In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday in 2019, Bakersfield College started the first of many peace initiatives with support from the Patel Foundation, the Bakersfield College Foundation, and area Rotary clubs. The first of many proposed peace gardens on campus, with a Rotary Peace Pole, was dedicated on October 21, 2021.
A second peace garden will break ground soon. Bakersfield Breakfast Club Rotarians and Peace Committee members Cheryl Scott and Mindy Wilmot continue to be involved in the Peace Initiative on Bakersfield College campus. They were also involved in the Bakersfield College Peace Initiative President’s Seminar Series where the connection between Rotary and Peace were showcased. “BC and Rotary: Building Peace in Kern County” may be found at this link. Additionally, a video further discussing the partnership may be found on YouTube.