This month in the Rotary world is Peace and Conflict Resolution month and it has been said that Rotary’s ultimate goal is world peace. I draw your attention this month to District Foundation Chair Margie’s article on Peace Fellowships. We have not taken much advantage of these in our district, which is a pity, considering that Georgia and Atlanta have a world-renown reputation for producing peace leaders. Take a look at Margie’s article. Is there someone in your community who should be made aware of this opportunity to strengthen their skills as a peace leader?
I also have to draw your attention to our upcoming District Conference, Rotacon 2018! This year we are focusing on the clubs and fellowship. We are limiting the general sessions to just 90 minutes each, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy each other's company and the resort. Our Conference Chair, Ryan Clements, and his team have lined up a great series of programs for us, so get together with your club friends and register! The highlight of the conference will be the Service Oscars on Saturday night. Each club needs to nominate its two best projects no later than March 15. The AGs will winnow that list down to 24 nominees, which will be voted on by the Rotarians from April 1 to April 15. On Saturday night the nominees will be honored and the winners in each category announced. So be thinking about which of your projects you want to crow about, add those projects to the district website and tell your story.
To stir up interest in the conference, we are asking everyone to make a short video about a great memory they have from a prior district conference and post it on their club's Facebook page. Show your friends that Rotary is not just about service, Rotary is about fun! Mention the district in your post (@District6900) and we'll share it on the district Facebook page. The individual with the best video will win a free drink for his/her club members attending the conference.
Finally, take a look at Mike Parks article this month on Rotary Youth Exchange. This program has fantastic potential: extremely cost effective, world-wide support from Rotary, and we can send our own kids overseas to learn about the big world. As you are considering your plan for 2018/2019, take a hard look at Rotary Youth Exchange. GRSP and Rotary Youth Exchange are the ultimate peace programs because they establish ties across cultures in future leaders at a young age.