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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

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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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“Have Peace Pole and Will Plant Anywhere!” Rotary Action Group for Peace – Connecticut – USA

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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“Have Peace Pole and Will Plant Anywhere!”  As a result, I am known in our Rotary District as the “Peace Pole” planter.

Seems like yesterday, but it’s been about two years since I made the trip to the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY to pick up my Peace Pole.  Since then the Peace Pole has been displayed in a number of Rotary and community events.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Dennis Wong

Co-Founder, Rotarian Action Group for Peace
President, Westport Sunrise Rotary (CT)

Georgia Regents University Rotaract Club Peace Pole Day – Augusta, Georgia – USA

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

May 2nd, 2014

Office of the Mayor – City of Augusta Georgia Peace Pole Proclamation
In recognition of “GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY ROTARACT CLUB PEACE POLE DAY.”

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