace pole or interpretive sign about peace and the planting
  • Join a local school or city program that promotes peace building
  • Use a peace pledge in their club or individual activities (sample pledges below)
  • Use a digital banner on social media with a peace builders’ message
  • Join and support existing local/regional peace building activities
  • Recognize a ‘Peace Hero’ in your community at a club meeting, or in conjunction with a peace walk in your community.  
  • Join the D5400 Peace Committee
  • Designate a Peace Ambassador in your club
For more information or ideas, reach out to District Governor Janice Fulkerson for her support.
Earth Stewardship
 
Rotary brings together diverse individuals, locally and globally, to have fun, connect people, transform communities and make a difference in the world! Imagine a world of peace, kindness, hope and joy, where people unite and take action to create lasting change.  That is Rotary!  
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