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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
November- December
2011 — Volume 24, Number 6

P O Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196-0565

Membership Renewals Due January 1 !
Index: click on your choice...
November - December International Peace Days

from NPCA: Call To Peace Survey, PC Channel, NPCA Strategic Planning

50th Anniversary Celebration-Notes/Pics Wash., DC, 9/22-24
  Ellen Shively • Marjory Clyne
  • Ron Ranson Carl Sepponen
  • Maureen Duncan Lynne Graham

32 Books from PC Writers - This year's books: by, about, and from Peace Corps writers, published in 2011. Titles, ISBN#, prices, formats

ISF Grant Report: CACTUS Project, Ukraine
Day at the Bay, 7/27/11 w/photos
SDPCA Women in SheROX Triathlon 10/16/11
Potpourri Pres Msg: A Great Anniversary Year
New Members Sept & Oct Board Minutes
Kate Puzey PC Volunteer Protection Act
Fundraising Newsletter Credits

NOTE: SDPCA email addresses here are not clickable, to prevent
roaming spam-bots from reading them. Sorry for the inconvenience

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International Peace Days:
November - December 2011

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

Election Day -
Community Day -
Kindness Day -
Recycling Day -
Tolerance Day -
Children's Day -
Buy Nothing Day -

World AIDS Day -
End Slavery Day -
Volunteer Day -
Human Rights Day -
Bill Of Rights Day -
End Homelessness Day -
Spirituality Day -


November 7*
November 5*
November 13
November 15
November 16
November 20
November 25*

December 1
December 2
December 5
December 10
December 15
December 21
December 31

Date changes each year

November 16 -- Tolerance Day

What is tolerance? UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance defines tolerance as "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference."

Intolerance is often caused by ignorance and fear. When we don't know about other cultures, religions or nations we sometimes fear them. Education is the most important way to promote tolerance. Teaching people what our shared rights and freedoms are is the first step in tolerance education. Learning about other cultures is also important to help us see the similarities between all cultures, and to respect and celebrate our differences.

Building tolerance and trust in diverse communities takes time and commitment. Tolerance Day is an opportunity to see what progress has been made throughout the year, and rededicate our commitment to promoting tolerance, respect, cooperation and dialogue between different cultures in our communities and between nations.

Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
-- Josephine Baker

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."
-- 14th Dalai Lama

December 5 -- Volunteer Day

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people volunteer - nearly 65 million volunteer in America! American volunteers do the equivalent work of over 9 million fulltime employees!

Recognizing the importance of volunteers, the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) works with a network of over 20,000 organizations to use International Volunteer Day on December 5 as an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution volunteers make, and as a launching point to inspire year-round volunteer involvement.

Many countries have national networks of volunteer organizations. In the US these include Youth Service America; the Points of Light Foundation which helps connect more than 2.5 million volunteers who provide services for 170 million people; and Action Without Borders, which links volunteers to 50,000 organizations in 165 countries.

US Government agencies that promote volunteering include AmeriCorps, which provides money for college tuition for youth volunteers; SeniorCorps which connects those over 55 to volunteer opportunities, and the Peace Corps for helping in other countries.

Volunteers ARE creating a better world, one person and one act of kindness at a time.

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
-- Muhammad Ali

"We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help."
-- Jackie Chan

Quotes, Pictures and Descriptions from

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from NPCA

What a Weekend!

Over 5,000 people took part in the weekend of events to celebrate the Peace Corps and what it means to each of us and the world.

  • Did you attend a country reunion?
  • Perhaps you went to the Global Leaders Panel.
  • Maybe you walked the halls of Capitol Hill and spoke with Congress.
  • Or strolled with your fellow RPCVs in the Walk of Flags.

(above) NPCA Staff in front of the Lincoln Monument. (Photo from NPCA)

From the bottom of our hearts, NPCA wants to thank you for your engagement and energy throughout the weekend. You truly showcased the best of the PC and brought the world home.

Share your photos! Flickr–Share My Photos Now:

NPCA Survey "Call to Peace" Results In

[Email survey–perhaps you were part–11,138 responded, adjusted to be representative of 200,000 volunteers. Download "A Call to Peace" from: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/SDPCA/ACallToPeace.pdf on our site. -ed]

Peace as the Overriding Purpose

  • 80% said their service was effective in promoting a better understanding of Americans in the communities where they served and an almost equal number said their service helped promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
  • 59% said their service was effective in helping other communities meet their need for trained workers

A Transformative Experience

  • 90% of RPCV's rated their PC experience as excellent or very good
  • 98% would recommend PC to child, grandchild or other close family member

Certainly, the Peace Corps is not just a two-year experience, but one that impacts communities and individuals for the rest of their lives. The 50th Anniversary year of the Peace Corps is a time to ask where the Peace Corps has been, and the direction that it should take for the next 50 years.

What do YOU think? Do you agree with the survey? Read the survey results now and pass comments to NPCA Board.

The "Call to Service" report was generously supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Case Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, AARP, Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
–Taken from:


Peace Corps Channel – on YouTube!

Check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/peacecorps
This is a YouTube group to which Peace Corps Related videos will be posted, by Peace Corps, NPCA and other RPCV groups. Currently there are 190+ videos posted, from: Recruiting examples, to many 50th Anniversary activities and much more. Some examples:

Look for Planning Results from NPCA's Strategic Planning Retreat

The 50th Anniversary events in Washington were a highlight of NPCA planning over the last five years, based on strategic direction set by the Board. Moving on, look for goals and activities based on NPCA's strategic planning retreat October 27-28, around the concerns below.

[Contact our Regional Representative Darryl Johnson.
or Kate Schachter (Ghana 04-07) of Wisconsin RPCVs at kateschachter@yahoo.com. for more information. -ed.]

(1) NPCA is planning to expand group-building activities through a multimedia handbook to distribute and post online. What areas of interests will be addressed in this resource?

(2) NPCA is engaged in many activities – immigration/refugee advocacy, the peace movement, Peace Corps advocacy, food security, water quality and delivery, and more. What are plans for focus areas on Ning page(s) for sharing ideas?

(3) Many groups and individuals are engaged in fund-raising activities to support their PC communities. There is a marketplace (http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2011/06/sharing-the-business-pursuits-of-rpcvs/) in NPCA's blog page. What are NPCA's plans regarding this marketplace?

(4) In the past, NPCA has worked with local RPCV groups to organize full-day gatherings. What annual workshops/symposiums /expos are planned and where?

(5) NPCA is currently jointly piloting a short-term volunteer program called (http://www.encoreservicecorps.org/) Encore Service Corps International. What are NPCA's plans for this: Who to administer? What partners and destinations?

(6) What other concerns were raised and dealt with?

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(above) At the Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Sunday September 25, 2011, an event honoring the legacy of Peace Corps and John F. Kennedy. It was followed by "Walk of Flags" across the Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial, ending the DC Celebration. Photo: Kristen Slanina.

50th Anniversary Celebration Washington, DC - 9/22-25/11

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Familiar Faces, Energy, Idealism

from Ellen Shively, Eritrea 1968-70, SDPCA Member.

As to be expected, the national gathering was a mixed bag of seeing familiar faces, being energized with the idealism and disappointments at not being able to recreate the years gone by.

(below) It was mostly a rainy DC during the week. (Photo: M. Clyne)

Edie Harmon (Uganda, 1967-69) and I had arrived a day early to get our bearings and check out the schedule. I had signed up for the Ethiopian Ambassador soiree, the volunteer service event and a session on the future of the Peace Corps featuring Bill Moyer. For various reasons, I didn't get to any of these. Nowhere could I find a printed master calendar in either the Peace Corps or the NPCA offices. We found out that one story-telling session had already happened and that no placements were available for volunteer day. One host told us to earn the tee shirt at home and report back. No problem for me as I am involved in Sierra Club and speaking out for the La Jolla Seals here. Edie is also a consummate environmentalist, so we easily fulfill that requirement.

(below) After leaving the Amphitheater, people gathered to walk with country flags across Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Monument. (Photo: R. Ranson)

A session held at the PC offices featured  stories by some of the first volunteers. One man had met with Sargent Shriver personally and was sent off to western Africa. Another man was a school psychologist by training, but completely out of his element in an unknown culture. Hearing them, we felt their excitement of this untried experiment in human relations and the mystery of how it would unfold with us as American ambassadors to strange lands.

 We were directed to the museum of American History to view some of the original documents relating to the development and formation of the agency. We saw JFK's speech at 2 am at the University of Michigan, the agreements from the countries in which volunteers were to be placed, and photos of the key figures. The exhibit was titled, "Out of the Closet – Early beginnings of the Peace Corps"  A fitting quote from JFK, "…we have in this country, an immense reservoir of such men and women-anxious to sacrifice their energies and time and toil to the cause of world peace and human progress."

One  session of "Updates" for my country of service was  conducted by RPCVs  who have continued to have ties to Ethiopia. We heard statistics on the population explosion (from estimated 22 million in my day to 85 million today – whew). How education is evolving (not too well) and a lot of health problems. Aids was not identified in my day – but then, it wasn't here either. I sat next to another RN who had started my Dresser School four years before in Asmara. There is a "Books for Africa" organization and a number of RPCVs who continue to make service trips back to their villages. John and Patti Garamendi (US Congressman) gave a heartwarming talk. 

Highlights for me were sharing the hotel room with Marjory Clyne (Western Somoa) and Carol Whalen (Romania)  We met Carl Sapponen and his family at a PC party held in the gym of GW University where the entertainment was spectacular. When we had a lag in activities, Marjory and Edie found the "Solar Decathlon" in the mall, a competition between university students from around the world to build energy neutral housing. I found the FDR and MLK memorials on the banks of the Potomac, both inspiring monuments to our great American values. In the evening, we sampled the local ethnic restaurants, Afghan and Ethiopian among the favorites. 

(below) People gathering for program at the Amphiteater followed by the Flag Walk, that followed. (Photo: M. Clyne)

The Sunday morning gathering at the Arlington Cemetery was touching with talks from Joe P Kennedy III and Maeve Kennedy McKean–grandchildren of RFK, a nurse midwife who had her first "beside the bus" delivery in the Sahel Desert, and the Vice President of Liberia, a student of early PC teachers. A moment of silence was given to those volunteers who had died during service. Then topping off the lightly sprinkling morning, the parade of flags across the Potomac bridge, ending up near the Lincoln Memorial. Like I said, the reunions were a mixed bag. 

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A Time to Connect

from Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa 1972-74, SDPCA Member.

We had a great time in Washington, DC, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps. I think I can speak with confidence for all SDPCA members who attended: EllenShively, Sean Anderson, Kris Slanina, Carl Sepponen, Carol Wahlen, Rosemary Straley, Ron Ranson, Edie Harmon, and myself. I guess I was a little awestruck by the scope of the events.

(right) Marjory and Ellen at an NPCA message board to help connect people at the celebration.

We attended a panel of "first volunteers" who spoke of their experiences being in the first group to go to their countries; you can imagine how funny that was!! We attended a panel moderated by Bill Moyers: Conversations: The Future of Peace Corps. This global perspective was discussed with Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness, and former Finance Minister of Afghanistan; Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria, and former President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo. Both of these gentleman were taught by Peace Corps volunteers. It was unique to hear Peace Corps discussed by those outside our country and the agency and I might add with glowing praise and appreciation for what we do.

(below) Seeing Frank Yates, one of the founders of SDPCA on the Flag Walk.
(Photo: M. Clyne)

Lastly, and most memorable was the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone was there: at least 1000 RPCVs, including former Senator Chris Dodds,Congressman John Garamendi, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, NPCA President Kevin Quigley, RPCV Maeve Kennedy McKean, grandaughter of Robert Kennedy, Joe Kennedy, RPCV Domincan Republic 2004-2006 and the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai. We heard great stories of fallen RPCVs by family members, and tributes to President Kennedy and Sargent Shriver for the legacy that is Peace Corps.With all that excitement and emotion, we burst out of the amphitheater to gather with country flags and parade to the Washington Memorial. It was a time to connect with others who served in our country and proudly acknowledge our collective achievements.

Finally, it was a surprise and delight to see past SDPCA members Frank Yates, Sira Perez, and Fortune Zuckerman. I know I won't be around to go to the 100th year celebration, but I encourage you who can to attend; won't that be a grand occasion!

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(below) More of people gathered to walk with country flags across Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Monument. (Photo: R. Ranson)

Namaste from Washington DC

from Ron Ranson, Nepal 4, 1964-66, SDPCA Member

My wife, Nicola (who graciously married into this PC stuff), and I went to Washington DC in September to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. We are fortunate enough to have PC Nepal friends to stay with who live in Chevy Chase, MD. and just around the corner from (what else) a very nice Nepali restaurant.

(left) Entering Arlington National Cemetery, to walk to the Amphitheater. (Photo: M. Clyne)

After a couple of days of tourist sightseeing with Nicola and my son Andrew (who now lives in DC) we spiffed up in fine Nepali clothing for a Saturday reception and late lunch at the Nepali Ambassador's residence. The event was planned with the Embassy staff and the nationwide group call Friends of Nepal. Over 75 Nepalwallas attended the reception. There were many RPCVs there from group one, two and three attending and Molly Merrill, Laurence Leamer, myself, our spouses and kiddos represented group 4. A silent auction was held to raise money for FON projects in Nepal. (They raised $2500!) Ambassador Sharma (see photo) was very gracious in his remarks about the special relationship Nepal has with the Peace Corps. He is a very strong advocate of bringing back the PC to Nepal and from what we heard about his drive and determination -- it WILL happen. During the short ceremony and program generally the Nepalis spoke in English and the American speakers spoke in Nepali. I was impressed. That night our hosts from group 4 prepared a spectacular Nepali dinner for reps from groups 3,4,5 and family members. A wonderful time was eaten by all.

(below) Walking with country flags from the Amphitheater across the bridge towards Lincoln Monnument in distance. (Poto: Ron Ranson)

A colorful ceremony at Arlington Cemetery Sunday morning honored PCVs and RPCVs who are no longer with us. About noon we lined up around our country of service flag to joyfully march from Arlington Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial. What a sight it was to see over 5,000 returned volunteers, spouses, family members and friends march along the closed highway! Not only were there moments of great joy in seeing old friends, but there was a universal sense of accomplishment at what we had done. The parade of country flags meant a lot to me and I'm so glad Andrew and Nicola could join the fun of it all.

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Lots of Enthusiasm

from Carl Sepponen, Bolivia70-71 & Ecuador 71-72 & 77-78. SDPCA Board.

On Wednesday, Sept 21st, I went to the presentation of Youssou N'Dour at the Kennedy Center.  He is Senegal's most popular singer and well known throughout Africa.  Prior to the performance Rep. John Garamendi (RPCV Senegal) and Chris Hedrick (RPCV Senegal) now PC Director in Senegal gave very good, short talks.

(above) My wife, Mariam, my daughter and me.

On Friday there was a dinner at the Ecuadorian Ambassador's residence.  About 190 guests enjoyed great authentic Ecuadorian food, music and dance.  It was great to see the former PC nurse, Mariam Briones, who was the nurse for 39 years in Quito!  That's probably a record.

On Saturday there was a presentation about PC in Bolivia, which was recently pulled out. There was a well-deserved tribute to Gino Baumann, long-time Country Director in Bolivia, and PC staff in Peru.

(right) Honoring Gino Baumann, (hand on his back) for his work in Peru and Bolivia (1965-70).
(Photo: C. Sepponen)

Although we met several RPCVs from San Diego, I was disappointed not to see any RPCVs from my service groups in Bolivia or Ecuador. I am very glad I had a chance to attend.  Though the 50th Celebration events weren't always well coordinated, RPCVs always seemed to show lots of enthusiasm!

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Absolutely Fabulous and Full of Pride!

from Maureen Duncan, Brazil 1966-68 (SDPCA member)

The Peace Corps Anniversary was absolutely fabulous for me!  My PCV pal from Boston met me for the weekend and we hung around with other PCVs we met from Venezuela, Fiji.  

Three events were the most moving for us.  

  1. Friday afternoon the Partners for the Americas had an event for Peace Corps in Brazil and invitied Tish and I to speak about out PC days.  Partners for the Americas based in Washington is partner with Brasilia so they were especially happy to have us since we were stationed in Brasilia's satellite cities.
  2. Saturday afternoon Future of the Peace Corps, monitored by Bill Moyer with powerful leaders from around the world who were affected by the Peace Corps.  
  3. Closing ceremony at Arlington Cemetery and Walk of the Flags from the Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial (we walked with our countries' flags and it was so heartwarming to walk with your contingency of the past 50 years).  We were so full of pride for our service and belonging to such an excellent organization.

A thought from Bill Moyer's presentation: "Peace Corps is perhaps the best national security organization we have"  

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A Terrific Experience

from Lynne Graham, India 1967–69 (SDPCA member)

The 50th PC Anniversary, was a terific experience. My group had a reunion (our second in 43 years), as did many other groups; and many embassies hosted festivities for RPCVs.

At the PC office, I watched a video of many of Shriver's original assistants in the first days of the PC. They were united in a vision to keep PC out of the state department and into the field.

The Indian Embassy reception had short speeches including four RPCVs–India had volunteers 1961-1976. Fran was the oldest RPCV attending –105 years old! Friends of India hosted a picnic Saturday and the stories were heartwarming. A woman who thought her poultry project failed returned ten years later to find "Eggland" vans delivering eggs to a wide area!

For me, the most moving gathering was Sunday morning at Arlington Cemetary where several thousand gathered to pay tribute to those who died during service. Speakers included several Kennedy relatives (who served in Dominican Republic and Mozambique), the Vice President of Liberia who said many of the older volunteers are "retired but not tired", the winner of the PC essay contest, and Senator Chris Dodd (Dominican Republic, 66-68).

Then we marched joyfully across the bridge, carrying country flags, to the Lincoln Memorial. What a time to recommit to a peaceful world. And remember, the entire Peace Corps budget would only fund the Iraq war for 5 hours!

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Great Gifts for YOU and YOUR FRIENDS!

Books from Peace Corps Writers in 2011

Time again for our third annual list of books – by, about, and from Peace Corps writers – published in 2011. This anniversary year has brought an increase in books -- memiors to chronicle more of the rich diversity of PC experiences of volunteers and staff.

Download a 2-page version of this list:

Listed here are: title, author, where served in PC, publisher, length, ISBN number, format & price. Prices are from Amazon.com– retail price and if available, reduced price (in parenteses). For more information on books, go to Amazon online which has sample pages for most, synopsis and bio notes.

Many books are now offered in digital editions that can be read from various formats: .pdf, eBook, etc., which can be read on cell phones, tablets [iPad (Apple), Kindle reader (Amazon), Nook (Barnes & Noble), Android tablets (Google operating system)]. With digital books you can choose print size as well as carry many books at once, easily!

List gathered from: Peace Corps Writers, Library of Congress, and Amazon.com.

One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories:
Vol 1: Africa (Peace Corps at 50)

by Aaron Barlow (Togo, 1988–90), Jane Albritton (India, 1967–69)
Travelers' Tales, (Mar 1, 2011), 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520009
Pbk $18.95 ($12.89)

Gather the Fruit One by One:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories:
Vol 2: The Americas (Peace Corps at 50)

by Bernie Alter (India, 67–69), Pat Alter (Paraguay, 70–72), eds.
Travelers Tales, (May 2011) 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520017
Pbk $18.95 ($13.87)

A Small Key Opens Big Doors:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories:
Vol 3: Heart of Eurasia (Peace Corps at 50)

by Jay Chen, ed. (Kazakhstan, 2005–08)
Travelers' Tales, (October 2011) 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520033
Pbk $18.95 ($12.37)

Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories:
Vol 4: Asia & Pacific (Peace Corps at 50)

by Jane Albritton (India 1967–69)
Travelers' Tales (October 25, 2011) 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1609520025
Pbk $18.95 ($12.37)

Making Peace with the World:
Photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers

by Richard Sitler (Jamaica 00-02)
(Mar 10, 2011) 168 pages
ISBN-10: 0982261985
(from Publisher) listed at: $24.95

Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010
by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras, 1975–77)
iUniverse.com (May 9, 2011) 120 pages
ISBN-10: 1462017002
Pbk $12.95 Kindle $7.41

Ask What You Can Do:
Our Days in the Early Peace Corps

by James C. Stewart (Philippines)
CreateSpace (Mar 5, 2011) 672 pages
ISBN-10: 1456302167
Pbk $24.95

The Peace Corpse:
Misadventures in Love and Africa

by Andy Christofferson (Tanzania 2002-04)
Create Space (Jul 5, 2011) 362 pages
ISBN-10: 1461166047
Pbk. $14.99 ($12.66) Kindle $2.99

The Civilized World:
A Novel in Stories

by Susi Wyss,(Central African Republic, 1990–92)
Henry Holt and Co., (2011) 256 pages
ISBN-10: 0805093621
Pbk $15.00 ($14.33) Kindle $9.99

Lee St. Lawrence:
The Man Behind the Peace Corps

by Joan Delva (Note: Lee was integral in PC set up Africa and Asia.)
Xlibris, Corp, (2011) 50 pages
ISBN-10: 1462881866
Pbk $15.00 ($12.47) Kindle $9.99

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in his African Homeland
by Kevin G Lowther (Sierra Leone, 63–65; PC/Wash, 65–68), Joseph Opala.
University of South Carolina Press, (2011) 336 pages
ISBN-10: 157003960 Hdbk $39.95 ($37.54)

Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating
with China's Other Billion

by Michael Levy (China, 2005–06)
Henry Holt & Co., (2011) 256 pages
ISBN-10: 0805091963
Pbk $15.00 ($12.00) Kindle $9.99

The Gambling Master of Shanghai and Other Tales of Suspense
by Joan Richter (staff spouse Kenya 1965–67)
Peace Corps Writers March (2011) 256 pages
ISBN-10: 0805091963
Pbk $15.00 Kindle $14.25

The Caddie Who Won The Masters
by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Peace Corps Writers (Mar 25, 2011) 316 pages
ISBN-10: 1935925040
Pbk $13.50

Rogue Elephants: A Novel Of The Peace Corps
by Dan Grossman (Niger 1992–94)
lulu.com (Jun 15, 2011) 302 pages
ISBN-10: 0557422957
Pbk $17.00

Babel's Dawn: A Natural History of the Origins of Speech
by Edmund Blair Bolles, (Tanzania, 1966–68)
Berkeley, Counterpoint, (Aug 2011) 224 pages
ISBN-10: 158243641X
Pbk $25.00 ($15.67) Kinidle $9.99


The Tea of Ulaanbaatar: A Novel
by Christopher R.Howard, (Mongolia, 1997)
New York: Seven Stories Press, (May 2011) 208 pages
ISBN-10: 1609800869
Pbk $14.95 ($5.42) Kindle $8.13

A Life In Time: A Woman's Journey from Orphanage to Peace Corps
by Kaye Stone (India)
Pub: Kaye Stone (Jun 24, 2011) 20 pages
ISBN-10: 0983561001
Hbk $15.56 Pbk $14.95 ($11.66)

Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers (Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series)
by Angene Wilson, Jack Wilson (both Liberia 62-64)
University Press of Kentucky (Apr 8, 2011) 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0813129753
Hbk $35.00 ($28.63 Kindle $19.25

Answering Kennedy's Call:
Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines

by Parker W. Borg, Maureen J. Carroll, Patricia MacDermot Kasdan & Stephen W. Wells (all Philippines, 61–63)
Peace Corps Writers, 2011. (Feb 26, 2011) 508 pages
ISBN-10: 1935925016 Pbk $25.00

Steve's Adventure with the Peace Corps: Stories from the Kingdom of Tonga and the United States Peace Corps
by Steve Hunsicker (Tonga)
CreateSpace (May 23, 2011) 394 pages
ISBN-10: 1461141893
Pbk $16.99 Kindle $4.99

The Time of the Monkey, Rooster, and Dog:
A Peace Corps Volunteer's Years in Korea

by Charles A. Hobbie (Gabon, 1982–84)
Peace Corps Writers, (Aug 10, 2011) 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1462034942
Pbk $24.95 ($18.96) Kindle $7.69

Singing on the Heavy Side of the World:
A Peace Corps Ukraine Story

by John Deever (Ukraine)
Xlibris (Aug 8, 2011) 15.66 KB
Kindle $9.99

Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps,
Guatemala and a Search for Truth

by Taylor Dibbert (Guatemala 2006–08)
iUniverse.com (Feb 11, 2011) 208 pages
ISBN-10: 1450272223
Pbk $17.95 ($12.82) Kindle $7.99

Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey
by Noyes Mass, Leslie (Pakistan, 1962–64)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Sept 2011
ISBN-10: 1442213191
236 pages
Hdbk $32.95 ($26.73) Pbk $27.01

Tales from Colombia: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 41 Peace Corps Volunteers Who Answered President Kennedy's Call to Serve
by Gary Dean Peterson, Pauline J Peterson, Emily L Mack and Amanda C Hackmeister (Colombia 1964-66)
Paularu Publishing (May 24, 2011) 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0615457479 Pbk $24.95


When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its First Fifty Years
by Meisler, Stanley (staff/Washington, 1964–67)
Boston: Beacon Press, (Ferb 2011) 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0807050490
Pbk $12.92 Kindle $13.17

Peasants Come Last:
A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty

by J. Larry Brown (India)
LUCITA Incorporated (Sep 17, 2011) 174 pages
ISBN-10: 0977403564
Pbk $12.99 Kindle $9.99

To the Far Side of Planet Earth:
A Peace Corps Memoir

by Jim McConkey (India)
Infinity Pubishing (May 20, 2011) 350 pages
ISBN-10: 0741464292
Pbk $17.95 ($14.00)

The Ponds of Kalambayi:
A Peace Corps Memoir

by Mike Tidwell (Zaire)
Lyons Press (Oct 18, 2011) 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0762773669
Pbk $16.95 ($11.41) Kindle $9.99

InGear: Peace Corps & Beyond
by Joel Robbins
Wayseeker, LLC (May 14, 2011) 880 KB
Kindle eBook $4.99

The Orange Tree

by Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966–68)
Peace Corps Writers (May 2011)
ISBN-10: 1935925032
424 pages
Pbk $14.95 ($13.45) Kindle $9.95

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(above) CACTUS 2011 participants. Groups and colorful t-shirts

Tonner Int'l Support Fund (ISF) Grant Report

Camp CACTUS, $500
PCV Elisabeth Robles
Ternopil, Ukraine

The CACTUS (Community ACTion Ukrainian-Style) Summer Leadership Forum took place in Ternopil, Ukraine at the Ternopil Polytechnic University from August 1st–11th. Sixty participants ages 15 - 19 were invited from across Ukraine.

The goals of the CACTUS program are to teach Ukrainian youth community leadership, teamwork, communication and creative thinking skills. CACTUS aims to create a network of active and engaged youth across Ukraine and to promote cultural understanding and tolerance among participants. Participants attended many classes, including Journalism, Spanish, World Issues, Debate, and African Culture, and more. As well, participants attended two daily sessions of project development where they learned to create and complete a community service project.

(below) "Red Team" gathered in afternoon activities.

Participants were split into six teams and in daily Team Time, they learned teamwork skills and participated in team sports and competitions. Evening social events included a team cook-off, disco, diversity awareness night, a carnival, movie night and guest speakers from various NGOs. Revival of the Nation is a local NGO that focuses on issues related to diversity, human trafficking and xenophobia. CACTUS participants attended a presentation and panel discussion on the topic of human trafficking presented by Revival of the Nation staff.

During the forum participants planned community service projects in groups to implement in their hometowns. Twenty-four projects were planned, nine more projects than last year. Participants can apply for CACTUS mini-grants of up to $125 for their projects.

The projects are diverse and creative. One project will address HIV/AIDS in Ukraine: HIV trainings and awareness seminars to be conducted in secondary schools and universities. Another project will concentrate on racial tolerance in Ternopil: planning a seminar and football competition. Other projects will: renovate playgrounds in cities; organize a "stress-relief and healthy lifestyle" event for Ukrainian youth; work to raise awareness about domestic violence in Ukraine.

(left) Planing an activity.

The 11 days that CACTUS participants spent learning leadership, teamwork and community project development skills will empower each participant to be a leader in their communities, schools and in Ukraine. Liza Aleksandrovych of Ternopil, Ukraine said, "CACTUS was my first English immersion experience. It gave me a lot of knowledge about different cultures, organizing a project, and gave me a great possibility to improve myself and helped me to meet many friends! This is all much more than I expected to take from CACTUS 2011. Liza's project consists of weekly visits and events at a retirement home and an adopt-the-elderly program that will encourage students from each project team member's school to be active in their community and to visit the retirement home regularly.

The CACTUS 2011 forum was a tremendous success and a great example of what Ukrainians and Americans can accomplish when working together toward a common goal. Many former participants continue to grow professionally and personally within the CACTUS program by taking on staff and leadership roles in the future. The program also encourages PCVs to work with participants from their sites to plan additional community service projects together. CACTUS's future is one of promise and potential. As the program continues into its fourth year, there are plans to increase participant numbers and develop an alumni network.

Through the support of organizations like the San Diego Peace Corps Association and the dedication and commitment of Ukrainians, PCVs and Peace Corps in-country staff, CACTUS program is exemplary of the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine.

Thank you SDPCA for your generosity and support!
–Elisabeth Robles, PCV Ukraine (Photos from author)

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(above) Relaxing at Day at the Bay. (Photo: Brenda Terry-Hahn)

August 27, 2011

Day at the Bay

On Saturday, August 27, 25 RPCVs met up in Mission Bay for a relaxed afternoon of delicious food, new and old friends, and rowdy games. We also wished RPCV Tina Silva (Tanzania) good luck as she ventures off to her second round of Peace Corps in Peru. A good time was had by all. Be sure to join us next year!

(above & below) Great spread of food at our gathering by the Bay.
(Photos: Brenda Terry-Hahn)


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(above) Participant in SheROX 2010.

SheROX Triathlon Oct 16, 2011

SDPCA Women in Triathlon

On Sunday, October 16, Sarah Fuhrmann and Sharon Kennedy represented the San Diego Peace Corps Association at the SheRox Triathlon in Mission Bay. They swam 750 meters, biked 12 miles, and ran a 5K. Both finished with smiles on their faces and immediately at a gigantic breakfast. Doesn't that sound like fun? Next year, we'll find a co-ed race so the men of SDPCA can have this much fun, too.
–Sharon Kennedy Thailand 1989-91

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To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought. – Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume

President's Message

A Great Anniversary Year

Dear SDPCA members,
Several of our members recently attended the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps Celebration in Washington, DC. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time catching up with old friends and meeting plenty of new ones. Please read about their experiences in this issue.

"Call to Peace", a survey of 11,000+ RPCVs, in which you may have participated, is out. Download it from our site at: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/SDPCA/ACallToPeace.pdf and check it out. Then share your thoughts about PC future works.

We have several great events coming: preparing lunch for families at Ronald McDonald House (Saturday, Nov. 5); dinner at A Taste of Africa (Thursday, Nov. 17); and our Annual Holiday Potluck (Sunday, Dec. 4).

Our Silent Auction is expanded this year and ends at the Annual Potluck (Dec. 4)! Please contribute items and place your bids for items you want! Go to:http://edweb.sdsu.edu/SDPCA/ calendar.html#auction

I hope you will be able to join us for one or all of these events: look for the evites. You will certainly meet interesting people, have a great time, and feel an appreciation for our individual and collective Peace Corps service.

–Sharon Kennedy, SDPCA President, Thailand (1989-91)

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Board Minutes

Board Meeting, September and October, 2011

September 13th, 2011

Attendance: Gregg Pancoast, Sharon Kennedy, Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Sarah Furhmann, Kathryn Jacobson, Carl Sepponen, Lynne Graham, Kris Slanina Not Present: Celeste Colman Guests: none

Membership Five new, joined through SDPCA.

President Send more timely information to keep our website updated. Newsletter: Encourage members to look for/submit stories for the newsletter. Karl, Lynne, Ted Finckle, Marjorie Clyne, Carol Whalen, and Sean Anderson going to Wash, DC, PC reunion: Encourage to write up their reflections. Amber Lung: could write about her trip to Namibia.

Past Events: Stone Brewery was appreciated by North County residents. Continue North County events. Day at the Bay: well attended; a fun activity. The food was fantastic. Next year: Pepper Park in South Bay.

Upcoming Events: Happy Hour: 9/15-Sharon Triathlon: 10/16-Sarah/Sharon Happy Hour: 10/20 - Courtney. Ronald McDonald House: 11/5-Celeste/Lynne. International Dinner: 11/17-Sarah.   Holiday Potluck: 12/4-Everyone. §Venue-Gregg. Need to set venue. §Auction-Carl. Letters for donations go out soon. §Send paper invites-Sharon

Vice President/50th Planning Not present.
Financial Report No report.

ISF Global Awards  No applications for ISF awards in the past month. Jessica Antonel, Cameroon, Library for St Augustine. $500. Library books were received.

Fundraising Report  Entertainment books are out at the Postal Annexes, 6 locations in total.

Social Report No Report.
Community Action Not present.
Miscellaneous No report.
New Business No Report.

Next Meeting October, 12th at 6:30pm

October 12, 2011

Attendance: Sharon Kennedy, Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Sarah Furhmann, Kathryn Jacobson, Carl Sepponen, Lynne Graham, Kris Slanina Not Present: Celeste Colman, Gregg Pancoast Guests: none.

Membership New members through NPCA & SDPCA.

President Send timely information to keep our website updated. Solicit stories for the newsletter. 50th celebration in DC stories/ pictures: Karl, Lynne, Ted Finckle, Marjorie Clyne, Carol Whalen, and Sean Anderson are going to the National PC reunion. Solicit reflections on their experience.

Past Events: Happy Hour: 9/15-Encinitas: 10 RPCVS from 10 different countries, parking was difficult with another event, but great turn out.

Upcoming Events: Triathlon: 10/16-Sarah/Sharon 7am. South Shores Boat Ramp. Happy Hour: 10/20-Courtney Ronald McDonald House: 11/5-Celeste/Lynne. International Dinner: 11/17-Sarah.  Taste of Africa; $20 w/ tax or tip. Holiday Potluck: 12/4-Everyone. §Venue-Sarah: Sherman Heights Community Center, Golden Hill; secured. §Auction-Carl. Kris has written letters; letters soliciting donations going out. Zoo tickets confirmed. Send Carl suggestions. Chargers will donate merchandise if we pick it up. §Send out hard copy invite-Sharon

Vice President Report/50th Planning Not present.
Financial Report No report.
Social Report No Report.
Community Action Not present.

ISF Global Awards  Application for manual well grant in Nicaragua for $310.

Fundraising Report  Entertainment books are out at the Postal Annexes, 6 locations in total.

Miscellaneous 50th Celebration in DC Highlights.
New Business No Report.

Next Meeting November, 8th at 6:30pm
–Ashley Smallwood, SDPCA Secretary, Ecuador 2004-07.

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Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. –B. F. Skinner

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Welcome New Members!

SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members. It's great to have you here. Join in the activities -- we can always use more help! We've seen some of you at events already.

Brenda Terry-Hahn will contact you to connect you to a section of our site with tips useful in readjusting to the USA, and specifically in relocating / returning to San Diego. This Survival Guide has been designed from our own local RPCV experiences. You can contact Brenda at:

  • Daniel Boring, Morocco, 2006-2008
  • Amber Evans, Jamaica, 1994-1996
  • Sonny Foreman - family affiliate
  • Jimmy Lee - family affiliate
  • Nathan Marchese, Armenia, 2003-2008
  • Ron Williams, Costa Rica, 1965-1967
  • Maureen Duncan, Brazil, 1966-1968
  • Ryan Young, Cambodia, 2009-2011
  • Hillary Bird, Tanzania, 1998-2000
  • Teresa Brzuszkiewicz, St Vincents-West Indies, 1977-79
  • Rachel Curtze, Belize, 2007-2009
  • Julie Galbraith, Lesotho, 1987-1988
  • Luz Gelin, Colombia
  • Damon Hull, Paraguay, 2000-2002
  • Sarah Jacobs, Guatemala, 2002-2004
  • Barbara Lies, Colombia, 1975-1979
  • Stephen McCallion, Afghanistan, 1965-1967
  • Bill Meyers, The Gambia, 2007-2009
  • Heather Nyamangah, Kenya, 2007-2009
  • Adrian Ortega, Guatemala, 2009-2011
  • Allan Paloutzian, Nigeria, 1964-1966
  • Jenna Pierce, Honduras, 2010-2012
  • Chris Radomski, Nominiee
  • Jeanie Rojas, Paraguay
  • Crystal Sand, Guatemala, 2009-2011
  • Greg Szalay, Belize, 2005-2008

Senate Hearing Explores
Peace Corps' Next Fifty Years

by Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Exactly two weeks after an historic Capitol Hill Advocacy Day attended by 500 members of the Peace Corps community, the Senate Peace Corps Subcommittee held a hearing to explore the next fifty years of the Peace Corps.... (more at link below)


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Kate Puzey PC Volunteer Protection Act

Download a one page summary of bill at our site:

For more information check this site at NPCA Advocacy:

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Newsletter Credits

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.

Contributions (articles, letters, photos, etc.) welcomed! Easiest if already a text or Word file on disk, Mac or PC -- BUT typed copy is fine too. Photos: 300-600 dpi best, Mac or PC formats welcomed.

Please send to NewsEditor, SDPCA, P.O.Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196 or email to:

Don Beck, Interim Editor

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck

Contributors this issue are:
Sharon Kennedy, Ashley Smallwood, Carl Sepponen, Kate Schachter, Ellen Shively, Ron Ranson, Marjory Clyne, Elisabeth Robles, PCV, Celeste Coleman, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Lynne Graham, Jonathan Pearson, NPCA,Maureen Duncan

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