Peace and the Environment
Fresh air, pure water, fertile soil, stable climate: these for the foundation for healthy local and national living--and, therefore, for peace. Here are the notes for "Healthy Environment: Foundation for Peace" breakout session at the 2019 Rotary 5400 Peace Institute. Link to session notes

Rotary Days: People of Action 

Tree planting events are opportunities to network with local and state organizations, build awareness of Rotary’s service and, especially with planting events, recruit young people. Consider incorporating Rotary International President Barry’s Rassin’s challenge to continue planting one tree per Rotarian with your Rotary Days: People of Action event that will be held on the fourth Saturday every April. This can be done easily. 

  • Invite local Interact, Rotoract, 4-H, scouting, FFA, master gardeners (Extension Office), high school clubs, college clubs and other organizations
  • Invite the press and email a press release about your event
  • Give partner organizations a role such as bringing snacks or beverages, recording videos, making reminder calls, posting on social media, inviting the local press, etc
  • Bring Rotary information to hand out
  • Get a list of attendees’ contact information for liability and to send follow-up thank you email
  • Organize the event so that people have opportunities to meet and chat while planting. Bring snacks and beverages, with a spot to enjoy them
  • Delegate someone to record video interviews and other event fun on their smartphone  (Here’s how)
  • Delegate someone to edit the videos as shorts for social media. Send a link to the press. Send a thank you email with the link to volunteers with information about your upcoming Rotary meetings
  • Consider sending a follow-up email with your Rotary meetings a month later

Planting Partners and Places

Some planting spots are out of the way and attract volunteers for the sheer joy of getting away. These places often need only seedlings, which are much easier on club budgets. They can be fun for club outings as children and grandchildren get to see how their “babies” grew-- testimony to Rotary’s longevity. 

Other spots are close to town which often requires larger, more expensive stock and limits the number of trees that can be planted.  However, they are a daily reminder to the community of Rotary’s commitment to good stewardship of the land, air and water. With these factors in mind, consider the following partner organizations.

- City Parks and Recreation Departments

  • Contact your local officials

- Farming, Gaming and Hunting Organizations

Please note that seedlings and trees must be planted on public lands to be eligible for district funding.

- Land Trusts and Wildlife Refuges

  • Current and past Rotary Land Trust plantings include: Hyatt Hidden Lakes and Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust.  
  • Check your local land trust areas or

- Local Schools

- Local hospitals, libraries, museums, and other public places

- State Parks and Organizations

  • Idaho Fish and Game
  • Contact Laurie Zuckerman for current State Park Projects which include: Bruneau Dunes, Three Island Crossing, Eagle Island, Luck Peak, and Lake Cascade.

Planting Stock

U of I Seedling Sales, Franklin Pitkin Nursery


If your club is planting on public land, members can donate to the Rotary 5400 Foundation, Tree Fund. They will need to designate the project on the donation. They can also go to Gift that Grows (insert link) to donate.

  • Does your partner organization have access to good planting stock?
  • Tree donation gift cards. Funds that purchase mugs, pens and other gifts could be diverted toward a tree project; speakers can be given a tree donation card.  
  • Tree donation e-cards. Club members and friends can donate for a club tree project instead of sending holiday or special occasion cards.  See The Gift That Grows
  • What partner organizations would be willing to help donate trees?

Take Homes