Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Rotary Peace Centers Committee Meeting

The annual Rotary Peace Centers Committee meeting is finished.  New Rotary Peace Fellows have been selected.  But what exactly is the committee?  And what do they actually do?

The Rotary Peace Centers Committee is made of up Rotarians from around the world and the Directors and Assistant or Deputy Directors of every Rotary Peace Center.  They meet once a year at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, IL, USA, usually in October.  The Rotary Peace Centers Committee is charged with overseeing the Rotary Peace Centers program in general and with selecting the recipients of the Rotary Peace Fellowships each year.

That’s all well and good, but what actually happens at the meeting?

Each meeting begins with a bit of reflection on program happenings, events, and alumni and individual Center achievements from the previous year.  The committee then turns towards the coming year and farther in the future.  Topics of consideration vary from various policies governing the fellowships to financial matters to program evaluation to public relations strategies to a greater vision for the future of the program.  Meetings are facilitated by the Chair of the committee and utilize simultaneous interpretation between various languages as needed.

One day of the meeting is set aside for the selection process.  This year, the process was exceptionally smooth.  Candidates’ strengths were considered, concerns were discussed, and negotiations were fruitful.  As always, it is not easy and hard choices were made between very qualified candidates.

At the end of the meeting, the committee submits program related recommendations to The Rotary Foundation Trustees for their consideration, including the list of the new Rotary Peace Fellows.  The Trustees have just approved this list so applicants will hear the results of the committee’s deliberations very soon.  Stay tuned!

Picture: © Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

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