Posted by Teresa Liu

International Day of Peace, 21 September, was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and designated a period of non-violence and cease-fire. Four decades later, in 2022, the UN is reporting at least 12 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine due to the war with Russia. An estimated 5 million people – primarily women, children and the elderly – have fled Ukraine for neighbouring countries, with 7 million people displaced inside Ukraine. As of 12 September 2022, close to 1.4 million individuals have registered for Temporary Protection in Poland: the highest number among the EU countries. All are in dire need of emergency aid. 

As a humanitarian organisation, Rotary was present at the inception of the United Nations in 1945, and peace is a cornerstone of our mission. Rotarians see peace not as an abstract concept but as a living, dynamic expression of human development. This year, Rotary International took action to build peace by providing humanitarian aid in and around Ukraine.  
So far, 249 disaster response grants, totalling $8 million in 29 countries, have been awarded to support Ukrainians affected by the war. We’re proud that Rotary Glenferrie has committed to the fund and engaged with a specific project with Warsaw Rotary. Thank you, Jerzy Ordega, Mark Howlett and the Rotary Glenferrie International committee. 
The club will have Piotr D. Kaczorowski, the president of Rotary Club of Warsaw (est. 1931), talk with our club members on Zoom on Tuesday, 25 October. Dear Glenferrie Rotarians, please come along and talk with President Piotr. Let’s discuss what more we can do to support our peacebuilding and humanitarian aid project to help the Ukrainians. No matter how small we start, progress is progress.
Rotary Membership Responsibilities: When we became Rotarians, we became aware of, and accepted the obligations and responsibilities of Rotary membership. Like any service organisation, Rotary membership requirements are designed to help club members fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience. What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. Apart from attending club meetings, where members can enjoy fellowship and enrich their professional knowledge, Rotarians also have the responsibility to their community. This can be done through participating in local and international service projects and volunteering their time and talents where they’re most needed. Thank you, Glenferrie Rotarians, for contributing to our projects, including the Salvo’s Bread Run, RIMERN, RORP, MUNA, etc. Now we require every member’s commitment to the Boroondara Farmers’ Market. 
In October, every club member will receive a Market Preference form on which they can nominate their preferred market duties for 2023. Whilst completion of the form is not compulsory, members who do not nominate a preference will be allocated their four dates by the Rosterer. This will occur when compilation of the market rosters is undertaken for the year ahead. The roster for the markets in 2023 will be finalised by the end of November and distributed to members well in advance of the new year. The success of our club is very closely associated with the success of the Boroondara Farmers’ Market. 
Do Good in Rotary, Do Good in Glenferrie.
President Teresa