From Jenny Zaso

Dear JRPC Members & Supporters,
It is a bittersweet day having to write this letter to you all. The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center has been like a second home to me and the people here my family. The Peace Center has been an incredible place to work, given me many professional opportunities, cherished friendships, and so much more.

I will be transitioning to Five Valleys Land Trust to be their new Executive Director, and I am honored to have been chosen to do this job. On the other hand, I am deeply saddened to leave JRPC at a time when my momentum and contributions here feel so strong and sure. I plan to remain a very active participant in the success of JRPC in any way that I can, and so Continue reading

Community Remembrance

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”, Albert Pike

Dear Friends,
Today is my grandmother’s birthday. She has been dead for many years, but today I remember how she laughed when I tried to show her floor exercises from gym class, how wonderful her fried pies tasted, and how stately she looked in her nurses uniform as she went off to work. Yesterday as I stopped in The Break for a meeting, I saw the community remembrance shrine that is being created as part of our Festival of Remembrance to honor loved ones and create community around grief and healing. I thought of my “Nana”, my parents and so many others who have touched my life. And even though I had nothing to leave, I was moved to remember. But even more, I was moved to see beyond my life to the stories of loved ones that others grieve and to think about the stories of people I will never know in places I have never been — those who died in wars, violence or climate disasters and all the families who grieve them. Albert Pike said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”. In the notes that adorned the shrine, I saw a glimpse of immortality. Grief connects me to my ancestors, but also to my community and to all those who suffer and die around the world.

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Thank you!

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Dear friends,
The words, “thank you” do not come close to expressing the emotion, the gratitude and the pride I feel as I look back to the generous contributions of time, energy, money, muscle, music, food, services, gifts and so much more that was given to us last Sunday to make our peace party a success.  And it was a very wonderful success.  We had fun together, we raised money for a cause close to our hearts and we celebrated our successes and our connections.  It was a perfect example of what “we the people” can do.  Many people do not know that the Peace Center relies entirely on the money we receive from the public to survive — that’s your memberships, your donations at the end of the year, the sales from our fair trade store and this event.  And for 33 years, the public – our community – has come through for us.  Check out the list of donors and volunteers below and make a point to thank them yourself!  Thanks to all of you, we will forge ahead into the future to work alongside you in order to leave a better world to those who come behind

With much gratitude for each and every one of you, Betsy

In case you missed the party, but still want to get in on the fun, we have a few dinners left that are available for purchase.  To find out more, see the program or give us a call at 543-3955.

  • The Flavors of Tuscany: Cuisine of the Italian Heartland by Chef Ray Risho, November 9, 2019, 1 plate at $350
  • Authentic Portuguese Dinner by Sofia Reis at the home of Steve and Connie Running on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
  • A Turkish Delight from Leslie Burgess, Serena Early and Cyndy and Ray Aten on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2 plates at $350 each
  • Taste of New Orleans Cajun and Creole Dinner by Nancy Leifer and Linda Andrus on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
  • Authentic Indian Dinner from former Coordinating Council member Srini Mondava on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 3 plates at $375

And of course, THANKS to our sponsors: 

Peace Party Time!

The 2019 Planning Committee is excited to welcome you to our Peace Party. We have worked hard to make sure it an enjoyable evening for all — kids (who are free this year) and adults. Register online by noon on Friday or register at the door on Sunday. Your ticket includes a delightful buffet by Homestead Organics, beer, wine, Kombucha and other beverages and so much more…

Sunday Oct 13, 3:30 TO 7:30. Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building

Online is closed … Register at THE DOOR!

Thanks to: Good Food Store, Imagination Brewery, Homestead Organics, Andersen ZurMuehlen , First Security Bank for their generous sponsorships

We are excited to share OUR ENTERTAINMENT:
Chutzpah Klezmer music, Tom Catmull
AND a Jazz trio from Hellgate High School!

OUR LIVE AUCTION ITEMS:

  • Five Friends Italian Dinner cooked to order and delivered to you — by 5 friends!
  • Authentic Greek Dinner  by Effie Koehn (4 plates) on Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • The Flavors of Tuscany: Cuisine of the Italian Heartland by Chef Ray Risho, November 9, 2019
  • Alsatian Dinner by Martha Buser (10 plates) on Sunday, November 10, 2019
    Locally Sourced Five Course Gourmet Dinner  from theo Smith of Masala (8 plates) on Sunday, November, 17, 2019
  • Guided Hike in the Bitterroot Mountains with Guide, Racheal Zeiler & Lunch at Lolo Peak Brewing after the hike (Group of up to 6). Date to be arranged with Racheal
  • Sushi for Two at Sushi Hana. Date to be arranged with Al Gaither at the restaurant
    Dinner Celebration of Peace with Andrea Olsen (4 plates) Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (International Human Rights Day)
  • Authentic Portuguese Dinner by Sofia Reis at the home of Steve and Connie Running (6 plates) on Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • A Turkish Delight  from Leslie Burgess, Serena Early and Cyndy and Ray Aten (6 plates) on Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • 3 Days and 2 nights at a beautiful Flathead Lake Cabin. Dates to be arranged with the owners
  • Taste of New Orleans Cajun and Creole Dinner by Nancy Leifer and Linda Andrus (8 plates) on Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • House Concert By Beth Youngblood (for up to 8 people) complete with appetizers. Date & place to be arranged with Beth (Missoula area only)
  • Authentic Indian Dinner  from former Coordinating Council member Srini Mondava (8 plates) on Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Authentic Thai Dinner from Jume Slover and her famous food cart Big Thai Country (8 plates) on Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Beginning Whitewater or Sea Kayaking Instruction with Nancy Siegel (for 2 people). Date and Location to be arranged with Nancy
  • A unique, one-of-a-king JRPC Recipe Collection of food from Peace Party dinners over the years!
  • la Tour de France from Suzzette Dussault (6 plates) on Saturday, June 27, 2020
  • A Week-Long Get-Away in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of East Tennessee at a lovely old farmhouse. Dates to be arranged with owner
  • And top it off with a slice of Pat Cross’s soon to be famous pie!

OUR RAFFLE ITEMS:

  • $20 Gift Card to Thomas Meagher Bar
  • $20 Gift Card to The Book Exchange
  • $20 Gift Card to Acropolis
  • Gift Card for lunch for 2 at Scotty’s Table
  • Draught Works Growler, Fill, Shirt, Glass & Cozie
  • To-Go Mug and $25 Gift Card at Clyde Coffee
  • 1 Month Pass to Unparalleled Movement Gym
  • Family Membership, T-shirt & mug from the MT Natural History Center
  • Kornutopia Popcorn of the Month for 1 Year
  • $50 Gift Card to the Mission Bistro
  • 1 hour Float or Sauna at Enlyten Lab
  • Mums from Pink Grizzly

And there are so many Silent Auction Donors, we barely fit them on a page! Help us celebrate our generous community!!

Contact us at peace@jrpc.org  with questions

Plus, let us know if you want to connect with others to carpool.

Thanks to: Good Food Store, Imagination Brewery, Homestead Organics, Andersen ZurMuehlen , First Security Bank for their generous sponsorships

Jeannette Said No – Musical Tribute to Jeannette Rankin

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Jeannette Said “No”

We are pleased to share this musical tribute to Montana’s Jeannette Rankin,
the first woman elected to Congress.

Jeannette Said “No” is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, piano, bass guitar; Sue Tice: fiddle; Bill Phelan: mandolin; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD.

 

  

Jeannette Said No – music