Today our world is once again in turmoil. Nationalism, authoritarian forms of government, and an emphasis on thinking in terms of spheres of influence are again on the increase. The sense of democratic renewal that prevailed at the end of the Cold War has vanished. This is why Jewett Fulton’s peace pipe notion is now more relevant than ever, and we hope to activate it anew. The timeless and fascinating responses received by the Keokuk Peace Letters from all over the world at the beginning of the 1930s and the further development of this global action until the present day are documented at:

Democracy Under Fire Conference:

You are cordially invited to the Democracy Under Fire Conference, Keokuk Peace Letters, May 23-27, 2022, in Northfield, Minnesota

With the world in a constant state of turmoil, Eastern Europe, and especially Ukraine needs our active support.


During our conference time together, we will explore topics such as

·      How can we develop new concepts to strengthen democracy in Eastern Europe?

·      How can we help with the rebuilding of Ukraine?

·      How can we support the millions of Ukrainian refugees?

·      The holocaust in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and its aftermath, including the notion of Zeitenwende, a new epoch, & Vergangenheitsbewältigung, coming to terms with the past. A continuing hot topic in Germany & the United States.

·      The timeless Keokuk Peace Letters, 1931/32 through 2022, can help us to reach a deeper understanding of how to work on innovative concepts.


Additionally, we will be given opportunities to make meaningful connections with a worldwide community, receive international insights on national issues, and work for world peace with other progressive individuals.


At our conference in idyllic Northfield, Minnesota, you will be able to experience all the amenities of small-town America, including two prestigious colleges, a vibrant downtown and all that you might need within walking distance. Our informative panels will take place at Reunion Restaurant and Event Center in downtown Northfield, with an intimate setting for your conference experience provided by Fairfield Inn and Suites (by Marriot) and motels in Northfield.


We hope very much to see you at the International Conference in May 2022.

Anthony (Tony) Conn, RC St. Paul, MN  •  

Dr. Sabine (Sabee) Schwachula, RC E-Club Cologne, Germany

Dr. Joachim (Yogi) Reppmann, RC Northfield, MN  •  

Schedule a free, live, online presentation or download a recorded Zoom program

in our resources

1931 Rotary RC Jerusalem MOVING letter.j

"We have all sorts in our Club, about ten nationalities, at least five different languages represented, and we all find in Rotary a common meeting ground in spite of differences of Race, Religion, and Tongue. We have strong Zionists - and equally strong Anti-Zionistic Arabs in the Club. Britishers, Americans, and Germans, etc. And they all meet amicably as Rotarians although acutely disagreeing on most other points. One of my warmest friends is a German Surgeon who, as a combatant officer, faced the trenches at La Bassee in which I was serving. So you will see that we are ourselves a sort of living Pipe of Peace always being smoked."


J. Orr-Ewing, President of Rotary Club of Jerusalem, December 23, 1931. English Mission Hospital, Palestine; the club was founded by RC Cairo, 1929. Today, the only English speaking Rotary Club in Israel.