Utah Valley University (UVU) Rotaract, led by its President Kyle Warren, jointly with the Orem Rotary club, commemorated World Polio Day at UVU campus from October 21-23, 2019. Rotaractors hosted a table on UVU's campus on October 21st to raise awareness among students and faculty about Rotary International and its initiative to eradicate polio worldwide.
In addition, they raised funds for their student engaged learning or service-learning activities.
On October 23rd, 2019 with co-sponsorship of Orem Rotary club, they hosted lunch and then the World Polio Day event at UVU Student Center. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. John Hanrahan, District Rotary Governor, he informed the audience about six priorities of the Rotary International, including the polio eradication as one of the most important initiatives.
Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians, said Governor Hanrahan, polio was eradicated worldwide and there are now only two countries where limited cases of polio still exists: Afghanistan and Pakistan. During the event, Dr. Baldomero Lago, CIO for Global Engagement at UVU, expressed appreciation to Rotarians and Rotaractors for contribution to the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City last August and invited them to participate in new activities under UN to continue established partnership. In addition, Dr. Steve Anderson, the UVU Director of community and government relations and Dean Robinson, the President-Elect of Orem Rotary, informed the student audience about new opportunities for professional growth and development through joint cooperation between UVU and Rotary International and Rotaract.
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Salt Lake City, Utah hosted The United Civil Society Conference, the premier event in the civil society calendar at the United Nations. There were over 7,500 participants representing over 700 civil society organizations from over 100 countries. Rotaractors demonstrated their leadership skills when they presented a workshop on Sustainable Youth Service Projects and building Positive Peace. Stephanie Velasco, District Rotaract Representative/Rotarian from the Midvalley Rotaract Club/ Midvale Rotary Club moderated and Molly Hanrahan, Salt Lake Rotaract President and Brayden Fairbourn, Midvalley Rotaract President presented.
The younger generations that are part of Rotary International, such as Rotaract, are mobilizing a new wave of sustainable projects around the world. The utilization of resources and a good assessment opens the door to great partnerships and excellent projects that are bringing sustainable results and satisfying the needs of communities worldwide. When an organization motivates and provides an opportunity for the younger generations of Rotaract to be part of an active movement, this results in their ability to continue building goodwill and better friendships that will be beneficial to all for a better world. Positive Peace describes the attitudes and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies.
Positive Peace is the presence of something good, like education, sustainable resources, human capital, or a functioning government. Negative and Positive Peace are distinct but interconnected. Rotary International and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) have had a strategic partnership since 2017 and capitalize on IEP’s research on the attitudes, institutions and structures of more peaceful societies and Rotary’s grassroots experience in communities around the globe. The conference culminated in the reading of the final outcome document including the youth outcome document or declaration all which illustrate the work to achieve the United Nations agenda, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) the blueprints which match Rotary International’s areas of focus.
Now go to www.UN2020.org and be part of the initiative dedicated to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and improving multilateral relations and structures for global problem solving. Our youth will help us develop the future we want to see and they are already doing it in our Utah District and globally!
At the 17thWorld Summit Nobel Peace Laureates, in Merida Yucatan, Mexico and with the presence of 30 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates speaking to over 1200 participants from all over the world. Two members of our district 5420 Positive Peace Sub-committee: Stephanie and Jose Velasco were there as members of the Rotary International and Institute for Economics and Peace partnership representing the USA together with Mexico and Colombia delegates as a contingent of 30 delegates of Positive Peace.
The delegation presented on: Positive Peace in Action, Training for Young Peacebuilders.
Many interactions with the Laureates and other international personalities like Lech Walesa from Poland and Bernice King, Daughter of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. from the United States took place.
It was an amazing opportunity to promote Peace and to make "Your Mark on the World" by learning from others and sharing the different aspects of working and creating the makings of Peace in communities around the world.
Attendees: Jose & Stephanie Velasco Utah Positive Peace Team Members
This July, Rotaractors Alexis Houser and Molly Hanrahan attended the Big West Rotaract Institute in Santa Clara, CA, receiving great support from both Utah District 5420 and their sponsoring club, Salt Lake Rotary. Big West Institute is an opportunity for Rotaract Club officers to learn how to better develop and improve their clubs, and to create connections and partnerships with other Rotaractors from all across the West Coast of North America. Informative and engaging seminars cover a variety of topics, from membership and retention to budgeting to passing the torch on to new leaders. "I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to expand our Rotaract family and can't wait to implement new ideas into our club!" -Alexis Houser. Big West Rotaract Conference is October 25-27, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Rotaractors and their Advisers have another opportunity for more leadership training, education, networking and building lifelong friendships. Go to www.bigwestrotaract.org. For more information about Rotaract in our district contact DRR Stephanie Velasco at firstname.lastname@example.org.