A friend of mine who is a painter, Gabriel Landry from Montreal was struck by the fact that the world reached the 7 billion mark of human beings living on the five continents. That inspired him a painting that he called “5 à 7” standing for 5 continents on which 7 billion people were living.
In French “5 à 7” also means the cocktail hour. From that the idea of having a cocktail hour with people talking about peace and the quality of life of the human beings, I had the idea to extent the concept to the Rotary world and invite the Rotarians to have a cocktail hour to talk about peace. With the Rotary network it comes to us that we could have that cocktail hour in all the region of the world which means that for continuously 24 hours we would have people talking about peace. That could be a wonderful Rotary Peace day!
Rotary International President’s Message
I am pleased to learn of the initiative being undertaken to engage Rotarians around the world in a Rotary Peace Conference Marathon on 21 September. This is a creative way to encourage Rotarians in every time zone to dedicate two hours to reflection and exploration on the topic of peace.
Peace is major emphasis for 2012-12. The theme I have chosen for this year is Peace through Service. We hear the word, “peace” every day. But most of us spend very little time thinking about what peace is, and what that word means.
President’s Message Foundation Trustee Chair
We Rotarians embrace the two pillars of support for The Rotary Foundation – the Annual Programs Fund (through the Every Rotarian, Every Year effort) and the Permanent Fund. As we work towards the eradication of polio, support the Rotary World Peace Fellows, and as we adopt and implement the Future Vision Plan of The Rotary Foundation, we are contributing to making this a better world, where all will be in a position to enjoy a better life.