Rotary and the United Nations (Aired on July 27, 2012)

Seated: Giorgio Balestrieri. Standing: Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O'Connell.

Seated: Giorgio Balestrieri. Standing: Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O'Connell

Giorgio Balestrieri, a Rotary UN Representative in the International Service Division, epitomizes Rotary’s passion for peace through service. He discusses examples of Rotary’s effectiveness in worldwide efforts such as polio eradication and clean water. In one very emotional segment, he describes how Rotary’s efforts brought peace and understanding between Armenians and Turks in 2005. Mr. Balestrieri’s moving invocation, which he delivered after this momentous event and which has been repeated countless times for people from many cultures and religions, demonstrates Rotary’s passion for peace.

In alphabetical order: Allah, Bog, Dieu, Dio, God our Lord, Oh Great Architect of the Universe! We are the women and men of Rotary that consists of members from the entire world’s great religions, that represent the nationalities of five continents, Rotarians who want to make this a better world. We value people. We value life, and we care for humanity.

  • Give us, Lord, the determination to serve our fellow human beings in need, regardless of race, political or religious beliefs.
  • Give us the strength to overcome the challenges and promote peace and understanding around the world.
  • Give us the enthusiasm and the pride of being Rotarians.
  • Bless us all and bless our Fellow Rotarians far away from their families, giving service to humanity.

Peace through service.

Learn More:
Rotary’s Peace Efforts for Turks and Armenians
Rotary and the United Nations

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July 27, 2012 · Posted in History, Peace, United Nations