Join the Peace Pipe Proposal, 1931 & 2020

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.

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

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

Letters from 1931-32 and 2019

"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.

II. Peace Pipe Conference, Northfield, MN - Oct. 19-22, 2021

Previous conferences included: Holocaust Education,

Learn more about our upcoming "Vergangenheitsbewältigungs" Rotary - Peace-Pipe Conference: dealing with the past, Northfield, Minnesota, USA, Oct. 19-22, 2021 conf:

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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