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RPCVw Fall 2010 Newsletter

RPCVw Fall 2010 Newsletter

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...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 Kennedys 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...
Fall 2010
Seasonal Newsletter
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
We’re onFacebook !!Twitter:
Some of RPCV/W’s most popularevents are happy hours, parties,and other social events. This yearthese have included our annualpicnic and thanksgiving dinner, afilm screening, and of coursehappy hours throughout the D.C.area. Some of our recent eventshave highlighted the cultural di-versity of the first Peace CorpsCountries, and RPCV/W willcontinue to hold one social eventa month on a country theme lead-ing up to the 50th Anniversarycelebrations. Future events in thisseries will include dinner at anIndian restaurant with a Bolly-wood performance, and an authorreading at a bookstore.Of course, it is not all high-mindedness – these functions arealso a lot of fun. In addition togood times these events offerRPCVs an opportunity to net-work, meet other returned volun-teers with similar interests, and achance to swap stories from thefield. They also strengthen thecommunity of returned PeaceCorps Volunteers in the Washing-ton area, and reinforce RPCV/ W’s mission to share our uniqueexperiences and commitment toservice and in the process create acommunity that celebrates thediversity of the greater Washing-ton area and world cultures. If you have ideas for additional so-cial events that would appeal toother RPCVs, our Social Directoris interested in hearing from you –contactsocial@rpcvw.org.
From the Social Committee Natacha and Brandon...From the Membership Committee Andrianne and Arvis...From Community Service Director Corey Taylor...
invasive species of ivy; and EscuelaBolivia reached out to us in theirefforts to promote education andleadership to underserved Latinofamilies. These are just a few of the suggestions we’ve gotten fromour members, and for that wethank you.That said, we’re still open to othersuggestions for activities, and tohelp the impact of those activitiesgo further, we would be grateful tohave each of you contribute yourtime, your skills, and your exper-tise to community service events.Whether it’s a single effort on aSaturday afternoon or a weeklycommitment of one hour to anorganization, RPCV/W valuesyour input and your presence –especially your presence. For it’sthe hands and minds that get the job done, and there’s still muchwork to do.In August, an open letter was sentasking for more input on the vari-ous types of community serviceactivities each of you would like tosee us cover as an organization.We received great leads fromgroups such as IntergenerationalBridges, with their efforts in find-ing mentors age 50 or better forrecently immigrated students; wealso formed a volunteer group forthe National Arboretum, to clear
“Service to othersis the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” Mohammed Ali
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A Word From Your Directors...
Happy Hour at Ghana CafeCaption describing pictureor graphic.
When did you come back? Where did you serve? What sector were you in?RPCVs find themselves answer-ing and asking these questions quite often. It’s almost a compulsive twitch at networking events and inter-views. It seems unfair; to have your Peace Corps service reduced to three close-ended questions. Peace Corpsis about more than just a date and place. It’s about the: community you were in, connections you made, anda shared experience. When you join RPCV/W you are becoming a part of a community of 500 membersand connecting with those members based on a shared experience. Help RPCV/W learn more about you by:mingling at our monthly happy hours; volunteering with RPCV/W; taking a hike in one of the many localnational parks; and getting discounts to annual events (RPCV/W Annual Holiday Party and Picnic).So ask yourselves; do I want to meet more people in the Washington, D.C. area?Could I use a discount atthe next happy hour I go to?Is sharing my Peace Corps service with like-minded individuals important tome? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then RPCV/W is ready to welcome you. With RPV/Wclose-ended questions become conversation starters—happy hour nametags usually cover those questions.
What We’ve Been Up To...
A Night at the Ballpark
Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary!!!
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September 28, 2010 was Washington Nationals Peace Corps Night atNationals Park. The Peace Corps parade of flags, led by Returned PeaceCorps Volunteers and staff, took place on the field before first pitch. Itwas a great night to be a Peace Corps Volunteer and a National's baseballfan!
Dear Friends,RPCV/W’s part in the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary is sure to be the most exciting parts of theyear. There are five committees with truly committed RPCV/W members and RPCVs. The Socialand Outreach Committee has already done a wonderful job with two great events to honor the firstthirteen Peace Corps countries. In September we celebrated Ghana at Ghana Café. October was themonth to Celebrate Chile with a showing of a Chilean movie at the Latin American Film Festivaland in November we celebrated Pakistan with a fundraiser for flood relief. The Parade Committeeand Wreath laying committee are already tackling planning for RPCV/W’s main events on Septem-ber 25, 2011. That day will include a Wreath laying program at Arlington National Cemetery, wherewe will honor the impact of RPCVs, Host country Nationals and remember the fallen Peace Corpsvolunteers. This program will be followed by a spectacular Parade of Flags across the Arlington Me-morial bridge. The Communications committee are beginning to plan ways to document all ourevents so we can remember this momentous milestone for the Peace Corps. The Development Com-mittee is working on finding ways to ensure we can have wonderful and meaningful events. If youare interested in joining a committee please contact Kristina atpeacecorps50th@rpcvw.org. Find outwhat is going to our website or ourFacebook page. If you are an RPCV that is involved in regionalor a Country group please contact us. We will be needing your help in the future.Best,Kristina Owens, RPCV/W Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary Liaison
Partnership for Peace
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC (RPCV/W) is pleased toannounce its 2011 Partnership for PeaceRecipient. You decided, and this year’s re-cipient is
Academy of Hope!!!
This organiza-tion will be the focus of our community ser-vice, programming, and fundraising effortsfor the 2011 calendar year. This program isin its second year and will include a largeservice event during the 50th Peace CorpsAnniversary celebration in September 2011.
What We’ve Been Up To...

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