March -- April 2004 -- V olume 17, Number 2
Our Human Network
You Just Never Know
by Cindy Ballard (Botswana, 1993-95)
We probably all remember the talk during our Peace Corps training about how we may just never know the impact of our service. We were warned not to look too hard for signs of change in our work, we were a pebble dropping in a pond whose ripples would continue beyond our time in service. We might never hear anything back about our impact, good or bad.
In December I took a trip to Kenya and Tanzania. I went to visit a fellow RPCV from my time in Botswana. Susan now works as an Admin office in Kenya, and I’d promised her I would come and visit. Last spring my boyfriend Tom decided to go with me, so that he could climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. But, wild man that he is, he wanted to do it in a day. It didn’t seem possible to me—I took four days to do the “coca-cola” route in 1995. And, his preliminary research into guide companies concurred that they wanted to sell 5 to 10 day treks. He almost gave up on the idea.
But then, at the SDPCA day at the Del Mar races Tom and I met Teagan Blaine, an RPCV from Tanzania now attending UCSD. A fellow volunteer she knew had worked with a woman to set up a travel agency in the town of Moshi, just down from Kilimanjaro. Teagan sent Tom the e-mail address of Margaret Mponda of Moonstruck Mountaineering and Wildlife Safari, a full service travel agency in Tanzania (firstname.lastname@example.org). After telling her what he wanted to attempt, she disbelievingly mentioned it around town to her friends in the business and found Freddie Munna, a guide that had made the trek in less than 24 hours and would be willing to guide Tom. The trek was on.
Margaret’s business never really developed as she had hoped. She was attempting to develop a business after the Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya had already diminished the tourist industry there. Even two weeks before our departure there was a State Department warning against travel in the countries. I had noticed in our travel that the Kenyans and Tanzanians would ask where we were from and then guess England, Holland and even Canada before America—I guess that is telling about our diminished travel as a nation over the past few years.
Margaret loves working with tourists though, and gave us amazing personal attention while we were there. She actually waited at the gate for Tom to return from his climb for over 8 hours (he made the summit in 21 hours with no issues, but the decent took another 12 hours and they struggled for a few hours with no food or water). She now runs her business out of her house where she lives with her sister and two brothers, as their parents have passed on.
Margaret didn’t know Teagan, but she had worked extensively with her friend, attending a business development workshop sponsored by Peace Corps. Though he doesn’t know Tom and I, his work with Margaret rippled to San Diego.
I guess this story is just another example of the way our Peace Corps networking can make things happen that otherwise wouldn’t.
Susan Ross is an RPCV from Botswana, 1993–95 who is currently the admin officer for Peace Corps Kenya. She spent Christmas of 2002 as an election observer for the US embassy. Given our upcoming elections, it is appropriate to share her story, and remind everyone of their duty to vote—voting is important, because we can.
A Holiday Safari 2002
by Susan Ross (Botswana 1993-95)
24th: Christmas Eve.
On day one we
reach Garissa and do two things correctly: first, Ibrahim speaks Somali
and thus serves as both our language and cultural interpreter; second,
we have arranged with the district police commissioner to have two armed
officers accompany us to Wajir.
Garissa is our overnight stop, a hot and humid outpost noteworthy mostly for its proximity to the Tana River and as a base-station for relief agencies working with Somali refugee camps that have become established in the region.
25th: Christmas Day
The road is dusty, rutted and wild. The landscape is desert scrub. We enter camel country where dromedaries graze along side cattle, goats and sheep. The people are pastoralists, tending their herds and transporting goods in caravans. Their dress is traditional—women wrapped in colorful cottons and headscarves; the men in more subdued Kongas, beards dyed red with henna.
We arrive in Wajir late in the afternoon and proceed directly to our hotel. Agnes and Elizabeth had come to Wajir in November on a pre-observation site visit. At that time they booked us into the Pastoralist, “the best hotel in town” by their account and the only accommodation with flushing toilets. Imagine our dismay to discover –despite reconfirming prior to our departure—our rooms had been given to one of the local political candidates and his entourage. Ibrahim used his most persuasive Somali charm and secured us the room used by the staff; however five people in an 8’x12’ space for two days did not seem endurable for any of us. (I failed to mention the 100 deg temps, the humidity and the dust.)
Thus Agnes, Ibrahim and John are dispatched to see where in town there might be two rooms—flushing toilet or no! Elizabeth and I remain behind to hold the one room as a back-up and drink tea. One hour and a thermos later, our scouts return. Miraculously—yes, it was Christmas Day—they have been told of a Catholic Convent outside of town. They have a small guest house but it is not open on Christmas day. Agnes, (herself Catholic) played an ace: “Sister, remember Joseph and Mary were also with out shelter on this day.” Convinced, they agree to give us a three room cottage with a flush toilet and cold water shower.
The nuns themselves are actually lay missionaries from Italy though I have no idea what inroads they hope to make in a part or Kenya so Muslim that the women and girls are all veiled, many with burkas. The men, too, are traditionally attired in Kanga wraps and head drapes. Forget trying to buy a cold beer in this place and I am reasonably certain I am the only white woman within a 300 km radius. I did meet a Swedish man, an observer with the EU, whose polling station was in Eastern Wajir.
27th: Election Day
By this time, the hundreds of people outside have been waiting for several hours and are becoming restless. It is also hot and growing hotter. They have traveled all night and have probably had nothing to eat or to drink. Finally the station opens and the first voters enter, present their registration cards and Kenya IDs, have their names checked against the register, receive their three ballots (President, Parliament, and civic/local), and approach the presiding Officer. I am surprised by the high illiteracy rate. Of the over 500 voters, I saw fewer than a dozen who were able to read and mark their ballots without assistance. Thus, they must name their preferences and have the Presiding Officer record their vote by marking an X. The PO then shows the ballot to each agent to examine and certify that the correct name was marked. The ballot is then folded, handed to the voter and deposited in the proper box. It is a long, tedious process.
And the voters
themselves: they have traveled from so far, for so long to participate
in this democratic process. They are young and old—some very old.
Some are blind, deaf, crippled or deformed. Some are ill. I saw one woman
near death, so weak that when she entered the room she collapsed. When
she was revived, she was physically supported at every stage of the process.
When she reached the Presiding Officer, she again collapsed but pulled
herself forward to present her ballots. It seemed to take her remaining
strength to whisper, “Kibaki.” It was a most poignant moment
and seemed to capture the commitment Kenyans have to democracy. I have
no doubt that this scene—or scenes similar—were repeated throughout
the country throughout the day.
It seems the results at my station mirrored most of the rest of the country—the opposition party, NARC (unfortunate acronym for the newly formed National Rainbow Coalition) won by a landslide. What an incredible day and I was awake for all 24 hours of it! Our observation team reassembled and returned to our guest house where we collapsed in our beds at 3:30 am—exhausted, dehydrated, hungry—but satisfied that we had witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process.
On my recent trip to Kenya, I spoke with a number of Kenyans that are still patient, optimistic and hopeful about the changes being made by their new government despite several unfortunate deaths in their cabinet and leadership. If only the people of America would exhibit such pride in the freedom and choice of casting a ballot. On Election Day, VOTE! -ed.
Sandbagging Harbison Canyon
The Community Action Committee of the SDPCA has a goal of building internal membership camaraderie while engaging the SDPCA more visibly and actively in the community. Our first sponsored event in several years was to assist in the fire recovery effort by filling sandbags in Harbison Canyon. Filling sandbags was likely one of the more physically strenuous projects we’ll undertake. It was also urgently needed as San Diego entered its rainy season after the fires destroyed ground cover.
Our Saturday was a gloriously sunny day to be outdoors. The meeting place was the tent being used as the community center in Harbison Canyon. Seven of us showed up, and once joined by other volunteers who had answered the call of “Volunteer San Diego” we were shuttled over to the sandbagging area. There we divided our labor into a three-stage production effort. Some of us shoveled sand into inverted traffic cones, suspended between 2x4 planks. Some placed the bags under the cones and the rest tied and stacked the bags. The routine allowed for lots of fun conversation, and we rotated tasks as a way of keeping fresh.
Our source of sand surprised me. While the sandbags we filled would be used to protect property from erosion, the sand was dug out of a roadside culvert that had filled in from earlier rains. As we finished our efforts, we lined the lower end of the culvert in a way to protect a road from being undermined, and simultaneously slow the next run-off to again drop its sediment into the same culvert.
That next rain didn’t delay. By Monday, TV newscasts were telling of rains, and the dangers they posed. We had played a part in lessening that danger, but the recovery will take months or years. We made a difference.
If you missed helping with the SDPCA this time, save the 3rd Saturday of the month—specifically March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. The exact details will not be finalized until shortly before the event. Our goal is to select one project each month for SDPCA to participate in. We ask each member to commit to participate in one [or more] of our monthly projects each year.
Together, we can contribute to the community, “Bring it all back home” and have fun in the process. More details will be announced by an Evite about 7-10 days before each event.
If you know or are part of other community activities SDPCA can particapte in, contact the Community Action Committee through Rudy Sovinee at vicepres@SDPCA.org
Don Beck is our newsletter layout designer and webmaster. He lives in Ireland/San Diego but spent December in Australia. After a warm welcome home by his cats, and adjusting to the cold after Australian heat, he took the time to share pictures and observations of the trip.-ed
Details from Down Under
by Don Beck (Bolivia 1967-69)
It’s been a week now, back here in NW Eire. Tonight, it’s cold and wet and dismal compared to Oz and San Diego. There was snow here one or two days while we were gone. Just rain storms now, for four days. Gale winds off and on; drizzles and torrents of rain. Even the cats just laugh at me when I open the door to send them out–they usually love going out.
House is finally heating up. I renew my appreciation of electric blankets. In Oz hotels/motels had electric blankets, just not plugged in. So it MUST get cold there. After Australia’s December summer, I was spoiled—to the point of complaining about the heat. Why is the grass always greener?
101º when we left, hottest it’s been there in 23 years. San Diego
was about 60º, somewhat on the cold side, even for SD, and definitely
colder than Oz. In DC (Dulles) it was 30º; in London 50º and raining;
in Dublin 50 and sunny; and now, 40º plus and minus in Aclare. Days are
super short once again, dark at 5 pm and light at 9 am. In Oz I was used
to long days: sun up by 6 am and down at 9:30 pm. However, twilight is
almost nonexistent in Oz, only about a 10 minute period as the sun goes
down—then it’s dark! BUT the skies are phenomenal. So many
stars, many more than in the northern hemisphere. Awesome to see! The
stars on the Oz flag represent the southern cross constellation.
We traveled about
9000 miles in-country. Rick’s accent got deeper while we were there.
I found little problem (generally) understanding the Oz accent. It’s
much less than Irish and much much much less than UK.
How to summarize such an experience? Maybe keywords will help...
• diverse: Many cultures of people in one country. Laws in place and enforced about anti-racism. Groups in the streets mixed racially. Geographically a large country with a wide variety of climates and biomes and topography.
• multicultural: There is a wide variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds, but“melting pot” doesn’t describe it. There seems to be great pride in recognizing each, rather than trying to mix them into a single “one.”
• pioneering: I felt a sense of pride in country, of growing and building and sharing. There is a sense of cooperation and helpfulness of folk for each other, akin to pioneer days. It seemed each person’s survival is a part of everyone’s survival. It reminded me of when computers were first popular in schools. None of us were really knowledgeable of the computer beast, so we shared all each of us learned networking as a way to survive.
• growing, expanding: The major cities all had many buildings being built and expanded. Great building in progress in all the cities we visited: in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide. Population of the country is only 19 million. Melbourne about 4; Sydney about 5; Perth about 1; Adelaide about 2
• friendly, helpful, kind: People would go out of their way to help when you asked for help. And even without asking, they were curious about you as a visitor. Where were you from, what did you think of Australia. Open about positives and negatives and more worldly aware than most Americans, I felt.
• sense of humor: I heard more laughter and saw more smiles than I am used to. People seem to know how to ligthen up there–at least to be as hard at play as at work. Visual humor decorates the urban landscape. For example, the giant “lost purse” 5ft by 4ft by 2ft high in polished red granite laying on the sidewalk. Or bronze pigs wandering the mall, one poised and looking into a trash bin. Or a corner of an old building sticking out of the walkway at an angle.
• wholesome, naive: Wholesome = the sense that people are more whole, still with dreams, less worn down. There are only five major television stations in the country and programming I saw was less violent. All the same movies are showing, but more of the kids things. People seemed more open to talk of themselves, men seemed more able to show soft traits and women more open to showing hard traits. Less appearances. Ads on tv seem dated, less sophisticated, BUT refreshingly so. More local stuff.
• retro: On radio stations much music from the 50s, 60s, 70s playing all the time. Frank Sinatra, Television shows: old sit coms.
• mackie: MacDonald’s is everywhere and so obnoxious with the big M’s. It was nice to hear that in the blue mountains they have been barred from building any restaurants. Mac took it to court and were told “No Way!” Hooray!, I say. Their presence there seemed an intrusion. I hope that fast foods decline there rather than increase.
• huge: The country is huge! I’ve always known it was big—it’s a continent BUT when you travel, you can see the immensity especially by train: the vastness of the horizon. And yet settled sparsely, around the edges and the major cities.
• beautiful: rugged, trees, forests of trunks, sunset and sunrise colors, parrots, flowers, red soil, deep blue of the sky, blue of a clam in the water at barrier reef, blue of the water, green of the sugar cane, purple of the jacarandas all over cities, extensive gardens around houses in cities, botanical gardens,
• extremes, variety: deserts—tropical rain forest; aboriginal—European; mountains—plains; snow—desert; Biomes: desert, tropical rain forest, barrier reef, temperate, forests, beaches,
• spectacular skies, hot sun, high UV: With only few clouds, high and sparse. Sometimes billowy and full too. And rain clouds as well. BUT when clear, a different blue than in the US.
• vegemite: tradition to all Aussies. Vegemite is made from yeast extracts, containing vitamins and such. Meant as a spread on sandwiches to enhance food value. A little goes a long way.
• meats: lamb—low fat, high taste, tastes like beef. I really liked lamb there. beef—low in fat, better tasting than American beef. kangaroo—I had kangaroo rump. It was very nice much like steak. rissole—a combination of ground meats and onions and spices, much like a meatball. I thought it was great! hamburgers—traditional hamburger there has a slice of red beet on it as well. I never found a place that had it, but didn’t really look that hard. It doesn’t sound appetizing (but then I thought peanut butter and pickle relish was yucky till I tried it!). crocodile—said to be very savory, but haven’t tried it yet.
• fruits: Cherries were in season and were awesome. They sell them by the size of the fruit. So you might see three boxes with different prices. Mangoes were all around. Very nice. Pineapples were great. Peaches too. Fresh grapes. Apricots. Macadamias are big as well. Juice bars are very popular. Mostly 100% fresh juices, not bottled “drinks.” Fruits and veggies juiced as you watch. Carrot juice, apple juice, combinations. On mall streets in big cities with only pedestrian traffic there would be tent kiosks set up in the middle of the street every other block selling juices and fresh fruits. Lots of bottled water sales too.
• stores: Target, Safeway, 7-11. Super markets are more informal. Shelves are more like wholesale stores going up to eight or nine feet high, out of bare metal. Aisles not as wide, but with no floor displays to block you. Diversity from Chinese to Thai to Japanese to Indian to British to Mexican to US.... Much more diverse than I am used to. [Irish markets, though smaller than US are also more diverse than US]
• volunteerism: The first weekend in Melbourne in Federation Square was a Celebration of Volunteerism. The square is a large place in the center city for outdoor activities and events, with many levels, nooks and crannies for cafes, performances, a museum, and much more.
Surrounding the square the buildings have bizarre exteriors: panels of various shapes mounted at odd angles giving the area a special dimension. For this Celebration, there were many groups with dancing, singing, demonstrations, recruiting. Since its first international volunteer placement in 1951, Australian Volunteers International has placed more than 6000 persons in 70 countries as well as in Australia. In talking to volunteers and reading their magazine, I see that we, of Peace Corps, share the same vision and learning lessons. Their organization is a private not for profit organization, with sponsors and supporters including the governement’s Overseas Aid Agency. [Find out more about them at: http://www.australianvolunteers.com]
Some quotes from their volunteers:
It’s nice to see that we share the same vision and learning lessons with others. It makes me smile that we are not the only ones bringing it all back home.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction. --Albert Einstein
From the V-President...
Renewing the Mix
[Marjory Clyne is traveling and so this is technically a Vice Presidential message]
The May 23rd annual meeting has promise of being a great party, possibly catered in part with ethnic foods. If so, we’ll need your help with RSVPs, to have the right amounts of food.
May 23rd also means looking to renew our group with a new board elected. Well over half our membership has been on the board, but the mix of new members and experienced ones allows the board to be creative. Time is always tight, but keeping the SDPCA strong is what magnifies and builds upon our shared Peace Corps legacy. Look over the board members duties (see Calling for Volunteers), and please step forward to help—on the board or with a committee. It is a great learning experience, and if you’ve done it before you know it’s easier the second time!!
Looking further, celebrate the NPCA’s 25th anniversary this summer! Mark your calendars now for the 2004 NPCA National Conference to be held in Chicago, IL from August 5–8, 2004. Our local hosts will be the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (CAPCA). The theme for the conference: “Peace Corps 2004: Celebrating a Legacy of Service.”
--Rudy Sovinee, Ghana (1970-73), Vice-President SDPCA
Board Minutes: for January 6 and February 2, 2004
Present: Cindy Ballard, Ted Finkel, Nikol Shaw, Rudy Sovinee, and Frank Yates attended both meetings. Marjory Clyne and Ray Slanina attended in January. Kristen Slanina, David Fogelson, and Brenda Terry Hahn attended in February.
Minutes were approved as amended.
Report: The Earth Day Fair will be Sunday, April 25th in Balboa
Park. The Earth Fair Organizers have readjusted their budget and booths
will now cost $125. Dave will ask Peace Corps if they can pay the fee,
since this is a recruiting event. Dave will chair the Earth Day Fair Committee
and post a notice in the newsletter asking for volunteers.
Financial Report: Frank reported balances and provided a detailed statement of income and expenses.
Membership: The SDPCA membership is at 130 current, 49 past due, totaling 179. NPCA membership is at 95 current, 30 past due, totaling 125.
Community Action: The January Harbison Canyon erosion control event was successful. Upcoming Community Action Events (3rd Saturday of each month): March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, and June 19th.
Fundraising: No report.
Global Awards: Ted acknowledges Rudy’s politically correct, tenacious correspondence with Peace Corps Washington. His efforts resulted in SDCPA’s Global Award announcement being sent to each country desk. The major change from the way awards were previously given is that checks will be made payable to a Host Country National the PCV has nominated, rather than checks payable to the PCV.
Communications: Our next newsletter deadline is 4/10/04.
Kristen Slanina is the new Social Chair.
Speaker’s Bureau: Dave continues to receive and fill requests for speakers. An RPCV preferably a recently returned senior, is needed to speak to Friendship Partners on March 14th. San Diego County is the #1 recruiting office for PC LA. Dave has had 80 applicants nominated, with only 7 withdrawing
Old Business: None.
New Business: None.
Next Meetings: The March meeting will take place 6:30 PM, 3/1/04, at the home of Ted Finkel.
The April meeting will be 4/5/04 at 6:30pm, location to be announced. All RPCVs are welcome to attend.
--Nikol Shaw, Secretary, Mauritania (1999-01)
Join in! Be on the Board...
Calling for Volunteers!
Update on ISF Grant Processing
by Rudy Sovinee (Ghana (1970-73)
Since our incorporation, the SDPCA has worked with the Peace Corps to locate PCVs from our area, and assist their communities through small grants, ISF Grants. Over the years the process has been strained as Peace Corps tightened the enforcement of its policies.
This past year, we have gone through another round of tightening, due in part to protecting PCVs from theft, or from becoming too financially influential. The good news is that the staff at Peace Corps continue to want to work with us. Last month, a compromise was found that works for them and the SDPCA.
Below is a copy of the letter that was sent out by the Office of Private Sector Initiatives to each Country Director. Please note the details.
"Cross Cultural Experience"
On Sunday, February first, RPCVs and friends gathered to share in a unique form of cultural interaction –at the homes of both Tony Starks and of Rudy Sovinee. This annual festival is not as flamboyant as Mardi Gras, or as long as an African funeral. Indeed, most people only celebrate the “Super Bowl” for a few hours—by sitting around TV(s) and commenting on a football game, and even the commercials. Despite the oddity of the celebration, RPCVs seemed willing and able to participate.
No doubt the abundant food, beverages and the room decorations helped people to become so engrossed in an otherwise meaningless event—or was it the option to donate to our group via a “pool” which had 20% guaranteed and all blank spaces being won by the SDPCA?
who came and played had fun, and we got to share in bidding farewell to
Steve and Cathy Anderson. They held the winning box for the game score,
and will soon be moving to Montana.
Mark J Tonner Global Awards Update
Play Equipment and Learning Tools $400
For the purchase of two pieces of large outdoor equipment, indoor games, art supplies and children’s books to be used in a community-sponsored (built) daycare facility which will house 25 children at a time.
for English Resource Center $524
To fund equipment to support an English Resource Room for 324 students and teachers at an elementary school. The room will also provide resources for the local high school.
Here is a letter from Dana, acknowledging the grant to her project....
To be a part of the ISF award committee, sign up at our May meeting, or contact Ted Finkle: email@example.com
Recipes Round the World: Columbia
A recipe from RPCV Maureen Shanley, as it appeared in Peaced Together, a newsletter for Connecticut RPCVs.
Send in your favorite recipe to share with the rest of the SDPCA members! See page 2 for address or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all. --Dorothy Day
Welcome Peace Corps Friend of Iran!
Peace Corps Friends of Iran is NPCA’s 148th affiliate group. The group plans to start a pilot training/home stay project, in collaboration with the Science and Arts Foundation. A group of Iranians would come to the U.S. for a two-week training on information and communications technology and home stays would be provided by RPCVs. Initial placement sites being explored, include Oregon, southeast Iowa, Milwaukee and Westchester County, NY.
Seeking RPCVs On Community College Campuses!
The National Peace Corps Association, in collaboration with the Peace Corps, is seeking RPCV educators, administrators, and board members who are affiliated with one of the 1100 community colleges throughout the nation.
We also are looking for RPCVs who served as Volunteers possessing an associate degree without any further higher education. RPCVs can help the Peace Corps recruit community college graduates for volunteer service. Community college graduates can presently qualify for 3 volunteer assignments.
The following list details a few ways that RPCVs might get involved:
Encourage college staff to act as Peace Corps advocates, identifying the benefits of serving in the Peace Corps, announcing events, and encouraging participation;
Meet one-on-ones with students who are curious about the Peace Corps;
Make presentations in front of groups, in classes or at special events; and/or
Help staff a Peace Corps table at a career fair
For more information about the community college outreach initiative, Go to: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whovol.collegestu.associate
From Peace Corps
Fellows/USA loves sharing the extraordinary work being done by RPCVs across the United States and is continuously looking to expand. We are looking for university professors to establish new programs and become program coordinators and former Peace Corps volunteers top become new Fellows.
If you or someone you know is interested or if you have questions about Fellows/USA, please visit our website at http://www.peacecorps.govor give us a call at 202-692-1440.
Welcome to New Members
We of SDPCA extend a warm welcome to our newest members. 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!! You can reach us by the contact information listed in Contact SDPCA. Old members, use this section as your SDPCA Membership Directory update.
New members are listed by name, country and years of service, area of residence.
Rebecca Carter, Tanzania (2001–03): Science Education; Oceanside email@example.com
Lisa Luttbeg, Nicaragua (2001–2003): Community Health Promoter, San Diego 92120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sira Perez, Kazakhstan (2001–02):TEFL; San Diego, 92107: email@example.com
Well, all this work in San Diego has really paid off. In the last year that I’ve worked as a recruiter here, we’ve had 80 San Diegans go off to join the Peace Corps! Many of those you have met at SDPCA functions, and you will see again in the future as SDPCA members.
The University of San Diego ranked 11th in our top 25 small universities or colleges nationwide! I’ll be working to get a few more schools up there this year.
I have several upcoming events, obviously Peace Corps Day on Feb 28th and 29th will be a huge one.
In the future, I will be listing all of the Speakers Bureau folks who have helped out with events and speaking engagements. To those that have already participated, thank you, thank you, thank you! You have been an invaluable resource in raising awareness about the Peace Corps and fulfilling the third goal. Everyone that did an event reported back that it was a lot of fun.
Special thanks to Rudy Sovinee who has done six events. Again, ¡Muchas gracias!
--David Fogelson, El Salvador Agroforestry (1998-2000), Peace Corps Los Angeles, San Diego Regional Recruiter, 619-594-2188
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