The Kiwanis Club of Tacoma has chosen the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Peace Bench project as its Dec. 1, 2020 “Giving Tuesday” project.
The Peace Bench will be a “Place to Chat”; situated in a peaceful, serene location along the shores of Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington. It will be part of the Waterwalk at Point Ruston.
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Board has dedicated the Peace Bench in honor of and in memory of internationally known peacemaker, mediator, negotiator, conflict resolution guide and long-time Tacoma resident William F. Lincoln.
The Peace Bench will be a “cleat bench”, manufactured by the Port Townsend Foundry, which uses 35% recycled sand in the manufacture of a line of concrete cleat benches. This bench style was chosen because of the symbolism of its slightly curved shape and narrow ends, drawing those who sit on it closer together and implying that they should sit in the middle. The maritime design also lends itself to the waterfront location with its marine surroundings.
The Kiwanis Club of Tacoma will promote the project on its Facebook page @tacomakiwanis as will the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize committee Facebook page @tacomapeaceprize, its website and through other social media. The goal for the project is $5,000.
WILLIAM F. LINCOLN
Bill Lincoln was the 2006 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate, and he has been a member of the organization’s board from 2015 until his unexpected passing in March, 2020. Bill knew that peace begins with talking. “Let’s have a chat” was one of his standard opening lines to bring people of diverse and divergent opinions together. As Nelson Mandela said, the best weapon is to sit down and talk.”
The Peace Bench pays tribute to Bill’s efforts to bring people together to talk and make peach, to find effective resolutions for conflict. Widely acclaimed as a practitioner of negotiation and meditation, Bill found himself in a diverse, critical and often highly volatile scenarios involving international, governmental, prove, community and environmental sectors.
KIWANIS CLUB OF TACOMA
The Kiwanis Club of Tacoma has 102 years of service to children and community. They note that two of their members have received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate, Willie Stewart and David Corner.
Loren Cohen and the team at Point Ruston (McBride-Cohen Management Group) are recognized for their assistance and generosity with this project.
It is the hope of the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize that the Peace Bench will be identified as the place to come where one can find not only the inner peace that comes when one has a beautiful place for mediation and reflection, but also the peace that comes when two people “Have a Chat” and work out a knotty problem together.
From the six Objectives of Kiwanis, three are represented with this project:
to give primacy to human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life
to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships
to provide a practical means to form enduring friendships
The installation and dedication of the bench will take place in the spring of 2021. Updates on the Peace Bench Project will be sent to a subscribing mailing list at the website www.tacomapeaceprize.org