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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

St. John of God Parish Announcement-Peace Pole Dedication-Islip, New York-USA

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I attached three photographs that were taken the day of our Peace Pole Dedication at St. John of God Parish, located at 84 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722.

The languages on the Peace Pole are:  English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Swahili.

Our pastor is Fr. Narcis Kabipi from Tanzania, and he was joined during the ceremony by Interfaith Minister, Andrea Goodman.

Peace to all,
Ray Signer

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 Pals Art Exhibition ~ Leça do Balio – Portugal

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

May 4, 2017

The second International Exhibition of Drawings of Peace was inaugurated on May 4th at the headquarters of the grouping of schools of Leça do Balio (Porto/Portugal).

The participants were children and teens from more than 100 countries belonging to schools, groups members of the Living Peace International  and  organizations partners of the project.

A very important sector was been reserved for the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition. Peace Pal International and Living Peace have been working together for 4 years  for the creation of a culture of peace.

Many schools, groups, scouts and organizations from the north of Portugal that visited the exhibition were deeply impressed by the beauty and wealth of values that the Peace Pals International drawings transmit, an authentic testimony of how much the youngest generations are protagonists in the construction of a culture of peace.

Carlos D. Palma
Living Peace International 

Earth Day 2017 – Festival and Peace Pole Planting Ceremony – Staten Island, NY – USA

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Earth Day 2017 brought about global demonstrations and protests as a cry both to and from the planet in regards to political policies seen as an attack on fact-based ecological priorities. Artists danced, singers sang, and people marched – the north- shore community on Staten Island NYC held its annual St. George Day Festival. Local vendors displayed their community programs including libraries, weavers, composters, and coffee-grinders. Artists gathered to display their latest works, and dancers performed their movement dedications.

Brandon Perdomo was featured twice throughout the program. His first appearance was with the Performance & Peace Initiative, an artist-collective who dedicate their art, music, and dance to the marginalized and to the voices of the silenced. They performed their now acclaimed rice dance, a butoh-based dance which has been performed around the metropolitan area in homage to the importance of agriculture and human dependency on one-another as well as to the Earth.

Hours later, Perdomo, Youth Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society, as well as Staten Island Native, led his first peace pole dedication. Together alongside a moment of silence and with ceremonial smoke from a dried leaf of sage, the peace pole was dedicated to the efforts of communities to work passed their differences and to come together for collective goals of social progression. The pole was on view for the remainder of the event next to the Eric Garner memorial, and is now located in the backyard community garden of the Everything Goes Café and Book Store. Attendees of the festival and witnesses of the pole dedication included peace educator Lindy Crescitelli, David Jones of Peace Action Fund of New York State, and Councilwoman Debi Rose. 

The Dulce Magalhaes Peace Route – Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles – Corrientes, Argentina

Monday, May 1st, 2017

April 8th – 12th, 2017

When a Peace Pole was presented to Mayor César Souza, Junior of Florianópolis, Brazil, during the World Peace Forum in September of 2016, a powerful chain of events were set in motion.  In attendance were mayoral representatives from the province of Corrientes, Argentina who were all inspired by the idea of planting Peace Poles and as a result, the first seeds of the Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles were planted.

Left to Right: Dominicus Rhode, Mayor César Souza, Junior, Jules Lamore, Dulce Magalhaes & Carlos Palma

A group of individuals and organizations met soon after the World Peace Forum to discuss how to join the global Peace Pole network and bring the message of peace to their communities.  The collaborators behind the vision of the Highway of Peace Poles included Dominicus Rhodes, Director of the World Peace Forum along with Egido Machrey of Instituto Dulce Magalhaes of Brazil and Martha Repetto of Corrientes Province.  Together they created a vision to create the Camino Interamericano de Paz by connecting Florianópolis all the way to New York with a Highway of Peace Poles.  The Camino would also honor Dulce Magalhaes, who was a great inspiration behind the Camino and who passed away shortly after the World Peace Forum.

After months of planning, the mayoral representatives from the 6 towns in Corrientes Province who witnessed the peace pole ceremony in Florianópolis ignited the interest of their mayors who all agreed to plant Peace Poles to kick off the “highway” in Argentina.   Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore from WPPS were invited to celebrate the dedications of the first Peace Poles to mark the inauguration of the Camino Interamericano de Paz – Highway of Peace Poles.

At each Peace Pole dedication, the Mayors and officials of each of the 6 towns along with the community welcomed Fumi and Jules along with Dominicus, Egidio and Martha who collaborated in creating the initial vision for the Camino.  During the dedication ceremonies Mayors, WPPS and collaborators spoke about the significance of the Highway of Peace Poles and shared our visions for a peaceful world.

On April 8th, the first Peace Pole in Corrientes was planted in Esquina by the River Parana some 380 miles from Buenos Aires.  Mayor Humberto Bianchi of Esquina welcomed officials and citizens who gathered to celebrate the planting of the first Peace Pole in the Province.

Esquina, Corrientes, Argentina

Later that afternoon, Mayor Gerardo Bassi of Goya kindly welcomed the peace group to his office for a warm welcome before gathering outside at the unveiling of the Peace Pole in the heart of town.  Despite the wind and rain, the well-wishers exchanged words of gratitude and made a commitment to keep the spirit of peace ignited within their community.

Goya, Corrientes, Argentina

The last Peace Pole of the day was dedicated at the town park in Carolina.  The ceremony started with the town Reverend blessing the Peace Pole followed by words of welcome by Mayor Marcelo Nocetti.  After a Poem was recited by a local student, a ribbon was cut to officially unveil the Peace Pole.

Carolina, Corrientes, Argentina

The following morning on April 9th, Mayor Maria Gladys Cueva of Lavalle invited us to city hall where an official gathering took place with the local community.  We all spoke about the importance of the Camino and shared in the spirit of goodwill and peace.  After dedicating the Peace Pole outdoors, we gathered for lunch where local youth performed traditional dancing and music.

Lavalle, Corrientes, Argentina

In the afternoon, we met with Mayor Jose Carlos Sananez of Santa Lucia who welcomed us to his office with a cup of warm yerba matte tea.  We then met the community in the city hall where congratulatory speeches were shared, followed by a performance by local dancers and a reading of a peace poem by a local school girl.  The Peace Pole was dedicated soon after along a newly constructed road which was named Camino de Paz.

Santa Lucia, Corrientes, Argentina

On April 10th, the community of Bella Vista gathered in the evening to greet the peace group at the city assembly hall.  Mayor Walter Chavez of Bella Vista gave a moving speech followed by other remarks in celebration of the Highway of Peace Poles.  The next morning on April 11th, we all gathered again to dedicate the Peace Pole in a prominent location by the River Parana.

Bella Vista, Corrientes, Argentina

On April 12th, the last stop of the Peace Pole journey took place in Buenos Aires at the Honorable Congreso de la Nación Argentina (Honorable Congress of the Argentinian Nation) where we met with Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann who congratulated us on the inauguration of the Inter-American Highway of Peace Poles.  At a future date, she will be instrumental in dedicating the 7th Peace Pole to include the city of Buenos Aires as a stop along the Highway of Peace Poles.

Left to Right; Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann, Jules Lamore, Fumi Johns Stewart & Tomas Villar De Rhode

Starting with the first Peace Pole in Florianópolis, Brazil followed by the dedications in Corrientes Province, the Highway of Peace Poles inspired the hearts of many people and will continue to do so all the way to New York.

It is a long-term project with a big vision but the momentum has started and the vision is clear.

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.