Archive for May, 2008

Rotary International Peace Summit-April 24-27, 2008

Friday, May 30th, 2008

April 24-27, 2008
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Ann Marie Williams and Jim Dugan of The World Peace Prayer Society took part in the 4-day World Peace Summit to present The Peace Pole Project™ to District Governor Rotarians, Delegates and citizens. It was a perfect venue to show case the “One of a Kind” recycled Peace Poles in the Chrysler Building and the St. Clair’s Center for the Arts, where Rotarians and community members gathered over the weekend for International Cuisine and to attend the very informative Plenary Sessions.

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District Governor Rotarians, such as District Governor and Host, Jennifer Jones along with Honorary Speakers, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Prince Zeid Ra’ad (Al-Hussein) of Jordan were gifted 4-sided Desktop Peace Poles, hand-crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary, inscribed with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth (on two sides), May Peace be in Our Heart and Mind (on 1 side) and May Peace be in Homes and Communities (on opposite side).

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Rotary Clubs to Twin School Peace Initiative:
For the past three years, Rotarian Anna Jurak, Peace Committee Chair of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland has hosted a “Peace School” designation program in partnership with local school boards in Essex County.

The Program:
To designate schools annually as Peace Schools. Schools that achieve an 80% designation on the self-assessment questionnair are designated as Peace Schools. The top 4 schools in the are receive a “Peace Pole to erect in their school yard and a ceremony to celebrate their achievement.

The Peace Schools receive: an all inclusive peace party, Peace Pole Ceremony at the school and jelly bracelets for every student with the inscription, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The 4-sided Peace Pole is inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in English, French and two languages of choice by the schools that reflect their multicultural make-up of the school population.

Rotary Peace Communities:
Plans are underway to plant a Peace Pole acquired through The Peace Pole Project at The World Peace Sanctuary, by facilitator, Anna Jurak and the Windsor Rotary District 6400 of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The Peace Pole will be planted in the Peace Garden on Peche Island, a Canadian island located in the Detroit River (between Michigan USA and Ontario CANADA). The island was chosen because of its international location and history. The island was acquired by the City of Windsor in 1999 and is maintained as a naturalized park.

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Report and Photographs submitted by:
Ann Marie Williams
The Peace Pole Project
at The World Peace Sanctuary

  

 

Tri-Town Memorial Day Parade-May 24 & 25, 2008

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Peace Pole Float
Saturday, May 24, 2008 – Decorating the Float
Sunday, May 25, 2008 – PARADE
Ulster County, New York

The year the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” was included in the Tri-Town Memorial Day Parade for Ulster County New York. The parade included the Townships of Plattekill, Modena and Wallkill. The parade would end at the Thomas Felton Park. The Thomas Felton Park is the site where a Peace Pole dedication will take place in September 2008 at the 2008 Plattekill Day event.

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Twelve year old, Amanda D’Agostino took the initiative to raise $405.00 to have a Peace Pole installed in the Thomas Felton Park. The Plattekill Historical Society invited Amanda to ride in the truck in front of the Peace Pole as an honored guest. Amanda was happily waving at the spectators, as they applauded for “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

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Submitted by Jami L. Anson.

The Lifebridge Sanctuary-April 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Promoting the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all life
High Falls, New York 12440
Thursday, April 30, 2008
www.lifebridge.org

Ulster County Boces implements an educational weekend, annually. This is the first year it was hosted by Lifebridge Sanctuary. The Sanctuary’s Peace Pole proudly sits in front of the building surrounded by landscaping and benches for visitors to sit and enjoy the quietness.

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The World Peace Prayer Society was invited to perform the World Peace Flag Ceremony. Children rushed to gather their flags and eagerly sat back in their seats. Opening ceremony began with ringing of the bells and with the audience reciting, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

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Upon completion of the ceremony, the Children’s Media Project presented a claymation video “Share your Peace” prepared by youth, ages 9 to 12, for the 2008 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition. It brought tears to the audiences’ eyes, as they watched the little group of Claymation figures march across the screen. In one scene, you saw a little sign held up by one of the figures that read, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” As the film ended and faded to black again our message, May Peace Prevail On Earth was proudly displayed. Then came the thunderous applause from the audience.

From Spectator, Vanessa Witcher:
Every member of the room cohesively passed flags around to each other. The previously divided groups within the hall, unified into a sea of colorful flags. The children’s excited movements of the flags were like the waves on the sea itself. There was a feeling of magic as a hush settled over the room in eager anticipation. With each recitation of a country and “May Peace Prevail On Earth” you could feel the collective energy rise in the room spread through her contagious energy. Where as I had entered a room of strangers as an outsider, an observer, as I left there was an undeniable feeling of oneness, openness, friendly warmth and no divisions remained. I personally look forward to bringing this home to Saint Joseph’s with the ceremony this upcoming fall. And to make sure this great message is carried throughout the world. Thank you so much for allowing me to experience this great ceremony.

Submitted by Jami L. Anson.

Arbor Day at Indian Rock Schoolhouse-April 10 & May 1, 2008

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

April 10th & May 1st
Facilitator: Ann Linden, Amenia Historial Society

Amenia Elementary School, first- and second-grade classes gathered at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Mygatt Road in Amenia, New York in honor of Arbor Day on April 20 and May 1, 2008. First graders planted Eastern red cedar trees, while second graders visited the trees they planted last year.

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Jim Dugan (on right) and helpers planting Peace Pole.

All students gathered around the cedar Peace Pole crafted and planted earlier by Jim Dugan on April 18 in honor of the day. Students created a paper chain with eachlink containing a special wish of vision for Peace and participated in the dedication ceremony by draping the paper chains around the pole. Collectively, they wished for peace to prevail in their hearts, homes, school, community and on earth. The chains will be added to one of the historical traveling trunks of the Indian Rock Schoolhouse.

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Cricket Sheppard and Jim Dugan speak about the Peace Pole in honor of Arbor Day.

The cedar pole planted at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse bears the message in English, Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish and Braille. Each students visited the pole to “read” the Braille message.

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Cricket Sheppard proudly displaying the new Indian Rock Schoolhouse Peace Pole.

Peace Pole at Rogers Park Elementary-May, 2007

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Date of Peace Pole planting: May 2007, planted at south east corner on Zarvis along with a bench that was made by the King Career Center.

We had a dedication ceremony; the Peace Pole was dedicated in memory of Shari Henkelman, friend, parent, staff member, mediation coach, Girl Scout leader and so much more.

The message, May Peace Prevail On Earth is in 4 languages: English, Russian, Spanish and Hebrew.

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Submitted by Marilyn Doore, 6th Grade & Building Technology
Rogers Park Elementary School
1400 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Kids Day America International-May 17, 2008

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Care for a Child…Touch a Generation
Bridgeview Plaza, Highland, New York 12528
May 17, 2008

Kids Day America International is an international event that is dedicated to children’s health, safety, and environmental issues. Each year approximately 2,000 Chiropractors collaborate to organize this event in their hometowns and cities to spread the message: “Care for a Child…Touch a Generation.” While Kids Day America allows families to gain a wealth of information from great organizations, this was a perfect venue to desseminate information regarding the 2008 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition. The knitted flags from Scotland were on display for all to enjoy. What an amazing day to reach out to so many with the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

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Report and Photographs submitted by Jami L. Anson

Centennial Elementary School Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-May 13, 2008

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

News from Peace Rep, Melvin Giles – Minnesota, USA 

On Tuesday, May 13, 2008, Centennial Elementary School rededicated itself as an International Peace Site and dedicated their new Peace Pole, which reads, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in 8 different languages representing the school population. Mr. Melvin Giles, WPPS Representative and Mr. Lynn Elling, found of World Citizen were there to help in the celebration by sharing about Peace Sites and Peace Poles. At the end of the celebration all of the students joyfully sent Peace Bubbles floating into the sky.

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Melvin Giles blowing Peace Bubbles with Centennial Elementary students.

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L to R: Opening Ceremony, Lynn Elling (podium), Linda Holstrom, Melvin Giles (far bench), and Donna Elling (close bench).

World Tai Chi Day at Dragon & Crane-April 26, 2008

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Although rain was predicted, the morning of April 26th was a beautiful spring day, perfect for World Tai Chi Day at Dragon & Crane in Somers, NY.

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International Day of Peace Display Table 

We had a lovely World Peace Prayer Ceremony with about 30 people taking part. The adults in black are Tai Chi students, and the children in sashes are the Little Dragons. There were quite a few kids there, and they did a great job reading out the country names – not so easy for first-timers!

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Adult Tai Chi students participate in Flag Ceremony.

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The Little Dragons participate in the World Peace Flag Ceremony.

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!
Submitted by Deborah Moldow, WPPS Representative for the United Nations

Youth Summer Camp for Peace and Environment April 20-30,2008

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Submitted by Mario “Toots” Fungo, Peace Representative of WPPS – The Philippines

From April 20-30, a summer camp for youth will be held in The Philippines. This year, the camp was open to foreign campers. They offered lodging and native foods.

The camp activities were geared towards forming love and care for the environment, while promoting peace – within oneself, one’s family and community. The summer camp is a great opportunity for young people to share ideas on how to promote peace in a rural setting, as well as respond to global climatic change issues.

On behalf of the Young Peace Society for Environment and Leadership, welcome to this youth camping opportunity!

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MAY PEACE BE IN THE PHILIPPINES

St. Charles Borromeo Church Peace Pole-April 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

On April 22, 2008, our parish installed and dedicated a Peace Pole at the entrance to our Catholic church in Kettering, Ohio. It has been made by a student as a requirement for his Eagle Scout Award. Our parish Social Justice Commission was instrumental in finalizing the project. The entire St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School student body of 400 children was in attendance after the morning mass led by their Principal, Mrs. Fran Moore.

The four languages on the sides of the Peace Pole are English, Spanish, Hebrew and Swahili. The Peace Pole will be rotated to a different language each month by a St. Charles student.

Mr. Tony Klepacz, a Kettering Councilman and parish member, read a special proclamation from the city. The Peace Pole was blessed and dedicated by Father Ron Haft, Associate Pastor. Alongside, on a separate shaft, stands a prayer for peace. It is placed in a special area, which will be known as our Peace Garden.

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Submitted by Carl Schneider.