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Rotary Headlines International Agenda with Peace

Ella Olivares Powell, international peace essay contest award winner from San Miguel de Allende

By Robin Loving

Rotary united the world to help eradicate polio. The world is now polio-free in all but three countries. Now, Rotary is headlining its world-improving work with peace. “Peace comes with providing clean water, better stoves, youth education,” said Tom Schneider, local Rotary peace liaison. Tom has attended two Rotary International Peace conferences in the past year and will present on peace at Rotary with 8-year-old Ella Olivares Powell, one of the winners of an international peace essay contest. The presentation will be free and in English.

Rotary Presentation
Rotary Headlines International Agenda with Peace
Tue, Mar 15, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión
Salida a Querétaro 1
152 3709

Schneider will share what he and many Nobel Peace Laureates learned at Rotary’s international peace conferences, including results of the Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 countries on their peacefulness using 23 different indicators. This has helped shift the world’s conversation about peace to a positive, achievable, and tangible measurement of human wellbeing and progress. “Peace is much more than the absence of violence. We look forward to understanding that economics and peace go together like two wings on one bird,” said Schneider.

The positive peace factors of the Global Peace Index will be included in Schneider’s presentation. “In spite of what you might have heard, using real data, Mexico has become more peaceful over the last three years due to a dramatic decrease in the number of homicides,” said Schneider.

In San Miguel our Rotary has projects that address water harvesting, in which families learn to cooperate and trust other families in their neighborhood as they all build cisterns for each other and their schools. Rotary supports a vocational and basic education school for the deaf called Escuela de Educación Especial. Rotary has also supported a factory that builds low-cost, high-efficiency stoves to prevent children from dying from wounds and smoke inhalation. “The peace and trust built among neighbors and friends that all these projects create yields peace,” said Schneider.

Rotary unites neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens for the common good. Rotary is committed to taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In our community and around the world, Rotary members focus on promoting peace, preventing disease, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.

Rotary has invested more than US$1 million dollars in the local economy over the past 10 years. At least 90 percent of Rotary funding goes for programs. For more information, contact President David McGinnis at, Rotary at, and Schneider at and/or 415 109 7688.


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