Author Archives: Kero O'Shea

5 Reasons to apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship | Rotary Voices

By Barbara Servulo Herthel, a Rotary Peace Fellow from Brazil As I reached the end of my Professional Certificate Fellowship Program at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, I found …

Source: 5 Reasons to apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship | Rotary Voices

Promoting Peace: 10 ways to understand others better

As Rotarians, we have a fundamental interest in bringing peace to our world.

Rotary’s six Areas of Focus position us as a peacemaker with credentials established over more than a century. The first Area of Focus – Promoting Peace – seeks to address the structural causes of conflict around the world. That process often sees peacemakers address very basic issues on the path to peace.

Shared understanding can contribute to conflict resolution and the maintenance of peace by helping those involved find the common ground required for a sustainable solution.  In this engaging talk, writer and radio host Celeste Headlee invites us to better understand people with whom we converse, and offers a number of suggestions to help the process.

Why LinkedIN Matters to Rotary

The Rotary changeover season is in full swing, as clubs install new leaders and the many significant achievements of Rotarians are recognised and briefly celebrated.  With traditional modesty, the achievements of individuals are understated in favour of a more collective (and anonymous) sense that the Rotary club has done well.  Again.

And another precious opportunity goes to waste as we fail to share the achievements of those Rotary champions with our communities.

The deeds of those individuals and teams whose work is recognised at changeover comprise the core of the Rotary Experience. The projects that change people’s lives through literacy development, disease eradication, provision of clean water, youth development and much more are the essence of Rotary. Their stories describe what makes Rotary great.

Celebrate those stories and we promote our Rotary clubs at the same time. The two are inextricably linked.

Social media (LinkedIN in particular) is a good place to tell those stories. Just by providing a single paragraph commendation for a successful Rotarian, we do two important things:
– Recognize an achievement and a job well done; and
– Demonstrate that Rotary clubs provide significant opportunities for personal growth while achieving for our community.

Go to LinkedIN, Facebook or your favourite social media channel and tell those stories now.  The world is waiting.

Kero O’Shea
Membership Director, Rotary District 9465
Charter President, Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

No One Can Be Authentically Human, While He Prevents Others From Being So

On 18 June 2015, nine people in a church in South Carolina were massacred. A suspect was arrested shortly after the murders and held on hate crime charges. The incident has again raised concerns re public safety, race relations, gun control and more.  

Given that we in Rotary have a strong focus on bringing peace to the world, it is timely to look at a recent TED talk by a black American relative to his own experience and the advice offerd by his father.

Welcome Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America.

How to Kill a Dream

Bel Pesce is a successful Brasilian entrepeneur, who made her fortune in Silicon Valley before returning home.

In this short but evocative TED talk, Bel challenges us all to look again at the reasons why our dreams sometimes fail to come to fruition. Bel goes on to explain five common causes that are very easy to understand, but perhaps a little more challenging to address.

All of Bel’s suggestions are relevant to clubs and other organisations, too. How often, for instance, do we focus on our club goals or some other organisational construct, rather than ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the journey? If people are enjoying an experience, they’re much more likely to commit and continue.

Enjoy Bel’s talk……

Kero O’Shea
President – EWA Rotary