December 2004 -- Volume 17,
Nov 21 1:00pm - Sundown
Where: Rancho Villaseñor
1302 Stewart Street, Oceanside
“To celebrate life–La
Vida–to honor Mother Earth, and to practice world peace! ...if
we really want peace and harmony on Earth, then we need a day to rally
around, a day of fun and joy.”
“So let’s take
our U.S. celebration of Thanksgiving and go global with it, inviting all
of God’s children to join us on one day a year to give thanks for
all the good things we already have on Earth and then feast and make merry
with peace and harmony in our hearts and souls.”
The Snow Goose Festival was
started 13 years ago by Victor Villaseñor, celebrated author, recipient
of the 2004
SDPCA Global Awareness Award. Join us as we take part in this year’s
celebration. Last year there were more than 1000 people.
“Bring a dish for 12
people...made with love for a potluck or a picnic, and a chair or blanket
for...comfort, and invite that neighbor down the street that you’ve
never spoken to, or maybe don’t even like.”
“At sundown, everyone
lights candles one candle per family or person or whatever and you all
face East and have 60 seconds of silence and send your collective love
all around the Earth, until that love goes all around the Earth and comes
back and kicks you in the butt, jumping you one foot forward with the
joyous shout of, “We did it! We did it! We send love all the way
around the whole Earth!"
Snow Goose Home Site: http://www.snowgoose.org/
contact social@sdpca for more info and carpooling
Reports and Photographs
from Five ISF Grant Recipients
(1) from Erik
Spring 2004, $525
New Computer system
Thanks to your
help we finally have a computer. When the school year starts I will take
pictures of the students using this great resource and send them to you.
We have included an accounting of the project, we lucked out and received
a discount. Thanks again.
from Hyun Lee, PCV
Spring 2004, $300
Additional English Materials
Report: Munkhaan village, Sukhbaatar Province: English Resource Room
[Pictures from Hyun Lee]
We received money from the SDPCA on May 24, 2004 in the amount of $300
which is the equivalent of 348,000 tugricks. Our project began by Munkhaan
Soum’s 8 Year Secondary School giving the English Program and English
Resource Room and a larger English classroom.
repainted & ready for use.
We ended up buying
some things that we did not plan on, but later decided we needed. Other
items that we thought we would need to purchase we ended up not buying
because we received them through others donating the necessary materials
for our project. The school donated the old library for the Resource Room
so we ended up needing less wooden boards for the project as well.
The actual implementation of the project started on June 10, 2004.
We began by fixing
up the room. The room is physically 5m x 3m x 3m. The school donated 2
workers for our project. The first day involved cleaning up the room or
the textbooks, about 40 school children helped us take the books and move
them to a new location. The second day involved cleaning up the room.
The third day we fixed and painted the wall. The next day we painted bookshelves.
Then we placed our books, tapes, magazines, CD player and other resources
in the English Resource Room.
Teachers fixingup the Library-Resource Center
We have received
about 62 books from Darien Aid, 12 books from the Province Center Education
Center, 27 books from our project money and from other sources we acquired
approximately 30 books. In addition, we receive about 60 books from the
Asian Foundation. We also have about 30 copies of Newsweek magazines as
well. The resource room has a collection of about 30 tapes and 10 CD’s
of music and transcripts. Also we have the game Scrabble for the students
to play and an electrical typewriter for students to type their papers.
We have plans to put tables in the resource center so that the community
and students can sit and read books, listen to music and transcripts of
a book, etc. Also, we plan to have library cards for the people who use
the resource room. We plan to charge T500 (43 cents) per person per year
to maintain and expand the resource room
We now have T104,660
remaining from our grant to purchase more books. Also, the school is planning
to fix the floor for the room as well, by placing linoleum in the room.
The school has also promised to donate tables and desks for the room.
Our Action Plan
is as follows:
1. Put the linoleum down.
2. Put 3 tables, 3 benches and 1 chair in the resource room.
3. Organize the room.
4. Library Cards.
5. Open the library.
The library will
then open on September 15th, 2004 for official use by the community. PCV
Hyun Lee will leave the community on June 16, 2004 and COS on June 23,
2004. Thereafter his counterpart, Regjidmaa, will be in charge of implementing
the final phases of the resources and she will submit a final report around
September 30, 2004.
FIlling up the sheves with materials for students
from Hyun Lee’s Counterpart
We received grant money on May 24, 2004. We are very happy. We could not
have an English room before because my school does not have any money
nor any English books. Now we have the English Resource Room. My students
and village people will use the English Resource Room starting this September.
Hyun Lee and I went to Ulaanbaater, the capital of Mongolia, and then
we bought books and some materials. You gave money to us and we are very
Thank you very
8 year Secondary School English teacher.
station with printer, keyboard...
from Dana Boling, PCV
Spring 2004, $ 524
Equipment for English Resource Center
[Pictures from Dana Boling]
I know this seems
a little overdue, but I wanted to report on the success of our project.
The photos show the new resources purchased for the teachers and students
of Hristo Smirnenski Primary School in Berkovitsa, Bulgaria. Thanks to
you and the SDPCA, we were able to buy a new computer and printer for
the teachers. Thank you again for funding my project and contributing
to the development of our school’s Resource Center.
Students in class
with the new computer station in use.
from Jennifer Amanda Jones, RPCV
Spring 2004, $400
Preschool Outdoor Play Equipment & Learning Tools
a la Niñez Desvalida, Inc.
Santiago Rodriquez, Dominican Republic
[pictures from Jennifer Jones]
supplies for the PreSchool
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I have the pleasure of working with the Board
of Directors of the Patronato Pro-Ayuda a la Niñez Desvalida, Inc
in Sabaneta, Santiago Rodriguez.
During the past
year, we have been laying the institutional groundwork necessary to open
a preschool and begin enrolling our town’s most underserved children.
This letter and
photos are sent to express the sincere gratitude of myself and the community
of Sabaneta to SDPCA. Through your grants of $400, and a private donation,
we were able to purchase basic educational supplies for the preschool
“Divino Niño”. (The Divine Child) These supplies, recently
delivered, were received with much enthusiasm.
Showing some of the supplies.
are a great support to this childcare center, and will change the way
the community thinks about early childhood development. As you know, this
will be one of the first quality childcare centers in this town, located
in the north west of the Dominican Republic.
open are moving along quickly and we hope to be serving the low-income,
impoverished children and families in the coming school year.
We look forward
to continuing a partnership with you as we strive to meet the educational
and social service needs of the children in Sabaneta.
Preschool children at play indoors.
1, 2004 [RPCV]
Just less than a year ago, the San Diego Peace Corps Association awarded
a Mark J. Tonner Award of $400 to a small preschool in the Dominican Republic.
Actually, at time, calling the shell of a house a preschool would have
been going too far.
a non-profit organization, is in the process of moving from an ambulatory
service, donating milk and medicine supplies to the low income children
of Santiago Rodriguez, to a more integral approach: establishing a child
Preschool room: tables in the "playhouse area.
This project is
taking place on two levels. The organization, El Patronato Pro-Ayuda a
la Niñez Desvalida, has raised the funds to purchase a large quantity
of land just outside of the town. They are in the process of constructing
a center which will house the preschool, a nutritional center and a medical
In the mean time,
they have begun a pilot phase of the project in a rented house in the
middle of town. Here enters the SDPCA.
This house, with a wide backyard patio and three bedrooms which will be
converted into classrooms, was an empty, barren space when I found it
last November. It was hard to imagine that it could become the dynamic,
child-oriented place it has.
Thanks to the
SDPCA grant, the Patronato was able to secure a matching-funding grant
from two other sources: a private donor and Lakeshore, Inc. $400 quickly
grew to $1,200. With this money, we purchased educational materials, books,
toys and art supplies so that this child development center could, in
fact, become a place where children could grow and learn.
At play inside...
Over the past
year, the Board of Directors built two child sized bathrooms, bought child-sized
tables and chairs, and secured the funding to be able to begin the project.
The week before
we opened the school to the first, eager 3 year olds, the new teacher
and I sat down to organize our thoughts. As we talked through the preparations
for the classroom, the materials made it easier for her to understand
the importance of play in a child’s experience.
In a society of
empty, rote memorization, we discussed the value of activities such as
stacking blocks, reading stories, painting, and ordering objects based
on size and color. She began to understand what was meant by ‘pre-reading’
is decorated by blending the newer supplies with Dominican objects. The
children play with Dominican drums and maracas during music time, and
listen to the Dominican children’s tapes during the day.
There is a dress-up
and ‘play house’ area, with a mirror, old clothes, colorful
plastic dishes, and empty food cartons, all of which stimulate the child’s
imagination and help them to understand the world around them.
Outside at play, with lots of smiles!
A sand box and
water table is set up outside, in large black plastic buckets usually
used by housewives to do laundry. When an egg-timer sounds, the children
know that this is time to clean up, and move on to the next activity.
students are from some of the poorest households in the town and often
came to school on an empty stomach, our program includes breakfast and
a snack. After each meal, the line walks to the back yard where they one-by-one
brush their teeth, use the bathroom and wash their hands.
has been immediate. Within two weeks, the children were more alert, quicker
to engage themselves, and excited to learn. They adapted quickly to the
ordered schedule and found comfort in the daily routines.
It has truly been
a joy to work on this project, and though I am now living in San Diego,
I continue to work in collaboration with the Patronato.
Thank you to the
San Diego Peace Corps Association, from myself, the Board of Directors
and the children.
Laura Sundquist, PCV
Spring 2004, $200
Books for a children’s library
Kids were inspired
to write their own books. They wanted to be the author and illustrator.
The books turned out great and expanded the library. [All
photos this section from Laura Sundquist]
Above: Kids re-reading their favorite books.
Above: See the handle of the binding machine for binding the books
that the students make.
Above: Kinds in my house reading the new encyclopedias.
Above: kids reading each others' books.
Above: Kids make books to add to our library.
Above: Mella's library.
Below: The English Club met at my flat Fridays at
4 p.m. and I looked forward to having them there.
Life Continues in Retirement By Serving in PC
by Lynn Jarrett,
[Photographs from Lynn Jarret].
This summer I
traveled back to Ukraine to visit my many friends there, and it was wonderful
to be made to feel so at home on arrival, i.e. several friends greeting
me at the airport with beautiful flowers, lots of hugs and tears, handling
my luggage like I couldn’t do it myself, having a car to transport
me to the apartment they found for me to rent while there and more. In
no time at all, I felt that I had never left Ukraine.
I retired in December
2000 from the Union-Tribune to join the Peace Corps after working for
many years there, much of that time as a technology manager.
My PC service
ended in April last year. Returning home to San Diego permanently was
a big adjustment for me – no surprise to other RPCVs, right? I returned
four months later, however, as a Freedom House Volunteer (AVID) funded
by the State Department and stayed as a volunteer business adviser until
the end of the year. And I may even go back, if needed, for more short
contracts to help the people in Lviv, a large, historic and beautiful
city situated near the Polish border.
I sometimes question
why I like Ukraine so much. I like it so much that I call it “My
Ukraine.” The people are so wonderful that it overrides all of the
negatives one has to endure. One has to deal with walking on the cobblestones
and wearing out shoes quite quickly, deal with very old flats and appliances
and furnishings in them and all the quirks of everything to make them
work, hassle with the winter weather, the coats, boots, etc. that goes
with the very cold weather there.
no guarantee from day to day whether you’ll have heat or even water
from one hour to another. In Lviv most people only have water from 6 to
9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., if they’re lucky. And electricity? That’s
another whole story. It’s not what we consider reliable. Public
transportation is not reliable either. I couldn’t complain, though,
because I got to ride the trolleys and trams free because I was over 60.
This was a savings of 9c per ride. Yaaaa. So if I had to take a taxi when
desperate for a ride for a $1 on occasion, so what.
Lynn Jarrett with Ambassador Pascual in Kiev, Ukraine.
I honestly didn’t
have many complaints. Some of my fellow PCVs lived in small towns and
didn’t have all the amenities that I had, i.e. water for 6 hours
a day, Internet at home, public transportation (they had to walk a lot),
a real furnace (even though mine was ancient) and a 4-room apartment large
enough to host 40 people at Thanksgiving each year. I felt fortunate.
In Ukraine, not unlike many other countries, many people think that a
volunteer is really a different kind of a person, perhaps unique. They
have a hard time believing people would want to volunteer to help other
people rather than continue right on working or just retiring. On the
other hand, women there retire at 55 with a pension of $24 monthly. They
feel that this is normal and are accepting of this practice, especially
if you have grandchildren that need to be cared for when Mom works. Ummmmmm....
In any case, they accepted me into their fold and were happy to have me
In Lviv I had
a variety of jobs. My primary job as a PCV was as a business consultant
in the local Women’s Center. I was well matched for that site. I
had the opportunity to meet and help a lot of people. My secondary projects
included initiating and running an English Club for high school students,
tutoring university students one-on-one and advising some small businesses.
The English Club
met at my flat Fridays at 4 p.m., and I looked forward to having the students
gather there. I helped them with their scholarship essays, practiced speaking
English, showed American movies, introduced them to popcorn and Mexican
food and much more. You can see some of those students with me at the
Windows to America library that was opened through the Cultural Affairs
section of the American Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, at this link: http://usinfo.usemb.kiev.ua/irc_window_eng.html
A side benefit of working with students is that a lot of their parents
became good friends of mine. They were so appreciative of my help with
Lynn wth U.S.Secretary if Treasury O'Neill and Ambassador
While in Ukraine,
about 10 of us PCVs were invited to a couple events at the Ambassador’s
residence, including one where the U.S. Secretary of Treasury questioned
us on how we thought the foreign aid money for Ukraine should be spent.
When U.S. Senator Richard Shelby visited my site at my request when he
was in Lviv to visit the mayor, he posed the same types of questions.
It’s hard to believe that we PCVs could make a difference at that
level. However, I’m sure these types of situations happen the world
over in PC life. It just shows the respect people at that level in our
government have for PCVs.
The director at
my site recruited me to join Zonta International organization, a woman’s
club for executive and professional women who get the opportunity to perform
a lot of work for charities. The governor’s wife was president of
Zonta in Lviv and had a lot of good ideas and input as to where our money
could go, especially with children’s orphanages.
During my working
years at the Union-Tribune, I still found time to volunteer in a variety
of organizations, i.e. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League, YWCA Board
of Directors, some computer organizations and others locally and on a
national level several different computer society organizations. Peace
Corps, however, is different when you realize you’re helping people
every day for two years. Now I’m focusing on volunteering in San
Diego with the SDPCA Board of Directors as Communication Chair and with
SDPCA community action events, also with Zonta, the YWCA and more.
My apartment furnace in Lviv.
Yes, I recommend
Peace Corps for others my age and older, too. It’s a fulfilling
life and can be the beginning of a lifetime of volunteering. I encourage
anyone nearing retirement to consider serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer
because there’s definitely work for them to do around the world
and plenty of it. It’s a life-changing experience no matter what
the age, but what more could a healthy retiree want out of life? Perhaps
like me, you might meet new friends, both old and young, travel to cities
like Lviv, Ukraine, a beautiful jewel of a city, and combined with it
all helping people while you’re enjoying living and exploring another
part of the world. I also encourage retired RPCVs to take on the challenge
of volunteer opportunities in their own communities upon returning home.
I’m sure you’ll find it most fulfilling.
most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
interview with the Peace Corps recruiter way back when? That and the issues
involved with becoming a volunteer are coming back to me as I accompany
a friend and workmate through the process—as she is silly enough
to want to spend 27 months of her life in another county encountering
a myriad of cultural and personal barriers, issues, revelations and explosions
(or implosions?). I am thrilled for her and interested to see how the
process has changed since 1985—for those of you from the 60’s
and 70’s, well, I couldn’t begin to comment on the differences.
I remember spending hours on the application and then typing it on the
IBM Selectric after hours at the bank where I was working.
Later I was interviewed
over the phone by a recruiter in Detroit—and accepted without much
ado. (This was the second time I had applied---several years before upon
finishing graduate school I had put myself out there but ultimately accepted
a job in the private sector—saving the Peace Corps option for later).
The letters of recommendation, the medical clearances---they insisted
that I have a tiny cavity filled—then off to Miami, FL for an orientation
and (later I understood) and final weeding out of flakes and potentially
disruptive individuals–we were, after all, an instrument to help
to carry out the goals (remember how we bravely took Grenada?) of the
Caribbean Basin Initiative–flooding the region (Central America
included) with volunteers—that is, “democracy with a smile.”
These days the
application process is on-line and fast—given the recruitment goals
(how many thousands are we placing abroad every year?---it is a major
deal), an expedited process is the only way. I wish my friend well and
hope to visit her wherever she happens to end up---and remember what it
was all about.
summer has been enjoyable. Saludos
Pancoast, Costa Rica (1985-86)
Meetings 6/29 & 8/3
Santos, Nikol Shaw, Marjory Clyne, Lynn Jarrett, Liz Brown, Kristen Slanina,
Ray Slanina, Rudy Sovinee, and Frank Yates attended both meetings. Gregg
Pancoast attended in Sep and Don Beck attended in October.
Minutes were approved
Report: Deferred to Comm Rpts. Financial Report: Frank reported
balances and gave a detailed income and expenses statement.
SDPCA membership is at 158 current, 21 past due, totaling 179. NPCA membership
is at 110 current, 4 past due, totaling 114. There are currently 25 free
seen to be slipping. Marjory and Lynn plan to call all “past due”
members and remind them to renew their membership. A notice will also
be placed in the next newsletter with a list of membership benefits remindingall
Frank has contacted
NPCA to investigate the problem SDPCA is experiencing as far as not receiving
notification of new or renewed membership in a timely fashion. Marjory
will call and/or email the contact at NPCA to get the membership reports
for the past months not yet to forwarded to SDPCA.
Marjory also stressed
the importance of our membership and the need to have the membership databases
and information current and cleaned-up. Marjory will coordinate a separate
and concerns have arisen about when to give PCVs and RPCVs their free
year of membership and if newsletters should be mailed overseas to PCVs.
NPCA’s stance is that PCVs /RPCVs may choose when to have their
free year of membership– either the first year of Peace Corps service,
second year of service, or upon COS–but membership is only free
for that one year. A motion was made to adopt this as SDPCA policy with
the added note that if a PCV elects their free year while in service,
newsletters and correspondence will be mailed to the local home of record,
not to an overseas address because of the added cost and unreliability
of mail service to many countries where PCVs serve. The motion carried.
Action: The Heart Walk and Special Olympics events went well,
but both events could have used and would have liked a larger turnout
of volunteers. Jesse is reevaluating strategy for activities and nothing
has been scheduled for October. The suggestion was made to look into a
soup kitchen opportunity or similar between now and year end.
24 Postal Annex stores currently have Entertainment Books for sale; the
price is $40. Calendars are also available, $8 for members and $10 for
non-members or mailing.
Awards: Some ISF proposals have started coming in. No nominations
for the Domestic Award have been received. A committee will look at two
groups, suggested at the Board Meeting, for possible award–one a
school group promoting Peace Corps and the other a gentleman who teaches
and promotes non-violent conflict resolution.
Jan newsletter deadline 12/10/04. Jan newsletter will be mailed about
SDPCA has received a warning from Evite that we are not receiving enough
responses and are in danger of losing the Evite service. Evite is very
helpful to the committees because of the response actions and the ability
to include comments in the responses. A decision was made to divide the
responsibility of sending Evites, rather than the Social Chair sending
Evites for all activities, and for North County Membership to have their
own scaled-down Evite list rather than sending invitations to all SDPCA
members. Lynn will also be emailing all members who are unresponsive to
Evites to let them know they will be removed from the Evite list unless
specifically asked to be included again. If problems persist, then we
will look at sending direct emails and/or trying to find another Evite-like
Bureau: Rudy continues to receive and fill requests for speakers.
Rudy has also received a request from a San Diego high school teacher
for speakers to give global awareness lessons to her classes a few times
a week. Rudy and Jesse will discuss.
Motion made to donate $50 to the Friends of Belize honoring Jeff Cleveland’s
contributions over the years; carried.
Rudy will be able to start planning efforts for the themed discussion
panels in the November timeframe, with a goal of having the first panel
in the January timeframe.
Discussed in Committee Reports.
Meetings: The November meeting will take place Wednesday (because of elections
on Tuesday) 6:30 PM, 11/3/04, at the home of Ray and Kristen Slanina.
All RPCVs are welcome to attend.
Shaw, Mauritania (1999-2001)
18: American Heart Association (Hands-On San Diego)
Hank Davenport-Barberis (Peru ‘62-’64) and Susan Santos
(Papua New Guinea ‘98-’00) joined Lynn Jarrett and me to
staff a water station at the 13th Annual American Heart Association
Heart Walk in Balboa Park (Sept 18th). Our volunteer participation helped
AHA toward a fund raising goal of $900,000 for the event. This is a
good cause and our help was very much appreciated.
25: Special Olympics
On September 25th, Bill Murray (Swaziland ‘80-’81), Carl
Peterson (Nigeria ‘63–’66), Kristen Slanina, Marjory
Clyne and I met at the Naval Station to help with regional trials for
the San Diego Special Olympics (Soccer, Tennis and Golf). These regional
events are a held to determine which adults with intellectual disabilities
progress toward the World Summer Special Olympics Games to be held in
China in 2007. We had a great time helping as referees linesmen and
everyone in the SDPCA to make it to one of our community action events.
I will continue to coordinate events, such as these, and hope we will
see you at the next event !
–Jesse Santos, Papua New Guinea, ‘98-’00 VP SDPC
penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics
is to be governed by men worse than themselves. —Plato
Have you lived abroad for at least one year AND returned to the U.S. within
the past year? If so, you are eligible to participate in a dissertation
study on repatriate distress and cultural readjustment. To take the survey
online, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=36057399214
and enter the password “returnee.” Please forward this info
to other returnees who might be interested and contact Maren Wolfe (RPCV-Tonga,
94-97) at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions. Thanks!
Do you like to share stories of what you did and of lessons you learned
while in the Peace Corps? Most of us do, and doing so helps fulfill the
third goal of the Peace Corps.
In January, the SDPCA is planning
to begin offering public panel events on topics such as “Service
in Islamic Countries” or “The Scope and Impact of Peace Corps
Environmental Programs.” The topics are still being defined and
panelists located. Please contact Rudy Sovinee if you have a desire to
participate, even if only to suggest a topic.
For the first week of March,
the SDPCA typically has numerous requests to speak in schools, and before
civic organizations. Will you plan now to take a half-day that week to
share your experiences? Meanwhile, are you are involved in speaking about
the Peace Corps to any group? Either way, please let us know, so we can
track for whom, and how RPCVs share their experience.
–Rudy Sovinee, Ghana (1970-73)
Some examples of trade beads in Beads, Crystals &
More shop. Story below.
[photo by Rudy Sovinee]
While serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, I encountered numerous ornate
beads, called “trade beads.” Likely many other RPCVs have
had a similar experience, despite widely separated countries of service.
As reported on one web site,
“Trade beads have become more popular in the West during the last
few decades when Africa began supplying beads in large numbers and in
a diverse array of colors, materials, and shapes. While it is largely
undetermined as to the exact date when beads from Africa began being imported
to the United States and other Western countries, the late 1960’s
to early 1970’s are generally accepted dates. During this time period,
large numbers of young people were traveling throughout the world and
bringing home interesting treasures they had collected during their travels.
Some of these young travelers began importing beads and other ornaments
to the US. Once they became more popular and a market for these items
was established, African runners, or traders, began bringing larger quantities
into the United States and other Western countries.”
I found a store, Beads
Crystals & More, in Encinitas, which has an exceptionally large
collection of trade beads. Some beads are of museum quality and date back
a few thousand years. After talking with the owner, I asked permission
to take some photos, and share news of my “find” with you.
Take a stroll down memory lane; go look through these gorgeous strings.
If you encountered such beads before, this will be a fun outing.
About trade beads: The history
of beads dates as far back as the advent of modern people, some 40,000
years ago. They have been made by every culture since then. Every society
has had the basic technology to make beads consisting of items from plant
seeds to various stones.
Plant material required the
least technology to produce beads and was a widely available medium. In
contrast, the material from gems, semiprecious stone and bone required
a labor-intensive production process.
Egyptians were making glass
beads by 1365 B.C. and there are several thousand year old glass factories
in Lebanon that are still in production. Evidence that China has been
making and exporting glass beads for hundreds of years has been revealed
in archaeology sites.
Glass and Brass beads have
been found in burial sites of many cultures including Egyptian tombs,
Roman catacombs, Saxon, and American Indian burial sites. Glass beads
were being made in Venice, Italy by 1,000 A.D. A guild of Venetian glass
makers existed in 1224 AD.
Partial list of sources:
–Rudy Sovinee, Ghana (1970-73)
NPCA Online Career Center
The NPCA Online Career Center debuted to positive reviews. This new feature
of the NPCA website links to the Emergency Response Network, short-term
contract/consulting opportunities, job postings, over 100 national and
international organizations, listservs and publications, and other job
search related information.
Visit the Career Center at:
–Brenda Terry-Hahn, Nepal (1964-66)
We have two wonderful ways to support our Global Awards Fund
that make great gifts your friends and family will appreciate for the
whole year. The 2005 Calendars are here, ready for pickup ($8.00) or mailing
($10.00) and the San Diego Entertainment books are available at 24Postal
Annex+ stores (check
the list) for $40.00.
What a perfect
way to support San Diego Peace Corps Volunteers with grant monies for
their village projects and conveniently get your holiday shopping done
early. I would love to hear from every one if our members: email: email@example.com
Thanks for your
Clyne, Samoa (1972-74), Fundraising Chair
Letters to the Editor
Dear Newsletter Editor:
I loved Andrew Ranson’s article “Growing Up Peace Corps.”
Though not a dad myself, I sent
it to all the Peace Corps Dads I know. They’re all “different”,
Gary Geoghegan, Niger ‘81-’83,
Treasurer, RPCV’s of New York City
I just finished reading the latest Pacific Waves and had to write and
say thank you. The article from Jim Fox, “A Terrible Mess,”
is so on point I am sharing it with friends and relatives. He has said
everything I believe.
In addition, the article from
Andrew Ranson, “Growing Up Peace Corps,” was delightful.
Back in the dark ages when I
was President and on the board of SDPCA, we struggled with every issue
to make it interesting and relevant. I just wanted you to know that you’ve
done it. Thanks for your dedication and hard work.
Say hi to all for me.
Cathy Hemphill, Thailand TEFL
Welcome to New
a warm welcome to our newest members. We’ve seen some of you at
events already, and we want all of you to get involved in our activities.
Let us hear from you! And contact us that we might help you as well.
Here are the new
members since the last newsletter:
- Cecile M. Arquette,
Cameroon (1987–89), Calexico, 92231
- Terry Brazell,
India (1967–69) , El Centro, 92244,
- Vertez Burks,
Liberia (1965–67); Elementary Education, San Diego, 92105
- Mary O. Enciso,
Nicaragua (2000–02), San Diego, 92114,
- Jessica Gerardy,
Zimbabwe (1996–99), Escondido, 92029,
- Kendra Goffredo,
Nepal (2003–03); English Language Teacher Trainer, Escondido
- Ashley Leinweber,
Niger (2002–04), Tucson, 85728
- Katherine MacDougall,
Romania (2002–04), La Jolla, 92037
- Jennifer Mayes,
Burkina Faso (2002–04); Math/Science Education, Oceanside,
- Matthew Melao,
Romania (2000–02), Pine Valley, 91962
- Erik S. Mustonen,
Tunisia (1968–69), San Diego, 92103
- Shellie L. Norris,
Thailand (2002–04); Education Teacher Trainer, Spring
- Ronald Pachence,
Turkey (1967–69); TEFL, San Diego, 92111
- January Riddle,
South Africa (2002–04), San Diego, 92116
- Denise M. Runde,
San Diego, 92101
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this issue are:
Rudy Sovinee, Brenda Terry-Hahn, Cathy Hemphill, Gary Geoghegan, Jennifer
Jones-PCV, Hyun Lee-PCV, Dana Boling- PCV, Laura Sundquist-PCV, Erik Fritz-PCV