Robert Fels International Peace Award

You can read Bob's Citation here:  Robert_M_Fels_citation_2020.pdf    


The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace are among Rotary’s primary goals, being the fourth Object of Rotary. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, Rotarians take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

District 9800 has a strong commitment to peace building as demonstrated by the service work of our clubs, our annual nomination of Peace Fellows, our financial support for Rotary’s Peace Centres and our promotion of Peace Building Clubs.The Robert Fels Rotary International District 9800 Peace Award will be another demonstration of this District’s commitment to peace building efforts around the world. It will both recognise and encourage such accomplishments.

The Peace Award Purpose & Criteria:
The Robert Fels Peace Award is intended to recognise a person or group, which through their actions, significantly enhances sustainable peace building and conflict prevention and resolution at international, national or local community level. The award recognizes the leadership of Bob Fels in realising these outcomes. 

Examples of relevant achievements are:

  • Advancing Rotary’s primary goals of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.
  • Promoting and advancing teaching, publication and knowledge of issues of peace and goodwill, causes of conflict and world understanding.
  • Working within communities in conflict, either local or international, to minimize conflict and to build sustainable peace in those communities.
  • Transforming the concept of peace into a practical reality.
  • Encouraging Rotarians and others to become effective in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation amongst peoples leading to peace and understanding.The nominee(s) may or may not be Rotarians, but preference would be given to a person or persons who have had tangible involvement with Rotary or one of its programs.

Selection of Awardee:
The award will be made annually. A committee consisting of the District Governor, the District Rotary Foundation Chair, the District Peace Subcommittee Chair and two Past District Governors will determine the awardee for each year. The committee will make its decision based on its review of known suitable candidates, but recommendations from others will be welcome. 

The Award
The award will be in the form of a laser engraved plaque recognising an individual (or group) of peace champions. Ideally, it would be presented at the annual District 9800 Conference where the successful candidate(s) would be invited to present a 20 minute oration.

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