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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
November - December 2008 — Volume 21, Number 6
Thanks for Voting !!!
Index: click on your choice...
Refugee Camp in Heart of the City Tongan Feast: Malo e lelei!
Making Strides for Breast Cancer SD Friends Center OpenHouse

New Media:....NPCA on Social Networking Sites
Connections:... ..Meeting 3rd Goal .........Utilizing NPCA Resources

Senator Dodd, RPCV:.. New President Should Embrace New Agenda
PCV Returns:... Policy and Passions Collide in Bolivia

Update from Allison West, PCV-Namibia
Holiday Gift Ideas: ...Books.........Calendars, T-Shirts, Entertainment Books
NOTE: SDCA email addresses here are no longer clickable to prevent roaming spam servers reading them. Sorry for the in convenience- 9/05


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Peace Days

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 5
–August 6

–September 21
–October 16

–November 16
--December 5
–December 10

We must not only control the weapons that can kill us, we must bridge the great disparities of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast majority of whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity or choices in life. These conditions are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate people to resort to nuclear weapons as a last resort. Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all of Allah's children.
-- Muhammad Ali

“We need to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the world. Nothing can be more dangerous to our efforts to build peace and development than a world divided along religious, ethnic or cultural lines. In each nation, and among all nations, we must work to promote unity based on our shared humanity.”
– Kofi Annan

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
-- Stephen Biko

"Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life..."
-- Jimmy Carter

Nov 16 - Tolerance Day

Dece 5 - Volunteer Day

Dec 10 - Human Rights Day

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

November 16 - Tolerance Day:
The human family is very diverse, with many different beliefs and cultures and ways of life. Many conflicts in our world are caused when people are intolerant of the ways that others see the world. Learning tolerance is an important cornerstone to creating a better world.

What is tolerance? UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance defines tolerance as "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference."

Intolerance is often caused by ignorance and fear. When we don't know about other cultures, religions or nations we sometimes fear them. Education is the most important way to promote tolerance. Teaching people what our shared rights and freedoms are is the first step in tolerance education. Learning about other cultures is also important to help us see the similarities between all cultures, and to respect and celebrate our differences.

December 5 -- Volunteer Day:
Some people are fortunate enough to earn their livelihoods in jobs that directly help to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. But much of the efforts to make life better for our communities and our world are done by volunteers -- people who work for a better world without pay.

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people volunteer - nearly 65 million volunteer in America! American volunteers do the equivalent work of over 9 million fulltime employees!

Recognizing the importance of volunteers, the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) works with a network of over 20,000 organizations to use International Volunteer Day on December 5 as an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution volunteers make, and as a launching point to inspire year-round volunteer involvement.

Many countries have national networks of volunteer organizations. In the US these include Youth Service America; the Points of Light Foundation which helps connect more than 2.5 million volunteers who provide services for 170 million people; and Action Without Borders, which links volunteers to 50,000 organizations in 165 countries.

US Government agencies that promote volunteering include AmeriCorps, which provides money for college tuition for youth volunteers; SeniorCorps which connects those over 55 to volunteer opportunities, and the Peace Corps for helping in other countries.

Volunteers ARE creating a better world, one person and one act of kindness at a time.

December 10 -- Human Rights Day:
The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.

Throughout history, societies have usually been structured with a powerful minority deciding the course of the lives of the majority. Through the ages, people have worked to change those systems so that they are fairer for everyone. As the world has become more global and interconnected, the human rights movement has been able to spread throughout the world, winning rights for people everywhere. Many victories have been won, but there is still a long way to go.

After the horrors of World War II, the United Nations was created to provide a forum for countries to work out their problems peacefully, and to help nations work together to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world for all. Protecting and promoting human rights is one of the foundations of the goals of the United Nations.

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly outlined the basic human rights and freedoms to which all people should be entitled. This document continues to be a cornerstone in the struggle for a better world.

Many people and organizations work throughout the year to help protect human rights - often placing their own lives in danger. Human Rights Day, on December 10, is an important global occasion to remind us about the importance of protecting human rights for all.

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A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City

Guided by Doctors Without Barriers (Médicins Sans Frontières-MSF) aid workers, visitors are asked to imagine that they are among the millions of people fleeing violence and persecution in, for example, Somalia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Sudan.

The exhibit is made up of materials used by Doctors Without Barriers (MSF) in its emergency medical work around the world, including emergency refugee housing, a food distribution tent, water pump, health clinic, vaccination tent, therapeutic feeding center, and a cholera treatment center.

It addresses questions such as:

  • Will I be safe?
  • What will I eat?
  • How do I find water?
  • Can I get medical care?
  • Where will I live?

We have arranged for a tour for SDPCA members on Saturday November 8 at 2pm.  Meet at Park Boulevard and President’s Way Lawn. Look for the SDPCA blue t-shirts!  This event is free and open to the public. Please allow 40-60 minutes for the tour.

If you would like to go on your own, the exhibit is open to the public from November 6 to 9 - 9:00am to 5:30pm.)

For more info on the Refugee Blog:

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Feast participants: Marjory Clyne, Mae Hsu, Soni Molimoli, Noah, Liz Brown and Diane Schultz in front of a Tongan ngatu (made from tree bark). Photo from Liz Brown.

Malo e lelei!

Liz Brown, Tonga 2001-2003, her Tongan husband Soni, and son Noah graciously hosted a Tongan feast for a few South Pacific RPCVs.

Marjory Clyne , Western Samoa 1972-1974, Mae Hsu, Tonga 2001-2003, and Diane Schultz, Tonga 2002-2004, helped devour the following:

  • boiled root crop-- cassava and sweet potato.
  • ‘ota ika -- a Tongan “ceviche” made of raw fish with coconut cream, tomatoes, and onions.
  • lu -- meat, onions, and coconut cream wrapped in taro leaves.
  • ‘otai -- a beverage of grated watermelon, pineapple, mixed with coconut cream.

They shared stories and pictures of their experiences abroad, while Soni shared some of his cultural experiences living “abroad” in San Diego. A good time was had by all!

  • Otai Recipe
    1 pineapple
    ¼ medium watermelon
    Fresh coconut from one nut
       (or 1 can of coconut
    2 Tbsp sugar (to taste)
    1 cup water
  1. Grate the pineapple into a large container.
  2. Scrape the watermelon with a fork to create a juice. Mix the watermelon juice with thepineapple.
  3. Add sugar (to taste) and coconut cream.
  4. Dilute mixture with 1 cup of water.
  5. Chill and serve.

Makes 10 servings. 1 cup per serving.

Otai may be made with most any fruit. Mangoes work particularly well.


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(above, l-r) Walkers Madeline Schmidt, Jennifer Arrowsmith, Jill Dumbauld.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Oct. 19th

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of San Diego is in its 11th year.  This year’s walk in Balboa Park  has raised $723,715.39!

(below, l-r) Walkers Jill Dumbauld, Madeline Schmidt, Jina Erreca, Lisa Eckl, and Jennifer Arrowsmith.

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SD Friends Center Open House

SDPCA members have volunteered countless hours to the San Diego Friends Center, and building construction is moving right along!  On Sunday, September 21, the Center hosted an open house to show off their accomplishments in green design and harmonious project management.  Three SDPCA members and one guest went to check the facility out. 

The Center is definitely making progress: the entire frame and roof are completed, and straw bale insulation is in place.  Wiring and plumbing are being installed, and the next step will be plastering the walls.  Center volunteers led tours, showing us future plans for an acoustically-advanced meeting room, children’s activity area, office spaces, and locker rooms for volunteer groups.  The garden area tour included plans for edible landscaping.

The Center will soon be an open and shared space for the Peace Resource Center, San Diego Friends Meeting, and the First Church of the Brethren.  It will also provide a beautiful example of sustainable architecture.   We look forward to continuing work with the Center in the years to come.

For more information about the San Diego Friends Center, check out http://www.sandiegofriendscenter.org.


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Connecting to Meet the 3rd Goal

Hopefully, we will have a clearer understanding of what NPCA is doing by listing its activties and ways to connect. Also we call on you, our readers, to share what you have found or would like from SDPCA and NPCA.

The list below can become pages long...with YOUR help!

• Website under Links: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/sdpca/links.html
• Website under Connectons: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/sdpca/connect.html

Activities/Products (NPCA):
World View Magazine (onine): http://www.worldviewmagazine.com/
Kids Around the World: http://www.katw.org/index.cfm
Global TeachNet: http://www.rpcv.org/pages/globalteachnet.cfm
MorePeaceCorps: http://www.morepeacecorps.org/
Mentoring Network: http://www.rpcvmentoring.org/
Advocacy Network: http://www.rpcv.org/pages/sitepage.cfm?id=26
NPCA news listings: http://www.rpcv.org/pages/news.cfm?category=13

Access points (NPCA):
NPCA Website: http://www.rpcv.org/index.cfm
PCConnect: http://peacecorpsconnect.multiply.com/
PC Polyglot: http://peacecorpsconnect.typepad.com/peacecorpspolyglot/
Social Networking: (see New Media article below)
Affiliate Groups: http://www.rpcv.org/pages/groups.cfm?category=2

Access points (Non-NPCA):
Peace Corps: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
PeaceCropsWiki: http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Peace_Corps_Wiki
PCOnline: http://peacecorpsonline.org/
Peace Corps Writers: http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/
Social Edge: http://www.socialedge.org/
Podcasts RPCVS: http://www.socialedge.org/features/peace-corps-entrepreneurs


New Media: NPCA on Social Networking Sites

NPCA is utilizing emerging social networking tools on the Web. Look for us on the following sites under the name PeaceCorpsConnect.

Please note that many of these sites require the user to create an online profile in order to get full access to content.

• Facebook.com -- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2260908312
    Join our Fan Page
• Change.org -- http://www.change.org/peacecorpsconnect/
• YouTube.com -- http://www.youtube.com/peacecorpsconnect
MySpace.com -- http://www.myspace.com 
    Search for Peace Corps Connect in search area at top
• Flickr.com -- http://www.flickr.com/groups/peacecorpsconnect/
Widgetbox.com -- http://www.widgetbox.com/search?q=peacecorpsconnect
• LinkedIn.com

If you have other ideas of how NPCA can use the internet in innovative ways to further our shared mission to connect, inform, and engage the Peace Corps community let us know.

–E-mail our Director of New Media, Erica Burman, at news@ rpcv.org.

Utilizing NPCA Resources & More

from Don Beck, Bolivia 1967-69

For a long time when I have accessed the NPCA website and other resources it provides, it has been a love-hate experience.  The website contains much information, but looking for specifics can be frustrating: some things are simple to find; others difficult to find or outdated.

Part of this is that over the years NPCA has served out so much information. Its online-structure has been partly revamped a number of times, resulting in a mix of old and new structuring and information.  None-the-less what the limited staff of NPCA have done/are doing day-by-day is phenomenal! With patience, suggestions and our help, more new changes could make access for us all more useful.

What helps make NPCA’s work more useful to me is to think of it in two categories: “Activities & Products” and “Ways to Connect.”  This applies to what Affiliates such as SDPCA do as well -- see “Connecting to Meet the Third Goal” article on this page.

Much of what I had expected of NPCA had to do with PC’s third goal – bringing it all back home – which is what each RPCV does in her or his own unique way. NPCA can never do that for us; but it can serve to facilitate or enable that to happen.

RPCVs are a very diverse group with widely diverse needs.  Some RPCVs are interested in connecting to others and some are not.  It’s difficult if not impossible to meet the needs of all such diversity.

So -- while some RPCVs may join and work with NPCA while others may not -- being back in the US, all RPCVs are doing the third goal in their own way.  Whatever more needs to be done, must be done by us all -- whether members of NPCA, affiliates or not.

Please share what you find useful in NPCA and how you access it -- many will no doubt appreciate your insights!

PS. One activity I’d like to see again that NPCA has faciliated in the past is a national conference, which SDPCA hosted in 1997. With the 50th coming up in 2011, perhaps a national conference can be held before then and after!

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Article in Miami Herald, October 13, 2008
Latin American Policy
New President Should Embrace New Agenda

By Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), http://dodd.senate.gov
RPCV Domincan Republic 66-68

Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is chairman of the
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Latin America is experiencing a positive revolution of sorts. Petty military dictators and East-West ideological struggle are things of the past. Political inclusion has expanded massively through overwhelmingly democratic processes, and millions of South and Central Americans have new expectations of their governments. Like anywhere, democracy in the region is sometimes messy, and mistakes are sometimes made. But the change is good.

The tit-for-tat ambassadorial expulsions between the United States and Bolivia and Venezuela in September underscore the urgent need for a new framework for our relations with Latin America. La Paz and Caracas were wrong to downgrade communications during a period of bilateral tensions. But we also need to look at ways to avoid such confrontations in the future.

The time has come to recognize that Latin America is not our backyard; it’s our neighborhood, and we have an obligation to help make it better for everyone. The United States and Latin America are confronting challenges that affect us all -- from national security to narcotics trafficking to illegal migration.

This represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Latin America is struggling to consolidate democracy, deal with security threats, adapt to a globalized world, and create economic growth with equity. These are all issues in which the United States can provide valuable leadership and partnership.

The Bush administration has failed to embrace this opportunity, when it hasn’t been missing in action. I’m no fan of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, but we contradicted our own stated commitment to democracy when we backed the coup against him in 2002. Focusing on troublemakers like Chávez, the administration failed to actively support those who hold democratic values. The mixed signals created a vacuum that ‘’populist’’ demagogues have exploited.

The new U.S. president taking office in January will inherit an array of policy options, including free trade agreements, counter-narcotics initiatives and aid programs. But more important will be the opportunity to build a new, overarching partnership with the region. At the Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago next April, he can set a positive tone, harness existing democratic energies and better marshal resources behind common-sense solutions.

Ideas at the top of the agenda should include:

  • Partner with the region’s other consolidated democracies, particularly Mexico and Brazil. The region doesn’t want or need micromanagement, but often welcomes our leadership and partnership. We should resist intervening bilaterally on issues best handled in the neighborhood and trust regional leaders to prioritize solutions. In fighting poverty and inequality, for example, we should encourage Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose efforts have helped millions, to take the lead in propagating models for growth.
  • Look beyond the traditional elites. Our commitment in Latin America should be to fair, democratic processes, even when the results do not favor our traditional allies. Just as we need to remind the new leaders to cooperate with the nation’s elites, so too must we emphasize the need for elites to eschew undemocratic practice. In countries like Bolivia, where the democratic credentials of President Evo Morales and the traditional political class are frayed, all sides -- indigenous and mestizo, rich and poor, highlands and lowlands -- must respect each other and compromise.
  • Recognize the region’s emerging role in energy into the 21st century. Recent oil discoveries put Brazil among the ranks of the world’s major exporters, and its research and experience make it a leader in biofuel technology. Mexico is a major exporter, and Bolivia’s gas reserves are massive. But where Venezuela uses its vast energy supplies to buy short-term political loyalty, other producers are poised to help the region find strategic solutions to energy needs.
    Adapt our Cuba policy to changing realities on the island, in the region and in our own country. Reorienting policy toward the Cuban people and the future, not the Castro brothers and the grudges of the past, will go a long way toward removing a huge blot from our credibility in the hemisphere. Our effectiveness and credibility in the region will be the better for it.

With America’s overcommitment in Iraq and elsewhere and increasing economic challenges, no one expects an expansion of assistance to Latin America anytime soon. But a new partnership --  emphasizing the region’s own solutions, resources and strengths -- will prove far more effective than any government program could ever hope to be.

At the Summit of the Americas next April, the world will see a Latin America embracing change. The moment will be right for the United States to do the same.



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Peace Corps in Bolivia was suspended September 15, 2008. PCVs were given opportunity to transfer to another country or terminate service, as re-entry into Bolivia was not soon expected.  Several PCVs terminated but returned to Bolivia to continue working on their own. This article reports about one: Cooper Swanson... ed.

October 23, 2008 - The Washington Post
Policy and Passions Collide in Bolivia/PC Exodus Leads Some Workers To Finish Job Alone

By Joshua Partlow, Washington Post Foreign Service

MIZQUE, Bolivia -- For an unemployed man, Cooper Swanson is busy. One minute he is at the hospital, going over a plan to combat Chagas’ disease. The next, he is teaching accounting to peasant weavers.

At the Catholic boarding school, he demonstrates PowerPoint software to teenage girls. At the public high school, he screens a movie he directed about protecting archaeological sites. He worked to open a library. He served in the mayor’s office. He helped bring the Internet to this village of 4,000 people nearly 8,000 feet up in the Andes.

“I have lots of ambitious goals,” Swanson said.

The Peace Corps’ evacuation of all its volunteers in Bolivia last month forced Swanson, 24, to consider these goals and make a choice: stay with the Peace Corps and finish his term in another country, or leave the organization and return to Mizque. He would not have the salary, health insurance, support network or protection that come with the Peace Corps, at a time of sporadic political violence in Bolivia and just after the government had thrown out the U.S. ambassador.

“It wasn’t even really much of a decision,” he said. In an e-mail to friends and family, he wrote soon after the evacuation: “I am no longer a Peace Corps volunteer.”

The Peace Corps flew all 113 of its volunteers out of Bolivia on cargo planes, and 78 of them later decided to leave the organization. But several of those -- more than 15, by some of their estimates -- have since returned to the cities and villages of Bolivia to keep working on their own. In the aftermath of the evacuation, a sense of distaste lingers for some. Why, when so many of them felt so safe, were they forced to leave?

“Peace Corps, unfortunately, has become another weapon in the US diplomatic arsenal,” volunteer Sarah Nourse of Mechanicsville, Md., wrote in a widely circulated e-mail. The Peace Corps withdrawal “is one more chance for the US to maintain its tough image and hit back, harder.

“More than ever, Bolivia needs living examples of real Americans,” Nourse went on. “They need someone to help, not for financial gains but because the task exists and because it’s the right thing to do.”

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to “promote world peace and friendship . . . under conditions of hardship if necessary.”Since then, 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries. Today, there are about 7,800 Peace Corps volunteers. Evacuations are relatively rare but not unprecedented. This year, in addition to Bolivia, the Peace Corps suspended programs in Kenya and Georgia for safety and security reasons. The organization is already back in Kenya and hopes to return to Georgia and Bolivia when appropriate, officials said.  ...

Read the rest of the article online. Tells more of PCV Camplell’s work and activities with more pictures.

(below) Former Peace Corps volunteer Cooper Swanson, 24, teaches computation to his students at an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Mizque, Bolivia. Swanson decided to return to Bolivia on his own (after being evacuated by the Peace Corps due to security concerns) because he wanted to finish the work he had started there as a volunteer.

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Alison West is a PCV-Namibia from San Diego. She received a 2007 ISF Grant from SDPCA for a Security Improvement Project. She finsihed her service with the year end. --Ed.

Update from PCV Allison West, Namibia

Sept 16, 2008. – Hi Family and Friends…
Some updates: We will be building the fence next week!!!! We have already started removing the palm sticks that are currently around the school and I have started withdrawing all the money at the bank little by little. We also arranged for four men in the community to volunteer to help our builder build the fence starting this Saturday and then next Tuesday through Saturday next week. The learners and teachers will finish removing the current fence this week by Thursday. I finally met with the owner of Chicco to finalize everything, but that guy is really, really busy. He makes me a bit nervous to be honest. I went to his office on Wednesday then called him to come and meet me, like we planned, and he was in a meeting and said I must call him later. So I called him later and he was in a different town. So I went to meet him Saturday and he was just as frazzled and very untrustworthy-seeming.

I wrote up a contract for him to sign about all of our expectations….and he refused! You see, he wants us to pay in full before they start and that makes me REALLY uneasy. Long story short I met a guy who has his own company and he is much more personable and trust worthy. Today he drove me around to see different projects he has done and he even got a better quotation from a different building supply place.

(below right) The fence is up--looks great! (Photo from Ali West.)

He is just all around better and he was the one who suggested we write up an agreement before any work is done. He also said he doesn’t ever accept payment until the project is completed to his employer’s liking. Anyway, my gut feels good about this guy, so he will come on Saturday to start.

I was walking home from school with one of my learners, Helvi, on Tuesday and she asked me if I will bring all of  my stuff home with me. I sensed that she had a T-shirt of mine in mind that she wanted or something. I explained to her that I will bring home a lot of my clothes and things in the house, but I cannot bring everything…there is no way. I told her I am sure I can leave something for her. Then she said, “no Miss, I mean like the computers and the microscopes and all those athletic shoes at the school…will you take those back with you?” She sounded so worried. I explained to her that those will be left here because they are not mine, but the schools. It was really cute. Then she had this big smile on her face….the face of a proud owner of something really fabulous!

(below) Ali with a student on each side at her school. (Photo from Ali West.)

So, anyway, life is winding down….or up…or something. I don’t really know. It’s hard to describe my feelings and articulate what I am going through. I know that this transition home will be rough, I’m expecting it to be, and PC tells us it usually is, but I’m excited about it too. When things are difficult, and you have to face them without any other option…you learn something about who you are. I have had that chance coming here in the first place. Now, it’s like I get a second chance to learn even more about myself, my identity, and my culture, as I come home.

– Ali West, PCV 2006-2008,  Uukwiyoongwe Village, Namibia


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Holiday Gift Ideas
Books by PC writers in 2008

From PC Writers (http://www.peacecorpswriters.org) comes a list of books published in 2008 you may wish to buy as a gift for someone else or yourself!

Off the Deep End 
    by W. Hodding Carter (Kenya 1984–86) - 209 pp, $21.95

Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy & 82 Days that Inspired America
    by Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968)  - 336 pp, $25.00

Danger in the Desert: True Adventures of a Dinosaur Hunter
    by Roger Cohen (Mongolia 1996–98)  - 189 pp, $6.95

• What Would Kinky Do? - How to Unscrew a Screwed-Up World
    by Kinky Friedman (Borneo 1967–69) - 288 pp, $23.95

Inside Outside: A Retiree’s Peace Corps Journal from South Africa
      by Sydney Kling (South Africa 2001-03) - 387 pp, $14.00

Jesus Was Arrested in Mexico City and Missed the Wedding
    by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) - 93 pp, $16.00

Executive Privilege  (novel)
    by Phillip Margolin (Liberia 1966–67) - 368 pp, $25.95

Last Days of Old Beijing, Life in the Vanishing Backstreets...
    by Michael Meyer (China 1995–97) - 336 pp, $25.95

The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature & Culture of the Slave Trade
    by Christopher L. Miller (Zaire 1975–77) - 571 pp, $27.95

• Bill Owens (photography)
    by Bill Owens (Jamaica 1964–66) - 224 pages,  $65.00

Trouble Tree (novel)
    by John Hill Porter (Staff/DC 1970–72) - 322 pp, $11.95

The Ohio River  In American History and Voyaging...
    by Rick Rhodes (Ecuador 1999–2000) - 320 pp $35.95

Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex ed. E. Sussman
    contr.Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67) - 305 pages,  $19.99

The Man Who Loved Rilke (novella)
    by Eric Torgersen (Ethiopia 1963–65) - 61 pp $15.00

See more at the PC Writers’ site...

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Holiday Gift Ideas
Fundraising Corner

They are all here, ready for purchase now! This is a great opportunity for all of us to support our fellow volunteers with their community projects overseas. The money we raise helps build libraries, purchase textbooks, create community gardens, build school latrines, start cooperatives, etc. So, give a little to go a long way.

2009 International Calendars
make beautiful and practical Christmas gifts. They are $10.00 each, $12.00 if you want them mailed.

Our very own SDPCA T-shirts 
come in all sizes, both women’s and men’s styles. I’d like to see all of us in our blue shirts at the next happy hour!! At $15.00 they are a steal. Some sizes in stock !

2009 SD Entertainment Books
are available at 17 Postal Annex stores countywide (list at right). You will find savings on everything from restaurants--Pat & Oscar’s, Rockin Baja Lobster, Humphrey’s, Jack In The Box, even Ben & Jerry’s!--airlines, hotels, car rentals, SD Zoo, florists, traffic school!

So what are you waiting for #$%*.  Most Postal Annex stores (see list) are open 6 days a week, and I am available to take your orders for calendars and T-shirts anytime.

Just email Carl at:


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Community Action Updates

September Event:
Volunteering at San Diego Food Bank

In September, seven members of SDPCA got together to volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank.  San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. 

During the project, we helped them prepare for their upcoming Holiday Food Drive by scrubbing and drying the ‘famous’ red barrels used to collect donated food.  You should start seeing these barrels at local grocery stores throughout San Diego.  This annual Food Drive is held during November and December to provide food for those less fortunate during the holiday season. 

Food raised will be distributed to people in need through the Food Bank’s 300 partner charities which include: churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, rehabilitation programs and senior centers.

December Event:
Food Drive at Annual Holiday Party

We were so inspired from our September volunteer project at the San Diego Food Bank that we’ll be hosting a SDPCA food drive at this year’s annual holiday party.  Food is a basic necessity and during the current economic crisis, there is an increasing need for the Food Bank’s services.  Please help out by bringing a food donation to the party.  In a sense, it will truly be a potluck!

The San Diego Food Bank needs food that will provide nutritious meals for people in need.

Their most needed items include:

  • Canned meat & tuna
  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruits & vegetables     
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans     
  • Spaghetti 
  • Rice
  • Dry cereal          
  • Mac & cheese

Two important things to remember:

  1. Please do not donate home-canned or homemade goods. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated but the Food Bank is not permitted to accept these items.
  2. Regular size products are preferable. Jumbo/king size are often not suitable for smaller households.

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(above) We started out at South Park Bar and Grill. (l to r) Rhett, Michael Salazar (back) Rachel, Marjory Clyne, Hank Davenport, Herbert, Gene, Mae, Sarah, Lisa, Carol, intvitee parent, Laura Vento, Carol and Tracy in the back.

Happy Hour:
South Park Bar & Grill and Benefit Dinner for Peace Resource Center at Big Kitchen

On October 15, we met up for the usual Third Wednesday Happy Hour, this time in South Park.  South Park Bar and Grill provided the venue for a quick (1-hour) Happy Hour.  Several returned volunteers, future volunteers, and loved ones stopped by for a drink and conversation.

(below) At The Big Kitchen, (l to r): Special guest Michael Salazar, from LA Peace Corps Office and Marjory Clyne, SDPCA President.

After Happy Hour, we walked two doors down to The Big Kitchen to attend the San Diego Peace Resource Center’s benefit dinner.  The Big Kitchen has historically been a home for peace-loving San Diegans, and they were great hosts for the spaghetti dinner.  We even met special guest Michael Salazar from the LA Peace Corps Recruitment office.

(below) At The Big Kitchen, (from left clockwise) Sarah, Hank Davenport, Lisa Eckl, Tracy Addis, Jill Dumbauld, Laura Vento

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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.   —Maya Angelou

from the President
Staying in Touch !

We begin the Holiday season this month. I always look forward to the many opportunities to spend time with family and friends, especially those I see infrequently. I make a special effort to visit them, invite them over for dinner, meet for a night out or at least a long chat by phone if they live far, far, away.

In December we will offer you a chance to do a lot of your visiting all in one place on one evening, getting together with a great bunch of fellow volunteers. Please join us for this wonderful evening. And continue to support our community action events and social events throughout the year; it is good to stay in touch and build community here at home too.


–Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa (1972–74)

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I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. —Mohandas Gandhi

Annual Snowgoose Global ..Thanksgiving
Pot Luck Picnic Celebration. Everyone Invited!  Let’s all Join in a Spirit of Love, Celebrate our Differences, and Create Peace on Earth!! Admission is an appetizer, a main dish, a salad, or a dessert to share with 12 others, for every 5 people in your group – made with warm, loving hands!  Also bring sweaters, folding .................................chairs, water, plates and utensils.
...........Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 1:00 PM until sundown.
...........Rancho Villaseñor, 1302 Stewart Street, Oceanside, CA 92054  

Coming soon: Contribute to the 50th Anniversary Archive
Start combing through your old photo albums now. We will be collecting RPCV photos and stories that illustrate the rich history of the PC for our 50th anniversary archive digital library. Check back on how to submit your materials. Meanwhile, take a look at some suggestions for ways that RPCVs and affiliate groups can help document and preserve Peace Corps history.  (.pdf 104k)

2011: Peace Corps’s 50 Anniversary - Planning Outline
Available from NPCA, a summary of plans emerging and being planned.  There is much that can be added and developed. Take a look and see where you might help or contribute more ideas for things to be done between now and then. (.pdf 56k)

Celebrating 50 Years
In 2011 Peace Corps will celebrate its 50th anniversary. To commemorate these 50 years, the PC is helping organize events and exhibitions in cities across the U.S. and in each country where PC currently serves. Learn how you can help celebrate PC’ rich history and dedicated Volunteers.

GlobalArts to Go!
GlobalArts to Go is a multicultural arts, education and entertainment organization. From Asia to Africa... we specialize in upbeat, interactive and affordable: programs, professional development, special events and products for audiences of ALL ages in any setting. Let us bring the world’s cultures into YOUR world!     http://www.globalartstogo.com/

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Recruiter’s Corner – Nov-Dec 2008


I had a great time at the social hour in September, and Michael Salazar from our office also enjoyed meeting SDPCA members at the event in October. Thank you again for your hospitality towards the invitees, applicants, and others that came. Their response was very enthusiastic. Interacting with RPCVs can strongly motivate someone to apply – or something that is often more important, have faith and patience during the long application process!

By the time you read this, Peace Corps will have hosted a booth at the annual conference of the American Public health Association, an event that also welcomed a presentation by Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen. I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to Marjory, Mona, and everyone that helped organize the last-minute dinner in Little Italy to welcome Dr. Olsen to town. All of us here in the regional office are grateful that you were able to help us organize some meaningful events for her on such short notice. High fives all around!

I still have a number of recruitment events going on throughout November, and even a few in December, so please give me a call or email if you’d like to help! I hope you are all having a nice fall and I thank you for your continued dedication to supporting our mission!

--Saludos, Jacob Hall, Regional Recruiter, Nicaragua, ’00-‘02, Regional Recruiter, SD County jhall@peacecorps.gov 310-356-1114 

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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!

Lindsay Dawn Campbell, Lesthoso, 2006-08
• Dan McCormack, Vanuatu, 1997-99
• Ruth Weiss, Ukraine, 2005-08
• Elizabeth Baldwin, Bulgaria, 2006-08
• Sharon Zeiden, Lesotho, 2005-07 and Ethiopia, 2007-08
• Chris Spurny, Uganda, 2006-08
• Megan Havstad, Senegal, 2006-208
• Edward Cornelious Thompson, Ukraine, 2006-08 & Philippines, 1983-85

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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:

Liz Brown

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck, Lisa Eckl

Contributors this issue are:
Marjory Clyne , Allison West, PCV, Jacob Hall, Jill Dumbauld, Mae Hsu, Lisa Eckl, Carl Seponnen, Joshua Partlow (Wash. Post), Don Beck, Sen. Chris Dodd, RPCV, Erica Burman, NPCA


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