Unless you are on the District Leadership Team you don’t get to attend Council of Governors (COG) meetings. The COG is comprised of District 7620’s Past District Governors. Four times each year the poor District Governor has to drag himself or herself before this distinguished body of Rotary experts and try to explain why the District won’t be imploding any time soon. I had my first interrogation….er….meeting with the COG early this week. They were kind and encouraging and let me know, in their wise and twinkly-eyed way, that every single new idea our current team has ever had about Rotary had been tried before in our District…typically with great success.
So I’m minding my own business and wondering if I can eat the sticky buns and juice at the back table without getting icing on my hands and messing up my notes, when I see Past District Governors (PDG’s) Peter Kyle, Larry Margolis, and Rob Brown, in earnest discussion somewhere between the coffee and the sweet rolls. Because the three of them have collective resumes in and out of Rotary that are extraordinary, and because I had nothing else to do at the moment, I sidled up to listen. It turns out that all three are heavily involved in one of the most exciting programs in Rotary that you hardly ever hear about. So I asked them, politely, and deferentially, bowing and scraping before them, if they would permit me to interview them for RFA about the Rotary Peace Fellow Program. After consulting with their agents, all three agreed to sit for a brief interview after the COG meeting.
(NOTE: As you will see, all three of these Peace Fellow experts were determined to get their message across to the RFA audience. I tried to get them to understand that you, my much appreciated readers, are used to me publishing pure Rotary nonsense, but they didn’t seem to get it. So here is an unusually useful, productive, and educational piece on the Rotary Peace Centers. I will get back to publishing my typical stupid stuff next week.)
OK. So let’s get this right. PDG Kyle chairs the committee. PDG Margolis is reading the Peace Fellow applications, and PDG Brown is screening the applications before they get to the committee. Clearly these young men know what they are talking about. Let’s listen further.
The “stellar program” of the Rotary Foundation? Six premier universities around the world? Peace and Conflict Resolution curriculum? Got it.
I’m sorry. Did he just say $80,000 to $100,000. Better watch this again. I’ll get right back to you. Yup. Two years Master program worth $80 to $100k. That’s real money.
Are you kidding? In this clip I throw these guys a comedy softball. I’m talking comedic gold here, and what do they do? You saw it. They fairly fall over themselves trying to give each other credit for being the hardest worker or being the most important. Next time I will coach them a little more so they have some better material. Oh well…what can you expect from a Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award winner (Kyle), a Federal Judge (Margolis), and an Arch Klumph Society Member (Brown)?
Seriously, the Rotary Peace Centers Program has to one of the most fantastic programs offered by the Rotary Foundation. It’s just another proud moment for District 7620 to have such committed Rotarians working so hard to make this happen. Thanks Peter, Larry, and Rob for your service. If you want to learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellows Scholarship Program and the Rotary Peace Centers, check it out at Rotary.org. Or you can download the Rotary Peace Center Program Guide.
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