Submitted by Crystal TaylorPublic relations committee chairwoman, Rotary Club 25
On Sept. 20, local Rotary clubs hosted a program and ribbon-cutting with the city of Duluth to celebrate the opening of the Rotary International Peace Plaza at Enger Park. The event kicked off with a Rotary meeting and program with presentations from local community leaders recognizing the National Day of Peace.
The program included comments from Mayor Don Ness, Chamber President/CEO David Ross and Rotary Club 25 past president and project manager Phil Strom.
"Celebrating the opening of the Peace Plaza will be a monumental event to recognize the international ties that our city has established as well as Rotary's International efforts toward peace and conflict resolution," Strom said. "Twin Ports Rotary clubs are looking forward to sharing the message of peace with our community and to encourage others to create 'Peace through Service.'?"
The Peace Plaza was made possible because of the generosity of members from Club 25, Harbortown, Eco and Skyline Rotary clubs, Rotary District No. 5580, along with money from the Westmoreland Foundation and the city of Duluth. Donations contributed from these organizations total about $100,000. In addition to financial contributions, local Rotary clubs will have an ongoing commitment to the maintenance and cleaning of the plaza.