By Rotary Peace Center staff
Whenever Anne-Marie Bach, Rotary Peace Fellowships Subcommittee Chair for District 1470 in Denmark, talks to clubs and districts about the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, she describes it as “the diamond of Rotary.” The program is multifaceted, helping peacebuilders from all over the world shine brighter in their work and have a bigger impact together than they might alone.
For many clubs and districts, however, the process of recruiting, supporting, and endorsing peace fellowship candidates can be daunting. We interviewed seven districts that have a high success rate having their candidates selected as finalists to determine if there were best practices we could share. Based on those interviews, with districts from Copenhagen to Queensland, we offer the following six tips for recruiting, supporting, and endorsing peace fellow candidates (see the infographic):
- Use your network to connect with individuals that may be a good candidate for the fellowship program.
- Be honest with candidates about their fit for the program and the expectations of being a fellow.
- Review and refine applications by working collaboratively with candidates.
- Work as a team. Establish a subcommittee in order to fulfill the district’s endorsing responsibilities.
- Be consistent in the way the district interviews and assesses candidates for endorsement consideration.
- Connect candidates to Rotary. Build a connection between candidates and a club or Rotarian mentor so they feel engaged with the organization.