Special to The Sun
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, presented the 2013 People to People International Inner Circle Award and Medallion to Mark Stansberry for his service as Chairman of PTPI Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013 and for his 2013 role as Acting CEO of worldwide operations.
The first recipient of the PTPI Inner Circle Award Medallion was presented to U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, the founder of PTPI. PTPI founded in 1956, has a presence in 135 countries with over 80,000 families and individuals participating in student and adult programs.
Eisenhower stated that Stansberry had been instrumental in launching the organization’s landmine initiative, establishing chapters and leading Operational International Children school kit efforts in Haiti and throughout the world.
She went on to state that he had served effectively as chairman of the 14-member governing board and as acting chief executive officer.
“In my travels throughout the world for PTPI, I have had the honor along with the opportunity of meeting and working with many amazing individuals associated with our programs,” said Stansberry. “I have learned so much about the world’s diverse cultures and have formed countless friendships.
“PTPI’s mission is to enhance 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. We are extremely proud of the growth in terms of membership and also in the types of initiatives offered along with the outreach the organization has had.”