Fourteen years ago, the family of past president A.D. “Robbie” Robertson created a fund in his honor within the RCM Community Trust – the A.D. Robertson Fund for the United Nations. This fund supports educational programming for Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations.
Each October to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the A.D. Robertson Fund underwrites a U.N. Day Program during a Rotary Club of Milwaukee luncheon. In recent years, our U.N. Day speakers have included:
Steve Radelet, professor at Georgetown University
Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy
Joe Cirincione of Ploughshares Fund
Ellen Laipson, president and CEO of the Stimson Center
Ambassador David Scheffer
Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships
Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith
Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
John Prendergast, co-founder of ENOUGH—an international effort to stop genocide
This year we will have two programs in October sponsored by the A.D. Robertson Fund featuring Sheba Crocker and Joe Cirincione.
On Tuesday, October 23rd Sheba Crocker of CARE USA will discuss the U.N.’s enduring relevance in a time of global shifts. Sheba Crocker is CARE USA’s Vice President for Humanitarian Programs & Policy. Sheba provides overall leadership and strategic guidance for CARE USA’s emergency and humanitarian operations, programs, and policy.
Then on Tuesday, October 30th we will welcome back Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund to discuss how the U.S. is at risk for nuclear war.
In addition to Tuesday luncheons, the A.D. Robertson Fund has underwritten the participation of Rotaract members to attend Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York. The A.D. Robertson fund has also provided funding for an RCM Scholar to attend many U.N. focused conferences in Washington D.C.
Special thank you to Joan Robertson, wife of the late Robbie Robertson, as she continues to be very active in Rotary’s United Nations programs. We are grateful for her support.