Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905. It was envisioned as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and decisiveness. Peele is one of 2,000 DS agents who protect U.S. diplomats and embassies around the world. The Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. State Department, is the most extensive global security agency in the government, operating in more than 160 countries. "This is my dream job," says Peele, who was in the 2011-12 class of Rotary Peace Fellows at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "I'm in a unique position where I must face conflict head-on." This proved true when Peele served as the assistant regional security officer in Mali. It was a period when the country was torn by political strife and violence as several Islamic insurgent groups fought the government for greater autonomy in the northern part of the country. The crisis led factions of the military who were displeased with the government's response to overthrow President Amadou Toumani Touré in 2012. Because of the conflict, the State Department sent extra security to protect the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali's capital.....
The first woman Governor of the Rotary in Sri Lanka and Maldives Gowri Rajan who was conferred the ‘Inspiring Leadership’ award at the Professional Women in Management Awards – 2014 acknowledged that the appointment of K.R. Ravindran as the International President of Rotary International would add value to building brand Sri Lanka and help build the country image globally.
Governor Gowri Rajan went on to mention that given that the International President was based at the Rotary Headquarters in Chicago and would be addressing over 100 clubs across the world which will reach over a million Rotarians around the world, brand Sri Lanka would become a top of the mind brand across the Rotary world with the national anthem being featured at every meeting he addresses whilst the national flag being flown at the Rotary Headquarters in Chicago.
“Now the task ahead is for Sri Lanka to continuously be featured in global media for positive developments which is the role of the private sector, the 20 million people of Sri Lanka and the policymakers,” said Governor Rajan.
“With the positive stories that emanate Sri Lanka will move to the choice set among the top end segment of travellers who are Rotarians, whereby they have the propensity to be the next visitors to our island destination. I hope one day Sri Lanka can host the Global Conference of Rotary in Sri Lanka which attracts the cream of the world professions to one forum.”
“With the Rotary theme for this year being ‘Light Up Rotary,’ we will be launching key projects nationally that will help enhance the quality of life in support of the Government initiative of further improving the score on the Human Development Index in which Sri Lanka is already the best in Asia.”
Rajan added: “We at Rotary want to make a difference to every Sri Lankan across the country with a private-public-people partnership approach. It is estimated that the Rotary contribution to Sri Lanka exceeds 200 million dollars and what is noteworthy is that management time by its members for implementing projects are done free given the ethos ‘service before self’.”
Source: Daily FT, Sri Lanka
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