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Rotary - Peace Corps Week

From Monday, September 20th through Sunday, September 26th, Partnering for Peace (PFP) will host events to highlight the evolving collaboration between Rotary International and the US Peace Corps.

Celebration will include webinars on how to use the partnership agreement at the Rotary District and Rotary club levels.

The first Rotary – Peace Corps Week is an opportunity for members of both organizations to collaborate, leverage their efforts and their resources, and co-create projects that will have an even greater impact.

During the week, you will hear a webinar featuring RI General Secretary John Hewko and Peace Corps Acting Director Carol Spahn speak about the history of collaboration and the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that exists between Rotary International and the US Peace Corps. The MOU has recently been renewed for the third time, and Partnering for Peace (PFP) continues to seek ways to build the partnership for greater collaboration. 

PFP is a grassroots effort led by individuals from the Peace Corps Community and Rotary Clubs around the world.  During the Rotary-Peace Corps week, you can hear from members of each organization about the confluence of their goals and missions, and the effectiveness of working together to do the important work each does around the globe.

How will this work?  

•    Rotary Clubs in the US and in PC host countries are encouraged to hold a program during the week to learn about and celebrate the partnership. Invite a speaker from the PC Community, which includes current volunteers (PCVs), returned volunteers (RPCVs), recruiters, staff members, in-country staff where PC serves, and even family members of volunteers. 

The Peace Corps community is encouraged to make contact with Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in their area to explore mutual opportunities to serve and accomplish more.  Use your browser and search for Rotary + (your location) to find the clubs closest to you-----or------contact your Rotary District (again, using your location) and ask to speak to their membership chair. Use the tools provided to discuss a program or activity for the Rotary-Peace Corps Week.  Why? Because Peace Corps people are passionate about the same things that energize Rotary and Rotaract members.

Let’s get as many Rotarians and Peace Corps community members together as we can during this week.  It will build good will and better friendships (a Rotary test) and go a long way in boosting the Peace Corps’ mission of promoting world peace and friendship.  Let’s not forget that a core goal for all of us is promoting Peace.  Only people can do that as well.  Let’s learn from each other how to do it better.

For more information and ideas on how to create a program, please contact events@partneringforpeace.org. 

 

Register here for one or all three webinars during this celebratory week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas on How to Participate

For Rotary Clubs and Districts:

  • Connect with your local RPCV Affiliate Group or a cause-based RPCV group of interest to your club. Find them here.
  • Host a Speaker: Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or Recruiter to tell about their service at a club meeting. Request a speaker by starting here.
  • Review and consider supporting an international Peace Corps Volunteer Project  https://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/cpages/community-fund-projects.
  • Organize a service project, happy hour, or networking event with your local RPCV group
  • Involve Interact and Rotaract
  • Organize a peace conference with RPCVs, Rotarians, and local peace organizations.
  • Promote the partnership by publicizing it in newsletters, local media, and social media posts
  • Share with your RPCV community a list of International  Grant projects from your District, and the club sponsoring them so RPCVs/PCVs can engage with clubs of mutual international interest. 
  • Attend a session during the week-long event, including the kick off event with RI CEO and General Secretary, John Hewko, and Acting Director of Peace Corps, Carol Spahn.
  • Host a grant seminar with your Rotary Club for RPCVS in your District, connect them with PFP and talk about cooperation
  • Create a panel dicussion event to discuss areas of mutual interest to your club/district and RPCV groups (i.e.: community peace conference).
  • FOR International Clubs – Invite the Peace Corps country staff to a Rotary meeting.
  • Have at least one club member join Partnering for Peace (it's free) to hear ongoing ideas and activities.

For Peace Corps Staff, Volunteers, and RPCVs:

  • Have at least one club member join Partnering for Peace (it's free). 
  • Share your Story: Reach out to a local Rotary/Rotaract Club to share your story at a club meeting
  • Organize a service project, happy hour, or networking event with your local Rotary/Rotaract club or district
  • Promote the partnership by publicizing it in newsletters, local media, and social media posts
  • Attend a session during the week-long event, including the kick off event with RI CEO and General Secretary, John Hewko, and Acting Director of Peace Corps, Carol Spahn.
  • Create a panel dicussion event to discuss areas of mutual interest to your club and Rotary groups (i.e.: community peace conference).
  • Zoom with Rotary clubs in countries where PC serves to explore partnering opportunities. 
  • Invite Rotary members to attend a meeting
  • Work with your PC Recruiter to sponsor a PC educational program for Rotary clubs.

Need Help?  Email:  events@partneringforpeace.org


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