...bringing the experience home.
Dear Friends,Last month I had the honor of attending a dinner hosted by “Friends of Turkey” outside Washington, DC.Members of Turkey groups 1 and 2 came together to celebrate Turkish Independence Day and catch up on oldtimes. I was amazed that after all these years, the friendships that had been made during the Peace Corps werestill strong and the stories they told about their days of service were still so fresh in their minds. A woman sit-ting at my table said, “It’s always great to get the old group back together again.”This year marks the 50
anniversary of the Peace Corps. Groups around the country are celebrating this anni-versary by meeting up, planning return visits to their host countries, and reconnecting with old friends.Though RPCV/W has the luxury of having the largest population of returned volunteers anywhere in the world,I encourage you all to reach out to those people from your service who you may have lost touch with over theyears. Go through your Peace Corps album again and think about your first night at staging. For some of you,this wasn’t that long ago. For others, it may have been several decades.10 years have passed since my first staging night in Chicago. There are many people from my Peace Corps groupthat have since become part of my extended family. Of all the things that I gained from the Peace Corps, it is thepeople that I met, both host country nationals and fellow volunteers, that I am most grateful for.I hope you encourage your Peace Corps friends around the world to come to Washington, DC next Septemberand join us all in paying tribute to Kennedy’s great vision, and the program that changed all our lives. I can’tthink of a better excuse to pick up the phone, send an email, use Facebook, Linked In, or the many other ave-nues and “ get the old group back together again.”Best wishes this holiday season,Tamar Schiffman Lechter, President,Uzbekistan '01, Ukraine '03
A Word from your President...Your 2010 Board Directors...
RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
Save the Date:
Holiday Party-December 10, 2010
Happy Hour at Merid-ian Point- November30, 2010
Peace Corps’ 50thAnniversary Events-2011 (STAY TUNED!!!)
Inside this issue:
A Word FromYour Directors
What We’ve BeenUp To
For Your Tummy
About RPCV/Wand Join!
1st Row (l to r):
*Andrianne Konstas: New MembersDirector*Chris Austin: Development Director*Joe Ford: Secretary*Natacha Vecroux: Social Director
2nd Row (l to r):
*Allison*Corey Taylor: Community ServiceDirector*Bea Tijerina: Vice PresidentArvis Layton: Membership Director
3rd Row (l to r):
*Liza Cushion: Programs Director*Doug Trapp: Web Director*Kristina Owens: Peace Corps 50thAnniversary Liaison
4th Row (l to r)
Brandon Roche: Special Events DirectorChina Dickerson: CommunicationsDirectorTamar Schiffman: President
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