Painting for Peace 2017

Painting for Peace 2017 was celebrated in 14  different countries of the world. Especially in Germany, India, Taiwan and Brazil large groups came together to spend time in peace and create a variety of colorful images. Among these groups were many schools and youth organizations, but also universities, working groups and sports teams. The event showed a mixture of many different cultures that share one mutual dream – The dream of a peaceful world. The video below shows how our friends from the E.M.E.F Arthur Oscar Jochims in Brazil celebrated the Peace Day.

Painting for Peace 2017 Germany | Album

Painting for Peace 2017 India

Painting for Peace 2017 Brazil

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    After the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria it is nice to be able to report some positive news. On September 22, 2017 a group of high school students from Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Citrus and Hernando participated in activity to promote peace in the world. In a world where news centers on the negative actions of teenagers, it is relieving to know that not all teens conform to that pattern. The high school and exchange students spent their evening painting their impressions of peace on business windows across Clearwater Beach.
    To celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach sponsored a Painting for Peace Day. This annual event began in 2012 in coordination with the Rotary Club of Bitola Shirok Sokak in the Republic of Macedonia. Some of the businesses that volunteered their windows were Chapel by the Sea, Nick Ekonomides Law Firm, South Beach Salon, CK’s, Crabby’s, and Barefoot Beach House.
    Social media networking contributed to the alliance between the two clubs who had previousby never had contact with each other. Natasia Nestorovska and Alexandra Everist, president of the Rotary Club of Clearwater Beach met on LinkedIn after Alexandra posted a message about the Painting for Peace project in Clearwater Beach. The two Rotarians worked on either side of the ocean to bring the project to life. Facebook and LinkedIn were used to publicize the event.
    In 1982, the United Nations declared September 21 as a day to strengthen “the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.” The theme highlights the ideal of togetherness. According to the United Nations website this is a global initiative to work together with “everyone forced to flee their homes and those leaving in search of a better life.” Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together. Rotary even has its own office in the United Nations building in New York.
    Many of the students involved in the Painting for Peace project were actually Rotary exchange students. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program was founded to encourage peace among peoples. It is difficult to dislike members of another culture when you live with that culture. For over 75 years, students and host families have been involved in the Youth Exchange Program. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs. In District 6950, Jamie Mick coordinates the program. For more information, contact Jamie at 727-642-8041.
    Clearwater Beach Rotary meets at various locations on Clearwater Beach. Rotary is an international organization whose main objective is service to the community, the workplace, and the world. For more information on how you can get involved, please call Sharon Skinner at 727-515-1532 or check it out on the web at

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