A presentation was made by Mohsin El Hallouati, a candidate whom our club is supporting for a Rotary peace fellowship.
From the Rotary International website: “Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.”
Mohsin is from Morocco. He was trained as a mechanical engineer. His father is a soldier, and frequently was away from home for extended periods with the troops enforcing Morocco’s claim to the western Sahara. This absence of a parent in the army encouraged Mohsin to think of peaceful alternatives to conflict.
In Morocco he worked as a Peace Corps trainer (he speaks 6 languages), and he came to the US on a Smith Kline Glaxo fellowship for non-profit work. His contacts here with refugees from all over Africa have made him aware of the urgent need to peaceful solutions to conflicts. He would like to develop his extensive media experience in his conflict resolution path.
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS
Three members received pins as Paul Harris fellows ($1,000 contributions over time to Rotary International): Maxine Dornemann, Herb Henze, Jack Soeffing.