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9-25-2011 Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Booklet - Final

9-25-2011 Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Booklet - Final

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 The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DCcommemorate
50 Years of the Peace Corps
Sunday, September 25, 2011Arlington National CemeteryMemorial Amphitheater
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W) is a Washington-basednon-prot organization committed to the Peace Corps’ Third Goal: bringing thePeace Corps service back home. It was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1990 in theDistrict of Columbia. With over 500 members and representing more than 2,500returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Peace Corps sta, Peace Corps families andsupporters in the greater Washington D.C. area, RPCV/W is one of the largestorganizations of its kind in the world. RPCV/W is a registered 501(c)(3) organizationand governed by an elected board of directors.www.rpcvw.org
“The Peace Corps opens a window to the worldfor many people. I went through that window andbecame President of my country.”Alejandro ToledoFormer President of Peru“It’s funny how small, seemingly insignicantmoments in our lives can take on such meaning later.”Je FearnsideKazakhstan (2002–2004)“In the Peace Corps, we present a dierent image of America. The Peace Corps breaks down thestereotypes and turns an American into a fellowhuman being.”Robert Taft Tanzania (1963–1965)Former Governor of Ohio“I realized that my work wasn’t about directlycreating change, but motivating change in others.”Beth GenovesePanama (2002–2004)“Our lives, and certainly our perspectives, werechanged forever.”Ron TschetterIndia (1964-1968)17th Director of the Peace Corps“We learned to appreciate what we have asAmericans, and how as global citizens we havea responsibility to others who are less fortunate.Nancy TschetterIndia (1966–1968)“I slowly began to realize that the best chance I hadfor success was simply to start with the question:How can I help?”Steven BiedermannRepublic of Kiribati (2002–2004“The Peace Corps, I would learn, is a constant sourceof adapting.”Mark HumanMorocco (2005–2007)“What matters is a willingness to share,ungrudgingly and without hesitation.Kara GarbeBurkina Faso (2001–2004)“I’ve learned to love in a way more profound thanI’ve ever known before.”Christina LuongoBolivia (2002–2004)“I think I’ve learned less about me and more aboutthe human condition.Caroline ChambreBurkina Faso (2002–2004)“In all these lessons, I’m the student. Yet, accordingto my job description, I’m supposed to be theteacher.”April SimunMoldova (2003–2005)“I knew that I was making a dierence in their lives.What I didn’t realize at the time was how signicantof a dierence they were making in my life.”Diana SchmidtUkraine (2000–2001)“The greatest hurdle [in deciding to join the PeaceCorps] is often a mental one: stepping into theunknown and hoping to nd the strength,commitment, and exibility to see it through.”Dillon BanerjeeCameroon (1994–1996)
 Author, So, You Want to Jointhe Peace Corps... What to Know Before You Go
... The Peace Corps
Peace Corps 50th Anniversary 
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Peace Corps 50th Anniversary 
Walk of Flags
Start time ~12:30pm
 To begin immediatelyfollowing the ceremony. To participate in the PeaceCorps Walk of Host CountryFlags, make your way to the agstaging area on Memorial Drive. The walk will proceed acrossthe Memorial Bridge andnish just north of the LincolnMemorial where there will beopportunities for photos.
Participants walkingwith country ags:
Flags will leave from MemorialDrive in alphabetical order.Please check this list to knowyour ag’s order of departure.Plan to arrive promptly at theag staging area, as soon asthe ceremony has nished.
AfghanistanAlbaniaAnguillaAntigua &BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelizeBeninBoliviaBotswanaBrazilBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCentral AfricaRepublicChadChileChinaColombiaComorosCongo (Demo-cratic Republicof)Congo (Repub-lic of)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCote d’IvoireCyprusCzech RepublicDominicaDominicanRepublicEast TimorEcuadorEl SalvadorEquatorialGuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFijiGabon The GambiaGeorgiaGhanaGrenada andCaraicouGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHondurasHungaryIndiaIndonesiaIranJamaicaJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKyrgyz Repub-licLatviaLesothoLiberiaLibyaLithuaniaMacedonia(Republic of)MadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaliMaltaMarshallIslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMicronesia(Federal Statesof)MoldovaMongoliaMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueOmanPakistanPalau (Republicof)PanamaPapua NewGuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandRomaniaRussiaRwandaSamoaSao Tempe/PrincipeSenegalSeychellesSierra LeoneSlovak Repub-licSolomonIslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSri LankaSt. Kitts & NevisSt. LuciaSt. Vincent andthe GrenadinesSudanSurinameSwaziland Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks andCaicos TuvaluUgandaUkraineUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaYemenZambiaZimbabweCountries represented in the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Walk of Flags
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Peace Corps 50th Anniversary 
Dear Friends,On behalf of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C., we welcomeyou to the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Arlington Presentation and Walk of Flags.We are delighted to share this occasion with you. Today we reect not only on the rst 50 years of the Peace Corps, but on the next 50.We honor half a century of building global friendships and cultural understanding,helping others help themselves, and bringing our service back home. Over 200,000Volunteers have served in the Peace Corps; and our experiences have touched morelives across the world and within our communities than we will ever know.We take this opportunity to reect not only on what we’ve gained, but what we’velost since the founding of the Peace Corps. We honor the legacy of President John F.Kennedy, who signed the Peace Corps into being, as well as our rst director, SargentShriver, the visionary leader who built the Peace Corps from the ground up. We honorthe 280 Volunteers who gave their lives in service to the ideals of the Peace Corps. Weare all humbled by their sacrice in service to our country and our global community. Today’s events are being put on entirely by volunteers. Throughout the planning process, we reliedupon the qualities that we rened in the Peace Corps -patience, perseverance, cooperation, and re-lentless optimism. Success meant listening to you, the RPCV community, about previous events andanniversaries, and we are grateful for your guidance. To all of these volunteers and mentors, thank youfor the time and energy you’ve given.We would also like to thank all our sponsors, as well as the Peace Corps, the National Peace CorpsAssociation, the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteer Memorial Project, the National Park Service and theUnited States Army, which manages the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Most of all, we want to thank all of you for being here today to commemorate what we all have in common,the Peace Corps.Sincerely, Chris AustinKenya 2003-2005RPCV/W PresidentKristina J. OwensBolivia 2000-2002RPCV/W 50th Anniversary Event Manager
FOR CYNTHIA ANN MYERS 1941-1964: Cynthia waslike a dear sister to us. We miss her. Her spirit liveson in our hearts and in those of the Indian peoplewho knew her. Cynthia worked to improve humanconditions.Peace Corps India, Group 4(1963-1965)Honoring Peace Corps Colombia: 1961-1981, 2010-present; “Ask not what your country can do for you,ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy  Anonymous PCV Colombia (1963-1965)In honor of Tunisia and all Peace Corps Volunteerswho served there.Mary PendletonTunisia (1966-1968)In honor of Moldova and all Peace Corps Volunteerswho have served and are serving there now.Mary PendletonTunisia (1966-1968)U.S. Ambassador to Moldova (1992-1995)Luis Fernando Sanchez, Executive Director of theMarina Orth Foundation is my seless and hardworking partner for deserving children in threeschools and helps keep the spirit of the Peace Corpsalive every day.Maureen OrthColombia (1965-1967)In honor of RPCVs who incorporate the third goal into their lives to better their communities.Tamar and Jonathan Lechter Uzbekistan/Ukraine (2001-2003)We have always strongly believed in the PeaceCorps’ mission and are proud of the dedication of all the volunteers. That especially includes our sonKevin (Niger ‘07-’09, Togo ‘09-’10). May the PeaceCorps serve on! The Souza Family In gratitude to Sarge who started it all and to the people of Barrio Simon Bolivar in Santo Domingofrom whom I received so much. Anonymous PCV Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic (1963-1965
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