Rotary Club of Tigard installs downtown Peace Pole
The Rotary Club of Tigard recently completed the installation of its ninth Rotary Peace Pole.
In June, Marland Henderson, a Rotarian and former member of the Tigard City Council, with help from his son Anthony, installed one of the poles at the corner of Southwest Tigard and Main streets at the Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Outdoor Museum.
Cheron Calder, past president of the Tigard Rotary Club, said the projects were sponsored by the Jubitz Family Foundation. The poles say "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in a total of 19 different languages and have also been installed at Tigard City Hall and the Tigard Police Department, the Muslim Educational Trust, Tigard Grange, Good Neighbor Center, Cordera House and the Bethlehem House of Bread, and Durham City Park.
"The languages are representative of the diversity of cultures that live, work, and play here in Tigard," Henderson said in a news release about the poles, which became popular in Japan after World War II as a way to commemorate those who lost their lives during the war.
Henderson said he's pleased that so many Peace Poles have been installed over the years, pointing out that finding speakers to say the phrase "May Peace Prevail on Earth" — in as many as eight languages for some poles — was "a lot of work but became a very powerful event."
"Cheron was the club's energetic instigator of the Peace Pole project and truly deserves credit even though now the program is now as robust as before," said Henderson.
The Tigard city government is expected to host a formal dedication of the pole at a later date.
Meanwhile, Tte Rotary Club of Tigard recently installed its new officers during a recent virtual meeting. They include: Julie Ketchum, president; Jeffrey J. Ellsworth, president elect; Clifford W. Elling, secretary; Whitney Bautista, past president; Shannon Moxley, treasurer, Dan Murphy, club foundation president; Tom Anderson, youth service chair; Kim Morris, vocational service chair, Rowland French, international service chair and Lazaro Rodriguez, club service chair.
Also at that meeting, the club recognized Marie Johnson as Rotarian of the Year and Alvin and Whitney Bautista were selected as Rotary Club Couple of the Year.
"In light of the multiple challenges we face today, both local and global, the Rotary Club of Tigard will continue its support of our l community, both local and international, with projects such as Packed with Pride, the Rotary Plaza and Peace Poles, Coats for Kids, Holiday Food Boxes, and Scholarships," said Ketchum. "We will promote education, peace, and understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Creating Friendships for Peace."
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