World Peace & Understaanding Church Service

 
 
On behalf of President Evangeline Allen, President of the Rotary Club of Antigua, the members of both clubs and President Jessica Challenger President of the Rotaract Club of Antigua,   I would like to thank Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis and you the members of Spring Gardens Moravian Church for your warm welcome.
 
The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: first, the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; second, high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society; third, the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and fourth, the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
 
Today together with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide we celebrate world peace and understanding day which is the birthday of Rotary.  On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris and his friends sat down for the very first Rotary meeting.  More than a century later, Rotary clubs have become synonymous with serving the community.
 
If you look for the word “peace” in the dictionary, chances are it would say something about quiet, tranquility and freedom from disturbance.  Peace requires a level of understanding and so both peace and understanding go hand in hand. 
 
This is such an important ideal of Rotary that there are even Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Rotary Peace Fellows can earn a master’s degree or a certificate in these areas at various universities throughout the world.
 
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Here in Antigua, the Rotarians are helping to facilitate peace through our service projects.  Including:
· Our Annual Autism Awareness Walk
· The Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling                
       Corporation
· Water and Sanitation projects at 4 government schools as
        well as the Holy Trinity School and  Sunshine Home for Girls
· The Pediatric Village Fair
· The eye screening project at Mount St. John
· Donation of a computer lab to Cobbs Cross Primary School
· Fencing of a pre-school in Barbuda
· A tennis program for exceptional children from the Adele
        School
· The provision of back to school supplies and uniforms
· A Student of the Month Awards Program in the Green Bay,
        Five Islands and Golden Grove Primary Schools
· A Choices Career Guidance Workshop at the Christian Faith
       Academy
· The building of a library at the Pigotts Primary  
      School
· Sewing Projects across the Island
 · The  ongoing Monthly Meals on Wheels Program
· The food bag distribution program
· The Computers for the World Program where  over 400 Computers are brought to Antigua by students and instructors from Washington State and  are distributed to the various Government and Private Secondary Schools.  (Some of these persons are here with us today)
 
Peace is the mother of progress. Without peace, a nation cannot make any progress. The same goes for us as individuals.  Without peace at work and especially in our daily lives we cannot function at our best.  So peace is ever desirable.  
 
As I close, I would like to challenge you with two very specific ideas, heavily informed by the Christian worldview. First, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Second, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”

We cannot control what others across the world do; we cannot control what others across the region do; we cannot control what people across the country do; we cannot control what people across the parish do; we cannot control what people in our families do; But, most importantly, we can control what we do.

Is peace possible in The world? I don't know. Is peace possible in My world? Absolutely!

Imagine if we can multiply that individual peace 1.2 million times over! That doesn't have to be a dream. That can become a reality.

World peace is available today! World peace begins with each of us!