Posted by Michael Henstra on Jan 26, 2018
The Importance of Grassroots Peacemaking and
Rotarians' Contribution to Peace Around the World!
by Matts Ingermanson
Matts Ingemanson, Chair and Founding Member of Rotary Grassroots Peacemaking and is a Rotary International Past District Governor, elaborates on how promoting peace is a win-win situation.
Matts is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  He joined the Rotary Club of New York in 1998 and later transferred to the Rotary Club of Yonkers in 2008, where he served as President 2009-2011.
Matts is also a Founding Member of the Rotary Global History Fellowship.  He has served as Vice Chairman 2001-2003 and Chairman 2004-2006.  Rotary Global History Fellowship’s website receives 1 million visits per year from Rotarians around the world.
Since Rotary is a volunteer service organization, Matts supports the individual passions for Rotary Service among Rotarians. He also seeks to attract passionate young people into Rotary and to show them how their passions to serve can be supported by the resources of Rotary’s worldwide organization.
Matts came to America from Sweden in 1981 with a grant from the Swedish Government to develop a personal computer in Berkeley, California. He operated a computer business in the infant computer industry together with many of its pioneers. He became a U.S. citizen in 1995.
He has conducted international business for many years. His experience includes many diverse business cultures working with business, technology, patents and international law in Asia (including South Korea, North Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan), the former Soviet Union (including Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and many countries in Europe,
Matts was the 2013-14 Rotary District 7230 Governor and currently owns a business that develops energy efficient data centers. He also owns a Real Estate Development business in Sweden, which builds energy efficient prefabricated residential homes.
Matts was interviewed by Bill Miller on Global Connection Television (GCTV) earlier this year about the importance of Grassroots Peacemaking and Rotarians' contributions to peace around the world, including the founding of the United Nations and the eradication of Polio.
(If you cannot see the video below on your device, click here).
Through academic training, study, and practice, Rotary has also developed the Rotary Peace Centers program that develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.



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