Speakers, literature and videos provided education and information about the death toll and injuries to innocent civilians.
In the year 2000, the Board sent new member Norma Keller to a "Rights of the Child" conference in Kansas City to launch a campaign to seek US ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We applied and received a grant from the Centre County Community Foundation($1200) to distribute UN materials to the county schools and libraries.
At the 2005 annual meeting, Norma Keller was elected chapter president.
On 10/18/04, board member Arthur Goldschmidt moderated the first "The People Speak" forum at the State College Municipal Building, supported by a $350 grant from the national "The People Speak" organization.
On 10/29/04, 130 attended the UN Day Dinner at the Ramada Inn.Model UN participants include students at middle school, high school, and college/university levels, with most conferences catering to just one of these three levels (high school and college conferences being most common).It is believed that the first Model League of Nations conferences were held in the 1920s, before transitioning to Model UN after the formation of the League's successor organization, the United Nations, in 1945.In 1992, a regional representative of the United Nations Association of USA contacted Henry Stiefel, a resident of the Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College, Pa to inquire about the possibility of organizing a Centre County(PA) chapter of UNA-USA.Henry Stiefel agreed to pursue the matter with two other Foxdale residents: Peg Sherman, a former non-governmental organization representative (NGO) at the United Nations and Dr.Elton Arwater, an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University.These four people met to make plans for an exploratory meeting.By-laws were adopted and the following officers and board members were elected: President: Peg Sherman, Vice-President: Nancy Desmond, Secretary: Mae Smith Bixby, Treasurer: Dean Tuttle 1994-95 Board Members: Ann Cook, Betty Grudin, Simon Duke, Henry Stiefel, Don Sherman These were the years of rapid increase in membership reaching 125 by the year 2000.The focus was reaching beyond Foxdale Village to the larger Centre County community.Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent.At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as delegations, are sometimes recognized with awards.