Shawn L. Bird

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Peace invocation January 22, 2011

Filed under: Rotary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:25 am

Eleanor Roosevelt said,

It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. 
    And it isn’t enough to to believe in it, one must work for it.

Today, as we consider our role as Rotarians in our community, let us remember that while we work on local and international projects, we are working for peace. 

 We must promote peace with our words and in our daily decisions.  There can be no peace in the world if there is no peace in ourselves.  When we, as a world of Rotarians at all levels of society, reflect our conscientious desire to promote peace, we embrace this belief.  Peace will be possible. 

First ourselves.  Next our club.  Then the world.

(c) Shawn Bird 2011  Free use with Rotary.  Please credit Shawn when you share this in your club; as well, please leave a comment to let us know your club  and when you intend to use it.  With thanks.


32 Responses to “Peace invocation”

  1. Just what the doctor ordered. I wanted to talk about peace as we seem to get further and further every year….. Using it tomorrow June 27th, 2011

  2. Beth White Steelman Says:

    Used by Wilmington West Rotary Club, Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 8, 2011 — a perfect message on the eve of 9/11.

  3. Grace. R. Acebedo Says:

    4. Grace Acebedo
    Sept 5, 2013

    to be used by Rotary Club Sampaguita, Grace Park, Manila Philippines Sept. 7 – Peace Forum. Thank you Mrs. Shawn Bird.

  4. Len Lanzi Says:

    Used on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, CA. Thank you Shawn.

  5. Jeb Brookman Says:

    Great invocation. Thanks for sharing. I will recite this at today’s meeting (02.06.14) and make sure I mention you as the author.

    Jeb Brookman
    President, Philadelphia Rotary Club 2013-2014

  6. Frederick R Luedke Says:

    Using July 29, 2014 at Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Thanks so much Ms. Shawn!
    .Very appropriate for today’s meeting.
    PDG Rick Luedke

  7. Using tomorrow in Westport, ct after the violence from football player, Ebola, Isis, and football research about brain damage. Peace in the world cal only come with everyone making efforts.

  8. David Bussard Says:

    Plan to use this as a lead-in for a “bow your head’ prayer for the visit of our District Governor next Tuesday. I am very moved by the thoughts of this PEACE INVOCATION, and think that its use with the DG’s visit to be very appropriate.

    Dave Bussard, PDG, 1988-89, D-5110

  9. Doreen Kelsey Says:

    Used by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol at the September 10, 2015 meeting. Thanks for sharing.

    Doreen Kelsey
    DGN RID 5520

  10. Mark Chapin Says:

    I will be using this invocation at East Portland Rotary in Portland Oregon on 10/07/15
    Thank you

  11. bob ames Says:

    Thank you – will be using this at Rotary Club of Ambler, PA this week. Hope all is well in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Coincidence? I was just reminiscing after looking at a poster from Ironman Canada, which i had the good fortune to complete in 1993 and then came across your peace invocation. Hi to OgoPogo!

  12. Renae Tyo Says:

    Hi Shawn,
    Nice invocation on peace. I will use this tomorrow April 5th at our Blaine/Ham Lake, MN Rotary meeting. And of course, credit you. Thank you.

  13. Kathryn Harris Says:

    Will use this tonight (8/7/17) at Downtown Rotary (Springfield, IL) and will also relate it to Ralph Bunche whose birthday is today. Bunche was a UN Ambassador and helped to broker the MidEast peace in 1949. A man of color, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

  14. JB Says:

    To be used 9/14/17 at the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs’ (PA) Satellite Club meeting. Thank you!

  15. Neil Says:

    Hi Shawn. I like this one and plan to use it at the 5/11/2018 meeting of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. All the best,

  16. Jay Berger Says:

    Planning to use this neat incovation tomorrow, 9/19/2018 at the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary, Traverse City, MI. Thanks!

  17. Hans Dahlin Says:

    I used this as the invocation at our club on Tuesday 10/9/18, at the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime, CA

  18. Charlene Morrison Says:

    I plan to use this invocation at our club meeting today which is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Our club is Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary, AK

    Thank you

  19. Phil Goodhart Says:

    Shawn, I plan to use this for the Officer Installation Dinner of the Innsbrook Rotary Club (Richmond, VA) on June, 9, 2021. We’ll be celebrating our emergence from Covid-19! I hope this finds you well.

  20. Bob Blakely Says:

    I will be paraphrasing Ms. Bird’s invocation today (September 7, 2021) at the Beloit, Wisconsin, Rotary meeting, especially in view of the recent events in Afghanistan. Bob Blakely

  21. Dennis Says:

    I plan to use this for our meeting on Tuesday April 26, 2022 at the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown Club.

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