March – April 2005 -- Volume 18, Number 2
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This is Sonia M. Bouchard now writing to you as a RETURNED Peace Corps Volunteer. I am back in San Diego and I want to touch bases with you and the SDPCA specifically regarding the fruit dehydration project with the Anse de Mai Pre-school in Dominica. [Tonner ISF Award of $650, Spring 2004, see Pacific Waves vol.17-n.1, May-June 04-ed.]
Once again, I want to extend my deepest thanks for the opportunity to help make this project come to life, although it isn’t totally complete, it is breathing. There have been some complications that are slowly getting worked out.
I left Dominica in October, rather suddenly. I had applied and been approved for a three month extension particularly to continue work on the project. For personal reasons I returned to the U.S. I apologize that I have not contacted you earlier, but I have been busy and also just getting back into the life of the U.S. It has been both at times shocking and comforting.
Thankfully, Ms. Stephanie Raya of Excalibur was sympathetic to our project and sought the additional funds needed from her company. Although, it was quite a timely process we were indeed eventually granted the additional support. The Dehydrator was finally shipped via DHL.
Since my time had expired and the project was yet to be completed, I made some arrangements to help continue the implementation of the project.
Some additional exciting developments have occurred for the Pre-school, which are also having a delaying effect on the project but will eventually support its success. The government has agreed to allocate land to the school on which to build. The school is currently housed in the Catholic Church Hall. A grant has been awarded to fund the construction of the school. Construction began in December 2004.
The principal and PTA are very excited about the new school. It is to be located in very near proximity to the grammar school, the Community Resource Centre, which houses a computer lab, and to everyone’s relief, off the main highway where it had been previously located. It is also a space reserved solely for the Pre-school, unlike before when the Hall was used by many groups for many occasions.
Having their own space will insure security for the expensive equipment. And since Mrs. White is involved in the design of the new school we have discussed special provisions to customize a work station in support of the dehydration project.
I cannot provide you with a projected date of completion. I am sure you understand the nature of time as well as bureaucracy that operates in developing countries, some slower than others, and there always seems to be some unforeseen factor that surfaces suddenly. I am more than hopeful, though, that this project will eventually get on its feet.
And I am committed to doing what I can in support of it. I have every confidence in my community partner, Mrs. White who is a dynamic and motivated key contributor to her community. I will continue to send periodic updates including pictures when available, though the village photographer, me, has returned home.
I have included some photos I have from my archives of the students and of their graduation last June.
SDPCA Monies 2003-04
Figures from our CFO give a simplified visual presentation of where SDPCA monies come from and where they go.
Mark J. Tonner International
Peace Resource Center
Founded in 1980 by six local organizations committed to peace, the Peace Resource Center (PRC) now has over 40 member organizations and hundreds of individual and family members [including SDPCA].
The Peace Resource Center works for peace by:
–Rudy Sovinee, Chair-Global Awards, Ghana (1970-73)
By popular request, here are brief introductions to our current Membership Coordinators. Each of our wonderful Coordinators is a multi-talented, multi-TASKING individual in his/her own right and very interesting and informative!
Give them a call or an email to say hello, to check on any local events (upcoming, or ones you’d like!) or other SDPCA questions you might have. Be aware that each has a very active career and may be out of town briefly when you call.
Coast Satellite Coordinator
ANNIE AGUILAR, Honduras (1995-97).
Annie, a civil engineer, married her during-Honduran-service sweetheart, and she and Juan Carlos now have two darling, active daughters as well as full time careers. They travel back “home” to Honduras each year.
Inland Satellite Coordinator
CINDY BALLARD, Botswana (1993-95)
Cindy, our former outstanding newsletter editor, is currently trying to maintain sanity in the middle of a huge house remodeling project as well as full time work with a technology company. When she wants to escape insanity, she hits the beach running.
Central SD North (of I-8 exc. PB) Satellite Coordinator
VACANT. Can you help? Contact Brenda Terry-Hahn.
South (of I-8 incl. PB) Satellite Coordinator
LINDA BROWER, VISTA, Appalachia (1974-1974)
Linda, our newest Coordinator, is a bona fide San Diego native, recently returned from a long stint in Oregon, to a VERY romantic reunion and marriage with a high school sweetheart. She currently maintains a part-time real estate career in Oregon and is there one week out of each five
East County Satellite Coordinator
DAN TAYLOR, Belize (1986-88)
Dan is our bat naturalist/biologist who shares his considerable friendly talents on annual SDPCA camping trips and outings. He and his handsome son Tyler share their recently purchased Craftsman bungalow remodeling project to any and all comers, especially those with strong biceps and fixing-up talents!
South Bay Satellite Coordinator
VACANT. Can you help? Contact Brenda Terry-Hahn.
LYNN JARRETT, Ukraine (2001-2003)
Lynn has recently retired from the San Diego Union Tribune as a Technology Manager and is struggling to make a friendly acquaintance of our very complex membership database software. She is also on call by the PC and State Department for her expertise in Eastern European country issues and travels there frequently.
FRANK YATES, Ghana (1973-76)
Frank, a civil engineer with a long career in traffic engineering with San Diego County (formerly) and City (currently), established our membership database and financial records back before television and has shouldered these jobs for many years. He is, I hear, only TOO happy to have someone else take over the non-financial part of the job. Frank, with Brenda (below), is one of the original founders of SDPCA and is also very active in other community leadership roles.
BRENDA TERRY-HAHN, Nepal (1964-66)
I, your fearless where-angels-fear-to-tread Coordinator, elected to leave editing the SDPCA newsletter to establish our first-ever membership outreach/support system. A “born and bred” Texan, I’ve been in California as a teacher or social worker since 1966 but you may hear a southern accent when I’ve had a glass of wine. I am a passionate gardener and plant sharer, a reader, vinologist, a pine needle basket maker, and a curry cook, among many other things. (Some people say, “so many women/men, so little time;” I think “so many delicious projects, so little time.”)
folk are now in the process of tightening up our initial goal of
supporting newly returned RPCV members and are moving into ongoing membership
support projects. Your comments, requests and suggestions are welcome!
–Brenda Terry-Hahn, Membership Coordinator, Nepal (1964-66)
Peace Match is a service of the NPCA to connect RPCVs to places wishing to hear about Peace Corps Serivce. How to sign up is at the end of the article. Ed.–Word is, this is such a good idea, the Peace Corps itself may takeover hosting Peace Match. Way to go NPCA!
If you are a classroom teacher looking for first-hand information on the culture and way of life of the people in the countries served by the Peace Corps, register as a Host on their Web site and search for Speakers to fit your criteria.
If you are an RPCV, register as a Speaker on the Web site to become a speaker for a classroom. (You will not be able to search for Hosts until your data has been confirmed and you have been notified by e-mail.)
If you are looking for someone to make a Peace Corps presentation to a community organization or you are a college faculty member or administrator looking for a recruiter to talk to your students about opportunities to serve in the Peace Corps, please contact your nearest PC Recruiting office.
Here is how you can do all this.
Go online to Peace Match: http://www.PeaceMatch.org
For San Diego, our local “recruiting
office representative” is
SDPCA’s own Rudy Sovinee. He can be reached as follows:
Rudy Sovinee, SD Regional Recruiter
(voice mail) 619-594-2188,
(cell) 310-356-1114, or
Byline, San Diego:
It definitely was “super”. Super sized TV-I’ve never seen one that big, super amount of good munchies and drinks. Lots of good people to laugh with. My thanks to Tony and Karen Sparks for opening their home again this year for the party.
Can’t remember who won--the
Patriots?—but those commercials were fun to watch.
–Marjory Clyne reporting
Photo by Rudy Sovinee
About 30 nominees, RPCVs, family and friends attended the North County social, but the largest contingent by far were the nominees. It was the biggest, best party of the six Rudy has hosted so far.
We had tables filled with wonderfully delicious food, a projection screen show, and lots of conversation about the intricacies of getting into the Peace Corps. The fact that the game was close, but slow moving was perfect for the side conversations, and this year the number rooting for each team was about even. Fans were quite good natured on both sides.
With Rudy as the recruiter,
plan on another nominee filled event next year, so RPCVs will again be
–Rudy Sovinee reporting
The skies cleared and a fearless group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, family and friends all met Gerry Sodomka at the San Ysidro Trolley Station for an adventure south of the border. Gerry Sodomka, Nigeria (1966-68), our resident Tijuana expert, led a group across the border and into Tijuana. We were given a “five minute” Spanish lesson for those “gringos” in need. Gerry also gave us some background history on Tijuana, Mexico and his connection to Mexico. The group began to mix and mingle and meet one another. Once again, we had an amazing cross section of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and began sharing stories of past.
Photo by Liz Brown
As the group headed towards Mariscos Don Pepe Restaurant we took in the sights and sounds of the border town. Our group haggled, checked prices of various items in each and every store, and got acquainted with one another. After a forty-five minute walk through Tijuana we climbed up Boulevard Fundadores to Don Pepe Restaurant. Having just passed the Tijuana Brewery everyone was thirsty and hungry.
The restaurant was wonderful! Gerry and a few others fluent in Spanish helped those of us more linguistically challenged place our orders (and read menus). The tastes were amazing and the ambiance was friendly.
Photo by Liz Brown
We were well taken care of enjoying ceviche, soup, fresh fish (and other tasty treats). You could make your dish hot or mild. Desert was enjoyed by some and the finale, a Kahlua drink with cinnamon – delicious! Most of us were filled to the top and caught cabs back to the border to return stateside. However, others meandered back through town, taking in more of the people and sights. And of course, making any much needed purchases south of the border.
A special thanks to Gerry. SDPCA has been enjoying Gerry’s trips to Tijuana for many, many years. We thank him once again and look forward to next year’s trip.
more adventurous and interested in checking out Don Pepe’s
Restaurant, the restaurant is located at Blvd. Dundadores 688, Tijana,
B.C., Tels:684-9086, 684-8866. Average cost for one $20-25 USD. Enjoy!
–Elizabeth Brown, RPCV Tonga (2001-2003)
Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet. —Alice WalkerFrom the President...
All goes well with the SDPCA. Any ideas related to community action efforts are especially welcome these days as we try to understand better what the membership would find interesting and fruitful. Social has been busy with the holiday gathering, the Super Bowl parties, ethnic dinners, including an excursion into Tijuana, and the up-coming Earth Day event and camping weekend in April. Over and above these, there has been real synergy developing with the Peace Corps recruiting efforts, for example, the recent RPCV panel discussion about environmental sciences presentation at the Mission Valley Library
Good stuff is happening! There is a great energy for all we do together, but we can always use more help—as this is a volunteer-driven organization.
We’ll need your energy and participation at our annual meeting in May as we elect a new Board of Directors. Check online to find a board position right for you and please join in.
Treasurer, Frank Yates, will be resigning from that position in May so
we are looking for someone to take it on; it includes oversight of funds,
bookkeeping and preparation of financial reports. If you would like more
information, contact any Board member but you’ll have to speak with
Frank at some point to get the complete picture.
–Gregg Pancoast, Costa Rica (1985-86)
Board Meetings 1/12 & 2/9/05
Attendance: Marjory Clyne, Lynn Jarrett, Frank Yates, Gregg Pancoast, Nikol Shaw, Kristen Slanina attended both meetings. Ted Finkel attended in January and Liz Brown attended in February.
Minutes were approved as amended.
President’s Report: See committee reports.
Financial Report: Frank reported balances and provided a detailed statement of income and expenses. Frank, Gregg, and Ted Finkel are coordinating an independent review of the finances, to occur in February.
Membership: Lynn reported that the SDPCA membership is at 142 current, 40 past due, totaling 182. NPCA membership is at 95 current, 22 past due, totaling 117. The number of free members shall be reported at the March meeting. Lynn, Marjory, and Brenda will meet to discuss membership communication issues.
Fundraising: Entertainment Book and calendar sales have ended after a successful fundraising effort.
Global Awards: Projects totaling $2,200 were approved for the December 2004 round of ISF Grants. Six projects were funded (see page ). The deadline for the next round of ISF selections is 3/15. Review will be done via email. The Board has made a selection for the local Global Awareness Award (see page ); the honor will be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.
Communications: Our next newsletter deadline is 02/10/04. SDPCA will not be pursuing a listserv; the list serve is too complicated for the group’s needs. The Board agreed that newsletters should be sent to those RPCV groups who send newsletters to SDPCA, as has been done in the past.
Past and present activities are covered in newsletter stories.
Speaker’s Bureau: The 1st Panel Discussion was interesting and well attended. Encore panels will be held on 2/15 at USD, 2/21 at SDSU, and 2/23 and UCSD.
The Peace Corps Week event will be 3/6 from 1pm-5pm at UCSD’s International Great House. More information will follow via email and post. Rudy suggests the Board promote Peace Match for RPCV speaking engagements and that in turn, the SDPCA Speaker’s Bureau should focus on helping those participating in Peace Match to become better speakers.
New Business: Marjory also has information about a film about Ugandan children; Kristen will pursue as a possible social event.A motion was made to obtain a second mailbox key; the motion carried. The key will reside with Marjory and will be used only for back-up or emergency purposes.Nikol will forward a copy of the SDPCA 2002-2005 Strategic Plan to the Board and Committee Chairs for review and comment. Discussion will be at the March meeting.
The March meeting will be 6:30 PM, 3/2/05, at the home of Lynn Jarrett.
All RPCVs are welcome to attend.
–Nikol Shaw, Secretary, Mauritania (1999-2001)
For community action any month, Peace Corps Week reminds us one excellent way of bringing it all home is to speak about our experiences with individuals or groups. Peace Match, through NPCA offers a good way to bring together speakers with those who want to hear from us. Rudy Sovinee, our local Speaker Chair has offered to help sharpern the speaking skills of those who might want some tips.
Check with Volunteer
San Diego to see what events are happening, if you don’t
hear from us. Let us know of any events you may want others to join you
–Jesse Santos, Papua New Guinea, 1998-’00, VP SDPCA,
Community Action Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives
for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses,
alternatives to violence. —Dorothy Thompson
Bulgarian RPCVs, PCVs and Staff Online
Peace Corps Budget
President Bush Announces 2006 Budget; Asks Congress for $345 M for Peace Corps
Thank You RPCVs and
Postal Annex Stores
We had another successful fundraising year thanks to the sale of almost 300 beautiful 2005 International Calendars to our members and friends.
We are indebted to the wonderful support of 24 PostalAnnex stores for their willingness to sell the Entertainment Books on our behalf. We sold a total of 210 books. With these two efforts we raised $1700 and have awarded that amount AND MORE to some of our current San Diego volunteers.
Here are some of the very worthy projects we funded: In Ecuador and Gabon to build latrines; in Burkino Faso well installation and fencing for a Primary School garden; in Paraguay partial funding for renovation of the Primary School. I am proud of the great work they are doing and our ability to offer them financial support.
With much gratitude,
–Marjory Clyne, Fundraising Chair, Western Samoa (1972-74)
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this issue are:
Sonia Bouchard, Brenda Terry-Hahn, Rudy Sovinee, Nikol Shaw, Frank Yates, Marjory Clyne, Liz Brown, Jesse Santos, Dan Taylor, Cindy Ballard, Don Beck