Club members hope to install them at all public schools in the North Clackamas School District

The Rotary Club of Milwaukie planted its first of 30 planned Peace Poles last month at the Milwaukie Wellness Center.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Phil James holds the pole while David Potts digs a hole to plant the Rotary Club of Milwaukie's first Peace Pole on Feb. 26 at the Milwaukie Wellness CenterThe Feb. 26 event was made possible by the Jubitz Family Foundation and the Milwaukie Wellness Center, 5111 S.E. Lake Road.

Milwaukie's Rotary Club plans to plant 30 Peace Poles around the Milwaukie area over the next three years. Club members hope to install them at all public schools in the North Clackamas School District, as well as at City Hall, churches, parks and local businesses.

Milwaukie Wellness Center's Peace Pole, which translates the message "May peace prevail on Earth" into several languages, joins over 200,000 others worldwide. There are Peace Poles planted in nearly every country.

The first Peace Pole was planted in Japan by Masahisa Goi, in the mid-1950s. Goi, whose family was greatly affected by World War II, dedicated his life to spreading the message of peace. The original Peace Poles were meant to cause people to reflect on the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

During the dedication ceremony, David Potts, peace building chair at the Rotary Club of Milwaukie, said, "With so much conflict around us, we hope this Peace Pole will cause people to take pause and to contemplate what they can do to help make this a more peaceful world, as peace begins with each of us."

The Rotary Club of Milwaukie meets at noon Tuesdays at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, 10282 S.E. Main St. If you are interested in helping with the Peace Pole project, contact David Potts at 503-659-5588.

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