About the Be An Instrument Of Peace (BAIOP) Website Founder
Written September 13, 2004 - Updated February 14, 2020

On September 20, 1950, I was born, (Darryl M. Gumm), at the Memorial Medical Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I was the third of four children of my dad, who was a laborer at the international plumbing ware manufacturing firm called Kohler Company, and my mom who was a very devoted homemaker and cleaning professional for the Village of Kohler. Graduating from Kohler Public Schools, Layton School of Art and Dale Carnegie Public Speaking and Human Relations Courses, I was lucky to be surrounded by dedicated and effective teachers.

For forty-eight years Iíve been an imaging professional in one capacity or another. First as a portrait and wedding photographer, then as an aerial imaging specialist, and now as a digital imaging professional. In 1986, I became a manager of people. For eighteen years I provided leadership to a staff of smart, dedicated and talented people, through problem-solving, motivation, inspiration and teaching.

(Footnote) By now, you may have discovered, by reading this short biography that Iíve left out all names but mine. At this point, identifying people by name isnít needed to tell my story. By reading the material posted on this website, you will come to know the names of the people who have helped shape me into the person that I am.

For over forty-six years, Iíve been married to the same extraordinary woman. She has been my friend, my inspiration, my companion, the mother of our two wonderful sons, and the grandmother of our awesome grandchildren. She keeps me humble and provides me with another perspective of many issues. Without her insight and support, this site would never be possible.

In 1982, I began as a volunteer childrenís choir director at my home church. After 20 years of getting children to sing, I started a choir for all ages called the Simple Song Singers. These music ministries provided me with valuable insights and helped to inspire me to work toward peace in our families, communities and the world.

In 1992, along with five of my friends, I founded a childrenís museum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin called Above & Beyond Childrenís Museum. Please see the link on this site entitled: Starting a Childrenís Museum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The multitude of lessons learned through this experience provided me with an education which could not have been obtained at any university. Certainly, this experience helped shape the person I have become. Please visit their website at www.abkids.org.

In 2003, I published a short booklet entitled, Expressions Of Life. This booklet is a collection of my short inspirational writings and poems, which date back to 1972. One of my neighbors, who received my booklet last year, referred to it as hope in a booklet.

Since I was in junior high school, Iíve been interested in politics and world events. Iíve tried to keep informed through sources ranging from the local newspapers to the BBC, to various web sites on the Internet. What Iíve discovered is that throughout world history, peace has never really been given a chance. As a parent and a volunteer in my community, Iíve learned that peaceful living starts at home, at a very early age.

Throughout my life, I have been a very observant participant. Iíve been blessed with a multitude of outstanding teachers and an insatiable desire to learn. I am a man on a mission to strive to be an instrument of peace, live peacefully and inspire people in our world to become instruments of peace and live peacefully too.

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