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"If you want peace in your world, make space for it." ~ Jerry Leggett
Meet jerry douglas leggett
Meet Rotarian Jerry Leggett, a member of the Rotary Club of Dayton, a 50/50 club that in 1914 named Orville Wright its first honorary member. The term 50/50 club signifies that the Rotary Club of Dayton was the 47th club formed and is the 50th largest club in Rotary International.
Jerry is the President/CEO of the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation. As part of the Foundation's "peace literacy for all" campaign, Jerry travels extensively, speaking at a conferences, service clubs and often performing his original tunes.
Previously, Jerry served as the Executive Director of the Dayton International Peace Museum (DIPM) 2014 - 2017.
His professional experiences include community organizing, fund-raising, volunteer management, strategic planning, and digital communications. Leggett worked as the Associate Regional Director of Church World Service/CROP based in San Diego, CA for nearly a decade organizing community hunger events. During his tenure, he started twenty new walks in San Diego and Orange Counties in California, and throughout Arizona.
Jerry loves to speak about the five years he lived on Hawaii Island where he supervised the Crisis Mobile Outreach for Child & Family Service. Throughout his professional career, he has combined music and the arts to serve vulnerable populations. His recordings have sold more than 100, 000 copies worldwide and helped to raise funds for local meal programs and other nonprofit endeavors.
In 2007–2008, Jerry organized a 250-stop national music tour to inspire a culture of peace. While on tour, he conducted more than 7,000 video interviews with people from diverse backgrounds, asking them, “What does a more peaceful world look like for you?”
In 2017, Jerry organized The Hub Peacebuilder Tour in collaboration with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. It enlisted more than 65,000 followers on Facebook and helped raise the visibility of RAGFP through 9,200 miles of Hub Stops at Rotary Clubs, the Rotary World Peace Conference, Happy Hour Live Peace Music events and a featured exhibit at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA.