It's not unusual for the Freeport Rotary Club to say a quick prayer before its weekly luncheon...asking that world leaders strive for peace and understanding. What was unusual was the presense of several special guests traveling across America in pursuit of that very goal.
Emad Jaleel Abdullah is the deputy governor of the Diayla Province in Iraq.
"This is, of course as you can understand, a new experience in Iraq...where we can observe to see how the lowest level of government in a town (within the structure of governments in America) works."
Four Iraqi public servants arrived in the stateline Sunday night. They hope to learn more about our government at every stop. After vists to Washington DC, San Diego and Austin, Freeport is definately this tour's only stop in "Small Town America!" The visitors say it's very interesting, especially after a visit to a local anti-domestic violence advocacy group.
Aqeel Taleb Al-Fregi is the Coordinator of the Basrah Council in southern Iraq.
"For us, it's very interesting to see how this organization works, and to hopefully take this experience back with us to serve our women and children who are also a part of our community and society back in Iraq."
The group received a warm welcome from members of the club, eager to share the rotary's procedure and purpose. They hopeful the visitors can help create and support similar organizations when they return home.