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District Governor Shawkat Tadros conducted a visit during the last week of January to the Rotary Clubs in Palestine. His visit started by having a meeting with the Rotary Club of Bethlehem, followed by the Rotary Club of East Jerusalem. The governor met on the second day with the Rotary Club of Al-Bireh and the Rotary Club of Ramallah. The governor was impressed by the work the clubs are doing in Palestine to serve the community

Fellow Rotarians

It is my pleasure to greet you all in this edition of the newsletter and extend to you the warmest wishes of Peace and Prosperity.

Rotary, since its early years, has made a special emphasis on promoting peace and conflict resolution, and the first reference was in 1914 Houston convention, where the International Association of Rotary Clubs “lends its influence to the maintenance of peace among nations of the world”. This outlook was evolved in the Edinburgh convention (1921) where a resolution was adopted asking the board of directors to have an object of Rotary that reads “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”

To commemorate Paul Harris’ memory, 50 years after his demise, Rotary International started the Peace Centers program and launched its first peace center in 2002. As of today, Rotary has 7 peace centers distributed around the world in 8 universities, with the latest addition being the first Rotary Peace Center in Africa at the University of Merkerere in Uganda. Five of the centers offer a master’s degree in a specialization in Peace & Conflict Resolution, and the other two are offering a professional certificate.

The master’s degree is a 15-24 months program that includes academic training, applied field experience, networking, workshop series and a final seminar. Fifty fellows are accepted each year in the Peace Centers at

  • University of Duke & University of North Carolina, US
  • University of Bradford, UK
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • International Christian University, Japan
  • University of Queensland, Australia

The professional certificate program has been changed to become a one-year program, that mixes onsite and offsite work. The program starts with a 2-week preliminary online courses, followed by 10 weeks on-site courses with field studies. The candidate afterwards conduct a 9-month independent project in home countries with interactive online sessions. The program ends with a 1 week capstone seminar at the peace center. Each year, 80 fellows are accepted into two peace centers at

  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Markerere University, Uganda

As of this month, the application for the fellowships has been launched and I would like to encourage you all to recruit and support candidates for the fellowship, within our district and in areas where no Rotary is present. And we will be more than happy within the committee to provide any assistance needed.

Yours in Service

PP Jeries I. Shahin
Rotary Peace Fellowships Subcommittee Chair

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Congratulations, we are about to celebrate 115 years of existence. On 23rd of February 2020, we will celebrates our 115th anniversary. Let’s see which club in our district will contribute more to the Annual Fund, ENDPOLIO or to the Endowment fund Number E11563 in memory of PDG Usama Barghouthi and PDG Mustafa Nasereddin.

As you are aware, February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month.

One of the priority areas for Rotary International represents its greatest commitment to contribute to promote lasting peace in the world. Our district faces a lot of challenges in that regard. There are still several unresolved, so called “frozen conflicts” which require our attention and calls on our priceless support. Rotary makes an immense difference to invest a lot in supporting Peace Fellows from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to encounter Peace and Conflict study area and to develop their skills within Six Rotary Peace Centers at seven prestigious universities throughout the world offer Rotary Peace Fellows a rigorous program of study and applied field experience in areas relating to peace and conflict resolution. By the way, one center has been recently launched at Makarere University in Uganda. Specific peace building programs have been developed in each center. Peace Fellows have the amazing opportunity to get Master’s degree or the professional development program available only at Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This latter program is shorter and the purpose is to help already experiences professionals to become inspiring peace-builders and to make a difference with their contribution in transforming overwhelming conflicts.

Peace Fellows which have been sponsored by our district are empowering their societies for the better future with more peaceful societies embracing mutual understanding and respect.

Thanks to Rotary, we have Peace Ambassadors in all regions. This outstanding opportunity makes many fellows from different nationalities to start to understand each other foremost and then to inspire others within their respective communities. Therefore, my dear fellow Rotarians, on behalf of our district, let me congratulate all of you for your valuable and meaningful contribution to these peace building efforts we all are making so let us advocate and make awareness of this priority area and support more professionals for this very important field.

 

Have a lovey month.

Happy 115th birthday, fellow Rotarians and members of the family of Rotary!

Much has changed in the world since 1905. Then, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion. Today, it is 7.7 billion. There were 5 telephones per 100 people in the United States 115 years ago. In 2020, it is estimated that 96 percent of the U.S. population has a cellphone — and both China and India have more than a billion cellphones in use.

In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except Rotary values. We began, and remain, committed to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. While our Service Above Self motto dates to 1911, the ethos behind those words had already been ingrained by Rotary's founders.

As the pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate, the need for Rotary service is greater than ever. It's one thing to read about service projects, quite another to see them in action and to see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them. Rotary projects change lives and connect the world. And over the past year, I have seen some amazing Rotary projects in action.

Gay and I visited Japan's Fukushima prefecture last year. Few places in the world have had to deal with the kind of devastation that visited Fukushima in March 2011, when a tsunami touched off by an earthquake led to disaster at a nuclear power plant. But the story of Fukushima today is not one of destruction; it is one of hope and renewal. Rotary grants have helped improve access to medical and mental health care for victims of the disaster and reduced the isolation of these communities by sharing the experiences of people from other parts of the world who have also recovered from disasters. Our grants have also helped to foster self-motivation and encourage sustainable long-term community recovery across the region.

In Shanghai, I learned about the Careers in Care program. This helps migrant workers fill the need for skilled professionals in elder care facilities. After taking a course, trainees receive certification to boost their employment prospects, while the care industry benefits from an expanded talent pool. Rotary projects like this are successful because they address a local need, and they have the potential to attract local government funding to sustain their impact.

And in Guatemala, Gay and I went to Sumpango. Global grants there provide mechanical cows to produce soy milk; an improved water distribution system; water filters; clean compost latrines; family gardens; support for income generation; and training in WASH and literacy programs. The food items sold there not only provide nutrition to women and children, but also create a source of income for local women.

In every area of focus, and in every part of the world, Rotary projects are improving lives and helping communities adapt in a time of rapid change. As we celebrate another great year for Rotary, let us rededicate ourselves to strengthening the connections that make our service so impactful. We will make lives better as Rotary Connects the World.

During the first half of December, DG Shawkat conducted a short visit to UAE where he chaired a Rotary Awareness Session aimed to educate members and guests about Rotary and increase their awareness. During his visit, he handed over the chartering certificate to the new Rotary Club of Palm Dubai, led by President Sultan Osman.

DG Shawkat Tadros conducted his second visit to the Lebanese clubs from the 11th until the 14th of December. 

The visit started by meeting the Rotary Club of Metn Gate, followed by a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan. 

The second day featured meeting with 3 clubs, Metn, Kesrouan and Byblos, followed by a dinner in Byblos.

The governor head on the 3rd day towards the southern part of Lebanon, where he started his day by meeting with the Rotary Club of Chouf and lunching with them, followed by heading northbound towards the northern part of Lebanon where he met with three Rotary clubs in sequence, the Rotary Clubs of Batroun, Koura and Zgharta Zawie, where he was hosted for dinner. 

On the 4th day, the governor inaugurated a project for the Rotary Club of Zgharta Zawieh, an installation of two water filtration systems in two schools. The governor headed afterwards to Tripoli where he started his visit by meeting with the Rotary Club of Tripoli Cosmopolis, followed by a meeting with the Rotary Club of Tripoli Maarad and a joint lunch with the two clubs. The governor continued his tour by visiting the Rotary Clubs of Tripoli Elmina and Tripoli.

Rotary Clubs in Lebanon organized a huge campaign and joint efforts to gather and distribute 4,259 food boxes and 1,598 necessity bundles to people in need around Lebanon. The efforts were joint work by all the clubs.

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

January is the Vocational Month. Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.

Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service in your club activities:

  1. Host a club meeting at your work place and share about your profession; take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  2. Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  4. Work with local businesses to create mentor-ship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

The other role of Vocational Service is Vocational Training Teams. Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. This service comes in Global Grants mostly.

January is the month which we look forward to because it will give us hope to do more to change the world and to connect it.

Let’s change the situation in Lebanon. Let’s put hand in hand to give support to the country that is in need in our district. Your contribution will be going to your brothers and sisters in Lebanon. Make it Happen!

Let’s make some more noise!! Since my email about the noise, I received few information about action is being done BUT very limited! We still have few members in the Distract Team, Country Teams and Clubs Chairs are inactive. Let’s get up and do some Rotary.

I can see few clubs in the district that has not given any added value to Rotary or to their community even not abiding with Rotary bylaws. This will immediately reflect on their record in Rotary International and will be soon be in scrutiny.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary's reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Let’s plan a fund raising event all over the district within each club or each country to celebrate the 115th anniversary of ROTARY together even if we are miles apart. Let’s use this funds to upgrade our Annual Giving so it will come back to you in project money to serve your community.

Have lovely and Prosperous 2020

 

In 2019 Rotary Clubs Rustavi international and Tbilisi Ambassador joined Global Teachers prize supporters team in Georgia. Clubs gave prize to member of top 10-teachers Melori Tskvitaia. During award ceremony it was TV and Facebook broadcasting and lot of interested people aware that Georgian Rotary clubs supported Teachers award.

The Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan (District 2452), in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lebanon, Indiana (District 6560), and the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Florida (District 6950), as well as contributions from private donors, secured a global grant from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to help provide a complete dental clinic and state of the art ophthalmology equipment to the Elpis HOME Clinic in Fanar, Lebanon.

Health Outreach to The Middle East (HOME) was established in 1990 in the USA by Arab-American medical professionals with the aim to reach the underserved and displaced population of the Middle East. HOME has developed fixed and mobile clinics in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. HOME staff and volunteers are committed local healthcare workers trained in reaching out to people with the message of Love and Hope through medical and humanitarian services.

The handover ceremony of the new dental and ophthalmology clinics took place on November 24 at the Elpis HOME Clinic. It was attended by the President of HOME Lebanon, Dr. Kamal Badre, the President of the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan, Mr. Adib Mounla, the Korean Ambassador, his
excellency Young Dae Kwon, as well as a number of Rotarians, HOME staff, & guests. 

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