When Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, spoke on “Why World Peace Is Possible” at the annual conference of Southwestern Ohio Rotary District 6670 on April 18 in Dayton, Ohio, he found a willingness among the attendees to reconsider some long-held views.
Eric Marcus, District Leader for 6670, said, “I found Paul very worthwhile. He presents a unique view on peace that makes you really start to think.”
The conference was held at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, at the edge of the Wright-Patterson Air Force base, the site of the 1995 Dayton Accords that ended the Bosnian War. Diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke was the chief architect of the Dayton Peace Accords.
One Rotarian commented, “I was changed. I went in thinking that peace was impossible. Left thinking there is a way to spread peace. Slow and steady, like curing polio.” Other comments included, “Great topic, great message, and tremendous takeaway!” “Glad to know there are people out there doing something about peace,” and “Very practical approach in presentation.”
Jerry Leggett, Rotary member, and the Executive Director of the Dayton International Peace Museum, explained, “Paul gave a deeply impressive and thoughtful presentation, providing easy-to-understand and fact-based concepts that challenged us to rethink the issues of war and peace.”
The location for Paul’s talk on world peace could not be more appropriate. The Hope Hotel is named after Bob Hope, comedian and legendary entertainer to the U.S. Armed Forces, and actually operates on U.S. Air Force property. Having been the site of the Dayton Peace Accords, the hotel promotes itself as a place where “great meetings can change the world.”