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How 2,500 Peace Poles Equals 25,000 Trees – World Peace Sanctuary – New York – USA

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The Peace Pole Project, whose home is at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, has hit a wonderful milestone. Several years ago we launched “The Classic White Peace Pole” based on the many Peace Poles that were made in Japan and planted around the world since the 1970’s.  Prior to starting the Classic White Pole, we were making Peace Poles from cedar but wanted to create a way for more people to afford their own Peace Pole and that’s when the Classic White Peace Pole was born.

This summer we crafted the 2,500th Classic White Peace Pole. That isn’t the entire story. When we started with this style of Peace Pole,  we created a partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization who’s mission is to plant trees around the world in areas of deforestation and places where developing communities could be positively affected by the planting of trees. These tree plantings are done not only for the shear environmental impact, for food, fiber and timber products, but also the physical and mental health benefits to humans and our fellow creatures when we are surrounded by trees.  Our partnership with Trees for the Future has 10 trees planted on the African Continent for every single Classic White Peace Pole we craft. So this wonderful milestone of crafting so many Peace Poles is now responsible for the planting of twenty five thousand trees – and that’s a lot of trees.

In the photograph you will notice the logo of Rotary International on the top of this Peace Pole being held by Peace Pole maker Jim Dugan. The Peace Pole Project has long worked with Rotary and, more recently, the Jubitz Family Foundation who work with many Rotary chapters to plant Peace Poles across the northwestern United States. The Peace Pole Project deeply thanks our partners and everyone who has helped us get to this milestone by planting a Classic White Peace Pole and we look forward to crafting one for you.

To learn how to get your own Classic White Peace Pole (just $100 plus shipping):

http://shoppeace.org/peacepole_vinyl_4.aspx

The amazing Trees for the Future organization can be found at: 

https://trees.org/

Information on the diversified work of the Jubitz Family Foundation can be found at:

http://www.jubitz.org/

For details on Rotary International and how you can help their missions see:
https://www.rotary.org/

Silverton Rotary Peace Pole Dedication, Silverton, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

On September 19, 2017, the newly installed Silverton Peace Pole was dedicated at Silverton’s Town Square Park in Silverton, Oregon by members of the Silverton Rotary Club.

The Peace Pole was planted at Silverton Town Square Park located in the heart of Silverton on the corner of West Main and Fiske Streets. The park is a small 1/4-acre park and is also home to the City’s Holiday Tree, which is the center for winter gatherings.  Silverton Rotary Club held a dedication ceremony and had 50 attendees including our local group of “People for Peace”.

As president of the Silverton Rotary Club, I learned about the Peace Pole Project while attending President Elect Training in February of 2017.

I am enclosing a photo of our club with the Peace Pole the day of our dedication September 19, 2017.

Sincerely,
Cindy Jones, President
Silverton Rotary Club

Al’s Garden Center- Sherwood/Rotary Club of Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Here is the registration information for the Al’s Garden Center Peace Pole and a couple pictures taken the day of the event. We placed some Rotary Peace Pebbles at the Peace Pole.

​Date of the Peace Pole Planting: 9/19/17
Address of the Peace Pole: 16920 SW Roy Rogers Rd, Sherwood, OR 97140
Did we have a Dedication ceremony?  yes
How did we learn of the Peace Pole Project? Sherwood Rotary Club

Attached are pictures of the Peace Pole and dedication.

Sincerely,
Wendy Wells

Sherwood Rotary Club spreads message of peace around city- Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Peace Poles are sprouting up around Sherwood, and each one is unique, with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” appearing in four different languages chosen by the facilities where they are sited.

Gathered at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center on April 14 to dedicate another peace pole provided by the Sherwood Rotary Club. Photo by Barbara Sherman

One of the Peace Poles was dedicated at the Marjorie Stewart Community/Senior Center ( 21907 Southwest Sherwood, Boulevard Sherwood, Oregon) on April 14, 2017 in a ceremony led by Thressa Caulkins, center director, and Karen Strickland with the Rotary Club’s Peace Committee. The pole features English, Spanish, Japanese and sign language as its four languages.

“Sherwood Rotary is a Peace Builder Club in Rotary District 5100, which has a goal of establishing 100 new peace Poles in Oregon and Washington through funding by the Jubitz Family Foundation,” Strickland said. “This pole at the senior center represents one more towards that goal and our overall mission of promoting world peace and understanding.”

According to Wendy Wells, Sherwood Rotary service chair, the club will provide poles to locations who wish to partner with the Rotary Club of Sherwood in offering peace programming and education to the community.

“Our club was awarded a grant from the Sherwood Rotary Foundation to fund this year’s peace programs and poles, which was supplemented by Jubitz Family Foundation money for the peace pole project,” Wells said. “Our club hopes to be awarded a grant for the coming year to support peace programming, including purchasing peace poles.”

To read the full story:  http://pamplinmedia.com/sherwood-rotary-club-spreads-message-of-peace-around-city

Peace Pole in Healing Garden at Children’s Center-Oregon City, Oregon-USA

Monday, June 12th, 2017

On April 21st, Children’s Center joined multiple Rotarian groups in the Pacific Northwest and Portland Metro for a special Peace Pole Planting, where numerous Peace Poles were planted and established in the community. Each Peace Pole bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

At the invitation of Linda Cohen, and with support from the Jubitz Family Foundation, Children’s Center recently planted a new “Peace Pole” in our Healing Garden. Proclaiming “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages, it reminds all who arrive of the hope that underpins our daily work. Similar monuments now stand in more than 120 Tri-County locations, and in 180 countries—as of 2017, Peace Poles have been planted in every country around the world.

Last month, I was a guest of the eighth-grade students at the Oregon Islamic Academy of the Muslim Educational Trust. In partnership with PGE and The Oregon Community Foundation, the students in “Community 101” invited and evaluated grant proposals from organizations serving victims of abuse and neglect. Children’s Center received the largest award: $1,500 to support our Intake and Family Support team. During the check presentation, the students described how this initiative epitomized their peaceful faith. Their efforts truly brought the sentiment on our Peace Pole to life.

Sadly, one week after my visit with these inspiring students, two young women—one of whom was wearing a hijab—were verbally attacked on a Tri-Met MAX train. Two men who attempted to intervene were killed and a third was seriously wounded. The incident sent shock waves across the country.

I can’t fathom the roots of such hatred. But, like Martin Luther King, I believe in “the bright daybreak of peace.” In this instance, I’m heartened by the community’s support for all the victims—including and especially the women. The outpouring of sympathy and understanding attests to love’s enduring power over hate.

In our lobby, we have a sign (in four languages) explaining that Children’s Center is a “Safe Zone.” Soon, we’ll add another message—one that is being displayed by many like-hearted organizations: We gladly welcome ALL races, ALL religions, ALL countries of origin, ALL sexual orientations, ALL genders. We stand with you. You are safe here.

I look forward to the day that such proclamations are no longer necessary. In the meantime, I’m proud to be working with a staff and board for whom unarmed truth and unconditional love really are the final word.

TOM SOMA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sherwood High School Peace Pole Dedication, Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Name of the Peace Pole Owner: Sherwood High School Leadership Class /Sherwood Rotary

Contact Person:   Reid  McBride/  Aurora Roth

E-Mail:  reid.mcbride9@gmail.com  aroth@sherwood.k12.or.us

Date of the Peace Pole Planting:  5/22/17

Address of the Peace Pole: 16956 SW Meinecke Rd, Sherwood, OR 97140

Did we have a Dedication ceremony?  yes

How did we learn of the Peace Pole Project? Sherwood Rotary Club


​​Submitted by:
​Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair

 

TVFR Peace Pole Dedication in Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Name of the Peace Pole Owner: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Station #33, Sherwood Oregon/Sherwood Rotary

Contact Person:   Stefan Myers

Date of the Peace Pole Planting: 5/20/17

Address of the Peace Pole: 15440 SW Oregon St.,  Sherwood, OR 97140

Did we have a Dedication ceremony?  Yes

How did we learn of the Peace Pole Project? Sherwood Rotary Club


​submitted by:
Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair

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.