High School Interact gives a peace pole
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is the statement etched into the peace pole in six global languages. Thanks to Rotarian Roger Meyer and the Jubitz Family Foundation, Lincoln will be one of 100 peace poles on display in Rotary District 5100. The purpose of the poles is to be a meeting place of the heart bringing together people of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures to embrace oneness of our planetary family.
Interact Co-Presidents Jennifer Song and Joanne Lee presented and dedicated the peace pole at the annual Lincoln High School multi-cultural assembly on Thursday, March 23. The assembly showcased the diversity within the Lincoln community. There were poetry readings in honor of Frida Kahlo, singing by the Sisters and Brothers of Color, presentation by Gay and Transgendered club, Indian Bollywood, K-Pop, Middle Eastern dancing and Pacific Islander ukulele songs, just to name a few.
One of the most powerful moments of the assembly was when three black girls spoke of personal experience of how the color of their skin had affected their personal identity and members of their family. They closed the assembly with the entire student body singing Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me.”
We are fortunate to be partnered with Lincoln high school, Principal Peyton Chapman (an honorary PPRC member), Jennifer and Joanne of Interact, and the entire student body.
Pictures: At Lincoln high school’s multicultural assembly (above), Interact’s donation of a Rotary Peace Pole to Lincoln H.S. was on the program. A celebration of cultures and an overwhelming sense of support and love in the room were displayed by students and faculty. Pictured (from left): Linda Cohen, representing the Jubitz Foundation, Principal Peyton Chapman, PPRC President Pat Mahoney, Past President Lou Radja, Social Justice Task Force Chair Jack Bradley, President-elect Tara Mussulman, and Interact Co-President Joanne Lee.
Editor’s note: Pearl Rotarians will learn more about the Peace Pole effort in District 5100 when Linda Cohen speaks at our breakfast meeting this Tuesday, April 4, 7:15 a.m., Ecotrust.
Applications for RYLA 2017 Due April 15
If you know of a young groundbreaker, an innovator, and/or a community activator who happens to be between the ages of 19-28, Portland Pearl Rotary has a summer experience for them! Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is July 8-14 and Portland Pearl Rotary is looking to sponsor someone! Individuals will spend the week working on developing leadership skills, having fun and meeting life-changing friends in the beautiful setting of the Oregon Gorge!
For further information and application, go to: http://ryladistrict5100.org
Applications should be submitted to Tara Mussulman, by Saturday, April 15: firstname.lastname@example.org