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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
May - June 2008— Volume 21, Number 3››
 
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International
Peace Days

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


One Day In Peace
Freedom Day
Women’s Day
Earth Day

Diversity Day
Interfaith Day

CoOp Day
No Nukes Day

Peace Day
End Hunger Day

Tolerance Day
International Volunteer Day
Human Rights Day

--January 1
–February 1

–March 8
–April 22
–May 21
–June 22

–July 7
–August 6

–September 21
–October 16

–November 16
--December 5
–December 10

"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."-- Kofi Annan

"There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity."-- Isaac Asimov

The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.-- The Dalai Lama

May 21 - Diversity Day

April 22 - Earth Day

(above-Kofi Annan) from http://www.betterworldcalendar.com

May 21 - Diversity Day:
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 clearly illustrated that serious conflict can arise over "cultural differences." Shortly after this tragic event, 185 nations unanimously adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity to proclaim that our cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. It rejected the claims that a clash of cultures and civilizations is unavoidable, and stressed that intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

What is culture? A culture is a community's language, arts and literature. It is also its values system, traditions, beliefs and way of living. Respecting and protecting culture is a matter of Human Rights. Everyone should be able to participate in the cultural life of their choice. The Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions was adopted in October 2005 to outline legal rights and obligations regarding international cooperation to help protect cultural diversity throughout the world.

Diversity Day, officially known as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, is an opportunity to help our communities to understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

June 22 -- Interfaith Day:
Some of the wars and conflicts of the past and present were fought over land and resources, but many have been over religious differences. In this past century, a global interfaith movement has been growing, helping to raise consciousness about the need for tolerance and understanding between different cultures and religions. This movement has helped highlight the common goals that most religions share, such as the Golden Rule, which is at the heart of nearly all religious traditions. At the same time, many throughout the world are discovering that 'spirituality' -- a deep connection to a greater purpose for humanity -- is an important driving force in their lives, even if they aren't religious.

UNESCO, working with religious and spiritual NGOs, is currently developing an action plan for Interfaith Cooperation for Peace. The flagship event, a Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace took place on June 22, 2005. Interfaith Day is an opportunity for all who value spirituality in their lives to connect and unite in our wish for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world based on values grounded in our deeper spiritual connection to each other and the world around us.

World Spirituality Day is observed on December 31 as a time for the spiritual community to join together to celebrate the victories for peace, tolerance and understanding that have been won throughout the year and to rededicate our lives to our spiritual paths.


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From NPCA

MorePeaceCorps Campaign
The MorePeaceCorps campaign is a broad and deep public awareness and legislative campaign to tap the energy of Americans who will provide public support for a rejuvenated Peace Corps doubled in size and budget. The campaign was launched in 2008 by the NPCA, a non-profit network comprised of 90,000 Peace Corps alumni supporters.

Other announcements of support:
• December 5, 2007. Obama Calls for a Doubling of Peace Corps
• January 25, 2008. Reid Calls for Peace Corps Expansion
• March 6, 2008. “Double the PC” -- Sen. Dodd Addresses NPCA
• April 15, 2008. “The View” From McCain: Expand the Peace Corps

NPCA Blog: PeaceCopsPolyglot
If you haven’t already, check out NPCA’s blog to keep track of most all NPCA activites and events: before and after..

http://peacecorpsconnect.typepad.com/peacecorpspolyglot/


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EarthFair 2008

We did it!! Another successful day in Balboa Park talking with hundreds of people-- potential Peace Corps candidates, recently returned RPCVs, candidates, applicants, and every other sort of human being. All interested in volunteering, serving, committing to helping those less fortunate. How refreshing!

I want to thank my great SDPCA members who took time to share their stories and encourage people to follow the Peace Corps dream. Thank you Carol Wahlen, Karen Lindquist, Sharon & Joe Darrough, Mary Dilligan, Kris & Ray Slanina, Kelly Breckenridge, Carl Sepponen, Dena Lewerke, Gregg Pancoast.

Hope you all had as much fun as I did.
–Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa 1972-74    ( Photo from author)


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La Fonda Luncheon

by Josh Caplan
When you want a great Mexican meal, there are literally thousands of places to go in San Diego. But when you want a real Mexican meal, there’s only one place to go: MEXICO!

And a real Mexican meal can be had at La Fonda Roberto’s Autentica Cocina Mexicana. Couple that with musical presentations and you’ve got a unique and wonderful afternoon adventure for the San Diego Peace Corps Association!

Led by Jerry Sodomka, our group of 13 savvy travelers made its way across the border on foot and rode taxis to the restaurant. Having several Spanish-speakers as guides really made the trip a breeze, and everyone arrived at our lunch destination within a quarter of an hour.

We were treated to a lovely family style meal at Roberto’s, consisting of a variety of authentic Mexican flavors. While we enjoyed our food, Lupe the troubadour took us on a historical journey of Latin American music, singing in several languages and playing a number of different instruments, often simultaneously!

During and following our meal and entertainment, Hank Davenport was busy capturing the event with his camera, and we are now fortunate to have excellent photographic reminders of our day.

To round out our expedition, we chose to walk from the restaurant back to the border and enjoy the Tijuana scenery along the way. The excursion engaged the better part of an hour, leading us through Avenida Revolución all the way to the U.S. border crossing.

All in all, we had a fantastic day, and we’re all looking forward to next year!               (Photo from Hank Davenport)


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Tonner International Support Fund Grant Awards

from Lisa Eckl
On behalf of SDPCA, I would like to congratulate Jonathan Fu in Cameroon and Casandra Burdyshaw in Panama on receiving funding for their wonderful projects. 

After receiving eight Mark J. Tonner International Support Fund Applications, two other SDPCA members and I met to make the tough decision on which grants to fund.  We each scored them individually and then met together to discuss our scoing.  The decisions were tough but three projects really stood out for their sustainability, community involvement, and impact on the community.  Unfortunately because of circumstances in her community one of our selected recipients was unable to accept the grant.

Make sure to look in future newsletters for exciting updates on these two projects!!!

The next round of grants is underway, we have already received several submissions and look forward to getting more!

• Turtle Conservation Project, $350
   Cassandra Burdyshaw, PCV Panama

Cassandra is working with the Turtle Conservation Group in her community in Panama to create ‘jaulas’ so the turtle have a safe place to hatch and survive.  Currently the communities of La Loma de Quebro and Morillo  have a temporary structure and the turtles are in danger of extinction.  The group is contributing $100 towards the project that was raised through community fundraisers and SDPCA is contributing $350 that will go towards building new structures to increase the likelihood of turtle survival.

• Gardening Equipment, $300
   PCV Jonathon Fu, PCV Cameroon

Jonathan received his grant money to partially fund a project to update the grounds of Mutuelle Communautiare de Croissance de Nguelemendouka (MC2N’KA), a local micro finance institution.  MC2N’KA helps entrepreneurs start and plan small business ventures.  Currently the grounds consist of a dirt lot.  With the partial funding of $300 Jonathan will be purchasing gardening equipment, seeds, and flowerbeds to beautify the facility.  In addition, the rest of his community can use the equipment because Jonathan is collaborating with PLAN to expand project to the school and the hospital.  The youth involved in doing the labor for the project will be required to create a savings account.

Next submission date: June 1, 2008. Aplication is online.
For more information, contact  


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Annual Celebration - May 17
See You There !

Please join us for this annual gathering to hear from our current outgoing board of directors on the past year’s accomplishments and elect a new board to take us forward.

There will be plenty of time to mingle and meet RPCVs. As usual our annual meeting is a potluck dinner, no entry charge. Bring a pot luck dish to share if you wish.

If you have never had a chance to visit the San Diego Humane Society, the May annual party will be a great chance.  Come see this beautiful facility while we celebrate and share our Peace Corps experiences. Dogs barking, cats meowing, and maybe birds; take a tour of the SD Humane Society before we start---there might be a needy animal ready to steal your heart!

It will also be a great chance to do some spring cleaning…This year we will be accepting donations for the San Diego Humane Society at our annual party.  Please bring your old towel, blankets, dog/cat beds, toys and treats, newspapers, phone books, and carriers. 

For a complete San Diego Humane Society Wish List please visit http://www.sdhumane.org and go to the Donate tab and look for ‘Wish List.’  Donations are not required but are greatly appreciated by all the animals at the San Diego Humane Society, so clean out your closet and make a difference in the lives of the animals.

We will present the Global Award to a deserving organization here in San Diego that embodies the ideals and goals of Peace Corps. This will be our 5th year of the Global Award presentation.  Board positions for the SDPCA will also be elected. ALL board positions are available.  We look forward to some new faces on the 2008-2009 board. See the web site or previous newsletter for a description of the positions.


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Update from Uukwiyoongwe Village in Nambia

from Alison West, a PCV-Namibia from San Diego, an ISF Grantee.

March 8
Hi everyone, just a quick hello. I am back in the North. For those of you that didn’t know I was in Windhoek all of last week working on stuff for VSN with the PC Medical Officer. I’m feeling a little anxious just because I’ve missed so much school. So, now I’m excited to get back into the swing of my everyday life! On my long and obnoxious ride to the North yesterday, two very exciting things happened.

One: I got a call from the Bank of Namibia and learned that I the scholarship for my Albino learner that I had applied for a while ago was approved! So now he will get all of his school fees paid and a brand new school uniform and hat. Hopefully he will also get sunscreen and reading glasses...So we’ll see. I’m so happy though! He really deserves this scholarship! He works so hard and performs great in school and really needs new and protective clothes. 

Two: I saw a huge herd of elephants off the side of the road! Seriously! Julia, you remember how we saw like over 50 elephants in Etosha? I think it was the same family! The crazy part was this was above the Red Line (a checkpoint that separates my area from the rest of Namibia) only 2 hours from my home! It was right when we were passing Etosha. It was extra crazy cause at the beginning of the ride I sorta made a wish to see elephants, just for good luck...or something. I don’t even know exactly, but I remember thinking, maybe if I can see just one elephant (which is so rare from the roadside) everything at school will calm down, go back to normal, and be alright. So...I saw like 50! I felt so happy inside and reassured. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes its those type of events that keep me going at all!

So, today I bought some plastic mesh to make shade for our garden which is coming along nicely...I hope. I left instructions to finish securing the fence and to keep weeding/watering while I was gone, so we’ll see. I’m also super pumped on getting back into my running routine. The rain has really interfered but now, since it has finally subsided, I think I will get to get going with my routine once again!

Okay, enough for now, I will write again next weekend! Much love!

March 20
It’s Tuesday, and it’s raining…big surprise, right? Just when it seemed as though perhaps the rain had subsided for good, it came back to remind us that we prayed for it. Hallelujah! Even though, before today, there hadn’t been a lot of rain in the past week…the problem of water is hardly a matter to be pushed aside like Monday’s left-overs in the fridge. In fact, the water situation here is a true disaster, calling for true government attention all over the nation, and perhaps soon, internationally. Just to give you an update: Oshakati and Ongwediva (my two main –and by ‘main’ I mean only – shopping towns) are completely flooded. There is water rushing at very high speeds from Angola –creating actual rapids – rushing through parts of town. Hundreds of small shops and shebeens are closed down because the water is half way up the front entrance. In near by villages, there is water at level with the windows. For over a month now, people who were living in informal settlements were evacuated and have been living in the Ongwediva trade fair center, on the floor, or in cots. There have been deaths of learners due to drowning in Oshanas (including one of my friend’s learners), sightings of giant, anaconda type water snakes, oh and did I mention the cholera outbreak. Yeah…by now, over 150 confirmed cases up here in the North.

Dysentery of course comes along with the first, and then – because so much of the water has been sitting for such a long time – we have schistosomiasis. Needless to say, Peace Corps is now insisting that we boil all our water. Also, needless to say, due to my lazy nature…I am very dehydrated! I haven’t really explained how truly unique this rainy season is compared with the average rainy seasons of the past... old kukus are claiming they haven’t seen water like this since the early 50’s. Since then, so much development has happened …often directly in the path of natural waterways…and thus, the disaster. Along with all the water come the mosquitoes. Already there is a ridiculous amount of mosquitoes and usually they really start getting bad once the rain stops. Malaria is on the rise and the fact that most people are using their mosquito nets to catch fish instead of prevent bites, suggests that the case number won’t be declining any time soon.

On the topic of malaria, since I know by now you might be wondering if I’m gonna make it…I am taking my malaria medication. In fact I switched meds and I’m now on doxycycline. I realize this is not exciting news to all of you, but for me it’s some how life changing. You see, I was taking larium for close to a year and a half, and I’m not sure if you know, but it’s kinda hardcore and you’re not really supposed to take it for more than six months. At first the larium was giving me crazy hallucinations causing me to truly believe that there were dark shadowy figures lurking in the corners of my room. So…I’ve been on Doxy for a few weeks and I’m loving life. Of course this stuff makes you ultra sensitive to the sun, which naturally invites a new set of problems. But I think I prefer a little sunburn over finding my self karate chopping imaginary figures in the dark at any given moment of the night…beyond my control, mind you. And yes, mom, dad, Meg, and aunts…I’m wearing my sunscreen.

Okay, stepping away from disease for awhile… this school week is rather unique as Friday is Namibia’s Independence Day and we have Thursday and Friday off. We also have the following Monday off for Easter. Last year I took a trip with friends to Ruacana Falls for a weekend full of beer and goat slaughter. This year: I think watering the school garden, setting April tests, and running in the village sounds nice. The extended weekend that I have planned will make for a less than theatrical email home, but it’s exactly the kind of break I need.

The only traveling I will be doing this holiday is to and from town once or twice. This, now that I think of it, is really quite adventurous on its own. The last hike I had back from town, for example, was in the back of a very wide flatbed truck. This truck had iron railing about four foot high on all sides, and even metal grates going along the top. Then it was covered by a big blue tarp to block the rain, so one had no idea what was going on outside, except for the small sliver of ground you could see out of the back. I felt like a caged rat in a very inhumane experiment. Seriously. First of all, it was me, a few mekulus with the dried fish they bought, and bags of flour, etc, and one young man. Of course there was also a huge meter tall gas tank that had just been filled up in town and was now tied to a metal side rail by one measly, weathered dish rag. Once we were off the tarred road, we were instantly being jolted around all over the place...of course not really able to see what was going on at all, lets not forget. Every now and then we could hear and smell the water, so we knew we were driving through an Oshana, and sometimes thorns would scrape along the tarp and so we would know we were in a more wooded area. Aside from us being tossed around, this damn gas tank was bouncing all over the place! Now, I’m no genius, but I’m pretty sure, giant gas tanks aren’t supposed to be tossed around the way an orca tosses around a baby seal with his friends! Seriously! I mean there has got to be a reason companies tie down gas tanks very securely when they are being transported. I was doing my best – stretching my arms and bracing my self against whatever stable item I could find – to keep this gas tank upright and in the corner. No one else seemed to think it was a big deal. That would be just fabulous!’ So, once we were almost home, we stalled in a deep Oshana and it took like 10 minutes to get going again. Had I had any idea were I was I would of got out and walked the last 200 yards to my home! But of course, being the caged, concealed, non-oshiwambo speaking - and at this point very frustrated and violated – test subject that I was, I had no idea of my surroundings. All I knew was that my arm and butt were very sore, I had to pee, and I wanted to scream. Analyze that Mr. Scientist.

As far as school goes…it goes good! Our garden is progressing nicely and I’ll be sure and take some pictures as stuff really starts to grow so that you can all see how awesome my eighth graders are and how hard they work. Mostly boys too, who would have thought? Also, I believe I mentioned that I got a scholarship for my albino learner, Absalom. This scholarship is sponsored by Bank of Namibia and is only offered to ten albino learners across Namibia. It is specifically meant for those who are working very hard and performing well at their schools. I believe I already told you that he will get a new uniform and school fees paid, but I just found out the best and most important news of all! I asked the bank if they can pay for a pair of prescription reading glasses for him and they’ve agreed! I’m taking Absalom on Thursday to town to have his eyes tested and to order his very own – first pair ever – reading glasses. I’m getting him the kind that turn to sunglasses outside to help protect his eyes a little better. He’s a shy boy and I cannot even describe the smile I saw on his face when I told him he would get glasses. I can’t wait for him to put them on! Wow!

Other news, we had a staff meeting yesterday and for a few minutes I felt as though I was a teacher at an American school. Silly you! It was not because the meeting was efficient, because people spoke their minds, and decisions were made. No no no. It was because we are having a problem at our school that I believe is a problem at schools all over America. Believe it or not…learners are bringing their cell phones to school! Ok, not to send short messages to their friends in grade 8 or their boyfriend at the high school across town…or to cheat on a test. Actually, aside from the cuca shops, our school is the only place that has electricity and so parents are sending their children to school with the family phone to get it charged. This has become ridiculous though. Phones are getting stolen; learners are busy using scotch tape to rig up some wire to a phone battery, instead of studying English, and so on. Honestly, they are really clever when it comes to finding ways to charge these batteries, but it has gone too far. Recently a teacher was accused by a learner of stealing his phone. So enough is enough, and we now have a NO cell phone policy at our school. Development really is happening, huh?
So…to relax myself, to breathe deep, to clear my head…I run. I’m finally back in my running routine. Unfortunately, my runs are limited to non-oshana areas which limits me, currently, to a half-hour run tops, but hopefully soon (ok…unlikely, but hope is healthy right?) it should get better. I still plan on running the half marathon in October with Camble. On my run just yesterday, I noticed the dragonflies are back to run with me. While running I remembered that last year I mentioned that they flirt with my ankles, and being here still a year later, I realize it is more than flirtation. It’s a need. You see, those dragon flies and I have a symbiotic relationship. They need me, they need a friend, to play with in the evening light. And me? I need them too. A lot. I need them sometimes to be reminded of all the beauty in the world. Sometimes I need them to help me see past the ugliness that I am faced with often: the beating, the HIV and AIDS that affects everyone, the broken dreams. Sometimes I need them simply to make me smile and feel less homesick. They are so beautiful. Like little Zen masters…always either poised for hours at the tip of some leaf or blade of grass, or else dancing along in peace in the golden sunshine. Whatever they’re doing, it’s good, and it’s working.
I’m in a writing mood, so I suppose I could go on for hours…but maybe I’ll shift to my journal and save some stories for next time. In closing, I can only say that I would be lying if I told you the past couple of months have been easy. They have been the most difficult yet. I feel as though I have never been so challenged. I am learning so much about my own weaknesses, so many raw truths about who I am. I realize that years from now I will be grateful for the experience and in a backwards way, I am even grateful as the experiences happen now, even the bad ones. I just hope that in the future I can reflect back and see true growth. A good friend recently told me “it turns out that God doesn’t make pain go away, he just shows you the purpose for it.” I hope I can keep my eyes open to the purpose for some of the pain I see and feel. Cause right now, everything is blurry.

Anyway, it should go without saying that I miss all of you terribly. I’m still straddling the fence: Living here, happy here, but part of me is always at home, always envisioning myself with a strong cup of coffee in a local shop with live music, dreaming about movie nights and nights out with friends, home cooked meals with my family… just America and whatever the heck that entails…money, cars, internet, comfort, hot showers, cable TV, coffee shops, drive-through everything! Take care, embrace it, and enjoy it. If not for yourself, then for me!

March 30
So, the rain is STILL raining! Craziness! Not too much is going on here. I’m just busy with all the usual end of term stuff… setting exams, working in the garden, organizing activities for the Girl’s Club…I’ve also been busy coordinating a two day meeting for the Volunteer Support Network that will be held in Windhoek in a couple weeks.

Otherwise, not too much to report. Oh, I had to walk through a waist high oshana the other day to get back into my village. The tate driving us didn’t feel like going through the water so we all go out and walked. This wouldn’t have been so bad except that it was dark and creepy, and I had to carry six bags of groceries over my head and I was wearing jeans...and I thought it would be a typical trip to the grocery store and back...Ha! When will I learn that there is no such thing?

As I previously warned…my long weekend, last week, staying at home wouldn’t make for such a thrilling email this week...but it really was JUST what I needed. I read two books, ran, set my tests, cooked, and slept lots...it was a REAL break!

April 19
This holiday, since I’ll just be relaxing around Namibia, I will be updating the website too, so please check it out in the next month for updates. Anyway, just wanted to email quickly cause I am still alive and well, although, I haven’t emailed in awhile.

Check out Ali’s website:  http://www.namibiamericaproject.org   
Photos in article are from Ali’s website.


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Rock'n'Roll Marathon is June 1

Volunteer at: Water Station #14 at Mile 19.8
Sunday, June 1st, is the date for the famous Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego.  The goal is to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; last year more than $20,000 was raised. 

The SDPCA will be volunteering at Water Station #14 just like last year, with the Flood Church. In last year’s competition for best Water Station, our water station won first place out of all 19 stations.  The stations were judged for Spirit, Cleanliness, Originality, Theme and Sound.  The SDPCA received a portion of the first place winnings, which totaled $375.  With help of our members we want a repeat of last year’s success.

Our very own Dena Lewerke, SDPCA Community Action Chair, is running; come cheer her on.  If you are running, stop by a minute and say hello (in addition to your cup of water).

You can easily SIGN UP on-line at rnrmarathon.com.  Go to the fourth yellow tab at the top and click on VOLUNTEER, then click on the big blue button “Race Crew Volunteer Sign-Up”.  Sign up for Water Station and find Peace Corps Association in the listing of groups.  Or, if you wish, you can call the volunteer phone number: 858-518-9966. 

Or contact Marjory Clyne who will be heading our volunteer effort
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Board Minutes --March 19 & April 16, 2008

MARCH MINUTES
Present: Carl Sepponen, Marjory Clyne, Gregg Pancoast, Tracy Addis, Kate McDevitt, Lisa Eckl

President’s Report- Marjory did affiliation with NPCA and going to post office. Lynn will be working from afar and will maintain the database.  Marjory is making deposits.

CFO - Gregg has transferred the money to ISF recipients.  Waiting to hear back from Tanzania and Cameroon.  Panama has received.  We made $800 this year.  Didn’t do as well with calendars and Entertainment books.  $1500 from Tonner, relatives sent a lot of money for ISF.  Gregg will see about getting more people on the signature card. 

Social - Happy hours are starting to pick up momentum.  Consistent group of people coming.

North County had 20 nominees come but only Joe, Jacob and Santa Barbara recruiter.  Nominees weren’t very happy because they didn’t have many people to talk to.  Ron’s function had many more people. Kate thinks Happy Hour may not be the right way to get people together up there. 

Last Happy Hour (Aero Club)- 8 members, about 18 total.  Find a place that has free food for happy hour, maybe make that regular.  TJ excursion-Hank did everything.  About 15-20 people all together went, Jerry brought a lot of people so not that many members.  Camp out- only 1 attendee so far. Going to cancel it.  Set with Earth Day-picnic behind the table.  Jacob going to use the World Beat Center for his nominee/invitee/acceptee reception.  Jacob requested Lisa to go speak about ISF process so that they know what they can apply for.  Lisa will try to get someone who received grant to go with to speak about receiving it.  Humane society for annual meeting.  Very nice facility.

Global awareness award- Don sent one in - The Bookman.  Usually only get one application.  See about Dena checking out organizations. 

Speakers - Organized one person to go speak at a senior center (Seacrest Village).  Happening in May.  Will do a write up for newsletter.  Lisa passed on an e-mail to Tracy of someone who really wants to speak-make sure she is a member. 

Global awards - Lisa handed summary of awards. Discussed the people who did not receive the award and why.  Going to bump the due date for the next ISF to June. 

Communications/Membership - same as last month plus 4 new members.  Lynn will continue from OC. 

Community Action - Audubon society-one person.  RnR- Marjory will be the point of contact since Lisa will be in New York right before the marathon. 

New business - Kate wants to look for a new way for communication aside from e-vite.  Maybe meet-up-can’t fit model because need to edit membership.  Maybe YahooGoogle groups- do so many things, calendar, group rosters.  People would like to look at an e-mail where all info is right there, instead of open up e-vite. 


APRIL MINUTES
Attendance April 16:  Kate McDevitt, Sharon Darrough, Tracy Addis, Marjory Clyne, Lisa Eckl,  Carl Sepponen, and Dena Lewerke

Social:  Saturday, May 17, will be the Annual Dinner to be held at the Humane Society.  Schedule includes 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. to view animals, 5:30 open main door, end prior to 9:00 p.m., and finish clean-up by 9:30 p.m.  Board members bring dessert and maybe bottle of wine.

Community Action: The Rock-n-Roll Marathon is on June 1. Our water station will be at Mile 19, near Ski Beach in Mission Bay.  People can sign up in person or on-line. This Saturday the St. Luke’s Refugee Network from 2–5.  So far about 9 people are signed up.  Gardeners for Peace have three work parties coming up which may interest our members.  Sat May 31 and June 28 at the Peace Resource Center.  Dena will organize these events.

ISF – Global Awards: The Tanzanian PCV who was awarded funds is returning the money as she will not be able to complete it.  Friday May 2 – the PC Recruiter event at the World Beat Center from 6:30-8:30 pm.  RPCV Julianne Dunn will speak. She received an ISF award.  Lisa will announce the annual meeting at the event.

Communications/Membership: 107 current members, 28 – 6 months past due, 47 – 12 months past due.

-Sharon Kennedy Darrough, Thailand (1989-91)


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We need, in every community,
a group of angelic troublemakers.
–Bayard Rustin 1912-1987

from the Vice-President
Another Year !
We have come to the official end of another year as the Board representatives. I have written this article before as the President remarking on how fast the year has gone by, what a wonderful group of people I have had the honor of associating with--and it is all true. The best part is that every ending means an opportunity for a new group of RPCVs to take the reins and run!!

At our May Annual Meeting on the 17th you will have that opportunity to get involved, have some fun and make a difference in this San Diego community. As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both have said “WE NEED CHANGE.”

 I invite YOU to be that change maker.

Sincerely,
–Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa (1972–74)


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The love of one’s country is a splendid thing.
But why should love stop at the border?
–Pablo Casals

Interested in an SDPCA Google Group?
Interest has been expresed for a place for SDPCA folk and friends to connect informally: announcements, questions, discussions, chatter. One way might be in a Google Group. Once set up, someone would need to be the moderator, with duties of (1) approving people to join the group to be able to post and reply and (2) monitor postings--especially if it is an open group.

If interested, please contact Don Beck or any board member.


Six-Month Position Available for an RPCV
in Antigua and Barbuda

A short term assignment is available in the Eastern Caribbean with Peace Corps Response. The Health, Hope and HIV Network (HHH Network) of Antigua & Barbuda has requested a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to train staff in writing project funding proposals, office administration, basic Spanish, and computer use.

If interested, contact Shirley Triano at striano@peacecorps.gov or 1-800-424-8580, option 2, x 2260 or 202-692-2260 for the complete project description and further details about the application process.

The clearance process (medical and legal) for a PCRV (formerly Crisis Corps) assignments is accelerated and takes approximately six weeks. Additional open assignments are posted in the Peace Corps Response section of http://www.peacecorps.gov.


Calling For Ideas For
North County Community Action Events

For the North County RPCVs, please contact me if you have ideas for North County Community Action Events. I was also wondering if there would be any interest in assisting the Audubon Society with volunteer projects at the Nature Preserve in Vista?

Contact me at to provide feedback.


Call for Photos: International Peace Corps Photo Exhibit
This August 22-24, Beet Street--a non-profit community development group in Fort Collins, Colo.--is hosting a Peace Corps Family Reunion. The festivities will include a showcase of photographs created by Peace Corps volunteers during Peace Corps’ long history.

The Center for Fine Art Photography is curating and hosting the 2008 Peace Corps Photography Exhibition. Selected images will be exhibited in the Center’s gallery adjacent to the primary site of the Reunion festivities, and on the Center’s website for two additional years. There are also plans for a traveling exhibition. Submissions due by May 29.

Contact: http://www.c4fap.org/cfe/2008PEaceCorps/corps.asp


Nominations Open for NPCA Shriver Award
Do you know of a returned Peace Corps volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad? Someone who typifies the best qualities of the Peace Corps community?

If so, nominate him or her for the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. The award was named to recognize the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver, in the founding and development of the Peace Corps.

NPCA welcomes your nomination materials by June 2, 2008 to qualify for consideration.

http://www.rpcv.org/pages/sitepage.cfm?id=255#shriver


Interested in a Job?
Peace Corps Recruiter Position Open in the LA Area Office
A Recruiter position is available in the L.A. area Peace Corps office, and applications are now being accepted.

To apply, go to http://www.peacecorps.gov and click on “Agency Jobs and Info.” The position starts in June. Good luck!


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Recruiter’s Corner – March - April 2008

Hello everybody. I hope you’ve had an enjoyable spring and are filling your plates with exciting plans for the summer. I’m getting antsy for a 3-week trip in June to Peru; something I’ve been looking forward for nearly 5 years!

If you are reading this before our May 2nd volunteer sendoff & welcome back reception, be sure to come! Check the SDPCA website for details, as it should be a fantastic event.

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Kate McDevitt, the SDPCA social chair, for all her work organizing such great social events over the past year, and for opening the doors widely to applicants and interested people. Many of my applicants have been thrilled by their interactions with RPCVs at your socials. I’m sure you all remember the long and grueling application process, and so a few adventure tales from RPCVs provide a helpful shot in the arm to sustain a positive outlook through the process.

I’d also like to recognize Karen Lindquist’s memorable presentations at USD and SDSU in March. Besides making me want to quit my job and move to a rural town in Romania, we’ve already has 6 application from attendees!

Speaking of numbers, in 2008, San Diego has continued to be a strong contributor of applicants for Peace Corps. As a community, it produces more nominees per capita than any other locality in Southern California and Arizona. You all can give yourselves a pat on the back for that feat – your efforts to promote Peace Corps in the community have been fruitful.
I wish you well, and keep up the good 3rd goal activities!

Saludos,
--Jacob Hall, Regional Recruiter, SD County jhall@peacecorps.gov


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Welcome: New Members

SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members, as of November 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!

  • Robben Romano, Estonia (1997-2000), NGO Developer
  • Linda Machado, Dominican Republic (1997-1999), Education
  • Mary Dulatre, Honduras (2005-2007), Youth Development

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Newsletter Credits

Pacific Waves is published six times a year by the San Diego PeaceCorps Association which is fully responsible for its content. Except for copyrighted material, articles may be reprinted without permission with credit to the SDPCA.

Contributions are encouraged: e-mailed text file on disk- Mac preferred, or typed copy.

Please send to Editor, SDPCA, P.O. Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196 or e-mail:

Editor
Carl Sepponen

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck, Lisa Eckl

Contributors this issue are:
Marjory Clyne, Alison West, PCV, Lynn Jarrett,  Josh Caplan, Tracy Addis, Sharon Kennedy Darrough,  Kate McDevitt, Jacob Hall, Lisa Eckl

 

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