Posted by Kent Miller
Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.  We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
Yes, it is true.  In the midst of a conflict-torn world, nation and community, our website boldly announces it.  That is what we proclaim and that is what we do. Deep in the heart of Rotary is the long push for peace throughout the world in what we believe, what we say, and how we choose to serve.
But often we take for granted our power and our calling to be peacemakers.
Rotary clubs in District 5870 have the opportunity to focus on the role of each member and each club to intentionally be peacemakers. Instead of wringing our hands over the conflict, we can grasp hands and enable peace to emerge.
Easy? No. Possible? Yes. First step:  schedule one or two programs of your regular meetings to focus on the Rotarian resources and opportunities to “grow peace” where you are, and where you serve. Each club can learn how to become a “peacemaking” organization instead of a bystander in a troubled world. Rotary makes things happen. It starts with you.
Next step: set a program date. Contact Kent Miller, Chairperson, District 5870 “Peace and Conflict Resolution” committee.