To build on the momentum created by the successful World Peace Conference 2017, and to extend its reach, the RCAA Peace Committee was established in 2018.


Our mission is to work locally and globally for peace, social justice, and the non-violent resolution of conflict.

To begin accomplishing some far-reaching goals, a 2018-2019 Action Plan was created.  It is divided into efforts relating to:

  • Our Club
  • Our Community
  • Our Region (A “Tri-Rotary” Peace Initiative with Windsor, Detroit, and Ann Arbor area Clubs)
  • Our World Through Rotary International


Utilizing funds remaining from the 2017 conference we have thus far been able to:

  • Co-sponsor a Peace in the Streets conference held April 20-21, 2018 at Wayne State University
  • Commit financial and planning support for the October 2019 Peace in the Streets conference
  • Help local student Madison Vorva receive a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship funding her Masters program at Cambridge University in the U.K.
  • Sponsor a speaker at the Yale Indigenous People’s Pow Wow
  • Donate to the RAG for Peace (Rotarian Action Group), to help them further their peace building goals
  • Install a Peace Pole at Gallup Park

See updates from the Peace Committee in ‘The Peace Piece’ here.


You are invited to participate!

We need willing hands to bring our many ideas to fruition. This committee is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.  If you’d like to join us, or to be on our mailing list and stay apprised of what we’re doing, please contact Marcia Lane at


Did You Know?

Promoting Peace is listed as the Number 1 Cause on Rotary International’s website. It’s fair to say that everything that Rotary does, from Polio eradication to a universal access playground, to designing homes for the homeless, helps promote peace.


Robert S Northrup Humanitarian Award

In 2018, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor created an award to be given annually to the person in the area that met the criteria outlined below, in celebration of the exceptional humanitarian service provided by Ann Arbor Rotarian Robert S. Northrup.

The recipient of the award will be an individual who will be a resident of the greater Ann Arbor or southeast Michigan communities. He/she may or may not be a member of the Rotary. In exceptional cases, the award might be presented to an individual not living in these communities for the recognition of the individual for outstanding humanitarian work.

The individual must have long term (multi-year) sustainable contribution to humanitarian efforts anywhere: local, national, or international arenas. The service provided should be a personal, not administrative, contribution to humanitarian causes. The recipient will be invited to present a 25-minute presentation to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor on the work involved.

Humanitarian service is defined as service provided the Rotary International Areas of Focus:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, including social justice;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy;
  • Economic and community development.

The nomination can be made by any member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, other area and regional Rotary club members, or a person from the community at large.

Nominations should include the following information:

  • Name, organization, and contact information of nominee;
  • Discussion of at least a paragraph in length of how the nominee has met the criteria of “sustainable contribution to humanitarian efforts,”
  • Name, organization, and contact information of the nominator
  • Photos of the nominee and projects are welcome

Follow this link for information and the Nomination Form and the 2023-Northrup-Award-Solicitation-for-Nominations explaining the event focus, guidelines, and criteria for the nominations, ready for you to send out or share.


Information and Projects:

See below links to other important Peace Committee information and projects:


World Peace Conference 2017: