Rotary Peace Forum to explore the "Peaceful Process" in Manhattan
Manhattan, Kan. – Mary Jean Eisenhower will provide her take on the peaceful process as she delivers the keynote address at the local Rotary Peace Forum on February 23. Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will discuss the dedication of People to People, her Kansas City-based organization, to international peace through understanding.
Mary Jean Eisenhower, President and CEO of People to People International (PTPI), was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather’s first term as U.S. President. Her PTPI experience includes meeting first families and diverse cultural, educational and humanitarian exchanges at home and abroad. In 1999, she established PTPI’s International Friendship Fund, inspired by a visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The fund is a way to assist PTPI in global humanitarian efforts. Mary received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewell College. She also was awarded the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy, and a Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic.
Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka established “Peace through Service” as the theme of 2012-2013 for Rotary International and asked Rotary Clubs worldwide to host Peace Forums discussing how their respective communities could effectively contribute to peace and conflict resolution.
The Manhattan Konza Rotary Club and the Manhattan Rotary Club have answered the call of Tanaka and will co-host the local Peace Forum in the School of Leadership Studies building at Kansas State University.
The event, co-sponsored by the Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies and various Rotary Clubs in District 5710, is open to the public and offers a $50 dollar admission fee for the entire day, including lunch and refreshments. Information on registration for this event can be found at www.manhattanrotary.org. On February 19 the Manhattan City Mayor will proclaim February 23 a Day of Peace in Manhattan, Kansas.
Multiple speakers will take the stage and engage those in attendance with perspectives on peace and conflict resolution and discuss opportunities provided by the Rotary through peace fellowships and scholarships.
The 2010-11 class of Ambassadorial Scholars received $9.6 million through individual grants of $25,000. Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women.
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people from different parts of the world.
The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary Clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture. Through their generous contributions, Rotarians worldwide show a continued faith that today’s scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.
The Peace Forum hosts, sponsors and attendees will work together throughout the day to explore and develop community and global peace projects while encouraging continued participation and involvement with Rotary and other community and global organizations in the future.
More than half a century ago, President Eisenhower founded People to People International to enhance global peace. On February 23, Rotary International and Mary Jean Eisenhower will team up with the community to discuss ways of realizing the president’s mission.
Rotary International has more than 34,000 clubs worldwide with more than 1.2 million members, volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation and eradicate polio. To learn more about Rotary, visit www.rotary.org.
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