2017 Miami Valley Peacebuilders Walk & Village

(Photos by Patsy Ferrell,©2017, Used with permission)

3rd Annual Miami Valley Peacebuilders Walk & Village

On Sunday, September 10 at Five Rivers Metro Park, downtown Dayton, 26 peacebuilder organizations joined 400 walkers to create the a-MAZE-ing peacebuilder village!  Ten Rotary clubs joined with the Rotary Club of Dayton, the organizing sponsor of this year's event.

2017 VIDEO INTERVIEW:  Diane Wellborn of The Omsbudsman program talks with Rotarians Dave Williamson and Jerry Leggett about the 2017 Miami Valley Peacebuilders Walk & Village held on September 10 at the RiverScape Metro Park, downtown Dayton, OH. 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation worked with local organizing sponsor, Rotary Club of Dayton to present this year's event.

Peacebuilder Walks: Q & A

What is a Peacebuilder Walk & Village?

Aa family-friendly, educational event designed to promote peace literacy (i.e. the art of living peaceably) through the stories of peace heroes and peacebuilders.

Peacebuilding is a Team Sport

Teams are formed by individuals who select a peace hero to be honored.  These individuals often represent an organization they belong to such as service club, faith community, business, school or civic organization. Your team is welcome to set a fundraising goal (example $1,500) and help support peacebuilding throughout the Miami Valley.

What does it cost to participate?

Free to the public with a suggested donation of $20 or more.

How are the funds handled?

 The Rotary Club of Dayton will oversee distribution of the funds and allocate them for local peace literacy initatives and peacebuilding organizations.

The Peace Hero/Peacebuilder Walks & Village are supported in part by a generous donation of funds and volunteer support of the Rotary Club of Dayton

Mayor Nan Whaley and local officials greet the 2017 participants of the Miami Valley Peacebuilders Walk & Village.


is often an everyday person who accepts risk and succeeds in making the world a less violent and more just place. 
~  Jerry Leggett

What is peace literacy?

Peace literacy is the art of living peaceably.  It is essential to creating a more secure, just and prosperous world for all.

Peace hero ideals

  • recognize interconnections;
  • promote justice;
  • reject vengeance;
  • foster reconciliation.

The Rotary Four Way Test

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

What word can change your world today?

Words lead to thoughts ... that lead to action ...that lead to CHANGE! 

  • One letter can change the "word" to "world."
  • One action can change our individual world, rippling into the outer world.