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

E-WA President-Elect Alison Creates History in Bruce Rock

E-WA Rotary is delighted to announce the election of Alison Lockwood as President of the Provisional Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (E-WA Rotary) for the 2016-17 year.  Alison’s election is a first, as Bruce Rock has never before had a resident Rotary club president.

As a past Rotaract club president and an experienced Rotarian, Alison brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new role.

Alison (left) at a recent club get-together
Alison (left) at a recent club get-together

Alison, a health professional at Bruce Rock Memorial Hospital and partner Tim (our first Partner Associate) have set up home in Bruce Rock and are keen for their adopted community to experience the benefits of a Rotary presence.

In her current role as our E-WA Rotary Community Director, Alison played a key role in organising our first E-WA Rotary initiative in Bruce Rock in February 2015, when we conducted the successful Swim for Bruce Rock Kids, which raised funds for a literacy development program in the local community.

Alison is looking forward to her term as E-WA Rotary President.

Kero O’Shea
Provisional Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (E-WA Rotary)



Stay with Us – Enjoy the New Rotary Experience

Are you feeling a bit jaded about your Rotary involvement? Thinking of leaving? That’s not unusual at this time of year as busy people are faced with decisions about how to allocate their precious discretionary free time or what to spend their recreational budget on.

The big thing that’s often overlooked is that spending a bit of your free time volunteering for a good cause is good for your mental health. Yes! A positive Rotary Experience will make you happier and healthier! 

Rotary is also offering lots of different ways to participate. These include very time-efficient and low cost club models. 

So before you decide to go, look at all the options. You may be very pleasantly surprised.



The S.T.A.R. Program: How to Retain Members in Rotary

Mill Point Rotary Membership Director Kerry Green
Mill Point Rotary Membership Director Kerry Green

Membership Director Kerry Green of the Rotary Club of Mill Point had one of her Rotary moments when she transferred to the Port Macquarie Sunrise Rotary Club in 2005.  Although Kerry was by then an experienced Rotarian, her new club invited her to take part in the Special Training for Action in Rotary (S.T.A.R)  program.

By the time Kerry returned to Mill Point Rotary some years later, she was a devotee of the innovative member induction and development program.  Her enthusiasm and passion for the program persuaded the Mill Point Board to give S.T.A.R a try. They haven’t looked back and the program is now at the core of Mill Point’s member retention and development processes.

What’s so good about the S.T.A.R program?   Listen as Kerry tells you the story of S.T.A.R and the Mill Point starlet who speaks so highly of this innovative program.

If you’d like to find out more about the S.T.A.R program, you can download copies of the Mill Point Rotary presentation and training guides here .