U. S. Servas

promoting world peace one conversation at a time…

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Meet Ted!

Ted and Diane Bright are hosts, travelers and interviewers!

What is your Servas background? I have been an interviewer for at least 15 years. There were 3 of us for our county of Marin some years ago, but perhaps some of us have stepped down. I am still active.

Where have you traveled? Where have I NOT traveled? All over the world with my spouse for the past 40 years!

What is one great memory you have from Servas (as a traveler, host, or interviewer)?  We’d invited a SERVAS couple from Germany with whom we had stayed to come to our home when in S.F. Great!

What hobbies do you enjoy? Internet, hikes in our Open Space with friends, documentary films at our local art film theatre, listening to NPR for a couple of hours a day, no TV.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Why are you involved with Servas, and why do you think that Servas is important? Because it’s a way to “give back” for our incredible good fortune as Americans who live in Marin County, are able to travel a lot, and have a happy marriage we like to share with others. To show the world that Americans can be neat, tidy, and interested in SERVAS families.



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September Peace Project

By now you’re probably familiar with Servas Peace Projects, however, in case you aren’t here’s the low down. We coordinate one peace-building activity a month in our local community and encourage Servas members across the nation to join us or set up a similar event in their area.  We hope that in doing this we will help spur a nation wide initiative for peace. We promote our project for the month and we want to tell you about our September event. We are really excited to team up with Zero Waste Humboldt in hopes of making the annual North Country Fair, in Northern California, a zero waste event!
The Fair is September 21st and 22nd on the Arcata Plaza and 50 volunteers are need for both days. Volunteers will be asked to commit to a one-hour advance training and to sign up for a minimum of 2-hours, preferably, a 4-hour shift of service on Saturday, September 21, or Sunday, September 22.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact US Servas at info@usservas.org or (707) 825-1714.
To learn more or for any question, you may also contact zwhvolunteers@gmail.com or margaret.gainer@gmail.com
If you can’t join us at the North Country Fair, we encourage you to consider helping make an event in your area a Zero Waste event! We hope to see you there!
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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


    “We must ensure the participation of indigenous peoples – women and men – in decision-making at all levels. This includes discussions on accelerating action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and defining the post-2015 development agenda. “

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).

In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2014, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.”

For more information, please visit the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ website. We also invite you to read themessage of the Secretary-General for this day.

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Relations
Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters in New York


Lantern Floating Ceremony

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lanterns on the plaza

On August 3rd Servas members and staff helped the community make lanterns at the Arcata, California Farmer’s Market to send out at the 31st annual Lantern Floating Ceremony, in memory of the victims of the U.S  bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 68 years ago. The lantern ceremony later that evening at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary was touching and beautiful. Ceremony attendees sang together and listened to poems of peace before sending out the floating lanterns. on the water. We really enjoyed being a part of this event and plan on participating again. We encourage Servas members around the world to look into volunteering at or attending an event like this in your area next year.

Stay tuned to hear more about our September Peace Project! We plan on volunteering to help make the annual North Country Fair in Arcata, California a Zero Waste event! Consider helping make an event in your area a Zero Waste event!