Unification News for August 1996


National Parents' Day in Southern California

by Robert J. Spitz-Los Angeles, CA

During May, June and July, I mailed out promotional letters about Parents' Day to about 50 cities in the Inland Empire. This area includes part of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. It includes all of the cities east of Los Angeles all the way to the Arizona border.

Initially, only a few of the cities responded to the letters. However, with some follow-up phone calls from Sarah Davati, we were able to get a commitment from virtually every city in the Inland Empire.

We have attempted to be present at the City Council meeting to receive each of these Proclamations. Because of scheduling problems with this large number of cities, it has not been possible to attend every one of the City Council meetings. There was one day in which I was able to receive proclamations at the City Council meetings for four different cities. It was an incredible battle driving from one city to the next at nearly 100 mph.

At each of the City Council meetings we have attended, the mayor, City Council and everyone in the audience were highly supportive of the idea. In each city we have suggested they initiate a Parents' Day program each year. Our recommendations include:

1. A Parent of the Year award;

2. A Youth Speech contest on "Why my parents are the greatest;"

3. A committee of religious and community leaders to meet and discuss the problems of parenting in each community.

When we are not able to attend the City Council meeting, we ask to have a private meeting with the mayor of the city in order to talk about the importance of Parents' Day. This gives us an opportunity to present the full program to each mayor.

We have made a team effort to get every city in our area to issue a Proclamation for National Parents' Day. All of the brothers and sisters have pitched in to attend City Council meetings in this very large geographical area. Everyone involved has been surprised at the extremely positive response from the cities. We have a great opportunity to reach out to these cities and build new programs. our Inland Empire Tribe considers this a conditions to claim our area for True Parents and bring it under God's dominion.

Some of our future goals include producing videos of parenting classes, based upon the Divine Principle, and then getting them on local access cable TV. In addition, we would like each city to have its own parenting classes. We will work with the schools to find good parents as examples as well as parents who need to improve their own abilities.

Newspaper articles appeared in the San Bernardino Sun and the Riverside Press Enterprise about our work with National Parents' Day.

Cities Giving Proclamations

We have already received or will soon receive proclamations from these cities: Rancho Mirage, San Bernardino, Montclair, Ontario, Redlands, Barstow, La Verne, Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, Pomona, Fontana, Rialto, Highland, Big Bear City, Loma Linda, Colton, Grand Terrace, Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Temecula, Corona, Norco, Canyon Lake, Victorville, Cathedral City, Murietta, San Dimas, Hemet, Palm Desert, Banning, Indio, Blythe, Needles, Apple Valley, Walnut, Lake Elsinore, Beaumont, Indian Wells, Hesperia, 29 Palms, Calimesa, San Jacinto, Yucaipa, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Coachella.


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