February: World Understanding Month

Dian Edwards
District Governor 2012-2013

The Rotary Theme for the Month of February is “World Understanding.” Here is an excerpt from The ABC’s of Rotary that is a resource available to us via our District 5630 web site at (http://www.rotary5630.org//wp-content/uploads/2012/09/The-ABCs-of-Rotary.pdf) . This booklet originated as articles written by RI President Cliff Dochterman (1992-1993) for the weekly bulletin of his Rotary Club.  This is a wonderful resource for new and “seasoned” Rotarians!

“The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day… World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service-Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.”

Many of our clubs and their representatives are already participating in activities that promote world understanding through humanitarian service in support of a variety of international projects. During the month of February, our district will participate in a National Immunization Day through travel to India for the administration of the polio vaccine. We look forward to hearing a report from these ambassadors at our district conference in April.

Please consider what your club can do to promote more World Understanding in our Rotary World.

  • Would your club support the hosting of a Group Study Exchange in April and May?
  • Does your club participate in the Youth Exchange Program?
  • Do you seek out and support international projects through our district’s matching grant program?

Have you accessed the bank of inspiration video programs available to you through links on our district web site? Doing Good in the World would be a great program for one of your February meetings!

This is the month to expand your club’s “World Understanding” as a way to embrace the broad mission of Rotary with “Peace Through Service.”

In Service of Rotary,

Dian Edwards, District Governor

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