Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Association
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On July 4th and 5th 1931, Rotarian's from Canada and the United States met in Waterton at the Prince of Wales hotel for a goodwill meeting. Nearly 100 members from seven Rotary Cubs in Alberta, Saskatchewan & Montana participated.
Rotary International through the clubs in Districts 5080, 5360, 5370 and 5390 continues its support of the Peace Park through the International Peace Park Assoc.
Annual assemblies and ceremonies, such as “Hands across the Border,” serve to remind the parks of perhaps their greatest resource–the peace and friendship shared by two great nations.
Since the first meeting in 1931, these gatherings have provided an opportunity for Rotarian's to discuss ways of promoting peace.
They have erected symbolic artifacts, conducted ceremonies, and promoted the idea of peace parks elsewhere.
In order to fulfill the tenets of ourMission Statement the Association will undertake and advocate for the following:
We will support the work and mandate of both parts to provide educational opportunities for park visitors and the general public to preserve the flora and fauna and the lands which make up the parks.
We will advocate with Rotarian's and other groups who have similar goals for the promotion of peace, freedom and equal opportunities for all.
We will be vigilant in monitoring all proposed developments both inside and outside of the boundaries of both national parks and support changes which ensure the long-term ecological integrity of Waterton-Gacier International Peace Park for future generations.
We will work with organizations that have sailor interests in conservation and support the expansion of Waterton Lakes National Park to encompass the Flathead River Valley in British Columbia.
The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association (WGIPPA) membership is open to Rotarians from Rotary Districts 5080, 5360, 5370, and 5390 who have an interest in "...supporting and maintaining the development and promotion of Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park as a symbol of friendship, cooperation and our commitment to building peace initiatives whenever possible."
PLEDGE OF PEACE
" In the name of all we hold sacred, we will not take up arms against each other. We will work for peace, maintain liberty, strive for freedom and demand equal opportunities for all. May the long existing peace between our nations stimulate other peoples to follow this example"