Last weekend 533 delegates form all over the world including the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley of Australia, attended Rotaries Peace-building Conference in Coventry. The location was very appropriate as Coventry is synonymous with peace:
Coventry and Stalingrad (now Volgograd) were the world’s first ‘twin’ cities when they established a twinning relationship during the Second World War. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. The city was also subsequently twinned with Dresden, as a gesture of peace and reconciliation following the Second World War. Each twin city country is represented in a specific ward of the city and in each ward has a peace garden dedicated to that twin city. Coventry is now twinned with 26 places across the world.Wikipedia
Four members of the Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe attended the event joined by David Black who was a member of our club before moving away last year. President Nigel Collins reported back to the club that it was one of the best Rotary events he’d attended. The speaker line up certainly looks impressive including senior Rotarians as well as an MP, a Nobel Peace Laureate, doctors, professors and the Lord Mayor of Coventry who opened proceedings.
You can read more about our clubs significant involvement in the peace initiative on our Bill Huntley page and we are proud to say ours was the only club project included in the proceedings (and remember, there are 32,000 Rotary clubs out there!). So a proud moment for all of us and particularly for Rotarian David Black who has devoted so much time and energy to this cause over many years. In the photo you will see our members attended wearing the yellow shirts synonymous with our project and a further 120 were worn at the event by young adults to help promote the endowment which is still open to donations and legacy commitments.