UNA Greater Kansas City History

THE GREATER KANSAS CITY CHAPTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS ASSSOCIATION

 
History, 1971- 2005 Second Volume

Manny Pedram, Historian


FOREWORD
 At the 1984 Annual meeting, the UNA membership revised the chapter bylaws to include a historian position.  As a charter member and past president and board member, the task of compiling the chapter’s history falls on my shoulders.  I completed the task in 1994 with the following description of chapter activities (1971-94).


 Once again at the November, 2003 UNA election, I was challenged to write the chapter’s history since completion of the first volume in 1994.  This opportunity enabled me to examine more than 30 years of scattered information in my personal files as well as available UNA files.  Although this volume was to cover 1995-2005, in order to make a sense of continuity of chapter’s events and activities,
(1) I have combined a portion of the information from the previous volume (1971-94) that I deemed necessary to make the continuity possible.
(2) I placed greater emphasis on the chapter’s educational mission and its advocacy of the United Nations and promotion of activities that enhance the chapter’s mission in the Kansas City metropolitan community.

Manny Pedram, Historian

ONLY GLOBAL ACTION TRHROUGH THE UN
WILL RESOLVE the WORLD’S GREATEST
CHALLENGES.
Kofi Annan*
The General Assembly’s annual debate
September 19, 2006
UNA Kansas City Chapter and relation with the UNA-USA

 The Kansas City chapter of the United Nations is one of the national network of more than 175 chapters and divisions of the UNA-USA and a membership of more than 20,000 across the nation.  The chapters assist their local communities, through various programs in educating about the United Nations, utilizing the broad grassroots outreach combined with high-level policy issues and studies.  Moreover, the chapters assist UNA-USA in building constituencies for the United Nations through their various programs and their educational activities.

 Historically, the United Nations Association-USA is traced to the establishment of the League of Nations Association in 1923.  After the establishment of the United Nations, it became AAUN.  Eleanor Roosevelt the U.S. representative to the U.N. General Assembly, was one of the early leaders of the AAUN.  In 1947, the U.S. State Department took the lead in founding a second organization, the U.S. Committee for the United Nations, with the purpose of coordinating the national observance of the United Nations Day.  In 1964, the AAUN and the U.S. Committee for the United Nations merged to become the United Nations Association of the USA.  The association is dedicated to strengthening the United Nations system and enhancing the United States participation in this international institution.  The UNA-USA carries out its actions and agenda through a combination of public information with the support of chapters and divisions, policy analysis and international dialogue.  The nationwide network of chapters and affiliated divisions, including the Kansas City Chapter, the UNA-USA reaches a broad cross-section of the U.S. public.  The national organization provides guidelines and directions for the establishment of chapters and continues with providing information and educational services on the work of United Nations and related global issues.  To achieve such goals, the UNA-USA encourages each chapter and division to increase their membership in order to increase American support for a more effective United Nations.  The National Convention, the National Council and the Board of Governors set the association policies.


The UNA-USA conducts policy analysis through its global policy project, a grass-roots national study program.  These issues may range from peace and security, environment, sustainable economic development, to narcotic drugs—that touches the lives of every American citizen.  Moreover, the national association as a constructive critic of the UN provides “balanced information and realistic recommendations for a stronger United Nations system.”

 Inter Dependent, the UNA-USA newsletter, provides up-to-date information about the issues facing the United Nations as well as the activities of UNA-USA and individual chapters and divisions.  No doubt, the active participation of each individual and each chapter member, is essential in helping the organization to increase its potential in Washington and assure continuation of support for the United Nations.  Among activities initiated by the national organization that have received the Kansas City Chapter’s strong support have been the UNA policy studies program, community programs and the annual United Nations Day celebration.


LOOKING BACK

Moving Toward Organizing A United Nations Chapter In the Kansas City

 In the early summer 1971, a number of individuals with interest in United Nations met in the backyard of Louann and Sheldon Stahl to discuss the formation of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association.  The Convener for the chapter was Dean Tollefson, and those who agreed to sign the Charter document and make designated contribution in support of chapter formation, became Charter members of the organization to include the following as their name appeared on the Charter Document:

Mr. & Mrs. Dean Tollefson
Clark Page
Ellen Roose
Madeline & Anthony De Maio
Margery S. Handy
Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon Stahl
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Brown
Sister Rosemary Flanigan
Sister Martha Smith
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Voss
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bebb
Carol Halsted
Katherine Stephens
Joann Simon
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dawson
Mr. & Mrs. Orville Darby
Peggy Millich (Fish)
Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Mr. & Mrs. Mel Sjerven
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Bowser
Dr. & Mrs. Reverdy Gliddon
Sister Patricia Lorenz
Mr. & Mrs. Peter W. Hyde
Mr. & Mrs. John Kinsey
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Bates
Rosemary Sweeny
Stanley H. Fucher

World problems, have acquired a global dimension that can only be matched by global action, agreed and coordinated through this most universal of institutions.


First Organizational Meeting December 16, 1971
 
The first official organizational meeting called by the Convener Mr. Dean Tollefson was set for December 16, 1971.  In a letter dated December 6, 1971, Dean.  Tollefson invited the Charter members and a number of other interested individuals to the first organizational meeting and stated the following as the purpose for the meeting:
 
As a convener, it is my responsibility to facilitate our coming together for the first time and to somewhat structure the topics for our first working session as a board.

In reference to the need for a United Nations Association Chapter, Mr. Tollefson wrote:

The events of the past few days have again pointed up the need for a stronger United Nations as the vehicle for advancing peace with justice.  This can only come about through a greater awareness of the needs of this planet’s citizens and the way those needs can be respected and harmonized.  “National interests” must not be allowed to jeopardize the flow of decisions needed to avert global cataclysms of whatever origin, whether biological, economic, military or others.

The work of the United Nations Association in the Greater Kansas City region can be one more instrument for the regeneration of hope.  We can and must advance feasible alternatives for peace and then help elicit required human support for its realization.

In response to my personal inquiry as to what exactly was the motivating force for the establishment of the UNA chapter Dean sent the following statements.

We sought to acknowledge the importance of the influence, work and potential of the U.N. and its agencies, and to each be a part of this special form of global development;
We sought to encourage a greater understanding and acknowledgement of the U.N. and its many agencies in the Greater Kansas City Region;
We sought to provide an organizational medium to advance support for the U.N. especially political leaders;
We sought to affect a presence in the region here in Kansas City, which could challenge those with narrow, vested interests, and show how such narrowness leads inevitably to hostility, and then to war;
We sought to be a part of, and be a means for others to be a part of, another major civilizing influence here.

Countries will only overcome the “three great challenges of development, security and human rights if they take action together, globally and coordinated through the United Nations.”  Kofi Annan

 

Agenda

Agenda for the December 16, 1971, organizational meeting included:

1. Program Objectives
a. General Goals
b. Specific Substantive topics for meetings

2. Chapter Projects
a. UNICEF: cards and “Trick or Treat”
b. Mundialization
c. School and Colleges
d. Speaker’s Bureau
e. Unification of internationally oriented groups in Kansas City
(This last item was added at the meeting.)

3. Community Relations, Press Releases and Fund Raising
a. Objectives
b. Specific Calendar events

4. Chapter Organization
a. Bylaws
b. Board of Directors
c. Officers


First Board of Directors and Officers

 The first Board of Directors and Officers were elected at the December 16, 1971 Organizational meeting to include:

First Officers, 1971-73

President      Mr. Clark Page
Vice-President     Dr. Reverdy Gliddon
Vice Pres. for Program    Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Secretary/ Treasurer    Mr. William A. Voss

Board of Directors
Mr. Charles Bebb
Mrs. Ann Hyde
Mrs. Madeline De Maio
Mr. Clayton Smalley
Dr. Sheldon Stahl
Mr. Dean Tollefson
Mrs. Russell (Marjorie) Handy
 Plans for the first public meeting was discussed and the topic of challenges facing the United Nations in the 1970’s was selected.  Date for the first public meeting was set for February 29, 1972.


The Honorary Advisory Board Members
 
In addition to the regular elected board of directors, the Honorary Board of Directors is defined in Article VII of the UNA By-Laws.  Article VII, states “The Board of Directors of the Chapter may create an honorary Board of Directors consisting of persons in the greater Kansas City area whose achievements, careers, employment or pursuits have demonstrated concern, efforts directed toward the establishment of world peace and justice through world law.”

Among the first nominees for the honorary board was Mayor Charles B. Wheeler due to his strong support of the United Nations Association and Center for World Community.  Another Kansas citian that played a major role in the establishment of Center for World Community and the United Nations Association was Mrs. E. Grey (Mary Clark) Dimond.  In correspondence with Mary Clark Dimond on May 1979, Manny Pedram, Chapter President, requested that her name be included on the UNA stationary as the honorary member.  In a letter dated May 16, 1979 Mrs. Dimond indicated her continuous support for the organization and permission to be included if she is not the oly listed individual.  Eventually, in addition to Mayor Richard Berkley’s name, who succeeded Charles Wheeler, three other names were added due to their continuous support for UNA:

Donald Loeb
Dr. Robert Meneilly
Hugh Speer

A slate of nominees for 1994 includes the following as Honorary Board Members:
Gertrude Oliver
Georgette Page
Manny Pedram
Ellen Roose
John Speca
Rosemary Sweeney
In recent years, no specific individual has been listed as an honorary member of the Board of Directors.

 

First and Second Public Meetings February 29, and May 3, 1972

The first meeting of the United Nations Association was planned with the purpose of:

1. Initiating public awareness and supportive atmosphere for the United Nations; and
2. Developing specific plans and directions for the United Nations Association in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The first public meeting was held at St. Andrew’s Church, Auxillary Room, at Meyer Blvd. and Wornall Road, on February 29, 1972, 7:30 p.m.

At the end of the first meeting on February 29, the first public meeting was evaluated and it was decided that a second meeting should be held on May 3, 1972, at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 4500 Warwick Blvd.  The speaker for the second session was Professor Frederick W. Hess, professor of Law at UMKC and the topic of his speech was: Is the United Nations Charter on a Collision Course with the United States Constitution?  Small group discussion after the second meeting focused on the topic of the United Nations action in Kansas City, including year round UNICEF sales and activities, Mundialization and future U.N. programs.


Moving Ahead, 1972- 2005

 The year 1972 marked an increase in interest, membership and public support for the United Nations Association in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  During the first ten years of its operation the United Nations Association had its ups and downs, depending upon the public moods.  The public optimism about the United Nations and worldwide political activities increased the membership and the opposite was apparent when the pessimism about events down played public interest.  In general, the Kansas City Chapter kept a steady course in 34 years of its existence and has gained confidence, public support and visibility.  Public programs were planned regularly and several times during the year, all open to public.  It is accurate to state that the UNA Chapter become a viable institution in the Kansas City metropolitan area, playing a major role in increasing awareness of the United Nations and the international peace.


Board of Directors and Officers 1971- 2005

1971- 73


Officers      
Mr. Clark Page     President
Dr. Reverdy Gliddon     Vice-President
Mr. William A. Voss     Secretary/ Treasurer
Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram   Vice Pres. for Program

Board Members
Mr. Charles Bebb
Mrs. Ann Hyde
Mrs. Madeline De Maio
Mr. Clayton Smalley
Dr. Sheldon Stahl
Mr. Dean Tollefson
Mrs. Russell (Marjorie) Handy


1974- 1978

Officers
Dean Tollefson     President
Louann Stahl      Vice- President
William A. Voss     Secretary/ Treasurer

Board Members
Zohreh Behbehani
Eliot Berkley
Betty Bullock
Reverdy Gliddon
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Sheldon Stahl

During the years 1976- 78 the organization’s membership declined.
Dean Tollefson did most of the Chapter’s activities by informing members through memos and notices.  There are no minutes, etc. during this period to give indication of any board meeting or chapter activities, except the Mayor United Nations Day Committee.


"I remain convinced that the only answer to this divided world must be a truly United Nations."  Kofi Annan

1978-80
Officers
Manny Pedram, Ph.D.    President
Reverdy Gliddon, Ph.D.    Vice-President
Katherine Stephenson    Secretary
William A. Voss     Treasurer
Louann Stahl      Membership V-P
Jack Stephens, M.D,     Program V-P.
Louise Seward     Publicity

Board Members
Orville Darby
Ellen Roose
Gordon J. Gamm
Dean Tollefson

1980- 82

Officers
Manny Pedram, Ph.D.    President
Reverdy Gliddon, Ph.D.    Vice-President
Mary Kelso      Secretary
William A. Voss     Treasurer
Louann Stahl      Membership V.P
Jack Stephens, M.D.     Program V.P.
Jean Vaughn      Publicity

Board Members
Orville Darby
Gordon J. Gamm
Ellen Roose
Mel Sjerven
Cameron Stuart
Dean Tollefson
Sheldon Stahl

1982 –  84

Officers
William A. Voss     President
Mel Sjerven      Vice-President
Peggy Fish      Secretary
Jack Stephens      Treasurer
Louann Stahl      Membership V.P
Ben Kjelshus      Program V.P
Marie Kellogg      Publicity
Board Members
Dennis Bell
AJ Brenner
Rosemary Flanigan
Reverdy Gliddon
Mary Kelso
Ruth Lang
Don Marxsen
Ken Maxwell
Jason Patosa
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Sheldon Stahl
Cameron Stuart
Harriette Yeckel

1984- 86
Officers
William A. Voss      President
Louann Stahl       Vice-President
Peggy Fish       Secretary
Jack Stephens       Treasurer
Helga Abramson      Program V.P
Ann Avila       Publicity
Blake Ohsol       Publicity
Manny Pedram      Historian

Board Members
Susan Adler
Catherine Beaham
Charles Bebb
Dee Berry
Richard Dawson
Rosemary Flanigan
Kelly Gerling
Reverdy Gliddon
John Hodges
Marie Kellogg
Mary Kelso
Georgette Page
Sharon Pelling
Joan Putthoff
Harriette Yeckel
Becky Carmillo
Ben Kjelshus
Jason Patosa
Sheldon Stahl
James (Bud) Tumy
1986- 88

Officers
Kelly Patrick Gerling      President
Rosemary Flanigan      Vice-President
Harriette Yeckel      Secretary
William A. Voss      Treasurer
Louann Stahl       Membership V.P
John Schuster       Program V.P
Chris Kuehl       Program V.P
Sheldon Stahl       Historian
Susan Adler       Publicity

Board Members
Charles Bebb 
Mary R. Cook
Peggy Fish
Marie Kellogg
Lois Kruger
Gertrude Oliver
Georgette Page
Jason Petosa
Neel Proctor
Joan Putthoff
Richard Routmann
Jack Stephens, M.D.

1988-1990

Officers
Kelly Patrick Gerling      President
Rosemary Flanigan      Vice-President
Nancy Monogham      Secretary
William A. Voss      Treasurer
Louann Stahl       Membership V.P
Helga Abramson      Program V.P
Sheldon Stahl       Historian
Susan Adler       Publicity

Board Members
Charles Bebb
Peggy Fish
Marie Kellogg
Georgette Page
Richard Routman
Jack Stephens
1990-1992

Officers
Louann and Sheldon Stahl     Co-Presidents
Joan Puthoff       Vice-President
Jason Petosa       Secretary
William A. Voss      Treasurer
Louann Stahl       Membership V.P
Mary Cook       Program V.P
Harriette Yeckel      Historian

Board Members
Susan Adler
Charles Bebb
Joyce Cox
John Denham
Merle Frey
Mary Lou Hathaway
Margaret Jackson
Jane Johnson
Marie Kellogg
Lora Lockwood
Gertrude Oliver
Georgette Page
Richard Patterson
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Ellen Roose
Mel Sjerven
John Speca
Rodney Wilson
Karen Winn

1992-1994

Officers
Joan Putthoff      President
Mel Sjerven       Vice-President
Mary Lou Hathaway      Secretary
Margaret Jackson      Treasurer
Ann & Bill McSweeney     Program V.P
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram    Historian
Rosemary Sweeney      Publicity

Board Members
Charles Bebb
Kim Buckley
Cecilia Campbell
Joyce Cox
Lisa Serven
Gerry Kinerk
Lora Lockwood
Harlan Long
Gertrude Oliver
Georgette Page
Jason Petosa
Ellen Roose
Kevin Flattery
John Speca

1995-1996

Officers
Kevin Flattery      President
Royceann Mather      Vice-President
Elizabeth Dunne      Secretary
Michael Abrahms      Treasurer

Board Members
Charlotte Ament
Charles Bebb
Millie Capers
David Dunne
Mary McNellis
Anna Melgoza
Marcy Mick
Jason Petosa
Esther Richart
Physsie Salisbury
Bambi Shen
Maggie Stepp
Tommy Wu

1996-1998

Officers
Kevin Flattery      President
Royceann Mather      Vice-President
Elizabeth Dunne      Secretary
Michael Abrahms      Treasurer

Board Members
Charlotte Ament
Kimberly Basket
Charles Bebb
David Dunne
James Everett
Maggie McCoy
Mary McNellis
Jason Petosa
Esther Richart
Physsie Salisbury
Bambi Shen
Tommy Wu

1998-1999

Officers
Royceann Mather      President
Barbara Ford       Vice-President
Michael Abrahms      Treasurer

Board Members
Charles Bebb
Anyanwu Cox
David Dunne
Kevin Flattery
JoElaine Harris
Mark Johnson
Mary McNellis
Gail Mengel
Jason Petosa
DonTews

1999-2000
Officers
Royceann Mather      President*
Barbara Ford       Vice-President
Mark Johnson       Treasurer

Board Members
Murray Anderson
Charles Bebb
Jim Everett
Mary McNellis
Manny Pedram
Jason Petosa
Kristen Smith
Yeeyin Yap

 *On March 1, 2000, Royceann Mather resigned effective immediately.  At a membership dinner, on Saturday, April 29, 2000, and after a workshop by Kamyra Harding of the UNA-USA Chapter and recommendation of the nominating committee, a slate of candidate were elected as follows:

2000-2001

Officers
Howard Sheehy, Jr.,      President
Jason Petosa       Vice-President
Charles Bebb       Vice-President
George & Arthea Saller     Secretary
Mark Johnson       Treasurer

Board Members
Phillip Caswell
James Everett
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Phyllis Salisbury
Peter Stauffacher
Glenn Summers
Karen Winn
Harriette Yeckel

2001-2002

Officers
Howard Sheehy, Jr.      President
Jason Petosa       Vice-President
Charles Bebb       Vice-President
George & Arthea Saller     Secretary
Mark Johnson       Treasurer

Board Members
George Belzer
Phillip Caswell
Haumana DeBarthe
James Everett
Manuel P. Pardo
Julia Patrick
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram
Phyllis Salisbury
Peter Stauffacher
Glenn Summers
Mai Tseng
Rima Wahab Twibell
Ty Wahab Twibell
Willadee Wehmeyer
Karen Winn
Harriette Yeckel

2003
Officers
Willadee Wehmeyer      President
Haumana DeBarthe      Vice-President
George & Arthea Saller     Secretary
Don McClain       Treasurer
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram    Historian

Board Members
Anab Abdulahi
Andrew Batner
Charles Bebb
George Belzer
Phillip Caswell
Mike Corwin
James Everett
Mark Johnson
Buddy Liston
Manuel P. Pardo
Jason Petosa
Steve Shaw
Howard (Bud) Sheehy
Jay Sjerven
John Slattery
Peter Stauffacher
Dan Stoll
Rima Wahab Twibell
Ty Wahab Twibell
Karen Vorst
Karen Winn
Harriette Yeckel

2004
Officers
Jay Sjerven       President
Buddy Liston       Vice-President
John Slattery       Vice-President
James Everett       Vice-President
George & Arthea Saller     Secretary
Don McClain       Treasurer
Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram    Historian
Board Members

Anab Abdulahi
Stephen Childress
Mark Johnson
Fadhel Kaboub
Manuel P. Pardo
Steve Shaw
Howard (Bud) Sheehy
Louann Stahl
Sheldon Stahl
Peter Stauffacher
Dan Stoll
Zdravka Todorova
Karen Vorst
Karen Winn
Harriette Yeckel

2005

Officers
Jay Sjerven,       President
Louann Stahl       Vice-President
James Everett       Vice-President
Buddy Liston       Vice-President
Don McClain       Treasurer
Karen Winn       Secretary

Board Members
Rashida Banerjee
Ike Francis
Fadhel Kaboub
Mary E. Murphy
Stephen Murphy
Manuel P. Pardo
Richard Routman
Arthea Saller
George Saller
Sheldon Stahl
Peter Stauffacher
Daniel Stoll
Zdravka Todorova
Karen Vorst
Marian Woodward
Harriette Yeckel

The First Decade

 The Kansas City UNA chapter in the first decade is entwined with the following events and accomplishments as described in detail in the first volume to include:

The Establishment of the Center for World Community, serve as clearing Center with office at All Souls Unitarian Church and remained in operation until mid 1980’s.
Expansion of the Board of Directors
Mundialization of many public and private institutions
Annual United Naitons Day Celebration
Establishment of the Annual World Citizen Award
Annual Youth and related community projects.

In addition a number of grassroots and supportive activities increased awareness of the United Nations and international issues such as

The Kansas City Committee for U.N.I.C.E.F, supporting the work of international organization through fund-raising activities such as trick-or-treats at Halloween, greeting card and gift sales.

Kansas City Peace Research Institute, directed by Dr. Reverdy Gliddon, with the purpose of study and teaching of peace with the support of academic profession.

United Nations Educational Resource, (UNER), a subsidiary of the United Nations Association, making available speakers and other informational services on the subject of the United Nations, chaired by Ann Hyde.

World Citizenship (Mundialization) Committee, instrumental in adaptatinon of world citizenship by a number of local organizations, educational institutions, city of Kansas City and Jackson County.  William A. Voss chaired this committee.

 
Newsletter

 After the establishment of Center for World Community, Charles Bebb began a one-page newsletter, with a heading quotation from John W. Gardner of Common Cause, stating, “Ideals without a program are a fantasy.  And a program without an organization is a hoax.”
 This one page newsletter was to keep the line of communication between the Center and individuals with interest in the United Nations Association.  The UNA Chapter presidents continued using two to four page format of NEWSLETTER to inform the membership of the Kansas City Chapter activities.  In 1984, the name was changed to The Global View, published quarterly to cover articles ranging from pressing international issues, local activities, to community calendar.  Kim Buckley, as editor, contributed much in professionalizing the Global View, BY 1995, the 50th anniversary, it was called, One World, and number of pages had increased from two to four pages, then to eight pages.

Expansion of Board of Directors

 As the United Nations Association Chapter increased its membership, the make up of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee increased from the original eleven to 30 and above.  The increase was a positive reflection of the Chapter’s growth and public acceptance.  The Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings became routine monthly affairs and diversified.
The 2005 board of directors had 22 members.

The Annual United Nations Day Celebration

The nationwide celebration of the United Nations dates back to 1947, when the U.S. Department of State took the lead in forming the U.S. Committee for the United Nation to coordinate the national observance of the United Nations Day, and has continued since the merger of this organization and AAUN in form of UNA-USA.  Each U.S. President annually names a national UN.  Day Chairman for the nationwide U.N. observance.  The National U.N Day Chairman, in turn writes to state governors and mayors asking them to appoint a distinguished citizen in their communities as their local chairman in preparation for the U.N Day observance.  Governors in each state and mayors also name the state and local chairmen.

 The broad recognition of the United Nations Day celebration points to American citizens interest in recognizing the multilateral approach in resolving the international conflict and the united Nations role exemplifying this approach.  At the end of each year’s activities, the local reports are given to the UNA-USA, and are reviewed by the Steering Committee of the CCDP.  The national chairman sends this report to the President, as to success of the nationwide observance of the U.N.  The annual report demonstrates the substantive programs and events, and reflects in general the annual primary focus of the UN, such as celebration of International Year of Women, Disabled Persons, Children etc.  1995, the emphasis was on the fiftieth and in 2005, on sixtieth anniversary of the U.N.

 The annual celebration of the United Nations Day, October 24, has been an integral part of the United Nations Association.  The United Nations Association in conjunction with the Kansas City Mayor’s U.N. Day Committee, plan activities with the purpose of:
1. Celebrating the United Nations Day, on October 24,
2. Increasing public awareness of the United Nations and its achievements,
3. Providing greater visibility to the U.N.A. Chapter in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and,
4. Focusing attention on global and United Nations related issues.

For a number of years the Committee chair and its members were appointed by the Kansas City, Missouri mayor, and were given an oath and an official letter of appointment.  In general, the United Nations Association President made recommendation to the mayor’s office for the composition of the committee.  However, as the UNA board and its leadership actively organized and planned, the organization became solely responsible for planning the UN Day event with the support of the Mayor’s office.  This event has brought well-known national and international personalities to Kansas City.


The list includes:
Senators Frank Church of Idaho,
Ernest Hollings of South Carolina,
Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa,
Donald McHenry and Madeleine K. Albright, the ambassadors to the United Nations,
ormer Secretary of Agriculture, Orville L. Freeman,
Hugh Downs,
the UNICEF Chairman,
Norman Cousin, editor and publisher of Saturday Review,
Dr. Fernand  Spaak, Head of delegation of Commission of the European Communities,
Ms. Claire de Hedervary, the U.N. Chief of Pacific Settlement,
Cecila Munoz Palma, Supreme Court Justice and Chair of the
Philippines Union of Human Rights

znd many others as listed below.
Mayor’s Annual U.N. Day Events
1972, October 26,

The INTERNATIONAL BOOK YEAR
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr. Honorary Chair
Chairman: Charles Bebb, President, World
Federalist Association

Speaker: Senator Ernest F. Hollings, (D.S.C)
Topic:  27th Anniversary of the United Nations

1973,
the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr. Honorary Chair
Chairman: Walt Bodine, Talk Show Host KMBZ Radio

1973 World Citizen:  Mrs. E. Grey Dimond

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Richard Dawson, Mrs. E. Grey Dimond, Reverdy T. Glliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr., Isaac Jonathon, Mrs. Melvin Krigel, Kay Lentz, Robert Metcalf, Chancellor James C. Olson, Clark Page, Sheldon Stahl, William Voss.

1974, October 24 the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr.  Honorary Chair
Chairman: Mr. Francis J. Tallman,
Vice Chairman: Mrs. Norvel E. Smith,
Executive Secretary:  Charles Bebb

Speaker: Rear Admiral Max K. Morris, Special Representative, and Joint Chiefs    of Staff for Law of the Sea

1974 World Citizen:  Charles Bebb

Committee Members: Eliot Berkley, Maurice Bluhm, John S. Browser, Robert E. Combs, Major General John H. Cushman, USA, Richard Dawson, Mrs. E. Grey Dimond, Reverdy T. Gliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr. Robert M. Hawkins, William D. Hatley, Isaac Jonathon, Mrs. Melvin Krigel, Kay Lentz, Dr. Robert Metcalf, Rev. Richard C. Myers, Chancellor James C. Olson, Clark Page, Captain Roland Petering, U.S.N.R., Mrs. Robert Pelotsky,
Betty Shouse, Dr. Sheldon Stahl, General Frank H. Spink, Jr. U.S.A.F., William Steinhardt, Charles S. Stevenson, Joseph Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley

1975, the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr. Honorary Chair
Chairman: Mrs. Ernest Dick, Business and Community activist.

Speaker: no information was located, in my memory, Norman Cousins, Editor of Saturday Review was the speaker.

1975 World Citizen: Jim Burke

Committee Members: Eliot Berkley, Maurice Bluhm, Richard Dawson, Mrs. E. Grey Dimond, Reverdy T. Gliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr. Robert M. Hawkins, William D. Hatley, Isaac Jonathon, Robert Metcalf, Rev. Richard C. Myers, Chancellor James C. Olson, Clark Page, Sheldon Stahl, General Frank H. Spink, Jr. U.S.A.F, William Steinhardt, Charles S. Stevenson, Joseph Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley.

1976, October 24the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr.  Honorary Chair
Chairman: Dean Tollefson, Exec. Director, Union of Indep. Colleges of Arts

Speaker: Dr. Claire de Hedervary, Senior Political Affairs Officer U.N.

1976 World Citizen:  Dr. John Swomley

Committee Members:
Eliot Berkley, Maurice Bluhm, Richard Dawson, Mrs. E. Grey Dimond, Reverdy T. Gliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr. Robert M. Hawkins, William D. Hatley, Isaac Jonathon, Sheldon Stahl, William Steinhardt, Charles S. Stevenson, Joseph Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley.

1977, October 23the Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr.  Honorary Chair

Chairman: Charles Bebb, President, World Federalist Association.

Speaker, Senator Frank Church of Idaho.

1977 World Citizen:  Dr. Eliot Berkley

Committee Members
Eliot Berkley, Charles Bebb, Richard Dawson, T. Gliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr., Clark Page, Sheldon Stahl, General Frank H. Spink, Jr., Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, Joseph Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley.

1978, October 24 the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Charles B. Wheeler, Jr. Honorary Chair
Chairman: Marshall Miller.  Attorney at Law, Chamber of Commerce.

Speaker, no information was located,

1978: World Citizen  Madeline Brock

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley,
Richard Dawson, T. Gliddon, Mrs. Russell Handy, Jr., Clark
Page, Manny Pedram, General Frank H. Spink, Jr., Joseph
Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley.

1979, October 24, INTERNATIONAL YEAR
OF THE CHILD.

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: James Cooling, Attorney at Law,
  Happy House & Cooling.
Co-Chair: Dr. Manny Pedram

Speaker Dr. Fernand Spaak, Head of delegation
 Of the Commission of the European Community

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley,
Richard Dawson, Reverdy, Gliddon, Mrs. Russell
Handy, Jr., Clark Page, Manny Pedram, General Frank H.
Spink, Jr., Joseph Tucker, William Voss, Ralph Workley.

1979 World Citizen:  American Field Service and
    Catholic Charities
1980, October 26,the Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: James Cooling, Attorney at Law,
Happy House & Cooling.
Co-Chair: Manny Pedram, UNA President
Speaker, Philip Kaplan, director of Office of Multilateral Policy and Coordination.
1980 World Citizen:  Illus Davis, former Kansas City Mayor

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley,
Patti Brown, Jerry Darter, John Duncan, Marvin Duncan,
Rosemary Flanigan, Gordon Gamm, Reverdy Gliddon,
Sophia Himelstein, Ann Hyde, Jack Jonathan, Robert H. Mullett,
Terry Hara Klipper, Clark Page, Larry Rose, Mary Shouse, Marian Alice Simmons, Kristi Smith, Dean Tollefson, Tex Sample, Jack Stephend, Cameron Stuart, M.D., Bill Shields, Sheldon Stahl, William Voss.

1981, October 24, THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSON

the Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Rev. Dr. Bob Meneilly, Sr. Pastor, Village Presbyterian Church,

Speaker: Donald F. McHenry, former
  Ambassador to the United Nations.

1981 World Citizen: E. Grey Dimond, M.D.

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Wilbur Billington,
Emanuel Cleaver, Marjorie Edwards, Michael Fisher,
Reverdy T. Gliddon, Walter Hiersteiner, Rod Hill, Charles
Law, Manny Pedram, Tex Sample, Bill Shields,
Marian Alice Simmons, Sheldon Stahl, Dean E. Tollefson

1982, October 22

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Robert McGregor, President, Chamber of Commerce.

Speaker: Mr. Hugh Downs, Communicator, and Chairman, U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

1982 World Citizen: Louann & Sheldon Stahl

Committee Members:
Vern Berkley, Benedict Zobrist, William Clark, Robert Meneilly, Charles Bebb, Marjorie Edwards, Michael Fisher, Reverdy T. Gliddon, Eliot Berkley, Rod Hill, Clark Page, Manny Pedram, Joel Kallem, Bill Shields, Marian Alice Simmons,
Sheldon Stahl, Don Loeb, Lary Rose, David Wolfe, Sister Olive
Louise, Ruth Lang, Dee Berry and William A. Voss.


1983, October 21

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairperson: Dr. Harriette Yeckel,
 Psychologist, past Pres, Zonta International

Speaker: Dr. Cecilia Munoz Palma,
Supreme Court Justice and Chairman
Of the Philippine Union of Human Rights

1983 World Citizen: Manouchehr (Manny) PedRAM, Ph.D.,

Committee Members: Jan Armstrong, Charles Bebb, Eliot
Berkley, Walt Bodine, Raj Chopra, Marjorie Edwards, Michael
Fisher, Louis Forman, Jane Fugate, Reverdy T. Gliddon,
Ann Peterson Hyde, Ellen Laner, Robert Meneilly, Florence
Metz, Gertrude Oliver, Clark Page, Manny Pedram,
Barbara Pendelton, Jason Petosa, Sheldon Stahl,
William A. Voss, Sandra White, Benedict Zobrist.

1984, October 24

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Jason Petosa, President, Catholic Reporter.

Speaker, Mr. Orville L. Freeman, Former Secretary of Agriculture
And Chairman of the Board of Governors of UNA-USA.

1984 World Citizen: Dr. Harriette Yeckel

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Raj Chopra, Marjorie Edwards, Michael Fisher, Louis Forman, Reverdy T. Gliddon, Durnell McLaughlin, Florence Metz, Manny Pedram, Leonard Pryor, Margo Shepard, Sheldon Stahl, William A. Voss, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Michael Zedek, Benedict Zobrist.

1985, October 24

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Gordon Beaham, President, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company

Speaker, Captain John Testrake, Trans World Airlines and Representative Jim Leach Republican of Iowa.

1985 World Citizen:  Mr. & Mrs. Charles Price

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Diane Carlson Raj Chopra,
Marjorie Edwards, Peggy Frantz, Connie Halstead, Ellen Laner, Gilda Manning, Durnell McLaughlin, Robert Meneilly, Gertrude Oliver, Manny Pedram, Barbara Pendelton, Jason Petosa, Leonard Pryor, Margo Shepard, Sheldon Stahl, William A. Voss, Joyce Wallace, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1986, October 20

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairperson: Sister Olive Louise, President, Avila College.

Speaker, Chief Folake Solanke, the senior advocate of Nigeria.
Topic: Africa: Contrast and Conflict.

1986 World Citizen:  Priscilla Wilson

Committee Members: Hula Abram son, Gordon Braham III, Charles Babb, Eliot Berkley, Marjorie Edwards, Michael Fisher, Kelly Gering, Chair Kuehl, Mark Levin, Gilda Manning, Durnell McLaughlin, Robert Meneilly, Steve Mosher, Gertrude Oliver, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Sheldon Stahl, Joan Putthoff, William A. Voss, Rev. Judith Walker-Riggs, Joyce Wallace, Priscilla Wilson, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1987, October 22

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Sheldon Stahl, Dean, School of
Management, Rockhurst College.

Speaker: Eliot L. Richardson, Chairman UNA-USA
Topic:  Multilateral Cooperation- Impossibility or Necessity.

Committee Members: Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Marjorie Edwards, Sr. Rosemary Flanigan, Kelly Patrick Gerling, Chair Kuehl, Sr. Olive Louise, CSJ, Henry Mitchell, Gertrude Oliver, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Tim Pettet, Leonard Pryor, Joan Putthoff, William A. Voss, Rev. Judith Walker-Riggs, Lawrence Shumake, Tom Trebon Priscilla Wilson, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1987 World Citizen: Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan a Reader’s Digest editor and at the time waseditor-at-large for the Unity School of Christianity and has been working for world peace.

1988, October 19

The Annual United Nations Day Speaker,
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Charles Gusewelle, writer, Associate editor, Kansas City Star

Edward C. Luck, President, UNA-USA;
Topic: The U.N. making a World of Difference.

1988 World Citizen:  Gus Leimkuhler

Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Jane Dick, Marjorie Edwards, Kelly Gerling, Bill McSweeney, Trudy Oliver, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Jerry Siebes, Sheldon Stahl, Mel Sjervin, Beth Smith, Bill Voss, Luther Washington, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1989, October 18
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairperson: Marjorie Powell Allen, President, M.P. Allen Foundation.

Speaker: Benjamin B. Ferencz, Executive Director, Pace
  University School of Law, Peace Center.
Topic:  Structures for Peace.

1989 World Citizen: Charles W. Gusewelle

Committee Members: Rev. Vern Barnett, Charles Bebb, Dr. Eliot Berkley, Jane Dick, Marjorie Edwards, Eleanor Eggers, Dr. Kelly Patrick Gerling, Loeb H. Granoff, Karen Herman, Gilda Manning, Gertrude (Trudy) Oliver, Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, Jason Petosa, Dr. Sheldon Stahl, Bill Voss, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1990, October 23

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Richard L. Berkley, Honorary Chair
Chairman: William A. Sweeney Jr., President,
  Catholic Reporter.

Speaker, Victor Sidel, M.D, Prof. of Social Medicine,
  Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y.
Topic: The Health of Children in an Imperiled World.

1990 World Citizen:  David Wolfe
Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Babb, Eliot Berkley, Anne Davis, Marjorie Edwards, Kelly Gering, Loeb H. Granof, Paul Kapp, Anne McSweeney, William McSweeney, Agapito Mendoza, Gertrude (Trudy) Oliver, Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, Jason Petosa, Joan Putthoff, Jerry Siebes, Melvin Sjerven, Louann Stahl, Sheldon Stahl, Bill Voss, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Benedict Zobrist.

1992, October 23
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Emanuel Cleaver II, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Dr. Henry A. Mitchell, Vice Chancellor.
For Academic & International.  UMKC

Speaker, Hazel Henderson, Independent Futurist

1992 World Citizen:  Suzanne Gladney

Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb,
Eliot Berkley, Twyla Dell, Marjorie Edwards, Loeb Granoff,
Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, M.D. Paula Koch, Agapito Mendoza,
Marcy Mick, William McSweeney, Steve Nicely,
Trudy Oliver, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Louann Stahl,
Bill Voss, Alan Warne, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel

1993, October 24

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II, Honorary Chair
Chairman: David A. Zeeck, Associate
  Editor, Kansas City Star

Speaker, Madeleine K. Albright
 Representative to the U.N.

1993 World Citizen:  Dr. Henry A. Mitchell, Vice
    Chancellor for Academic &
    International Affairs,
   University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb, Melba Curls, Kevin Flattery, Beamarie Edwards, Marjorie Edwards, Paula Koch, Don McClain, Marcy Mick, Bill McSweeney, Agapito Mendoza, Henry A. Mitchell, Trudy Oliver, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Joan Putthof, Mel Sjerven, Sheldon Stahl, Rosemary Sweeney, Bill Voss, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel


1994, October 23

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Chuck McCann, President & CEO VPR, Creative Group, Inc. and Joan
  Putthoff, UNA President, co-Chairs.

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin B. Ferencz, author
  And speaker for Global Peace.

1994 World Citizen:  Benedict K. Zobrist, Ph.D.

Committee Members: Rev. Vern Barnet, Charles
Bebb, Dr. Eliot Berkley, Melba Curls, Anne Davis,
Marjorie Edwards, Kevin Flattery, Loeb Granoff,
Paula Koch, Don McClain, Bill McSweeney, Junie
Maggio, Bea Marie Mejia, Marcy Mick, Dr. Manouchehr
(Manny) Pedram, Jason Petosa, Joan Putthof, Mel Sjervin,
Dr. Alan Warne, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel, Ben Zobrist

1995, October 23 – U.N. 50

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Casey Eike and David Westbrook co-chairs

Speaker: Mr. Olara Otunnu, (Uganda) President of the
 International Peace
  Academy, affiliated with the U.N.

1995 World Citizen:  William McSweeney

Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb,
Eliot Berkley, Melba Curls, Marjorie Edwards, Kevin Flattery,
Loeb Granoff, Rick Hughey, Beamarie Mayer, William
McSweeney, Marcy Mick, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa,
Joan Putthof, Mel Sjerven, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel

1996, October 24
The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Emanuel Cleave, II, Honorary Chair
Co- Chairs: Chancellor Eleanor Schwartz &
  Kevin Flatter, UNA President
Speaker: Retiring Congresswomen
  Patricia Schroeder
Address: “US-UN Relationship.”
1996 World Citizen:  Terri Petri

Committee Members: Vern
Barnet, Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, Marjorie Edwards,
James Everet, Loeb Granoff, Royceann Mather,
Kimberly Basket, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa,
Mel Sjerven, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel

1997, October 24
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II, Honorary Chair
Co-Chairs: Chancellor Eleanor Schwartz
  And Kevin Flattery, UNA President.

1997 World Citizen: Charles B. Wheeler, M.D., J.D.,
    former Mayor of Kansas City

Speaker: U.S. Representative Karen McCarthy replaced
  Bill Richardson United Nations Ambassador
  (Due to his special assignment, was unable to
  attend for dedication of Peace Plaza)

Committee Members: Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb, Eliot Berkley, , James Everett, Loeb Granoff, Royceann Mather, David Pack, Mel Sjerven,
Petosa, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel

1998, October 24
The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II, Honorary Chair
Co-Chairs: Chancellor Eleanor Schwartz &
  Kevin Flattery, UNA Pres.

Speaker: Dr. William F. Schultz,
  Executive Director, Amnesty
   International, USA.
Address: “The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.”

1998 World Citizen: William A. Voss, an attorney,
charter member of the United Nations Association of
Greater Kansas City, chapter president 1982- 86.  He
Was on the Mayor’s United Nations Day committee for
25 years, board member of the UNA-Gk.  Global and
Multicultural Education Center and chairman of the
“Mundialization” (World Citizenship Committee in the
Kansas City Metro area.
Committee Members: Committee members; Vern Barnet,
Charles Bebb, Marjorie Edwards, James Everett, Leob H. Granoff, Jan Kannard,
Royceann Mather, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Mel Sjerven, Karen Winn, David Wolfe, Harriette Yeckel.

1999, October 20
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Co-Chairs: Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, M.D., former KCMO Mayor
  And Roceann Mather, UNA President

Speaker: Dr. Sheldon Stahl, Vernon Haase
  Professor of Business & Economics,
  Aurora University, Illinois.
Address: “A New UN for a New Millennium.”

1999 World Citizen: Dr. Robert Meneilly Founder of
Village Presbyterian Church, serving 52 years in ministry.
He advanced international peace and fellowship in routine
Church activities including the United Nations, UNICEF and
Harmony in a World of Difference.  He chaired many events
Including the chaired Mayor’s UN Day Committee.  1981.

Committee Members; Vern Barnet, Charles Bebb,
Marjorie Edwards, Peggy Erickson, James Everett,
Jan Kennard, Judy Moody, Mary McNellis, Manny
Pedram, Jason Petosa, Mel Sjerven, -Jane Simmons,
Gary Widmar, Karen Winn, David Wolfe, Dr. Harriette Yeckel.

2000, November 2013

The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Howard S. Sheehy, Jr.,
  UNA President

Speaker: Dr. Sergei Khrushchev,
  Professor at Brown University
Address: “A New UN for a New Millenium.”

2000 World Citizen:  Mary C. McNellis, S.L,
A Sister of Loretto, an
Outstanding volunteer, working on local, regional
and international issues.
Committee Members: Elke Bader, Charles Bebb, Harriet Bigham, Joanna Edgerton,
Marjorie Edwards, James Everett, Pat Kenoyer, SL., Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, Jason Petosa, Peter Stauffacher, Dr. Charles B. Wheeler,
Dr. Gary Widmar, Karen Winn, David Wolfe, Dr. Harriette Yeckel

2001, October 24
The Annual United Nations Day

Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Howard S. Sheehy, Jr., UNA President,

Speaker: Ambassador Karmalesh Sharma
Address: “Imagining Tomorrow: Rethinking
  The Global Challenge”

2001 World Citizen:  Lillian Gonzales Pardo, M.D.
    Acknowledged for her leading
    Role to build the Filipino Comm
    Center, and co-founder of the
    Performing Art Ts Troupe

Committee Members: Elko Bader, Charles Bebb,
Harriet Bingham, Marjorie Edwards, James Everett,
Dr. Manoucher (Manny) Pedram, Patsy Kiel, Jason Petosa,
Gail Prieb, Peter Stauffacher, Dr. Daniel Stoll, Dr. Willadee
Wehmeyer, Karen Winn, David Wolfe, Dr. Harriette Yeckel.

2002, November 14

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Howard S. Sheehy, Jr., UNA President, Chair

Speaker: Dr. Vally N’Dow
Address: Interdependence and Social Conflict

2002 World Citizen: James Everett, Executive
   Director of the Kansas City Interfaith
   Peace Alliance, and gets credit for
   Raising funds to keep and maintain   th
   UNA Kansas City Peace Plaza.

Committee Members: Elke Bader, Charles Bebb, Harriet Bingham, Marjorie Edwards, James Everett, Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, Patsy Kile, Jason Petosa, Gail Prieb, Peter Stauffacher, Dr. Daniel Stoll, Dr. Willadee Wehmeyer, Karen Winn, David Wolfe, Dr. Harriette Yeckel.
2003, October 14
The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Co-chairs: Willadee Wehmeyer, UNA President,
   And Mark Johnson

Speaker: Gillian Martin Sorensen, Assistant U.N.
  Secretary General for external relations

2003 World Citizen: Frank Koranda, M.D.
  Physician, Medical specialist, active
  Volunteer in Medical Missions Foundation

Committee Members: Anab Abdulahi, Elke Bader,
Mike Corwin, James Everett, Budy Liston, Manny Pedram,
Jason Petosa, Howard S. Sheehy, Jr., Jay Sjerven, John
Skattery, Daniel Stoll, Karen Vorst, Karen Winn, Harriette Yeckel.

2004, October 14

The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Jay Sjerven, UNA President

Speaker: Ado Vaher, UNICEF’s director of UN Affairs and external relations.
Address: Advance Humanity! Health, Education and Protection for Every Child.

2004 World Citizen: And Virginia Stowers:
Mr. Stower in 1958 founded the Twentieth Century investors, now is known as American Century investment.  Virginia by profession is a nurse, and has been a wife, mother and professional health care provider.

Committee Members: Anab Abdulahi, Elke Bader, Mike Corwin, James Everett, Olga Ganzen, Diane Koranda, Budy Liston, Manny Pedram, Jason Petosa, Peter Stauffacher, Stephen Shaw, Louann Stahl, Sheldon Stahl, Daniel Stoll, Karen Vorst, Wiladee Wehmeyer, Karen Winn, Harriette Yeckel

2005, October 24
The Annual United Nations Day
Mayor Kay Barnes, Honorary Chair
Chairman: Jay Sjerven, UNA President

Speaker: Ado Vaher, UNICEF’s director of UN Affairs and external relations.
Address: What the U.N. means to the poor and desperate, and to all of us.

2005 World Citizen:  Sharon Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.,
Annual World Citizen Awards

 In early 1972, a meeting of several UNA board members discussed the issue of creating a world citizen award that led to the inception of the annual world citizen award.  Mr. Jack (Isaac) Jonathan, who was associated with the Hallmark at the time proposed that he design the award and arrange that Hallmark create the award.  The discussion led to submission of the following rule for selection of candidate for the award.  The five past Chairman of the U.N. Day Committee will be responsible for selecting the candidate for the award.  The rules remained unchanged until 1979, when the Award Committee recommended two organizations of Catholic Charity and American Field Service as joint receipients.
At the 1980 meetings of U.N. Day Committee, and after long discussion, Dr. Stahl indicated that the original intent was that the award be given only to an individual and not to organizations.  As a result of this discussion, it was moved and decided unanimously that only local individuals with commitment to the United Nations and promotion of international peace, justice, and global interconnectedness should be nominated to receive the award.

 In 1981, Dr. Bob Meneilly, Chairman of the U.N. Day celebration realized that only two of the past U.N. Day Chairmen and himself were available for deciding the award.  He invited Manny Pedram, President of the United Nations Association to attend the Committee meeting and assist in selection of an award recipient.  As a result, Manny suggested to the Award Committee that it is logical to include Chapter Presidents as a part of the selection committee.  The Award Committee agreed, and recommended that Manny discuss this suggestion to the UNA Executive Committee or Board of Directors for approval.

 Subsequently, in 1982, Manny Pedram recommended to the Board of the U.N. Association, and reported the approval of the recommendation to the UN Day Committee.  At the August 20, 1984, meeting of the UN Day Committee, William A. Voss was appointed to chair the sub-committee that selects the recipient of the World Citizen Award.  He proposed the rules to be modified so that the committee would be composed of:
1. The last three chairpersons of the Mayor’s Committee
2. Three persons appointed by the current Mayor’s Committee Chairperson, of the past recipients of the Award and the UNA President.
On September 7, 2000, Manny Pedram, realizing some inconsistency in selection process, summarized the history of award to Howard Sheehy, then President of the UNA and Chair of the UN Day Committee and made the following recommendation to the United Nations Day Committee, after some discussion and minor modifications was moved, seconded and passed.  The motion stated:
1. The award is given to a person who is a resident of the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
2. The person should have exhibited work for and devotion to the international community.
3. The World Citizen Committee consist of five members to include:
(The UNA current president
(Two past award recipients
(Two other committee members who are UNA members and serve on the UN Day Committee.

Criteria for selection:
1. Award is given to an individual residing within the Kansas City metropolitan are
2. The nominated individual should have demonstrated life-long commitment to the United Nations and promotion of international peace, justice and the ideals of international community.
3. The nominated individual should have exhibited long term exemplary efforts and made specific contribution to the international community at large and Kansas City community
4. The person(s) making the nomination should include the nominee’s bio and a brief statement indicating why it is important the nominee be honored as a World Citizen.
5. List concise and specific advocacy examples of work with schools, colleges, internationally oriented agencies and organizations regarding the promotion of international community.

Criteria for making the award should include the following:
The award be given to a person, who is a resident of the grater Kansas City metropolitan area, and that the person should have exhibited work for and devotion to the international community.

 By 1987 it was clear that Hallmark no longer was interested in making the award.  Kelly Gerling, Chapter president at the time reported at the June 12, 1987 Board meeting that Hallmark had given him the remaining blank acrylic blocks, which were used to make the award in the event the organization finds another option in making the award.  Dr. Sheldon Stahl once again volunteered to contact Hallmark will reconsider this decision.  Again in August 19, UNA Board meeting, Kelly Gerling again reported little optimism and the continuation of contract with Jeanne Bates at Hallmark.  After it was clear that the decision by Hallmark is final, Jason Petosa took charge of making the award and the award tradition has continued.

 

The United Nations Day Proclamation

It has become a tradition for the Mayor of Kansas City, to proclaim and commemorate the founding of the United Nations on October 24.  This tradition has continued since early the 70’s when Charles B. Wheeler was the Kansas City Mayor, through Mayor Berkley, Mayor Emanuel Cleaver and Mayor Kay Barnes.  On occasion Mayors of Independence, such as Barbara Potts, have issued a commemorative proclamation.  The Truman Library has been cooperative in organizing the signing of the proclamations at the table which was used for the signing of the Charter of the United Nations at San Francisco.

1983, signing of the U.N. Day
Proclamation by the Independence
Mayor Barbara Potts, at the
Truman Library.  Standing behind
Mayor from left are Harriette Yeckel,
William A. Voss, Jason Petosa.
Mayor Cleaver in declaration about the 50th
Anniversary of the U.N. in his Proclamation wrote:
In Kansas City, Missouri, in recognition of the work of the United Nations and in observance of that organization’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and further proclaims October 24 through October 31, 1995 as WORLD WEEK OF PEACE.

Mayor Kay Barnes in 1999 Proclamation stated “I Kay Barnes, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, do hereby honor the United Nations for its humanitarian service and peacekeeping efforts in our world.  I encourage all citizens to recognize that we are called upon by fundamental human decency to help others and to work toward making more peaceful the life of this world.  I proclaim October 24, 1999 United Nations Day.
THE Kansas City United Nations 50th Anniversary
The Kansas City UN 50th program was officially endorsed by the UNA-USA, the US Committee for the UN 50th celebration Working with national partners such as San Francisco’s Earth Train Global Education Association in New York.  A Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee headed by Governor Mel Carnahan as Chair and Miller Nichols as Honorary Chair, with a number of Civic and business leaders forming the committee to support and advice the Kansas City Celebration development.
The Kansas City working committee co-chaired by Richard L. Berkley, KC Mayor and Jody Edgerton as director of the project, working closely with the UNA of Greater Kansas City.  The Advisory Committee included: Emanuel Cleaver II, Dr. David Edgell, Thomas I. Gill, Anita Gorman, and Paul Henson, Richard C. King, Jan Kreamer, John Latshaw, Henry Morgan, Jeanette Nichols, Joan Puttoff, Dr. Eleanor B. Schwartz, Betsy Solberg, Rick Weller, Marc F. Wilson, Esther Valladolid Wolfe, and Dr. Benedict K. Zobrist.  The Kansas City UN 50 plans were unveiled at a breakfast meeting at UMKC, early September 1994.  On April 22, 1995, a gift sculpture to UN 50th anniversary World Brotherhood and Peace Through Music’” by Swedish Artist Lynx, was dedicated at Bartle Hall.
The KC Committee designed several innovative activities.  Key dates were set for April 1995, with June 26, San Francisco reenactment of the signing of the UN Charter, October 24 and finale celebration in New York.

 Among the Kansas City Bold National Projects, was UN Peoples Train, complete with United Nations Exhibits, gift shop and café car along with VIP accommodations travel in 1995 to spark the interest in the United Nations and making whistelstops” in U.S., Canada and Mexico.
 The Earth Train Based in San Francisco and initiated in 1992, joined forces with the UN Peoples Train to provide environmental training to youth along the route.


Youth Activities

For a number of years Dr. Reverdy Gliddon, professor of administration and management at University of Missouri-Kansas City and a member of the U.N.A. Board of Directors, was instrumental in having students at Westport High School to submit a position paper covering such international issues as population, resources depletion, food and hunger, armament and related issues.  The position papers then were summarized and read during the U.N. Day banquet.
The United Nations Association has also participated regularly in the Issues Program at the Shawnee Mission School District’s Model United Nations Program.  This program includes many school districts in the metropolitan area in preparation of students for the project.


Annual Youth Projects
Art, Essay and Poetry

 The major annual UNA project for youth is the sponsorship of an art, essay, and poetry contest among middle and high school students in conjunction with the United Nations Day activities.  Although some participation of students took place from the inception of the annual events, the formal inclusion of art, essay and poetry became part of the annual event in 1981.  In a meeting between Leonard Pryor, director of the arts for the Kansas City, Missouri school district and committee from the United Nations Association, formal arrangements were made for the annual continuation of youth participation.  The United Nations Committee consisted of Dr. Manny Pedram, Chapter President, Dean Tollefson, Past President of Chapter and Sister Rosemary Flannigan, a U.N.A. Board Member.  Mr. Pryor developed a simple guideline for the participation of the secondary students and remained committed to sending letters to all 13 school districts, for participation, receiving the submitted art, essay and poetry from each district, and final judging of the award.  After Mr. Pryor’s retirement, Manny Pedram in a letter dated July 27, 1983, to Dr. Raj Chopra, Superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District, solicited his support for continuation of the project.  Mr. David Wolfe of the Shawnee Mission School
District eventually accepted the assignment of sending letters to school districts, collecting the submitted projects.  He also invited the interested U.N. Day Committee members to participate and select the final recipients for the award.  The top three winners in each category of art, essay and poetry and their teachers are invited to the annual dinner free of charge and students receive the recognition award for first, second, and third place in each category.

A copy of rules for the participation in this project as developed by Manny Pedram and later modified by Mr. Wolfe was included in volume one of chapter history.  In 2004, the board decided to discontinue this process and look for an alternative project, such as Model UN youth group participation.

 

Community-Wide Education:

 One of the main purposes of the establishment of the Chapter was to increase public awareness and a supportive atmosphere for the United Nations.  To this end, Chapter has contributed to the general public understanding of the United Nations efforts, and the review of crucial issues by making available speakers, from local, national and international community to discuss diverse social and political issues.  A sample of issues discussed and individuals participating include:

1972
May 3, Is the U.N. Charter on a Collision Course with the U.S. Constitution?  Professor Frederick W. Hess, UMKC.

1973
January 16.  Status and Prospects of the Common Market.  Guy Vanhaeverbeke, deputy director of the European Community Information Service in Washington, D.C. Mr. Vanhaeverbeke a Belgian citizen, after graduation from the University of Brussels, became associated with the Economic and Social Committee of the European Economic Community.  He spoke of the relation of the European Common Market and world community.
May 27.  Our Community is the World, our countrymen are All Mankind.  Oscar Eggers, Professor, Department of Sociology; UMKC.
August 23. The Impact and uniqueness of the United Nations Association in Kansas City.  Mayor of Kansas City, MO, Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, Jr.

1976
February 16.  The proposal for an international criminal court under the U.N. to punish aerial hijackers and international terrorists.  John Lang, Field Director, UNA-USA
March 15. A proposal for more equitable voting system in the U.N. and phased step-by-step universal disarmament supervised and enforced by the U.N. Panel discussion: Dr. Jack Stephens and Dr. Reverdy Gliddon

1977
A Two day Conference: Mid-America and the Changing International Economy, A Regional Strategy for Peace Conference, A Project of Stanley Foundation, sponsored by the Johnson County Community College.  The conference topics included: food and agriculture, Transfer of technology, Energy resources, and Trade and finance.

1978
May 23, Horn of Africa, A minority View of a Dilemma.  Dr. William H. Clark, President Urban League of Greater Kansas City;

Continuous, deadline September, International Children’s Art Contest, prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization and UNA-USA, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of
Powered flight.  The Kansas City chapter participated and submitted entrees to the UNA-USA.

On October 1, and 22, It is Your Turn; KCUR-FM aired the two programs, by Dr. Pedram, Chapter President and invited guests.  One included an interview with Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, Mayor of Kansas City, Mo. About Mayor’s Annual events.  A Panel including Bill Voss, Charles Bebb, Dr. Reverdy Gliddon also participated in discussing various issues and activities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The second segment, Manny’s guest was Mr. Orville Darby, for the discussion of disarmament.

October 12. The Human Rights.  Chris Kuehl, Amnesty International.
November 14-18, Missouri State Teacher Convention
November 30, Strengthening the United Nations through Charter Revision, Charles Bebb and Dr. Jack Stephens

1979 (designated as the International Year of Child with Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

May 13, International Year of Child, celebration.
May 23, Salt II, John Braschi, Coordinator of field services, UNA-USA.

October 24, The Annual U.N. Day Speaker, Dr. Fernand Spaak, Head of delegation of the Commission of the European Community.
December 13, International Economics: Some Lessons from the Middle East. Dr. Sheldon Stahl

1980
April 2, Symposium on World Hunger: World Hunger, Challenges and opportunities.  Dr. Howard Schneider, a member of Presidential Commission on World Hunger.
The panel discussions included
Chancellor George Russell, Symposium host
Morton Sosland, publisher, Milling & Baking News.
Dr. William Clark, President K.C. Urban League.
Dr. Dorothy M. Wright, President Penn Valley Community College.
Dr. Robert Meneilly, Sr. Pastor, Village Presbyterian Church
Robert Beasley, Vice-President, Communications Farmland Industries.
Dr. Frank Wagner, Report on Symposium
Topics of discussion included:
 The nature and extent of world hunger,
 Inequitable distribution of resources and income,
 Prospect for overcoming world hunger
 Building a world without hunger.

May 28, American Foreign Policy options for the decade of 1980’s.  Michael J. Benefiel, Office, U.S. State Department;
September 5, The Challenge to American Foreign Policy in Iran.  Dr. Norman Forer, Professor, University of Kansas, Traveled frequently to Iran due to hostage crisis.
October 22, a special two hour program on Walt Bodine, guests, Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann, Charles Bebb and Manny Pedram.

October 23, The Annual U.N. Day speaker, Philip Kaplan, director of Office of Multilateral Policy and Coordination.
October 26, Panel Discussion: The United Nations at 35.
Discussion centered around 35 years of effort by U.N. toward peace and security, social and economic progress and equal rights for all.
Reverdy Gliddon, Manny Pedram, Louann Stahl and Jack Stephens;

November 6, 1 U.N. Association and UNICEF exhibit at the Missouri State Teacher Association Convention.
November 8, International Dinner
December 10, Human Rights Day.  Panel Discussion: Three views on Human Rights.  David Waxe of ACLU, Chris Kuehl, Amnesty International, Howard Eisberg, Attorney at Law;

1981
January 11, World Security and U.N. Reform.
Walter Hoffman; Chairman of Campaign for U.N. Reform;
February 21, American Foreign Policy in the Middle East.  Dr. Robert Gamer, UMKC, professor of Political Sciences;
February 27, The Soviet Union, lecture and slide presentation, Donald St. Claire; Director of PACE.
March 28, Impressions of Tibet.  Mrs. Mary Clark Diamond;
March 31, A world at Peace or a world in pieces.
Dr. Sheldon Stahl;
April 9, Celebrating the International Year of Disabled Persons, Paul Levy and Carl Calkins;
May 7, To Build a Livable Future, the second Annual Kansas City Planetary Celebration; Gerhaard Elston, Former Director of Amnesty International, U.S.A.
May 22, A View of the World from the United Nations.
Dr. Robert Muller: Assistant Secretary General and Secretary of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations;
July 27, From South Africa: What is wrong with Apartheid?  Graham Baragwanath.

October 16, Global Connections: Issues facing the U.N.  Gordon Feller, Executive Director of Planetary Citizens;
October 24, the Annual United Nations Day Speaker
Donald F. McHenry, former Ambassador to the United Nations.

1982
Nuclear Arms and the Illusion of National Security, Dr. Sheldon Stahl
International Coordinator of Planetary Initiative, Dr. Bernhard Elston;
October 22, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Mr. Hugh Downs, Communicator, and Chairman, U.S. Committee for UNICEF

1983
Arms and the World Economy, INGA Thorsoon, Swedish Undersecretary of State for Disarmament;
March 23, The Global Economy: Cause for Alarm, Dr. Sheldon Stahl
April 20, Man’s World: Woman’s place internationally.  Harriett Yeckel
In the Minds of Men.  Film presentation and discussion.
October 21, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Dr. Cecilia Munoz Palma, Supreme Court Justice and Chairman of the Philippine Union of Human Rights.

1984
Feb 1, The Law of the Sea Treaty.  William A. Voss,
Charlie Kin Concert, in cooperation with the Interfaith Peace Alliance.
United States and UNESCO: A year of decision.  Repps Hudson, Kansas City Star Foreign editor, and Harriette Yeckel;
The implications of Nuclear Proliferation, Dr. Sheldon Stahl;
After the Freeze—Then what?  Eric Cox, Field Director of World Federalist;
Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World.  Drs. Manny Pedram and Rosemary Flanigan;
Global Food Crisis.  The Rev. Paul McCleary, Executive Director of Church World Services.
October 24, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Mr. Orville L. Freeman, Former Secretary of Agriculture and Chairman of the Board of Governors of UNA-USA.  Nuclear Proliferation.  First National Multilateral Issue Study.  In 1984, for the first-time the national UNA-USA sponsored and encouraged the local chapters to focus on one important international issue, to be summarized and transmitted to the national office for sending the information in a united force to government, and in making a difference in U.S. foreign policy.
1985
February 7, The second national multilateral issue study.  The United Nations Role in preventing and containing
Conflict.  Ann Huseman, Director, Peacelink and Dr. Iser, Chairman, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. John Speca and Ibrahim Wani.  Professors of Law, UMKC School of Law.
Dr. Carroll Cannon, Chair of Chapter and Division Presidents, UNA-USA
April 10, Contemporary United States- Soviet Relations.
Richard Mackenzie, Professor of History, UMKC
May 17, International Dinner for New members.
United States, United Nations and we the people.
Ross McClelland, a 30 years veteran of Foreign Service in Europe, Africa and Mediterranean areas.  Some Fallacies in U.S. Military Policy Toward the Soviet Union.
September 26, Historical Up-date, U.S. Peace Institute; Dr. Howard Ammerman, Professor of Economics, Washington, D.C.
October 24, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Captain John Testrake, Trans World Airlines and Representative Jim Leach Republican of Iowa.
November 16, International Dinner.

1986
April 12, Conference, Multilateral Issues.  Robert M. Bowman, President, Institute for Peace and Security Studies.
May 9, International Dinner.  New members
Local Implications of World Economic Events.  Sheldon Stahl, Ph.D, Dean of School of Management, Rockhurst College.
The U.N. Must We Love It or Leave It?  And If We Stay, Should We Pay For It.  Harriette Yeckel, Ph. D. Psychologist and president of Zonta International.
The Alchemy of Conflict: A Practical Model of Skills and How They Can Be Used.  Kelly Gerling, psychotherapist and management consultant,
September 4, Global Environmental Problems: The Kansas City Connection.
Alan Abramson, Ph.D., Senior Executive, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
October 20, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Chief Folake Solanke, the senior advocate of Nigeria.  Topic: Africa: Contrast and Conflict.

1987
May 27, New members International Dinner.
October 22, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Elliot L. Richardson, Chairman UNA-USA.
Topic: Multilateral Cooperation—Impossibility or Necessity.

1988
June 4, United Nations: Town Hall of the World, Congressman Allan Wheat.
October 19, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker,
Edward C. Luck, President, UNA-USA;
Topic: The U.N. Making a World of Difference.
Dec. 13, New Members International Dinner.

1989
May 19, New Members International Dinner
October 18, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Benjamin B. Ferencz, Executive Director, University School of Law, Peace Center.
Address: Structures for Peace.

1990
February 22, International Environmental Crisis: Is there a Solution?  C.J. Poirier, attorney.
June 1, New Members International Dinner.
June 11, The Latin American Debt Crisis: Who pays; Panel Discussion, William R. Keeton, Economist; Time Richards, Professor of Spanish Literature, UMKC; Sheldon Stahl, economist.
October 22, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Victor w. Sidel, M.D. Professor of Social Medicine, Albert Eistein College of Medicine, N.Y. The Health of Children in an Imperiled World.
December 3, The Kansas City Summit on Children, Panel Discussion, Suzanne Gladney, Sheldon Stahl and Gerard Kitzi.

1991
April 4, Historical Perspectives on the Middle East, Chris Kuehl.
April 18, Religion and Culture in Conflict; James M. Olson, Executive Director, National Programs, UNA-USA.
May 2, Economics: Problems and Possibilities.  Frank Wagner, Chairman Department of Economics, UMKC.
May 16, The Political Realities of Peace: The Challenge and Promise.  Major General Rikhe, retired military advisor to two UN secretary- generals.
June 21, New Members International Dinner.

October 22, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Donald Kaul, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

1992
February 23, A concert by David Hollander to benefit the UNA.
October 23, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Hazel Henderson, Independent Futurist

1993
January 7-10, New York, UNA-USA, National Convention
April 26, The Future of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.  Dr. Frank Smist, Director of Global Studies, Rockhurst College;
May, Study Groups: The Interdependent and The Case for a U.N. Parliamentary Assembly
May 24, The United Nations: What Role in the New World?  Dr. Sheldon Stahl, economist and consultant,,
June 11, The annual new member dinner.
July-October, The World Economy in Transition: Prospects for Sustainability, Equity, and Prosperity.  Small study groups on UNA-USA Global Policy Project;
October 24, The Annual United Nations Day Speaker, Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N.
1995
June 22, the Fifteenth Annual Dinner, honoring new members.
1996
May 7, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.  Mrs. Gillian Martin Sorensen.  At the University of Missouri- Kansas City Law School.  The United Nations: Will it survive and should it?

December 1, Holiday Dinner: Report on United Nation’s Women’s Conference.
Rose Kemp, Regional Administrator of Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
1997
December 2, Holiday Dinner

1998
December 14, Membership Dinner, Music provided by Bahai Peace Choir

1999
November 7, 1999, Peace Jam Conference
December 2, Holiday Dinner: Dr. Robert H. Meneilly, Pastor Emeritus and Founder of Village Presbyterian Church.

Since 2000, the UNA chapter has focused on several major events including

• KANSAS CITY FOOD SYMPOSIUM AND FOOD AID
• THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF LAND MINE
And sponsoring the national project of
NIGHT OF 1000 DINNERS.
• Co-Sponsoring with the Global and Multicultural
Education Center the Biennial conferences with
Focus on THE UNITED NATIONS CONCENTION
ON THE NRIGHTS OF THE CHILD (CRC) AND
ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW).

The PEACE PLAZA

Dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations and to those who have Given their lives in the cause of peace.
Kevin Flattery, the president of the U.N. Association, (1994-98) Originated this vision and wrote: “The vision of a permanent
Monument dedicated to those who have given their lives in the Cause of peace grew out of activities surrounding the commemoration
Of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and the pivotal role Played by President Harry S. Truman at its founding” The peace
Plaza would be internationally recognized, artistic and cultural Enhancement to the greater Kansas City community.


The idea of such a monument was shared with Tom Corbin, a well Respected and highly acclaimed local artist (Kansas City Fireman’s
Memorial) who in turn developed the existing concept of a 12.5 foot Bronze statue on a 4 foot pedestal as shown in the enclosed
Illustration.  The statue, which weighs nearly 800 pounds, depicts a Woman releasing a dove from one upraised hand with the other arm
Outstretched.  A prime site was donated by the RLDS Church, now Known as the Community of Christ on Lexington Avenue in
Independence, Missouri.  Bishop Swails of the RLDS Church in a Press release dated December 2.1996 wrote: “While peace with
justice still eludes the human family, this monument will serve as a constant reminder of our common debt to those who have
given their lives in the cause of peace.”

It was estimated that the total Projected cost of the Peace Plaza Including a fountain at the base of the
Statue, was $579,165. At the time of this planning, an amount of $110,361 was pledged in cash and in-kind
contribution.

The Peace Plaza located immediately North Of the Community of Christ Auditorium, where
President Truman made his famous United Nations Speech.
The United Nations Peace Plaza was Dedicated on Sunday, October 26, 1997 at
The RLDS Auditorium on a Mayor UN. Day Committee with the U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations, Bill Richardson as speaker.  Mr. Richardson due to other urgent
Tasks was unable to attend this dedication.  On April 25, 2003.  The official rededication was completed at a public ceremony with a number of civic, community leaders including
Independence Mayor, Ron Steward, Norman Swails, Presiding Bishop of the Church of Community of Christ, Bill Dunn, Sr. of J.E.
Dun Construction Company made short Presentations at the site of dedication.
Ms. Gillian Sorensen, assistant Secretary General and David Scheffer, Ambassador at large
For war crimes during the Clinton Administration And Senior Vice President of the UNA-USA of America were in Kansas City for the Official dedication.  Members of the  United Nations Singers (who are full Time employee of the UN and have Performed around the world), in their Colorful costume of their native countries Performed a concert before as well as during The official dedication ceremony.  Public was Invited to attend the dedication free of charge Due to financial support from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.

Kevin Flattery.  Former UNA of Greater Kansas City President who originated this vision best summarized the Impact of Peace Plaza in the following statement.  “There is a strong historic connection between the United Nations and out community through the work of Harry Truman.  It is the goal of the United Nations Peace Plaza to pay tribute to its favorite son, as well as to all those who have worked and died to make the UN a symbol of humankind’s search for a more peaceful world.”

UNA Funding and Fund-raising

 Like most non-profit organizations, The United Nations Association depends upon the individual memberships and contributions to continue its educational goals and activities.  The national UNA-USA refunds a portion of the membership dues to the chapters, but need for additional funds require constant solicitations.  The Kansas City Chapter has tried through garage sales, use of various programs, personal solicitations to increase its budget and as result the effectiveness of its educational activities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  In addition on a few occasions the chapter has been successful in receiving small grants for its specific projects.  Dr. Manny Pedram, during his term as president was able to solicit and receive the needed funds for bringing Dr. Howard Schneider, a member of the presidential Commission on world hunger to Kansas City, April 1980.  The UNA-USA, approving Manny’s proposal, provided the Kansas City Chapter with $500.00 grant money plus the transportation expenses of Dr. Schneider.  In another scheduled program, for May 1981, Dr. Robert Muller the United Nations Secretary of Economic and Social Council accepted to come to Kansas City for the first Kansas City
Planetary Celebration.  Manny learned in conversation with Louann Stahl that another Kansas City organization operating under the name of SSUN, but no longer in operation, had some left-over money that should be good to request its transfer to the UNA chapter.  After many hours of discussion and correspondence with Mrs. Bertina Bowker, who was in possession of this money, and an attorney, Richard Brown from Gage and Tucker, and a member of the advisory board of SSUN, eventually Dr. Pedram was able to receive an amount of $329.43 for Dr. Muller’s trip to Kansas City.  In the past year Kevin Flattery a UNAB Board member has been searching for contributions toward the NET, teleconferencing project with some degree of success.

The First Planetary Celebration During the year 1979, Dr. Manny Pedram contacted Dr. Robert Muller, the United Nations Secretary of the Economic And Social Council to learn more about his writings and views
About teaching planetary issues in the elementary and secondary Classrooms.  Moreover, Dr. Pedram solicited and received Dr. Muller’s permission to include some of his Writings in a publication titled Education for a Global Community, Published by the Global and Multicultural Education Center.  In a Letter dated December 7, 1979, Dr. Muller indicated his Proclamation of Faith and informed Dr. Pedram of his new book, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness, as a secret of his Philosophy and inspiration.  As a result of this correspondence, Dr. Muller agreed to come to Kansas City in May 1981 to speak to
The United Nations Association and to set the foundation for the first planetary celebration in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Dr. Muller’s presentation for the UNA Chapter was made on Friday May 22, at Rockhurst College, titled A View of the World as seen from the United Nations.
Planetary Celebrations are now a regular annual activity of the Kansas City community under the auspices of the Future is Now and is held annually on December 31 at 6:00 a.m., at the Overland Park Buddhist Temple, generating much interest and participation.

UNA NET, a new project of UNA
Teleconferencing Network
The goal of this project is to provide for on-going educational programming from the United Nations in New York over the Sprint digital fiber-optic network.  The University of Missouri Video-Network (UMVN) based on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will receive this programming.  From this location UMVN can broadcast live interactive transmission to its 14 corporate locations and other academic sites including the University of Missouri system (St. Louis, Rolla, Columbia, Springfield), Kansas State University, the Metropolitan Community College, Central Missouri State University and the University of Kansas.  Under the leadership of Kevin Flattery, a UNA Board member, the project did become a reality in 1993.


INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE

International Date Line was a thirty-minute interview program produced in cooperation between the UN Association and the university beginning October 1995.  Underwritten by Sprint and Southwestern Bell.  The program was aired four times a week on American Cablevision’s educational access channel.  In a memo written by Kevin Flattery, the chapter president, the program “through an Omaha based educational satellite system” then also “broadcast internationally to 6000 K-12 schools, 300 colleges and universities and 40 other cable channels in North America and Australia.  In a board meeting on September 26, 1996, Kevin Flattery reported he has conducted 30 interviews of the cable program and was seeking funding for the 1997 season.
March 28, 1966, John Menzies, US Ambassador to Bosnia.  On Conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina.
June 15, 1966, Peter Kostmeyer, Zero Population Growth (ZPG) Executive Director Population Issues.
January 20, 1997, Carla Klausner, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Missouri-Kansas City, on Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Robert Evanson, Ph.D Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Kansas City on Russia
March 26, 1997, Jay Theis, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Avila College on Korea
April 23, 1997, John Cleek, Ph.D., Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business at Henry W. Block School of Business and Public Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Topic: World Trade Organization (WTO).
May 23, 1997, David Seal, U.S. diplomat, mostly in Africa.  On Africa.
August 4, 1997, Dr. Robert Muller, Chancellor of the University of Peace in Costa Rica and former U.N. Assistant Secretary General.  Ideas and Dreams for a Better World.  Dennis Merrill, Ph.D, Professor of history at UMKC on Major Problems in American Foreign Relations.

 

United Nations Sunday

 The United Nations Sunday dates back to 1962, when Mr. Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations proposed that each congregation name an envoy “to promote a better knowledge of the U.N.”  Although many congregations have responded to this call by Mr. Stevenson, in my knowledge, The Unitarian Universalists have actively participated and supported this annual event.  As a result the United Nations Sunday has become an annual event and is observed by over 300 Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships around the U.S.  It is generally observed Sunday before or after, around October 24, the U.N. Sunday, formally and informally was observed at the All Souls Unitarian Church until 1981.  At that year, the Church minister Don Vaughn, asked Manny Pedram, chapter president to become an official UU-UN Sunday Envoy.  This annual activity remained separate from the United Nations Chapter, but an integral part of the Kansas City Chapter’s commitment.  Dr. Pedram remained the UU-UN chair, until November 1987, when he resigned and recommended Charles Bebb in his place.  The Board of Trustees at All Souls approved Charles Bebb’s nomination and he accepted the responsibility and serving in such capacity.  Since 2001, Sara Pedram has served as UU-UNO chair at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.  She and the UU-UNO committee have continued the annual October United Nations celebration as well as sponsoring diverse related United Nations related issues ranging from environmental issues to monthly discussion of issues selected by the Great Decision series…

 

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