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March - April 2011 — Volume 24, Number 1

P O Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196-0565

Index: click on your choice...
March-April International Peace Days

from NPCA: 50th Anniversary & Sept Conference
from PC: 50th Anniversary Activities Across the Country

How PC Influenced my Life

6th World Challenge Competition
SD Non-Profit Builds School from Trash, Guatemala
Zambikes, Inexpensive Bamboo Bikes, Zambia
Tonner ISF Grant Award: Library Project, Dominican Repblic
In Memorium: R.Sargent Shriver

Energy from Dirt

SDPCA at MLK Jr Parade
SD River Cleanup Working on PC Third Goal
Pres Message: Off to a Good Sart Jan-Feb Board Minutes
Potpourri New Members
Newsletter Credits

SDPCA P.O.Box Working Properly Now
Mail that was received in December and January and first part of February was returned to the senders because the payment for the PO box was not received by the post office. The PO Box is now functional and is the same as perviously. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: SDPCA email addresses here are not clickable, to prevent
roaming spam-bots from reading them. Sorry for the inconvenience

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International Peace Days:
Mar and Apr 2011
Great site for Peace-full things: 
Check it out!
Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.

Energy Day -
Women's Day -
Earth Day -
End Racism Day -
Water Day -

Tell The Truth Day -
Reconciliation Day -
World Health Day -
Hope Day -
Creativity Day -
Earth Day -

* Date Changes

March 1
March 8
March 20
March 21
March 22

April 2
April 2
April 7
April 7
April 21
April 22*

each year

March 8 -- Women's Day

Even though they make up half the population, women and girls have endured discrimination in most societies for thousands of years. In the past, women were treated as property of their husbands or fathers - they couldn't own land, they couldn't vote or go to school, and were subject to beatings and abuse and could do nothing about it. Over the last hundred years, much progress has been made to gain equal rights for women around the world, but many still live without the rights to which all people are entitled.

The United Nations Charter was a major milestone for women's rights because it was the first international agreement to affirm the equality between men and women. Since then, the UN has been an important advocate for the rights of women. The UN adopted an international bill of rights for women in 1979 and sponsored four global women's conferences. The Millennium Development Goals, which all nations agreed to at the UN in 2000, sets tangible goals for nations to achieve by 2015, several of which deal directly with empowering women.

International Women's Day on March 8 and Women's Equality Day, on August 26 (commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote), are important annual rallying points to help eliminate discrimination and build support for the rights of women everywhere.

Women will not simply be mainstreamed into the polluted stream. Women are changing the stream, making it clean and green and safe for all -- every gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, age, and ability.
-- Bella Abzug

“How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.”
-- Maya Angelou

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
--Joan Baez

April 22 -- Earth Day

When is Earth Day? Actually, there are 3 Earth Days - 3 dates that are dedicated to helping raise awareness about the health and well being of the land, skies and water of our planet Earth. The original Earth Day is celebrated on the Spring Equinox each year (In 2006 it falls on March 20). April 22 is the date that most people know as Earth Day. Both of these Earth Days were first celebrated in 1970. In 1972, the United Nations designated June 5 as World Environment Day to commemorate the opening of the Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm that year, which ultimately led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the main UN body devoted to protecting our environment.

There are many different ecological issues to raise awareness about, on Earth Day and all year long - global climate change, protecting wildlife habitat, preventing pollution and cleaning up polluted air, water and land, conserving our natural resources, and many other issues … What's your ecological passion?

Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has a role to play in preserving them. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it.
~ Kofi Annan

We are committed with our lives to building a different model and a different future for humanity, the Earth, and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative to economic globalization and we will not rest until we see it realized.
-- Maude Barlow

Quotes, Pictures and Descriptions from

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from NPCA

NPCA's Summer Activties in Washington, DC

June 30-July 11, 2011: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. will feature the Peace Corps, with more than a million people expected to attend. More information will be available at http://www.folklife.si.edu

Are YOU Planning to Attend the Conference?

Connect with others planning to attend from San Diego Area. Make plans, hotel reservations, etc. Contact Marjory Clyne to connect with others going: 858-576-9909.

NPCA Conference Schedule/Info:

Register: https://peacecorpconnect.wufoo.com/forms/peace-corps-50th-september-npca-events/

Planning your visit: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/peace-corps-50th-anniversary/#visit

  • September 22-25, 2011: NPCA's major 50th Anniversary celebration will take place in Washington, D.C. The four-day series of events recognizes September 22, 1961 as the date Congress approved legislation formally authorizing the Peace Corps.
  • Thursday, September 22: Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill with an orientation on Wednesday evening.
  • Friday, September 23: RPCVs and others will participate in a Service Day at Washington, D.C. area charities. Many of the 140 NPCA member groups will gather for receptions, country updates, embassy visits, and get-togethers throughout the weekend. Peace Corps staff will have a reunion Friday evening. A central calendar and hospitality suite will be set up to facilitate sharing of information.
  • Saturday, September 24: NPCA Board of Directors meeting and a forum on development issues are scheduled. The forum audience will select the first Global Community Grant Project. A 50th Anniversary Gala will be held in the evening.
  • Sunday, September 25: A morning ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery followed by a wreath laying at President Kennedy's gravesite, a march across the Memorial Bridge with the Country of Service flags, and a closing ceremony on the National Mall.

Stay tuned for updates, join the activities, and plan your own!
Natalie Hall (Thailand 67-69) is the NPCA's 50th Anniversary Coordinator. She and her husband Mike, whom she met during training, are in the Peace Corps application process awaiting placement.

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from PC

Peace Corp's
50th Website

For more information, please visit Peace Corps's 50th website at http://peacecorps.gov/50
Additionally, a 50th Anniversary Events Calendar is hosted at http://peacecorps50.org. It is managed jointly by the Peace Corps and the NPCA, with a comprehensive list of other events happening around the country – maybe near your friemds!

PC Events Across the Country

Check these events and tell your friends across the country! More details on these events can be found at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=about.fiftieth

  • March 1, 2011-- Worldwide launch of inaugural "Peace Corps Month"
  • March 2–4, 2011-- Director Williams and Chris Matthews in 50th Anniversary events at UCLA, include a panel and a film screening.
  • March 5, 2011-- Kennedy Service Awards 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 -- A panel discussion, The Early Years of the Peace Corps, at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • March 24–26, 2011 -- Director Williams will speak at the "Peace Corps and Africa, Honoring 50 Years" conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program.
  • March 27, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and RPCVs of Wisconsin will host an event, at Madison, Wis.
  • April 2011 -- Congressional Community Event in Washington D.C.
  • April 3, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and the Columbia River Peace Corps Association will host an event, in Portland, Ore.
  • April 30, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and The North Carolina Peace Corps Association will host an event, in Raleigh, N.C.
  • May 15, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and a local RPCV group will host an event, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
  • May 18, 2011 -- Lillian Carter Awards Ceremony will recognize an outstanding senior RPCV at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.
  • June 10, 2011 -- Director Williams will deliver UCLA's commencement speech, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • June 11, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and the SDPCA will host an event, at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.
  • June 30–July 11, 2011 -- Peace Corps will be a featured program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
  • July 7, 2011 -- Peace Corps, the NPCA, and New Mexico Peace Corps Association will host an event, at The Railyard, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Summer 2011 -- Peace Corps will honor the departure of the first group of Volunteers to Ghana and Tanganyika (later called Tanzania) and authorization of the Peace Corps in September 1961.
  • September 23, 2011 -- United States Institute of Peace panel discussion, Washington, D.C.

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Note: This is an article that my student, Ira wrote about how Peace Corps has influenced her life. She is interested in journalism, so I thought getting something published in an English newsletter would be pretty special. – Courtney Baltiyskyy, Ukraine (2007-09)

How PC Influenced my Life

By Iryna Nadyukova, Community Action Leader and 11th Form Student, Volodymyr-Volynskiy, Ukraine

Courtney and Paul pointed to the places where they came from on a big U.S. map hanging on the wall. We were sitting in a little cozy kitchen and talking. That was just the beginning of my amazing first-hand discoveries about the U.S. First, meeting Americans seemed like a wonderful chance to improve my English, but later I realized that I gained a lot more than that. English club with Peace Corps volunteers grew into one of the highlights of my life at that time. Courtney Taylor and Paul became great friends of mine. They supported me immensely during the time of my FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) testing and a long six months of waiting for the result. I learned so much about America, while teaching about Ukraine. One day I invited Courtney to come to the art school. While we were listening to the music of my favorite Ukrainian band "Okean Elzy", I was teaching her to paint Ukrainian Easter eggs; at the same time she was telling me about schools in America. That was just one of the numerous moments of our cultural exchange. We met at English club every week, discussing both Ukraine and America, exchanging movies, music and books, and just having a great time. My English and knowledge about U.S. were improving rapidly, while I also really enjoyed the company of Courtney and Paul. It was a very positive experience, which had an amazing impact on me. I think that was one of the factors that helped me to become a FLEX finalist and spend a school year in America.

My FLEX year flew by very fast, and before I knew it, I was back in Ukraine. This is when I got to go to Camp CACTUS (Community Action Ukrainian Style), organized by Peace Corps volunteers and FLEX alumni. I met friendly Peace Corps volunteers, had a chance to attend awesome classes, such as Project Development, Positive Thinking, African Culture, Journalism, Spanish, Theater and also enjoyed great social events, made new friends, and received so many positive unforgettable impressions! In ten days though, everyone was going home and Camp CACTUS was over, but actually it was just the beginning of something new and bigger. For me CACTUS was a wonderful source of inspiration, new ideas, knowledge and power to implement it all back home.

My friend and I together with Peace Corps volunteers that work in our town, Travis Tucker and Aidan Renaghan, started developing our community project as soon as we got back to Volodymyr-Volynsky from CACTUS. HIV/AIDS is one of the tremendous challenges Ukraine is facing today: 42 people become infected with HIV and 7 die of AIDS daily; if the situation does not change, in ten years half of the population will be HIV-infected.

So, we decided to make a change in our community by bringing in our contribution to the solution of the problem: we created "VIVA"(Volodymyr-Volynsky HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiative). Our goals were to increase awareness and inform the youth of Volodymyr-Volynsky about HIV/AIDS and to change attitudes towards HIV/AIDS-positive people through conducting presentations for high school and college students.

After receiving a grant from Camp CACTUS, talking to school principles, printing booklets and other preparations, we showed the first presentation.

The idea of sharing knowledge directly from student to student worked out perfectly. Step by step we conducted 23 presentations with about a thousand students in all of them combined. General awareness has been raised by 35%, ranging up to 81% for some questions. We hope our project was a little step towards improvement of the situation with fast spread of HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.

I keep on communicating and working with Peace Corps volunteers. I am trying to make a difference in my community, and I know that I can always count on their help and support. I am currently working on a number of new projects, and my friend, Peace Corps volunteer Betsy Ott helps me greatly.

Overall, I think Peace Corps has already made and is still making a big difference in my life, giving me invaluable experiences. I am happy and grateful to have such a chance.

I am looking forward to creating new projects, gaining new experiences and impressions with Peace Corps volunteers in the future.

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6th World Challenge Competition

Note: Marjory Clyne submitted an article (below) about a project in Guatemala. A letter to the Union-Tribune on Dec. 23 told of another San Diegan's project in Zambia, pointing out that both projects were among the twelve finalists in the 6th annual World Challenge Competition for "sustainable enterprises that are putting something back into their communities" A project from The Philippines won the competition with an inexpensive water ram-pump. See all projects at:


How many cities can claim to have had a hand in not just one, but two projects of world-wide recognition – makes one proud to be living in San Diego. Check them out below and next page! -ed.

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San Diego Nonprofit Earns Global Kudos for School Built From Trash

By Lily Leung, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 6 a.m.

Courtesy of Long Way Home http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/dec/05/san-diego-nonprofit-earns-global-kudos-school-buil/

Glass bottles that might have polluted ravines are instead embedded in window vaults as glittering adornments of a future vocational school in San Juan Comalapa — a town of 30,000 in rural Guatemala.

(right) San Diego-based nonprofit Long Way Home is building a vocational school in rural Guatemala out of garbage, mainly tires and bottles. They won third place and a $10,000 prize in the BBC / Newsweek World Challenge.

Used car tires that could've been burned for disposal are packed with dirt, layered like bricks and stand as the structure's earthquake-proof walls.

Garbage now serves a purpose in the poor, predominantly Mayan area — the vision of leaders with San Diego-based nonprofit group Long Way Home (see logo and URL below).

Volunteers have been turning trash, mainly tires and bottles, into a school that will provide the people of San Juan Comalapa training in sustainable construction. The hope is to cut unemployment and homelessness in the community, which doesn't have a waste management system.

"I wanted to do something with a dual purpose: creating jobs while saving the environment," Long Way Home founder Matt Paneitz said.

The project won third place and a $10,000 prize in the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge, announced Saturday. The contest recognizes grassroots efforts to better communities. Long Way Home's project was among 800 nominations from 70 countries. (See a video by the BBC on Long Way Home's site (below,left.)

Paneitz hopes the exposure from the vote-based competition will encourage people worldwide to duplicate the inexpensive, yet durable type of construction.

He began his work in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2003. During his service, he created activities for at-risk children.

After his service, he sold his belongings, including his beloved 1973 Chevy Caprice convertible, to help Guatemalans full-time. The organization is headquartered in San Diego and managed by Danny Paz.

During the group's short history, volunteers have built a park to give San Juan Comalapa children a place to go after school.
After that project, Paneitz set his mind on a larger goal: dealing with the lack of trash pickup.

That's when he settled on the idea of using reused materials to build a vocational school.

Paneitz learned more about sustainable building through books by New Mexico-based design firm Earthship Biotecture. The company has been building with materials such as bottles and tires for four decades.

Most of Long Way Home's construction involves a grueling process called "packing tires." The tires are laid horizontally, packed with dirt and pounded by sledgehammers.

"No amount of time at the gym prepares you for this type of work," said Paz, who lives in Guatemala a couple months out of the year.

The tires are then stacked like standard brickwork to create walls. Though inexpensive, the process takes a long time. It takes four weeks to create one wall, said Ericka Temple, the project's architect.

Workers finish the walls with a layer of mud, stucco and paint.

"It's a really economical building," Temple said. "It uses free and existing materials: reused tires and earth."

Juan Bautista Chex Colo, a resident of San Juan Comalapa, has been volunteering his time to compact tires and is intrigued by the organization's goal in bringing green building to his neighborhood.

"I wanted to learn techniques," he said. "I didn't want to keep building with block. I like building with bottles and other garbage."

Long Way Home's school, set to open in a year, will house about 300 elementary, middle and vocational school students.
–Lily Leung: (619)293-1719; lily.leung@uniontrib.com;
Twitter @LilyShumLeung

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Zambikes, Innovative and Inexpensive Bikes Designed to Be Built and Used in Africa

By Susan Merritt, December 30, 2010 http://blog.designinnovationinstitute.org/

As a design professor at San Diego State University, I interact with young adults all the time, so was particularly inspired by the vision of Dustin McBride and Vaughn Spethmann, two young men from Rancho Peñasquitos, California, who founded Zambikes to build strong bikes for the rugged Zambian terrain.

McBride and Spethmann recently teamed up with American bicycle designer Craig Calfee of Bamboosero and are also producing bicycles made of bamboo. Their process exemplifies qualities of good design: identifying a critical concern, listening and being sensitive to the needs of the community, and responding with an effective solution.

I first read about Zambikes in The San Diego Union-Tribune in a letter to the editor from Diane Spethmann of Rancho Peñasquitos. Her letter was published in the "Community Dialog" section of the Thursday, December 23, 2010, issue in response to an article published on December 5, 2010: "Project putting garbage to work wins prize."

The article, as Spethmann stated in her letter "rightfully highlighted Long Way Home for winning the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge, which recognizes grass-roots efforts to better communities.

Long Way Home developed an effective way to use unwanted tires to build much-needed schools. The story," she continues, "missed an opportunity to mention that one of the 12 finalists was Zambikes, founded and run by two San Diego County men, Dustin McBride and Vaughn Spethmann of Ranch Peñasquitos. In the three years they have lived in Zambia, McBride and Spethmann have trained and employed 30 Zambians to manufacture and distribute bicycles, bicycle-drawn cargo carts and 'zambulances,' and are now making bike frames out of locally grown bamboo. Using microfinance loans, their bicycle products empower entrepreneurs to start businesses, and the bicycle-drawn zambulance enables people in remote areas to receive medical attention, thereby saving lives."

According to The World Challenge website, 2010 was "the sixth year of The World Challenge Competition and our 12 finalists again raise the bar for sustainable enterprises that are putting something back into their communities. They are all boosting livelihoods and improving living standards without wrecking the environment."

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Tonner Int'l Support Fund (ISF) Grant Award

Community Library Project, $500
Awarded: Fall 2010
PCV: Justin Hitchcock, Dominican Republic

This agricultural community located in Tubagua, in the mountains of the Puerto Plata region of The Dominican Republic, is in dire need of educational resources to help enhance the quality of education within the public school system. Currently, the majority of the students read and write at levels far below acceptable standards for their age. One of the main causes for the lack of development in reading and writing skills is the absence of necessary resources such as books, magazines, newspapers, computer resources and other reference materials. All class and homework assignments currently come from the class textbook. Students currently have no opportunity to take a personal interest in reading because there are no reading materials available. Class assignments generally consist of unchallenging and monotonous tasks such as copying paragraphs straight from the textbook. These conditions considerably reduce the student's chances of graduating high school, leaving many students with no employment options other than working hard labor on the farms.

Project proposal:
The library project will be headed by the library committee, which consists of the director and teachers of the school, myself, and several other members of the community who are also parents of attending students. There are several goals we wish to obtain upon the completion of the project. Primarily, we wish to improve the quality of the education the students are receiving by implementing more reading and writing assignments into the class curriculum. This will hopefully help the students immensely in the development of reading speed and comprehension, composition creativity, spelling abilities, and a general appreciation and interest in reading and writing. Students will be given the opportunity to browse through the wide selection of books in order to expand their minds and fuel their curiosities. With the realization of these goals, students will ultimately be given a brighter future once they reach the age to begin attending the university.

The school is already equipped with an empty room, which we will be using for the library. Furthermore, the school representatives are prepared to donate all of the required tables and chairs, while contributing their time when necessary. To complete the library, we simply need to collect books, computers, and other resources, construct shelves, repair and paint the room, create a catalog system, and revise the class curriculums. Once we receive the materials, we intend to complete the project within three months. With your support, the children of this community will be given a brighter future for generations to come.
–Taken from grant form by Courtney Baltayskyy (Ukraine 2007-09)

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In Memorium...

R. Sargent "Sarge" Shriver: 1915 - 2011

On Monday, January 18, the Peace Corps community was deeply saddened to learn that Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, Jr., beloved founder of the PC, had passed away. He was 95 years old.

"The Peace Corps has not only lost its founder, but our country has lost one of its most inspiring leaders of the twentieth century," said Kevin Quigley, President of the NPCA. "Long before the term was invented, Sargent Shriver was a social entrepreneur, creating innovative institutions and programs that made a real difference in the lives of tens of millions at home and abroad." 

To honor Sarge's endless commitment to service, the National Peace Corps Association is urging all members of the Peace Corps community and other supporters to "Serve for Sarge!"  Let March 1st (Peace Corps Day) and this 50th Anniversary year remind you to take action individually or collectively in remembrance of this beloved American hero.  By posting a photo and telling of your activities, we'll create a record of volunteerism in action.

–adapted from NPCA E-News Jan 2011, V8, Issue 1

Detailed biography, links to articles, other resources:

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Energy from Dirt

by Liz Karagianis
Aviva Presser Aiden led a team that designed a battery powered by dirt — or more precisely, by microbes living in dirt — which can power lights, radios, and charge cell phones for months at a time.

The fuel cell costs less than $20, and is designed for use in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 500 million people live without power. Popular Mechanics magazine recently named the invention "one of the 10 most brilliant innovations of 2009."

"We're just a few kids doing cool stuff and trying to help people, but we wondered: is this really important, creative, or novel? This recognition was great validation that we're doing something good."

Presser, a grad student studying math and biology, is among the six-member team, Lebônê Solutions, which took two years to develop the invention. This year, it was among the winners of MIT's IDEAS Competition, an entrepreneurship contest that encourages young people to change the world.

The idea began in an engineering class, where the team first thought they would develop an artistic light display for the 2012 Olympics. "But we didn't have real passion for it," says Presser Aiden. "Since some of us had lived in Africa in areas with no power, we decided to try to find a solution."

Scientists have known for years that a trickle of electricity could be harvested from the metabolic reactions of bacteria living in soil, but the team chose to develop it. Their group included students from five different disciplines. "Definitely the cross-disciplinary nature of the team enabled us to get where we are. I know how to solder two wires together, but I didn't know how to market the product," says Presser Aiden, who predicts that by this summer 1,000 households will be using the battery.

People in sub-Saharan Africa use candles to light their homes, she says. "Since they use fire, they constantly breathe in smoke and other toxins. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of death of children under five.

"It's incredible that children will now have clean light to study by, and one day they can become doctors, lawyers, nurses, firefighters, or whatever they want to be. It makes me happy to know that there is a kid now in Africa doing his homework over an LED light, instead of a candle — and because I helped him, maybe he is not going to die. It's an amazing feeling."


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SDPCA at MLK Jr Parade

We gathered near Petco Park -- flags from various countries and local dress as well.We spent at least 3 hours waiting to march and then the march was about half an hour marching the parade route. But we had a great time as only RPCVs always do!
(Photo from Courtney Baltiyskyy)

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San Diego River Clean-Up

On January 22, 6 RPCVs joined a large group of over 100 people for the I Love a Clean San Diego/San Diego River Park Foundation's San Diego River Cleanup. Volunteers of all ages helped beautify the river area by removing unsightly litter from its banks and prevented debris from reaching our ocean. (Photos from Celeste Coleman)
–Celeste Coleman, Ukraine (2005-07), Community Action Chair

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Working on PC Third Goal

Here are three groups gathering and sharing Peace Corps experiences to document our work and what we learned our volunteer experience. This gives us another tool to better share what we bring back to the USA. Add YOUR voice to them!

(1) Peace Corps Journals

Worlds largest archive of peace Corps stories. Located on Facebook, sort of a "blog of blogs"-- to share our experiences if you are Prospective PCVs, Current PCVs, Returned PCVs or just PCV friends.

Connection to more than 10,000 blogs of first-hand information about PCV related stories, experiences, etc. Check it out!

(2) ThirdGoal.org

ThirdGoal.org is a non-profit community project celebrating the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps in 2011 by collecting the best stories, photos, and videos of the 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers who have served since 1961. We hope to accomplish:

Step 1. The Website.
To crowdsource the best content from the first 50 years of Peace Corps history. Winners of weekly contests will be awarded prizes courtesy of our sponsors and highlighted on our website, podcasts, and promoted on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 2. The 50th Anniversary Book.
To publish a coffee-table book in 2011 featuring content collected on the website from RPCVs.

Step 3. The Donation.
To donate all proceeds from the book to the Peace Corps Office of Private Sector Initiatives, to fund PC partnership grants.

Step 4. The Tour.
To work with RPCV groups across the country to host a traveling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps and promoting the sale of the book.

Step 5. The Handoff.
To donate all content collected to the Peace Corps Digital Library at: http://collection.peacecorps.gov/.
NOTE: ThirdGoal.org is a non-profit project fully independent of and unaffiliated with the Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association.

(3) Peace Corps Wiki

Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive, and up-to-date source of information about serving as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone is welcome to edit, add, or change any entry, or start a new one.

So far there are a total of 7,355 pages written and edited by PCVs, RPCVs and Friends of Peace Corps from around the world.

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We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. -- Will Rogers

President's Message

Off to a Good Start

2011 (and the 50th Anniversary year of the Peace Corps) is off to a good start for the San Diego Peace Corps Association. In January, we marched in the Martin Luther King, Jr parade, helped clean up the San Diego River, and enjoyed a special North County get-together. I hope you will participate in one or more of our social and community services events throughout the year.

At any SDPCA event, you can be sure to meet a new RPCV and hear a new story. That is what makes our group dynamic and very special. I was pleased to meet some new members at the MLK, Jr parade. I think we had more fun standing in the parking lot sharing stories while we waited to march than we did in the actual parade. This year, we have several special 50th Anniversary events. You may, like me, know several RPCVs in San Diego who are not members of SDPCA and have not attended any of our events. I encourage you to reach out and invite them to some of our events, particularly the June event at Balboa Park. This is our year to reach out and connect with San Diego RPCVs

I look forward to seeing you!
–Sharon Kennedy, SDPCA President, Thailand (1989-91)

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Board Minutes

Board Meeting, January 2011

Present: Kris Slanina , Gregg Pancoast, Sarah Fuhrmann, Sharon Kennedy, Celeste Coleman, Carl Sepponen, Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy Guests: Jill Dumbauld, Marjory Clyne
Not Present: President

Renewed NPCA membership.
25 new members came out of the Christmas event.
Newsletter deadline is February 15th.

Vice President Report/50th Planning: MLKJr Day Parade 1/15- SPDCA must be checked in by 9:15am. Attendees are counted at 25-30 people. Marjory will bring a camera. 6/11 Exposition—PC Director to open up the cottages at Balboa Park. 4/17- EarthFair. $159 for booth. Display at SDSU in the library to celebrate PC's 50th anniversary. Items should represent the country of service and experiences as a PCV. All donated items should have contact information so Jill may return them to the owners (name, contact, year and country of service).  The display will be effective the month of March at SDSU. An inauguration party for the display is proposed.

Financial Report: April through December is represented on the PRL. The balance sheet is at $11,847.92. A stack of memberships were received through mail and the CALVERT account will remain to gain interest.

ISF Global Awards: Proposal made that funds go into PC partnership grants rather than via Western Union directly to the in country counterpart. Justin Hitchcock library in Dominican Republic is proposed for an ISF award of $500—grant will be reviewed. The Paraguay dental chair project was denied by the board.

Social Report: 1/26 - Wine and Cheese social hour in Oceanside at 6pm. 2/24- Happy hour at Urban Solace in North Park at 5:30pm. Annual Mtg: A venue needs to be chosen. A proposed date is 5/14, 5pm-8pm.

Fundraising Report: Entertainment-books made $288. Silent auction will be expanded to replace E-books sales. The silent auction raised $700-$800 in December 2010. Calendars are still selling.

Community Action: Sat, 1/22—San Diego River cleanup: 8 people have responded so far.

New Business: A Peace Corps banner is needed. A proposal is made for a budget of $200. Padres Game: Padres contacted the SPDCA and asked if we would like to go to a baseball game this season. We would be given tickets at a discount, and sell them for a little more for a profit to us. Padres will provide us with flyers. Peace Resource Center—SPDCA will participate in their grand opening 3/11-13 at Church of the Brethren.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 2/8 at 6:30pm

Board Meeting, February 2011
Attendance: Kris Slanina, Gregg Pancoast, Sarah Fuhrmann, Celeste Coleman,  Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy. Not Present: Carl Sepponen, Sharon Kennedy.

President: No report.

Vice President Report/50th Planning Committee
No report for the 50th. The next 50th planning meeting is on February 15th.

Financial: The balance sheet is $11,688.78. We have spent $1,300 of the CASS fund. We have earned $745.00 from individual memberships, most of which has come in recently.

Communications: No report.
Speaker's Bureau: No report.

ISF Global Awards: PC partnership grant is seemingly unattainable. Now Justin (PCV Dominican Republic) is asking for the funds for the library to be sent via Western Union. Justin's project approved.

SCHAP (Sustainable Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid and Planning)– Currently have 40 volunteers in the field (mostly in Africa). Courtney has nominated SCHAP for a global award. SCHAP needs to have non-profit status in order to receive a global award.

Social Report: Annual Mtg. May 14th – 11am-3pm Santa Clara Recreation Center is reserved on Mission Blvd for the SDPCA annual meeting. The rental fee was $43.50 for the room. Padres event—Sarah proposes that the event be in July or August. This will be a fundraising event for the SDPCA. We need to decide on how many tickets we will buy and then re-sell for the fundraiser. SDSU Panel.March 16th—SDSU is recognizing PC at the alumni center. More details will be reported later. House Party. March 1st—Party to be held Will Moore's house to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the speech JFK gave about the Peace Corps. Happy Hour. February 24th- SDPCA happy hour scheduled at Urban Solace in North Park.

Fundraising Report: No report.

Community Action: SD River Cleanup. Sat. Jan 22nd – 6 representatives for SDPCA were present. February 7th--Celeste spoke to a Girl Scout troop about her PC experience. Coming Up: March 19th--CPR Saturday was proposed as a possible community action event.   

New Business: Courtney proposed the idea of giving out an award to an exceptional RPCV for the 50th.

Next Meeting, Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30pm

-Ashley Smallwood, Secretary, Ecuador (2004-07)

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"The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Christ, some of the other great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it."
– Eleanor Roosevelt

World Bank reports "dangerous" rises in prices of food
Some 44 million people worldwide have become impoverished since June as a result of rising prices for basic foods, according to the World Bank. Robert Zoellick, the bank's president, said the "dangerous levels" of food costs have been aggravating factors in the unrest throughout the Middle East, while some observers believe revolts could spread to Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Related articles:



The Christian Science Monitor
–UNWire, February 16, 2011

Food for Thought from Brenda Terry-Hahn...
The First Casualty of All Wars is Truth

We all love the struggle between good (us) and evil (them). It is, in its own way, deeply satisfying. Think of the plots of the James Bond films, the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films. In such movies, it's quite obvious who the bad guys are. Caricatures of evil, they are ruthless, maniacal, without remorse, and so they must be stopped by any means necessary. We are meant to feel that it is okay—even, to tell the truth, pleasurable—to see violence inflicted upon them. Because the villains like to hurt people, it's okay to hurt them. Because they like to kill people, it's okay to kill them. After all, they are evil and evil must be destroyed.

What is this kind of story really teaching us? That if you want to hurt someone, it is important to demonize them first—in other words, fit them into your good-versus-evil story. That is why the first casualty of all wars is truth.
from: David R. Loy, "The Nonduality of Good and Evil"

The Friends Center Opening!
SDPCA helped in the construction various weekends over several years. Now the building is done! Congratulations!

Weekend of March 11th-13th, 2011
-- Opening Celebration!
--Friday evening: music performance
--Saturday all day: Festival Fun- tours, entertainment and more
--Sunday 10 am: Interfaith Blessing

Where: 3850 Westgate Place, SD.
--Details on website: http://www.prcsd.org/
Hosted by Peace Resource Center (PRC) of San Diego, San Diego Friends Meeting (Quakers), SD First Church of the Bretheren, and American Friends Service Committee.

Call the PRC: 619-263-9301 for more information.

Smallpox vaccine pioneer says polio could be eradicated
Polio could become the second human illness to be eradicated, according to Donald Henderson, who helped lead the successful efforts to vanquish smallpox. The commitment of billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, he said, could tip the scale in the fight against the disease, incidents of which have been reduced by 99% since 1985, yet today persist in countries where the virus had once been eliminated.

Related Article:
The New York Times

–UNWire, February 16, 2011

Presentation to Junior Girl Scouts

On February 8, I visited a Junior Girl Scout troop meeting at the request of the troop leader. The girls were working on earning a badge in international studies, and I shared with them a lot of information about Ukraine, where I served from 2005-2007.

We compared styles of living, schools, churches, modes of transportation, and daily life in the USA and Ukraine. The girls got to examine traditional wooden crafts and costumes, and learned how to write their names in the Ukrainian alphabet. They were very eager participants, and our session lasted half an hour longer than planned!
–Celeste Coleman, Ukraine (2005-07)

Peace Corps Timeline

A timeline has been assembled and can be viewed in several formats. View it as a timeline (pictured below), photo-flip-book, scrolling list (photo & text) or world map of clickable locations.

Check it out:

On Peace Corps website (Click on "ViewPC Timeline"):

On "Dipity":

–Dana Rasch,RPCV Ecuador (2008-10)

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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!

Shermaine Abad, Jordan, 2008-10
Robert "Bobby" Comehl, Micronesia
Cathryn Albin, Cameroon, 2008-10
Lara Gamble, Paraguay, 2007-09
Samwel Kiarie, Kenya, 2010
Kimberly Matranga, Saint Kitts and Nevis, 2008-10
Dana Rasch, Ecuador, 2009-10
Joseph Rollinson, Afghanistan, 1965-67
Eric Seastedt, Bolivia, 1991-92

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Newsletter Credits

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

Contributions (articles, letters, photos, etc.) welcomed! Easiest if already a text or Word file on disk, Mac or PC -- BUT typed copy is fine too. Photos: 300-600 dpi best, Mac or PC formats welcomed.

Please send to NewsEditor, SDPCA, P.O.Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196 or email to:

Don Beck, Interim Editor

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck

Contributors this issue are:
Celeste Coleman, Iryna Nadyukova, Marjory Clyne, Sarah Fuhrmann,
Carl Seponnen, Sharon Kennedy, Liz Karagianis, Lily Leung, Courtney Baltayskyy, Ashley Smallwood, Susan Merritt, Brenda Terry-Hahn


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