Posted by Iosif Ciosa, District 7070 Governor , 2022-23

In his February 2023 Newsletter, District Governor Iosif Ciosa talks about February and the importance of it being Peace Building and Conflict Prevention Month and asks us to carry out projects in the important area of focus . He talks about Rotary's 118th Birthday (also called World Understanding and Peace Day) and urges us to register for District 7070's WORLD UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE DAY SYMPOSIUM on Feb 23. He asks us to  to celebrate Rotary’s 118th Birthday! Make sure to share pictures on social media and with Dave Andrews and asks us . Perhaps, use the 23rd of February to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, it is our Charity ......... 

Greetings 7070 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Earlyactors!  February is here!

February, is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, one of our seven areas of focus.

Since 1945 Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers its relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies. This network consists of Rotary International representatives to the United Nations and other organizations.

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

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.

February 23 is Rotary’s 118th Birthday. That day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 23, 1905, little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. We have come a long way, since then, but we still have a long way to go to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world.


This year on the 23rd of February, Nevine Yassa our Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Chair with her committee have put together special online evening the WORLD UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE DAY SYMPOSIUM. For more details and registration please follow the link below:

On the 23rd of February, I encourage you to celebrate Rotary’s 118th Birthday! Make sure to share pictures on social media and with Dave.

Take a moment to reflect on the difference Rotary has made in your life, and what difference it has made in the world over the past 118 years. Perhaps, use the 23rd of February to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, it is our Charity, and continue to support the tremendous work we will continue to do over the next 118 years.


Wish you a wonderful February!

Yours in Rotary,


Iosif Ciosa   District 7070 Governor, 2022-23