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he year begins with a report on two organizations we’ve contributed to. Maureen Pritchard tells her coming out stories with Russian and Kyrgyz friends. The unholy alliance between Peace Corps and NGOs in Tom La Belle’s article. Wayne Hill pays tribute to his Country Director in Micronesia. A new PCV LGBT group in Ecuador. Dan Rael’s annual Finances and Membership report. Books of interest to PCVs in the Islamic world.
Donations for 2006
- by Mike Learned, Editor
LGB RPCV’s Steering Committee (our board) decided early in December to split $1200 we had available for a donation between two deserving projects: Development in Gardening and Nash Mir. Discussion and recommendations from all eleven members of the committee were all over the map. Opinions were pretty evenly divided between the merits of the two projects. $600 went to Development in Gardening, a recently formed non-proﬁt organization put together by Steve Bollinger and Sarah Koch, RPCVs Senegal, to develop vegetable gardens serving patients and out-patients of HIV/AIDS hospitals in Senegal. Steve had worked on the initial project as a volunteer and it was so successful that after returning home, he wanted to continue. Good nutrition is key to treatment for HIV/AIDS in Africa if antiretroviral drugs and other therapies are to be successful. Steve is back in Senegal now, working on a second garden with local gardeners and the Peace Corps volunteer now assigned to the project. He recently traveled to South Africa and Mozambique where there was interest in establishing similar projects in these two countries. You can learn more about Development in Gardening and how you can personally contribute by visiting DIG’s web site www.developmentingardening.org and also reading the article Steve Bollinger wrote in our November 2006 newsletter http:// www.lgbrpcv.org/articles/11_06_dig. htm. number of volunteers in any country PC serves) have done volunteer and secondary project work with Nash Mir. RPCV Jeffrey Janis, Ukraine, proposed this organization. The speciﬁc Nash Mir project we contributed to was one that provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention information to the LGBT people in the Ukraine they serve. You can learn more about Nash Mir and how to personally contribute to their projects by visiting their web site http://www. gay.org.ua Steering Committee member, Alan Silverman will be working with our board to establish additional guidelines for choosing recipients for any donations made in the future. Our rather loose guidelines to this point have been that donations be HIV/ AIDS care, education, or prevention related, and that there be at least a loose connection with Peace Corps. Alan has suggested that guidelines include characteristics such as sustainability, effectiveness and be broadened to include a wider range of LGBT related issues. These will be published before we solicit ideas for future contributions.
Our second donation of $600 went to Nash Mir, an LGBT Human Rights NGO in Ukraine. They are a successful organization that takes on a full range of programs related to LGBT and other Human Rights issues in this former Soviet block country. Many Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine (Ukraine now has the largest
LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
Coming Out In Kyrgyzstan
- Maureen Pritchard, RPCV
Misha: The ﬁrst few weeks in site I was so lonely. Naryn, Kyrgyzstan seemed to be a cold place with oppressive mountains. Classes had yet to resume from the New Year’s holiday and so I had no ﬂock of eager English learners to occupy my time. I knew that a “good girl” stayed home to clean, cook, and study, but I was unable to bear the inside of the apartment any longer and decided to go out into the sunlight. I joined a group of young children playing soccer. While playing I noticed a very tall blonde Russian man laughing at my inability to kick. He had blue eyes and a gorgeous smile that hinted at womanizing ways. “Playing with the kids eh”, he said in Russian. “Why don’t you come up to the radio and hang out.” His name was Misha. I was so surprised to learn that there was a radio station in my backyard. Up three ﬂights of stairs we went until we reached an iron-grated door. Inside was a fully functional radio transmitter whose power source was situated in a still functional bath-tub! There were three other young men there, all university students, who had skipped class for this more interesting radio project. After introductions and some conversation my new found friend invited me onto the balcony. “I want to tell you something” he said. Outside, under blue skies, he lit a cigarette and eyed me. I was fully expecting a confession of love. Instead he said, “Please, don’t tell anybody this. I don’t know why I am telling you but I trust you somehow. I am a Satanist.” I was most certainly intrigued and after a long discussion about his beliefs I said, “And I should tell you something. I’m a lesbian.” I had never used that word in reference to myself but my vocabulary was so limited, what else could I say? He grinned in acceptance and leaned over the balcony, “I understand you being a lesbian because I myself can’t live without women. I always wanted to meet a gay man,” he said. “I would ask him how he can live without them. But you should be careful whom you tell about yourself.” Ulya: One night I had gone to the telephone center to call the girl I’d left behind in the USA. We hadn’t argued but there had been a tension in the conversation and I knew something wasn’t right. As I walked back home thinking, I ran into the radio station manager, and a DJ. The manager’s girlfriend was going off to America end my service and come home, yet unable to work out the tension and distance that had developed between my girlfriend and me, I had decided to end the relationship. That was in November and all my fellow volunteers had come to my aid to prevent me from ending my service early. Misha and I had marked our mutual sorrow in vodka. Ulya however contended that I was just being “capricious” and in the end we would get back together, after all in the Muslim mindset, you date a woman with the intention of marriage and I oughtn’t toy with her. Now it was March and International Women’s Day had just passed. I was standing outside the university throwing rocks at a wall. “Why are you throwing rocks at other people’s property?” a familiar voice said gently. It was a ﬁfth year student whom I hung around a lot with but whom I couldn’t say that I was close to at the time. I began aiming at the ground instead of the wall. “I am throwing rocks at the wall because my ex-girlfriend got me into a big problem and I don’t know what to do about it.” Chinya hadn’t known about my sexual orientation until that exact moment and he didn’t say a word in response, but I saw in his eyes that he understood. After that day, I stopped censoring myself and Chinya got used to this new side of me, giving me the nickname “Boy-Girl”. On one of our long walks to his girlfriend’s window and back, I began some tangent about wanting to be a man and he just started laughing. “What’s so funny?” I asked. “I imagined your erection!” he said to me, raising his pinky ﬁnger as illustration. I was never allowed to sleep next to his girlfriend and I always took this scenario as a silent acknowledgement that he took my sexuality seriously. Once he said to me “I never met a lesbian before you, but if all lesbians are like you, then I respect all lesbians.” Continued on page 4
on some kind of scholarship and they invited me to drink some wine in celebration. My mood must have been noticeable because they asking in a teasing way. “Who offended you? Who made you sad? Who is he?” On the way out, tipsy from the wine, I told one of them, Ulya, whom I was really fond of, “He’s not a boy. He’s a girl.” “Oh-ho!” he replied with the honest delight of knowing a secret, “I knew you had somebody!” After that day he always included “And how is going your relationship” into all the other formalities a Kyrgyz person must ask in greeting. Chinya: News ﬂows slowly across the world and it wasn’t until March then that I discovered my now expartner had managed to accrue a debt in my name more than three times my readjustment allowance. Unwilling to
LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
Peace Corps and NGOs: Time for a Review?
- Thomas J. La Belle, RPCV Columbia
In an article on HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, The Killing Disease (http://www.lgbrpcv.org/articles/11_ 06_killing_disease.htm), published in the last (November, 2006) issue of this Newsletter, author Vincent D’Agostino laments the lack of coordination among agencies involved in the delivery of HIV/AIDS related services, along with the denial among those infected, and those around them, of a lack of appropriate intervention. The introduction by the Editor notes that Swaziland is recognized as having the highest rate of HIV infection in the world while D’Agostino states that nearly half of the population is infected, but only about 20% are aware of their status. My reaction to the article was not surprise at either of the major points made by the author, or the suffering and death which follows such problems, especially in Africa. But I found the author to be especially poignant in his comments regarding the delivery of treatments. He states: “…there are too many hands, too many players, too many ﬁghters, too many NGO’s, too many messages, too many mixed messages, too many everything. There is no cohesion, no communication. There is constantly a breakdown of all these things wherever you go…It really is a land of confusion out there.” I have also noted this lack of cohesion in the delivery of human services associated with governments “out sourcing” them to NGOs (NonGovernmental Organizations) and private for proﬁt agencies in developing countries. I ﬁrst came across this effort to disengage governments in such programs in Latin America in the early 1990s. This was the period when the so-called “neo-cons,” through the IMF and the World Bank, among others, like USAID, were encouraging, if not insisting, that in order to be looked upon favorably for loans and related funding, dependent governments had to privatize or in other ways “outsource” their human service delivery resources (e.g. health and agricultural extension, literacy and consciousness raising, community development, technical vocational education) to non governmental agencies. I recall that, along with the confusion noted by D’Agostino, there was considerable competition for survival among the NGOs. Each had an ofﬁce, a staff, and each was dependent for funding from some naI again came across the competitive nature of the NGO landscape. In Jamaica, however, I noted another characteristic of such competition, the alignment of NGOs along political and religious lines, such that the competition was not just among individual agencies but among coalitions of agencies. Such alignments or groups of agencies were tied to political and religions groups, which effectively blocked much real participation with others across group lines. Yet, it appeared that little productive activity could go on, at least in encouraging public-private partnerships, in the absence of linking up with such coalitions. The Bush administration added the “faith based” initiative to the confusion that D’Agostino points to, by encouraging religiously afﬁliated nongovernment agencies to become more active in human service delivery. While, in principle, many would likely agree that governmental agencies need to encourage the involvement of the public through ﬁnancial assistance and volunteerism, the test for judging progress on a project appears now to be tied to how many “partnerships” can be created, thereby effectively reducing the attention given to the goals associated with the program itself. The results have heightened the competition among individual agencies to a new level as such competition is tied, not just to agency survival, but to the socialization of the general public to particular political and religious belief systems. When I ﬁrst studied NGOs in Latin America in the 1970s, many were small, local, community based, and took support from regional and national agencies. Today however, NGOs are often large, multinational institutions which operate more as corporations, but whose focus is less on making money than delivering services. Nevertheless, they are clearly Continued on page 5
tional or international agency, or was dependent on the demand from clients to pay directly for services received. Such competition was fueling a lack of cooperation and communication among agencies, as each NGO, for example, needed to convince those who were funding their programs to continue support. An NGO’s survival meant jobs for its staff as well as the delivery of services to a known population. To share information about its programs, about possible funding sources, and about its proposals for funding with other NGOs working with similar missions, was looked upon negatively as such action was perceived as sharing internal secrets which ultimately would make the agency less competitive. On a recent trip to Jamaica this past summer, where I was working with USAID on public-private partnerships to support primary school education,
LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
A Hero for a Lifetime
- Wayne Hill, RPCV, Micronesia
From the Saipan Tribune, Saturday, August 26, 2006: Ex-Peace Corps Micronesia Chief Honored Gov. Benigno R. Fitial yesterday recognized the ﬁrst director of Peace Corps Micronesia and the volunteers who have worked throughout the former Trust Territory. Mr. John Pincetich, a resident of Gearhart, Oregon came to Saipan as the Director of Peace Corps Micronesia in 1966. Kurt Barnes, one of several former Peace Corps Volunteers attending the ceremony, accepted a plaque on behalf of Mr. Pincetich, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Sept. 4, 2006 which Governor Fitial designated “John Pincetich Day” in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. The governor recalled that Pincetich was appointed to serve as the ﬁrst director of Peace Corps Micronesia, after serving on the Peace Corps staff in Nigeria. Pincetich and his wife Jerry moved to Saipan in the fall of 1966 and made their home in San Antonio. Within a few months, they welcomed several hundred volunteers to work throughout the Trust Territory. “Being in the unique position of directing hundreds of outspoken Sixties-era volunteers in a place under the American ﬂag required John to use all his skills of diplomacy. He was a great friend of our people, as well as of the many Peace Corps Volunteers who he inﬂuenced,” Fitial said. He added, “So today, we honor our volunteers and Mr. Pincetich for their service. We pay homage to all the Peace Corps pioneers who have stayed with us and who continue to contribute in business, education, sports, youth programs, and many other ways. You are an important part of the fabric of our community.” So who is this guy John Pincetich? Well, on a personal level, he’s just about the biggest hero in my life, not to mention a straight, loyal, dues-paying member of the LGB RPCVs! I surely wasn’t out in Peace Corps since there was no “out” in those days. (I arrived home in Massachusetts the same weekend that the Stonewall Riots were happening 200 miles away in New York City). And I never “ofﬁcially” came out to John, but when my partner, Toshi, died in 1994, one of the most caring, eloquent letters I received was the one from John. After their departure from Saipan he thought would make a difference. He tucked his pain in his heart and in 1993, he brieﬂy returned to Peace Corps in Bulgaria to ﬁll in for a Country Director who was unable to complete her tour. John noticed lots of changes in Peace Corps from “the good old days”: a loss of independence in this age of computers, email and a worldwide modern phone system and a bureaucracy that was much more cumbersome, but he was happy to see that there were many more women in top positions, and that Gays and Lesbians were now welcomed, instead of being drummed out if discovered. After Bulgaria, John joined an NGO and served a stint as director of an education and job creation program in Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, in the midst of the chaos after Operation Desert Storm. He was to remain there through most of 1993 and 1994. Later he moved on to position in Peace Corps Training for Uzbekistan and an NGO in Tajikistan, and ﬁnally in 1996, he returned to Gearhart at an age of 80 to retire ﬁfteen years after most of the rest of his generation! He’s certainly earned the time he currently spends on the golf course. From John’s unpublished memoir: “My seven years in Peace Corps were the most fulﬁlling of my life. Volunteers and fellow staffers by the several dozens have remained friends through the many years. In contrast, after my ﬁve years in the Navy in WWII, I kept in touch with only a few of the aviators with whom I shared the peril of death on a daily basis. I’ve pondered that difference to no purpose. Both were bonds forged in common cause, one of war, the other of peace in our time” So you see, there are many good reasons that John Pincetich is my hero for a lifetime. You can reach Wayne Hill at email@example.com.
in 1968, I was lucky to reconnect with John and Jerry in the mid-70s when I was living in Honolulu and John was the head of the Hawaii Bicentennial Commission. Unemployed at that time, I volunteered there doing grunt work for the Commission. Among his other “careers,” John was a ﬁghter pilot in WWII, a newspaper reporter in Oregon and Honolulu. In July of 1992, Jerry died after lung surgery due to a horrible mistake by the operating physician. Having successfully sued for malpractice, John donated part of the settlement to the University of Oregon for a scholarship for visually handicapped students. This was in honor of the many years Jerry had spent translating books and documents to Braille. Rather than linger in mourning after losing his soul mate, John sought solace in working in projects
LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
PCV GLBT Interest Group Forming in Ecuador
- Claudia Calhoon, PCV
On December 15, 2006, a group of volunteers met in Quito to re-organize a GLBT Interest Group to serve volunteers in Ecuador. Efrain Soria from Equidad, a human rights and HIV organization that works with gay men in Quito, spoke to the group about issues facing gay and lesbian populations and described the work of the organization. The majority of the volunteers are from the Rural Public Health and Youth and Families programs. We hope to identify training and resources materials for providing education on homophobia, particularly with the aim of improving HIV prevention for GLBT populations and men who have sex with men. We are planning to have a presence at Orgullo Gay (Gay Pride) in Quito in June and want to network with the other GLBT organizations working in Guayaquil and Machala. Our new group will not be all work. We plan so social events, including a rafting trip we have in mind for sometime in 2007.
The Group’s Mission Statement:
The GLBT Interest group is a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight Peace Corps Volunteers working in Ecuador to support programming in education on sexuality, homophobia, HIV, and discrimination. Our objectives are: * To provide a supportive network for volunteers who are GLBT in which they can discuss the challenges of living and serving in Ecuador. * To provide an outlet and resource to all volunteers who are interested in addressing homophobia and raising the visibility of GLBT communities in Ecuador. Supporting the creation of safe and secure environments for youth who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender is a key part of encouraging health behaviours and is fundamental to combating the spread of HIV. * To serve as a resource to Peace Corps Ecuador staff and volunteers in training with sensitivity to GLBT issues. You can reach Claudia Calhoon to offer support or ﬁnd out more about the LGBT Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace Corps and NGOs...
Continued from page 3 “big business.” The Peace Corps has created a partnership with these international NGOs for the placement of Volunteers and, curiously on its website, categorizes NGOs under “business development.” The site also provides PCV training modules intended to help Volunteers sustain and make more effective the NGOs where they are assigned. As NGOs have become primary institutions for PCV placement, Volunteers no doubt ﬁnd themselves in the confusing and conﬂicting positions identiﬁed by D’Agostino. Thus, Volunteers may be competing with colleagues placed in another agency in seeking funds and service delivery alternatives, or ﬁnd themselves, among others, in conﬂict with the religious constraints placed on delivering such services. A prime example of the latter is the endorsement of abstinence in favor of the use of condoms in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Is it not time to stand back from policies associated with privatization, public-private partnerships and faith based initiatives, which the U.S. government has emphasized, and ask what has actually happened in the delivery of human services to those who need them? Similarly, is it perhaps time to take stock of the reliance Peace Corps has placed on corporate (or corporate like) multinational NGOs in its Volunteer placement and service delivery? Perhaps looking at the effects of alignment with such NGOs, and encouraging the importance of cross NGO cooperation rather than competition, cohesion rather than alignment with political and religious belief systems,
and communication across agencies rather than silence, as criteria for funding. In addition, choosing more locally based NGOs and government agencies for PCV assignment would shift the attention from those who deliver services to those who are in need of such services. The alternative is to continue what appear to be the likely negative, interactive, effects of competition and conﬂict which characterize human delivery systems, and which Peace Corps may have become associated with in much of the world. However one answers such questions, we would all be wise to take another look at Vincent D’Agostino’s comments on his experience. Tom La Belle can be contacted at email@example.com.
LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
Financial Report for 2006
- Dan Rael, Financial Coordinator
2006 was a year where we brought in a couple of hundred dollars more than we spent on operating expenses. Because of this small surplus and the balance of more than $4000 we had at the beginning of 2006, LGB RPCVs Steering Committee decided to make donations of $1200 at the end of our operating year. More Preview information about the recipients is in our lead article. Our ﬁnancial policy has always been to keep enough money in the bank at the beginning of the year to take us through one more year (roughly $3000). We have our annual membership campaign each year in February. Members who hold membership only through LGB RPCVs will receive a membership solicitation with or at the time of distribution of this February 2006 newsletter issue. We re-solicit again in May for people who haven’t responded to earlier solicitations. It is an arduous and ongoing process. Our paid membership at the end of 2006 was 160, and that’s not enough for our long-term survival. Our operating expenses have come in close to $3000 the last several years. At $15 membership per person, this indicates a need of a paid membership of about 200 to ensure our long-term ﬁnancial survival. By far our greatest expense has been our printed quarterly newsletter. We’ve have published it every quarter without fail since 1995. In addition members receiving a printed or email copy, we provide free copies to PCVs in the ﬁeld who request, along with 25 to 30 copies to each of the regional PC Recruiting Ofﬁces. We also provide copies to Placement Staff and others at Headquarters staff in Washington. Although printing and postal expenses continue to rise, we have kept newsletter costs stable because an increasing number of our readers prefer our electronic version. Others prefer the printed and we want to continue to offer that. We encourage you to renew your membership with us. We have never raised the basic cost of $15 a year. If you are also a member of the National Peace Corps Association, you will receive membership renewal notiﬁcation from them in the month your membership is due. Please remember to include LGB RPCVs as your afﬁliate group. Dan Rael, RPCV Paraguay can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have questions about your membership status, contact our Membership Coordinator, John Finn, RPCV, Korea at johnnﬁnn@aol.com.
LGB RPCVs - 2006
Start of Year Balance $4057.03 Income NPCA Memberships (includes adjustments) 1166.93 NPCA + LGB RPCV Memberships 600.00 LGB RPCV (only) Memberships 1105.00 Gifts 40.00 Total Income $2911.93 Operating Expenses Newsletter, Printing, Postage NPCA Rebates NPCA Afﬁliation Fee Miscellaneous Expenses Total Operating Expenses Income minus Operating Expenses Projects/Donations End of Year Balance
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continued from page 2 Adem: Chinya introduced me to a young Turkish university student with whom I immediately formed a kinship bond. We were both far from our homes and our families, both in a foreign country whose customs and language we were still learning. He was my brother and I was his sister and the whole town knew about it. Chinya said to me, wisely “It’s too bad you can’t ﬁll out an ofﬁcial document making you and Adem real siblings and then take your brother with you to America.” My brother, Adem knew about my previous relationship. “Probably you broke our parents’ heart with your behavior,” he reprimanded me. (And by our parents he meant our American parents). Maybe I had begun to believe what people were whispering, that he was my Adem and I was his Eve. But beyond reason, I realized with much shock, that I had fallen in love with my brother. The Turks have a proverb: Love comes in the place and in the time least expected, and I kept these words foremost in my mind as I wrestled with myself. “You aren’t a real lesbian,” my brother had told me.” I wondered what that meant, to be a real lesbian. I became determined to change our relationship to that of man and woman, but I never considered how different it was to be a woman to a man, rather than a sister or how difﬁcult the transition would be for the both of us. At this same time a GBLT group had been formed among Peace Corps volunteers. I was already in too much internal turmoil to be able to reach outside of myself, yet that was exactly what I needed to do. For some reason, despite nightmares about the other volunteers confronting me as a traitor to gays, I held onto the gay identity I had established in the eyes of my local (male) peers. And they encouraged me in it, thinking that I, like them, had a multitude of simultaneous relationships, some for love, some for sex, some to combat boredom. Svetlana: In our house Adem and I lived with three other men, two of whom had girlfriends. One of these girls became my best friend. She was the only local woman whom I came out to during my time in Kyrgyzstan. “Sveta,” I told her, “I am a lesbian.” “So am I,” she said, leaving me speechless. I was never quite certain what she meant by this, but from this time on she called me “wife”. When she left for Russia, her boyfriend and I spent the afternoon together, knowing that we both felt the same sense of loss. In the end, the two got married, yet he still refers to me as “Sveta’s wife” and treats me with an accepting distance. Janim: Through my brother-boyfriend, I met a young painter, Janim. I don’t remember what started the conversation but somehow I came to tell him about my ex-girlfriend. He seemed a little shocked but very interested. “And what was her name?” he asked. “And how did you meet? And was she beautiful?” And so I told the tale. He listened attentively and supportively, always speaking to me in formal terms of respect. A few weeks later, he invited me over to paint and drink tea. There told me, “when you told me about your… friend… my soul ﬂew out of my body because I realized I am as you are.” His coming out to me kept me from loosing myself entirely and his knowledge of me gave him hope. For the ﬁrst time in my life I felt proud to be gay. “Our life is very difﬁcult,” he writes me often in letters, “But we must be strong. We must live for each other.” Maureen Pritchard can be contacted at email@example.com.
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LGB RPCV NewsLetter - February 2007
Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Who are we?
We’re an organization of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and others who are former volunteers, current volunteers, former and current staff members and friends. Founded in Washington D.C. in 1991 we have several hundred members throughout the country and around the world who have served in the Peace Corps since its beginning in 1961. We are made up of a national steering committee and two regional chapters: the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. We are an active afﬁliate member of the National Peace Corps Association.
What’s our purpose? What do we do?
We promote Peace Corps ideals and the legal, political and social rights of LGBT people throughout the world. Provide support to our national members and current volunteers. Actively involve ourselves as an afﬁliate of the National Peace Corps Association. Offer through our Mentor Program informational resources and mentors for LGBT applicants, potential applicants and those offered a Peace Corps assignment. Take an active part in Gay Pride events around the country encouraging LGBT people to consider the Peace Corps experience. Promote policies and projects that support the acceptance and active involvement of LGBT people within Peace Corps. Host social events for our members. Communicate regularly with our members and others through our web site, quarterly newsletter and listserv. New Membership | Address Update Form Name: Street: City: Phone: Country of Service: PC Project: State: E-mail: Years: Current Work: 02/04 Zip:
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Membership: $15 for LGB RPCV Afﬁliate Only or FREE to Current Volunteers $50 for LGB RPCV Plus the National Peace Corps Association (http://www.rpcv.org) LGB RPCVs; PO Box 14332; San Francisco, CA 94114-4332 e-mail: email@example.com | http://www.lgbrpcv.org
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