Several years of planning came together Saturday, September 12, as members of the Valle Verde Rotary of Green Valley gathered to dedicate a ‘Peace Pole’ at Desert Meadows Park.
Past Valle Verde  club President Andi Grantham (who passed away in January 2020) and Past Rotary District 5500 Governor Ellie Patterson  started planning for the project over two years ago. 
The idea of peace poles traces back to Mr. Masahisa Goi (1916 – 1980) of Japan who was moved by the effects of war, and especially the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II.  Mr. Goi coined the phrase “May Peace Prevail On Earth”.  There are now over 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country of the world.
Valle Verde Rotary also dedicated a bench near the Peace Pole in memory of all past Rotarians who have lived the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.
(Pictured L-R, club President Char Gates, Bill Grantham, Francis Howe, PDG Ellie Patterson, Tom Cooke)