• Jay Becker

"Letters of peace from 1931" in: North Scott Press by Bill Tubbs (March 27th, 2019)

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Last week my friend in Rotary from Keokuk, Tony Conn, gave me a book that he and others have compiled of 596 letters initiated by Keokuk Rotarians in 1931 with members of Rotary clubs around the world with the general theme of peace, as symbolized by the peace pipe of Chief Keokuk, his city's namesake.

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“In 1931 the Rotarians in the city of Keokuk, Iowa must have sensed that dark clouds were brewing in the world, and especially in Europe. They thought about the namesake of their city, Chief Keokuk, and his peace pipe. Their invitation to other Rotary Clubs to join them in smoking the peace pipe was more than a symbolic gesture.“

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