Given recent tragedies, political rhetoric, and hate-mongering in our country, it has become apparent to many Rotarians that it is time to elevate the conversation in our communities about peace. And as community leaders, I think this task falls to us the Rotarian leaders in our communities.
Some accomplishments resulting from the peace initiative:
•   In 2017, with the help of fellow club members and a few friends, we were able to install a peace space on the campus of Centennial High School in Peoria. This space helps students and faculty to connect with one another as they seek more peaceful outcomes. Photos can be found at
•   In 2018, PDG Nancy Van Pelt, our District's Peace Chair, launched the Peacebuilder Network for our clubs. Tons of resources are found HERE.
•   This month, with the help of nine Rotary Clubs and a TRF District Grant, we are adding a peace space at the Phoenix Police Department's Communication Center. This space will help employees as they deal with the trauma of handling stressful 911 calls. Beginning in September, photos and articles will be available at, and perhaps even in a future issue of the Rotarian magazine.
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Early Registration Ends September 2nd
2019 Pursuing Peace Conference:  "Justice - Prerequisite to Peace"
Friday, September 20, 2019          Rio Vista, Peoria, Arizona
Register for the Conference HERE
Early Registration (through September 2nd): $ 50
General Registration (after September 2nd): $ 65
                                                                                        First Responders & Full-time Students: $ 40