Saturday, August 16, 2008

Governor Perdue, Mary Eisenhower Announce Launch of Atlanta Chapter of People to People International

On Friday (8/15/08) Governor Sonny Perdue and Mary Eisenhower, People to People International CEO, launched the People to People International (PTPI) Atlanta Chapter. Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, PTPI enhances international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

“Atlanta’s international reputation continues to grow and it is exciting to think how this organization will aid our evolution by providing an opportunity for Georgia's future leaders to experience the world,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “People to People International is an outstanding organization and I am proud to serve as the Atlanta Chapter’s Honorary Chair.”

The organization has reaped benefits from the talents of countless individuals who have supported the ideals set forth by President Eisenhower. Today, President Eisenhower's granddaughter, Mary, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Among the early leaders working with President Eisenhower were J. C. Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards, Inc., Walt Disney, Bob Hope and others from industry, academia and the arts. The late Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, generously contributed three pieces of artwork for PTPI Worldwide Conferences. Since its inception, nine U.S. Presidents have served as PTPI's Honorary Chairman including current President George W. Bush.

“It is always a thrill for the organization when a People to People International chapter is created. This chapter in Atlanta touches me personally as I made Georgia my home for just over 10 years. My son was born in Georgia and a piece of my heart still lives here,” said PTPI International CEO Mary Eisenhower.

Through People to People International’s Awards Program, world leaders have been recognized for their contributions toward peace. Among the recipients of PTPI's most prestigious award, the Eisenhower Medallion, are Mother Teresa - 1988; Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin - 1996 (posthumously); President Anwar el Sadat - 1996 (posthumously); Save the Children - 1998; and His Grace the Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu - 2000.

The Honorable U.S. Ambassador Theodore “Ted” Britton joins Governor Perdue on the Atlanta Chapter’s Board of Advisors. Officers of the Atlanta Chapter include Trey Ragsdale, President; Arnold Martin, Vice President; Tiffany Burris-Kobashigawa, Vice President of Public Relations; Gina Martin, Treasurer; and Erin Ragsdale, Host Coordinator. To learn more about the PTPI Atlanta Chapter visit
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