Archive for April, 2017

Peace Poles planted in Allentown, Pennsylvania-USA

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The church, Ripple, in Allentown, PA has planted 2 Peace Poles recently in honor of two pastor’s ordinations. 

 

Angela Moyer’s Peace Pole was planted at McKinley Elementary School at 1124 W. Turner St, Allentown, PA 18102 in the fall of 2016. We did not have a ceremony but we use it as a prayer station for our prayer walks.  We learned about the Peace Pole Project from fellow pastors.

Ben Walter’s Peace Pole was planted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where our church, Ripple, gathers on Sunday afternoons. This is at 36. S. 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101. It is also the location of a soup kitchen 3 days/week and a drop in center for the homeless during the winter months. Ben’s Peace Pole was planted on April 30th, 2017.  We had a dedication ceremony on that date.

Angela Moyer, MDiv, OTR/L
1321 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18102
RIPPLE-Allentown, co-pastor
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, occupational therapist

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

Sunday, April 23rd, 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.

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

Friday, April 21st, 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.

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

Friday, April 21st, 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.

Rotary International District 5100 plans to plant 100 + Peace Poles – USA

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Rotary Peace Pole Project

A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol and reminder that peace is possible. The effort is part of Rotary International District 5100’s plan to plant 100 + Peace Poles throughout the Portland metro area on Friday, April 21, 2017. The poles display the all-inclusive universal message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” and are intended to inspire unity among people of all cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

The Peace Pole Map above was created by the Rotarian Action Group for peace, and can be found on their website at rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org

What is the Peace Pole Map?

By using the map, you are able see the location where each of the peace poles are planted.  You can use the map to enter in your own location and find the nearest peace pole to you!

Plan a Peace Pole walk with your friends and family by simply entering your starting location in the “direction tool” and the address of peace pole you’d like to visit, and the Map will give you directions!  Then, check out the Peace Poles that are close to one another to visit multiple peace poles!

Fellowship Opportunity (Rotary Clubs)

You can also use the “grouping tool” to choose a specific Rotary club to see which Peace Poles they have sponsored! We encourage you to get familiar with the leading peacebuilder Rotary clubs in the Oregon/Washington area by exploring the Map and planning an activity with those clubs. Together you can visit their sponsored peace pole locations and get acquainted with the various Peace Pole communities!

 

Chehelem Cultural Center plants Peace Pole, Newberg, Oregon -USA

Friday, April 21st, 2017

April 21st was an exciting day for so many of us who will be dedicating our Peace Poles tomorrow as part of this Rotary 100 Peace Pole Initiative – (which we should now call 128 Peace Poles Initiative!) Newberg has already had their day in the sun planting close to 50 Peace Poles around their city last week April 14th. I’ve included a great picture taken at the Chehelem Cultural Center from that day.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Linda Cohen

Peace Pole Presentation Multicultural assembly at Lincoln High School, Portland, Oregon-USA

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony was held at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon on March 23rd, 2017, in celebration of Multiculturism.

 

Scout & Morgan Books plants Peace Pole, Cambridge, Minnesota-USA

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Scout & Morgan Books, an independent bookstore in Cambridge, Minnesota, held their Peace Pole Dedication ceremony on April 1, 2017.

The Peace Pole was installed the in the garden in front of the bookstore following  brief remarks given by owner Judith Kissner and bookseller Wendy Bronson who closed by reading a quote from John Lennon and singing,” Give Peace a Chance.”

The dedication was held at the conclusion of the bi-monthly Peace Walk, when community members walk for peace in the community. Approximately 25 people attended the ceremony.

Thank you!
Judith

Judith Kissner / Owner
books@scoutandmorganbooks.com /

Scout & Morgan Books, LLC
114 Buchanan St. North
Cambridge, MN 55008
www.scoutandmorganbooks.com

The Peace Pole Little Free Library- Brookside Book House- Ann Arbor, Michigan-USA

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Dear Little Free Library and Peace Pole Project,

Greetings from Michigan!

We installed our neighborhood Little Free Library & Peace Pole in front of our home over a month ago, and with the weather starting to warm up, things are now springing to life at the Brookside Book House.

Although we have not had a formal dedication or ceremony, we’ve already received many words of thanks and encouragement, along with book donations from friends and our local bookstore, to help us start sharing our love of books and the message of peace together. Thank you to both of your organizations and staff for your support in our community efforts world-wide!

Share a Book in Peace!

Eileen Ho with Family An-Ho in Ann Arbor (MI)
Brookside Book House localwiki page
Brookside Book House online library

Peace Pole carved from the same marble used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial- Jasper, Georgia-USA

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper dedicated its Peace Pole.

The dedication ceremony was held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper at 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Their Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, the monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the Peace Pole, two different languages displays the peace message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper.