Past District Governor Knut Johnsen (2003-04) and Rotary District 7210’s Rotary Foundation Chair, discusses Rotary International’s mission to “bring us closer to world peace … through the humanitarian and educational programs” made possible by financing from The Rotary Foundation. Humanitarian projects for those in need here and abroad include issues involving food, poverty, and water. Education projects include foreign exchanges for young people and adults and World Peace Fellows studying conflict resolution. Mr. Johnson clarifies the relationship between the Foundation and the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world who implement these projects: “The (Rotary) Foundation is the backbone of Rotary, and the Rotarians are the heart and soul.”
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