Join the Peace Pipe Proposal, 1931 & 2021

Today, the world situation is alarmingly similar as nationalism and populism that violate human rights are on the rise again. In this context, a new peace pipe initiative has been inaugurated. Help advance the cause of world peace and understanding. 1931, the Rotary Club Keokuk, Iowa, extended their collective hands to their Rotarian friends around the world in a series of over 500 “Peace Pipe Letters.” In 2020, eighty-nine years later, Tony Conn and Yogi Reppmann have revived the project and now are extending an invitation to any person or organization around the world to epitomize international friendship.

You are cordially invited to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference to be held in Northfield, Minnesota in October 2021. Yogi Reppmann and Tony Conn are organizing an international Rotary work conference on the subject of “Dealing with the Past, - VERGANGENHEITSBEWAELTIGUNG” which will take place as a hybrid event (attendance/video) in October 2021 in Northfield, Minnesota (forty miles south of Minneapolis). The discussion points at the conference will concern how to find appropriate ways of dealing with the dark chapters of history. Four hundred years of slavery in the New World will be discussed, as well as Germany's confrontation with the Holocaust. You will experience two prestigious colleges, a vibrant downtown, and all that you might need within walking distance. We hope very much to see you at the Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference in Northfield, MN, on October 19-22, 2021! Visit: 

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Tony Conn  •  •  phone: +1515 - 418 - 5865

Yogi Reppmann  •  •  phone: +1507 - 518 - 6734

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Upcoming Events

You are invited to attend any of our upcoming talks on:

"Peace-Pipe Letters, 1931-2021 - Rotary under Nazi Rule"

Please contact us, and we will email you information and the Zoom link, so that you can attend

"We have all sorts in our Club, about ten nationalities, at least five different languages represented, and we all find in Rotary a common meeting ground in spite of differences of Race, Religion, and Tongue. We have strong Zionists - and equally strong Anti-Zionistic Arabs in the Club. Britishers, Americans, and Germans, etc. And they all meet amicably as Rotarians although acutely disagreeing on most other points. One of my warmest friends is a German Surgeon who, as a combatant officer, faced the trenches at La Bassee in which I was serving. So you will see that we are ourselves a sort of living Pipe of Peace always being smoked."


J. Orr-Ewing, President of Rotary Club of Jerusalem, December 23, 1931. English Mission Hospital, Palestine; the club was founded by RC Cairo, 1929. Today, the only English speaking Rotary Club in Israel.

The question that confronts us today is the same as in 1931-32: Do our leaders have the capacity to reach beyond their grasp, to challenge us to seek the higher angels of nature, to choose "Be informed! Be informed!" rather than "Be afraid! Be afraid!" In the end, however, we know that world peace is too important to be left in the hands of our leaders. Peace starts in our own back yards when we speak our for understanding when their is disharmony, food security where there is hunger, health care where there is disease, education where there is illiteracy, conservation where there is environmental harm, sustainable development where there is poverty ... and when we write letters across border to build goodwill and better friendships. - William Tubbs (2019)

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