An estimated 200,000 peace poles have been placed around the world…and Pearl Rotarians heard Aug. 31 how their club could expand the effort.
For just $200, a pole with four languages and the Rotary International wheel can be purchased. The theme: "May Peace Prevail on Earth."
McMinville Rotarian Larry Strobel, in urging PPRC participation, called the hard-plastic structures "a visual representation of all the work Rotary does." First erected after the Hiroshima WWII bombing in Japan, the poles have become "the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace."
With financial support of the Jubitz Foundation in 5100, 350 poles have been erected. "We are shooting for 500 by the end of the year," Strober said. He shared pictures of recent placements including one at McMinnville High School.
Strober stressed both the community/5100 movement and what's happening internationally, specifically a combined project with OR/WA Rotarians and Russians. A fellow Rotarian has traveled to Moscow to set the stage for a joint, Zoom-like placement in Russia and the USA.
Poles are in place atop Mt. Everest (Nepal), at the foot of the pyramids in Egypt, and by police officers in nearby Sherwood. Interact and Rotaract Clubs are often recruited.
Such was the case within Pearl Rotary four years ago when members joined with the Lincoln High School Interact Club to deliver a pole to the school (see picture with Rotarians, Principal Peyton Chapman and the Interact president).