November – December 2010 — Volume 23, Number 6
P O Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196-0565
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International Peace Days:
Nov and Dec 2010
Great site for Peace-full things:
Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.
November 16 --
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.
"Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population."
-- Albert Einstein
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." -- 14th Dalai Lama
December 5 --
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.
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
-- Muhammad Ali
"If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever."
Quotes, Pictures and Descriptions from
Silent Auction Pre-Bidding
The Silent Auction is planned to be bigger and better than in the past! Bring items (or services) to add to the auction!
There will also be many items donated from local organizations, ethnic restaurants, and Balboa Park museums.
If you can't attend the Holiday Celebration, you can still bid – Let your friends know too!
Get your bids in prior to December 5 – Unless specified, minimum bid should be 20% of the value – on Silent Auction items listed here:
- San Diego Museum of Art – 4 guest passes with $48 value (not valid for special events).
- Birch Aquarium – 4 complimentary passes with $48 value.
- Walter Anderson Nursery - $20 Gift Certificate
(either Poway or Point Loma stores)
- Museum of Man – one year Explorer Membership ($50 value)
- Legoland – Free Child Ticket with purchase of one Adult Ticket
- San Diego Natural History Museum – 4 Visitor Passes ($48 value)
- San Diego Botanic Garden (Encinitas) - 2 Free Guest Tickets ($24 value)
- Zoological Society of San Diego - 2 free passes (approx. value $70)
- San Diego Zoo (with guided bus tour, express bus and Skyfari Aerial Tram)
- Wild Animal Park (includes Journey into Africa and Conservation Carousel)
- Museum of Photographic Arts - 4 guest passes (value $24)
- San Diego Air & Space Museum - 4 guest passes - (value $60),
Valid only for regular museum exhibits, not special exhibitions
- SeaWorld - 4 admission tickets - (value $276)
(not valid 12-27 to 12-30, 7-16-11, 7-23, 7-30, 8-6, and 8-13)
- Scene It? Sports - Powered by ESPN, The DVD Game (NEW – Sealed) – (Value $35)
- San Diego Automotive Museum – 4 guest passes (no expiration date) – (Value $32)
- USS Midway Museum – Family pack of 4 Guest Passes (not valid for special events outside normal museum hours) – (Value $72)
- Mingei International Museum (#1) – 4 guest passes, no expiration date (Value $28)
- Mingei International Museum (#2) – 4 guest passes, no expiration date (Value $28)
- Guatemalan home cooked dinner for 4, delivered to home, prepared by RPCV Sarah Fuhrmann. (Drinks are not included.) Minimum bid is $40.
- Two new Ecuadorian Wall Hangings (approx. 15" wide x 24" long) colors are brown, black, yellow and white. (Estimated value $25) Minimum bid is $8 for the pair.
- Purse from Cochabamba, Bolivia (approx. 9" x 14") zipper top, and has as an integral strap. Color is brown and white. (Estimated value $20) Minimum bid is $5.
- Landmark Theatres (Hilcrest, Ken , or La Jolla Village Cinemas) – 4 VIP Guest Passes, expire 12-31-2011 (Value $42) Minimum bid is $18.
Just send in your bid, with:
item, your name, address and phone:
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone at 858-218-4675 (cell) or
by mail: Fundraising Chair, SDPCA
P. O. Box 26565,
San Diego, CA 92196-0565
If yours is the winning bid, Carl will call you soon after the event and arrange for the payment and delivery of your winning item(s).
–Carl Sapponen, Fundraising Chair, email@example.com
50th Anniversary Dates
October 13-14, 2010
– The University of Michigan held a national symposium on the future of international service. See UofM website: http://peacecorps.umich.edu/
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – We're helping you to host House "Birthday" Parties around the world. This is a great activity for groups or individuals to host. Stay tuned to register your party and receive a special tool kit.
June 30- July 11 – PC will be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – Advocacy Day orientation: Make plans to begin your 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC.
You must pre-register by contacting Jonathan Pearson
Washington, DC, Celebration
September 22-25, 2011
Hospitality Suite (location tba): Use the NPCA hospitality suite to post information, find information or just take a breather from the exciting weekend of events.
Group Activities: Member group events (receptions, lunches, dinners,and get togethers) are ongoing throughout the entire weekend with time allotted for member activites as well. Find out general information on Member Group activities by contacting Anne Baker
Thursday, September 22, 2011 – Advocacy Day: 50 years from passing the Peace Corps Act, join NPCA advocates for: congressional meetings, a rally, and end-of-day reception. Pre-registration required for this event by contacting Jonathan Pearson.
Friday, September 23, 2011 – Service Project: Join NPCA in a day of service. We'd love to consider your favorite charity as a possible service site. The final list of service locations will be provided the week before the event. Pre-registration required for this DC event by contacting Emily Bello.
Can't join us in DC? Show Peace Corps pride by participating in a service activity in your local or global community. We will total the service hours for the day and inform our entire community.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 – NPCA's Board of Director's Meeting, Annual General Meeting and Group Leaders Forum. These will be followed by an interactive forum. A select group of projects will be presented to the audience for review, questions and vote to determine the most deserving project. Award and grant presentation will follow. More information on proposal process March 1st.
Break-out sessions to discuss challenges of PC in the next 50 years.
A formal Gala ends the day to celebrate 50 years of the Peace Corps. Information will be announced soon. General and sponsorship information available by contacting Khalisa Jacobs.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
– The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC will host a program at the Arlington Cemetery Amphitheater honoring John F. Kennedy and Peace Corps. The wreath-laying ceremony will be followed by a processional past JFK's gravesite and a march with Country of Service flags to the National Mall, followed by a forward-looking closing ceremony.
For more information on the Arlington Cemetary program contact the RPCVs of Washington.
NPCA will announce details of the closing ceremony at a later date.
Source: more info
50th Anniversary Dates
In 2011, the Peace Corps will commemorate 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Join us in supporting the agency's mission and legacy of service by honoring our past, demonstrating our effectiveness, and inspiring the next generation of Volunteers through education and engagement. Look for:
Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Fund
Peace Corps Digital Library
Events and Activities
Below is a list of PC-supported commemorative efforts. This calendar will be updated continually as events are confirmed.
- November 4–5, 2010 – Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will speak at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
- November 18–21, 2010 – Director Williams will visit the West Coast with stops in Seattle, Wash., and Santa Barbara, Calif.
- January 3, 2011 – Worldwide launch of the agency's 50th Anniversary Year Commemoration efforts including release of a commemorative poster created exclusively by a prominent American artist.
- January 17, 2011 – Agencywide participation in the National Day of Service.
- February 27, 2011 – Participation in commemorative efforts on the West Coast including University of California, Berkeley.
- March 1, 2011 – Worldwide launch of inaugural "Peace Corps Month"
- March 2–4, 2011 – Participation in UCLA's campus commemorative efforts, Los Angeles, Calif.
- March 5, 2011 – Kennedy Service Awards Ceremony and Commemoration at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mass.
- March 15, 2011 – Diplomatic community event and lifetime achievement awards ceremony, Washington, D.C.
- March 17, 2011 – National Archives and Records Administration will host a panel discussion to mark the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary, Washington, D.C.
- March 24, 2011 – Director Williams will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- April 2011 – Congressional Community Event in Washington D.C.
- May 18, 2011 – Lillian Carter Awards Ceremony will recognize an outstanding senior return PCV at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.
- June 10, 2011 – Director Williams will Deliver UCLA's commencement speech, Los Angeles, Calif.
- June 30–July 11, 2011 – Peace Corps will be a featured program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
- Summer 2011 – Peace Corps will honor the departure of the first group of Volunteers to Ghana and Tanganyika (later called Tanzania) and passage of the historic congressional authorization of the Peace Corps in September 1961.
- September 23, 2011 – United States Institute of Peace panel discussion, Washington, D.C.
- Throughout 2011 – In-country events commemorating the efforts of Volunteers, staff, and citizens from host countries across the globe.
Source: More info
Bringing the Experience Home
The Third Goal:
Yes, No and Maybe
Reconsidering "the roads not taken"
by Harris Wofford
Remember the Peace Corps' Third Goal and give it renewed emphasis? Yes! Separate it out for special Congressional appropriations? Maybe.
These activities need to receive far greater funding, whether from the private sector or the government, but beware of government restraints on what can be done and said using government money—the piper may try to control the tune.
Forget the Third Goal's integral part in the founding formula—an inseparable three-in-one proposition that set the Peace Corps on the path to greatness? No.
Here's a little history.
In the "President's Task Force" that Sargent Shriver assembled right after he was given the assignment during President Kennedy's inaugural parade, we explored ways to present the Peace Corps to the President and Congress. After day-and-night probing, proposing and arguing, we agreed on what we called the "three propositions":
- It can contribute to the development of critical countries and regions.
- It can promote international cooperation and goodwill toward this country.
- It can also contribute to the education of America and to more intelligent American participation in the world.
Shriver's report to the President was delivered on February 28, 1961, about a month after we started. It outlined the proposed Peace Corps, stated those three aims, and urged "its immediate establishment" by executive order, pending authorization by Congress as a permanent agency. Many of the questions about it, the report said, "will only be finally answered in action, by trial and error."
On March lst, the President issued the executive order, sent a message to Congress urging legislation to establish a Peace Corps in line with Shriver's recommendations, and announced Shriver's appointment as Director. In his message to Congress, Kennedy concluded with a further aim: "Although this is an American Peace Corps, the problem of world development is not just an American problem. Let us hope that other nations will mobilize the spirit and energies and skill of their people in some form of Peace Corps—making our own effort only one step in a major international effort to increase the welfare of all men and improve understanding among all nations." Some members of the task force and many others later urged Shriver and the President to choose a single purpose or at least settle for a main one. Shriver firmly disagreed. He found the competing purposes creative, and thought they should always be there in tension. Promoting Peace was the overarching purpose, but the process of promoting it was necessarily complex, so the Peace Corps should learn to live with the complexity.
In terms of sequence, the work to be done by Peace Corps Volunteers to contribute to the development of host countries came first. As Volunteers did the work and lived in the communities where they served, the people in those communities would get a better understanding of the American people, thus promoting international cooperation and goodwill toward our country. And last, as an ever larger number of Volunteers returned home to America, their stories and their work in American communities would "contribute to the education of America and to more intelligent American participation in the world." I don't recall anyone thinking that the three goals would become budgeting divisions with special appropriations. But although the third goal was the last, it was not at all the least. As Shriver and the President presented it, "The Peace Corps is in fact a great venture in the education of Americans and of people in the newly developing nations."
In an approach that has been largely forgotten, Shriver's report recommended another way the Peace Corps would contribute directly to the education of America, not just through the work of Volunteers. "Wherever feasible", the report urged, the overseas projects should be administered through contracts or grants with colleges and universities, and other educational institutions. Such involvement would help American education expand its horizon—its research and its curriculum—to the world. "The Peace Corps will help them with this transformation," Shriver's report stated. "As a high education venture, the Peace Corps' proper carriers are our traditional institutions of higher education. It is time for American universities to become truly world universities." We also had in mind the large resources of those universities and colleges, including students, faculties and alumni. We hoped that by deep and direct involvement with the Peace Corps, those constituencies could be mobilized in support of the Corps' development and expansion.
The report added two other ways for the work of Peace Corps Volunteers to be administered overseas: through grants to non-government agencies with successful experience in international service such as CARE, the Experiment in International Living, and the American Friends Service Committee; and through United Nations agencies engaged in international education and development and able to utilize the Volunteers.
Then, the Shriver report added, there would be "some projects of a size or complexity or novelty or urgency which cannot be carried out, or carried out well, through any of the above channels." These would need to be administered by the Peace Corps staff.
Given the tendency of government bureaucracies, we should have guessed that direct Peace Corps staff administration overseas, as well as at home, would become dominant. Notre Dame was the only university to seek direct administration, which its great president Father Hesburgh accomplished through the Indiana Association of Colleges and Universities, and for some years that was the main form of Peace Corps operation in Chile. And CARE may have been the only private agency to directly administer an overseas project.
As Director, Shriver did not press the idea of such diverse ways of overseas administration because he believed the Peace Corps, as in a parachute jump, had just one jump— one launching which had to succeed in those first years. So he felt he had to be responsible for the whole operation. In Barack Obama's message to Peace Corps Volunteers in the fall 2008 WorldView, he called for "a bigger, better, bolder" 21st century Peace Corps. In planning for such a Corps, in its 50th year, I hope the outstanding new leaders of the Peace Corps, and the President and Congress, will consider those roads not taken in the 1960s.
Direct administration of many of the overseas projects by experienced universities and colleges or by nongovernment organizations engaged in overseas service with proven track records may be the best and fastest way to achieve Obama's aim of doubling the Peace Corps and moving toward Kennedy's hope for a Corps of 100,000 volunteers a year.
When Kennedy lifted our sights to that expansive vision he had just sent forth a large Peace Corps contingent from the White House lawn. He turned to several of us helping that day and said this Peace Corps will be really serious when in each decade there are a million former Volunteers with first-hand experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Then, he said, for the first time America will have a large constituency for a good foreign policy. He may have said "for an intelligent foreign policy." But his intent was clear: it was the powerful potential of Goal Three, writ large. By 1962, the success of the first Volunteers and anticipation of a bright future had caused Kennedy to joke that when he asked Shriver to undertake the Peace Corps assignment, he thought it might turn out to be a lemon. But Sarge had turned it into lemonade.
Now as we approach the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary, we can be proud of what some 200,000 Volunteers and thousands of staff have done, overseas and back home. But none of the three goals have been achieved on the scale intended.
Perhaps most disappointing is what the Third Goal might have meant to "the education of America and to more intelligent American participation in the world" if our numbers had been ten times larger. When Shriver and others of us in at the beginning left in 1966, there were 16,000 Volunteers overseas or in training. As the Vietnam War drained resources to support the War Corps, the Peace Corps dwindled to about 5,000 a year. After calls for expansion by Presidents Carter, Clinton and George Bush, the numbers have been notched up to about 8,000. Doubling would only bring us back to about where we were on the 5th anniversary, when planning was underway to grow to 50,000.
I think I know what Sargent Shriver would say to all of us supporting the Peace Corps, and to the President and Congress. We turned his name into a very active verb: To "Shriverize" meant to do it faster and bolder, bigger and better. The watchwords today would be: To do our duty to make the bigger and better Peace Corps of our dreams come true, we must be more inventive—and be fast and bold.
Harris Wofford (Special Assistant to President Kennedy 1961-62, Peace Corps Representative to Africa and director for Ethiopia/Eritrea 1962-64; Associate Peace Corps Director 1964-66) served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, 1995-2001 and as president of Bryn Mawr College. His books include Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties. He is a member of the National Peace Corps Association's Advisory Council.
–from NPCA WorldView, Summer 2010 v32 n2, pp 10-13. This issue's theme is the Third Goal, with a number of articles of what the RPCVs are doing. Check it out. If you are not a member of NPCA to get it in printed form, download it here.
Tonner Int'l Support Fund (ISF) Grant Award
Reposteria La Esperanza, $532
PCV Simon Breen, Nicaragua
Los Robles is a rural community with a population of 5,000 tucked away in the north mountainous zone of Nicaragua. Much of the community's economy depends on the coffee harvest (from December until March). When coffee isn't in season the villagers do what they can to make ends meet and bide their time until the next coffee harvest: catch fish from the local lake to sell along the freeway; grow less profitable crops such as cabbage, bananas, bell peppers, and onions; many head south to Costa Rica to find work as hired hands. Although Los Robles has a plethora of tiny general stores that offer basic items--sugar, flour, oil, cola, sundries, etcetera--the community lacks any other kinds of businesses..
The Peace Corps volunteer works in the agriculture sector and his primary assignment is to develop patio management techniques that improve food security and generate income. As will be made evident, this proposal fits perfectly within the volunteer's primary assignment.
Due to the lack of businesses in the area, the volunteer has organized a group of six local women who aspire to open the community's first, and only bakery. This group originally began simply as a baking class. However, after a year of making delicious cakes, pastries, breads, pizzas, and other baked goods made from locally available resources for personal consumption, the group decided to apply what they had learned to turn a profit and offer the community these delectable treats.
This project is of value because it generates income while utilizing locally available fruits and vegetables. For example: carrot cake, banana bread, lemon cake, mango pie, pumpkin pie, zucchini bread, mandarin bread, and coffee cake are all made respectively from carrots, bananas, lemons, mangoes, squash, zucchinis, mandarins, and coffee grown within Los Robles. Much of these fruits and vegetables come from members of the baking group's own back yards. Furthermore, fruits such as mangoes, lemons, and mandarins are found in such great abundance around the community that they simply go unused and rot on the vine. This project will take these local resources and add value to them, thereby generating income and promoting better food security. And the villagers of Los Robles won't be the only ones to benefit from having access to these relatively nutritious baked goods. Because the entrance to Los Robles connects to a busy highway--which is where the bakery will be located--the business will cater to locals and passersby alike.
[Photos and more about this grant next issue. -ed]
--from Courtney Baltayskyy, Ukraine (2007-09)
Peace Corps Prose
by John Coyne (Ethiopia 62-64)
When I first came back from the Peace Corps and was living and working (and writing) in New York, I invited a young book editor out for dinner and she said, "I'll go to dinner with you, John, but I won't read your Peace Corps novel." Well, we have been married 30 plus years now and she still hasn't read my Peace Corps novel!
It has always been difficult to find anyone to read a book about the Peace Corps.
The Peace Corps is not war. We do not fly into the face of danger. If a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) writer is lucky, or perhaps unlucky, he or she will get caught up in a coup in their host country and have something exciting to write home about as happened to Tony D'Souza (Cote d'Ivoire 00-02; Madagascar 02-03). He turned the Cote d'Ivoire coup into his first novel Whiteman. Or Jan Worth (Tonga 76-78) who used the murder of a PCV in Tonga as part of the plot for her first novel, Night Blind.
Most of us lived ordinary lives in the developing world, and it is only the gifted writer, like George Packer (Toga 80-82) in Village in Waiting or Ellen Urbani (Guatemala 91-93) in her memoir When I was Elena who can take the ordinary Peace Corps tour and turn it into memorable prose. When I first started to track "Peace Corps writers," in 1987, and began to publish the newsletter Peace Corps Writers & Readers with Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 62-64), I thought the publishing world had had enough Peace Corps first-person-experiences and no RPCV would ever publish another account. I am continually surprised that year after year very important and well-written memories of Peace Corps life are published, find an audience, and are critically well received. Just this last year we had When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter's Tale by Matthew Davis, (Mongolia 00-02). Memories of the Volunteer experience are still finding publishers nearly 50 years after it all began.
Our Peace Corps footprint in the publishing world is small. We have managed to place only a few of our books on any literary shelf. While approximately 200 RPCVs have published books about their tours, the majority of them have been self-published, print-on-demand publications that have found limited readership.
Nevertheless, it is the 210,000 former Volunteers and staff in the Peace Corps and the teaching and writing that they do, who will educate others about the developing world. It is through books written by RPCVs that the majority of Americans will learn of the societies and cultures that are distant and distinct from whom we are in America. It is the hope and purpose of all Peace Corps writers that our prose and poetry will fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps and educate Americans about the worlds where we have spent two years of our lives.
Today, many Volunteers have email, Internet blogs, cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, and what have you, that keep them linked back home in ways we never thought about in the days when it took a week or two for a thin aerogram to reach the U.S. from any Peace Corps country in the world. But while aerograms and emails are great for assuring Mom you are still alive, they do not move the needle when it comes to 1) creating literature; 2) enlightening Americans of new cultures and modes of being in the Third World.
More than one PCV has in the 50 years of our history packed an Olivetti Lettera 32, or today an iPad, into carry-on luggage in the hopes and plans of banging out a memoir over the next two years. And some have accomplished that.
We kept journals—at least for a while. Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 75-76) kept his for nearly a week, he remembers, and then stopped writing, but he still came home to write Easy in the Islands, a collection of stories published in 1986 that won the National Book Award for Fiction. Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 91-93) was afraid when he left Latin America that he would forget what his life was like as a PCV, but when he sat down to write his award-winning collection of stories, The River of Lost Voices, his days in Guatemala, he said, came rushing back to him.
What must be remembered is that what we do overseas as PCVs is only our first draft in life, as well as the literature we write. It takes time and distance and much reflection to carve with insight and perception that intense two-year experience into meaningful prose. If a PCV wants to write about the Peace Corps the way to do it is not by tweeting. The PCV has to live the life of a Volunteer, be immersed in this new world, its language and culture. The PCV needs to cut the electric cords that keep one forever tied to the world back home. And then with time, and distance from the host country, the Peace Corps writer will have more to say than just the obvious.
And the Peace Corps writer will also find that he or she is part of a larger Peace Corps community of writers, and that with the Internet and emails, and PeaceCorpsWorldwide.org, RPCV writers are able to share and shape their experience with others. They will find that while they might have served in different regions of the world, and in different decades, the core experience of being an American in a foreign land pulls them together like a secret handshake. And in time, I believe, we will produce a genre of literature that will be known to everyone who studies fine writing, great stories, and insights into other cultures, "Peace Corps Prose."
John Coyne (Ethiopia 62-64) is the editor of five books of Peace Corps writing: To Touch the World; (1995); At Home in the World (1996); The Great Adventure (1997), all published by the Peace Corps, and Going Up Country: Travel Essays by Peace Corps Writers (Scribner's 1994); Living on the Edge: Fiction by Peace Corps Writers (Curbstone Press, 1999)
–from NPCA's WorldView, v23 n10, pp 13-14
Books from PC Writers –
Great Gifts Anytime !
Here are some books published this year by Volunteers and Staff who have served in Peace Corps. Prices are retail -- Amazon, etc may be lower. Check them out! For book reviews and more books you can go to:
– from: Peace Corps Worldwide, PC Writers group
||No Hurry in Africa: Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya (PC memoir)
by Theresa Munanga (Kenya 2004-07)
iUniverse $15.95, $9.99 e-book
168 pages - August 2010
||Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder
by Charles "Chic" F. Dambach (Colombia 67–69)
Apprentice House $18.95
314 pages - November 2010
||A Voter's Handbook: Effective Solutions to America's Problems
by James P. Gray (Costa Rica 1966–68)
The Forum Press $17.95
200 pages - May 2010
||You Are Invited To Serve: A Black American PC Volunteer Serves in Swaziland
by Joseph Green III (Swaziland 1987-89;
PC Staff: Jamaica APCD 1991–94)
365 pages - April 2010
||Being First: An Informal History of the Early Peace Corps
by Robert Klein (Ghana 1961-1963)
From interviews he made across the country!
Wheatmark, Inc. $19.95
162 pages - September 2010
||Transformative Years: The Peace Corps, 1961–1967 (text and photos)
by Michael McCone (PC Staff /Washington, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Malaysia, Sarawak 1962–67)
Blurb.com $25.00 (from author, 422 Missouri St, San Francisco CA 94107)
40 pages - 2010
by William V. Timmons (Niger 1965–67)
501 pages - May 2010
||Name Tagging (Photography)
by Martha Cooper (Thailand 1963–65)
Mark Batty Publisher $12.95
96 pages - July 2010
||Diary Of The Ouagadougou Doc:
A Peace Corps Experience
by Milt Kogan, M.D. Staff (Upper Volta & Niger) (member SDPCA!)
160 pages -- May 2010
||Under the Same Moon
by Kelli M. Donley (Cameroon 2000)
Donley Books $16.00
356 pages - May 2010
||The Henderson Memories (PC novel)
by Doug Ingold (Brazil 1964-66)
Wolfenden Publishing $14.95 Kindle Edition, $9.75
379 pages - June 2010
||Lyndon B. Johnson
[The American Presidents Series]
by Charles Peters (PC/Staff 1961-65)
Times Books $23.00
224 pages - June 2010
||Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (China 1996-98)
Harper Perinnial $15.99
528 pages - May 2007
||Never Push An Elephant
by William Timmons (Niger 1965-67)
CreateSpace (BookSurge) $ 15.95
310 pages - November 2009
||Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996–97)
Random House/Pantheon $22.95
201 pages - June 2010
||Iracema's Footprint (PC novel)
by Bernard F. Blanche (Brazil 1965–67)
Eloquest Books $21.95
460 pages - April 2010
New and Selected Short Poems
by Philip Dacey (Nigeria 1964–66)
Rain Mountain Press $10.00
73 pages - July 2010
||The Trojan Pony
by William Timmons (Niger 1965-67)
CreateSpace (BookSurge) $14.95
223 pages - November 2009
||The Man in the Black and White Dress
by William V. Timmons (Niger 1965-67)
CreateSpace (BookSurge) $15.99
338 pages - September 2009
||River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (China 1996-98)
Harper Perennial $14.99
432 pages - April 2006
||When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter's Tale
by Matthew Davis (Mongolia 2000-02)
St Martin's Press $26.99 Kindle Edition too.
301 pages (hardcover) - February 2010
||Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories
by Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Bulgaria 94–96)
Southern Methodist University press, $22.50
208 pages – May 2010
by Peter Blair (Thailand 1975–78)
Autumn House Press – $14.95
65 pages – January 2010
||The Alchemist's Kitchen
by Susan Rich (Niger 1984–86)
White Pine Press $16.00
96 pages – May 2010
SDPCA's 9th Successful Water Station at 2010 SD Rock'n'Roll Marathon
Pacific Wave apologizes for the lateness of publishing this article – it was misplaced but has surfaced finally for inclusion in this issue some five months later. Thanks, Jennifer! -ed.
For the 9th consecutive year, SDPCA helped hydrate runners at a water station during the San Diego 2010 Rock N' Roll Marathon & ½ on June 6th. Fifteen hard-working SDPCA members and friends joined together with USC alumni and a La Jolla high school club to cheer on and distribute water to over 15,000 race participants. SDPCA's water station co-captains Jennifer Arrowsmith (Samoa 1998-2000) and Jason Carmichael (Mali 2001-03, Cameroon 2003-04) arrived at 5:15 am to unload supplies from the UPS truck.
When SDPCA volunteers arrived at 6:00 am, our group sprung into action, setting up tables and pouring waters and mixing Cytomax in time for the arrival of the first racer at around 7:50am. SDPCA member Ryan Stansfield (Samoa 1998-2000) ran through our station at 8:30 am and then returned post-race to volunteer with SDPCA.
Our group worked tirelessly thru 1:30 pm, raking up cups, breaking down tables, and emptying garbage bins. I believe we are in the running for the cleanest water station award! Many changes occurred with the race this year: a brand new race course and the addition of a half marathon and a marathon relay. SDPCA was stationed at a new spot - right next to beautiful Mission Bay at mile 19.6, just north of the Hilton Hotel on East Mission Bay Dr. in Mission Bay Park. Being so close to the Bay helped us stay cool despite the hot, humid weather.
We also handed out GU gels, which was a first for our station, and spent a good part of the afternoon picking up the discarded empty GU packets and accompanying opener tabs.
Thank you to all our volunteers for being so enthusiastic, particularly so early in the day! Without your positive attitudes and dedication, SDPCA's station wouldn't be a success. We couldn't make this event happen without all your hard work so a big THANK YOU!
Congrats to all SDPCA members who ran either the half or full marathon – hopefully our station provided you with the motivation needed to keep going. Hope to see you all again next year at our 10th annual water station!
--Jennifer Arrowsmith, Samoa 1998-2000
PC Online Response to Peace Corps Report
The report from Peace Corps came out in June – available on the SDPCA site at:
Below are comments regarding PC Third Goal – helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans – posted on PC Online. Some suggestions for what we can do locally were included in our last issue, September-October 2010, p 5.
What are your thoughts about the Third Goal and the following observations of the PC Report? Please share ways you see yourself and SDPCA fulfilling the goal –ed.
Peace Corps Online, July 20, 2010
Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams made a commitment during his July 2009 confirmation hearing to undertake a comprehensive assessment of Peace Corps' operations. In December 2009, Congress included a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, requiring the Director of the Peace Corps to submit a comprehensive assessment report. Subsequently, Williams assembled a team that worked independently over the past six months to evaluate and make recommendations to strengthen and reform Peace Corps' operations.
The final report was submitted to Congress on June 14, 2010. The assessment team asked the question, "If the Peace Corps were created today, what should it look like?" The answer: "The Peace Corps will be a leader, in partnership with others, in the global effort to further human progress and foster understanding and respect among people."
The Peace Corps has always neglected the third goal, allocating less than 1% of their resources to it, so when Aaron Williams promised Senator Dodd to provide a "Comprehensive Assessment Report" with ideas to strengthen and reform the agency's operations we expected to see some forceful recommendations to address this weakness. In 2008, Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter, the only RPCV who has served as both the agency's Director and Chairman of the Board of the NPCA, proposed a Peace Corps Foundation that would be a private charitable non-profit corporation dedicated to the third goal whose purpose would be to increase public awareness within the United States of PCV experiences, and the diversity of the countries in which they serve. The foundation would be totally financed with private funds from corporations, foundations, and private individuals and would not be a federal agency or receive funding from the US government.
Unfortunately, the "Comprehensive Assessment Team" continued the Peace Corps' traditional disregard for the third goal by neglecting to consider the establishment of the "Peace Corps Foundation" even though the legislation to establish a Peace Corps Foundation was already drafted in bill form two years ago ready to be introduced to Congress  and the Peace Corps has already received approval from the OMB, Treasury, IRS, the State Department to go ahead with the foundation.
This critical omission by members of the "Comprehensive AssessmentTeam" to not even mention the Peace Corps Foundation, may leave some with the overall impression that their report is perfunctory in nature, written only to satisfy Senator Dodd's request  and not to seriously address the issues at hand. Although the comprehensive report does recommend that the agency establish a third goal strategy, we believe that another team needs to be appointed to do a comprehensive study on the third goal and methods to achieve it - and that the team needs to seriously address the establishment of a Peace Corps Foundation.
If members of the Obama administration have good reasons why they do not support the establishment of a Peace Corps Foundation whose charter would be to support third goal activities, then the Peace Corps should explain these reasons to the RPCV community and Friends of the Peace Corps. This issue is too important to be swept under the table.
–Source: Peace Corps Online, July 20, 2010 at:
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
-- Elizabeth Andrew
50th Anniversary Events
Our first event is coming up on November 18th at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at USD. This is a panel discussion titled The Peace Corps: 50 Years of Changing Lives. Dr. Dee Aker, (Colombia, 1963-65), Deputy Director of the Institute, will moderate a panel of five current staff members of USD who are all RPCVs.
Most of you have received a postcard outlining our plans for all events through next year. But this one, you must RSVP, since space is limited.
Please do that NOW, by emailing Amber Lung, firstname.lastname@example.org or SDPCA.email@example.com This is important for two reasons. One, it is the first event, and we want it to be successful. We need to support this effort by USD and the Peace & Justice Institute as a example to the universities in San Diego and the city as a whole of the importance of Peace Corps in the world today. Second, the San Diego Peace Corps Association is co-sponsoring the event and we need our members there.
I'd like to see 50-100 of our members in attendance; wouldn't that be exciting! I ask you also to contact an RPCV who is not a member and invite them to come with you. This is just the start of an exciting year of remembrance and pride in our service as Peace Corps volunteers.
Here is some just breaking news: Aaron Williams, the Director of Peace Corps will be invited to attend our Celebration in Balboa Park next June. (He is scheduled to give the commencement address at UCLA the day before.)
Let the celebration begin!
– Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa 1972-74
ps: January – time for renewals: form on page 11.
Board Meeting, September 14, 2010
Present: Kristen Slanina, Gregg Pancoast, Courtney Baltayskyy, Sarah Fuhrmann, Eva Rodriguez, Sharon Kennedy. Not Present: Carl Seponnen, Ashley Smallwood, Celeste Coleman
President: Board approved $300 request from Amber Lung, LA PC Recruiter, to assist in the 11/18, 50th Anniversary event at USD. $110 approved for permit to use cottages at Balboa Park on 4/12/11 for 50th Anniv.
Vice President: Board approved $100 for the MLK Jr Parade, 1/15/11.
Communications: Board approved sending this newsletter to current and former members via email.
ISF Global Awards: SDPCA has received a grant of $547 to PCV Simon Green in Nicaragua, a bakery.
Social: Hosteling International asks if we want to join in their Around the World in 80 minutes. 9/25 - Mission Bay Picnic set for 11am. 10/5 - Happy Hour, Station Tavern. Gordon Biersh Happy Hour – 30 attended.
Fundraising: Entertainment Books to 8 Postal Annex stores. Calendars are selling, but slowly.
Board Meeting, October 21, 2010
Present: Gregg Pancoast, Courtney Baltayskyy, Sarah Fuhrmann, Sharon Kennedy, Celeste Colman, Carl Seponnen, Ashley Smallwood. Not Present: Kris Slanina. Guest: Marjory Clyne
Announcements: Eva has resigned from the board. We need to find a replacement. Don Beck will be interim newsletter-editor until one is found.
Financial: We have been spending for events over $600: Mission Bay, Happy Hour at Gordon Bierch, 50th Anniversary expenses. Balance Sheet: $12,193.36
Communications: SDPCA emails are working; our addresses will no longer have "05" in them. All renewals due January 1: an evite will go out in November as a renewal reminder. Funds are needed for SPDCA signs: between $10-$100.
ISF Global Awards: Projects: (1) Simon Breen PCV El Salvador, $450 received–Hammock Workshop, (2) Haida Brookman, PCV Honduras. Community Garden project – approved, awaiting funding. Carl and Sarah offered to read grants.
50th Anniversary: LA Recruiter Amber Lung sent post cards to 1,200 area RPCVs from a PC database and as well to SDPCA members. USD Panel Event 11/18: To date 30 RSVPs. SDPCA members should plan to attend. Well advertised including KPBS. We can recruit members there. Cottages in Balboa Park, 6/11/11: Director of PC may attend. January–membership drive proposed.
Social: Holiday Party, 12/5– Location to be set by Oct. 29: Humane Society, Mission Trails or Zen Center. Pizza Party, 10/23 – Fundraiser planned at Village Pizzeria, Coronado. Camping Trip, 11/6&7–Palomar Mountain campground. Group site for 30. Sarah proposes to invite Inland Empire PC Assoc. Station Tavern in South Park event went well, 8-10 people went.
Fundraising: Calendars are selling well. Holiday Bazaar, 12/11–Last year sales here were approximately $140. Holiday Party, 12/5 – there will be a silent auction. Carl is asking for raffle prizes from local businesses.
Community Action: Ronald McDonald House, 11/14– We should arrive at 11 am to make lunch. Motion for $150 budget for: pancakes, eggs and sausage. Holiday Party 12/5– Arranging a food drive. Courtney will coordinate.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, 11/9, 6:30 pm at Sharon's house.
-Ashley Smallwood, Secretary, Ecuador (2004-07)
2011 Calendar Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The 2011 International Calendar celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps Service and the countries that have hosted us.
Photos this year (below) are from the first 13 countries to host volunteers: Nigeria, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Chile, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania, Malaysia, India, Colombia, Ghana, Pakistan, and Brazil. The calendar commemorates important Peace Corps dates as well as the (un)usual celebrations and holidays.
$10.00 -- members
$12.00 -- non-members
$ 2.00 -- for mailing
Email Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org for to purchase Calendars & T-shirts.
" Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud. – Helen Dyer
We received a card regarding the death of a former SDPCA member - Marjorie "Marge" H. Schmidt. She served as a Volunteer in Liberia in 1989 and 1990 at age 64, as an Elementary English Instruction Supervisor. Her daughter wrote:
Dear Peace Corps - It is with sadness but peace that I notify you - at Mom's request - that she passed away on July 21. Serving in the Peace Corps was a highlight in her life.
-from her Daughter, Rosanne Loudenslager, North Carolina.
"Volunteer50" – UCSD
UCSD is having its 50th Anniversary as well. Chanellor Fox has challenged all alumni and students to perform 50 hours of service during the year. And they are tracking the number of hours at the Volunteer50 page: http://volunteer50.ucsd.edu/
Under the UCSD International Relations Pacific Studies is a page about Peace Corps including a map showing the 46 alumni currently in service. Mr. Lane H. Ogawa, RPCV from Philippines, has designed this and plans to include all 630 UCSD-alumni RPCVs. If you have any information, please send it to us at:
Be in Peace !
–Diana Gomez, Armenia 1999-02, UCSD Recruiter
U of M Celebrates the 50th
Well after midnight on Oct. 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy arrived at the Michigan Union after a long day of campaigning for the presidency. Speaking from the center of the stone staircase, he challenged University of Michigan students to dedicate themselves to global peace and justice by living and working in developing nations—and hundreds responded with signed petitions.
From that powerful idea and the action of the U of M students grew the Peace Corps, the signature program that has defined international volunteer service for the past fifty years.
Check the U of M website. Do you know any of the 2200 RPCVs alumni listed there?
Snowgoose Global Thanksgiving
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010
1 pm until sundown
Where: Rancho Villaseñor
1302 Stewart St, Oceanside
More Info: email: email@example.com
In 2004 SDPCA awarded its first Gobal Awareness Award to Victor Villaseñor, for his work for worldwide peace and harmony. Since 1990, he has celebrated the "Snowgoose Global Thanksgiving," first in his home in Oceanside then adding other locations each year. Now it is celebrated, as well, in many other places throughout the world
Join in at Victor's home in Oceanside, November 21 (Sunday before traditional Thanksgiving), 1 pm to sundown. 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! Find out more about Snowgoose and Victor Villaseñor at:
HBO has given the green light on the mini series based on Victor's books: Wild Steps of Heaven, Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses. Filming begins in spring 2011.
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Visit these as well, but only one visit daily is counted:
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World Clock 2010
A website that lists world-wide times (set it to your locality): but much more interesting, you can see world stats of Population, Death, Illness, Environment, Energy, US Crimes, Food and more -- running counts as well. Keep it bookmarked!
Membership Renewal Reminder!
Dear SDPCA Members,
A few years ago, SDPCA went to an annual renewal date so it would be easier for folks to remember when to renew. This is a kind reminder that SDPCA membership fees are due on January 1, 2011.
Membership is $20 and it helps keep the club functioning, covering some costs of social and community service events, printing of the newsletter, and other incidentals. Please send in your renewal at the new year–the form can be downloaded from here. If you haven't been a paying member for a while, think about becoming a member again in honor of Peace Corps 50th Anniversary.
If you have any questions, please contact me at:
– Sharon Kennedy, SDCPA Membership, Thailand 1989-91
As you are hopefully well aware, the first 50th anniversary event is just around the corner at USD!
Please RSVP with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your country and years of service.
If you have any interest in joining me at an upcoming Information Session, an event on one of San Diego's campuses, or social hour, please email me (at the address above) or phone me at 310-356- 1102. I'm hoping to have more RPCVs join me at future sessions as it helps prospective applicants get a better idea of what life in the Peace Corps is like. I'd like to give a special shout out and thanks to Mia Carlstrom for speaking at a recent USD Info Session. She inspired many!
Please let me know if you will be speaking about your service and would like Peace Corps materials, I'd be happy to send them your way! Please give 7-10 days notice in case I'm in San Diego or out of the office. As always, be in touch if there are any events in SD you think I should know about or if there is some way I can be of help!
–Amber Lung, PC LA Regional Recruiter
Contact me at: email@example.com or 310-356-1102
Welcome New Members
SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members. We've seen some of you at events already. Let us hear from you!
• Valerie M Tripicchio, Panama, 2008-10
• Sarah Fuhrmann, Guatemala, 2007-09
• Sandra and Dennis Mello, Vanuatu, 2007-09
• Mark Mason, Thailand 1994-98
• Suzanne and Jeff Ghelardi, Bolivia 1964-66
Were SDPCA members–Welcome Back!
• Carolyn Berger, South Africa 2006-09
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this issue are:
Celeste Colman, John Coyne, Marjory Clyne, Sarah Fuhrmann, Ashley Smallwood, Sharon Kennedy, Jennifer Arrowsmith, Harris Wofford, Courtney Baltayskyy, Carl Seponnen, Diana Gomez, Amber Lung