The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club celebrated the installation of a Peace Pole Wednesday afternoon, July 18, alongside members of the community. Philanthropist Al Jubitz sponsored the Peace Pole for the club as part of the Rotary Action Group for Peace efforts dedicated to raising these monuments throughout Oregon. Across the region, the group has placed almost 200 poles in the past two years.

During the Peace Pole dedication ceremony Al Jubitz introduced himself to all the children on hand to celebrate. Outlook Photo by Christopher Keizur.

We want to build a culture of peace,” Jubitz said during the dedication. “The Peace Pole is a symbol we can all connect with.”

The Pole, located in the main courtyard of the club, features the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The positive phrase was written in eight languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Korean, Burmese and Arabic.

Outlook Photo by Christopher Keizer.

While the pole was being installed, one little boy explained one of the languages was Arabic, which he excitedly shared is what his parents speak at home. Another boy asked if he would teach him to speak Arabic, and the two spent the rest of the afternoon sitting next to each other, becoming fast friends.

“Let there be peace on earth,” Jubitz said.

The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club is a place for youth to congregate and learn. Their Peace Pole is now a daily reminder of peace. Outlook Photo by Christopher Keizer.

The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club, 454 S.E. 165th Ave., opened in October 2017 and provides learning, innovation and activity spaces for youth 6-12 years of age and a stand-alone center for teens ages 13-18.