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February 22, 2018

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May 10, 2019

Barbara Gaughen-Muller is a peacemaker, author, speaker, radio host, visionary and consultant to world leaders.

Barbara is president, UNA-USA, Santa Barbara and created the Santa Barbara UNA Peace Prize to honor peacemakers working locally on global problems. She is the co-founder of Rotary E Club of World Peace. She...

Santa Barbara, Calif.-- The United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties awarded local humanitarian Deepa Willingham its 2018 Santa Barbara Peace Prize on World Peace Day, September 21.

Willingham, a Solvang resident, was honored for her life’s work to help end human trafficking by empowering women.


July 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from an Edhat article which can be found here (

"Families Belong Together" was the rally and theme Saturday at De La Guerra Plaza. Followed by a march up State Street. This was the second time in less than t...

Vacations and travel are a time to make memories, to have fun, enjoy the moments and to be in gratitude. Smile and keep your happiness buttons turned on. However, between busy airports, unexpected delays/cancellations, differently-opinioned travelers, and lost luggage, trips can often be a stressful experience.

I travel...

February 22, 2018

How We Found Peace Among the Flames and Mudslides of Santa Barbara

On December 4, 2017, the Thomas fire began devouring 273,400 acres in a destructive march across the very dry hills of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. For weeks the fire raged. We could hardly breathe. The ash on our patio, just 10 miles from the Mon...

February 11, 2018

RINALDO BRUTOCO: I thank you all for coming tonight and supporting UNA. I really appreciate it. I've been involved with this actually at the national level for more than two decades. It's really great to connect with the local level of it, and to have friends like Emeliano, who I know well, to be up here with me is rea...

February 11, 2018

Show Gratitude, Practice Mindfulness, and Listen

2018: Another new year filled with promise and resolutions. If you are like most of us, your plate is filled to overflowing. Do you ever say to yourself, “I wish I could just find a little peace?” What if 2018 is the year for you to experience peace?

In our very busy lives...

October 30, 2017

The United Nations Association (UNA) of Santa Barbara & Tri Counties has awarded its inaugural 2017 Santa Barbara Peace Prize to environmental leader Rinaldo S. Brutoco, founding president of the World Business Academy.

Started in 1947, the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara & Tri Counties is the oldest chapter...

In 2013, when I was elected president of the Tri-Counties Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA), we started our adventure to re-landscape the Chapter. We understood that being part of a very powerful organization such as the United Nations, in a world that was changing dramatically right in front of us, requi...

September 9, 2017

We had the opportunity to have Rachel Bowen Pittman at our Southern California Division Meeting at Moby Dick's. Mrs. Pittman is the Senior Director of Membership and Programs at UNA-USA in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, the annual meeting of the UN Foundation turned into a Leaders Summit.

At the meeting, she talk...

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