Core Ambassadors for Peace in Seattle Develop
Seattle, WA – The lovely TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Club offered spectacular views of Mount Si and the Cascade Mountains on April 16, 2015. Core members of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Washington (WA) State started their meeting with item one on the agenda, a review of the Ambassadors For Peace Association Washington State (AFPAWS) activities in 2014.
Attendees at the meeting included Mr. Ray McCready (AFP, Secretary General, AFP Washington State), Mrs. Toshiko McCash (AFP, AFPAWS Outreach Coordinator), Mrs. Yuko Faris (AFP, Assistant to AFPAWS Outreach Coordinator), Mrs. Annerose Lowe (AFP, WA State Parent’s Day Promoter, former Assistant to AFPAWS Outreach Coordinator), Mrs. Emma Herron (AFP, VP of Filipino Nurses & Health Care Prof. Assoc., Board Member for JAKCARES Foundation), Mr. Bert Caoili (AFP, Past District Governor, Lions Club District 19 B-5, Past-President, Seattle Bituin Lions Club).
Mrs. Emma Herron and Mr. Bert Caoili were both asking for someone to explain the structure or organizational chart for the AFPAWS organization, as both attendees want to be more involved, but want to better understand the process that goes into deciding what events are held and which projects are supported.
“The Ambassadors For Peace organization came inspired by the ideas of Dr. Moon, came into existence in 1999 and was folded into the UPF in 2005.” Mr. McCready went on to explain some of the history and reasons why the WA State AFP was set up under the American Family Coalition (AFC) of WA State.
He then continued by explaining the internal motivation behind all of the organizations, namely, to restore Godly values in society and reinvigorate God-centered family values as the cornerstones of our nation.
The attendees then discussed the planned Parent’s Day event in Olympia; the group agreed that future events should be coordinated with other community celebrations.
Attendees also discussed topics that Mr. Ricardo de Sena, President, UPF USA, had mentioned before. Topics included the sending of UPF AFP local members as representatives of UPF USA Districts to national or international events, such as the 3rd UPF World Summit on “Peace, Security and Human Development,” to be convened on August 27 – 31, 2015 in Seoul, Korea.
Attendees also discussed setting up a system of subscriptions to fund the UPF and AFP projects.
Mrs. Herron shared a worthy project she discovered. It is called the Genesis Project, which works to help rescue young women, who have been caught up in the sex trafficking industry in south King County.
Finally, attendees discussed setting up a board of directors to guide the strategy and define the goals of AFPAWS, in such a way as to harness the local AFP energy and vision and to bring substantial results. Mr. McCready will begin an effort into establishing such a Board of Directors.
AFPAWS hopes that this project can spur other positive projects through which it can make substantial the vision and principles of the Universal Peace Federation.