President's Message - February 2022
February 2022
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
February is a Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month.
Today over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of these are children.
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life, Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflict.
Rotary creates environments of peace
As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.
Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 
Rotary’s four roles in promoting peace, Rotary and its members are:
Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
Our Rotary peace centers have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education and international organisations.
Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.
Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participant’s during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive and resilient.
All of these areas will need greater effort in the coming months and year as potential global hot spots are growing around the globe.
Phil Lawrence
President 2021/22