On May 22, RPEC members braved hailstones and a tornado watch to gather in honor of our Peacemaker of the Year John Gallini. The numbers who attended despite the weather was a testament to everyone’s respect for John. With no electricity, by the light of the evening sun’s rays streaming through the church windows, we presented John with a beautiful stained glass award made by Dave Depp. We also heard reflections from Wendy Northup, Dave Depp, Alisha Gallini, and Jennifer Garvin Sanchez, whose beautiful words captured the heart and spirit of John’s contributions to RPEC and to the larger community. Several members of John’s family attended the event, including his wife Nancy Gallini. John himself closed with several stories and reflections. Videos of the evening are available on RPEC’s Youtube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/RichmondPeace, and are available as a playlist below. The four videos in the playlist will play one after the other. (Fortunately for us, videographer David Martin brought his own battery power!)
Here is the short presentation of images of John that we’d planned to share that night…until the power went out. Enjoy.
Thanks John, on behalf of all of us at the Richmond Peace Education Center!