Less well known is our dedication to international understanding, peace and goodwill throughout the world by our international service efforts.
The Rotary club of Southampton has a rich history dating back to the Second World War of helping those in need around the world.
Typically, around 20% of our club’s funds are devoted to global initiatives. Whether its vaccinating a child against polio, or building a well to provide clean water or improving child and maternal health in a developing county. We proactively respond to disasters through our support of the internationally recognised Shelter Box and Aqua Box programs, you will see us in action on the world stage.
Peace Pole - Dedicated September 21, 2022

The idea came from the club's wish to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 and recognize Rotary’s focus on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Unfortunately, the installation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This pole will be one of over 250,000 that are located in almost every country of the world.

The pole will be inscribed: ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in the 6 languages of the United Nations and Ojibwa.

The pole was dedicated at a short ceremony on ‘International Day of Peace" Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Perkins Park, Southampton. CLICK HERE for a short video of the ceremony

What is a Peace Pole?

A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing in vigil for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.
Planting a Peace Pole is a way of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift the human consciousness the world over. Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. They remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony.  Stand as a silent visual for peace to prevail on earth.
Southampton Rotary and Rotary Hand Up Unite to Provide Clean Water to Guatemala
Southampton, Ontario - July 21, 2023 - Southampton Rotary, in collaboration with Rotary Hand Up, is excited to announce the receipt of a generous global grant of $34,000 CAD from the Rotary Foundation. This significant grant will contribute to a transformative project in Guatemala, aiming to construct eight Rain Harvesters with a total project value of $54,600 CAD. The Hand Up Clubs have contributed $19,600 to this project. As well as writing the grant application and leading the project on behalf of Hand Up the Rotary Club of Southampton has made a direct cash contribution of $2,000 CAD towards this vital endeavour.