CommUNAcator

Vol. 4 No. 3

November 2017

Greater Lansing has events planned for December 3 and 5 and recently hosted some big celebratory events. We welcome you to join us at our programs, in our advocacy efforts, and as members of the United Nations Association - Greater Lansing Chapter. Please check out our news and calendar below. Thank you.

Fall was a Busy GL-UNA Season!

PeaceQuest 2017:

PeaceQuest 2017 was a great celebration of the International Day of Peace!

Greater Lansing UNA and several other organizations worked together to bring PeaceQuest 2017 to the greater Lansing community.

The Day of Action was on Sunday, September 17 at the Cherry Lane Park on Harrison Road. There were lots of displays, activities, music, food and fun. For photos go to https://www.gluna.org/PQdayofactionpics! 

For ten days area organizations, faith-based groups, and others held peace-related events including story-telling, an interactive discussion about Islam, Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, a GL-UNA “Java Cafe`” and more. See the PeaceQuest web site for many more details at https://peacequestgreaterlansing.org/ 

An Excellent GL-UNA Celebration of UN Day!

On October 29, almost 100 people gathered at the MSU Kellogg Center for a dinner and celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations.  The keynote speaker, Robert Skinner, Director of the UN Information Center in Washington, D.C. was very interesting and well-received.  

The  Arthur H. Vandenberg Award recipient was Senator Debbie Stabenow.   GL-UNA Board member Terry Link and Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson were Global Goals Local Leaders awardees. They have each spent years fulfilling the UN-adopted “Sustainable Development Goals” at a local level.   Erin Parris-Dallia and Aidan Winters were recipients of the GL-UNA Global Ed awards.  

For photos and more info at https://www.gluna.org/UN-Day-Celebration-2017 

Support our Adopt-a-Future Campaign!

After one full year of fundraising, GL-UNA and partners has sent more than $10,700 to the UNHCR to provide schooling for children in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. WE STILL NEED $20,000 to reach our goal! For more info at https://www.gluna.org/adoptafuture 

Board Member Changes - A Huge Thanks and a Big Welcome

Great thanks go to Katila Howard, Judy Huynh, and Han Huynh and Nancy Lubeski for their years of service as GL-UNA Board members. Though you are leaving our Board, we hope that you will continue to be active in our or another UNA chapter. New members on the slate are Ryan Mills, Roselyn Kaihula, Kathi Gut and Hakan Yildiz. All are sure to bring wonderful energy to our organization. Thank you all for stepping up to support what you believe in - the UNITED NATIONS!

GL-UNA SEEKING NEW MEMBERS! 

Support the work of your local United Nations Association (Greater Lansing UNA) by BECOMING A MEMBER! Our work is supported by your membership. Go to https://www.gluna.org/join-us to join! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Wondering What's Next?

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! 

Human Rights Day Event - Sunday, December 3, 3:30 check-in, 4 p.m. Program.   Hannah Community Center, East Lansing. Free parking, refreshments, and excellent international presenters! More info at https://www.gluna.org/event-2728260  

Greater Lansing UNA Annual Members Meeting Sunday, December 3, 3:00 p.m.   Hannah Community Center, East Lansing.   An annual report will be provided and the 2018 Board officers will be elected.  The nomination slate will be emailed to all members two weeks before this date so that they may vote if they wish.  Watch for it in your email box!

GL-UNA “Java Café -Global Conversation”

Finding our Voices - Advocacy for the World We Seek

"Our elected officials need constituents and advocates who will encourage, teach, appreciate, and hold them accountable to work for the common good." - FCNL

This Java Café will help us explore how we as citizens can affect public policy, our democracy, and efforts toward the Global Goals. A brief introduction to the Quaker approach as developed and used by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) for nearly 75 years will be shared. Discussion around its applications for current issues will follow. Terry Link, UNA Global Goals Local Leader award recipient will be one of the main presenters.

Please join us. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Arrive 6:45 p.m. for refreshments and conversation

"A better future is possible through dedicated effort, creative cooperation, right relationships, and well-directed resources." – FCNL

More info at https://www.gluna.org/event-2730751 

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