The Rotary community in Hong Kong shares the general concern of social peace and harmony in our community, and the disharmony in different parts of the world.

Following the Peace Day celebration on 9.21 at St. John’s Cathedral ground, a number of Rotarians and District Leaders commented on Rotary’s need to reach out to every Rotarian to recognize THE QUEST FOR WORLD UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE has been a cornerstone of Rotary since its early days. They asked what Rotary can do to promote the culture of peace in Hong Kong.

This reminds me of my meeting with Erin Thomas at the Rotary International Global Peace Forum in Hiroshima May early this year. Erin is from the first cohort of Rotary Peace Fellow back in 2003-2004.

She is the Program Manager of the Rotarian Action Group For Peace which is an action-driven group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members and Rotaractors working together for the purpose of advancing peace through the education and activities of war prevention, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and peacemaking.

The action group strategy is to form a results-focused network that provides action group members with powerful ideas, in-depth knowledge and direct means for action that align with the Rotary Mission and Strategic Plan.

As a resource to Rotary clubs and districts, the Rotarian Action Group For Peace will engage in projects by supporting the peace work of the more than 34,000 clubs worldwide and bringing action group members together to be a major factor wherever policies affecting peace are being discussed and made.

Rotary International recognized the Rotarian Action Group for Peace in November 2012. This action group supports Rotary Club and Rotary District peace projects and education about conflict resolution and peace.

If you are a Rotarian or Rotaractor interested in learning more about the Rotarian Action Group For Peace, please join the Facebook group to participate in discussion the future direction of this exciting new action group:

www.facebook.com/groups/RotarianActionGroupForPeace/

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