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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
July - August 2007— Volume 20, Number 4
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NOTE: SDCA email addresses here are no longer clickable to prevent roaming spam servers reading them. Sorry for the inconvenience- 9/05



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International CoOp Day–July 7th

"The UN General Assembly ... proclaims the first Saturday of July 1995 to be the International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Co-operative Alliance.” First Saturday of July marks this yearly UN observance. In the US, October is Cooperative month..

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Internt'l Peace Days
Great site for Peace-full things:  Check it out!
Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.

One Day In Peace
Freedom Day
Women’s Day
Earth Day
Diversity Day
Interfaith Day

CoOp Day
No Nukes Day

Peace Day
End Hunger Day
Tolerance Day
Human Rights Day
–January 1
–February 1
–March 8
–April 22
–May 21
–June 22

–July 7*(see article above)
–August 6

–September 21
–October 16
–November 16
–December 10

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SDPCA at Earth Day in Balboa Park. (l to r) Annie Aguilar, Nikol Shaw, Frank Yates, Joan Clabby, and Jacob Clabby. Photo By Rudy Sovinee.

Thank You Earth Day Volunteers!

By Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa 1972-74

We had a very successful day at our Earth Day Fair booth in Balboa Park.  Many thanks go to the great volunteers who each spent a few hours speaking to the hundreds of people who stopped to find out more about Peace Corps.

The set up crew of Rudy Sovinee and Ron Ranson arrived at 8 AM and created our “look”. From 9:30 to 5 these SDPCA members kept the crowds happy:  Kelly Breckenridge, Joe & Sharon Darrough, Lynn Jarrett, Sira Perez, Leslie Blanchard, Carol Whalen, Gregg Pancoast, Nikol Shaw, Silvie Georgens, Bill Murray, Joan Clabby, Mike Peloquin, and Bob Matusiak.  One of our newest board members, Lisa Eckl, was introduced to us at this booth!  Can’t wait for next year!!!

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SDPCA at USD’s Earth Day

By Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine 2001-03

Sira Perez and I participated in USD’s first annual Earth Day celebration.  It was quite an interesting day for us to be at USD, not only as representatives of SDPCA, but to witness and be a part of the Virginia Tech outreach effort held by the students.

Sira created one of the more than 850 origami cranes that were sent to Virginia Tech (see photo above).  After some moving speeches, live cranes were let go to commemorate the memory of each student who lost their lives. Later the USD students sent a completed peace crane mobile and their message of hope to Virginia Tech.  It was quite moving for us to be there during that time.  We received a very nice thank you note for our participation and support from the USD event coordinator.

SDPCA at Earth Day 2007 at USD. Photo By Rudy Sovinee.

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SDPCA at Water Station #14.

Looking at Life from Water Station #14

By Laura Sundquist, Dominican Republic 2003-06
It was a rockin’ morning June 3, 2007, as the SDPCA gathered at 5:30 am at water station #14, mile 19.8 in the 10th Annual San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon.  We arrived in blue attire, a theme chosen by Flood Church, our water station volunteer mates, to cheer on the 23,000 runners/walkers and give them a needed boost to continue the last 6.4 miles of the race.  SDPCA accelerated in mixing Accelerade (generic Gatorade) for the runners/walkers, many of whom were ready to collapse from exhaustion, blisters and other injuries.

It was a humid San Diego morning at Mission Bay as about 10 SDPCA members participated in helping the brave runners and walkers accomplish their goal in completing 26.2 grueling miles to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The participants, many of whom were directly affected by this often fatal disease, raised over $20,000 that morning.

As the water station volunteers watched the courageous participants wear with honor the name of someone affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma, we cheered them on by encouraging them to keep going for the person they were supporting.  It was touching to watch the participants, exhausted after running/walking 19.8 miles, smile after a volunteer shouted out “do it for Sue” or “keep fighting for Raul”.  It was a real inspiration to watch people fight for the lives of others by pushing their bodies to unknown limits.

Racers coming by Water Station #14.

The water station volunteers were not the only encouragers along the way—15 musicbands were set up throughout the course to provide much needed motivation and entertainment.  In addition to the bands, more than 50 participants dressed up as Elvis impersonators to break the world record of the amount of Elvis’ in a marathon.

At our station a riot of blue-clad Race Crew punctuated by diehard Trojans in cardinal and gold served Accelerade and water with great spirit.   Participants spotted wavy streamers and thought they were dreaming when they saw a real 19-foot spa spouting jets of water.  And then, just ahead beneath a rainbow not far from the 20-mile mark was old Noah himself, encouraging: The End is Near.   And afterwards, the volunteers cleaned up every balloon, every streamer and every cup, leaving Mission Bay Park even more lovely than at the dawn of this Flood.
Working together to make Water Station #14 this year's winner!

The 19 Water Stations were judged for the best Spirit, Cleanliness, Originality, Theme and Sound on the course. As it turns out, our water station won first place out of all 19 stations at the Rock and Roll Marathon!  First place receives $2500, and since Flood Church did most of the work they are receiving 70% of it, USC is getting 15%, and we are getting 15%.   That means we will be getting $375!

During this era of overexposure to violence and hatred, it is heartening to see so many people working together to save lives.

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Letter from Zambia, pt. 2

By Tim Muldrew, PCV Zambia – continued from last issue

In Zambia, there are certain protocols for hosting guests. As a guest and especially a muzungu (anyone not Zambian), I am usually treated with the highest respect. When arriving at another household, I say Odi and receive a response of Kalibu before entering another’s compound. Then I crouch down on one knee and clap hands while addressing the people. I am given the best chair when I arrive at someone’s house along with the best food. I take lunch and dinner with two families and have grown close to them.

I recently acquired a dog to take along with me. It’s a female borbel called Lundwe, which means “lion” in deep Kikaonde (to inspire fear in some of the children).

During the first initial months at site, I was very careful about setting guidelines for how to work with people in my village. Since then, my beliefs have shifted. First, I determined that I wasn’t going to give things to my villagers. In its purest form, my reasoning behind this is that people take for granted what is given to them. A few months ago someone asked me, “What do you think is the main obstacle to Zambia’s development?” I answered, “dependency”. Zambia receives a lot of handouts from various NGOs, but this doesn’t often amount to progress. People often ask me for things in the village. A large percentage of the time I don’t give them anything. Sure, giving them some cooking oil may solve their immediate need for that day, but what about tomorrow? They’ll ask me to help them out whenever they are in a bind. Also, word gets around that I’m giving things away and I pretty much have everyone knocking on my door the next day. Now, on a civil servant’s salary, I can’t solve everyone’s needs in my village. If, instead, I tend to favor certain families, I end up alienating people. I needed to make more effective use of my monthly living allowance than simply giving things away. In an effort to give to my community and to encourage good nutrition, I decided to cook a big pot of soya porridge every morning.

This is the only meal that I cook all day. Anyone can come whether an adult or child and have an almost guaranteed meal (if I am not working out in my field). The main way that I am able to give back to my community is through my labor. I look for jobs such as construction projects, working in my field, washing clothes, and language tutoring. So far, I have built an elevated chicken coop, a shelter from the rain and sun, a fence around my garden, and a veranda.

Time in Zambia operates a lot differently than in the United States. Often, people will come two hours late to an arranged meeting – if they bother to come at all. I am extremely time conscious while in the village. It is not always people’s fault that they are late. Many people use the sun to tell time because they don’t own watches. However, if you wish to accomplish things, waiting for people is unavoidable in the village. I will usually bring a book to read wherever I go. On the other hand, it depends on how I feel. If I am helping someone who is consistently late, I won’t hesitate to go about and do other things. If what we are doing is important, they can find me, instead of the other way around.
I treat other people with respect and I expect to be treated with the same courtesy. Every interaction I have with people gives me an indication of what type of person they are and whether or not they would be a good person to work with. If someone is consistently disrespectful to me, I turn away from them. I am here to help people. If a person seeks to take advantage of me over small things, they will take greater advantage in the future. Sometimes people will overcharge me for things. I realize that as a muzungu, I am expected to pay more for things. However, if the amount that I am ripped off is considerable, we will not do business again. People get one chance to get it right. Once I hired a person to create ridges in my field. We measured out the portion of the field beforehand. After they completed the job, we measured the portion again. I discovered that they had moved the markers to reduce the size of the portion cultivated. They were supposed to do some additional work to cover the loss of area–they never completed it. I had to do it myself. Later, they asked for additional work and I said I didn’t have any.

I try to treat everyone in the village equally because I don’t wish to alienate people. Villagers become jealous if they see my friends benefiting from me. I battle this problem daily in the village. As we grow in friendship, my friends are constantly pushing the borders of how far I am willing to go: providing cooking oil, buying sweeties or alcohol, borrowing my bike, etc. I wish I could reward my counterparts for a job well done, but in the village all that I do becomes the new standard in the relations with people. And so, I continue to dig a deeper and deeper hole for myself

Project:  Seed Multiplication
I started a seed multiplication program in my village. A seed multiplication works by giving out a limited amount of seeds to certain farmers and receiving from their harvest a greater amount of seed than they were given. These collected seeds are then given more farmers during the next planting season with the expectation of receiving more seeds back. And so, the amount of seeds and the number of people benefiting from the seeds increases year after year. The dynamics of such a system weren’t totally foreign to my village. The previous volunteer at my site started a program with maize and soya, but he left before he could collect the seeds. Shortly after I arrived in the village, I collected some of these seeds from my villagers. Combining these seeds with the ones that I received in training, I was able to give out 5 kg of maize divided evenly between two farmers. Also, I gave out 10 kg of soya divided evenly between about ten farmers. I decided to give out nitrogen-fixing plants and trees freely to people rather than requiring them to multiply the seeds. Staple foods such as maize and soya, are known to grow in the area, so I required a small contribution of the harvest from people taking seed in order to apply toward next year

My Garden
Somewhere in the middle of my seed multiplication program I discovered that I wasn’t going to receive nearly enough seeds in order to expand my program to the outlying villages. In addition, I decided that my small garden wasn’t enough to satisfy my needs of learning about planting various crops and trees, experimenting with different farming techniques, and multiplying the amount of seed that I have in my possession for next year. I don’t want to recommend farmers do something that I read in a book without first trying it out for myself in the particular area. I can afford to make mistakes because my livelihood isn’t tied to my fields. Therefore, I recommend that people create small experimental plots to try certain techniques.

To learn (and to multiply seeds) on a greater scale, I requested from my senior headman a small plot of land. Very soon, he had 3 limas (7500 square meters) of land available for me to cultivate soya (the main crop I wanted to multiply). The time for planting soya was passing so I employed four people to construct ridges on a 2500 sq meter plot despite the fact that I wanted to till the soil myself as a learning experience. I have now planted in my field: soya, sunflower, beans, cassava, sweet potatoes, amaranth, sesame, pigeon pea, cowpea, rape, chinese cabbage, garlic, onion and nitrogen fixing plants and trees such as velvet beans, lablab, caster bean, sunhemp, tephrosia, leucaena, gliricidia, and sesbania sesbain. In addition, I planted jatropha, marigold, and mahogany. Next year, I will move my seed multiplication elsewhere and devote this land to maize in order to observe the effects of planting nitrogen-fixing plants on the land.

Project: HIV/AIDS
I have several programs on the horizon. I am working to set up HIV/AIDS groups in five communities in my work area. All volunteers are encouraged to do HIV/AIDS work in their area regardless of their program. The HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in Africa affects all sectors of society. I can also see the similarities between my program and the HIV/AIDS program because one of my focuses is cultivation of crops that have good nutritional value. The focus of this HIV/AIDS program that I am instituting is twofold. First, I am trying to get an HIV/AIDS, family planning, gender equality, and self-empowerment manual taught at five schools. Second, I am seeking to provide trainings for adults so that they can actively engage other members in their community about HIV/AIDS issues. There was a volunteer before me about 30 km away who was working on setting up HIV/AIDS groups, but since then all of them have dissolved. Hopefully, my efforts will be more sustainable.

Project: Farming Techniques
I am also trying to start farmer’s study groups. Around this time, people are beginning to harvest maize so they will start to have more time on their hands. This time is an excellent opportunity to teach about conservation farming and agroforestry. I didn’t have a chance to teach some of the conservation farming techniques such as potholing, mulching, composting, etc. during the planting season because people had already planned for their fields. I only handed out seeds and gave information about their cultivation. However, these skills that they learn now they could apply to their next planting season. I envision the farmer’s groups meeting once a week and discussing a certain problem encountered during cultivation and ways to solve these problems. I am also trying to get the district office for the Department of Agriculture to come and provide trainings for these groups of farmers.

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Allison West and friends doing a chain climb in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo from author.

Letter from Namibia

from Allison West, PCV Namibia --Excerpted from her letter home

Well school has started once again and, once again, I am instantly as busy as ever! I am trying to get the building of a school wall and gate underway and it is quite difficult. I’m trying to get an honest estimate on cost, to decide if the students will make the bricks or not, to figure out how long the whole thing will take and when we will start, etc.

Good news however—we received the small grant that I wrote a proposal for in May! The school will be receiving USD$282 as a contribution from the San Diego Peace Corps Association to help with the building. This money will actually go along way!  It’s about N$2000 and will probably buy the gate or most of the cement for the wall! Hooray! My first grant writing experience was a success!

So school is good.  I have changed some basic class routines like the number of home assignments per week, a weekly quiz per subject, etc. and it is going well so far.  This is helping the learners know what to expect each week—each day actually—and also it’s keeping the pace of the class moving in a forward direction. Sometimes I get stuck on one topic for too long because I want EVERY learner to grasp the material. I have had to accept the fact that this is really not feasible and so I must push forward with the majority of the class, and hope to tutor the struggling learners in remedial English at some point!

Giraffe pair in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo from author.

Personally, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster.  After Julia (a friend, who had visited) was mugged and I had to say goodbye a second time, I was in a deep funk for a few days.  I was just not feeling entirely motivated about my health, school, anything. To top it off     I have really been noticing an inability to integrate into my village community lately... even my host family.  I don’t know if I was oblivious to this last term, because I was getting used to everything else, but I really am feeling like an outsider. I am just feeling like a weirdo. It’s funny, I have really never had a hard time fitting in, and so it’s really awkward for me. I feel like my attempt to fit in hanging with my brothers and sister, chatting with fellow colleagues, makes it even more awkward.  Then I ask myself: Why sit with a room full of people like a total dud... since I don’t understand what is being said anyway?

I’m like this weird, mute person. I feel, sometimes, like it is better, and more comfortable, for everyone, if I just keep to myself. It’s crazy how much the language gap effects my ability to really get to know my family.  I can’t joke around or be sarcastic with them, so I feel like they don’t know my whole personality.

Anyway, I am over my funk. I have been running everyday, working my bootie off at school and reading and writing a lot! It’s been so nice to just be mellow, back in my village. I guess, truthfully, I am not minding being a bit of a loner right now. It’s a nice change after Julia’s visit. Now I’m off to town to run errands!
Take care,  Ali.

Sunset in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo from author.

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A Look at Our Annual Party

By Lisa Eckl, East Timor 2005-06, our new Global Awards Chair

“I just got back.” That had been my line to everyone I came in contact with for nearly a year.  Well, a year later, I hardly consider it ‘just.’  But when I entered the room at my first SDPCA event, I really did feel like I had just returned.  Being with so many RPCVs was a little overwhelming at first but was one of the most comforting experiences since returning home. Listening to other’s experiences and sharing my own with people who actually understood was the breath of fresh air that I needed. 

I heard about the event when I stumbled upon the SDPCA table at Earth Day and immediately I decided I was going no matter what.  This was a chance to connect with people who have experienced Peace Corps life and have since made a life in San Diego—there was no way I would miss this.

When I arrived at the club house, I was immediately welcomed by everyone.  I could tell this was a tightly knit group of people, but even though I was new, I felt immediately at home.   With my name badge on, I started mingling.  There were so many stories to hear of unbelievable Peace Corps adventures, I really could have stayed talking to people all night. 

Our first ice breaker broke us up into regions of services. I raised my hand to represent Asia and held my sign high so my fellow Asia Volunteers could find me, but nobody came.  Finally, a prospective volunteer joined me.  She had received her nomination but had not yet been invited.  In talking to her I tried not to scare her too much.  Next we got together by decade of service.  I had plenty of people to talk to in that group! Before I knew it, it was time to eat dinner.

The potluck consisted of a plethora of home-cooked and store bought items, each one better than the next.  I filled my plate with a little of everything which turned out to be way more than I could eat. 

After dinner came the speeches.  Hank Davenport accepted an award for 1WOW—One World, Our World—from SDPCA that acknowledges their work in educating youth.  While Hank was accepting the award, he brought Rudy Sovinee up to acknowledge all the hard work Rudy has done for both 1WOW and SDPCA.  Hank did not know that Rudy was about to be given a special award for his years of dedication to SDPCA, and he basically took the words straight from the plaque about to be presented to Rudy by SDPCA Vice President, Marjory Clyne.    Rudy graciously accepted the award with a huge smile on his face.  Although it was the first time meeting Rudy, I could tell he was very loved by all members of SDPCA and is going to be missed greatly.  Rudy left for Thailand the following day. 

The silent auction was next, led by Sira Perez.  People started bidding to win items ranging form Zoo Tickets, to hour massages, to a Peace Corps host country meal cooked in your home.

Lastly, came the board nominations and elections.  Marjory made her way around the room and coincidently received 9 nominees to be elected to the 9 person board.  I was lucky enough to be one of those 9 people nominated, and hence was officially elected to the SDPCA board.  Being new to the area and wanting to get involved, I gladly accepted the position and look forward to a fun year of working with everyone on the board and in SDPCA.

Overall, my first SDPCA event was a blast.  There was good food, wonderful prizes, and most importantly, amazing people.  I can’t wait to be a part of the organization and I encourage anyone who hasn’t attended an SDPCA event to make an effort to get down to whatever event comes up next.

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In Touch with NPCA

By Kevin Quigley, Thailand 1976-79, President, NPCA
In the past month we’ve launched new ways to stay in touch with the Peace Corps community and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

We hope you’ll check them out and let us know what you think:

  • Our new blog, PeaceCorpsPolyglot       
    (’ll find dispatches for and about the Peace Corps community, plus continually updated Peace Corps news feeds in the sidebars.
  • Peace Corps Community News Page( this is where you’ll find professional and community service updates about people who have been volunteers or worked for Peace Corps.
  • PeaceCorpsConnect group on
    if you are a member of the popular social networking site, join our group and meet others who share a passion for Peace Corps.

But with the weather turning warm, who wants to stay glued to a computer screen? It’s time to get outside and what better way to strike up a conversation than by wearing a new t-shirt or toting a bag with a Peace Corps-related slogan or logo?

You can find a big selection of apparel and gifts in our online store at:

Elimination of International Surface Mail Hits PC Community Hard

From Peace Corps Polyglot
On May 14 the U.S. Postal Service eliminated International Surface Mail (M-Bag) and Shannon Brown, Book Project Coordinator for Friends of Malawi, raised a red flag in the Peace Corps community. Inexpensive M-Bags are used extensively by many non-profits and individuals to ship books, educational materials and other humanitarian items internationally.

To learn more about this issue and how you can help, read about it on our new blog, Peace Corps Polyglot, at:

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I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: “No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.  -- George Burns

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. -- Victor Borge

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. -- Socrates

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation.   As you grow older, it will avoid you.  -- Winston Churchill

Be careful about reading health books You may die of a misprint.  -- Mark Twain

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.   -- Rodney Dangerfield

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.   -- Will Rogers

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.  -- Billy Crystal

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.”  ---Buddy Hackett

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Home Hospitality Opportunities

The Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego is getting more visitors than ever. As a result, many more guests need home hospitality hosting. This is a fun and simple way for you to share a meal with international friends. Dinner table diplomacy is what we like to call it!

Groups can be separated to accommodate your needs.
If you would like to host anyone, or for more information, please call us at 619-291-8105 or email Tanya at

These were some of the groups hosted by CDCSD in June:

  • Six visitors from INDIA and PAKISTAN; Program theme: Environmental Sustainability
  • Two visitors from CHILE; Program theme: US Judicial System/Human Trafficking
  • Two visitors from THAILAND; Program Theme: Intellectual Property Rights

In May, three guests from Iraq, with their interpreters, enjoyed home hospitality through CDCSD, and they came with a message: stay the course.

The Iraqis, unlike other visitors brought by the State Department, did not avoid — indeed, were anxious to talk about — politics.

Ably assisted by their indefatigable interpreters, they maintained that the United States has a moral duty to keep its troops in Iraq while it pursues a diplomatic solution to the al-Qaeda insurgency.

They wouldn’t say whether or not the U.S. should have invaded their country in the first place, but now that we are there, the Iraqi guests maintained, we must remain to prevent a “bloodbath” that would ensue if U.S. troops pulled out prematurely.

The bloodbath would be instigated by al-Qaeda, which they view as the main threat to Iraqis today.  They minimized the seriousness of Shia-Sunni internecine fighting, noting that they themselves, though Shiites, have Sunni wives.

Obviously the dinner conversation was lively and interesting — if a bit unusual for CDCSD guests!

Another Iraqi and I have turned into what we used to call pen pals. His first email to me apologized for his delay in responding as his brother had been killed in the bombing. These are his thoughts, unedited. –Cath (CDCSD)

Sorry for being lait it was because the electrisity, life became very diffecult. Im glad with this discusion of course I feel free because even when I in USA I said to every one who ask me about Iraq and how Iraqi peaple now practicing democrasy, I said what happens now is not democrasy. When you make peaple who used to live peacfully quarall with each other is not democrasy. When you enter the country and let the borders open to the terrirests and make no balance inside with continouse complaining from poverty (when peaple cannt work due to the security situation means poverty attacking them ) that is not democrasy. Also I said (when you impose freedom upon me I cannt accept it). Blieve me we could solve our problems by ourselves. Sorry I have to end because the electrisity gone.
Thanks, Best Regards.

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There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders. --Ralph Bunche

Board Meetings March – June 07


Attendance: Lynn Jarrett, Marjory Clyne, Lisa Eckl, Nikol Shaw, Sharon Darrough, Gregg Pancoast, Sean Anderson.  Absent: Tracy Addis, Carl Sepponen, Kate McDevitt

President’s Report 
Led by outgoing President Nikol Shaw.  Discussed duties of President and other open positions.  Minutes approved as amended.

Finance Report
We have $8,000 in restricted fund for ISF.  Lynn asked if we can put some of the restricted funds to a high interest bearing account such as the Calvert Fund (run by NPCA for microenterprise projects in the developing countries).  Gregg says we could put some in Calvert – he will check commitment time and send proposal with more info.  Motioned, seconded, approved.

Lynn has sent out e-mail reminders.
• Current Membership:  130!
• Past due for 12 months: 38
• Past due for 6 months: 15
• New members: 4
• Free members: 14
Voice mail June assignment: Sean Anderson

Community Action
Lisa received an award on behalf of SDPCA from the Rock’n’Roll marathon for our 7 years of service.  Lisa will be at this year’s marathon at 5:30 am and will be the water station captain.

Annual Party—55 or 60 attended—good turnout!  Saturday evening seems to be a good time to have parties. Rudy received an award for his lengthy service.  One World Our World received the Global Awareness Award. The mixer that Kate ran went well – she had people get in groups by region of service and decade of service.  People were very social.  The food worked well—it is a good idea to have people bring certain items as was listed in the newsletter and evite.

Speaker’s Bureau
Discussion:   It would be nice for Speaker’s Bureau to make a brochure to market the speakers bureau to local community groups.   RPCVs in Boston receive $50 from their local Peace Corps Recruitment Office for each speech they give up to $1,000.  Nikol contacted the Boston group to find out how they did it.  Sean will ask the PCLA recruiter next week at an event.

ISF- Global Awards
ISF recipients were approved; money has not been sent yet.  Four projects were awarded totalling $1,742 from PCVs in Ukraine, Namibia, Morocco, and Honduras.  We will send a letter detailing these awards to Chris Tonner to forward to ISF donors. Eleven proposals had been received.  Decision committee:  Brenda Hahn, Sira Perez, Lynn Jarrett, and Nikol Shaw.

Auction:  there is one IOU still out, but we made $369 which will go into “unrestricted” fund.
Marjory committed to Entertainment Books again.

New Business
Date of monthly meetings:  Mondays are bad for Kate.

Next Meeting: Monday, July 9th, 6:30 pm at Gregg’s, 1908 31st Street  92102,  619 540-4434

Selection of Officers:
1. President – Sean Anderson
2. CFO – Gregg Pancoast
3. Secretary – Sharon Darrough
4. Communications & Member Records – Lynn Jarrett
5. Vice President/Fundraising – Marjory Clyne
6. Speaker’s Bureau – Tracy Addis
7. ISF/Global Awards – Lisa Eckl
8. Social – Kate McDevitt
9. Community Action – Open
10. News Editor – Carl Sepponen

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Recipes to go with our International Calendar Countries

July - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Goat Curry

2 lbs. mutton or lamb trimmed and cut into cubes
¼ cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. turmeric
2 cloves chopped garlic
½ tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. grated ginger
½ cup red wine
¼ tsp. cooking oil
¼ cup tomato ketchup
1 tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. vinegar
3 tbsp. chutney

Season meat with garlic, salt, vinegar and hot pepper. Allow to marinate for about 1 hour. Heat oil, add curry powder, then meat and brown. Add remaining ingredients.
Cover and simmer over low heat until meat is tender. Adjust seasoning. Serve on a bed of rice.

Source: Caribbean CHOICE

August - Macedonia
Pinjur / Eggplant

This recipe is called “pinjur” (PEEN-jur) and it’s a traditional Macedonian recipe. It’s easy, nutritious, tasty, and can be found on everyone’s tables, from the villages scattered throughout the mountainsides to the capital city.

One large eggplant
2-6 cloves garlic (depending on how strong you like it)
salt (enough to lightly cover the garlic)
handful coarsely chopped walnuts
olive oil
fresh lemon
fresh cilantro

Wash eggplant. Poke holes into it randomly with a fork so it doesn’t pop on you. Roast the eggplant in the oven until it’s thoroughly cooked and collapses. (About 30-40 min in a 350 F oven. For easy clean-up, use aluminum foil over a cookie sheet.) While eggplant is roasting, mash garlic and salt with mortar and pestle until it becomes pasty.

Slice eggplant in half and leave draining in the sink in a colander. When cool, peel skin off. Chop eggplant into medium-sized chunks. In bowl, combine eggplant and garlic, mashing eggplant and stirring the garlic throughout. Once nice and consistently mushy, throw in a handful of chopped walnuts, this adds some crunch and texture.
Add olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and even cilantro if you want to “gourmet” it up a little, but the traditional way is just as yummy.

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. –Peter Drucker

Easy Tick Removal...
A school nurse has written the info below –good enough to share– And it really works!!
I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20), after which the tick will come out on it’s own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It worked!” Please pass on; everyone needs this helpful hint.
--from Don Beck, Bolivia 1967-69

Enrich your Family Life with AFS
Each year AFS Intercultural Program welcomes some 20 international high school students to live in San Diego, study in our local schools, and share their cultures and customs with local families.  AFS has been working toward a more just and peaceful world through intercultural exchange for 60 years.  We are looking for families and individuals (including families with or without children, empty-nesters, and non-traditional families) to open their homes to an international teenager.  The length of time to host the student can range from a once a month visit for the length of their stay (liaison), a few weeks (aunt/uncle hosting), or a semester or year (host family).
These exceptional international teenagers arrive with spending money, but depend on the host family for food, a bed, and transportation.  We ask that the family treat the student as a child of their own.

To learn more about becoming a liaison, aunt/uncle family, or host family, please contact Michele Silverthorn at or 619-713-0420. 

AFS is online at: and our local web page is

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Recruiter’s Corner – July/August 2007

I had a great time meeting many of you at the annual party, and I thank you again for your hospitality toward the invitees that came. Their enthusiasm grew prolifically from the encounter, and I’m sure they’re all on the road to Super-Volunteerism to try and match the magnanimity of your experiences!

By the time you read this, our June 50+ recruitment events hopefully drew nice crowds. We stuffed over 10,000 mailers to SD county residents! I think the next phase in our encouragement of baby-boomer volunteers is to make contact with health and education member-associations. Peace Corps countries could really utilize the talents of retiring nurses and teachers! If you’ve got any ideas or contacts, please let me know.

Peace Corps is conducting four community events in July and August, and we’d very much like to have some RPCVs come to share their stories. As you know, it’s much more interesting for prospective applicants to experience a live person than to watch the recruitment video. Also, I’d really rather hear your story than the video monologues I’ve seen 30 times!

So please, come one, come all, to our summer shindigs:
· July 14 – El Cajon Borders Bookstore
· July 28 – Allied Gardens Library (just north of SDSU)
· August 4 – Carmel Mountain Borders Bookstore
· August 18 – Downtown Public Library

Call or email and I can give you times, directions, and beseech thee for your help! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer, and I thank you for your continued dedication to the Third Goal!

--Jacob Hall, Regional Recruiter, SD County, 310-356-1114

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Welcome: New Members

SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members, as of June 11, 2007. 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!

Ken Workman, Kazakhstan 1997-99, HIV/AIDS Education;
• Gregory Busch, Mali 2003-05, Water & Sanitation;
• Terin Smith, Fiji 1996-97, Management Consultant;
• Kelly Breckenridge, Dominican Republic;

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PC Palette

Surati Farsan Mart
9494 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 549-7280

It’s a vegetarian Gujarati restaurant in the Little India Plaza which serves sweet and savory snack foods.  The masala dosa (pictured) is delicious!
 –Kate McDevitt,  Social Chair

What’s your favorite restaurant? Let us know at

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Newsletter Credits

Pacific Waves is published six times a year by the San Diego PeaceCorps Association which is fully responsible for its content. Except for copyrighted material, articles may be reprinted without permission with credit to the SDPCA.

Contributions are encouraged: e-mailed text file on disk- Mac preferred, or typed copy.

Please send to Editor, SDPCA, P.O. Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196 or e-mail:

Joan Clabby

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck, Lynn Jarrett

Contributors this issue are:
Nikol Shaw, Allison West, PCV, Kevin Quigley, Laura Sunquist, Tim Muldrew, PCV, Lisa Eckl, Lynn Jarrett, Don Beck, Marjory Clyne, Sharon Kennedy Darrough, Kate McDevitt, Jacob Hall


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