July - August 2007— Volume 20, Number 4
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CoOp Day–July 7th
UN General Assembly ... proclaims the first Saturday of July 1995 to
be the International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of
the establishment of the International Co-operative Alliance.” First
Saturday of July marks this yearly UN observance. In the US, October
is Cooperative month..
on Peace through the year...
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Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.
One Day In Peace
No Nukes Day
End Hunger Day
Human Rights Day
SDPCA at Earth Day in Balboa Park. (l to r) Annie Aguilar, Nikol Shaw,
Frank Yates, Joan Clabby, and Jacob Clabby. Photo By Rudy Sovinee.
Thank You Earth Day Volunteers!
By Marjory Clyne, Western
We had a very successful day
at our Earth Day Fair booth in Balboa Park. Many
thanks go to the great volunteers who each spent a few hours speaking
to the hundreds of people who stopped to find out more about Peace Corps.
The set up crew of Rudy Sovinee
and Ron Ranson arrived at 8 AM and created our “look”.
From 9:30 to 5 these SDPCA members kept the crowds happy: Kelly
Breckenridge, Joe & Sharon Darrough, Lynn Jarrett,
Sira Perez, Leslie Blanchard, Carol Whalen, Gregg Pancoast, Nikol Shaw,
Silvie Georgens, Bill Murray, Joan Clabby, Mike Peloquin, and Bob Matusiak. One
of our newest board members, Lisa Eckl, was introduced to us at this
booth! Can’t wait for next year!!!
SDPCA at USD’s Earth
By Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine 2001-03
Sira Perez and I
participated in USD’s
first annual Earth Day celebration. It
was quite an interesting day for us to be at USD, not only as representatives
of SDPCA, but to witness and be a part of the Virginia Tech outreach
effort held by the students.
Sira created one
of the more than 850 origami cranes that were sent to Virginia Tech
(see photo above). After
some moving speeches, live cranes were let go to commemorate the memory
of each student who lost their lives. Later the USD students sent a completed
peace crane mobile and their message of hope to Virginia Tech. It
was quite moving for us to be there during that time. We received
a very nice thank you note for our participation and support from the
USD event coordinator.
SDPCA at Earth
Day 2007 at USD. Photo By Rudy Sovinee.
SDPCA at Water Station #14.
Looking at Life from Water Station #14
By Laura Sundquist, Dominican Republic 2003-06
It was a rockin’ morning June 3, 2007, as the SDPCA gathered at 5:30 am
at water station #14, mile 19.8 in the 10th Annual San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon. We
arrived in blue attire, a theme chosen by Flood Church, our water station volunteer
mates, to cheer on the 23,000 runners/walkers and give them a needed boost to
continue the last 6.4 miles of the race. SDPCA accelerated in mixing Accelerade
(generic Gatorade) for the runners/walkers, many of whom were ready to collapse
from exhaustion, blisters and other injuries.
It was a humid San
Diego morning at Mission Bay as about 10 SDPCA members participated
in helping the brave runners and walkers accomplish their goal in completing
26.2 grueling miles to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The
participants, many of whom were directly affected by this often fatal
disease, raised over $20,000 that morning.
As the water station
volunteers watched the courageous participants wear with honor the
name of someone affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma, we cheered them on
by encouraging them to keep going for the person they were supporting. It
was touching to watch the participants, exhausted after running/walking
19.8 miles, smile after a volunteer shouted out “do it for Sue” or “keep
fighting for Raul”. It was a real inspiration to watch people
fight for the lives of others by pushing their bodies to unknown limits.
Racers coming by Water Station #14.
The water station
volunteers were not the only encouragers along the way—15
were set up throughout the course to provide much needed motivation
and entertainment. In addition to the bands, more than 50 participants
dressed up as Elvis impersonators to break the world record of the
amount of Elvis’ in a marathon.
At our station a
riot of blue-clad Race Crew punctuated by diehard Trojans in cardinal
and gold served Accelerade and water with great spirit. Participants
spotted wavy streamers and thought they were dreaming when they saw a
real 19-foot spa spouting jets of water. And then, just ahead
beneath a rainbow not far from the 20-mile mark was old Noah himself,
encouraging: The End is Near. And
afterwards, the volunteers cleaned up every balloon, every streamer and
every cup, leaving Mission Bay Park even more lovely than at the dawn
of this Flood.
to make Water Station #14 this year's winner!
The 19 Water Stations
were judged for the best Spirit, Cleanliness, Originality, Theme and
Sound on the course. As it turns out, our water station won first place
out of all 19 stations at the Rock and Roll Marathon! First place
receives $2500, and since Flood Church did most of the work they are
receiving 70% of it, USC is getting 15%, and we are getting 15%. That
means we will be getting $375!
During this era of
overexposure to violence and hatred, it is heartening to see so many
people working together to save lives.
from Zambia, pt. 2
Tim Muldrew, PCV Zambia – continued from last issue
In Zambia, there are certain protocols for hosting guests. As a guest and especially
a muzungu (anyone not Zambian), I am usually treated with the highest
respect. When arriving at another household, I say Odi and receive a
response of Kalibu before entering another’s compound. Then I
crouch down on one knee and clap hands while addressing the people. I am given
the best chair when I arrive at someone’s house along with the best food.
I take lunch and dinner with two families and have grown close to them.
acquired a dog to take along with me. It’s a female borbel called Lundwe,
which means “lion” in deep Kikaonde (to inspire fear in some of the
During the first initial months at site, I was very careful about setting
guidelines for how to work with people in my village. Since then,
my beliefs have shifted. First, I determined that I wasn’t
going to give things to my villagers. In its purest form, my reasoning
behind this is that people take for granted what is given to them.
A few months ago someone asked me, “What do you
think is the main obstacle to Zambia’s development?” I answered, “dependency”.
Zambia receives a lot of handouts from various NGOs, but this doesn’t
often amount to progress. People often ask me for things in the village.
A large percentage of the time I don’t give them anything. Sure,
giving them some cooking oil may solve their immediate need for that
day, but what about tomorrow? They’ll
ask me to help them out whenever they are in a bind. Also, word gets
around that I’m giving things away and I pretty much have everyone
knocking on my door the next day. Now, on a civil servant’s salary,
I can’t solve everyone’s
needs in my village. If, instead, I tend to favor certain families, I
end up alienating people. I needed to make more effective use of my monthly
living allowance than simply giving things away. In an effort to give
to my community and to encourage good nutrition, I decided to cook a
big pot of soya porridge every morning.
This is the only
meal that I cook all day. Anyone can come whether an adult or child
and have an almost guaranteed meal (if I am not working out in my field).
The main way that I am able to give back to my community is through
my labor. I look for jobs such as construction projects, working in
my field, washing clothes, and language tutoring. So far, I have built
an elevated chicken coop, a shelter from the rain and sun, a fence
around my garden, and a veranda.
Time in Zambia operates a lot differently than in the United States.
Often, people will come two hours late to an arranged meeting – if they bother to come
at all. I am extremely time conscious while in the village. It is not always
people’s fault that they are late. Many people use the sun to tell time
because they don’t own watches. However, if you wish to accomplish things,
waiting for people is unavoidable in the village. I will usually bring a book
to read wherever I go. On the other hand, it depends on how I feel. If I am helping
someone who is consistently late, I won’t hesitate to go about and do other
things. If what we are doing is important, they can find me, instead of the other
I treat other people with respect and I expect to be treated with the
same courtesy. Every interaction I have with people gives me an indication
of what type of person they are and whether or not they would be a good
person to work with. If someone is consistently disrespectful to me,
I turn away from them. I am here to help people. If a person seeks to
take advantage of me over small things, they will take greater advantage
in the future. Sometimes people will overcharge me for things. I realize
that as a muzungu, I am expected to pay more for things.
However, if the amount that I am ripped off is considerable, we will
not do business again. People get one chance to get it right. Once I
hired a person to create ridges in my field. We measured out the portion
of the field beforehand. After they completed the job, we measured the
portion again. I discovered that they had moved the markers to reduce
the size of the portion cultivated. They were supposed to do some additional
work to cover the loss of area–they never
completed it. I had to do it myself. Later, they asked for additional work and
I said I didn’t have any.
I try to treat everyone in the village equally because I don’t wish to
alienate people. Villagers become jealous if they see my friends benefiting from
me. I battle this problem daily in the village. As we grow in friendship, my
friends are constantly pushing the borders of how far I am willing to go: providing
cooking oil, buying sweeties or alcohol, borrowing my bike, etc. I wish I could
reward my counterparts for a job well done, but in the village all that I do
becomes the new standard in the relations with people. And so, I continue to
dig a deeper and deeper hole for myself
I started a seed multiplication program in my village. A seed multiplication
works by giving out a limited amount of seeds to certain farmers and
receiving from their harvest a greater amount of seed than they were
given. These collected seeds are then given more farmers during the next
planting season with the expectation of receiving more seeds back. And
so, the amount of seeds and the number of people benefiting from the
seeds increases year after year. The dynamics of such a system weren’t totally foreign to my village. The previous volunteer at my site
started a program with maize and soya, but he left before he could collect the
seeds. Shortly after I arrived in the village, I collected some of these seeds
from my villagers. Combining these seeds with the ones that I received in training,
I was able to give out 5 kg of maize divided evenly between two farmers. Also,
I gave out 10 kg of soya divided evenly between about ten farmers. I decided
to give out nitrogen-fixing plants and trees freely to people rather than requiring
them to multiply the seeds. Staple foods such as maize and soya, are known to
grow in the area, so I required a small contribution of the harvest from people
taking seed in order to apply toward next year
Somewhere in the middle of my seed multiplication program I discovered
that I wasn’t going to receive nearly enough seeds in order to expand my program
to the outlying villages. In addition, I decided that my small garden wasn’t
enough to satisfy my needs of learning about planting various crops and trees,
experimenting with different farming techniques, and multiplying the amount of
seed that I have in my possession for next year. I don’t want to recommend
farmers do something that I read in a book without first trying it out for myself
in the particular area. I can afford to make mistakes because my livelihood isn’t
tied to my fields. Therefore, I recommend that people create small experimental
plots to try certain techniques.
To learn (and to multiply seeds) on a greater scale, I requested from
my senior headman a small plot of land. Very soon, he had 3 limas (7500
square meters) of land available for me to cultivate soya (the main crop
I wanted to multiply). The time for planting soya was passing so I employed
four people to construct ridges on a 2500 sq meter plot despite the fact
that I wanted to till the soil myself as a learning experience. I have
now planted in my field: soya, sunflower, beans, cassava, sweet potatoes,
amaranth, sesame, pigeon pea, cowpea, rape, chinese cabbage, garlic,
onion and nitrogen fixing plants and trees such as velvet beans, lablab,
caster bean, sunhemp, tephrosia, leucaena, gliricidia, and sesbania sesbain.
In addition, I planted jatropha, marigold, and mahogany. Next year, I
will move my seed multiplication elsewhere and devote this land to maize
in order to observe the effects of planting nitrogen-fixing plants on
I have several programs on the horizon. I am working to set up HIV/AIDS
groups in five communities in my work area. All volunteers are encouraged
to do HIV/AIDS work in their area regardless of their program. The
HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in Africa affects all sectors of society.
I can also see the similarities between my program and the HIV/AIDS
program because one of my focuses is cultivation of crops that have
good nutritional value. The focus of this HIV/AIDS program that I
am instituting is twofold. First, I am trying to get an HIV/AIDS,
family planning, gender equality, and self-empowerment manual taught
at five schools. Second, I am seeking to provide trainings for adults
so that they can actively engage other members in their community
about HIV/AIDS issues. There was a volunteer before me about 30 km
away who was working on setting up HIV/AIDS groups, but since then
all of them have dissolved. Hopefully, my efforts will be more sustainable.
I am also trying to start farmer’s study groups. Around this time, people
are beginning to harvest maize so they will start to have more time on their
hands. This time is an excellent opportunity to teach about conservation farming
and agroforestry. I didn’t have a chance to teach some of the conservation
farming techniques such as potholing, mulching, composting, etc. during the planting
season because people had already planned for their fields. I only handed out
seeds and gave information about their cultivation. However, these skills that
they learn now they could apply to their next planting season. I envision the
farmer’s groups meeting once a week and discussing a certain problem encountered
during cultivation and ways to solve these problems. I am also trying to get
the district office for the Department of Agriculture to come and provide trainings
for these groups of farmers.
Allison West and
a chain climb
in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo
Letter from Namibia
West, PCV Namibia --Excerpted from her letter home
has started once again and, once again, I am instantly as busy as
ever! I am trying to get the building of a school wall and gate underway
and it is quite difficult. I’m trying to get an honest estimate
on cost, to decide if the students will make the bricks or not, to
figure out how long the whole thing will take and when we will start,
Good news however—we
received the small grant that I wrote a proposal for in May! The school will
be receiving USD$282 as a contribution from the San Diego Peace Corps Association
to help with the building. This money will actually go along way! It’s
about N$2000 and will probably buy the gate or most of the cement for the wall!
Hooray! My first grant writing experience was a success!
school is good. I have changed some basic class routines like the number
of home assignments per week, a weekly quiz per subject, etc. and it is going
well so far. This is helping the learners know what to expect each week—each
day actually—and also it’s keeping the pace of the class moving in
a forward direction. Sometimes I get stuck on one topic for too long because
I want EVERY learner to grasp the material. I have had to accept the fact that
this is really not feasible and so I must push forward with the majority of the
class, and hope to tutor the struggling learners in remedial English at some
Giraffe pair in
Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo from author.
Personally, I have
been on an emotional rollercoaster. After Julia
(a friend, who had visited) was mugged and I had to say goodbye a second time,
I was in a deep funk for a few days. I was just not feeling entirely motivated
about my health, school, anything. To top it off I have
really been noticing an inability to integrate into my village community lately...
even my host family. I don’t know if I was oblivious to this last
term, because I was getting used to everything else, but I really am feeling
like an outsider. I am just feeling like a weirdo. It’s funny, I have really
never had a hard time fitting in, and so it’s really awkward for me. I
feel like my attempt to fit in hanging with my brothers and sister, chatting
with fellow colleagues, makes it even more awkward. Then I ask myself:
Why sit with a room full of people like a total dud... since I don’t understand
what is being said anyway?
I’m like this weird, mute person. I feel, sometimes,
like it is better, and more comfortable, for everyone, if I just keep to myself.
how much the language gap effects my ability to really get to know my family. I
can’t joke around or be sarcastic with them, so I feel like they don’t
know my whole personality.
Anyway, I am over
my funk. I have been running everyday, working my bootie off at school
and reading and writing a lot! It’s been
so nice to just be mellow, back in my village. I guess, truthfully, I am not
minding being a bit of a loner right now. It’s a nice change after Julia’s
visit. Now I’m
off to town to run errands!
Take care, Ali.
Sunset in Etosha
National Park in Namibia. Photo from author.
A Look at Our Annual Party
By Lisa Eckl, East
Timor 2005-06, our new Global Awards Chair
“I just got back.” That
had been my line to everyone I came in contact with for nearly a year. Well,
a year later, I hardly consider it ‘just.’ But when
I entered the room at my first SDPCA event, I really did feel like
I had just returned. Being with so many
RPCVs was a little overwhelming at first but was one of the most comforting
experiences since returning home. Listening to other’s experiences and
sharing my own with people who actually understood was the breath of fresh
air that I needed.
I heard about the
event when I stumbled upon the SDPCA table at Earth Day and immediately
I decided I was going no matter what. This
was a chance to connect with people who have experienced Peace Corps
life and have since made a life in San Diego—there was no way I
would miss this.
When I arrived at
the club house, I was immediately welcomed by everyone. I
could tell this was a tightly knit group of people, but even though I
was new, I felt immediately at home. With my name badge on,
I started mingling. There were so many stories to hear of unbelievable
Peace Corps adventures, I really could have stayed talking to people
Our first ice breaker
broke us up into regions of services. I raised my hand to represent
Asia and held my sign high so my fellow Asia Volunteers could find
me, but nobody came. Finally, a prospective
volunteer joined me. She had received her nomination but had not
yet been invited. In talking to her I tried not to scare her too
we got together by decade of service. I had plenty of people to
talk to in that group! Before I knew it, it was time to eat dinner.
potluck consisted of a plethora of home-cooked and store bought items,
each one better than the next. I filled my plate with a little
of everything which turned out to be way more than I could eat.
dinner came the speeches. Hank Davenport accepted an award
for 1WOW—One World, Our World—from SDPCA that acknowledges
their work in educating youth. While Hank was accepting the award,
he brought Rudy Sovinee up to acknowledge all the hard work Rudy has
done for both 1WOW and SDPCA. Hank did not know that Rudy was about
to be given a special award for his years of dedication to SDPCA, and
he basically took the words straight from the plaque about to be presented
to Rudy by SDPCA Vice President, Marjory Clyne. Rudy
graciously accepted the award with a huge smile on his face. Although
it was the first time meeting Rudy, I could tell he was very loved by
all members of SDPCA and is going to be missed greatly. Rudy left
for Thailand the following day.
The silent auction
was next, led by Sira Perez. People started
bidding to win items ranging form Zoo Tickets, to hour massages, to a
Peace Corps host country meal cooked in your home.
Lastly, came the board nominations and elections. Marjory made
her way around the room and coincidently received 9 nominees to be elected
to the 9 person board. I was lucky enough to be one of those 9
people nominated, and hence was officially elected to the SDPCA board. Being
new to the area and wanting to get involved, I gladly accepted the position
and look forward to a fun year of working with everyone on the board
and in SDPCA.
Overall, my first
SDPCA event was a blast. There
was good food, wonderful prizes, and most importantly, amazing people. I
wait to be a part of the organization and I encourage anyone who hasn’t
attended an SDPCA event to make an effort to get down to whatever event
comes up next.
In Touch with NPCA
Kevin Quigley, Thailand 1976-79, President, NPCA
In the past month we’ve launched new ways to stay in touch
with the Peace Corps community and the National Peace Corps Association
hope you’ll check them out and let us know what you think:
new blog, PeaceCorpsPolyglot
find dispatches for and about the Peace Corps community, plus continually
updated Peace Corps news feeds in the sidebars.
- Peace Corps Community News Page(http://www.rpcv.org):
this is where you’ll find professional and community service updates
about people who have been volunteers or worked for Peace Corps.
- PeaceCorpsConnect group
if you are a member of the popular social networking site Facebook.com,
join our group and meet others who share a passion for Peace Corps.
But with the
weather turning warm, who wants to stay glued to a computer screen?
It’s time to get outside and what better
way to strike up a conversation than by wearing a new t-shirt
or toting a bag with a Peace Corps-related slogan or logo?
can find a big selection of apparel and gifts in our online store
Elimination of International Surface Mail Hits
PC Community Hard
From Peace Corps Polyglot
On May 14 the U.S. Postal Service eliminated International Surface Mail (M-Bag)
and Shannon Brown, Book Project Coordinator for Friends of Malawi, raised a
red flag in the Peace Corps community. Inexpensive M-Bags are used extensively
by many non-profits and individuals to ship books, educational materials and
other humanitarian items internationally.
To learn more
about this issue and how you can help, read about it on our new
blog, Peace Corps Polyglot, at:
I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not
pleased to read the description in the catalog: “No good in a bed,
but fine against a wall.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt
of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to
have the two as close together as possible. -- George Burns
Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. -- Victor
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy;
if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. -- Socrates
worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow
older, it will avoid you. -- Winston Churchill
about reading health books You may die of a misprint. --
My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people
would stop dying. --
We could certainly slow the aging process down
if it had to work its way through Congress. -- Will
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s
too old to go anywhere. -- Billy Crystal
menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.” ---Buddy
Home Hospitality Opportunities
The Citizen Diplomacy
Council of San Diego is getting more visitors than ever. As a result,
many more guests need home hospitality hosting. This is a fun and
simple way for you to share a meal with international friends. Dinner
table diplomacy is what we like to call it!
Groups can be separated
to accommodate your needs.
If you would like to host anyone, or for more information, please call
us at 619-291-8105 or email Tanya at email@example.com
These were some
of the groups hosted by CDCSD in June:
- Six visitors
from INDIA and PAKISTAN; Program theme: Environmental
- Two visitors
from CHILE; Program theme:
US Judicial System/Human Trafficking
- Two visitors
from THAILAND; Program
Theme: Intellectual Property Rights
- Fifteen visitors from DENMARK,
FINLAND, GERMANY, GREECE, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA
(FYROM), MALTA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC; Program
theme: Combating Human Trafficking
May, three guests from Iraq, with their interpreters, enjoyed home
hospitality through CDCSD, and they came with a message: stay the
The Iraqis, unlike
other visitors brought by the State Department, did not avoid — indeed,
were anxious to talk about — politics.
Ably assisted by
their indefatigable interpreters, they maintained that the United
States has a moral duty to keep its troops in Iraq while it pursues
a diplomatic solution to the al-Qaeda insurgency.
say whether or not the U.S. should have invaded their country in
the first place, but now that we are there, the Iraqi guests maintained,
we must remain to prevent a “bloodbath” that would ensue
if U.S. troops pulled out prematurely.
The bloodbath would
be instigated by al-Qaeda, which they view as the main threat to
Iraqis today. They
minimized the seriousness of Shia-Sunni internecine fighting, noting
that they themselves, though Shiites, have Sunni wives.
dinner conversation was lively and interesting — if
a bit unusual for CDCSD guests!
and I have turned into what we used to call pen pals. His first
email to me apologized for his delay in responding as his brother
had been killed in the bombing. These are his thoughts, unedited. –Cath
Sorry for being
lait it was because the electrisity, life became very diffecult.
Im glad with this discusion of course I feel free because even
when I in USA I said to every one who ask me about Iraq and how
Iraqi peaple now practicing democrasy, I said what happens now
is not democrasy. When you make peaple who used to live peacfully
quarall with each other is not democrasy. When you enter the country
and let the borders open to the terrirests and make no balance
inside with continouse complaining from poverty (when peaple cannt
work due to the security situation means poverty attacking them ) that is not
democrasy. Also I said (when you impose freedom upon me I cannt accept it).
Blieve me we could solve our problems by ourselves. Sorry I have to end because
the electrisity gone.
Thanks, Best Regards.
There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders. --Ralph Bunche
Meetings March –
Jarrett, Marjory Clyne, Lisa Eckl, Nikol Shaw, Sharon Darrough, Gregg
Pancoast, Sean Anderson. Absent: Tracy
Addis, Carl Sepponen, Kate McDevitt
Led by outgoing President Nikol Shaw. Discussed duties of President and
other open positions. Minutes approved as amended.
We have $8,000 in restricted fund for ISF. Lynn asked if we can put some
of the restricted funds to a high interest bearing account such as the Calvert
Fund (run by NPCA for microenterprise projects in the developing countries). Gregg
says we could put some in Calvert – he will check commitment time and send
proposal with more info. Motioned, seconded, approved.
Lynn has sent out e-mail reminders.
• Current Membership: 130!
• Past due for 12 months: 38
• Past due for 6 months: 15
• New members: 4
• Free members: 14
Voice mail June assignment: Sean Anderson
received an award on behalf of SDPCA from the Rock’n’Roll
marathon for our 7 years of service. Lisa will be at this year’s
marathon at 5:30 am and will be the water station captain.
Annual Party—55 or 60 attended—good turnout! Saturday
evening seems to be a good time to have parties. Rudy received an award
for his lengthy service. One World Our World received
the Global Awareness Award. The mixer that Kate ran went well – she had people get in groups by region
of service and decade of service. People were very social. The food
worked well—it is a good idea to have people bring certain items
as was listed in the newsletter and evite.
Discussion: It would be nice for Speaker’s Bureau to make a
brochure to market the speakers bureau to local community groups. RPCVs
in Boston receive $50 from their local Peace Corps Recruitment Office for each
speech they give up to $1,000. Nikol contacted the Boston group to find
out how they did it. Sean will ask the PCLA recruiter next week
at an event.
ISF- Global Awards
ISF recipients were approved; money has not been sent yet. Four projects
were awarded totalling $1,742 from PCVs in Ukraine, Namibia, Morocco, and Honduras. We
will send a letter detailing these awards to Chris Tonner to forward to ISF donors.
Eleven proposals had been received. Decision committee: Brenda
Hahn, Sira Perez, Lynn Jarrett, and Nikol Shaw.
Auction: there is one IOU still out, but we made $369 which will go into “unrestricted” fund.
Marjory committed to Entertainment Books again.
Date of monthly meetings: Mondays are bad for Kate.
Next Meeting: Monday, July 9th, 6:30 pm at Gregg’s, 1908 31st Street 92102, 619
Selection of Officers:
1. President – Sean Anderson
2. CFO – Gregg Pancoast
3. Secretary – Sharon Darrough
4. Communications & Member Records – Lynn Jarrett
5. Vice President/Fundraising – Marjory Clyne
6. Speaker’s Bureau – Tracy Addis
7. ISF/Global Awards – Lisa Eckl
8. Social – Kate McDevitt
9. Community Action – Open
10. News Editor – Carl Sepponen
to go with our International Calendar Countries
July - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
2 lbs. mutton or lamb trimmed and cut into cubes
¼ cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. turmeric
2 cloves chopped garlic
½ tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. grated ginger
½ cup red wine
¼ tsp. cooking oil
¼ cup tomato ketchup
1 tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. vinegar
3 tbsp. chutney
Season meat with garlic, salt, vinegar and hot pepper. Allow to marinate
for about 1 hour. Heat oil, add curry powder, then meat and brown.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cover and simmer over low heat until meat is tender. Adjust seasoning.
Serve on a bed of rice.
August - Macedonia
Pinjur / Eggplant
This recipe is called “pinjur” (PEEN-jur)
a traditional Macedonian recipe. It’s easy, nutritious, tasty,
and can be found on everyone’s tables, from the villages scattered
throughout the mountainsides to the capital city.
One large eggplant
2-6 cloves garlic (depending on how strong you like it)
salt (enough to lightly cover the garlic)
handful coarsely chopped walnuts
Wash eggplant. Poke holes into it randomly with a fork so it doesn’t
pop on you. Roast the eggplant in the oven until it’s thoroughly
cooked and collapses. (About 30-40 min in a 350 F oven. For easy clean-up,
use aluminum foil over a cookie sheet.) While eggplant is roasting, mash
garlic and salt with mortar and pestle until it becomes pasty.
in half and leave draining in the sink in a colander. When cool, peel
skin off. Chop eggplant into medium-sized chunks. In bowl, combine eggplant
and garlic, mashing eggplant and stirring the garlic throughout. Once
nice and consistently mushy, throw in a handful of chopped walnuts, this
adds some crunch and texture.
Add olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and even cilantro if you want
to “gourmet” it up a little, but the traditional way is just
Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things. –Peter Drucker
Easy Tick Removal...
A school nurse has written the info below –good enough to share– And
it really works!!
I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove
a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult
to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair,
etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked
cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20),
after which the tick will come out on it’s own and be stuck to the cotton
ball when you lift it away.
This technique has
worked every time I’ve used
it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient
and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that
this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me
for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach
it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It
worked!” Please pass on; everyone needs this helpful hint.
--from Don Beck, Bolivia 1967-69
Enrich your Family Life with AFS
Each year AFS Intercultural Program welcomes some 20 international high school
students to live in San Diego, study in our local schools, and share their
cultures and customs with local families. AFS has been working toward
a more just and peaceful world through intercultural exchange for 60 years. We
are looking for families and individuals (including families with or without
children, empty-nesters, and non-traditional families) to open their homes
to an international teenager. The length of time to host the student
can range from a once a month visit for the length of their stay (liaison),
a few weeks (aunt/uncle hosting), or a semester or year (host family).
These exceptional international teenagers arrive with spending money, but depend
on the host family for food, a bed, and transportation. We ask that the
family treat the student as a child of their own.
To learn more about
becoming a liaison, aunt/uncle family, or host family, please contact
Michele Silverthorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-713-0420.
is online at:
http://www.afs.org/usa and our local web page is www.afssandiego.org
Corner – July/August
I had a great time
meeting many of you at the annual party, and I thank you again for
your hospitality toward the invitees that came. Their enthusiasm grew
prolifically from the encounter, and I’m
sure they’re all on the road to Super-Volunteerism to try and
match the magnanimity of your experiences!
By the time you read
this, our June 50+ recruitment events hopefully drew nice crowds. We
stuffed over 10,000 mailers to SD county residents! I think the next
phase in our encouragement of baby-boomer volunteers is to make contact
with health and education member-associations. Peace Corps countries
could really utilize the talents of retiring nurses and teachers! If
got any ideas or contacts, please let me know.
Peace Corps is conducting
four community events in July and August, and we’d very much
like to have some RPCVs come to share their stories. As you know, it’s
much more interesting for prospective applicants to experience a live
person than to watch the recruitment video. Also, I’d really
rather hear your story than the video monologues I’ve seen 30 times!
please, come one, come all, to our summer shindigs:
· July 14 – El Cajon Borders Bookstore
· July 28 – Allied Gardens Library (just north
· August 4 – Carmel Mountain Borders Bookstore
· August 18 – Downtown Public Library
email and I can give you times, directions, and beseech thee for your
help! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer, and I thank you
for your continued dedication to the Third Goal!
--Jacob Hall, Regional
Recruiter, SD County, 310-356-1114
Welcome: New Members
SDPCA extends a warm welcome
to our newest members, as of June 11, 2007. 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!
• Ken Workman, Kazakhstan
1997-99, HIV/AIDS Education;
• Gregory Busch, Mali 2003-05, Water & Sanitation;
• Terin Smith, Fiji 1996-97, Management Consultant;
• Kelly Breckenridge, Dominican Republic;
Surati Farsan Mart
9494 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
It’s a vegetarian
Gujarati restaurant in the Little India Plaza which serves sweet and
savory snack foods. The masala dosa (pictured)
–Kate McDevitt, Social Chair
What’s your favorite restaurant?
Let us know at
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