Rotary International Peace Day 2017
Rotary’s collaboration with the City of Seattle to observe the United Nations’ 35th Annual International Day of Peace on September 21st took place successfully at Seattle City Hall.
Highlights of this event were messages by the Interim Mayor, City Council members, representatives of the Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, and Coast Salish communities, Dick’s Drive-In, the Chief of Police, and Rotary District Governor Alex Hopkins. One minute of worldwide silence was observed at 12 noon. The Seattle Firemen’s Band, in full Scottish regalia, played a very moving version of Amazing Grace.
Rotary International has developed a stronger focus on peace and conflict resolution, one of its six focus areas. “Peacebuilder Clubs” is a new designation being offered to Rotary Clubs, which has been accepted by Bellevue Rotary. We will be organizing activities surrounding the message of peace.