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Columbus Rotary Peace Builders

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July 16, 2019
 
Dear September Roundtable or Season of Nonviolence Participant,
 
I hope that you are feeling as positive about Peace as when we left the September Roundtable & our Feb 24th meeting!  In September we exchanged ideas of building bridges of peace.  In February, we saw organizers in their 20's teaching communication skills before basketball games.  Adults in a summer lunch program mentoring kids to deal with distrust and loss. We had sessions on healthy listening skills and communication. We learned that we could make a difference and have fun doing it!  It’s not difficult and it is rewarding.  Let’s go!!
 
Columbus Rotary Peace Builders Activities:
  • Meeting with various community organizations like United Way, Urban League and the City of Columbus.  Committee members continue to make connections with organizations whose purposes align with those of Rotary.  
 
  • Based on our conversations with United Way and others, we determined that we would target our scope of operation to an identified area of need; three geographic areas were mentioned as possibilities-—Linden, Southside & Hilltop.  As we did further research, we decided to work within Linden and build relationships there first.  As you may be aware, Linden has been identified as an area of high need and high investment not only by United Way, but the City of Columbus.  Here is a link to the Linden plan that may be of interest to you.  https://www.ourlinden.com  When you arrive on the home page, I suggest you download the Executive Summary to provide you an overview of the input that was gathered and the plans and potential that exists for the community. 
 
  • Decided to jump into service and build trust with people who live there. 
    1. Linden is a community that has been surveyed multiple times over the years.  Often the persons asking the questions have left after the survey, with no feedback or constructive actions taken.  This it seems would disincline any participation.
    2. Service and getting to know people as people FIRST, feels right.  For all of us it met the Rotarian “Service Above Self” Test.  
 
  • To begin to meet our Linden neighbors, we had a booth at the One Linden Expo on June 22nd.  We have begun dialogues. 
 
  • To serve the families of Linden, Columbus Rotary is collecting school supplies for the schoolchildren of Linden.  Through July 22nd, we are collecting supplies at our Monday lunch meetings or at the Rotary office (950 Michigan Avenue, 43215).  If you would like a specific list of school supplies, please email me at ntrux@c-roads.com.
 
Thank you for your commitment to building bridges of peace in our community and our world.
 
In Service,
 
Nancy
Nancy L. Trux
Chairperson, Columbus Rotary Peace Builders Committee
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