CISV continues to build a more peaceful world

The local Jacksonville chapter of the Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) is spreading peace, one child at a time. The organization, whose goal is to inspire the youth of countries around the world to better understand one another’s unique cultures and practices, gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate a milestone – its 40th birthday. The group of faithful supporters gathered at the River City Brewing Company on the Southbank to share in an evening of fundraising and camaraderie. Through the decades, more than 2,200 families have been members of the Jacksonville chapter.

During the celebration, CISV recognized 10 couples and nine individuals as honorary life members, including Dorothy and Howard Groshell, John and Gail Goode, Allen and Rosemary McCorkle, Marion Scarbrough, Marilyn and Maurice Oleson, Lad and Carol Daniels, Gene and Anne Fontaine, Walt and Harriet Courtney, Whit and Karen Hyde, Jack and Gena Taylor, David and Vickie Breedlove, Sadie Blanton, Eleanor Fails Hayden, Patty Pritchard, Susan Gordon, Val Chritton, Debbie Blackshear, Viky Divertie and Leah Donelan.

Jacksonville City Council also adopted a resolution Oct. 11, 2016, honoring and commending the chapter for its 40 years of educating and inspiring action for a more just and peaceful world.

Participants hope that by learning the customs, cultural norms and traditions that exist in other countries, our youth can build relationships that cross continents and exist beyond borders. To learn more information about CISV and its mission to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world, visit

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