Pemberton Declares Itself for Peace
respect for the life and dignity of every person, without discrimination or prejudice
rejection of violence in all of its forms and towards all people
resolution of conflict among people within local and global communities
reconciliation of differences and the pursuit of harmony
freedom of expression and cultural diversity
It shouldn’t be, but that is a pretty radical thing to declare yourself for when there’s no real urgency, when it’s just as easy to do nothing.
No, I was never that groovy!
The Community Peace Celebration is a fun family oriented event with crafts, face painting, live entertainment, free bbq & refreshments & cake. There will be an official signing of the Rotary Peace Community Declaration by the Mayor and myself at 11:30am. We will have information on our Peace activities planned for the year.
By calling out “Peace” for an entire year, through various activities – street banners, school projects, a Peace Forum – what do you hope to accomplish?
The goal of this project is to raise awareness of peace in our communities. Through awareness, goodwill and rejection of discord, we hope to stimulate a shift in attitudes within both our local and global communities.
Isn’t peace a bit abstract, as a goal? Wouldn’t it be easier for people to sign on to something more concrete like Mo Douglas’ Hello Pledge, or a 12 step program, or commit to a weekly yoga class, in order to accomplish that same thing?
Mo will be at the Community Peace Celebration with her Hello Pledge forms because we think that people reaching out to one another by saying hi is an excellent peace building activity! The mindfulness of yoga can bring peace, but it’s not for everyone.
The First Rotary Peace Community was established by the Rotary Club in Wagga Wagga Australia in 1992. There are now about 60 world wide. The concept of a Peace Community is very much a partnership between Rotary and the local government as well as community members and organizations.
Peace begins at home and in each community. It transcends the simplistic view of an absence of war and encompasses all those measures that improve human relations with positive and harmonious outcomes. The rejection of violence, the respect for life and human dignity, the resolution of personal and urban violence and the reconciliation of differences can realize those freedoms under which peace and harmony can flourish.
Since its charter in 2005. I really liked the idea of getting more involved in my community.
Our club meets each Wednesday at 7:15am at the Community Centre in Pemberton. We have 18 members that I think all share the same feeling about being an active part of their community. We are always welcoming new members so drop into a meeting to check us out.
We do work locally and internationally, and we raise money for these projects via our fundraisers: the Annual Rotary/Chamber Golf Tournament, Augustfest Beer Gardens on Slowfood Cycle Sunday, Spring Flower-Basket Sale, and new this year is our Golf-Ball Drop Raffle
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace is one of the cornerstones of the Rotary movement. With Rotary’s active presence in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, our organization has established itself as a world leader in fostering world understanding and peace. In Rotary, we believe that peace belongs in the hearts and minds of each individual. Through awareness, goodwill and rejection of discord, we can stimulate a shift in attitudes within both our local and global communities.
There are so many amazing members in our club that help in so many ways. The Peace Sub-Committee is made up of Past-President Liz Scroggins, the energizer bunny Marnie Simon and one of our newest members Dr Ann Crowley who all having been working so very hard of this project.
Oh, its amazing what you can do! The smallest shift can have a huge impact, and it doesn’t have to be global!
For people to look at our world with compassion and empathy.
Our town is filled with so many amazing people and volunteers that go out of their way to help others – they are my role models and constantly inspire me.
Well, for my crazy family it means when we have the time, just having a family meal together and talking about our day. Connecting and communicating when possible helps us to understand each other better.