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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
May - June
2012 — Volume 25, Number 3

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

International Peace Days:
May-June 2012

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

Workers Day -
Law Day -
Global Love Day -
Freedom of the Press Day -
Fair Trade Day -
Families Day -
Diversity Day -
Dialogue Day -
BioDiversity Day -
Nothing To Fear Day -
UN Peacekeepers Day -

Environment Day -
Refugee Day -
Interfaith Day -
End Torture Day -
End Drug Abuse Day -

May 1
May 1
May 1
May 3
May 12*
May 15
May 21
May 21
May 22
May 27
May 29

June 5
June 20
June 22
June 26
June 26

* Date changes yearly

May 21 -- Diversity Day

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

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

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

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
-- Maya Angelou

June 22 -- Interfaith Day

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

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

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

I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work
- The Dalai Lama

Never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.
-- Walter Cronkite

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Make Your Plans! Register for PC Connect: Minneapolis 2012

The National Peace Corps Association's first annual gathering - Peace Corps Connect: Minneapolis 2012 -- is just a little more than one and a half months away. We invite you all to the Minneapolis, Minn. Convention Center on the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2012 for an event that will inspire you to continue "bringing the world back home" while visiting with friends and, yes, having fun!

An Exhibit Hall will feature Peace Corps entrepreneurs and their businesses, job recruiters, Member Group tables and much more.

This being for the Peace Corps community, key elements of the weekend will be highly interactive and incorporate career networking and knowledge-sharing. We hope to see you there! 

Details: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/annual-gathering/

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Write Your Peace Corps Memoir

In September 2011, Congressman John Garamendi and his wife Patti, both of whom are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (Ethiopia 66-68), hosted an event in the Library of Congress Members Dining Room to honor Peace Corps writers.

Now, Peace Corps author Lawrence Lihosit has written a how-to guide for RPCVs who dream of someday seeing their stories included in the Library of Congress bibliography of Peace Corps books....
  Read More: http://ww.peacecorpsconnect.org/2012/04/write-your-story-rpcv-publishes-guide-to-peace-corps-memoir-writing/

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Spring 2012 Issue, Global Education News

We continue our focus on "bringing the world back home" (the Third Goal of Peace Corps) in our Spring 2012 issue of Global Education News, now available in the Education section of the NPCA website.

Here are some of the highlights of this issue:

  • 9-12 Corner: Lesson plans on "Running" and "Making and Testing Cultural Inferences"
  • K-8 Corner: Water of the World
  • Book reviews:
    –Connecting Across Cultures: Global Educ., Grades K-8
    –Kamakwie -Finding Peace, Love & Justice in Sierra Leone
  • Peace Corps Third Goal Expos
  • Global Education Resources,
  • Professional Development Opportunities

I hope you enjoy this issue and that you will let us know how you are using these and other resources in classrooms and communities.

Please send your letters or materials for the next issue by June 8 to Susan Neyer, editor, at susanneyer@astound.net. Our next issue will feature suggestions for summer reading. Do you have a favorite "global" book to share?
–Anne Baker, Vice President , NPCA

Global Ed News is acessible under Resources -> Education which will guide you to where Global Ed news mails are archived.

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The NPCA Social Network:
The Next Step in Changing the World

Now is the time to be a part of some exciting short-term international development opportunities available for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other skilled professionals through the Farmer to Farmer program.

The National Peace Corps Association is connecting its two innovative programs - Africa Rural Connect and Encore Service Corps International - to benefit rural smallholder farmers.

As an Encore volunteer, you will live in East Africa for 6 weeks and collaborate with and mentor entrepreneurs, NGO colleagues, farmers and others while working with International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).

Then, you will continue communication with your colleagues in Africa for up to 6 months while sharing project successes and challenges with the broader Africa Rural Connect community.

All of the positions will emphasize 'bringing to scale' - increasing the number and size of agribusiness clusters, strengthening the role of the private (farm and firm) sector contribution in cluster activities and enlarging the impact on food security by tripling the number of smallholder farmers involved.

Sample of available positions:

  • Communications Expert Volunteer
  • Finance Expert Volunteer
  • Institutional Development Specialist Volunteer
  • Journalism Specialist Volunteer
  • Management Expert Volunteer
  • Marketing Expert Volunteer
  • Mechanization Expert Volunteer
  • Trial Management Expert Volunteer

Submit your application now for these and other openings in East Africa

Please help us spread the word on these positions! Share these roles with your friends, colleagues, and those with connections to qualified individuals.  

Visit the NPCA Social Network at:
-Submitted from Marjory Clyne

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Got the Travel Bug?
Thank you to those 563 of you who responded last month's quick survey on travel. No surprises in the results - we are a group who like to leave the country: over 90% of us each year, 40% of whom will take more than one trip!

Our preferences, in order, are for:

  • leisure travel (81%),
  • adventure (50%),
  • educational (38%),
  • volunteer/service (31%)
  • returning to your country of service (30%).

We've been watching and listening to these results.

Based on your feedback, we are now designing our own NPCA Service Travel program -- to be launched in the coming weeks with the announcement of our first trip heading out in the fall. Block out your vacation time to travel and serve with NPCA. Be the first to hear our plans by signing up for the NPCA Service Travel list, then start packing your bags!

Sign up for NPCA News Emails to hear as Travel Service develops:


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Rudy and his partner Boon, in their yard surrounded by abundant color: flowers, greenery, vegetables, fruits and more.

Shifting Perspectives:
an RPCV Retirement

By Rudy Sovinee, Ghana (1970-73)

Five years ago I attended the annual SDPCA May gathering before leaving as a retiree to Thailand. Lisa Eckl attended that as her first meeting and wrote a lovely commentary for the July '07 newsletter. I was retiring early, making a jump that many PCVs have considered… going back-country somewhere and just staying. It was a complicated move not fully anticipated, yet always in the back of my mind as to how I'd "retire" by going to where the little I'd saved would last by going where "living on less" was the norm. I had nothing but luck that made me choose then – before the bottom fell out and wipe out my "little savings."

As with many recent volunteers, the access to the internet has helped soften the physical separation from family and friends – while lessening my immersion and adoption of the local language. That too is compounded for me in that I live in a region with a different dialect/ vocabulary and use of tones than is the "national" language, I had no formal training program to be immersed in, and there isn't a dictionary to help me bridge the gap.

(right) So many beautiful places and buildings to see in the culture all around.

Fortunately, my PC service had given me experience in a tonal language in Ghana and the cross cultural training from then also helped me surrender to cultural differences as needed to more easily adapt to patterns here. It does help to be older, male and a teacher for a society that awards status points for such… and it definitely helps to have found a partner who is kind hearted and patient in getting me through the few times my Western upbringing was expressed in ways less harmonious than appropriate. Harmony and saving face are VERY valued here.

The newest aspect of my life is learning to live off and out of our own gardens. We grow nearly all our fruits and veggies, buying our eggs, rice, fish and meats – but mostly even these coming from local farms. That has never been my pattern, yet we live it and love doing so. Most importantly, we know our food is pesticide and herbicide free – something not assured in the central market. Our gardens connect us to the seasons and local rhythms of the community – even though most neighbors focus primarily on growing rice, peanuts or soybeans as is the season. Our land with house is 20 x 22m so we have less land than would normally support a family – but my wife learned well from her father, and I research a lot online – so we garden and compost and rotate and somehow manage to have room for many flowers too – and they feed our eyes as we start each day.

(left) More of their Thai family.

What I once observed as a PCV, and now again, is the shift in perspectives in observing the news more meaningfully inliving outside the states.

  • Where is humanity headed?
  • What should priorities be?
  • Is the US a force for good or but good for corporations?
  • What trends are needed to consider as to climate.
  • How will climate and water issues shift priorities in the next 10-20 years, and what may the children be facing?
  • What news sources does one come to trust?

There is not a consensus among expats or locals on any of these topics, but consensus here is certainly different than for most living within the media circles of US news. For those who've lived on the same land for generations, it is apparent that rains and droughts are more extreme. Though we live 30 miles above where the floods began this past season, a year before that we had a flash flood come into our home, silted our kitchen, undermined our property wall, trashed our gardens with debris, weed seeds, slugs and snails… and that took months to recover from. On the plus side we've since added trees to anchor our soils – 25 different varieties of tree with an undergrowth of edible shrubs and vines… forming a multi-tiered food forest. So while floods caused a loss of confidence they inspired movement towards a more natural, lower maintenance form of gardening called permaculture.

Shifting Perspectives
I don't submit articles often, so I want to point you in a direction I believe is needed via two videos.

  1. The overall global conundrum => "There's No Tomorrow" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOMWzjrRiBg The solution I see as a viable possibility IF there is to be a future …
  2. "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization" which you can see at:

Anyone wanting to write to me about these two videos – or just say Hi! – can write me at rudysovinee at cox dot net.

So looking back over the changes in the past 5 years as seen from here – I believe I've been blessed… it's too often good to just be luck. I'm happy to have made the move and would encourage any RPCV to trust that their training and experience will serve them well if they would attempt a similar jump someday.
–Rudy Sovinee, Ghana 1970-73. Photos from R. Sovinee.

Articles about Rudy in Thailand in SDPCA's Pacific Waves
Pre-Farewell Message. Mar-Apr 07, v20.2
A Taste of Thailand. Sep-Oct 07, v20.5
Rudy in Thailand. Nov-Dec 07, v20.6
Update from Rudy. Jul-Aug 08, v21.4
Greetings from Rural Thailand. May-Jun 09, v22.3

(Photos from Rudy Sovinee)
1. (below) Planning the basic garden structure (house is at left just out of view).

2. (below) With planting areas defined, plantings begin/continue (house is visible at right).

3. Vines and sections fill in giving much diverity in small areas.

4. (below) Garden today as crops grow in, bloom and provide food and colors.

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Oversight of programs and volunteers has long been a Peace Corps concern: to evaluate and plan personnel and programming. To do this without creating an entrenced bureaucracy, to preserve the fresh and perhaps naive approach to international relations that Peace Corps sought to establish. The discussion goes on about how to do this. Here are some excerpts from "Peasants Come Last." More info about the book at end of this article. –ed.

Bureaucracy in Peace Corps

–from Peace Corps Online:

Bureaucracy in PC Washington is like the dark side of the moon–everybody knows it's there but who knew there was so much of it. Read three excerpts from former Uganda Country Director J. Larry Brown's book "Peasants Come Last" about Peace Corps' bloated bureaucracy in Washington, why three Country Directors in the Africa region were fired in the final days of the Bush administration by Acting Director Jody Olsen, and Brown's ideas on the future of the Peace Corps. –PC Online

What of the future of the Peace Corps? As it celebrates its 50th anniversary since its creation by John F. Kennedy, it is an auspicious time to ask: What will Peace Corps be fifty years from now? Indeed, what will it be five years from now? Peace Corps today is a highly centralized, rigid program unbecoming of its history and purpose. It has become too costly, too slow and too top-down. It has lost much of its vigor, creativity and cutting-edge ideals. Once John Kennedy's best idea, Peace Corps is now another government bureaucracy: it means well and does many good things, but its Volunteers usually manage to do them despite what the agency has become. The key signs of Peace Corps' stodginess are its staffing and per Volunteer expenditures. My program in Uganda, the largest in Africa at the time, had 165 Volunteers. To service them, I had a total of 31 staff, or about one staff person for every five Volunteers. This is an exceptionally high staff ratio, yet I fought vigorously to add more staff. Why? Because of all the top-down bureaucratic requirements coming out of Peace Corps Washington, it simply was not possible to do all we were required to do at post with the staff we had. More than half of our time was spent servicing the demands of the Washington bureaucracy rather than facilitating Volunteers' efforts to help Ugandan peasants achieve more productive lives. ...

The appetite of the Washington bureaucracy was voracious: demands, constant demand for reports, updates, analyses, surveys, budgets and quarterly planning. Four of my staff fed fiscal information to Washington on a full-time basis; two others spent their time complying with Washington's requirements regarding security measures; six staff transported Volunteers according to specified Washington rules; three rendered medical care; and many of the rest of us spent at least half our time, usually more, responding to demands for planning documents, budget reports, statistical data and silly details like how many villagers each Volunteer talks to in a day. I also had to actually count each of the pills dispensed by my medical officers each month, and I also was instructed to count thousands of schillings, one-by-one, in my cashier's office each month-hardly a strategic use of the time of the director of a development organization. ...

I don't have the full answer about how to re-build Peace Corps, perhaps no one person does. But the subject does deserve immediate and intensive debate. And many ideas need to be vetted. One, for example, is to restructure Peace Corps as a grant-making agency that supports Americans with innovative ideas who wish to study and work overseas. Volunteers coming through such a process would be more independent. They also would be much more responsible for their own successes and failures, and for their own well-being and care. And they would cost a lot less on a per capita basis. The nation already has a model much like this. Like the Peace Corps, the Fulbright Program enables Americans to live and work overseas. Established by Congress in honor of former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, it is not a full-service, in-house entity like Peace Corps. In 2008, for example, the Fulbright Program funded 6,000 Americans to work overseas for a year, serving in a total of 155 countries, about twice as many countries as Peace Corps serves. But because Fulbright does not provide the full support package that Peace Corps does-and because Fulbright does not have the overblown bureaucracy that Peace Corps does-its per- person costs are $32,000. This is $20,000 per person less than Peace Corps.

I have been lucky to be a part of this unique government institution several times during its first fifty years. I believe that the Peace Corps represents the best of our nation-- a highly valuable and noble commitment from the American people to the rest of the world. But it desperately needs to be saved and revitalized for the future. If this happens an aging Harvard professor might even join it once again. ...

See PC Online source for additional discussion and responses. -ed

Peasants Come Last:
A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty

by J. Larry Brown (PCV India)

LUCITA Incorporated, 2011
174 pages ISBN-10: 0977403564
Paperback $12.99 Kindle $9.99

In the tradition of popular activist scholars like Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould, J. Larry Brown has spent decades linking the findings of science to the realities of human existence. He gives us a candid look at what it means to try to do good things in a harsh world. We see the grinding lives of people who eat the same meal every day. But of all the obstacles faced by Brown and his colleagues, none is as nonsensical as the tone-deaf dealings of Washington. We see how the needs of peasants come last when the realities of their lives are no match for the machinations of Washington's rigid routines.

Dr. J. Larry Brown riveted national attention to the existence of hunger in America in the 1980's, when he led a team of prominent doctors on field investigations into twenty-five states. The founding director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty, Brown also founded the Feinstein Famine Center and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. Dr. Brown chaired the board of Oxfam America, and also chaired the medical task force of USA for Africa and Hands Across America. He is the author of numerous articles, and several books including Living Hungry in America. He has appeared often on national television and testifies frequently before Congress. A young PCV in rural India in the late 1960s, Brown later served under President Carter as Assistant Director of the Peace Corps. He recently served a stint as Country Director for the Peace Corps in Uganda, and now resides with his wife, Judi Garfinkel, in Oman, where they head programs for World Learning/SIT.

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ISF Grant Report: Community library, Domincan Republic, Justin Hitchcock

Dear SD Peace Corps Association,

Thanks for supporting the Community School Library Project. The students now have the books and computer resources needed to prepare for a brighter future. I am back in the US Now, but I keep in contact with the friends and family I have in Tubagua. They say the library is running great and send their appreciation for your suport.

Thanks Again,
Justin Hitchcock

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Professional portrait of a few of the overall group.

Tijuana Outing and Luncheon 3/24

On Saturday, March 24, a group of 42 people met at the San Ysidro boarder crossing and proceeded to walk into Tijuana.   We made a long trail of walkers as we made our way to the Real de Potosi restaurant about 1 mile from the border.

(above) Eating lunch at the Real de Potosi restaurant.

Our guide (and SDPCA member) Jerry Sodomka coordinated a multi-course meal with the restaurant. In the private banquet room, we ate and ate.  After the meal, we took the obligatory group photo and then broke into smaller groups to wander around Tijuana.  Some went to the Tijuana Cultural Center while others went to the shopping district on Avenida Revolucion (where they took the obligatory photo with a painted donkey – see page 1).  A small group came upon a wonderful pastry shop and filled the place with the joy as they tasted excellent Mexican pastries and breads.

(above and below) On way to and then in groups after the meal.

For many, it was the first time to Tijuana in some years. People mentioned that they had stopped going due to news about Tijuana being dangerous and the long border waits. I'm happy to report that we felt safe at all times but no comment on the border wait.

–Sharon Kennedy, Thailand, 1989-91
Photos by Sharon Kennedy  (except for the painted donkey)

(below) Group picture of the 42 on trip in front of the retaurant.

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SDPCA at EarthFair/Balboa Park 4/21

A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers: first our great Los Angeles recruiter  Alex Garcia, who brought all the brochures and give aways, and stayed all day to answer questions and my many SDPCA members who took their turn at the booth: Courtney Taylor, Celeste Coleman Sarah Fuhrman, Sonny & Marie Foreman, Ashley Smallwood, Bill Meyers, Karen Lindquist, Sharon Kennedy, Kris Slanina, Mike Peloquin, Tina Hunter, Eric DeDonato, Gregg Pancoast, Ron Ranson, Carole Wahlen.

See you next year!

–Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa (1972-74)
Photos from Marjory Clyne.

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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain!" – Vivian Greene

President's Message

Annual Meeting Coming

We are coming upon our annual meeting/potluck. Mostly it is a nice time to gather and share tasty food but is also the time to select the SDPCA Board for the upcoming year. If you have ever thought to yourself, "I wish SDPCA had more events in North County or why doesn't SDPCA do more community service activities?" then you may be a good candidate for the board. We are the ones that plan the social and community service activities for our members and naturally, we plan the things that interest us. So, new board members add a new dimension to our activities and make our organization more vibrant.

The board meets once per month, usually on a week night. We share a meal together and then get to business. I have been on the board for several years and it has been a true pleasure. It is a great way to get to know local RPCVs better and remain connected to your Peace Corps experience.

If you are interested in joining the board, you can contact me by e-mail or let us know at the annual meeting on Saturday May 12. The actual board member positions will be decided at the first meeting of the new board year.

Board Position descriptions online:

See you on the 12th!

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

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Board Minutes

Board Meetings, March-April, 2012

March 7, 2012
7:15 pm Open of meeting

Attendance: Ashley Smallwood, Sarah Furhmann, Carl Sepponen, Celeste Colman, Gregg Pancoast, Lynne Graham, Kris Slanina, Sharon Kennedy. Absent: Courtney Baltiyskyy. Guests: Amber Lung

President: Members on the SDPCA board need to contact Sharon by the next SDPCA meeting if they would not like to participate on the SDPCA board this coming year

CFO: Balance Sheet is at $12,288.22.  

International Support Fund: There is a possibility to make ISF business cards to advertise the ISF. Perhaps the cards can be done by the "Tapas for Peace" event. New application was submitted from the Ukraine.
Membership: 75 current paid members.

Fundraising: A few calendars remain--$8. The fundraising position on the SDPCA board will be left up to a new volunteer for this upcoming SDPCA year. The next meeting will be held at Carl's house on the 17th of April.

Feb 16 -  Coronado Happy Hour. 9 members attended.

March 15 – Happy Hour at Monkey Paw Downtown 6:30pm. Will be on the 22nd of March 
March 24 – Walking Tour of TJ. We'll meet at border at 11:45 (last trolley stop). Lunch is planned at 1pm. We'll have our own banquet room. $20 per person (alcoholic drinks extra). This will be due on the day of the tour. We must pay 50% deposit. Sharon will collect RSVPs (not through e-vite as we need an exact count).
April 22 – Earth Day   We do have a booth. Marjory has details.
April 28 – Tapas for Peace. Organized by Amber Lung. Bring appetizers to an event. The event will be a send off and a welcome for volunteers who have just been nominated or invited to Peace Corps Volunteers. There will be around 80 people. All SDPCA members will be invited
May 12 – Annual Meeting. Will be held at Santa Clara Recreation Center between Mission and PB. This will be a lunch event 11-3pm. Award to a local group that emphasizes the 3rd goal of Peace Corps. Oceanside based: Help for schools. Raises money for schools in Guatamala through remittances from Guatemalans based in San Diego. A decision needs to be made by April 18th as to who will receive the prize.
June 7th – Dinner or Happy Hour. The Village House Kalina: Ukrainian restaurant in La Mesa. The date has changed—June 7th rather than in April.

Adjourn:  8:09pm
Next Meeting April 17th

April 17th, 2012
7:36 pm Open of meeting

Attendance: Ashley Smallwood, Sarah Furhmann, Carl Sepponen, Celeste Colman, Lynne Graham, Sharon Kennedy, Courtney Baltiyskyy. Not present:  Gregg Pancoast, Kris Slanina. Guests: None

President. This is our last meeting of the year with the current board. We will have nominations for new members at the next board meeting.

CFO No report.

International Support Fund. There has been some interested parties, but no new submitted applications. Business cards -- details, such as color of logo and other particulars were discussed and decided. A QR code generator will be added to the business card. The business cards will be handed out at the "Tapas for Peace" event on April 28th.

Membership. 79 current paid members.

Fundraising. 12 calendars remain—they will be "give-aways" for interested parties at the Earth Day event. The fundraising position on the SDPCA board will partly be left up to a new volunteer for this upcoming SDPCA year  

Recent Events
March 15 – Happy Hour at Monkey Paw changed to March 22nd
March 24 – Walking Tour of TJ . 42 RPCVs attended.

Coming Events:
April 22 – Earth Day. We do have a booth. Marjory will provide details. SDPCA will buy a new canopy for this event, to be used for future events.

April 28—Tapas for Peace. April 28th—organized by Amber Lung. A "Bon Voyage" Social: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Mission Valley Public Library. 2123 Fenton Parkway. San Diego, CA 92108 (Just west of IKEA). The event will be a send-off and a welcome for volunteers who have just been nominated or invited to Peace Corps Volunteers. There will be around 80 people. All SDPCA members will be invited. More details about the event can be found at http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=

May 12 – Annual Meeting. Sarah will send out the evite and organize a trivia game for the event. Celeste will get drinks for the event. Sharon will check on all other utensils. Will be held at Santa Clara Recreation Center between Mission and PB. This will be a lunch event 11-3 pm. Board members need to arrive at 10am to help set-up. There will be a door prize with an opportunity to buy more tickets: One night at the La Costa Canyon resort. Award to a local group that emphasizes the 3rd goal of Peace Corps. A decision has been made.

June 7th – Dinner or Happy Hour. International dinner will be organized for June 7th at 6:30 pm—more details will be sent to Don by Lynne for the newsletter. The date has changed.

New Business
Saturday May 19th—help promote a fundraiser for BECA (Bridges of Education in Central America). More details will be sent by Sarah to Don.

 Adjourn:  8:49pm
–Ashley Smallwood, SDPCA Secretary, Ecuador 2004-07.

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The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
–Carlos Santana

High School Foreign Exchange Program

My name is Beth Driscoll and I'm a Local Coordinator for a High School Foreign Exchange Program called the Council on International Educational Exchange. We have been around for over 42 years and work in conjunction with the US Department of State. I am writing to you because we are currently looking for great host families for the 2012-2013 school year.

This year I have had several interested host families that have had family members volunteer for the Peace Corp. and have met students that are now eligible for our exchange program. Therefore, I would like to share our program with the San Diego Peace Corps and see if you might be able to share this opportunity with your members. Our website is http://www.ciee/highschool.org.

We are a non-profit organization and would love to have the help of your members. We also have several students that come over here on US Grant programs. We have a program for students from countries that are former Soviet Union (ex. Ukraine), and we have a program for students from predominantly Muslim populations.

If you have any questions about our program or are interested in hosting, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

–Beth Driscoll, Local Coordinator, San Diego, CA
CIEE High School Programs Tel: 619-929-2126
Email: bdriscoll619@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ciee/highschool.org

Stop E-Waste Dumping in Asia & Africa: Donate Your Used Electronics

Your no-longer-used iPods and cameras can truly make a world of difference!  Protect the people of Asia and Africa (where e-waste dumping is at its highest levels) AND support the NPCA. "Upcycle" your unwanted electronics  through Causes International. Join us as we launch the NPCA's innovative way to do good and be green. We challenge the community to "upcycle" 1,000 items in the next two months.  

Donate Your Used Electronics http://upcyclingsaveslives.com/npca

Taking IT Global for Teacher e-courses

TIGed is offering three professional development e-courses for teachers this Spring: "Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship," "Education for Environmental Stewardship" and "Empowering Student Voice in Education." These graduate-level, accredited courses are designed to support teachers in bringing the world into their classrooms through the use of e-technologies and international partnerships to help students understand global perspectives, environmental issues and student voice.

More: http://www.tigweb.org/tiged/professional-development/

–Global Ed News April 2012

SD Urban Challenge: Scavenger Hunt to Raise Money for El Salvador Youth

RPCVs, have fun while testing your knowledge of San Diego's history! The San Diego Urban Challenge is a team race scavenger hunt in downtown San Diego happening Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 am. Participants will navigate the urban landscape in search of answers to TEN CLUES. No set course. You decide how to win.

San Diego RPCV Kathleen Ferrier and her husband established a non-profit –Bridges to Education in Central America (BECA)– in 2008 to support rural youth of El Salvador pursue high school and university education and enable them to break the cycle of poverty pervasive in their communities. Whereas university attendance is quite low, it's especially low for rural students: less than 3%. The San Diego Urban Challenge is a fund-raising event to benefit Bridges.

There will also be free beer provided by Monkey Paw pub at the post-race celebration--hope to see you there!

To register and get more information go to:

or to:

–Kathleen Ferrier, RPCV El Salvador, khferrier@att.net

Global malaria elimination is at a crucial juncture
Some 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, a preventable disease that killed 655,000 and afflicted 216 million in 2010, primarily in the developing world. On World Malaria Day, the world is at a critical juncture in its massive effort to halt and reverse malaria in what former British Prime Minister Tony Blair calls the "most achievable" of the Millennium Development Goals.

–from: UN Wire - April 25, 2012
Original Article: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-blair/world-malaria-day-2012-a-_b_1447624.html?ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

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Welcome: New Members
SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest member. Let us hear from you! Contact Brenda Terry-Hahn for new member support and much information about SDPCA and San Diego in general, at newmembers@sdpca.org. Welcome back!

Emina Ong Honduras 2010-2012.

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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:
Sharon Kennedy, Ashley Smallwood, Marjory Clyne, J. Larry Brown, Rudy Sovinee, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Anne Baker, Justin Hitchcock, Celeste Coleman, Beth Driscoll, Kathleen Ferrier

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