May -- June 2011 — Volume 24, Number 3
P O Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196-0565
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International Peace Days:
May and June 2011
Great site for Peace-full things:
Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.
Workers Day -
Law Day -
Global Love Day -
Freedom of the Press Day -
Fair Trade Day -
Families Day -
Diversity Day -
Dialogue Day -
BioDiversity Day -
Nothing To Fear Day -
UN Peacekeepers Day -
Environment Day -
Refugee Day -
Interfaith Day -
End Torture Day -
End Drug Abuse Day -
* Date Changes
May 21 --
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 clearly illustrated that serious conflict can arise over "cultural differences." Shortly after this tragic event, 185 nations unanimously adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity to proclaim that our cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. It rejected the claims that a clash of cultures and civilizations is unavoidable, and stressed that intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
What is culture? A culture is a community's language, arts and literature. It is also its values system, traditions, beliefs and way of living. Respecting and protecting culture is a matter of Human Rights. Everyone should be able to participate in the cultural life of their choice. The Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions was adopted in October 2005 to outline legal rights and obligations regarding international cooperation to help protect cultural diversity throughout the world.
Diversity Day, officially known as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, is an opportunity to help our communities to understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony..
"There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish."
-- Alfred Adler
Okay, we are different it's true.
And I don't like to do all the things that you do.
But here's one thing to think through,
You're a lot like me and I'm a lot like you!
-- Robert Alan
"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."
-- Kofi Annan
June 22 --
Some of the wars and conflicts of the past and present were fought over land and resources, but many have been over religious differences. In this past century, a global interfaith movement has been growing, helping to raise consciousness about the need for tolerance and understanding between different cultures and religions. This movement has helped highlight the common goals that most religions share, such as the Golden Rule, which is at the heart of nearly all religious traditions. At the same time, many throughout the world are discovering that 'spirituality' -- a deep connection to a greater purpose for humanity -- is an important driving force in their lives, even if they aren't religious.
UNESCO, working with religious and spiritual NGOs, is currently developing an action plan for Interfaith Cooperation for Peace. The flagship event, a Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace took place on June 22, 2005. Interfaith Day is an opportunity for all who value spirituality in their lives to connect and unite in our wish for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world based on values grounded in our deeper spiritual connection to each other and the world around us.
World Spirituality Day is observed on December 31 as a time for the spiritual community to join together to celebrate the victories for peace, tolerance and understanding that have been won throughout the year and to rededicate our lives to our spiritual paths.
...Several million Sarvodaya adherents in Sri Lanka have proved that they can transcend racial, religious, linguistic and ethnic barriers to accept a common state of ideals, principles, and constructive programs to build a new society as collectively envisioned by them.
-- Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
It seems to rise again when the crisis times come, and this is a time of most severe crisis, as we all know, not just for the history of the United States and the survival indeed of our democracy, but for the future peace of the world. And never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.
-- Walter Cronkite
Quotes, Pictures and Descriptions from
.....at Petco Park
..Padres vs Giants
When: Sunday, July 17–game starts 1:05 pm
Where: PetCo Park
100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
($5 per ticket goes to SDPCA fundraising)
See our name on the scoreboard! Buy a ticket and join in!
–Contact Celeste Coleman: email@example.com
Around the World Expo
• Gaddie Vasquez, former director of PC
• Kevin Quigley, NPCA.
When: Saturday, June 11
Where: Balboa Park Club Bldg - International Houses
• 10:30-11:00 am: Registration-Santa Fe Room
• 11:00-11:45 am: Speakers–Santa Fe Room
• 12 noon-4 pm: Program–International House lawn
SDPCA, NPCA, and PC cordially invite you to our Around the World Expo celebrating the 50 years of Peace Corps, June 11 in Balboa Park.
We will begin in the Santa Fe Room, Balboa Park Club: with registration at 10:30am and speakers at 11:00am – Robbie Robinson, manager of the LA PC Office, Kevin Quigley, President of NPCA, Gaddie Vasquez, former PC director, and Sharon Kennedy, SDPCA President.
From 12noon to 4pm the program continues with entertainers and food on the lawn at the Houses of Hospitality. Watch for more details about entertainment!
There will be exhibit tables for Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, Africa, and Eastern Europe – to showcase the countries we have served in, and time to reminisce with RPCVs from all over San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Please invite your friends and family to the party too, guests welcome!! We would love you to offer your memorabilia to be displayed that day.
Please call or email me if you would like to participate; JOIN IN the celebration!
Contact: Marjory Clyne, firstname.lastname@example.org 858 576 9909
Are YOU Planning to Attend the NPCA Sept Conference?
Connect with others planning to attend from San Diego Area. Make plans, hotel reservations, etc.
Contact Marjory Clyne: 858-576-9909.
NPCA Conference Schedule/Info:
Planning your visit: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/peace-corps-50th-anniversary/#visit
- September 22-25, 2011: NPCA's major 50th Anniversary celebration will take place in Washington, D.C. The four-day series of events recognizes September 22, 1961 as the date Congress approved legislation formally authorizing the Peace Corps.
- Thursday, September 22: Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill with an orientation on Wednesday evening.
- Friday, September 23: RPCVs and others will participate in a Service Day at Washington, D.C. area charities. Many of the 140 NPCA member groups will gather for receptions, country updates, embassy visits, and get-togethers throughout the weekend. Peace Corps staff will have a reunion Friday evening. A central calendar and hospitality suite will be set up to facilitate sharing of information.
- Saturday, September 24: NPCA Board of Directors meeting and a forum on development issues are scheduled. The forum audience will select the first Global Community Grant Project. A 50th Anniversary Gala will be held in the evening.
- Sunday, September 25: A morning ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery followed by a wreath laying at President Kennedy's gravesite, a march across the Memorial Bridge with the Country of Service flags, and a closing ceremony on the National Mall.
Stay tuned for updates, join the activities, and plan your own!
Natalie Hall (Thailand 67-69) is the NPCA's 50th Anniversary Coordinator. She and her husband Mike, whom she met during training, are in the Peace Corps application process awaiting placement.
This article comes from Judy Stout, a PC Volunteer from San Diego serving as an English teacher in Chongquing College, University Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing, China. Judy taught French and German at Patrick Henry High. She was also a Fulbright exchange teacher in Germany. She retired in 2009 and applied for the Peace Corps on the same day arriving in China July 1, 2010. She volunteered helping Marjory at EarthFair in April 2010. She will be sharing her thoughts with us from time to time. Thanks, Judy! -ed.
Anyone wishing to email her may at: email@example.com
Imagine All the People
This morning a five-stanza song brought me to tears while I was rocking gently in front of my students. I was somewhat hindered from full uninhibited participation in the music by the big klunky headphones I had on which were wired into the teacher's console but that didn't minimize my response to the lyrics and the melody. John Lennon's "Imagine" has just as much message today as it did in 1971 when it was released. I had decided to interject a bit of Western culture into the class since the students had expressed a desire to learn more about American culture. Little do they know that Lennon wasn't an American, but wouldn't we all like to claim him, a true hero to us, who made up the rebel generation of the 1960s!
I guess there is no way the Nobel Committee could have accepted a nomination for him for a Peace Prize, considering all that LSD and such. But there I was watching my students get into the music and the lyrics. I am not sure how many of those words they actually understand but believe me they will have many more opportunities to hear that song because the teacher is into it!
I think of the line where Lennon writes: "imagine there's no countries" and know that at least a few international barriers have come down since this crop of Peace Corps trainees have arrived at site and begun their soft diplomacy. It is exceedingly clear to me that on the human level there is very little separating us. I may be the only westerner living and working on this campus of 20,000 students but I feel accepted and welcomed. Even the street-sweeper who is at work early in the morning as I head to class on foot nods when I pass.
Among other things, Lennon can "imagine no possessions". How much simplier can life get than the way of life in the village just across the street from where I live, just opposite the gate of the college! There where the bicycle man who sold me my used bike and rents out bikes for $.28/hour to the students so they can learn to ride, holds court and will tighten my brakes when the need comes.
Biking into this remaining old section you pass two fish ponds, a recycling storage area and several dirt paths past people's homes with vegetables growing year-round in every patch of earth. You get deep enough into it and you will come to a few rudimentary places of commerce and several abandoned buildings. Yet one factory is still home to local workers although I have heard it will be moved soon.
Deep within this old town you will occasionally see a film being made for such settings are becoming rarer and rarer as China is transforming itself into a manufacturing giant. Farmland is rapidly being converted into city everywhere in China. Farmers are finding other ways to make ends meet.There, at the heart of this old town is where I find tai chi at 8 in the morning on the old square opposite the other gate of the factory. While practicing there on a recent morning it was clear that ping pong and basketball also belong to that place. An older couple was involved in a leisurely game of ping pong, laughing at each other while chasing little white spheres.
The younger set was shooting hoops and stretching their young bodies on the bars. I am one of two who arrive on a bicycle. I have to confess that I can make it through the sword play and the single fan, although I am most clumsy, but the double fans with the extra cloth hanging off the ends throw me for a loop. I need time in front of the training DVD before appearing in public again with two fans. You see, they are bright magenta and there is no hiding a freaky, tall, white-haired, foreign, fan dropper. From there my route back takes me past a most determined, more mature gardener working on her patch just across from the elderly gentleman's cigarette stand. It seems they entertain each other while working.
I am still imagining "no possessions" living the Peace Corps lifestyle, but it's hard.
Shopping is fun; bargaining is the national sport and how can one resist when the "price is right"? And then there are the gifts! People like to give me gifts. I am convinced they have no idea how small a suitcase really is. So I will enjoy a few "possessions" during the interim and know that they will not be permanently mine. Lightening the load has been easy for me since retirement. But here it is even easier. Some of our most valued possessions aren't really possessions at all: English language books, which get passed quickly from one volunteer to the next, films and episodes which one can borrow temporarily from the internet, and the rest of it which is consumable such as that rare bar of western chocolate or tin of flavored coffee.
Moments like this make it all worthwhile!
–Judy Stout, PCV, China
Photos come from Judy Stout. Judy adds to her blog from time to time. You can find this entry and others at:
North County Resident Honored with PC Kennedy Service Award
Now in his fourth year, Chris Fontanesi continues economic development work in Romania
BOSTON, March 7, 2011 – In commemoration of Peace Corps' 50th anniversary, San Diego native Chris Fontanesia was presented with a 2011 John F. Kennedy Service Award by Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and Caroline Kennedy. Fontanesi was honored for his work with the Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity Romania, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
The John F. Kennedy awards are awarded every five years to six Americans who demonstrate outstanding public service, both at home and abroad. The awards are held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
"Peace Corps volunteers and staff continue to contribute their creativity, enthusiasm, and commitment to local communities in a meaningful way both at home and abroad," said Director Williams. "These six individuals have distinguished themselves by their exemplary service. They are part of an American legacy of public service that was ignited by President Kennedy's innovative idea."
Established in 2006, the John F. Kennedy Service Awards recognize two current Peace Corps volunteers, two returned Peace Corps volunteers, and two Peace Corps staff members for exemplary contributions to Peace Corps and the advancement of public service. Award recipients demonstrate exceptional service and leadership and promote the Peace Corps mission and three goals: to help people of interested countries meet their needs for trained men and women; to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.
Chris Fontanesi of San Diego, California, is currently serving in Romania as a fourth-year Peace Corps volunteer leader. He previously served in Beiu? as a community economic development volunteer, working on capacity building for two years with Habitat for Humanity Romania (HFHR) and a local affiliate. He and his colleagues planned and implemented "Habitat Romanes," a local event where over 500 volunteers built 10 homes in just one month in an impoverished Roma neighborhood in Oradea. The project earned Oradea the title of "National Capital of Volunteerism" in 2008 and was used as a "Best Practice" for community development in Roma communities by the Roma Civic Alliance of Romania.
Fontanesi splits his time between working with HFHR and Peace Corps/Romania. Habitat for Humanity International recently honored him with its "Volunteering with Excellence" award, given to just three volunteers annually.
Prior to his service, the 2001 Torrey Pines graduate was self-employed, creating business continuity plans for a 3,600-employee firm in San Diego, California. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Fontanesi epitomizes the spirit of Peace Corps' three goals through his work and proven track record for impact, promotion, and innovation. He continues to show a commitment and desire to make significant contributions to every project he takes on.
Other Award Winners
Peace Corps volunteer Robert Ferguson (currently serving in Mexico), Peace Corps staff members Frances Asturias (Washington D.C. headquarters and Guatemala) and Mostafa Lamqaddam (Morocco), and returned Peace Corps volunteers Kathryn Clark (Sierra Leone, 1968-1969; Jamaica, 1984-1987) and Jay Jaycox (Venezuela, 1962-1964) were also honored.
Tonner Int'l Support Fund (ISF) Grant Award
Hammock Project $432
Awarded: Fall 2010
PCV: Laura Kelleher
Los Cimentos, El Salvador
There's one dirt road that leads up the ridges to Los Cimientos, a secluded neighborhood other Salvadorans call "out there." Located on the peak of Cerro Cacahuatique, in Morazán, El Salvador, Los Cimientos is hours away from any hospital, high-school, grocery store, or any other store. It is easily one of the poorest, remotest, most rural sites in the country, and I can boast that when other PCVs have come to visit me, their typical reaction is "Wow."
The people in Los Cims live quiet lives: the men farm and the women home-make. If their ambitions steer away from these options, they must leave the community; there are no other opportunities for work. The local school only offers up to ninth grade. If a youth wants to attend high-school, he or she must travel to the nearest city (hours away) and be lucky enough to have a friend or relative there to stay with.
Therefore most people here are either uneducated all together, or have not completed past the ninth grade at best. There need to be more options for young men and women in this isolated community. Teaching a practical skill such as hammock-weaving could help hugely.
The proposed project was a workshop that teaches hammock-weaving. Every home here has at least one, if not four hammocks. Most homes have dirt floors, and hammocks are a cheap and practical substitute for beds and chairs. Knowing how to weave hammocks is a very practical skill for several reasons. First off, it is cheaper to weave your own hammock than it is to buy one pre-woven, so teaching this skill would clearly benefit each candidate's own household. But what's more is that the trained candidates can now make money by selling these hammocks. Indeed there are vendors in this country who live comfortably selling only hammocks. Because hammocks are so basic to Salvadoran life, an apprentice can easily sell to not only people in this community, but can reach out to other communities with seasonal markets and other platforms.
While people of all ages and sexes are intrigued, I chose to focus on women, particularly mothers, since they have the least amount of economic and professional independence. With hammock weaving, a mother could easily work from home and still fulfill her domestic duties. Job opportunities are scarce here, and are scarcer for women. The women need prospects to make money, which is why learning a practical trade like this would be a significant advancement. Ten women participated in the training and now have hammocks for sale in local markets.
Everyone involved is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this life changing workshop. Thanks again SDPCA!
–Courtney Baltsayskyy, Ukraine (2007-07), ISF Grants Chair
Letter and Photos from Hammock Project
At long last, the hammock workshop here has successfully taken place. Twenty people finished weaving their own hammocks and now have incentive to sell them or to teach others.
Thank you so much for this opportunity, I really loved this project and so did each participant.
The hammocks are beautiful. I've attached a few photos of the weaving process and a completed hammock.
Did you still have interest in purchasing a couple? They are selling them for $60 dollars a piece, but shipping costs might be a bit expensive too. If you or any of your colleagues are interested, please let me know.
At any rate, thank you again so much for your support! This was my last big project, I only have 1 month left!
~Laura Kelleher, PCV El Salvador (photos from Laura)
50th Anniv. Events in San Diego
Panel & Networking
San Diego State University, Alumni Center, 3/16/11
SD County Board of Supervisors Proclamation
Presentation, Supervisors' Board Meeting, 3/15/11
RPCVs were invited to receive an official Proclamation from the San Diego Board of Supervisors. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary Supervisor Greg Cox presented the award (above) to Courtney Baltiyskyy, Hank Davenport, Lennox Miller, William Moore and Gene Nelson.
During the presentation Supervisor Cox shared, "The Peace Corps has done so much for people throughout the world in the last 50 years and I am happy to recognize your outstanding contributions."
Courtney and Lennox (below) then shared a few words about their services and what the experience has meant to them. It was a proud moment for the SDPCA and every RPCV back in the United States.
50th Anniversary of UCSD & PC
UC San Diego, International House, 4/15/11
2011 Will Be the Year PC Wins the Nobel Peace Prize
by Hugh Pickens on PeaceCorpsWorldwide.org
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
As Jay Nordinger writes in National Review "the Norwegian Nobel Committee has given quite a few anniversary awards. In 1963, it honored the Red Cross on its 100th. In 1969, it honored the International Labour Organization on its 50th. In 1981, it honored the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees on its 30th. In 1995, it honored anti-nuclear activists–Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences–on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan, and the 40th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto (the grand anti-nuclear declaration of the age)." So 2011, the Peace Corps' fiftieth anniversary, will be the year that the peace corps community wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
The nomination, due on February 1, has already been made. RPCV Congressmen Tom Petri and Sam Farr joined together to send a bipartisan letter nominating the Peace Corps for the Prize signed by 138 members of the House of Representatives.
"As a former volunteer, I know first hand the important role the Peace Corps plays in assisting the people of less developed countries to get an education, improve agricultural and business practices and more," said Petri. "The heart and soul of the Peace Corps are the volunteers, mostly young, who commit themselves to service in unfamiliar cultures, far removed from many modern comforts and conveniences. Through their experiences they get as much as they give, but the challenges they face make clear that they are engaged in service to people – it's far more than just a job. The Peace Corps deserves greater recognition, especially for the service work performed by its volunteers."
As established by Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the person or entity that, "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding of peace congresses." According to conservative commentator Nordinger "The U.S. Peace Corps meets Nobel's criterion of "fraternity between nations" very nicely. The agency has three stated goals: to help the nations served; to promote a better understanding of Americans; and to promote a better understanding, by Americans, of other peoples. Few contend that the Corps has failed in the meeting of those goals."
Jack Vaughn, the second Director of the Peace Corps, recounts an interesting anecdote from the 1960's. "It came after a senior staff meeting to which I had invited Republican senatorial icon Barry Goldwater. After serious questioning on what Kennedy's new agency was all about, Arizona's Goldwater swore that the Peace Corps embodied virtually every one of the most noble aspects and values of the Republican Party."
If the Peace Corps does receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, then with Sarge gone, there is no better man than the second Director of the Peace Corps, Jack Vaughn, who at 90 years of age is still as strong and vital as ever, to accept the prize on behalf of the Staff and RPCVs of the "greatest generation" who worked in the 1960's to make the Peace Corps what it is today.
(above) Set Up Crew–Marjory Clyne, John Fulton, Amber Lung, set up tent for the shared PC booth (PC & SDPCA) in Balboa Park for Earth Fair.
SDPCA at EarthFair 2011
Thanks to my great group of volunteers for their enthusiasm and dedication on Sunday at EarthFair: Jason Carmichael, Sally Hunter, Christina Silva, Sonny & Marie Foreman, Lennox Miller, Sharon Kennedy, Celeste Coleman, Gregg Pancoast, Paul Mullins, and Carol Wahlen.
Special Thanks to Ron and Nicola Ranson who came bright and early to help set up the canopy and tables, along with Amber Lung, our San Diego Peace Corps recruiter with tons of stuff to give away.
–Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa 1972-72. (Photos: Ron Ranson)
(below) Early Set Up Crew–Ron Ranson, John Fulton. Marjory Clyne, Amber Lung
(below) Lots of Interest–RPCVs \worked the booth in 2-hour shifts. Thanks to all who shared their experiences. There was a steady stream of people and questions all day!
50th Anniv: SDSU Panel 3/16
On I was honoured to be asked the join a panel of RPCVs at San Diego State University on March 16th to talk to a room of people about my Peace Corps experience. I was very nervous at first, until the local recruiter, Amber Lung, reminded me that this was a FUN event, not a dissertation defence. I must admit I was a bit sick to my stomach, when I saw the amount of chairs were in that meeting room. Once I met my fellow panellists that feeling disappeared. They made me feel so comfortable. I had found my local Peace Corps family.
I have always felt a connection to my Peace Corps family that I served with, but at that point I realized that the family is much larger than I anticipated. There is always someone that understands if I need to grieve for the fact that I was evacuated from site or cherish the friends that I made and keep in my heart. Though it has been 9 years since I left Andapa, Madagascar; I can shut my eyes and see everything about it, right down to the shabby market and soot covered bush taxis, but also the always smiling faces and brightly colored clothes.
I learned that even though the panellist ages ranged over 20 years and service years that spanned over 40 years, we all had the same internal experience. We all came away from our service with a better understanding of people from other cultures and more importantly of ourselves. I have always felt that regular people just love the funny and entertaining stories, but no one really understands from where I am coming. Now I have new friends that do and appreciate the opportunity I was given to find them.
–Sally Hunter, Madagascar 2002-04.
Here are a few media-related links for this event:
50th Anniv: House Parties 3/1
San Diego held two houseparties for the 50th Anniversary celebration. I attended Willie Clayborn's in the south bay area. The house was easy to find with the PC banner flying in the yard and an open door. Willie was the consummate host, and provided a birthday cake, a video of himself 15 years ago while volunteering in West Africa.
Willie still is very much involved in international matters with a housemate from Uganda. Willie's house is decorated with an amazing array of West African art objects. All of us who could find an audience to listen told of our experiences and how the Peace Corps has influenced our lives. It was a delightful evening filled with music, laughter, excellent potluck food and great networking and brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me.
–Ellen Shively, Eritrea, 1968-70.
Actually there were three House Parties in San Diego March 1st: Willie Clayborn (The Gambia '95) 92114; Will Moore (Senegal '99) 92130; Barbara Ruys (Gabon '89) 92117. Thanks, you all!–ed.
CPR Saturday 3/19
On Saturday, March 19, over 3,000 people braved 3 hour waits in strong rain and wind to become CPR certified at the American Red Cross's free CPR Saturday.
Among the intrepid participants were three SDPCA members (pictured L to R: Thryn Albin and Barry Shapira, RPCVs Cameroon, and Celeste Coleman, RPCV Ukraine). Courtney Baltiskiyy (RPCV Ukraine, not pictured) worked all day as a course instructor, helping to get the crowd certified and make San Diego a safer place for us all.
–Celeste Coleman, Ukraine (2005-07)
Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist. –Paula Gunn Allen
What I Love About SDPCA
I just came back from the Earth Fair at Balboa Park where I helped at our booth for a two hour shift. There was so much positive energy in that booth – I highly recommend it if you have the chance to help out in the future. Thank you, Marjory Clyne, for coordinating the booth for many years! The two hours there perfectly exemplified what I love about the San Diego Peace Corps Association. There were lots of SDPCA friends, including some I have known for almost 20 years, there were some very recently returned folks, and I met Sarah, who will start her Peace Corps service in three weeks. Even though we all served in different decades, different countries, and different jobs, we were excited for Sarah and happily gave her advice which may or may not be relevant to her experience. She didn't seem to mind as she is really excited about her upcoming adventure. And that is something we can all relate to.
The annual meeting/potluck will be on May 14 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Mission Bay (Santa Clara Point – for more details). This is a great time for all of us to come together to share food, have fun, meet new members, and if we are lucky, enjoy nice weather on the bay. Bring a unique dish to share – one of the best things about Peace Corps potlucks is the great home cooked food from all over the world. This is the also the time to elect a new board. If you are interested in joining the board, please let me know.
There have been great 50th Anniversary events this year –parade, parties,and formal events (at UCSD and SDSU)– and we hope the best is still to come. On Saturday, June 11, the San Diego Peace Corps Association in collaboration with Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association will host a big event at the International Cottages at Balboa Park. Please plan to attend and enjoy the day with us. See Calendar Entry for more details.
I hope to see you soon.
–Sharon Kennedy, SDPCA President, Thailand (1989-91)
Board Meeting, March 8, 2011
Attendance: Gregg Pancoast, Sarah Fuhrmann, Celeste Colman, Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Carl Sepponen, Sharon Kennedy. Not Present: Kris Slanina.
President: Sharon proposes that we focus on existing planned activities rather than creating new activities. SPDCA board elections will be carried out in May. We currently have 87 members.
ISF Global Awards: Justin (PC Dominican Republic) has been granted funds for the library project. The fund was sent through Money Gram, but the award has not yet been picked up. Courtney has sent several emails to the volunteer, but has not heard back. SCHAP (Sustainable Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid and Planning)—no decision has been made to date. Organizations other than SCHAP will be proposed for nomination for the annual award at the next SDPCA meeting. PCV in Ukraine asked for a global award. Project proposed is for $15,000. The project involves English and leadership seminars for Ukrainian youth targeted in smaller and diverse communities. The seminar is meant to engage youth in their communities. A decision should be made by the end of the month on whether the SDPCA should fund this project.
Social Report: May 14th–11am-3pm Santa Clara Recreation Center is reserved on Mission Blvd for the SDPCA annual meeting. The rental fee was $43.50 for the room. Sunday July, 17th--Padres event—Sarah proposes that the event be in July or August. This will be a fundraising event for the SDPCA. We should have the tickets to sell by the annual meeting in May. We will purchase 50 tickets for resale. March 31st Happy hour is scheduled in La Mesa: Gio's. March 16th—SDSU is recognizing PC at the alumni center. More details will be reported later. Sarah sent out an evite for this event. People volunteered to help at the event through the evite. March 1st—Dinner Party to be held at Will Moore's house to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the speech JFK gave about the Peace Corps. Went very well, between 20 and 25 were in attendance.
Fundraising Report: We will not do entertainment books next year. More effort will now go into the silent auction. Calendars will still be sold this year.
Community Action: March 19th--CPR Saturday. We will meet at 8:30am and then have lunch afterward. The event will be free. Project Concern would like to partner with us to do a community service project.
Board Meeting, April12 2011
Attendance: Kris Slanina, Gregg Pancoast, Sarah Fuhrmann, Sharon Kennedy, Celeste Colman, Carl Sepponen, Ashley Smallwood. Guests: Jill Dumbauld, Marjory Clyne, Brenda Terry-Hahn. Absent: Courtney Baltiyskyy.
Membership: Data for new membership information is being transferred from hard copy to CD/electronic form. SDPCA needs to find someone to transfer the data interactively in CD format. The information that will be included is: Member/RPCV Advisors for You, Education, Health Care, Economical Food Sources, Housing, General Information, Camping Information, SDPCA Membership benefits, Trauma Therapy and Fun Support. Sharon has compiled a membership list including all current members. A motion was made to lower the SDPCA membership cost to the National member rate from $20 to $15 so that there is not a discrepancy in price. A vote will be taken at the next meeting.
President: The deadline for the newsletter is the 15th of April.
Vice President Report/50th Anniv: Kris will make contacts with local media to market the June 11th event.
Financial Report: The balance sheet is $11,594.48. March 31 is the end of the fiscal year.
Social Report: May 14th–11am-3pm Santa Clara Recreation Center is reserved on Mission Blvd for the SDPCA annual meeting. Sunday July, 17th–Padres event (1:05 start time)–We bought the 50 tickets for $10 each. We will sell them for $15 each. The proceeds raised will be used for the CASS fund. SDPCA will sell the tickets at the June 11th event. March 31st Happy hour at La Mesa: Gio's–only two people including Sharon came to the event.
Fundraising Report: Karl has found an extra post office key. Marjory will be in charge of the extra key.
Community Action: March 19th–CPR Saturday. Three thousand people showed up to the event–3 people from SPDCA at the event. Thryn (Cathryn Albin), RPCV has offered graphic design services to the SDPCA. June 5th–SDPCA will participate in the Rock N' Roll marathon staffing a water station.
Miscellaneous: SDSU library display went well. There were 5 display cases –Jill Dumbauld.
April 17th: Marjory is planning Earth Day.
June 11th event for the 50th Anniversary Expo has an itinerary for presentation that Marjory explained. There will be food catered and entertainment provided. SDPCA should show up at 10am to set up. Marjory is requesting funds to pay for entertainment, aside from NPCA funds. SDPCA will have their own table to promote membership.
April 15th Peace Corps' 50 Years of Promoting Peace and Friendship & UCSD's 50th Anniversary Achieving the Extraordinary–Marjory will represent SDPCA at a table.
July–Project Concern will partner with SDPCA for a volunteer event. The date is not yet known.
Global Awareness Award–Sarah proposes "Help for Schools" and "Hug it Forward". SDPCA will vote on the matter within the next week. No response signifies a vote for "Help for Schools".
Next Meeting, Tuesday, May 10th
-Ashley Smallwood, Secretary, Ecuador (2004-07)
Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. –Marian Anderson
When the World Calls:
The Inside Story of
the Peace Corps and
Its First Fifty Years
by Stanley Meisler, DC Staff
Beacon Press, 288 pages
$26.95 ($17.79 Amazon)
Peace Corps is an American emblem for world peace and friendship. 200,000 former volunteers include members of Congress and ambassadors, novelists and university presidents, television commentators and journalists. Few Americans realize that the Peace Corps has sometimes tilted its agenda to meet the demands of the White House.
Stanley Meisler discloses, for instance, how Lyndon Johnson became furious when volunteers opposed his invasion of the Dominican Republic; Richard Nixon literally tried to destroy the Peace Corps; and Ronald Reagan endeavored to make it an instrument of foreign policy in Central America. But somehow the ethos of the Peace Corps endured.
In the early years, Meisler was deputy director of the Peace Corps' Office of Evaluation and Research - and his unswerving commitment to write an unauthorized and balanced history results in a nuanced portrait of one of our most valued, and complex, institutions.
Author website: http://www.stanleymeisler.com
with the World:
Photographs of PCVs
by Richard Sitler, Jamaica 2002-04
Other Places Pub., 160 pages
$38.95 ($30.95 from Publisher)
In June 2009, Richard Sitler began to document PCVs serving in communities around the world. Over the next two years, Richard traversed the planet, stayed with PCVs, experienced their communities and work sites, and documented what it's like to be a Volunteer in the modern Peace Corps.
Richard discovered that the values President Kennedy had imagined for the Peace Corps in his famous 1960 speech to be evident in the organization today. However, the Volunteer has evolved drastically over the years.
Volunteers today are no longer required to conform to the stereotypical image of young idealists giving up their comfortable lives to live in a grass hut. Rather, Volunteers are using modern technology, such as laptops and cell phones, to enrich their experience and impact their community. He sees how retired professionals bring experience to their organizations. And how, as it always has been, Volunteers change lives while being forever changed themselves: PC and Volunteers, fifty years later.
Pub Website: http://www.otherplacespublishing.com/mpwtw.html
Welcome New Members
SDPCA welcomes new members. Let us hear from you! We look forward to seeing you at our events and more.
• Kathryn Jacobson, Panama, 2008-2010
• Matthew Britten, Micronesia , 2008-2010
• Mary Wirges, Paraguay, 1973-1976
• Linda Stratton, Nominee
• Bob Braaton, Guatemala, 1970-1972
• Amber Grove, Ghana, 1994-1997
• Geoffrey Matranga, Saint Kitts & Nevis, 2008-2010
• Marina Marcus, Ethiopia, 2008-2011
• Edward McDaid, Afghanistan, 1965-1967
• Vanessa Porter, Honduras, 2008-2010
• Teri Wilson, Niger, 2008-2010
• Donna McCarthy, Malaysia, 1964-1966
• David Ball, Niger, 1987-89; Central African Republic,
• Travis Bays, Costa Rica, 2005-2008
• Bob Benson, Bolivia, 1997-1999
• Chole Current, Romania, 2001-2003
• Chris Deegan, India, 1970-1972
• Karen Devine, Brazil, 1963-1965
• Barbara Embry, Gabon, 1988-1990
• Chanda Fuller, Belize, 2009-2010
• Lee Gerston, Mozambique, 2008-2010
• Harmony Hartbauer, Kenya, 2008-2009
• Andrew Holets, Kazakhstan, 2006-2008
• Dennis Kroeger, Honduras, 1967-1969
• Briana Lozano, Niger, 2005-2007
• Debbie Mettenleiter, Togo, 1980-1982
• Stephanie Mood, Tunisia, 1967-1969
• Ronald Pachence, Turkey, 1967-1969
• Kerrie Resendes, Guatemala, 2002-2004
• Karey Sabol, Jordan, 1998-2000
• Terri Schoeneman, Gabon, 1996-1998
• Valdemar Schultz, Iran, 1967-1969
• Audrey Shillington, Benin, 1982-1985
• Dorothy Southern, Nepal, 1981-1983
• Kate Tsunoda, Morocco, 2008-2010
• Robert Vryheid, Thailand, 1981-1985
• Jenna Waites, Guatemala, 2001-2003
• Shawna Fehrman, Thailand, 2010-2011; Honduras,
• Amy Cortina, Costa Rica, 2005-2007
Pacific Waves is published six times a year by the San Diego Peace Corps Association which is fully responsible for its content. Except for copyrighted material, articles may be reprinted without permission with credit to the SDPCA.
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this issue are:
Celeste Coleman, Judy Stout, PCV, Marjory Clyne, Sarah Fuhrmann,
Carl Seponnen, Sharon Kennedy, Sally Hunter, Kate Kuykendall,
Courtney Baltayskyy, Ashley Smallwood, Laura Kelleher, PCV, Hugh Pickens.