The day has been called World Understanding and Peace Day since the year of 1983. Clubs “stop, plan, and promote Rotary’s continual effort for kindness, peace, and understanding amongst people around the world” on this day. The day falls amid the World Understanding Month, when Rotary International asks clubs to offer special programmes and activities at their weekly meetings to promote “understanding and kindness as important for world peace.”
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History of World Peace and Understanding Day
Rotary International celebrates 114 years this year on World Peace and Understanding Day. Four men convened in a downtown Chicago, Illinois office building on February 23rd, 1905. Attorney Paul Harris convened the gathering because he wanted to form a professional association that had the warm smiles and small-town virtues he remembered from his upbringing. Because their meeting places would “Rotate,” Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvestor Schiele, and Hiram Shorey chose to name their club Rotary. As they met kindred professionals from all over the world who shared their desire for pleasant smiles and humanitarian values, the name Rotary International was formally adopted in 1922. World Peace and Understanding Day commemorates the creation of one of the world’s largest charity organisations more than a century later.
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The day holds immense value as it intends to promote the efforts done in the field of promoting peace and general understanding amongst the people around the world; it becomes special as well as important given the prevailing misunderstanding among the peace and conflicts/struggles around the world between people as well as nations.
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