In their first decade, the Rotary Peace Centers educated nearly 800 peace fellows who are now leaders in the international peace community. Usher in another successful decade by recruiting the next generation of Peace Fellows. Here’s how:
- Educate your club. Recruiting is an easy pitch to your district and club. It’s a great program, and it doesn’t cost your district or club one cent – no DDF – no dollars. Recruitment starts at the club level. Tell Rotarians about the program to inspire them to seek applicants. Have a Peace Fellow speak at district events and speak to your club. Let them hear the difference the Rotary Peace Centers have made to this person and to the people they touch.
- Get the word out. Send a press release about the program and its application deadline. Target local newspapers, universities, alumni publications and community partners, such as nongovernmental organizations and international corporations. It’s an effective way to reach a large number of people with minimal effort. Here is a news release template – DOWNLOAD
- Pitch to community partners. Meet with members of local organizations involved in peace and conflict resolution, such as the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. Create a 30-second promotional pitch for friends, colleagues, and community members. Contact local police and military about the certificate program in Bangkok.
- Use social media. Post on Facebook and Twitter to publicize the opportunity to apply for Rotary Peace Fellowships. You can re-post interesting photos and stories from the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page.
The deadline for districts to submit fellowship applications to The Rotary Foundation is 1 July. Make your district deadline from clubs about June 1. For more information visit www.Rotary.org/Peace-Fellowships.