November-December 2001 Volume 14, Number 6
Kate Emmons, who was a PCV in Jamaica (1985-87) and also did work in Belize, offers us a short experience from her time in South Africa, 1995-1997. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the "New" South Africa
A toast to the group called
It's Chau to Kundzin's the
fellow called Paul
Miss Waters, an appropriate
name she's got
And Steve who on Vietnam is a
Goodbye to Margery, her tour
Good luck to Garrison who'll
make a fine preacher
And then there's the fellow
from Mataral who sure was no sucker
To Carla who had a few chills
and an occasional shiver,
It's an extension for the
Almquists in Guadalupe
Good luck to Sue who is
moving to Cochabamba
Larry's extending, I doubt
it's to teach more school and not for money
Marilyn's leaving, we think
it's right, it's holy
Ginny goes we know not
Lydia the strong, Lydia the
I said nothing of Ibarras, I
didn't have time
The staff wishes you well
with a handful of flowers,
...And there was me, Jean, who taught at a normal college [teacher training school] in the Andes, and retired after working with USAID education programs in Bolivia, Nepal, and Lesotho.
--Jean Meadowcroft, Bolivia (1966-68)
Lori Killpatrick (Benin 1993-95), former President of SDPCA and a math teacher at La Jolla High School, shares her recent experiences visiting Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania on a Rotary International Group Study Exchange. She can be reached at email@example.com
It is the first school in the village. Around it, the silent hills come alive with families hoping one of their children will win the lottery and a chance to go to the school. For at Yetebon Elementary School in Ethiopia a student not only receives an education, but also oatmeal and a glass of milk for breakfast and a bowl of soup for lunch every day.
When a family wonders where their next meal will come from, whether the land will yield a good crop and how they will be able to provide for all of their children, this promise of food is a godsend. Health checkups are also provided. Combine this with an education and this lottery-chosen child is a family's only hope to get out of the village and poverty and succeed in the world.
Lori - me in the doorway of a school in Uganda
This is just one of the many schools we visited during our recent one-month trip to Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. As one of five teachers selected from San Diego and Imperial Counties to participate in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange, we visited schools in each country to learn about their educational system and identify particular needs. Upon our return, we prepared a list of 40 projects seeking assistance. Now, Rotary clubs in our district are being asked to help support these schools through grants or donations.
School - the team and others at Nakasero school in Uganda
In addition to vocational responsibilities, we also experienced much of the local culture. In Kenya, we went on safari for a day to the Masai Mara. We couldn't have asked for a better safari, encountering elephants, a leopard (rare!), cheetahs, water buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and more. We celebrated Easter in Ethiopia, on the same day as Orthodox Christians.
Kenya - me with 2 Masai tribesmen in Mombasa, Kenya
In Uganda, we visited the source of the Nile and the brand new American Embassy. We talked with the Peace Corps Director about the state of education in the country, where universal primary education (UPE) is guaranteed to every child. (Peace Corps has just returned to Uganda after a brief absence due to random bombings at night clubs in Kampala. During our visit they were training their first (since the return) group of new volunteers.) Uganda was by far the most progressive country we visited. Their constitution states that one-third of local councils must be women, and they are the only country in the world with a declining AIDS rate.
Finally, in Tanzania, we had a chance to visit the Spice Island of Zanzibar. Did you know that cinnamon comes from a tree (it's the bark)? And that vanilla beans grow on a vine?
We had a wonderful experience and, as teachers, are now presented with the challenge of sharing this information with our students. Even after serving in the Peace Corps, it is hard to imagine not having visual aids in the classroom, no running water, and a house made of mud walls that has no furniture. We take so much for granted and never really think about the skills we have (reading, writing, an education).
Just like the Peace Corps, this was an opportunity to learn more about the world in which we live. Now there are so many possibilities to make a difference. To help, log on to http://members.home.com/rotary5340/grants.
Considering the "Invisible Knapsack" essay on the cultural and racial baggage we may each carry, I am inclined to say: yes, O.K. You're right. I've been over-privileged and pampered in this society. I've been coddled, and and kowtowed and catered to, received gifts for no reason other than I am white, or I am male.
Maybe this is true.
Yet I have not seen the doors to experience open magically to me on all fronts as the author describes, nor have, in my experience, privileges always been heaped upon me just because my skin's lighter.
Growing up as the middle child with an older and a younger sister, I feel like feminism, in some ways, was ingrained in me. It was a given that my sisters should be able to do, and get, everything I could. I had no special privileges within the context of my immediate family.
At my grandparents' house, being the only male among the five grandchildren, I was expected to want to hunt, fish, and pick up the bird that died and was lying in the front yard. When I balked (being much more into baseball and drawing than any of these activities), my grandfather got angry with me, and treated me with some disdain. Was that a privilege? I don't think so. It feels like it was more a pressure to perform "as a male" which still affects me.
Shift to Swaziland. Africa. And my first experience of being alone and in the minority for an extended period of time as a Peace Corps volunteer. Kids would shout "mlungu" (siSwati for White person or European) at me as I walked past their homesteads. Their parents would not admonish them.
I attempted to recontextualize this in my mind: Had my friends or sisters and I seen an African adult male walking by our house in Ohio would we have shouted "Black man" or "African" as they went by?
I had to try to rationalize out some reason or understanding of their action because it definitely got under my skin. Perhaps there was offense, or intention of an offense, in it at all. Was I just so used to being in the majority and under the protection of white privilege in Ohio and the U.S. that I found it hard to accept when the tables were turned?
Sexism played a great role in what I experienced in Swaziland too. I was treated in ways that women volunteers were not. Men did not occasionally harass me, and it would have been far more permissible for me to have numerous affairs with women than for a woman to do so with men. On the other hand, the women volunteers were invited into a world of Swazi life I could never see. That of the boMake and boSisi. The mothers and the sisters. There they were shown the inside of a different joy. Was that a privilege for them? I think so.
Afterwards, I was happy that in the U.S. I was able to take an African dancing class with mostly women. Something I could not have done in Swaziland.
So the point I think I am trying to make is: yes, she could be right about this knapsack, but it doesn't work everywhere you go, and other people have their own knapsacks too, which they use can use to open doors I can't with mine.
I remember the guilt I felt in South Africa hitchhiking, and knowing I got picked up because I was white, yet taking the ride anyway. What else should I have done? She seems to be saying it is better to pass it up and walk... or take the bus.
And is it always the right thing to do?
--Bill Murray, Swaziland (1988-90)
"Stress is good; without stress there is no growth. But recovery is essential. It can come from a glass of water, a protein bar, a quick run up and down a flight of stairs, or a three-week vacation--anything that renews energy." (O Magazine, Oct. 2001). And for SDRPCV's, recovery represented an overnight camping trip in the Cuyamaca Mountains Oct. 6-7.
Our trip began with a trek from our various San Diego homes--east to NATURE. In true Peace Corps fashion, our adventure began later than the posted hours. Oh, well, we had no deadlines. We were now on "camptime." Westarted with an investigatory walk through the pines and were vastly impressed by our guide's vast knowledge. Dan pointed out tracks, plants, and wildlife and even taught us how to attract chickadees! The destination of our walk was some huge granite stones that the natives used for grinding acorns. We found the stones also worked great for sprawling out and basking in the sun. We stretched out like iguanas soaking up Vitamin D while the younger members of our group ran off their ceaseless energy.
It's a bird! Great Native American grinding stone
After our nature walk, we returned for lunch and to set up camp. This went rather smoothly, though our campsite was anything but smooth. (We would later discover just how unleveled it was when we tried to catch zzzs). Once camp was pitched, we each did our own thing. Some went off to tackle more challenging walks, some read, one bagged a peak, some relaxed, some played - but we all enjoyed the fresh air and the lack of "to do" lists.
Under the tree...
Gregg and daughter
As a group we decided on an early dinner so we could later venture out on our "bat walk." Surprisingly, even among limited resources, lack of food was not a problem. We shared Kelly's gourmet cooking, junk food, snacks brought by Brenda and Frank who joined us just for the evening and Gina's charcoal-flavored chicken, among other contributions.
Hold still! (slow camera)
Ann and husband
After we ate to our hearts' content, we set out on the bat walk. Donned with warm clothes, flashlights, and a bat detector, we were ready. Not only did we find many flying bats (though not close enough for Donna's liking), we also noticed the glorious night sky, clear from the light pollution of the city. We swapped Peace Corps stories as our bat quest continued. We even tried hooting for owls, but didn't seem to get any response from our nocturnal feathered neighbors.
Sharon Rudy and
Rudy and Frank
Once we became thoroughly "batty," we returned to camp for the long-awaited campfire. The 10-foot long sticks that Dan had brought made excellent marshmallow roasters. (Unfortunately, they also made for dangerous torches for the children!) Once again, thanks to communal effort, there were plenty of ingredients for s'mores. Donna told us about banana boats. I'm sure we'll be making them on our next camping trip!
Roasting marshmallows on the campfire
Though we returned dirty, tired from a rough night's sleep, and dehydrated from not wanting to trek uphill to the bathroom; we were refreshed, rejuvenated, and re-energized - ready to face the work week and projects ahead. Next time you think you're too busy to relax - realize we're all too busy not to! Many, many thanks to Dan for getting the logistics in place and bringing his advanced nature skills!
--Gina Covello, Bat aficionado, Costa Rica (1989-91)
National Day of Mourning
This is unprecedented in our history. Over 30,000 people signed the Book of Condolences at the US Embassy here in Dublin on this special day--many lining up for over four hours to do so--and over six thousand are still in the line waiting for their turn. Thousands of floral tributes and red, white and blue wreaths were laid at the Embassy railings. Included was an NYPD baseball cap. Some even placed souvenirs they had bought on vacations in the 107th floor shop in the WTC.
An Irish Pilot left his uniform stripes with the flowers. Children lit candles at the base of a tall chestnut tree at the entrance. Dublin's Fire Department provided a special guard of honor to show their brotherhood with their NYFD colleagues. Tens of thousands of adults and children of all ages packed places of worship for special services. Several Americans, coming out of Dublin's Cathedral after a special service, stood on the steps and sang the American National Anthem.
The crowd spontaneously joined in full voice. Some Dubliners went to Dublin Airport to bring home Americans stranded there from cancelled flights. It was our saddest 24 hours in living memory.
Most moving of all were the radio broadcasts from families of those Irish people who perished in the World Trade Towers--so far estimated to be over 150. One story is particularly heartbreaking: Ronnie Clifford from Cork was working in an office just a few floors below the impact point in the South Tower. He took a big risk and used the elevator to escape. In the foyer, he found a woman who had 75% burns and managed to carry her clear of the building 30 seconds before it collapsed.
Moments later he discovered that his sister Ruth and her four year old daughter Juliana were on board the hijacked UA flight 175 which crashed into his office. Unbelievable tragedy--repeated for so many families. With over 40 million people of Irish extraction living in the USA, it is hard to describe the impact your pain has had on our small nation.
There must be so many families at this moment in the USA and elsewhere still hoping for miracles. Let's remember them in our prayers. There are testing times ahead--but if knowing you have friends helps in some way to ease the shared pain, be assured you have many.
"It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I personally believe we need to think seriously whether a violent action is the right thing to do and in the greater interest of the nation and people in the long run.
"I believe violence will only increase the cycle of violence. But how do we deal with hatred and anger, which are often the root causes of such senseless violence?"
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in recent letter to President Bush
As our nation struggles to figure out how to respond to the terror struck on Sept.11, I hope we learn from our nation's losses and fears, something Peace Corps experience taught me: that all nations share in each others' losses and fears. To bring "peace" back home, the "terror" of all war and conflict must end. As volunteers we saw that on a people-to-people level, the world already embraces peace. Following 9/11 the outpouring of concern and caring from people worldwide was so awesome--not even the media could distort its reality.
I can't help but wonder. Such an opportunity! A chance to "bring it back home." We must utilize the hope, faith and creativity we found in people world-wide to turn leaders away from a violent politics of "Striking Back" towards a non-violent politic of peace.
How? Share our ideas here! newseditor@SDPCA.org
For me some sites help and give ideas--check these out:
-Don Beck, Bolivia (1967-69)
Our thoughts are, as yours, with all those who may have been directly affected by the tragic events of September 11 and also with those in the countries in which we served.
In his inaugural address of January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps and challenged a new generation of Americans to join "a grand and global alliance" to fight tyranny, poverty, disease and war. Now, perhaps more than ever in recent history, the third goal of the Peace Corps, "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans" has become critically important to the future of our nation and the world.
As our country unites to fight terrorism, we support the restrained response which the United States and its allies are applying to the terrorists and to those responsible and supportive of the attack of September 11. We have the opportunity to contribute our voice and valuable perspective
to the national and local dialogues. We offer as RPCVs an appreciation of the complexities and risks of inflaming the situation if we as Americans do not heed the underlying issues perceived by the Islamic nations.
There are thousands of returned volunteers living in San Diego County, many of whom have served in communities which were predominantly Muslim. The friendships we were privileged to establish while serving as volunteers helped to shape our world view and can now help us to contribute humane and truthful realities to thoughts and actions of those around us. Our unique experiences and commitments can help to create peaceful solutions to the challenges we face as a nation and build bridges of communication and understanding. As events of September 11 pass into history, we must determine individually that with them does NOT fade the depth of our individual recommitments to work for peace, among nations, states, groups, and individuals.
We thank Theresita Heiser, Acting President, Washington Peace Corps Association, and SDPCA Board members for the caring and compassionate thoughts contributed to this piece. For ways to renew your commitment to these goals, check this issue for the Teaching Tolerance list, Potpourri section,and the Global Thanksgiving for Peace, SDPCA Section.
The holiday season is upon us---family time and parties and good food. I hope to take time to embrace and give thanks for the "good" in my life. This week as I harassed my daughter to get her teeth brushed and put her homework folder in her backpack, the radio news program in the background spoke of bombings and anthrax. To my six-year-old, the "bad" guys did it. If only it were that simple. We'll still be heading to New York for Christmas. My daughter is hoping for snow-and makes me hope for it too. The Board of SDPCA wishes much good for you and yours.
Updates: the camping event was great fun and an adventure for all. Many thanks to Donna and Dan-and the bats. SDPCA is again selling the new Entertainment Book and International Calendar to raise monies for ISF ...
Hope to see you at the Holiday gathering at the Clabbys on December 9
-Gregg Pancoast, Costa Rica (1985-86).
In Attendance: Gregg Pancoast, Frank Yates, Rudy Sovinee, & Brenda Hahn attended both, Gail Souare was at September's and Paul Johnson and guest Marjory Clyne attended in October. Minutes each time were approved as written.
President's Report: Gregg provided e-mail announcements for a Colombian Displaced Farmer event, and about UNICEF. The NPCA is setting up an endowment for the Shiver Award. MMSP to contribute $100 of SDPCA funds, and to use newsletter to ask members to help.
Financial Report: Frank reported balances on accounts and provided a detailed statement of income and expenses. The budget for this fiscal year was approved in September. Of note, it will likely be in the red, drawing down past year's reserves. This is due to bringing ISF funding into a current mode by expending both this year's and last year's awards during this fiscal year.
Membership: Frank reported that the SDPCA membership is at 172 current, with 33 past due. NPCA membership is at 127 current, with 11 past due. (note: 1 ~ 2 dozen memberships are free, going to San Diego PCVs, and those within a year of COS)
Community Outreach: Gail heard a series of options as to historical activities of the community outreach committee, and agreed to accept this as her appointment. Though ill, missing the 10/1 meeting, she provided an e-mail report recommending two avenues of support to the Sudanese youth. The board favored, but had questions about mentoring/tutors. Can we arrange a way to be of part time help?
Fundraising: Paul and Greg sent out letters to Postal Annex stores in addition to those already participating. Rudy, Gail, and Former Fundraising Chairperson, Marjory Clyne, will follow-up. RPCV Helen Neal may take on the role of chairperson, for both the Entertainment Coupon Books and the calendars, as Paul accepted a job with Peace Corps. We received 250 postcard announcements for the calendars. Rudy will ask the county PTA to distribute the cards, suggesting them as holiday gifts for teachers. Without this chairperson, no other activities have been planned yet.
Mark J. Tonner International Support Fund (ISF): News of our request for proposals have gone out vie e-mail to all country directors. A copy of the letter is also available on our website. We have received new reports from two projects in Nicaragua and one from Ukraine. The first request has arrived in advance of the November 15th deadline for first round of projects.
Newsletter: MMSP to have one side of one 11 x 17 sheet printed in color for this issue. There was a meaningful discussion about the possibility and wording of a response/ comment regarding 9/11 events to appear in the next newsletter.
Social: Plans are for camping and 2 potlucks. Donna has not officially resigned, but has become too busy - as predicted. Rudy will seek her return, but expects to collect the records and folders. Without this chairperson, no other activities have been planned yet.
Speaker's Bureau: No report received. An announcement from Peace Corps was forwarded by e-mail, and hopefully will generate some volunteers. Without this chairperson, no other activities have been planned yet.
Old Business: Rudy will check with Hank as to his intentions to attend, and represent the SDPCA at the NPCA conference - postponed until the spring.
Next Meeting: 6:30 PM 11/5/01 at the home of Rudy Sovinee
Forwarded from RPCVLA: http://www.rpcvla.org who received it fromNPCA
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been a terrible shock for our nation, including our community. We believe it is important for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, staff and friends of the Peace Corps to continue to convey their message of peace and positive engagement with the developing countries. We had therefore hoped to continue with our Conference in Washington DC, making necessary adjustments for security.
While our goal has not changed, the situation of uncertainty and the local circumstances in Washington DC have forced us to reexamine the nature of our plans:
Under these circumstances, the NPCA Board and I have reluctantly concluded that we have no choice but to postpone the Conference to an appropriate time in the spring or early summer of next year. (President Toledo has indicated his availability to come to a rescheduled Conference.) At the same time, we are not abandoning our plans to convey our special outreach to the people of the developing countries. We will go forward next week with at least two events that convey our message of peace and service: these are Volunteer Day on Saturday morning, September 22 and a Peace Vigil with country of service flags that evening at the Washington Monument. Those participating in these events will largely be RPCVs from the Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland areas.
We will be in touch with you as soon as possible about future plans and registration fees. We wanted to get this message out as quickly as possible so that you could reexamine your travel plans this week-end.
In peace and with great regret,
Dane Smith, President, September 15, 2001
Dear SDPCA Committee,
I am pleased to inform you that the Soglassie AIDS/Narcotic Consultation Center Project has come to a successful close. With the funds donated by SDPCA, Soglassie was able to repair a site for the consultation center that previously was considered unsuitable for use, including:
Although the project took more time than initially anticipated, Soglassie accomplished all project goals. Starting this month [September 2001], group meetings will move from a stuffy office to our spacious, comfortable accommodations. Volunteer meetings have commenced in the new center. We have located a donor for furniture, so soon Soglassie's consultation center will be more comfortable than ever.
Concurrent and Future Plans for Consultation Center include a number of activities. Volunteer groups will continue to be one of the most important resources of Soglassie. Self-help groups will increase in size and frequency; example: the self-help narcotics group has doubled in size in two months. Recovered addicts will continue to lead these groups as a resource for newcomers. These groups will advertise around the city and encourage the community to get involved. (Now that Soglassie has a large facility, they can afford large numbers!)
Currently Soglassie is conducting a community education project where volunteers travel around the city and hold sessions with high school teenagers. These sessions are geared to introduce the subjects of Sexual Health and Drug Prevention. These volunteer groups have already been recruited and now have a facility to use for training.
It is exciting to see the affects our newly renovated center has had on the organization and the members: one of the narcotics self-help group members brought in a plant to help decorate; two of the volunteers created a poster to hang in the center; when Svetlana, the director, receives a guest into her office she always insists on conducting a tour. The feeling around the office is that we are really getting somewhere. Spirits are high. Motivation and excitement are higher.
Thank you for the opportunity you have supplied to Soglassie and the Mykolayiv community. They have better chances for fulfilling futures because of it. If you have any further questions regarding the project, please feel free to contact Melanie Taton by phone- (038) 0512-46-38-33 or by email- firstname.lastname@example.org Also, I have created an internet-accessible website which has many photos you and your colleagues will be interested in taking a look at. The address is:
- Melanie Taton, U.S. PCV, Mykolayiv, Ukraine
[Melanie included a detailed listing of expenditures with this report.]
According to the Times of London: On May 23, 2001 the Taleban authorities in Afghanistan confirmed that all Hindus will be required to wear a strip of yellow cloth sewn onto a shirt pocket in order to identify themselves. They claim that the measure is for their "protection".
The Taliban's record on respecting other religions gives great cause for concern that their ultimate aim, upon which they are intent, is "religious cleansing". They have already demonstrated their distain and intolerance for other religions and traditions by the desecration and destruction of the ancient Buddhist statues, our collective heritage, within Afghanistan. Whatever your religion, or even if you have none, we hope that you will agree that this fundamentally wrong. Remember,"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing". Contact email@example.com or see further:
Students receiving college scholarships frim ISF award
Teri Woods, Cuerpo de Paz, Rivas, Nicaragua, who received a recent ISF award of $500 for youth college scholarships, sent her thanks, a thorough report of expenditures and major decisions, and photos of the youth as well as photos of their new schools.
you have a special skill? Want to help out other
With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundation on which the peace of the world rests. -- Mohandas K.Gandhi
I received a call yesterday from this organization that recycles books in large quantities for shipment to 3rd world countries. I was asked and now agree that it looks like a worthy site to list on the 1WOW school site, but am pointing it out specifically to you as well: http://www.gis.net/~literacy/operate.html
--Rudy Sovinee, SDPCA Secretary
Medicines for Nepal director Janice Belson aims to inspire the many travelers who visit the remote areas of the work to give something back by delivering basic, but desperatelky needed, first-aid supplies. She has started her quest in Nepal, where, if even a fraction of visitors made deliveries of Band-Aids, gauze and antibiotic cream, health posts would be assured of a steady trickle of first-aid supplies. She has recruited dozens of sponsors, including Mountain Hardwear, Lowe Alpine, Sierra Designs, Helly Hansen and Cascade Designs. "Forget the pens, pencils, candy and balloons. Instead, tick rehydration salts, hydrogen peroxide or any other first aid item into your backpack". This fall, the group plans to take drugs and equipment to the Mustang and Annapurna districts in Nepal.
--Salt Lake Tribune, 9/11/01, Ron Ranson, Nepal (1964-66)
--101 Tools for Tolerance, National Campaign for Tolerance
There is a direct link to 21 excellent resources for teaching youth in a compassionate way about 9/11. Check the One World, Our World website:
-- Rudy Sovinee, SDPCA Secretary
One of the most interesting activities of the SDPCA is to receive, review and approve proposals for funding from current PCVs in the field. The committee that does this is now forming. It will meet at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 26th to carry out the current round of project reviews.
This year the SDPCA will fund projects received by November 15th and by March 1st, thereby allowing more PCVs to be eligible, i.e. not too close to COS date. Details are at our site, http://www.sdpca.org under programs.
If you would be willing to help in this committee, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will use e-mail to then forward those proposals, which arrive by e-mail, allowing everyone a better opportunity to thoroughly review the proposals. If others who have served on this committee before cannot attend a meeting on 11/26, but would want to review e-mailed proposals--please let me know. I will add you to the distribution list for proposals.
--Rudy Sovinee, ISF Chair, Ghana (1970-73)
3545 Midway Drive, Suite M
(just behind Mervyns and Home Depot)
Daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday
Lovely, elegant Thai decor and presentation with excellent cuisine. Reasonably priced, great service, and Thai television programs muted/low volume. There is also traditional shoeless dining on cushions in a platform area, including a private room upstairs for 15-20.
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The NPCA has recently established an endowment fund for the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service, which was inaugurated in 1986. This award is a regular recognition to a selected RPCV individual who continues distinguished humanitarian service. NPCA leadership encourages RPCVs and groups worldwide to contribute to make it a lasting award out of appreciation to Shriver and his many years of public service as well as those of us who have made outstanding contributions. SDPCA has made a contribution to the endowment, and encourages its members to make individual donations as well. They may be sent to NPCA/Shriver Award Endowment, 1900 L St., NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20036.
We of SDPCA extend a warm welcome to our newest members. (If we received your membership late because you joined us through NPCA, this is beyond our control but we apologize anyway.) We've seen some of you at our events already and we want all of you to get involved in our activities. Let us hear from you!! Contact information listed in Contact SDPCA
$10 per calendar to:
social events and
take home calendars
for only $8 each,
while supplies last.
Entertainment Books are our main and most successful fundraiser to support current San Diego volunteers with their special projects in country. None of the ISF projects we fund (see some current reports in Host Country Updates) could have been supported without your help. So, once again, we are asking for your help to make this year's fundraising efforts a success.
As in years past, we are selling Entertainment Books for the 2002 year to the public. Each book contains many various coupons and discounts for goods and services worth thousands of dollars throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. For each book we sell at a cost of $40.00, SDPCA receives $10.25 for the International Support Fund. The books pay you back for themselves in only four or five coupons' use.
So how can you help? You can find interested parties that would like to buy one or several books. These include your family, friends, relatives or even local business that would be willing to sell the books, on behalf of the SDPCA to the public. We will provide all the necessary materials and information.
You can show your support by purchasing a book, maybe even an extra one as a great Christmas gift for someone. It is still the same price as last year, $40.00. What a deal!
You can purchase them at the Postal Annex stores listed below.
Your generous support will go a long way to assisting our San Diego PCVs achieve their goals in their host country communities. For further details on how you can help, please contact Marjory Clyne, Fundraising Interim Chairperson, email: fundraising@SDPCA.org or Gregg Pancoast, President of SDPCA, email: president@SDPCA.org.
--Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa (1972-74)
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Gregg Pancoast, Rudy Sovinee, Donna Urdiales-Carter, Almira Von-Willcox, Frank Yates, Gina Covello, Marjory Clyne, Bill Murray, Don Beck, Kate Emmons, Lori Killpatrick, NPCA Listserv authors, LA RPCA