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Peace Pole dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

May 23,  2017

Dodging raindrops, Elgin Rotary Club members dedicated a Peace Pole on May 23rd that now is part of the city’s Veterans Memorial Park along the Fox River.

Mayor Dave Kaptain told the crowd the location was a fitting one, as those who served in the military “fought to bring peace to everyone.”

Alan Kirk, President of the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club, said that the Rotarians had been looking to put up a Peace Pole for about 15 years, at the urging of club member Ben Henrikson. According to Kirk, the Rotary’s breakfast group has about 20 members, while a group that meets at noon has 65 members.

The Rotarians also donated money for creating Veterans Memorial Park, near Gail Borden Public Library, which was built in phases this decade. When Henrikson and other Rotarians approached the committee involved with the park project, they unanimously agreed to place a Peace Pole there, City Councilman Rich Dunne said.

Elgin’s Peace Pole was designed and built by retired dentist Greg Karr, who has been with the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club since it chartered in 1989.

Prior to the dedication, Karr explained that the Peace Pole concept originated in 1955 with Masahisa Goi of Japan, who founded the World Peace Prayer Society. The first Peace Poles erected outside Japan went up in the 1980s, Karr said, and today there are more than 100,000 such poles up in about 180 countries, including one at the North Pole.

Each pole has the phrase, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” inscribed on it in a country’s primary language, Karr said. Karr’s pole also has that phrase written in braille and in Potawatomie on separate sides along with other symbols.

Karr said that while Peace Poles originally were made of wood, he decided to use steel and stone for his design. That design is a four-sided metal cage holding 196 stones, each etched with the code for each of the countries in existence on Earth, Karr said.

Karr said it took about 10 years, on and off, to create his piece, with part of the delay due to battling an illness. Karr’s friend David Reich, who is a welding instructor at Elgin Community College, was of great assistance in constructing the Peace Pole.

Karr said the most challenging part of the project, which he built in his garage, was finishing the stainless steel from the material used, which was raw from the mill.

The pole also was to have a spire on top of it that would represent the world’s seven continents, which didn’t quite work.

“It just looked ugly,” Karr said.

Putting his creation up in the park took about five hours Saturday and involved the help of several friends and family members, Karr said.

When speaking to those assembled for the dedication, Karr said, “This was a group effort, and it is a big part of my life.”

 

Peace Pole planted – Corby Phoenix-UNITED KINGDOM

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Hi to you all,

I just wanted to share our Peace Pole Planting ceremony with you all.

On Thursday February 23rd, the children of Studfall Primary School, Corby , Northants  in conjunction with Corby Phoenix Rotary Club planted a Peace Pole at the entrance of their school.

One of the main focus areas of Rotary International is Peace and Conflict Resolution … Rotary as an organisation offers peace projects/initiatives at every level of education  from Primary School to sponsoring 50 peace scholars every year to study Peace and  Conflict resolution at six university centres throughout the world.

We believe very strongly that the younger we start to install the message of peace the better. Corby Phoenix working with Studfall Primary School supported the school to visit a centre which interactively made young people realise violence is not always the answer to problems.  Many issues were raised including cyber bulling.  From this we went on to encourage the children to think about alternatives to violence and what peace means.  They started for taking the letters PEACE and explained what these meant in relation to peace.  They then went on to develop thoughts of peace and several very insightful poems were written.  Copies of which  I can send.

On the 23rd of February,  they held a Mufti day at school where the children all dressed up in purple. Purple is the colour of Rotary’s Campaign  along with Bill Gates of Microsoft to eradicate the crippling disease polio from the world. They also saw the links where there is peace there is less chance of polio outbreaks.  An assembly was held with children reading their peace poems and culminating in planting their Peace Pole.  Eight languages were included and a time capsule was planted which contained a couple of the poems and a dove badge representing peace.

I attach pictures…pictures include the children, teacher Angie Alloway , who was foremost in leading the project at the school, Rotarians from two Corby Clubs  and the  1070 Rotary District Governor John Dehnel.

I think it is best summed up in the words of the teacher…

“Please can you pass on a huge thank you to you and your fellow Rotarians for all their support today.

The children were really engaged in the assembly and the Peace Pole looks amazing and will be a wonderful welcome to all who visit our school; thank you so much for making this happen for us.

With the kindest of regards,
Angie”

As a Rotarian in the UK I am trying t promote the planting of Peace Poles.  This is a project very few UK Rotarians know about, it will take some time but progress is being made.

very best wishes,
Rtn Margaret Morley.
RC of Corby Phoenix.
District 1070 UK

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.

 

Sherwood Rotary Peace Pole planted at the Sherwood Methodist Church, Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

On March 19,2017,  the Rotary Club of Sherwood  dedicated its fourth Peace Pole at Sherwood United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm. As part of their commitment to peace making this year the Sherwood United Methodist Church is highlighting various struggles faced by indigenous peoples. Following the service for the installation of the Peace Pole there will be a presentation by Rev. Aric Clark about his visit to Standing Rock with an update on the current situation of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Rev. Aric Clark shared the following. “We are honored to take part in this effort to build a visible commitment to peace in Sherwood. As Christians we believe that it is our life’s work to build a just and sustainable peace for all people, beginning with the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. That is why we have worked for years to alleviate hunger in our community. It is why we publicly proclaim welcome for refugees and immigrants, seek understanding with our neighbors of all faiths and of no-faith, and demand justice for the oppressed. May this Peace Pole be a reminder of those commitments to us and to everyone who visits this garden. May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

As part of their commitment to peace making, the Sherwood United Methodist Church is highlighting various struggles faced by indigenous people.  Rev. Clark made a presentation after the Peace Pole dedication about his visit to Standing Rock with an update on the current situation of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  On Sunday, June 4, Sherwood United Methodist Church will host a screening of the documentary “Promised Land” about the struggle of the Duwamish and Chinook peoples to be recognized as tribes by the federal government.  Following the film there will be a panel discussion by several members of the Chinook Nation.  All are welcome.

Sherwood Rotary initiated its Peace Pole project in 2016 to raise awareness in the community of the need to promote world peace and understanding.  The Peace Poles are 6 feet high and display the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in 4 different languages.  The languages displayed on their pole will be English, Arabic, Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese.  To date, Peace Poles have been erected at the Sherwood YMCA and St. Francis Catholic Church and School, Our Table Cooperative with commitments for 6 more at sites throughout town.

Sherwood Rotary has qualified as a Peace Builder Club and is part of Rotary District 5100 which has taken on a major initiative to establish 100 Peace Poles in Oregon and Washington in partnership with the Jubitz Family Foundation which is providing funding for the project.

Members of the community are encouraged to view the Peace Poles at the YMCA, St. Francis, Our Table, Sherwood  United Methodist Church and to participate in a series of peace-related educational events and activities being offered in Sherwood over the coming months.  For more information on Sherwood Rotary’s peace initiatives, contact Rotary President Joe Gall at gallj@sherwoodoregon.gov.

Photo and Press Release Submitted by:
Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair

Sherwood Library’s Rotary “Peace” Language Plates for the International Day of Peace, Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Hello,

I wanted to share a picture of the Rotary “Peace” Language  Plates installed at the Sherwood Library in Sherwood, Oregon.

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I wanted to also include pictures of the Peace Flags decorated and displayed during September at the Library.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair
Peace Committee Member

Rotary Peace Pole at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Hello,

Here is the Rotary Peace Pole installed 9/24/16 at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA of Columbia Willamette YMCA,23000 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood, Oregon 97140.

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We learned  about the Peace Pole Project through the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair
Peace Committee Member

Peace Pole for the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery in Lake Oswego Oregon-USA

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Date:  May 20, 2016

This Peace Pole is planted next to the patio area at the cemetery at 17401  Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Our Peace Pole was made possible through the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

owner:  Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon President of Board-- Nancy Headlee

Owner: Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Rd, Lake Oswego, Oregon       President of Board– Nancy Headlee

Peace Pole unveiled at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery

Members of the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery board and the Lake Oswego Rotary Club held an unveiling ceremony last week for a new Peace Pole that was recently installed in the cemetery’s patio area.

“This is a memorial to the people who gave their lives,” said Rotary member Linda Brown at the ceremony. “And what they were giving their lives for is a better world.”

The Peace Pole, with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in eight languages, was sponsored by the Rotary Club and stands next to the Veterans Honor Board. It is the latest in a series that have been installed in Lake Oswego in recent years as part of the international Peace Pole Project.

Peace Poles at the Lake Oswego Public Library, City Hall, Marylhurst University and several local schools join more than 200,000 now in place around the world.

A place for peace in Peoria, Arizona-USA

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Rotary Club Peace Pole creates space to ‘explore peace’
Written by Bret McKeand
Independent Newsmedia
Submitted by: Chuck Fitzgerald,  Rotary Club member of Peoria

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Officials behind Peoria’s first Peace Pole project are hoping the effort to “explore peace” locally expands to a worldwide initiative.

The Peoria Peace Pole, a collaborative effort between several Rotary clubs and the Peoria Unified School District, was officially unveiled Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave., in Peoria.

Dedicating the Peoria Peace Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, from left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent; Melissa Pfirman, faculty club advisor for the Centennial Interact Club; Dr. Adam Wolfe, Centennial High School assistant principal

Dedicating the Peoria Peace Sept. 21 at Centennial High School, from left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent; Melissa Pfirman, faculty club advisor for the Centennial Interact Club; Dr. Adam Wolfe, Centennial High School assistant principal

The eight-foot peace pole is located on a concrete slab in front of the school’s auditorium. Surrounded by four benches, the space is meant to be used by students, faculty and residents to simply enjoy a quiet moment and appreciate the value and importance of peace.

“This project is about creating space to explore peace,” said Chuck Fitzgerald, a member of The Rotary Club of Peoria. Mr. Fitzgerald and his club created the idea and led the effort to turn the concept into reality.

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, referred to the Peoria Peace Pole as a place for residents to contemplate and “find a place for peace.”

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, referred to the Peoria Peace Pole as a place for residents to contemplate and “find a place for peace.”

Mr. Fitzgerald is a long-time Rotarian and a former district governor. Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world. Its missions include fighting disease and eradicating polio, supporting education — and promoting peace throughout the world.

“Everytime you perform a service project, you are a peacemaker,” said Mr. Fitzgerald during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mr. Fitzgerald is also the organizer of the Peoria Peace Initiative and is hopeful the Peace Pole is the first of many projects that promote peace within the city.

The inscription on the plaque contains words from author Robert Fulgham

The inscription on the plaque contains words from author Robert Fulgham

The initiative will include on-campus education, community outreach and public awareness of the value and importance of peace. A website for the project has been created at www.peoriapeaceinitiative.org.

The Peoria Rotary Club also supports a Rotary Interact Club at Centennial. Nadina Fish, president of The Rotary Club of Peoria, says students in the club strongly support the idea behind the Peace Pole.

“We love to collaborate with youth exchange programs,” said Ms. Fish.

Centennial student Makayla Steel, president of the Centennial Interact Club, said it’s important for students to embrace the need for peace throughout the world.

“Our club will be ambassadors of peace on our campus,” said Miss Steel. “If we’re not promoting peace, who will?”

The Peoria Peace Pole is located in front of the auditorium at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.

The Peoria Peace Pole is located in front of the auditorium at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.

Contributions to cover the cost of the Peace Pole came from businesses, individuals and other Rotary clubs, including The Rotary Club of Peoria North and clubs in Laughlin, Sun City, Mesa and Phoenix.

The Peoria Unified School District and Centennial High School provided the space and will pay for ongoing maintenance.

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, PUSD superintendent, called the Peace Pole a “grand thing,” and a constant reminder that it’s important to always try to resolve differences in a peaceful manner.

“It’s a very visible symbol of a place to find peace — and it’s right up front.”

Rotary International General Secretary accepts Peace Pole on behalf of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

November 1st, 2014

The Peace Pole Project was presented at Rotary International-United Nations Day (RI-UN Day)  in New York City, held on November 1st, 2014.

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko accepted the Peace Pole as a gift on behalf of Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

Rotary International President, Gary Huang (right) with Dennis Wong, Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, Westport, CT

Rotary International President, Gary Huang (right) with Dennis Wong, Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, Westport, CT

The Peace Pole was handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary to be presented at  (RI-UN Day) .  The Peace Pole bears the universal peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and includes the Rotary International logo— “Peace through Service.”

Federal Community Policing Advisor & Rotary United Nations Representative-PDG Douglas W Vincent, Ontario,Canada

Federal Community Policing Advisor & Rotary United Nations Representative-PDG Douglas W Vincent, Ontario,Canada

The Peace Pole will be planted at the Rotary International Headquarters located in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

South Rotary’s Peace Pole a reminder at Fowler Park in Atlanta, Georgia – USA

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

October 6th, 2014

The Rotary Club of South Forsyth, addresses the crowd Wednesday during the dedication of a Peace Pole the club installed at Fowler Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

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