Despite Wildfire the 85 Year Old Tradition Continues
29 Rotarian's from Canada and the United States gathered Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Chief Mountain Overlook above Waterton National Park and continued the 85 year old tradition of Hands Across the Border by shaking hands and pledging peace between nations.
The ceremony took place in spite of a wildfire which forced that cancellation of the annual Peace Park Assembly.
District Governors Rick Istead (5360, Alberta) and Joe McBride (5390, Montana) welcomed the group. Norman McCarvell, a past District Governor from District 5380 (British Columbia, Idaho, Washington) also addressed the gathering.
Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Ifan Thomas welcomed the Rotarian's, and briefed the crowd on the wildfire while they could see columns of smoke and watched helicopters work on the fire. Superintendent Thomas expressed his gratitude for the assistance of a crew sent by Glacier National Park that is helping remove "hazard trees," burnt trees that pose a risk to visitors because of compromised roots.
The Rotarian's sang both national anthems and recited the pledge to maintain peace between their nations as they shook hands. They vowed to meet again next year in Glacier National Park.
Ian Riseley at the Bayside Farmers Market, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Hampton and Sandringham, Australia
A Waterton Glacier
International Peace Park message
from International Rotary
President Ian Riseley (click here)
Waterton Lakes National Park Entry Fee
During 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday. As a result no fee is being charged to visit Canada's National Parks. However, the WGIPPA 85th Assembly Organizing Committee Strongly recommends that Assembly attendees apply for a Canada 150 Discovery Pass to facilitate easy entry into Waterton Lakes National Park. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your Discovery Pass. The Pass can be ordered by clicking here on Discovery Pass.
WGIPPA Golf Tournament
Remarks by Parks Superintendents, “State of the Parks”
Mid Morning Break
Remarks by Dr. Leroy Little Bear, “First Nations 101 & Historical Peace Relations Between The Blackfoot and Blackfeet”
Saturday Lunch - 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Remarks by Dr. Barney Reeves, “Waterton History - Past, Present and Future”
Waterton Lakes Camp Ground Accommodations
Phone: +1-403-859-2150 (direct) + 1-888-985-6343 (toll free)
Bear Mountain Motel
It looks like they have available rooms. Reasonable rates (3 stars)
Waterton Glacier Suites
There are a few rooms left. (3 stars)
Listed as sold out, but should check.
Crandell Mountain Lodge
It looks like they have available rooms. Limited number (4 star)
Remarks by Dr. Linda Many Guns, “A Building as a Metaphor for Culture” to begin at 1:30 pm.
Remarks by Mr. Peter Gurche, Roundtable Coordinator, "Diversity and Inclusivity in the Crown of the Continent: Notes from a Boundary Collaborative."
*Please note: some talk titles are tentative and may be updated as information comes in. Check for updates on the WGIPPA web site. All activities are located at the Waterton Community Center in Waterton Lakes, AB
2017 Assembly Pictures, Waterton , Canada