September was another busy month. Some of the month was dedicated to official club visits, but other events kept us busy. I continue to be impressed with the strength and diversity found in our clubs and I strongly urge you to continue your efforts to make Rotary a “Gift to the World”.
Peace Days has become a major stream of events in Winnipeg every September and it is hoped other areas of the district will consider holding Peace Days events next September. We had the honour of being present to place tobacco with Lisa Meeches at the base of the Peace Pole and speak at the unveiling of the Peace Pole placed by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg St. Boniface – St. Vital near the pavilion at St. Vital Park in Winnipeg on September 8th. The Peace pole has the prayer “Let Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed on it in eight languages. Lunch followed and we were then given a tour of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights by David and Brenda Newman.
The second Peace Days event we attended was the raising of the Peace Days flag at Winnipeg’s City Hall on September 11th. Once again the Indigenous Peoples were represented by Lisa Meeches who presented us with tickets to the Indigenous Music Awards and invited us to the Manito - Ahbee International Pow Wow.
Can you find Rotarian David Newman?
Both events were educational and impressive. In the picture of the event, Rotarian David Newman is somewhere in the middle of the floor with the other dignitaries and about one thousand costumed dancers.