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San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter
May - June
2013 — Volume 26, Number 3

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

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Index: click on your choice...
May-June International Peace Days
Membership New & Renewal

Obama Budget Requests 1% More for PC
Chart of funding requests: FY 2002 to FY 2013

from NPCA:
PC Connect–Boston 2013
Agenda of PC Connect-Boston2013

My Experiences with Engineers Without Borders

Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said Wins 2013 Wofford Award

Annual Meeting – LUAU May 11
"Bon Voyage" Social (Recruiting Event) – May 18
Ronald McDonald House Event 3/3 Himalayan Dinner Event 3/6
Happy Hour at Café Europa 2/21 Panel & Cultural Events
Pres Msg: LUAU–Join Us Jan-Feb Board Minutes
Potpourri Chart - Financial Report 2011-13
Ask Amber Lung, SD PC recruiter Annual Work-A-Thon
Newsletter Credits

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International Peace Days:
May & June 2013
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
UN Peacekeepers Day

Environment Day
Refugee Day
Interfaith Day
End Torture Day

- May 1
- May 1
- May 1
- May 3
- May 11*
- May 15
- May 21
- May 21
- May 22
- May 29

- June 5
- June 20
- June 22
- June 26

* Date changes each year

May 11 -- Fair Trade Day

In the 1940s, some churches raised funds for poverty-stricken communities by selling the handicrafts created by the poor communities. This was the start of the Fair Trade movement. Now, Fair Trade goods, like coffee, tea, cocoa, wine, nuts, clothes, handicrafts and jewelry, amount to $500 million in annual sales! The Fair Trade movement is growing as people realize that they can help alleviate poverty and protect the environment by choosing Fair Trade products.

Fair Trade means that the item has been made or grown by workers who work in safe conditions and are paid a livable wage. Fair Trade promotes gender equality and safe environmental practices. Workers are often part of a co-op, benefiting the entire community, and there is no middleman to take a cut of the profits. So, Fair Trade goods are generally not more expensive and are of equal or better quality than conventionally produced goods.

In the late-1980s, a "certified Fair Trade" label made it easy for consumers to identify fair trade goods. Today there are more than 3000 Fair Trade grassroots organizations in 60 countries working with over a million small-scale workers. Fair Trade products are sold in thousands of Fair Trade shops and in a growing number of traditional supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

...Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help.
-- Mahnaz Afkhami

Goods produced under conditions which do not meet a rudimentary standard to decency should be regarded as contraband and not allowed to pollute the channels of international commerce.
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

June 20 -- Refugee Day

After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of survivors were left without homes. As refugees, they were taken in by communities across the nation. Disasters cause many people to leave their homes around the world, but millions of people have to flee their homes for another reason - violent conflicts cause them to fear for their lives.

Over 50 million people are currently victims of forced displacement. Of those, 14 million fit the international legal definition of a refugee - people who have left their country because of fear of persecution based on their political opinion, ethnic background, religion or nationality.

The United Nations set up UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency in 1951 to help the 1.2 million Europeans who were left homeless after World War II. Since then the organization has helped protect 50 million refugees.

World Refugee Day is an important opportunity to remind us about the ongoing plight of millions of refugees around the world.

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. 
-- Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1992

In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.
~ Angelina Jolie

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Membership Reminder


Even though you are getting this newsletter, your membership may not be current. Membership dues are $20 per year and renewal is January 1st.

Dues cover expenses, such as: hosting the website, paying a PO Box, renting venues for events, purchasing paper goods for potlucks, etc.

If you haven't renewed or joined, please do. The renewal form may be found on the next-to-last page of the newsletter or online info here. If you recently COSed, your membership is free for the first year. Thank you!
–Ashley Smallwood, Membership

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Obama Budget Requests 1% More
for Peace Corps

By Jonathon Pearson, NPCA.


President Obama this week submitted his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request to Congress.

The President is recommending $378 million for the Peace Corps. This recommendation would restore funding reductions recently implemented after the President and Congress failed to agree on a deficit reduction package, triggering automatic across-the-board cuts of approximately 5 percent. Peace Corps estimated close to $20 million in reductions due to the so-called "sequester" during the current fiscal year.

In his budget, the President would reportedly restore those funds, and increase Peace Corps funding by an additional $4 million for the Fiscal Year that would begin this coming October.

This somewhat positive trend is tempered by overall trends. The one percent spending increase recommended by the President comes after three consecutive years where funding has been static at $375 million, after reaching $400 million in Fiscal Year 2010. That stagnation is having an impact on Peace Corps presence. At the end of the 2012 Fiscal Year, Peace Corps reported nearly 8,100 volunteers serving in 76 countries. For the upcoming fiscal year, the agency is projecting Peace Corps presence in only 70 countries. Meanwhile, it estimates the total number of serving volunteers in the current fiscal year may fall below 7,000 for the first time in a decade (although it estimates numbers would recover to 7,300 under the President's request).

Meanwhile, funding for the Peace Corps appears to have fared slightly better than the overall International Affairs Budget, which has reportedly seen a four percent decrease in the President's request, when compared to two years ago.

In its budget justification to Congress, Peace Corps reports it has closed and will continue to close programs in several countries based on criteria established under its annual portfolio review (to read recent announcement on closing of Suriname go to: http://www.peacecorps.gov/rss/peacecorpsnews.xml) designed to make more strategic decisions on volunteer placement. The agency also says further new country entries are under consideration for 2014.

Through its ongoing reform process, the agency highlights continued progress on a variety of fronts including volunteer safety and security, improved training through its Focus In/Train Up initiative, and continued strategic partnerships providing critical volunteer roles in through participation in the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Stomp Out Malaria effort in 24 nations across Africa and the President's Feed the Future initiative in conjunction with the US Agency for International Development. Significant improvements in program monitoring and evaluation and implementation of a new online application system are also highlighted.

You can follow this link to read the Peace Corps Budget Justification to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014.

As the President's budget was reaching Congress, the five RPCV members of the House of Representatives – led by Colombia RPCV Sam Farr (D-CA) were putting the final touches on a congressional letter to the key House Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter – which requests a return to $400 million for the Peace Corps ($22 million above the President's request) – has collected a record number of signatures. Click here to see the latest.

Follow this link to read an analysis from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition of the President's overall International Affairs Budget. http://www.usglc.org/analysis-president-obamas-fy14-budget/

For information on background of Peace Corps funding assembled by NPCA (four pages):

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Chart below shows funding requests/appropriations and total volunteers since 2002. Source: The Peace Corps: Current Issues, by Curt Tarnoff, Specialist in Foreign Affairs, Oct. 2, 2012, Congressional Research Service, p 8. The 17 page report, in pdf format, is available at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21168.pdf

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from NPCA


Peace Corps Connect – Boston 2013

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

Join us for the National Peace Corps Association's second annual gathering: Peace Corps Connect – Boston 2013.

We invite you all to Boston, Massachusetts on the weekend of June 28-29, 2013 for an event that will encourage you to continue "bringing the world back home" while visiting with friends and having fun.

Since this is for the Peace Corps community, key elements of this event will be highly interactive and incorporate career networking and knowledge-sharing. By bringing our collective experiences together can support each other and help to solve important development challenges.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #PCCBOS13

Why Should You Attend?
Be a part of something bigger than yourself: We all share a Peace Corps history. Now is the chance to connect in-person and combine our collective experiences to learn from each other and help all of us succeed. You'll make new friendships that might last a lifetime.

Find the full schedule below or a .pdf file at:

Groups: This is a great time to get together with people who served in the same country or live in the same region! Contact Emily Bello (membership@peacecorpsconnect.org) to learn more.

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Boston Agenda as of 3/20/13

Friday June 28, 2013

After a great day of learning and reconnecting with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), join the Boston Area RPCVs for a Sunset Boat Cruise on Boston Harbor.

The cruise will be held on the evening of Friday, June 28th, 2013 from 7-9pm. The early-bird ticket price of $65 includes a 2-hour cruise, open bar and hors d'oeuvres. The Lexington will depart from the World Trade Center and cruise along Rowes Wharf and the U.S. Constitution. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets sold after March 31st will revert to their regular price of $75 per person. If you have any questions about the boat cruise, you can email BARPCVs at info@barpcv.org

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits* and registration
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm NPCA Member Group Meetings,
    Sessions & Reunions
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm NPCA Board of Director's Meeting
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Member Group Panel: The Complex
    Vivid Life of Today's Iran: Reflections
    & Next Steps Sponsored by PC Iran
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am Career Development Workshop
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Member Group Panel: Continuing Service
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm RPCV Graduate Research Conference
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Group Leaders Forum
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Overseas Service Opportunities after
    Peace Corps Workshop
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Telling your Peace Corps story in
    creative ways Workshop
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Poster Sessions
  • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Boston Area RPCVs – hosted Sunset
    Boat Cruise around Boston Harbor**

Saturday June 29, 2013

Join us for a day packed with presentations by prominent RPCVs, panels regarding Peace Corps issues and networking opportunities, as well as a session with our 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner. The day will end with an awards ceremony for our Wofford, Shriver and Ruppe award winners and reception complete with beer, wine, soft drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits* and registration
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Plenary and Annual General Meeting
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am NPCA Board of Directors Country of Service member-elected representatives
    "office hours"
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am Education and the PC Workshop
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am RPCVs in Public Service featuring
    Senator Harris Wofford
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 noon NPCA Board of Directors Geographic
    member-elected representatives "office
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Career Development Workshop
  • 11:00 am – 12:00pm Discussion with the 2013 Harris
    Wofford Global Citizen Award Winner,
    Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said
  • 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Peace Corps, NPCA and BARPCVs:
    our collaborative efforts to fulfill the
    PC mission and support the PC
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Advocacy Workshop
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Telling your PC Story Workshop
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Education and the PC Workshop
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm RPCVs "Bringing the World Home"
    Through Their Careers featuring Marco
    Werman, Anchor and Senior Producer
    with The World.
  • 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Overseas Service Opportunities after
    Peace Corps Workshop
  • 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Archiving your PC History Workshop
  • 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Advocacy Workshop
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Awards Ceremony for the Harris
    Wofford Global Citizen Award, the
    Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished
    Humanitarian Service and the Loret
    Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding
    Community Service
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception

    *The Exhibit Hall is open to the public.
    **Additional fee

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My Experiences with Engineers Without Borders

By Bill Meyers, The Gambia 2007-2009, Uganda 2010

I first learned about Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in 2008 while a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia. A fellow PCV (Kellee Davis) solicited the volunteer engineering group to repair a rural Gambian road which flooded every rainy season and remained underwater months after the rains stopped. This was a necessary improvement because that road was the only route from the villages to the health clinic, secondary schools, and rice fields. Well, a student chapter from Rowan University did come to improve the road. Kellee acted as the in-country organizer of their effort, and I also helped with the project. As a volunteer serving as a teacher at the only engineering college in The Gambia, I was able to go with students from the Construction Department of my school to survey the site prior to the arrival of the American students and their professor. In addition, since I lived in the Gambian capital (and I'm a mechanical engineer), I acted as the interface with the Gambian National Road Authority.

(left) Surveying flooded road in Gambia.

The project actually took years to complete, but thankfully other PCVs stepped-in after Kellee and I finished our services. The EWB group found that the road repair would be very expensive – requiring the roadbed to be elevated 6 feet for a 2 km length of road. A local British NGO raised the required thousands of dollars, and in the end, the road was repaired with heavy equipment by a professional company. But the EWB design served as the template for the construction.

I found that the combination of EWB and Peace Corps was a powerful alliance. EWB had the technical skills, and the Peace Corps volunteers had the cultural & language skills, in-country connections, and knowledge of how to actually get things accomplished in the host country.

(below) Engineers Without Borders, El Salvador team.

Soon after returning to the United States in 2011, I joined Engineers Without Borders - San Diego Professional Chapter. I am now part of a project for designing and implementing the installation of rainwater storage and filtration systems at 22 homes in the rural village of La Chiripa in El Salvador. Rainwater collection systems were constructed at two homes in the village in May 2012. In March 2013, I was a team member in the group that travelled to El Salvador and installed systems at another 6 homes.

(below) Local women thank us with dancing in Gambia.

Prior to our departure, I contacted Peace Corps - El Salvador Country Director Mr. Jaime Kuklinski about possible Peace Corps involvement in the project. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the Peace Corps is no longer sending new PCVs to El Salvador and therefore the number of volunteers is rapidly dwindling. Mr. Kuklinski responded to my inquiry, informing me that there are no longer any volunteers serving near in the region near La Chiripa. However, he generously offered to meet us on our arrival and discuss the current situation with us. Our group was not able to take him up on this offer because we arrived in the capital late at night and needed to leave at sunrise the next morning for the long drive to the village.

(below) Road repair in Gambia.

To summarize our 8 days working in the village, it was physically demanding but very rewarding. With the help of the local community, we constructed 7 foot by 14 foot concrete foundations at six house (all the concrete was mixed by hand), installed two 2500 liter storage tanks at each home, and fabricated a plumbing system to connect the tanks to the gutters. EWB members also carried out health surveys in the community. Involvement by Peace Corps volunteers would have made a nice addition, but in this case it just was not possible.

(below) Using a road finished in Gambia in 2010.

Photos from Bill Meyers

Engineers Without Borders - San Diego Professional Chapter will keep returning to the village until all 22 homes have a rainwater collection system and a biosand filtration.

To learn more about Engineers Without Borders USA San Diego Professional Chapter or the El Salvador Water Project visit our chapter website at http://www.ewb-sandiego.org/

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Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said
Wins 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award


By Erica Burman, NPCA, Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A 40-year friendship that started with a high school student asking Peace Corps Volunteers what motivated them to volunteer has led to a lifetime of service and now to the 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. When notified by Skype that he was the winner of this year's award, Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said of Kenya had this to say about the impact Peace Corps has had on his life and the importance he attached to the award:

My first encounter with a Peace Corps Volunteer was in I965 when I joined Marsabit Secondary School, Kenya. As a young boy, I wondered why these white people came to the remotest area in Kenya to assist us. Since then, I have been motivated by their spirit of volunteerism, and I never looked back. Throughout my life, from the University to my career as a doctor, I have always been involved in voluntary work and have always tried to serve those who had fewer opportunities than I have had.

In the words of his nominator, his high school science teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer Russell Morgan (Kenya 1966-1969): "After graduating from secondary school, Dr. Said pursued his vision and received his medical degree overseas. He then returned to Kenya to begin his family and his life's work." In addition to practicing medicine in Kenya, Dr. Said has served a much wider community.

  • He rose through the ranks of the Kenya Red Cross Society, with over 70,000 volunteers, to be its Governor (President). He has devoted himself to assisting displaced persons and has been responsible for overseeing the largest refugee camp in the world with over 600,000 persons from the Somali crisis.
  • A life-long member of the Kenya Medical Association, he founded and chaired the Human Rights Committee.
  • He represented Africa on the Board of The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), headquartered in Denmark. He was later elected President, the first African to hold this position. The IRCT treats over 100,000 torture victims in its 150 centers in 75 countries in all the regions of the world.
  • Over the last seven years, as the Coordinator of the Pedro Cavadas Foundation, headquartered in Valencia, Spain, Dr. Said's team performed reconstructive surgery to poor children and adults from eight East African countries.

To bring his Peace Corps connections full circle, in the words of Russell Morgan:

Dr. Said has used his background, professional skills, and leadership to promote the future education of underprivileged girls in Kenya. And in an ironic twist, he has worked to link Peace Corps Volunteer services into these programs…. He is Chair of the Board of Bungoma Muslim Secondary School, which is currently hosting two Peace Corps Volunteers; and he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Mumias Vocational Secondary School for Deaf Girls, the only one of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa, where he has helped secure Peace Corps Volunteer and U.S. Embassy support. Dr. Said and I have also been partners in working with the Kenya Peace Corps to send four new Peace Corps volunteers back to the Marsabit region, where they are serving today, and which he visits on a regular basis.

[Russell Morgan reconnected to Dr. Said's life in 2007, nearly 40 years after their first encounter. Read about their visit to the NPCA offices in April 2012.]

Robert A. Pastor (Malaysia 1970-72 and winner of the 1995 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service) chaired the Global Leaders Award Advisory Council, which reviewed many deserving nominations. "We were impressed by the extent that Dr. Said credited Dr. Russell Morgan and other Peace Corps Volunteers for motivating him to continue his education and model his career on volunteerism," Dr. Pastor said. "Dr. Said's work in caring for refugees, rehabilitating the disabled, and defending the rights of all made us all proud to have been Volunteers, and it reminded us of the enduring legacy of the Peace Corps, one of our nation's finest foreign policy initiatives."

In his comments upon notification that he had won the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award for 2013, Dr. Said said, "I am happy to win an Award in the name of a great man, who himself recently was honored by President Obama for his lifetime commitments to service. He is someone who worked with the Late President John F Kennedy and met Mahatma Gandhi. I am even more motivated to carry on with his work in peace, justice and democracy."

The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
The annual Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served, whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social, and political development. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a global leader by the National Peace Corps Association. The winner will meet with elected officials and the media in Washington, DC in late June before traveling to Boston to present the Global Leaders Lecture and receive the award at NPCA's Peace Corps Connect annual gathering, this year in Boston on June 28-29.

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When: Saturday May 11 -- 12 noon to 3 pm

Where: Santa Clara Recreation Center (W. Mission Bay)
1008 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109

RSVP: President@SDPCA.org
(To plan for food)

Watch for evite!
Get your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts ready!!

We will have food, fun and games for all! Always a great time...

This gathering will also serve as the annual meeting (brief) where a new board is selected.

SDPCA will provide the food so please let us know if you are coming. RSVP to President@SDPCA.org or through the e-vite. Kids are welcome.

Directions from the 8 Freeway: From Interstate 8, take the Mission Bay Drive exit and travel northwest. Exit right onto West Mission Bay Drive and stay on Mission Bay Drive until you see Mission Boulevard. Turn right on Mission Boulevard and then right again on Santa Clara Place. The recreation center will be at the end of the parking area.

From Lynne Graham (India 1967-69):
The luau has a fun history.

  • Originally men and women ate separately in Hawaii.
  • The modern term LUAU may have originated from the great coed feasts of the Hawaiian King Kamehameha II who proclaimed men and women should sit together.
  • Traditionally guests sit on the ground with food placed on Ti leaves.
  • Guests recieve leis as they arrive as a sign of affection. Also when dressing for a luau, women can place a flower behind the left ear to indicate taken or in a relationship or right ear to indicate availability.
  • Elvis and Don Ho both created albums with songs about Hawaii that are popular to play at luaus.

So get your Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip flops ready (coconut bras and grass skirts also acceptable) for our fun

Questions: Sharon at President@SDPCA.org

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Recruiting Event

"Bon Voyage" Social

When: Sat., May 18 12 noon to 2 pm

Where: Flavors of East Africa
2322 El Cajon Blvd,
San Diego, CA 92104

Cost: $10 per person to cover meal

RSVP required: alung@peacecorps.gov
Space is limited, RSVPs are required.

Website: http://www.flavorsofeastafrica.com/

Calling past, present and future PCVs, family and friends!

With college recruitment events slowing down, the event we need the most RPCV's at, is the upcoming "Bon Voyage" lunch on May 18 from 12 - 2 pm.

This is our annual social when we bring together candidates who are nominated or invited for service, their friends or family, and returned volunteers.

Please check the website for more details, and stay tuned for the upcoming evite. Hope you can join us –June at Flavors of East Africa will be cooking up a special lunch! Plates are $10 / person; drinks are separate.

For more info contact:
Amber alung@peacecorps.gov

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Ronald McDonald House Event, 3/3

Celeste Coleman, Ukraine, 2005-07.
17 SDPCA members, family, and friends had a great day making lunch for 150 people staying at the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, March 3rd. A healthy lunch of soup and salad was provided and served by members of our team, and a great time was had by all! Photos by Sharon Kennedy

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Himalayan Dinner Event, 3/6

Sharon Kennedy, Thailand 1989-91.
What a successful event! Over 25 people showed up for the dinner at the Himalayan Cuisine restaurant in La Mesa on Wednesday, March 6th. The dinner was a great mix of fun, friends, and delicious Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan food! -- Photos by Sharon Kennedy

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Happy Hour at Café Europa, 2/21

Heather Boomer, Peru 2010-11
On February 21, we held a happy hour with live music at Café Europa in north Pacific Beach. About 14 people attended, many of whom were recently returned RPCVs making for new introductions and friends all around! After enjoying tapas plates and beverages, we were treated to live music and dancing. All in all, quite a successful event!-- Photos by Erin Keating (potential PCV)

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Panel & Cultural Celebration Recruiting Events March-April

by Amber Lung, Field Based Recruiter, San Diego
Big thanks to the all the SDPCA members who have volunteered at the recent panels and sessions. It has been a busy couple of months around San Diego with special events at UCSD (30+ attended), SDSU, USD (45+ attended) and in Encinitas (50+ attended "Volunteer at Any Age" panel).

Sincere thanks to all of you -- Diana and I
[ed: Our AWESOME local recruiters!] couldn't do it without you!

Photos from Amber Lung

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SDPCA Financial Summary
for 2011-12, 2012-13

Assembled by Don Beck from figures furnished by CFO Gregg Pancoast, Costa Rica 1985-86

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"I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict."
– Donzella Michele Malone

President's Message

Enjoy the Spring!

On May 11, we'll host a Luau which I'm sure will be a lot of fun. I hope you will plan to join us.

In addition to having fun, eating great food, listening to music, we will also elect a new board for the San Diego Peace Corps Association. If you have ever thought, I wish they had more events near where I live or more outdoor events or more community service events, this is your chance! You can join the board and help usplan the activities for rest of the members. I have been involved off and on for many years (basically since I got back from the Peace Corps) and I can attest that it is fun and rewarding to serve on the board. We meet monthly and try to plan a wide array of activities throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining the board, please let us know! You can read Board descriptions at: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/SDPCA/articles/Board.html

You can tell us at the luau or by email at President@SDPCA.org.

Enjoy the spring!

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

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Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday March 12, 2013
Call to Order 7:12 pm

Present: Ashley Smallwood, Celeste Colman, Gregg Pancoast, Heather Boomer, Kris Slanina, Lynne Graham, Sarah Fuhrmann, Sharon Kennedy. Absent: Carl Sepponen, Courtney Baltiyskyy. Guest: Marjory Clyne

President: Sharon. Let Sharon know if board members are interested in continuing on this next year within the next month.

CFO: Gregg Balance sheet is $14,049.19
Membership: Ashley There are currently 71 paid members. Gregg and Sharon to check on previously omitted member information to send to Ashley to add. Look into paypal option for this next year

Fundraising: Carl. No report

International Support Fund: Celeste. Application for ISF: Michelle Hart in Nicaragua would like to purchase books for primary and secondary school. We will ask volunteer for more details on her project before board decides

Newsletter: Heather. Need to submit stories to Heather, as upcoming events are light.
April 15 – Newsletter Content Due
May 1 – Newsletter comes out

Thursday, February 21 - Happy Hour – Heather. 14 people attended; it was a huge success.
Sunday, March 3 - Ronald McDonald House  - Celeste. Salad bar and soup. 17 people attended—served 120 people. Sharon will send photos, Celeste will write newsletter.
Wednesday, March 6 -Nepalese Restaurant in La Mesa – Sharon. 25 people showed up—great success.

Thursday, April 18: Happy Hour – Gregg. Hillcrest Brewing Company. Sharon will send out evite.
April 21st Earth Day – Marjory is out of town, so Sharon will take shifts Shifts are 2 hour increments.
Saturday, May 11: Annual Meeting/Luau – Santa Clara Point Rec Center. SDPCA will provide food and drinks. Will hash out the details at the next meeting. Heather will design a postcard to invite all SDPCA members

New Business none

Adjourn 8:23pm
Next Meeting:   Tuesday, April 9

Tuesday April 9, 2013
Call to order: 7:23 pm

Present: Carl Sepponen, Celeste Coleman, Kris Slanina, Lynne Graham, Sarah Fuhrmann, Sharon Kennedy. Absent: Ashley Smallwood, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Gregg Pancoast, Heather Boomer.

President: Sharon. Board members should notify Sharon if they don't wish to continue. Proposed idea for adding President elect system. Discussed new options for accepting dues: Click n' Pledge and Paypal; would like to have it set up by next round of memberships.

CFO: Gregg. See Financial Summary page 10. CASS fund has been fully spent.

Membership: Ashley. 9  new members through NPCA since December.

Fundraising: Carl. Would like to set date and location of holiday party at initial board meeting in June. Would also like to welcome new members with a personal phone call by a board member. No Entertainment Books next year.      

International Support Fund: Celeste. Revised application to reflect Peace Corps Partnership information. Needs to be uploaded to website. No new application submissions have been received and haven't heard back from previous applicant.


Thursday, April 18 Happy Hour – Gregg.
Sunday, April 21 Earth Day - Marjory.
Saturday, May 11 Annual Meeting/Luau – Santa Clara Point Rec Center: Discussed logistics.

Amber is hosting a "bon voyage" social for area nominees and invitees on May 4 from 12-2 and asked for sponsorship, board attendance, and an invitation to be sent out.

Adjourn 8:20pm
Next Meeting:   Saturday, May 11 at Santa Clara Point

–Ashley Smallwood, SDPCA Secretary, Ecuador 2004-07.

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"Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence."
– Dorothy Thompson

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Ask Amber

A new column to be written for each newsletter by our very own San Diego Peace Corps Recruiter. Questions? Just Ask Amber! Submit your questions for Amber to newseditor@sdpca.org

Q: What recruitment events are coming up that you need help with?

A: With college recruitment events slowing down, the event we need the most RPCV's at is the upcoming "bon voyage" lunch on May 18 from 12-2pm. This is our annual social when we bring together candidates who are nominated or invited for service, their friends or family, and returned volunteers. Please check the website for more details, and stay tuned for the upcoming evite. Hope you can join us - June at Flavors of East Africa will be cooking up a special lunch!

The restaurant is located at 2322 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104; plates are $10/person, drinks are purchased separately. Space is limited, RSVP's are required.

Big thanks to the all the SDPCA members who have volunteered at the recent panels and sessions. It has been a busy couple of months around San Diego with special events at UCSD, SDSU, USD and in Encinitas. Sincere thanks to all of you, Diana and I couldn't do it without you!

–Amber Lung, Field Based Recruiter, San Diego alung@peacecorps.gov

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Annual Work-A-Thon

Where: Student residence near SDSU
When: Saturday, May 18 - 9am to mid-aft.

Support affordble SDSU student housing and two nonprofit organizations (Project YANO and Peace Resource Center) – there are two ways to help:

  1. Volunteer for a day of community service art the Wesley House Student Residence. (sign up by May 8)
  2. Sponsor a volunteer worker. (sign up by May 16)

WORK-A-THON VOLUNTEERS: The tasks include painting a semi-enclosed car port and storage area, trimming overgrown trees and shrubs, and removing weeds on the property. Location: on Hardy Avenue, adjacent to S.D. State University. Time frame: 9 am to mid-afternoon (people can work all or part of this).

WORK-A-THON SPONSORS: Sponsors contribute money (tax-deductible) in support of a volunteer worker.

Download flyer with full information about the event at: http://prcsd.org/page-links/workathon2013.pdf

–Peace Resource Center, (info@prcsd.org, 619-263-9301)

PC Archive Now at American University

On March 21, 2013 American University in Washington, D.C. officially launched the Peace Corps Community Archive, whose mission is to: "collect, exhibit, and provide educational and public programs that document the experiences and impact of individuals who served in the Peace Corps and of individuals and institutions in host countries."

The archive will include Volunteers' "correspondence, diaries, films photographs reports, scrapbooks and sound recordings" as well as "organizational records of NPCA member groups and oral histories of RPCVs and host country nationals." For more info:

IPJ Film Series:
'Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle'

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – 7 pm-9 pm

Where: Peace & Justice Theatre, USD

The Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the Kroc School of Peace Studies invites you to a screening followed by a panel discussion.

"Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle" details the events that lead up to what South Africans have coined "Mandela's miracle," a strategy in a peaceful transition from apartheid to a democracy. It is driven by the notion that even the most terrible tyranny can be overcome through reconciliation.

RSVP requested. Go to https://www.sandiego.edu/about/news_center/events/events_detail.php?_focus=44721View Trailer at http://reconciliation-mandelasmiracle.com/

–Megan Theriault | mtheriault@sandiego.edu | (619) 260-7618

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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 92126 or email to:

Heather Boomer

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck

Contributors this issue are:
Sharon Kennedy, Ashley Smallwood, Amber Lung, Lynn Graham, Bill Meyers, Johnathan Pearson, Celeste Coleman, Heather Bloomer, Gregg Pancoast, Erica Berman.

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