RAGFP World Peace Day 2018 Calendar of Rotarian Events

Rotarian Action Group For Peace Co-Founder Al Jubitz and RAGFP member Barry Phillips celebrate #PeaceDay 2018 with distinguished Rotarians and peacebuilders at Rotary International Feast for Peace in Evanston, Illinois.


Visit the link to Portland Children’s Museum’s celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21. Musician Aaron Nigel Smith gave a concert of peace songs in our Theater, and then led a parade to the outdoor location of our Rotary peace pole. Children sang another song near the Peace Pole and painted peace rocks to plant at the base of the pole in commemoration. The following Sunday, Rotary Club of Portland members gathered to rededicate the peace pole (photo attached) with a recitation of the Four-way Test and the words to the song, Let There Be Peace on Earth. See all the photos here.


On September 22, 2018 a group of high school students from Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Citrus and Hernando participated in an activity to promote peace in the world.  In a world where news centers on the negative actions of teenagers, it is a breath of fresh air to know that not all teens conform to that pattern.  The high school students and exchange students spent their afternoon painting their impressions of peace on business windows across Clearwater Beach.
To celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach sponsored a Painting for Peace Day. This annual event began in 2012 in coordination with the Rotary Club of Bitola Shirok Sokak in the Republic of Macedonia. Some of the businesses that volunteered their windows were Sharmaines, Chapel by the Sea, Coldwell Banker, Nick Ekonomides Law Firm, South Beach Salon, CK’s, Crabby’s, Kings Pizza, Salty’s, Taco Bus, Speggtacular and Barefoot Beach House.
Social media networking contributed to the alliance between the two clubs who had previously never had contact with each other. Natasia Nestorovska and Alexandra Everist met on LinkedIn after Alexandra posted a message about the Painting for Peace project in Clearwater Beach. The two Rotarians worked on either side of the ocean to bring the project to life. Facebook and LinkedIn were used to publicize the event.
In 1982, the United Nations declared September 21 as a day to strengthen “the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”  Peace making events are held around the world on this day. The theme for 2018 is “The Right to Peace.” 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is where this year’s theme comes from. Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together. Rotary even has its own office in the United Nations building in New York.
Many of the students involved in the Painting for Peace project were actually Rotary exchange students. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program was founded to encourage peace among peoples. It is difficult to dislike members of another culture when you live with that culture. For over 75 years, students and host families have been involved in the Youth Exchange Program. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs. In District 6950, Jamie Mick coordinates the program. For more information, contact Jamie at 727-642-8041.



Clearwater Beach Rotary meets at various locations on Clearwater Beach. Rotary is an international organization whose main objective is service to the community, the workplace, and the world. For more information on how you can get involved, please call Garrett Fischer at 813-362-7144 or check it out on the web at http://clearwaterbeachrotary.org./

The Rotary Club of Seattle officially registered as a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club in celebration of International Day of Peace 2018. We honor their many years of Rotarian service and peacebuilding in District 5030, and in the communities of the Pacific Northwest. They will also dedicate a Peace Pole in conjunction with Seattle Public Schools as an International Day of Peace 2018 Celebration. Learn More

The Rotary Club of North Sacramento officially registered as a RAGFP Peacebuilder Club in celebration of International Day of Peace 2018. We honor their many years of Rotarian service and peacebuilding in Rotary District 5180, and in the communities of Northern California.

They are also celebrating World Peace Day 2018 by promoting ” random acts of kindness.” Learn more here. Submit your International Day of Peace 2018 random acts of kindness on their Facebook page.

These words will inspire an estimated 10,000 people per day who pass this billboard in the city center of Cardiff, Wales.

Rotary San Miguel de Allende Mediodia planted the first international Rotary Peace Pole mapped on our RAGFP Peace Pole Map in August 2017. The Peace Pole was dedicated in a UNESCO World Heritage site and celebrated as a landmark event by the entire community. Read the Story.

Rotary Clubs joined with Rotaracts in Mexico to celebrate 2018 International Day of Peace by creating highly visible peace murals.

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RAGFP Member Tom Schneider with Rotaracts in Mexico. Al grito de paz!