May – June 2005 — Volume 18, Number 3
Join in! Get On Board,
Expanding Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Possibilities for Making a Difference in our World
Sunday March 6, 2005 - UC San Diego
Open House and Reception
Culminating Peace Corps Week 2005 featuring
Gaddi Vasquez, Director of Peace Corps
The National Peace Corps, San Diego Peace Corps and the Los Angeles Regional Office (LARO) hosted an event on March 6th to commemorate Peace Corps Week at the University of California, San Diego located in La Jolla, California. Gaddi Vasquez, Director of the Peace Corps was the keynote speaker at the event.
Above: Gaddi Vasquez, Director of Peace Corps answering questions.
Vasquez addressing the Reception.
Above: At the reception, between activities
Below: Education Minipanel
Above: Eastern European Minipanel
Below: Rudy Sovinee addresses on behalf of SDPCA
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and recent nominees were honored for their commitment to the Peace Corps. A series of workshops, panels and discussion groups preceded the comments made by the Peace Corps Director.
Representatives from the San Diego Peace Corps Association, National Peace Corps Advocacy, LARO, Crisis Corps and Private Sector Initiatives set up displays and handed out information about their projects.
Volunteers from the San Diego Peace Corps Association staffed the event which was planned and coordinated by LARO Recruiter, Rudy Sovinee, Gladys Maloy of the NPCA and Mada McGill of VRS CHOPS.
Above: Nana Kwaku Amoaku and Rudy Sovinee
One high point of the March 6th event was a blessing that was asked on behalf of those present. The Asante Libation was not recorded, but the gist was one that several people have asked us to share.
As the drink (water) was poured, the message was:
Mother Earth – Drink
God Almighty – Drink
Spirits of the ancestors – Drink
Ancient Kings, Osei Tutu, Opuku Ware, Prempeh – Drink
Welcome and watch over those who are gathered here today,
These many people are together here in a beautiful place
They are Peace Corps elders, and those who have served
Many have served in Ghana, or around the world
We give them our thanks – they do good works.
Many here are soon to leave for the Peace Corps, some to Ghana,
Some to Togo or Cote d’Ivoire, or Mali, or elsewhere in Africa
Some to Europe or Asia or Australia, or elsewhere in the world
Please watch over them, bless them protect them
Let no one evil or anything bad happen to them
Don’t even let an evil one come close to them
Elders – Watch over these and those like them
– Drink, Drink all
We give thanks to God.
Above: Nana Kwaku Amoaku leads the Asanta Libation blessing.
Three projects were approved for funding during our April meeting. We look forward to more project details once they have received funding and we receive their photos and stories.
In summary, the three projects are:
The 2005 Global Awareness Award is going to Carol Jankow and the San Diego Peace Resource Center. It will be presented during our May 22nd annual meeting and potluck. The PRC is a community clearinghouse of information on peace and social justice issues and activities. By promoting networking among peace-related organizations, offering nonviolent alternatives to conflict resolution and carrying on a program of peace education, the PRC provides an ongoing presence throughout San Diego County.
Founded in 1980 by six local organizations committed to peace, the Peace Resource Center now has over 40 member organizations and hundreds of individual and family members. It is guided by the principles of nonviolence, tolerance, compassion and respect for diversity. Membership is open to all individuals and organizations concerned about peace with justice and the need to live by these principles.
The SDPCA has long been a member organization of the PRC, and for many years has also helped sponsor the HS Peace Essay Contest done through the PRC. Currently, the main activity of the PRC has revolved around constructing a new site. A cooperative project of the PRC, the San Diego Friends Meeting (Quakers), the First Church of the Brethren and the American Friends Service Committee U.S.-Mexico Border Project, the Friends Center demonstrates how peace and justice advocates can collaborate to build and share space that will be a focus for nonviolent social change.
Above: Taken from Peace Resource Center Website.
When completed, the Friends Center will daily demonstrate how organizations with common values can share resources and work together to create new models for social change. The Friends Center will also benefit other community organizations by providing space for meetings, workshops and programs. The Friends Center will be an energy-efficient straw bale building--the first in central San Diego--featuring innovative, durable and proven straw bale construction, as well as solar power, passive solar design, water recycling and other energy-efficient components. As an environmentally-sound green building, the Friends Center will demonstrate the groups shared values and be a witness to our commitment to wise stewardship of the earth’s resources.
Designed by the
architectural firm of Hubbell and Hubbell, the Friends Center will be
an enduring visual statement of their dedication to advancing peace, social
justice and spiritual growth.
They are always looking for volunteers, and perhaps this would be a longer term project that we can unite around for our community development efforts in 2005. Think about it and let us know at the annual meeting.
–Rudy Sovinee, Ghana (1970-73)
Those current members who attended the holiday event were able to pick up our SDPCA Corporate Discount Card to Barnes & Noble, Bookstar, and B. Dalton. This card gives members discounts on store AND online merchandise.
If you are a current
member and would like to claim your discount card, please contact email@example.com
and we will send you the card information.
–Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine (2001-2003)
New North San Diego Area Satellite Coordinator
Please welcome Lisa Rivera (Ukraine, 2002-2004) as North San Diego Satellite Coordinator!! Lisa served in Business Development in the Ukraine and is one of our newest returned PCVs. She quickly volunteered to get involved in SDPCA and community activities.
New members in
the northern metropolitan area will be hearing from her soon! And look
for her at our next social event!!
–Brenda Terry-Hahn, Nepal (1964-66)
PC Internet Ads
The Communications Internet team is excited to announce the launch of the first-ever Peace Corps’ paid search campaign.
To increase awareness about the Peace Corps and the work of the Volunteers, drive traffic to the website, and encourage applications, we will be sponsoring search keywords throughout the Internet. As you use websites like Google.com, Yahoo.com, MSN.com, news sites, and other search sites over the next 90 days, you will probably see an ad for the Peace Corps appear on the right side of the page. Peace Corps is asking that you....
Please Resist the Urge to Click on these PC Links
Visitors to Google and the other search sites who click on the Peace Corps ad will be taken to our home page at http://www.peacecorps.gov The Peace Corps will incur a cost whenever anyone clicks on a Peace Corps-paid search text link. We will be able to measure the traffic to our website from these ad placements.
Therefore, please refrain from clicking on Peace Corps links you may see over the next 90 days. This will help us to maximize the effectiveness of the funds used for this pilot campaign.
On the Torrey Pines trail... Picture from Brenda Terry-Hahn.
The sun was playing hide-and-seek with the ocean when a good handful of SDPCA folks met to take the Torrey Pines walk with Ellen Shively. The wildflowers throughout the trail were ecstatically blooming their heads off in gratitude for all the recent rain. How fortunate we were that Ellen intentionally kept the group small so her instruction and the target plants could really be seen by all!
Ellen’s expertise as a Sierra Club trainer and a naturalist makes her a perfect nature walk leader. She was able to point out many native plants and discuss their talents, as well as enlighten us on the conservation (or not) history of this area of the Park. At the top of the trail we overlooked the lagoon and the ocean, with the sun beaming silver light at the horizon. Jerry Sodomka was also along and was able to complement Ellen’s knowledge with his background in agriculture. We all enthusiastically agreed to plan more of these walks and established some tentative plans. Trekking this time were Annie Aguilar, Marjory Clyne, Jerry Sodomka, and Brenda Terry-Hahn.
The Torrey Pines Extension was won after many citizens groups including school children, environmentalists and residents raised nearly a million dollars to match the purchase of the land as a State Reserve just before it was to be developed in 1974.
Above: On the trail ovefrlooking the Lagoon. Photo by Brenda Terry-Hahn.
The Torrey Pine is the rarest of the American pines and has five needles in a sheath. It is found native in only two places on earth, the park being one. Other native plants we saw throughout our hike were the Giant Coreopsis, Dune Primrose, Lemonade berry and the entanglement of the Wild Cucumber.
Terry-Hahn, Nepal (1964-66) and
...Ellen Shively, Eritrea (1968-70)
Talking and relaxing at the campsite. ...........Photos by Liz Brown.
A small group of campers met on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Long time camper, Dan Taylor, Belize (1986-88) organized one night at Vallecito Stage Station County Park.
Vallecito is a quiet alternative to some of the busier desert campgrounds. This historical spot, first visited by east coast travelers in 1859 made for a wonderful place for friends to meet and enjoy a sunny day.
Left: FIsh Hook Cactus Right: Prickly pear cactus bloom. ........Photos by Liz Brown
Day visitors stopped by to enjoy the heat (and bugs). We thank them for coming with delicious provisions and enjoyed their company. Towards the end of the day a few campers went for a short hike several miles up the road from camp. A few final blooming cactus were still out for naturalists to enjoy. After the hike, campers went to the nearby hot springs at Agua Caliente County Park. Here campers were able to soak and enjoy the natural thermal pools under the stars and moon.
More relaxing around the campsite............ Photo by Liz Brown
Campers prepared a delicious potluck meal, thanks again to Brenda for bringing so many supplies and tasty treats. Stories reminiscing about peace corps projects and life around the fire closed out a wonderful evening. We hope that more SDPCA members and their families will join us again next year for this annual camping trip. No doubt, Dan will choose another wonderful spot for us all to enjoy and explore.
–Elizabeth Brown, Tonga (2001-2003)
RPCVs, friends, families and nominees gathered for an international potlluck in the park.
fact that people become heroes and sheroes can be credited to their ability
to identify and empathize with “the other.”
– Dr. Maya Angelou
Greetings to all. We have had a busy winter/spring of social and Board activities, despite the rains. The gathering at UCSD on March 6th sponsored by SDPCA, the LA Recruiting Office and NPCA was a wonderful meet-and-greet opportunity. SDPCA was well-represented and our info table was swamped with interested RPCV’s and nominees. NPCA put on an advocacy training prior to the event and Gaddi Vasquez, Director of Peace Corps, concluded the afternoon with a talk about the state and future of the Peace Corps. And those North County folk have been busy and enjoying themselves.
the calendar of events in this newsletter or on the website. Our annual
meeting is May 22. This is the meeting where everything happens! We elect
Board members for the next round, we present our annual Global Awareness
Award, we sell raffle tickets for amazing prizes (this year we have all
sorts of good stuff) and we eat really good food prepared by you—and
there’s always some sort of unanticipated something or other that
The organization is always in need of new Board participation so step forward and be counted; the Global Awareness Award is being granted to the Peace Resource Center, which is a community clearinghouse of information on peace and social justice issues and activities, and I am going to win the trip to Hawaii.
As always, we need your support and participation to continue moving forward and building an energetic organization.
–Greg Pancoast, Costa Rica (1985-86)
Board Meetings 1/12 & 2/9/05
In Attendance: Liz Brown, Jesse Santos, Lynn Jarrett, Frank Yates, Gregg Pancoast, Nikol Shaw, Kristen Slanina, and Brenda Terry-Hahn attended both meetings. Marjory Clyne attended in March and Sigmund Penn attended in April.
Minutes were approved as amended.
President’s Report: See committee reports.
Financial Report: Frank reported balances and provided a detailed statement of income and expenses. An attempted Fiscal Review was conducted by Gregg, Frank, and Ted Finkel on February 21, 2005. Frank is committed to finding, organizing, and bringing to the May meeting all financial records and documents in his possession; the documents will be kept at Marjory’s house for the time being. Jesse will develop the 2005-2006 budget guidelines and distribute via email for committee review. Committees are to review and discuss from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM at the May Board Meeting.
Membership: Lynn reported that the SDPCA membership is at 148 current, 47 past due, totaling 195. NPCA membership is at 85 current, 34 past due, totaling 119. There are currently 24 free members. Brenda, Marjory, and Lynn have formed a Membership Development Committee to organize the distribution of membership updates and information as well as development of membership.
Community Action: Jesse to exchange information with Brenda about Nativity Preparatory Academy and the possibility of SDPCA members tutoring students. Jesse organized an April trail maintenance event in Encinitas in conjunction with REI.
Fundraising: No report.
Global Awards: The committee approved $1,355.00 for the March 2005 round of ISF Grant Projects in Nicaragua, Senegal, and Suriname Three projects were selected to receive funding are as follows:
Medicinal Plant and Vegetable Garden PCV Katie Delahunty
$375---Senegal, Schoolhouse, PCV David Gehl
$480--Suriname, School Renovation, PCVs Dean & Jamie Schumacher
The Global Awareness Award will be presented at the May Annual Meeting.
Our next newsletter deadline is 06/10/05.
Social: Past and present activities are covered in newsletter stories.
Speaker’s Bureau: The next PCLA-SDPCA Panel will be June 11th at the Mission Valley Library from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The topic will be Women in the Peace Corps.
Old Business: None
New Business: Lynn would like to discuss the current phone tree procedures at the next meeting and possibly establish a new procedure for the 2005-2006 Board.
Meeting: 6:00 PM, 5/4/05, at the home of Marjory Clyne. The budget
discussion will start at 6:00 PM, followed by the Board Meeting at 7:00
PM. All RPCVs are welcome to attend.
–Nikol Shaw, Mauritania (1999-2001)
Water Station for 2005
Rock n’ Roll Marathon
When: Sunday, June 5, 2005 ~5am-1pm
Where: Water Station #10
We’re on for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon again this year, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, We have water station #10 (mid-race) @ Morena Blvd at mile 14.8 (across from Rosario’s pizza place). We’ll work with Alpha Xi (sorority) and North County Islanders. All participants get passes to the post-race concert at Coors Amphitheatre.
Contact Jesse Santos at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Marathon, from: http://rnrmarathon.com/
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego is the fifth-largest marathon in the country and eighth largest in the world and annually sells out with 20,000 runners and walkers taking part each year. Over 40 bands play live music on 26 stages and 2,000 cheerleaders compete for the “Spirit on the Course” award.
This highlight on the San Diego calendar produces an annual total direct economic impact of $45 million (net) while the marathon’s official charity, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has raised an astounding $84.6 million (net) for research and patient services in the last seven years.
–Jesse Santos, Papua New Guinea (1998-2000)
Gandhi and my husband understood that the great advantage of nonviolence
is that its success does not depend on the integrity of political leaders.
It depends on the courage and committment of people of goodwill. –Coretta
The International Rescue Committee is developing an exhibit on refugees that is a combination of oral histories with photos and mementos which will tell the story of how they got to San Diego from their country of origin.
We have received funding from the California Council for the Humanities for the project but we need what money can’t buy –old suitcases! The older the better. We are looking for 16 suitcases, preferably hard case, to use to display our project. Old, beat up, weathered – doesn’t matter, we want it.
If you have such a suitcase taking up space in your closet, please make a donation! Better yet, your donation is tax deductible. If you can help, please contact me at 619-641-7510, ext 249 or email@example.com.
–Sharon (Kennedy) Darrough - Thailand (1989-91)
The PC Palate
...4455 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights, 619.284.4215
Free parking in adjacent lot. Decor is no-nonsense Formica tables, but the dining room is full of happy Vietnamese families dining on traditional, delicious cuisine, including lots of seafood dishes and a few vegetarian ones as well. They are anxious to please, so feel free to ask questions about dishes if you wish.
A dieter’s heaven, this cuisine is very low-fat and healthy with lots of fresh vegetables. Inexpensive, very good service, open 7 days.
• Studio Diner
...4701 Ruffin Road, Kearny Mesa, 858.715.6400
...http://www.studiodiner.com ...........(photo right from site)
I was outvoted by companion RPCV’s when I said this column should stick to ethnic cultural dining, thereby omitting this movie buff hangout. Hollywood is culture, sort of,!? and such responses. Look for a very shiny aluminum airstream-trailer-shaped restaurant. [How much more ethnic 20’s Americana can one get? -Ed] Built by a studio magnate for actual shoots so the staff could eat close to the lot.
Park for free in immediate
and adjacent lots. Food is good and VERY American-Hollywood, with special
movie names for certain dishes. View out the back windows and deck is
excellent. Inexpensive, very good service.
–Brenda Terry-Hahn, Nepal (1964-66)
Tongan Recipe –
‘Otai (Watermelon Drink)
With summer around the corner, I have started to share this traditional summer drink with friends and family. In Tonga, this was the only way to share an entire watermelon or pineapple with a family of 8 or more.
Fresh grated coconut (if desired)
2 T. sugar or more to taste
1 cup water
2-3 mangos (if desired)
Grate the pineapple into a
large container. Finely scrape the watermelon and the juice into the pineapple.
Grate mangos into same mixture if desired. Sprinkle with sugar.
Add coconut cream to taste. Usually 1⁄2 of a can of coconut cream is sufficient, but for a richer taste, use the entire can. Dilute the mixture with one cup of water. Add grated coconut if desired.
Chill and serve. ‘Otai may be made with any fruit, mangos and mandarins adapt to this recipe particularly well.
–Elizabeth Brown, Kingdom of Tonga (2001-03)
SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members. We’ve seen some of you at events already and we want all of you to get involved in our activities. Let us hear from you! And contact us so that we might help you as well.
–Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine (2001-2003)
I’m the non-PC husband of Stephanie Mood (Tunisia, ‘67-’69) & read your list of tsunami relief organizations. You should add Surfrider Foundation, whose effort is spearheaded by Gary Siroka, local San Diegan who’s risen rapidly to a position of real influence & authority in the organization, & is in charge of relief over there. Surfers are specially concerned & involved as many have gone on surf safaris to Indonesia, & particularly Sumatra.
Stephanie & I ourselves spent a week on the Indian Ocean side of Sumatra in ‘88. So add Surfrider to your list.
Thanks for your input!
You can see what we added online. Not only San Diego Surfrider, but National and Australia as well... Ed.
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Ellen Shively, Brenda Terry-Hahn, Rudy Sovinee, Nikol Shaw, Kristen Slanina, Marjory Clyne, Liz Brown, Jesse Santos, Lynn Jarrett, Gregg Pancoast, John Mood