Peace Pals International 20th Anniversary Celebration, Geneva, Switzerland

December 7th, 2017

21 November 2017

It was an event to be remembered with International Partners #NatureForAll and DiversEarth celebrating with IUCN council members from over 30 countries and special guests from Geneva and abroad.

The event began with guests arriving to Cite Du Temps located in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland and in the middle of the Rhone River.  Guests were able to admire the artwork and faces of children which was displayed on various digital frames throughout the event hall.

The event began at 7:30pm with introductions in English and French by Sean Southey of #NatureForAll and Liza Zogib of DiversEarth both partners/collaborators of this year’s Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and awards. We also heard from John G. Robinson, IUCN Vice President and Councilor for North America and the Caribbean; and Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society who expressed his congratulations to all the children who participated this year and left us with words of wisdom.

 

Liza Zobig, Director, Sandra Spissenger, Operations and Divya Venkatesh, Communications, spoke about their work with DiversEarth and their invaluable participation with this year’s contest, with the theme “Nature For All ~ Loving The Earth.”  Liza, Sandra and Divya were our team on the ground and with their help and expertise in Geneva, this event was an absolute success.

Fumi Johns Stewart, executive director of The World Peace Prayer Society and Jules Lamore, Director of the Peace Pals International program spoke briefly about Peace Pals International and the importance of Peace and Nature for all children and what it means to the youth who participate.  This year we received over 4,000 works of art and we encouraged all guests to encourage educators, parents and children from their communities to continue supporting this worthwhile program.

An audio visual concert was performed by Kenji Williams of Bella Gaia who took us through a 20-minute presentation of imagery accompanied by his violin playing.  Kenji’s magnificent visual concert allowed us to see the world through the eyes of NASA which left the audience speechless and stunned with a greater understanding and love for our planet.

The Peace Pals Awards were officiated by Jules Lamore of Peace Pals International who invited 12 presenters to join her on stage to present the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the 4 age categories.  The presenters represented their organizations; The World Peace Prayer Society, DiversEarth, IUCN and special young guests from The International School of Geneva.  Everyone in attendance celebrated the winners as the room filled with applaud for each of the talented 12 winners.

Following the awards ceremony for Peace Pals International Art Contest, Liza Zogib announced the local winners from The International School of Geneva, Switzerland.

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists from both the international and local contests. The winners can be viewed by visiting:  http://wppspeacepals.org/2017-winners-and-finalists/

During the program, Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore presented IUCN with an 8 language Peace Pole to be on permanent display at the IUCN offices in Gland, Switzerland.  Kathy MacKinnonm Chair WCPA, Kristen Walker, Chair, CEESP and Sean Southey, Chair CEC received the Peace Pole on behalf of IUCN.  In addition, desktop Peace Poles were gifted to Liza, Sandra and Divya of IUCN as a special  thanks for all their heartfelt assistance in Geneva.

 

 

 

The event ended with our World Peace Flag Ceremony Finale, which was led by Fumi Johns Stewart.  There wasn’t a silent voice in the theatre as people waved their flags for each and every country in the world as they sent peace to every country by name with a special emphasis for our host country, “May Peace be in Switzerland – May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

After the Finale, the guests were invited to view the art exhibition which featured the 12 winners from the 4 age categories and the 40 finalists of the 20th Anniversary Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards.  Many of our guests took selfies of themselves with winning artwork from their countries.

We would like to thank our partners and supporters for making this event a great success.

Please view the video to see highlights from the event.

May Peace Prevail On Earth
Please visit Peace Pals International to see all the winners and finalists.

Peace Pals International Entrant from Pakistan in the News (Germany).

December 5th, 2017
The 12 year old Pakistani girl Aayan Mallhi featured the death of the bees in a painting.
For 20 years the World Peace Prayer Society has been organizing an art competition for children through their children’s program Peace Pals International.
The focus of each Art Contest is peace and its various aspects. 2017 the theme was Nature For All – Loving the Earth.
Children between 5 and 16 could participate in the context. In Geneva the winners of this year were recently announced.   Among the entrants is a 12 year old  girl from Pakistan,  Aayan Mallhi. She featured the death of the bees.
Die 12-jährige Pakistanerin Aayan Mallhi hat ein Bild vom Bienensterben gemalt. Damit kam sie ins Finale eines Malwettbewerbs.

Seit zwanzig Jahren organisiert die World Peace Prayer Society über unser Kinderprogramm “Peace Pals” einen Malwettbewerb für Kinder. Im Mittelpunkt steht immer das Thema Frieden, das anhand von ganz unterschiedlichen Aspekten dargestellt werden kann. 2017 hieß das Motto “Nature for all” – “Natur für alle”.

Kinder zwischen fünf und 16 Jahren können am Malwettbewerb teilnehmen. In Genf wurden nun die Gewinner des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs gekürt. Unter den zwanzig Finalisten ist auch die 12-jährige Pakistanerin Aayan Mallhi. Sie hat auf ihrem handgemalten Bild das Bienensterben dargestellt. “Kinder weltweit machen sich Gedanken um die Bienen”, kommentieren die Organisatoren die Entscheidung Aayan Mallhi auszuzeichnen.

https://www.bienenjournal.de/aktuelles/meldungen/bienenbild-gewinnt-malwettbewerb/

One World Bearing Witness 24 Vigil for Humanity

December 3rd, 2017

WPPS took part in the One World Bearing Witness 24 vigil for humanity.  The online global/local, live, participatory, healing ritual for humanity hosted programs bearing witness to a diverse array of topics including climate change, equality, reconciliation and other timely themes highlighting our unity in diversity.


Program hosts, Dr. Thomas Steininger and Dr. Elizabeth Diebold, held space for the wisdom keepers and presenters throughout the 24 hour 7 ritual cycles.  WPPS participated in the Closing Ritual to close the powerful and significant vigil event.

WPPS Peace Representatives from 7 Regions of the world gathered online to present the World Peace Prayer Ceremony in celebration of the Oneness of Humanity to strike a unifying note at the close of the for One World Bearing Witness.  Each representative gave a short peace message from their respective regions followed by prayers for each country of the world and all the indigenous nations.

Andrea Solano – Argentina

Caroline Uchima – Scotland

Mojima Etokudo – Nigeria

Deb Musgrove – Australia

The powerful message of peace, May Peace Prevail On Earth, radiated through the internet to global participants and we truly became ONE WORLD BEARING WITNESS.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Infinite Gratitude to our Peace Reps who represented the regions of the regions of the world!

“ World Peace Prayer Ceremony” held in Art Gallery in Potenza, ITALY

November 28th, 2017

Happy Holidays from ITALY!

We held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony in the Galleria Idearte De Lo Re Grazia in Potenza, Italy.

Submitted by:
VITO PALLADINO

Peace Pole at the Amenia Strawberry Festival 2017-Amenia, NY-USA

November 22nd, 2017

Rotary Club of Forest Grove Daybreak and the Interact Club of Forest Grove gifts Peace Pole to Forest Grove High School, Oregon-USA

November 20th, 2017

Forest Grove High School
1401 Nichols Lane
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Rotary Club of Forest Grove Daybreak
Susan Winterbourne, Treasurer

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Peace Pole was placed in the front of the High School, visible to all.  We had a dedication ceremony and unveiling on Friday, April 21, 2017.  The Interact Club of Forest Grove organized the ceremony, attending by about 50 people – students, staff, Rotarians, and community members.  Rotarian Matt Stone gave the history and purpose of the Peace Pole Project, and various students and staff provided their thoughts or quotes about peace in English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and American Sign Language.  This was one of the over 100 Peace Poles dedicated or to be dedicated in Rotary District 5100 this spring.

Peace Pole dedicated by the Rotary Club of Southeast Portland, Portland Peace Choir and SE Uplift-Oregon-USA

November 20th, 2017

SE Uplift
3534 SE Main Street
Portland, OR 97214

Portland Peace Choir
Susan Winterbourne, Membership Chair

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Peace Pole was placed in the Nature Garden adjacent to SE Uplift which is accessible to the community and the school/church next door.  This was a cooperative project with the Rotary Club of Southeast Portland, Portland Peace Choir and SE Uplift.   At the dedication ceremony and unveiling on Sunday, Susan Winterbourne spoke about the commonalities of mission for each of the three organizations, the Portland Peace Choir sang several peace and earth songs, and a Dance of Universal Peace was arranged for all participants.

This Peace Pole has 8 languages as well as ASL. This was one of the over 100 peace poles dedicated or to be dedicated in Rotary District 5100 this spring.

Beautiful hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, New York-USA

October 24th, 2017

Greetings,

Here are some photographs of the recent planting of a hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, NY (about an hour north of New York City). The Peace Pole bears the universal peace message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”  in English, Spanish, Arabic and Wappinger (the language of the most local indigenous people).

  

We are happy to be part of the worldwide network of Peace Poles.

Thank you,
Alan Levin
www.SacredRiverHealing.org

Rotary District 5100, most active District worldwide-plant Peace Poles in Oregon-USA

October 24th, 2017

The Rotary Club of Milwaukie, Oregon, along with the Jubitz Family Foundation, planted and/or dedicated the next 5 of 30 Peace Poles on Friday, April 21, 2017.  This coincided with Rotary Clubs planting over 130 Peace Poles, around Rotary District 5100, on that date.

The Peace Poles were planted and dedications were made at:

Olson Brothers Service, 14115 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, OR

Brad Olson (second from the left) describes the significance of Peace Poles to the employees of Olson Bros. Service during the dedication of their Peace Pole.

Stehn Family Chapel, 2906 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie, OR

From left, Rotarians Phil James, Bob Palandech, Brad Olson, David Potts and Mark Stehn ready to plant the Peace Pole at Stehn Family Chapel.

Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR

From the left, Bob Palandech, Siri Bernard, David Potts, Mitch Nieman, Mayor Mark Gamba and Brad Olson display the portable Peace Pole dedicated at Milwaukie City Hall.

North end of the Trolley Trail, McLoughlin at the Kellogg Creek Waste Treatment plant

From left, Rotarians David Potts, Bob Palandech, Siri Bernard, Heather Hobson and Brad Olson with the Peace Pole planted toward the North end of the Trolley Trail.

and Milwaukie High School, 11300 SE 23rd St., Milwaukie, OR

David Potts, Peacebuilding chair of the Rotary Club of Milwaukie, stated “With so much conflict around us, we hope these Peace Poles will cause people to take pause and to contemplate what they can do to help make this a more peaceful world, as peace begins with each of us.”

Potts was joined at the Peace Pole plantings and dedications by Rotarians Phil James, Brad Olson, Bob Palandech, and George Peters, as members of the Peacebuilding committee of the Rotary Club of Milwaukie.

The Rotary Club of Milwaukie plans to plant a total of 30 Peace Poles, around the Milwaukie area, over the next 3 years, at all the public schools in the Milwaukie School District, as well as churches, parks and local businesses.

Rotary District 5100, including Northern Oregon and Southwestern Washington, is the most active Rotary District, worldwide, in promoting peace.  Rotary Past District Governor Michael Caruso and Rotarian Al Jubitz lead the peacebuilding efforts for District 5100.  Caruso and Jubitz also actively promote peacebuilding to other Rotary districts, worldwide.

The Rotary Club of Milwaukie meets Tuesdays at noon at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, 10282 SE Main Street.

If you are interested in peacebuilding, please join us at a meeting or contact David Potts at 503.659.5588.

Peace Pole planted in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of CANADA

October 24th, 2017

Hello, I wanted to share with you how I have displayed my Peace Pole.

I first saw the Peace Poles while travelling in Southeast Asia earlier this year. I saw one at a temple in Chang Mai, Thailand, as well as at the Viet Nam War Museum, and also in Cambodia. When I came home to Canada, after the trip, I knew I needed one.

As you may or may not know, Canada celebrated it’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. I ordered the Peace Pole and it arrived in time for me to “plant” it in my front garden, as my birthday gift to Canada.

We didn’t have an actual dedication ceremony, but we loved sitting in the yard this summer, showing the Peace Pole to friends and neighbours.

Now that fall is here,  I can sit in my favourite easy chair, look out the window, see it, and think about ways to spread peace in my little corner of the world.

Lynn Cullen
Delta, British Columbia-Canada