In honor of Rotary International's 100th anniversary, both Anderson Rotary Clubs along with the Peace and Conflict Transformation Program (PACT) at Anderson University will host a centennial event on Thursday, February 17, entitled "Peace Matters." The purpose of the event is to promote the causes of Rotary which include humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards and helping to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is the world's largest service club with over 1.3 million members in 165 countries. The organization motto is "Service Above Self."
"Peace Matters" will begin with Rotary hosting the Wake Up Breakfast at the Paramount Theatre and be followed by sessions on Peace in the Home, Peace in the Schools and Peace in the Workplace later that day. A Peace Pole will be dedicated in the Town Center directly across from the Paramount Theater in Anderson at 4 p.m. The pole will contain the phrase, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in several different languages. There will be a keynote session that evening at 7 p.m. on Peace in our Communities and World at Reardon Auditorium.
Two special guests will be taking part in the "Peace Matters" event. The first is Colin and Wendy Parry from Warrington, England. Following the death of their son, Tim, from a bomb detonated by the IRA in 1993, the Parry's dedicated their lives to peace and reconciliation for the children of Ireland and England. In 1994, they wrote the critically acclaimed book, "Tim: An Ordinary Boy." In 2000, they established the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust and opened a Peace Center with HRH the Duchess of Kent and former Prime Minister John Major in attendance. Jonathan Ball was a young boy who was also killed in the bombing. Since its opening, more than 8,000 children have benefitted from the programs at the Peace Center. Colin has received numerous awards including this year's Rotary Award for World Understanding and Peace. Former winners include Nelson Mandela, former President Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul. He was recently awarded the designation Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. For more information, visit their website at www.childrenforpeace.org.
The second special guest will be Peter Yarrow, formerly of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter founded Operation Respect, a non-profit organization working to transform schools and organizations focused on children and youth into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments. Operation Respect developed the Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM) programs for grades 2-5, 6-8 and a third for summer camps and after school programs. These programs utilize inspiring music and video along with curriculum to teach children how to resolve conflict creatively. For more information, visit their website at www.dontlaugh.org.
Schedule: Thursday, Feb. 17
Wake Up Breakfast at Paramount Theatre w/ Colin Parry & Peter Yarrow
Peace in the Schools
Anderson Wigwam for 4th & 5th graders w/ Peter Yarrow & Colin Parry
10 -11 a.m.
Chapel/Convocation with Colin Parry
Peace in the Home
Paramount Theatre (Marquee room). This session will focus on issues of domestic violence.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Peace in the Workplace (focus will be on potential workplace violence issues) Paramount Theatre Marquee Room (This will be a "brown bag" lunch session)
Peace in the Workplace (focus will be on healthy workplace relationships) Paramount Theatre Marquee Room
Planting of Peace Pole
Town Center across from Paramount Theatre
Peace in our Communities & World
Reardon Auditorium/Anderson University w/ Colin Parry & Peter Yarrow
With the exception of the Wake Up Breakfast, all events are free of charge although some of the sessions require registration. The public is invited to attend all sessions. For more information, visit www.andersonrotary.org or call Keith Trent at 298-5414.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, and theology.