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Two key videos released on the Vancouver ‘Environmental Sustainability and Peace’ Conference

In early February, I wrote, under the title Peace Building Reveals the ‘New’ Rotary about the Presidents’ first Peace Building Conference “Environmental Sustainability and Peace”. In it, I lauded the opening “protocol” by Councilor Morgan Guerin of the Musqueam First… Continue Reading →

Social Media, Modern Outrage, Rotary’s Rules of Engagement and Our Peace Initiative

Rotary at all levels encourages its members to take advantage of social media platforms to spread the good news about Rotary. We have embarked on this journey with no real understanding of the implications of doing so. It has been… Continue Reading →

To build peace, we have to understand the world in which we live

“Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.” Below this opening sentence under the heading “Promoting peace,” we learn that… Continue Reading →

Wethe4-Interactive: the question I didn’t ask!

“America’s Failure to Protect Its Children from School Shootings Is a National Disgrace” John Cassidy The New Yorker On gun violence, we are a failed state E. J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman…. Continue Reading →

Peacebuilding Reveals the ‘New’ Rotary

by John Borst PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON President Ian Riseley’s first Peacebuilding Conference of 2018, is in the books and judging by the attendance and enthusiasm at the Vancouver event Rotarians are strongly in support of “Environmental Sustainability and… Continue Reading →

‘Inspiration’, RAM trucks, Service, MLK, & Advertising

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON ‘Inspiration’, RAM trucks, Service, MLK, & Advertising: who could have guessed that those words in combination could be so toxic. I live in an area of Canada, north of the State… Continue Reading →

Complaints in an Age of Social Media – a Rotary Policy Hole

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON Having a complaint lodged against you as a member of Rotary is a little like being Dorothy and falling down the hole into the Land of the Wizard of Oz. At… Continue Reading →

FaceBook: What we Westerners can learn from Rotarians in the East, but is it legal?

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON Perhaps as a result of recent posts, I have been getting “friends” requests on FaceBook from Rotarians from East Asian countries. I think we have a little to learn from them…. Continue Reading →

Can ‘Super Seniors’ be Rotary’s Salvation?

Editor’s Note: The following poem, in its original form, was composed by the theologian John Chuchman. It was originally about his Christian Church as an institution. As I read it, it reminded me of Rotary and our struggles to grow… Continue Reading →

One more time: Trying to Find a Non-Political Way for Rotary to Deal with America’s Most Avoidable Health Problem – Gun Violence

By John Borst PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON In 2017 when Rotary created a policy placing restrictions on the use of its Marks of Excellence for events and promotions involving guns many American Rotarians were outraged, claiming that it… Continue Reading →

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