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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
July –
August 2011 — Volume 24, Number 4

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

Index: click on your choice...
July-August International Peace Days
SDPCA at Petco Park: Padres vs Giants, July 17

from SDPCA: URLs of Interest to RPCVs
from NPCA: NPCA Launches Twitter

• Making a Difference in Costa Rica
Bodhi Surf: Award Recipient

Attention Women of SDPCA
ISF Grant Award to Jessica Antonel, Library, Cameroon
ISF Grant Update from Heide Bruckner, Community Garden, Honduras
50th Anniv "Around the World Expo" 6/11 - Photos
Annual Meeting 5/14 SDPCA at R'n'R Marathon 6/6
Potpourri Pres Msg: Great Day for RPCVs
"Kate Puzey" Bill Introduced June Board Minutes
Afghanistan & PC by Kevin Quigley New Members
Fundraising Newsletter Credits

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:
July & August 2011
Great site for Peace-full things: 
Check it out!
Books, quotes, links, ideas, heroes, clubs, resources.

CoOp Day -
Population Day -
Simplicty Day -
Justice Day -
Parents Day -

Forgiveness Day -
Friendship Day -
Hiroshima Day -
Happiness Day -
Indigenous Day -
Youth Day -
Civil Rights Day -
Senior Citizens Day -
Women's Equality Day -

* Date Changes

July 2* (1st Sat)
July 11
July 12
July 17
July 24* (4th Sun)

Aug 6* (1st Sun)
Aug 6* (1st Sun)
Aug 6
Aug 8
Aug 9
Aug 12
Aug 12
Aug 21
Aug 26

each year

July 3 - CoOp Day (first Sunday in July)

For most people "CoOp" brings to mind a local health food store which is owned and run by its members. This is only one example of a cooperative. Cooperatives - community or employee owned businesses or groups - can be formed for businesses of any kind, including cooperative banks (called credit unions), insurance and health care companies, day care, agricultural distribution and housing co-ops. Cooperatives are much more popular than most people realize -- almost a third of American farmers' products are marketed through cooperatives, half of the electricity in rural areas comes from rural electric cooperatives and more than 70 million Americans use credit unions!

As mistrust of corporations grows in America, the cooperative core values of honesty, openness, democracy, social responsibility, and putting people before profits, is attracting more to consider the CoOp model. More than half a million American workers have chosen to take control of their lives and economic choices by being part of employee-owned businesses. Welch's, Sunkist, ACE Hardware and the Associated Press are just some of the many employee-owned companies.

The cooperative movement is growing throughout the world. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) was formed in 1895 - today it has more than 200 participating organizations with over 800 million members in nearly 100 countries! In 1994, the ICA and International Labor Organization (ILO) launched a global co-operative campaign against poverty, Co-operating Out Of Poverty, urging the worldwide cooperative movement to work together to fight poverty by helping the poor to form cooperatives.

CoOp Day has been celebrated on the first Saturday in July since 1927 to help promote the cooperative movement and the concept of cooperatives as an important community-building and economic model. Since 1930, October has been observed in America as National Co-Op Month to further promote the importance of cooperatives.

In an age where community involvement and partnerships with civil society are increasingly being recognized as indispensable, there is clearly a growing potential for cooperative development and renewal worldwide.
-- Kofi Annan

"Co-operative enterprises provide the organisational means whereby a significant proportion of humanity is able to take into its own hands the tasks of creating productive employment, overcoming poverty and achieving social integration."
-- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

August 6 -- No Nukes Day

On August 6, 1945 the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later another one on Nagasaki. More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed instantly and for years afterwards, from horrible burns and radiation sickness.

Fortunately, nuclear weapons have not been used again on civilians, but they continue to remain a constant threat. Thousands of nuclear weapons remain on alert, ready to be fired at a moment's notice. These bombs could go off at any time by accident or at the hands of terrorists.

Recognizing that there are enough nuclear weapons to destroy the planet, most nations signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), agreeing to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to work towards eliminating them. The NPT went into effect in 1970, but the number of nations with nukes has nearly doubled and there is still no timetable to eliminate nuclear weapons. A people's movement has grown to convince governments to rid the world of the nuclear threat. 5 regions, covering most of the Southern hemisphere and more than 250 municipalities around the world have declared themselves as Nuclear Free Zones.

Many are also concerned about the growing use of nuclear energy around the world. After over 30 years of building nuclear power plants, there is still no safe way of disposing the contaminated nuclear materials that are produced. These contaminated wastes endanger our environment and the lives of countless generations to come.

No Nukes Day, often called Hiroshima Day, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons and the dangers of nuclear energy. It's the perfect time to urge your Mayor to declare your city a Nuclear Free Zone.

"...as long as we have nuclear weapons on this earth, one could claim that no real life is actually thriving on the earth. We do not have life actualizing its fullest potential as long as there are nuclear weapons."
-- Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba

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

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.....at Petco Park
..Padres vs Giants

When: Sunday, July 17–game starts 1:05 pm

Where: PetCo Park
100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: $15.00
($5 per ticket goes to SDPCA fundraising)

Website: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sd

See our name on the scoreboard! Buy a ticket and join in!
–Contact Sharon Kennedy:

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from SDPCA

URLs of Interest to RPCVs

Facebook: Peace Corps
Facebook: NPCA
Facebook: SDPCA

Note from Sharon Kennedy: If you are a member of facebook, sign on and go to our page (above) and click on the choice that you “like it”  -- when we get 25 “like it” responses, we can get a simpler “address” such as http://www.facebook.com/sdpca  -- so   please, go for it!  And, you may want to help administer our presence on Facebook, sharing the task with those doing it now.

Twitter: Peace Corps
Twitter: NPCA
--See notes on #rpcvchat on Twitter, below

SDPCA Website
SDPCA on NPCA Connect

Peace Corps Website

NPCA Website
for NPCA activities, projects, news:
for People & Groups of connected through NPCA:

NPCA Wikipedia

Peace Corps Wiki (not affiliated with PC)
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 7,808 pages that have been written and edited by (R)PCVs and Friends of Peace Corps from around the world.
Peace Corps Online (not affiliated with PC)
The Independent News Forum serving RPCVs

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NPCA Launches
#rpcvchat on Twitter

by Erica Burman on June 9th, 2011, NPCA News

Learn More
Every Friday at 12:00 noon (EST), Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, soon-to-be-RPCVs and future RPCVs from all over the world are invited to gather on Twitter to take part in a global #rpcvchat. This new real-time forum will allow participants to connect, ask questions, and share resources, ideas and experiences as we help each other through the special challenges of returning home. If Peace Corps people are involved, expect it to be fun, invigorating and inspiring!  We invite you to give it a whirl.

What Topics Are Discussed?
We want to discuss topics that interest the RPCV community!  To get started, we’ve brainstormed a list of topics with some RPCVs and soon-to-be-RPCVs but can envision in future a mechanism to poll the Peace Corps community “twitterati.”  We’ll announce the week’s topic via Twitter a few days before the chat.

How Do I Participate?
If you’re new to Twitter and/or have never experienced a Twitter chat, please know it’s quite easy to participate.

  • Enter #rpcvchat into the subject search box (http://search.twitter.com) and then save that search. You’ll see a stream of all tweets relating to #rpcvchat. It’s that simple. You can also try http://www.TweetChat.com (enter in #rpcvchat to participate) or manage your Tweets through http://www.TweetDeck.com.
  • When you’re ready to jump in and say something about the topic being discussed and/or respond to a tweet or post, just include the “hashtag” #rpcvchat at the beginning or end of your tweet. If you’re using TweetChat, you don’t have to worry about adding the #rpcvchat; it does it for you.

Basic Format
The chat will go roughly as follows:  5 min: intros-hellos; 50 min: topic chat;  5 min: pitch your blog, cause, project etc.

Do You Have Any Tips?

  • Be considerate of others during the chat. You are free to disagree, but be respectful. Show politeness and courtesy for all opinions.
  • It may take a while to get used to the stream of #rpcvchat tweets. Be patient with yourself and others. It can be fast-paced at times. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it!
  • Feel free to ask questions and/or share real-world experiences.
  • If you want to direct a reply to someone, simply start off your tweet with that person’s @username (Example: @pcorpsconnect …..).
  • Simultaneously, it’s a good idea to search for your own @username a few times throughout the chat to ensure you catch any responses directed to you. It’s easy to do this: save a search for your @username.
  • If you agree with what someone posts, feel free to “Retweet” (RT) it. (Example: RT …..)
  • Be sure your Twitter profile settings are on public not private; otherwise, you won’t show up in the chat feed.

If you have questions, topic suggestions and/or would like to serve as a resource/expert on a potential #rpcvchat subject, please email

They will do their best to respond as quickly as possible.

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[Note: This article was suggested to Pacific Waves by Rudy Sovinee who knew Travis Bays in San Diego before he left for PC training. In service Travis worked in community development and micro-enterprise. After he completed an extended tour he got married and stayed in Costa Rica and it is at this stage that he started the surf school.  Thanks Rudy!–ed.]

Surfing and Sustainability

Making a Difference in Costa Rica

from  NPCA - PCConnect.org on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Although Peace Corps Volunteers who finish their 27 months of service are called Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, some never “return.”  They stay in their host countries and often find creative ways to continue to make a difference.  For instance, Travis Bays, founder of the Bodhi Surf School in Costa Rica.  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Megan Coatley tells us more.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Travis Bays is no stranger to the sun, sand and surf. He started surfing at the age of 14 and immediately fell in love with all the excitement, exhaustion and peace that the ocean had to offer.  Bays attended college at the University of San Diego and was a member of the USD Surf Team. Much too ambitious to fall into the ‘California surf bum’ stereotype, he also joined the National Scholastic Surfing Association, surfed for Don Laughlin Sea Brothers Surf Boards and owned/operated Evening Glass Surf School, all while keeping up his college studies! Bays graduated from USD in 2003 with degrees in both economics and anthropology.

Shortly after graduation and an attempt at an uninspiring day job as a Credit Manager at Wells Fargo, Bays enrolled in the Peace Corps and left his home, family and surfing buddies behind to serve as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in Bahia Ballena-Uvita on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. While acclimating to a foreign land and culture could be tough for some, Bays soon found that his placement could not have been more opportune! What better locale for an energetic surf-junkie-turned-conservationist than a coastal village just footsteps outside of Costa Rica’s first  marine national park.

During his two-year Peace Corps commitment in Uvita, Bays spent his mornings catching waves in the warm, salty Pacific and his days helping local business owners develop sustainable eco-tourism practices.  As Uvita’s culture and economy were shifting to accommodate domestic and international tourism, Bays had the opportunity to working side-by-side with community members, helping tour operators take steps to minimize their impact on the nearby land and marine habitat and provide meaningful, profitable work for local people. As a micro-credit guru, Bays also initiated the development of a Community Credit Enterprise that helped finance several small business start-ups, including Bahia Aventuras.

After two years making great connections and gains in Uvita, Bays was accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer at the central offices in San Jose. Though he was pulled far from his ocean paradise, Bays credits the move with introducing him to his wife, Pilar, a Costa Rican native, certified yogi and dedicated practitioner of eco-tourism. As his contract in San Jose came to an end, Bays was offered a position managing a micro-credit project in the Osa Area of Conservation which would involve travel to the communities of Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Cuidad Cortes, Sierpe, La Palma de Puerto Jimenez and Puerto Jimenez. Bays leapt at the chance to be based in his seaside home-away-from-home and moved with Pilar back to beautiful Uvita.

After 9 months traveling to Costa Rica’s remote communities and assisting community-based organizations acquire and utilize micro-credit, Bays’ wife, Pilar, finally convinced him to take stock of his work and his true passions. Pilar realized that there was a need, within her husband and within the community, for Bays to settle down and focus his time and energy building capacity for eco-tourism in his own backyard. With much excitement, the two decided to meld their combined talents for yoga and surfing and create Bodhi Surf School in the heart of Uvita. Bays contacted one of his college surf buddies, Gibran Garcia, who was eager to join the cause as a co-owner and Bodhi Surf School opened its doors to students worldwide in August of 2010.

From its inception, Bays, Garcia and their wives have set forth to become the most environmentally responsible surf school in Costa Rica and they are committed to contributing back to the local community. To that end, Bodhi Surf School has several community development and capacity building projects in the works in Uvita and beyond.  For their efforts the received the January 2011 “Making a Difference” award from SustainableTrip.org.  As communicated by Dipika Chawla from the Communications, Education & Marketing Division at Rainforest Alliance, “Bodhi Surf School stood out for its excellent community service programs and spirit of social responsibility.”

In response to a question about how Bodhi Surf accomplished the award, Bays says, “I’m applying all the knowledge and skills acquired during my service as a community economic development Peace Corps Volunteer to the Bodhi Surf business model, it’s really that simple.”

Inspired by Bodhi Surf and Uvita, Megan is partnering with Travis to lead The Empowered Self – Yoga & Surf Retreat at the school this summer, August 13-20. Currently serving and returned Peace Corps Volunteers should inquire about a discount when they register.

Source: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2011/05/

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Bodhi Surf:
Award Recipient

We are happy to announce that Bodhi Surf School has received the January 2011 “Making a Difference” award from Sustainable Trip.org http://www.sustainabletrip.org/ – a website launched by the Rainforest Alliance that promotes sustainable tourism businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean to travelers, tour operators, and travel agencies.

Each month the editors of SustainableTrip.org select a tourism business that makes outstanding efforts in environmental conservation and contributes to the well-being of its local community. As communicated by Dipika Chawla from the Communications, Education & Marketing Division at Rainforest Alliance, “Bodhi Surf School stood out for its excellent community service programs and spirit of social responsibility.”

Throughout 2010 we have organized, participated in, and supported projects involving local youth, environmental education, technology, and sustainable development, among others. The following is a list of the projects we were involved with during 2010:

  • Grupo SURF
  • Community Recycling Program
  • GPS - GIS Workshops
  • Univ of Denver: Develop business plan for Bahias Aventuras
  • Case Western Reserve Univ - Service Learning Project
  • KETO Foundation - Best Practices for Marine Tourism

About One Project: Grupo SURF...

Grupo SURF is a community-based organization that seeks to empower local youth as agents of change. During 2010 the group, which is currently conformed of 15 sixth-grade students from the local elementary school “La For de Bahia”, was actively supported by three local businesses – La Cusinga Lodge, Bahia Aventuras, and Bodhi Surf School.

Between June and November of 2010 Grupo SURF held 17 workshops which included activities such as: community diagnostics, photography, creative writing, and surfing
More about projects & activities at Bodhi Surf site.


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Upcoming Event: October 16, 2011

Attention Women of SDPCA

Have you always wanted to do a triathlon? 

Now’s your chance. Several SDPCA board members are going to compete in the She Rox Triathlon on Sunday October 16. 

Swim .5 miles, bike 12 miles, and run 3.3 miles all at Mission Bay.  Wetsuit is not needed for the swim.

More information at http://www.sheroxtri.com  

Contact Sharon at president@sdpca.org if you are interested. We can plan some training events together and support each other on the day of the race.
–Sharon Kennedy Thailand 1989-91

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ISF Grant Update:

Community Garden Project $500
PCV Heide Bruckner, Honduras

To update you on the project RPCVs in San Diego have made a reality.

There are 15 Lenca women in the project, who are all beginning to produce fruits and vegetables in their backyards!  The project began in November, when each woman started a fruit tree stock of lemon and guyaba.  They received various trainings on intensive horticulture, soil conservation, and composting methods. 

In April, with the arrival of the rainy season, we began to make sheet mulching beds to plant vegetables like cilantro, carrots, beets, mustard greens, green beans, cucumbers, and radishes.  Each woman was responsible for all the hauling of materials, for the bed construction, and for working in 8 other participants’ gardens, so the work would be lighter and more fun!

Now we are in the stage of planting native banana species, taro root, sweet potato, and grafting our fruit trees.  The women are only getting more motivated and have started sharing the sheet mulching techniques with their neighbors.  My favorite part of the project has been how the women visit each others’ homes to work in the gardens, and thereby learn from one another about native and medicinal plants. 

While I only have a few months left, the group has already expressed interest in continuing to meet in order to check in about the fruit trees progress.

We all thank you heartedly for your support, for helping improve the health and happiness of these women in Nueva Esperanza, Honduras.

These pictures show women preparing the beds, involved in mulching workshops, preparing  productive vegetable beds.  Please let me know if I can provide any other information for you all.

Heide Bruckner, PCV Honduras (Photos from author)

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Tonner Int'l Support Fund (ISF) Grant Award

Library for St. Augustine,
a K-12 Educational Institution, $500
PCV: Jessica Antonel
Foumbot, Cameroon

In 2009 a group of volunteers, who preceded me in this region, coordinated a project called Books for Cameroon.  They requested books to be sent from an organization called Books for Africa.  The volunteers were able to bring books in and small community and school-based libraries in the west of Cameroon were formed.  The legacy of the project will not soon be forgotten.  Their efforts have begun a cycle of magic in the realm of learning and reading in this region and I am incredibly proud to say that I am a part of it.

Books for Africa donated 35,000 books, from which  35 libraries of 1,000 books were founded.    For my library here at St. Augustine in Foumbot,  the preceding volunteer created a training guide and library rules.  To receive books, a school had to build shelves to make a library in the school and to train library staff.  The school would classify the books and make sure books were available to students to borrow.  St. Augustine did so and received their books.

As a preliminary note I would like to say that the school is incredibly grateful for their books.  They have about 1,000 books and are proud of their books and the children are now using them.  St. Augustine could still use many more books. 

  • First, many of the books were not age or culturally appropriate.  Little scrutiny was given to the content of the books delivered from the United States (such as a book on how to lose weight by Dr. Phil).  
  • Second many of the books are for teachers: multiple textbooks for teachers on how to teach.  Unfortunately they address a school system quite different from the francophone system present here. Thus not only are the books not addressing the unique content requirements of the Francophone system, but as well many of the books have dozens of unnecessary copies. 
  • Finally and most importantly, 99 percent of the books are in English.  I live in a Francophone area.  The school is bilingual but that means that French speaking students are taught English throughout their education and are unable to adequately comprehend or adequately read English.

This grant proposal is a request for additional books more pertinent for the students and teachers of  St. Augustine in Foumbot.  Specifically, we are asking for textbooks and children’s literature books in French.  This will give children the opportunity to read and explore in their native language.  By instilling a culture of reading at an early age, I am hoping more young children will stay in school, learn to be critical thinkers and then pursue a higher education.  Because books are a rare commodity in Cameroon and equally in my village, financing for books is needed.

Textbooks cost between $6 and $16.  Each student has between 10 and 15 classes.  The average salary here is $60 US a month.  Most families have between 3 and 7 children.  Most families have single incomes (the men work and the women cook, gather wood, make clothes etc.).  School fees are between $60 and $150 a year.  Although it is difficult to accurately generalize, most students do not have books.  For example, I teach two English/Health classes (I teach health and the English terms for the basic health concepts).  Of the 30 students that I teach only two have textbooks. 

As I mentioned above, the area is very poor.  It is a privilege for a child to have the opportunity to attend school.  And so, most classes are taught with few or no materials.  And although I might have the money to photocopy the daily lessons, most teachers cannot afford such luxuries.  Without a text, most  of the lesson is lost:  children cannot review lessons at home and they cannot do their homework nor adequately study for exams. 

The books I am requesting in this grant are some texts and some literature books.  All will be used for classes and are currently not available.  The list in the budget compiles the primary books requested by the teachers.  Some teachers requested three copies of their books, with the intention that two copies will go to each of the two teachers that instruct the subject, and one copy will go to the library. Teachers and the administration at St. Augustine are asking for these textbooks. 

We are hoping to have a copy of a textbook as a resource for each class.  Although the booklist may exceed the monetary limitations of the grant that can be provided, we wanted to provide a complete list of the books needed that you could better understand the need.  Of course any funding to buy any amount of books, no matter how large or small, will be greatly appreciated.  Again having a copy of each textbook in the library will provide students a learning resource for their class.  With the book available in the library, each student will be better able to copy lessons, do their homework, review for exams, and prepare for class.
from Courtney Baltiyskyy, Ukraine 2005-07

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Balboa Park, June 11, 2011

50th Anniversary:
Around the World Expo

Photos by Ron Ranson, Marjory Clyne, Sarah Fuhrmann

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May 14, 2011

Annual Meeting

Great food, conversation, ideas, elections and relaxation!  Looking at the 50th Anniversary year with more events still coming.

Anyone planning to go to Washington, DC, for September events, contact Marjory Clyne at 50thanniv@sdpca.org, to connect with others attending from San Diego!

Photos: Courtney Baltiyskyy

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June 6, 2011

SDPCA at Rock'n'Roll Marathon:
9th Year at Water Station

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 ’98-’00) and Jason Carmichael (Mali ‘01-‘03, Cameroon ‘03-’04) arrived at 5:15am to unload supplies from the UPS truck.  When SDPCA volunteers arrived at 6:00am, 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 ’98-’00) ran through our station at 8:30am and then returned post-race to volunteer with SDPCA.  Our group worked tirelessly thru 1:30pm, 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 E 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

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You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. –Rosalynn Carter (1927 - )

President's Message

Great Day for RPCVs

June 11, 2011 was a great day for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in San Diego! Over 250 people attended the 50th Anniversary and Around the World Expo at Balboa Park (see photos).  After brief formal ceremonies, we watched a documentary about the Peace Corps and then went outside to enjoy live entertainment, delicious Ethiopian food, and wonderful displays about the countries where we served.  Thank you to all who helped and a special thanks to Marjory Clyne who worked tirelessly to make the day a success.

The 50th Anniversary celebrations in San Diego are not over yet.  On Saturday,  July 16th, we will partner with PCI (formerly known as Project Concern International) who is also celebrating their 50th anniversary for a joint volunteer project at the New Roots Community Farm in City Heights.  The next day, we’ll celebrate at the Padres vs. Giants game (1:05 start time). 

I’d like to extend a special welcome to our new members.  We look forward to seeing you at events this year.

–Sharon Kennedy, SDPCA President, Thailand (1989-91)

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Board Minutes

Board Meeting, June 14, 2011

Attendance: Gregg Pancoast, Kathryn Jacobson, Sharon Kennedy, Celeste Coleman, Carl Sepponen, Ashley Smallwood, Lynne Graham, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Sarah Furhmann, Not Present: Kris Slanina

Membership: No report.
President: No report.
Vice President Report/50th Planning: Not present.
Financial Report: No report.

ISF Global Awards:  Courtney proposes a more efficient way of evaluating ISF awards. Courtney will send out applications for awards the week before our SDPCA monthly meetings. All board members will be expected to read and evaluate applications before the ISF awards will be granted.

Social Report: SDPCA members will be sent out an evite invitation to buy the July 17th Padres Game tickets.

Fundraising Report: Entertainment Books are offering $20 for every book sold. Carl has asked for 50 Books. Kris, Sean and Marjory Clyne will be assisting with obtaining Silent Auction items.

Community Action: New Roots Community Farm, Saturday, July 16th. Volunteers will participate in weeding, soil preparation, seed collection, planting, composting, creek clean-up and general maintenance. Your own gloves and gardening tools are recommended. Lunch will be provided. Location: 54th Ave. and Chollas Parkway, San Diego 92105

Miscellaneous: This was mostly an organizational meeting to plan/assign SDPCA events for the 2011-12 Board’s year through May 2012. Events tentatively  calendared are:

Jul 1, 2011 - Newsletter comes out
Jul 12 - SDPCA Board Mtg, tentatively at Kris Slanina’s
Jul 16 Sat - IRC New Roots Community Farm Work Day 9am to 1pm -  Joint event with PCI and Peace Corps
Jul 17 Sun - Padres Game 1:05 pm. Tickets $15 - Sharon

Aug 9, 2011 - SDPCA Board Meeting at Sarah’s
Aug 15 - Newsletter deadline
Aug 18 - Happy Hour, Stones Brewery, 6 pm - Celeste
Aug 27 - Day at the Bay - Ventura Cove, 11am. SDPCA provides basic food - Sharon

Sep 1, 2011 - Newsletter comes out
Sep 13 - SDCPA Board meeting at Kat’s
Sep 15 - Happy Hour, Encinitas (Sharon) - Beachside Bar and Grill

Oct 1, 2011 - Bike Ride - Coronado 10 am - Courtney
Oct 11 - SDPCA Board Meeting - Location: TBA
Oct 15 - Newsletter deadline
Oct 16 - SDPCA women: women only sprint triathlon.  
Oct 20 - Happy Hour in South Park - Courtney

Nov 1, 2011 - Newsletter comes out
Nov 5 - Prepare meal, Ronald McDonald House - Celeste
Nov 8 - SDPCA Board Meeting at Courtney’s
Nov 17 - International Dinner - Sarah

Dec 4, 2011 Sun - Annual Holiday Potluck (all) & Auction (Carl, Kris, Sean, Marjory)
Dec 15 - Newsletter deadline
No December Board meeting

Jan 1, 2012 - Newsletter comes out
Jan 10 - SDPCA Board Meeting at Celeste’s
Jan 21 - River Clean up and lunch 

Feb 4, 2012 - Community Service Event at Kat’s
Feb 7 - Board Mtg at Gregg’s (NOTE: 1st Tues not 2nd)
Feb 15 - Newsletter deadline
Feb 16 - Happy Hour - Ashley

Mar 1, 2012 - Newsletter comes out
Mar 13 - SDPCA Board Meeting at Ashley’s
Mar 15 - Happy Hour - Gregg
Mar 24 - Walking Tour of Tijuana and lunch? - Sharon

Apr 10, 2012 - SDPCA Board Meeting at Carl’s
Apr 15 - Newsletter deadline
Apr 19 - Happy Hour - Kat
Apr 22 - Earth Day 

May 1, 2012 - Newsletter comes out
May 12 Sat - Annual Meeting - All
No May Board meeting

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm
– Ashley Smallwood, Secretary, Ecuador (2004-07)

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It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather that the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.  
–Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

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Legislation “Kate Puzey” Introduced

June 24–Legislation introduced yesterday afternoon in the Senate and House of Representatives is designed to provide further protections and support to PCVs subjected to violent crimes, including and especially sexual assault.  The legislation is named after Kate Puzey, a Georgia PCV who was murdered during her service in Benin.

The House legislation, H.R. 2337, would amend the PC Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training, the development of sexual assault protocol and guidelines, the establishment of victims advocates, and the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

The bill, introduced by  Ted Poe (R-TX), has thirteen original co-sponsors, including RPCV Sam Farr (D-CA), Berman (D-CA), Buerkle (R-NY), Capuano (D-MA), Connolly (D-VA), Costa (D-CA), Doggett (D-TX), Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Speier (D-CA), Tsongas (D-MA) and Wilson (D-FL)

Read this press release from Congressman Poe: 

Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). Fellow Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)  joined Senator Isakson yesterday to introduce the bill.

Check your legislator  and NPCA Advocacy for further updates.
–from NPCA Advocacy

Permanent Newsletter Editor Needed !

Coordinate the newsletter content with layout and distribution persons, published six times a year. Solicit/gather articles, draft event write-ups and proof read once layout is complete. Computer/internet access is essential to doing this task easily.
–Contact any Board Member!

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Afganistan and the Peace Corps

by Kevin Quigley,  AUAF Board, NPCA President on June 7th, 2011

There are many links that bind the Peace Corps to Afghanistan.

In the 1960s and 1970s, before the Soviet invasion that ended the program, Afghanistan was a major Peace Corps country.  More than 1,800 volunteers served there in ways that still reverberate.

To this day, Afghans still talk about the work of volunteers in teaching and helping eradicate polio as having been profoundly important.

In the last week in May, I traveled to Kabul for the first graduation of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and found many ongoing links between the Peace Corps and that country.

The current team leader at USAID, which provided the initial funding for AUAF is Chris McDermott a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) from Korea who is married to a Thai national.  The University’s new communication director is Matthew Trevithick, an RPCV from Guatemala.  Following the graduation festivities, I traveled to Herat with fellow AUAF board member, former Borneo RPCV and Shriver Award Winner, Bob Pastor.

Although it is extremely unlikely given the ongoing security challenges, the Peace Corps could make a difference in Afghanistan, especially if it found ways to encourage former volunteers with relevant professional, cultural and language skills to return there.
–from NPCA’s PeaceCorpsConnect Polyglot.

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Welcome New Members

SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members. It’s great to have you here.  Join in the activities -- we can always use more help! We’ve seen some of you at events already. Let us hear from all of you!

• Julie Galbraith, Lesotho 1987-88 
• Bill Meyers, The Gambia 2007-09 
• Lynne Panian, Tunisia 1986-89  
• Barbara Lies, Colombia 1975-79 
• Susan Bourrillion   
• Hillary Bird, Tanzania 1998-2000 
• Jeanie Rojas, Paraguay
• Crystal Sand, Guatemala 2009-11
• Allan Paloutzian, Nigeria 1964-66 
• Sarah Jacobs, Guatemala 2002-04 
• Heather Nyamangah, Kenya 2007-09  
• Teresa Brzuszkiewicz, St. Vincents West Indies 1977-79 
• Rachel Curtze, Belize 2007-09  
• Greg Szalay, Belize 2005-08 
• Sonny Low, Chile 1968-70 
• Adrian Ortega, Guatemala 2009-2011 
• Chris Radomski, Nominee  
• Luz Gelin, Colombia
• Damon Hull, Paraguay 2000-02 
• Jenna Pierce, Honduras 2010-12 
• Aaron Alton, Poland 1997-99 
• Stephen McCallion, Afghanistan 1965-67  
• Hillary Ruggles, Honduras 2008-10 

– Sharon Kennedy, Thailand 1989-91

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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.

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Don Beck

Contributors this issue are:
Jill Dumbauld, Jennifer Arrowsmith, Carl Sepponen, Travis Bays, Sharon Kennedy, Megan Coatley, Ashley Smallwood, Rudy Sovinee, Erica Burman, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Kevin Quigley, Heide Bruckner, PCV, Marjory Clyne

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