November 10, 2020 - Marana Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Marana-Dove Mountain dedicated a new “peace pole” at Tangerine Sky Park in Marana on Friday, Oct. 30. Mayor Ed Honea and Parks and Recreation Director Jim Conroy were among the speakers at the event. Conroy said the peace pole will offer a place for meditation for the 35,000 to 80,000 residents that walk through that area each year.
The new pole is located at the junction of two walking paths in the park, a place that offers gorgeous views of the Tucson Mountains, the Tortolitas, and the Catalinas. The pole has the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in five languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Tohono O’odham. The club selected those languages to represent people and cultures with ties to the Marana area.
Club President Teree Bergman said, “As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect. By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict.”
The 8-foot white pole is a recognized symbol for peace around the world. Rotary clubs throughout Southern Arizona are placing the poles as a part of Rotary International’s commitment to promoting world peace.
“Peace poles are internationally recognized symbols that send messages for peace, and there are more than 250,000 poles in every country of the world, and now there is one more in this beautiful park location.” according to Jeff Penfil, chair of the Dove Mountain Rotary peacebuilder committee.