ImageThe Downtown Topeka Rotary was a co-sponsor of the Peace Forum at Kansas State University on February 23, 2013. The Forum sponsors were the Manhattan  Konza  Rotary Club and  Manhattan Rotary Club. 

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, challenged all Rotary clubs to sponsor at least one peace forum during the 2012-13 year. Tanaka established “Peace Through Service” as the theme for Rotary International and asked Rotary clubs worldwide to host Peace Forums discussing how their respective communities could effectively contribute to peace and conflict resolution.  Our club surpassed the challenge by sponsoring or co-sponsoring a total of six Peace activities.                                                                         

President Blanche served on the Manhattan conference planning committee.  Larry Dimmit served as a panelist on a panel session titled, “Humanitarian Assistance Projects”. 

The keynote speaker was Mary Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  She is President & CEO of People to People International. This organization is dedicated to “peace through understanding”.         

The purpose of the Peace Forum was to help educate and heighten awareness of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests regarding peace related issues.  Participation in the event helped to empower attendees with new knowledge and understanding of how each of us can contribute to a more peaceful world through their local, state and international community.  Session topics included peace related student and citizen exchanges and study abroad programs, peace related service and projects abroad, peace and conflict resolution in our schools & communities, peace advocacy groups and efforts, peacekeeping matters related to diplomatic and military service. 

At the request of the Downtown Topeka Rotary, City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Peace Day in the City. 

The Downtown Topeka Rotary was a co-sponsor of the Peace Forum at Kansas State University on February 23, 2013. The Forum sponsors were the Manhattan  Konza  Rotary Club and  Manhattan Rotary Club. 

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, challenged all Rotary clubs to sponsor at least one peace forum during the 2012-13 year. Tanaka established “Peace Through Service” as the theme for Rotary International and asked Rotary clubs worldwide to host Peace Forums discussing how their respective communities could effectively contribute to peace and conflict resolution.  Our club surpassed the challenge by sponsoring or co-sponsoring a total of six Peace activities.                                                                         

President Blanche served on the Manhattan conference planning committee.  Larry Dimmit served as a panelist on a panel session titled, “Humanitarian Assistance Projects”. 

The keynote speaker was Mary Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  She is President & CEO of People to People International. This organization is dedicated to “peace through understanding”.         

The purpose of the Peace Forum was to help educate and heighten awareness of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests regarding peace related issues.  Participation in the event helped to empower attendees with new knowledge and understanding of how each of us can contribute to a more peaceful world through their local, state and international community.  Session topics included peace related student and citizen exchanges and study abroad programs, peace related service and projects abroad, peace and conflict resolution in our schools & communities, peace advocacy groups and efforts, peacekeeping matters related to diplomatic and military service. 

At the request of the Downtown Topeka Rotary, City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Peace Day in the City. 

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