Vol. 5 No. 1

March 2018

ADOPT-A-FUTURE Fundraising Victory!

Thanks to the wonderful support shown for the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, we reached our "Adopt-A-Future" fundraising campaign goal.  Partner organizations and individuals contributed a total of $33,116 -  more than our goal of $30,000!  

The Horseed Primary School in the Kakuma Refugee Camp located in western Kenya will now have a new fully-funded classroom.     The United Nations High Commission for Refugees will use the funds along with an equal match from the Educate a Child Fund to meet the educational needs of at least 40 students at the Horseed Primary School for a period of ten years.

Though the GL-UNA goal was reached, the UNHCR STILL NEEDS DONATIONS TO EDUCATE the increasing number of refugee children. WE ARE STILL FUNDRAISING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PURPOSE.   Donations may be made at   Also, if you and/or your organization want to host a fundraiser for this purpose, please email us at There are tens of thousands of refugee children in need of educational assistance in the Kakuma Camp alone.  Your donation can make a world of difference in the life of a child.

Our deepest appreciation to the many donors who made this effort a success - and to those who continue to support this effort. Thank you!

The GL-UNA Board of Directors held its Strategic Planning Retreat

January 20, 2018


Top Row (left to right): Mary Ann Ferguson, Hakan Yildiz, Dave Wiley, Terry Link, Tom Bartley

Middle Row: Joseph Hess, Bob Barnhart, Lynn Bartley, Dasha Shamrova, Ryan Mills

Seated: Rose Kaihula, Laurie Barnhart, Ada Kidd

Not pictured: Kathleen Gut

We welcomed our new board members, Kathleen Gut, Roselyn Kaihula, Ryan Mills, and Hakan Yildiz. We revisited our mission, identified our 2018 focal areas and goals - and had a good time together. Our 2018 goals are to:

  • continue to build our diverse and actively involved membership
  • provide timely advocacy alerts so that all on our listserv can send messages to our reps when they are most needed.  
  • communicate effectively with our membership 
  • enhance our relationships with our current Affiliate organizations and invite more organizations to become Affiliates
  • host our usual annual events plus seven Java Café` Global Conversations and at least one World Friendship Day at a middle school
  • hold the PeaceQuest Art Contest ( for elementary through high school ages.  
  • continue to encourage and support Model UN clubs

GL-UNA 2018 Calendar – a Year at a Glance  

We’ve planned an exhilarating 2018 calendar - with at least seven “Java Café Global Conversations" ( with many excellent presenters, topics and opportunities for discussion, UN Day celebration in October, and Human Rights Day event in December.

In recognition of International Women’s Day (March 8) our Tuesday, March 13 Java Café Global Conversation is entitled “Global Status of Women” with presenters Jane White, Director of MI Task Force on Human Trafficking and Denise Quarles, member of Zonta Int’l Board of Directors.

GL-UNA and Peace Education Center are co-hosting an Earth Day event on April 19, 2018, 7 p.m entitled Collateral Damage: Environmental Impacts of War and Militarism. Watch for an email announcement and our web site "events" for updates.

GL-UNA and other community organizations began to meet in January to organize our September celebration of the Int’l Day of Peace "2018 PeaceQuest Greater Lansing.”   Visit the PeaceQuest web site often!   

Print our colorful 2018 GL-UNA calendar at Visit our web site for updates and articles of interest and watch for our email announcements.

We hope to see you at our March 13th Java Café Global Conversation!  


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