November-December 2000 Volume 13, Number 6
We received this article too late to publish in our last issue which would have allowed our local members to become politically active (as recommended below) in this election, but we feel it is a newsworthy grassroots movement in the Peace Corps community of which our membership should be aware and in which it may wish to participate. Edited for brevity from Orange Marmalade ("Some sweet sections, some bitter rind, a few nutty pieces. No artificial ingredients"), Orange County PCA.
Ten RPCVs have formed the Committee for a New Peace Corps to advocate for agency reforms from the next President of the United States. In the interest of encouraging serious thought about Peace Corps' future, the NPCA publishes- but has not taken a position- on these proposals.
This bipartisan effort calls for changes in how the Peace Corps operates and supports the proposals with financial contributions for each of the candidates in the general election. The committee has contacted the Republican and Democratic campaigns, and seeks to strengthen those links throughout the general election and during the transition to the next presidential administration.
Committee members include: Josh Busby (Ecuador 1997-99), Timothy Carroll (Nigeria 1963-65), Richard Harrill (Hungary 1993- 95), David Hibbard (Nigeria 1961-63), Roger Landrum, chair (Nigeria 1961-63), Stephen Lynch (Russia 1992-94), Edward Marshall (Ecuador 1996-98), Scott Osborne (Togo 1980-82), Jeffrey Schwartz (Nepal 1981-83), and Kitty Thuermer (Mali 1977-79). The committee is recruiting 90 additional members who wish to endorse the proposals below with a financial contribution of from $200 to $1000 (the maximum permitted by campaign finance laws) to either the Bush or Gore campaign.
The Need for Change Despite its broad and flexible mission, the Peace Corps today rarely undertakes anything new or of significant scope. It has settled into a pattern of routine, volunteer-sending operations on a 1960s model. The organizational culture resists change and innovation. In contrast, the world is undergoing radical changes economically, technologically, in transitions to democracy and human rights. The time has come for new ideas, new practices and new directions- to make a better, more flexible and innovative high-impact player in breakthrough development. In that spirit, the Committee for a New Peace Corps offers the following recommendations.
a New Program Agenda.
PCVs New Technology.
Peace Corps alumni.
The goal for the relationship between Peace Corps and its alumni should be for RPCVs to become an integral arm of ongoing Peace Corps success, and vice versa, in the same way that university alumni continue to participate in the mission of their alma maters. These recommendations chart the potential for a new era of creativity, service and impact in achieving the mission of the Peace Corps. The next President can create a new Peace Corps for a new century.
SDPCA members who wish to express their opinions, request a complete copy of the statement or make contributions may contact David Hibbard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Books for Peace: Books for Peace is a new PCV stateside ally which is dedicated to collecting and shipping printed materials to support Peace Corps host country projects. The goal of Books for Peace is to facilitate shipments of such donated materials to PCVs from anywhere in the United States.
Developed by Betty and Michael Halliwell (PCHQ staff 1988-89) and sponsored by PCLA, the organization seeks to establish a self-sustaining network of cooperation among NPCA chapters and other interested parties so that PCVs' requests for books and periodicals can receive prompt response with minimal effort and expense. When a PCV requests materials, Books for Peace will take on all aspects of the request and provide documentation of the shipment. It also requests volunteers in local RPCV communities to facilitate sending donated materials from decentralized communities.
The project will accept donations of most materials except: books published before 1960 except classics; religious materials, except in historical or comparative treatments; and popular fiction focused on horror, the supernatural, sex, or violence. A tax-deductible donation of expenses will be an important contribution to the program.
For more information or to volunteer: Books for Peace, 2930 Colorado Ave., No. D-18, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3647, 800.829.2821, fax 310.828.9174.
Greetings to everyone! This is probably the last message you will get from me in 2000. Many of my friends and family are puzzled when I tell them that I am President of the SDCPA. After all, I did ET and sometimes think of myself as the Anti-Christ for Peace Corps (PCW would never hire me to be their promotions and marketing representative). As you all know, Peace Corps was the most difficult and trying of times. We experienced more personal growth than we ever thought possible. When we came back, it was hard to relate to our friends and family but somehow we managed to get back into the groove of American life
I know that there are some of you out there that have a lot of stories, pain and joy to share. We just want you to know that we are here to support you in that. At our social events we don't just sit around singing the praises of life in the jungles of Tanzania and how easy it was to deal with the application process and medical clearance (not to mention the parasites).
We come together as a community in order to support one another in our personal endeavors as well as do our best as a group to promote cross-cultural understanding. YOU and your experiences are the reason we have come together! So take some time to get to know us and you will discover that we can be a great source of strength as well as community.
Patti Eger, Papua New Guinea (1996-97)
In Attendance: Patti Eger, Frank Yates, Rudy Sovinee, Lisa Frankel, Brenda Hahn, Sharon Kennedy, & Jean Meadowcroft attended both meetings. Sept: Julie Schwab participated as did guest Joseph White. Oct.: Craig Sherman attended and was voted onto the board
Tonner International Support Fund:
Call for Support
SD 2000 - A Huge Success!
This was the first year that the SDPCA has offered volunteer support as an organization. Among the thousands who actually walked there must have also been RPCVs. Let's show our continued support and continue as a tradition for the SDPCA as part of our Community Outreach Program to participate in the years to come. Thanks to all who volunteered. We continue to make a difference!
Hank Davenport-Barberis, former VP/Com. Outreach Chair
Recognized at NPCA Awards Dinner
In the Geographic
Groups/Editorial Content category:
In the Geographic
Judge Pat Reilly, one of three judges and president of Friends of Liberia and National Copy Editor at the Washington Post, commented that "Pacific Waves is a particularly good example of geographic newsletter as the heart of an organization. If I remember correctly, they even had tear-offs for RSVPing to events. That is creative and shows a good understanding of what members need. I also liked their news features. They made an effort to go beyond events reporting to talk about issues of interest to their area. I especially like the feature about inter-cultural marriages that swept you into personal stories and then had a 'continued next edition' line. What a way to hold members' attention."
Jim Miller, NPCA listserv
PC Extended Anniversary Events
May 21, 2001
Contact Cori Welbourn, the 40th Anniversary Executive Coordinator at the NPCA at (202) 293-7728 ext. 20 or email her at email@example.com for more information or Pat Reilly or Dave O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego Recruitment Events
Wed. Nov. 8,
6 p.m. and Wed. Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
9, 5 p.m.
For info, call 800.424.8580, option 1, ext. 21 (Alex Noce)
The NPCA has been having difficulties processing membership renewals for affiliate groups. This may have affected your renewals if you sent it directly to NPCA from June through September. All information from the NPCA is supposedly "in the mail," but until received here (often it is months late) may cause confusion as to your true SDPCA membership status.
For the long term an option is to send your renewals directly to the SDPCA for us to forward to the NPCA, which we are glad to do in a timely manner.
We SDPCA members and board members extend a warm welcome to our newest members. We've seen some of you at our events already and we hope all of you get involved in our activities. Let us hear from you!! You can reach us by the contact information listed on the Contacts Page.
Erika Chiles, Honduras (1998-2000)
Richard Escuto, El Salvador (1994-1996)
Joan Helme, Guatemala - Public Health RN (1977-1979)
Patricia Taylor, Brazil (1974-1976)
Jennifer Varsak, Romania (1998-2000)
Jill Welch, Gabon - Fisheries (1997-2000)
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self. Respect for others. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then, when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Buried and lost 50 years earlier during World War II to hide it from the occupying Nazi forces, its discovery has thrilled the Estonian people and made the bell and its voice "Freedom's Ring" of Estonia. Producer for Critical Mass Films, LLC, RPCV Joel Waters feels that a heartwarming and often humorous story of a fish out of water who discovers faith, love and self respect while helping heal the soul of a nation has all the makings of a true classic. Waters also feels the film is a perfect platform to share the challenges, excitement and rewards of the PC experience with the world. Visit http://www.criticalmassfilms.com for more information.
Iran is a country where rules are fluid, where people of all classes and degrees of religiosity pride themselves on finding loopholes in the Islamic system. Temporary marriage, or sigheh, is one of the oddest and biggest, said to have existed during the lifetime of Muhammad, who is believed to have recommended it to his companions and soldiers. Pilgrims who traveled had sexual needs, the argument went.
Temporary marriage was a legal way to satisfy them. Temporary marriage has never been very popular in Iran. But now an odd mix of feminists, clerics and officials have begun to discuss sigheh as a possible solution to the problems of Iran's youth. An extraordinarily large number of young people (about 65 percent of the population is under 25), combined with high unemployment, means that more couples are putting off marriage because they cannot afford it. Sigheh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak. "Sex will become depoliticized and our society's obsession with virginity will disappear," said Shahla Sherkat, editor of Zanan, a feminist monthly. Advocates of temporary marriage also point out that children of such unions are legitimate and entitled to a share of the father's inheritance
But what of Maryam and Karim? In the fifth year of their relationship, Karim began to call less frequently. Maryam went to a fortuneteller, who told her that Karim was to be married. When she confronted him, he said that it was over. After their contract ran out, he married a virgin chosen by his parents. "He told me right from the start that he couldn't marry me permanently. But he treated me so nicely that I thought things would change." Maryam was so much in love that she even offered - half jokingly - to become Karim's temporary wife again after he was permanently married. He refused. "I think sigheh is good, very good," she said, but added that she would not do it again. "I want to get married permanently now, as soon as possible."
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times
"He really seems determined that this will be his legacy: the return to full democracy in Peru," said one American official who met with Mr. Fujimori. "He knows he's finished, and now the question is, how does he go out?" With an official of the Organization of American States standing as mediator, both sides agreed to set a date in October for legislative and presidential elections next year, and to establish a multiparty commission to investigate how public money is spent in political campaigns. Alejandro Toledo, who was the leading opposition candidate for president until this spring, appeared on Thursday to drop his demands that Mr. Fujimori resign immediately and make way for a transitional government until elections can be held. But officials at the Organization of American States warned that conditions in Peru remain unstable.
Marquis, New York Times
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hoovers.com Hoover's summarizes key info on hundreds of large US employers, offers career development, job bank, links to other sites
Books for Web Job Searches
Answer Book for Human Resource Professionals
Ron Ranson (Nepal 1964-66), longtime specialist in the technical aspects of drama, owner of Theatre Arts Video Library, and Instructor in the Drama Department at UCSD, was awarded Distinguished Teacher 2000 at UC San Diego recently. Congratulations, Ron!
CLAD Credential Coursework now online
Coursework for the California CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development) credential, often currently required for k-12 teaching positions, is now available online through UCLA Extension. To check it out visit www.OnlineLearning.net/win or call 800.784.8436. Discounts offered for CTA members.
Peace Resource Center's Birthday
The Peace Resource Center invites us to celebrate its 20th birthday on Saturday, November 18, at its new site, the straw-bale edifice of First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place. The event features Souper Supper (homemade soups and bread) and a keynote speech by Drew Hubbell, architect of the church's new straw-bale building. Suggested donation $20. Visit http://www.bethechange.net/Center to check on the new building.
Peace Corps Writers
The May 2000 issue of Peace Corps Writers in now available at http://peacecorpswriters.org on the web. It offers articles, book reviews, and lists of newly published books by RPCVs.
Oregon Peace Corps Museum
RPCVs from the Columbia River PCA in Portland have formed an organization to create a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience. The main purpose of the group is to fulfill the third goal: to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
The museum's function will be to show Americans what life overseas is like for indigenous populations, to demonstrate the impact of the Peace Corps on these countries and to illustrate how life overseas has influenced PCVs. The organization will hold an exhibit of memorabilia brought back to the United States including art and artifacts. The exhibit will be displayed at the Interstate Firehouse in March 2001 to coincide with the Peace Corps 40th anniversary. Contact: Martin Kaplan, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience, 503.699.9833 or email@example.com
Southwest NPCA Regional Meeting in Orange County
RPCVs will gather from their various localities to meet in Orange County for the Southwest Regional Meeting Nov. 10-12. Topics include PC Relations, Directions for the 21st century, Building Membership, PCV Project Assistance, Building Web Pages, and more. International Potluck Dinner will be Saturday night. Questions? Call Leigh Baker, 714.957.8134.
December 10 Human Rights Day Candlelight Walk, Oceanside
Sponsored by local Amnesty International chapters, this event features music, speakers, and a walk to support human rights efforts throughout the world. Starts at 6:30 at the Bandshell at the bottom of the Oceanside Pier. Take I-5 to Mission Ave., Oceanside. Go west to the ocean. Dress warmly. Call William Leslie for more info at 760.724.0319
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