About 6 months ago Marian Beil, the publisher of this site, met with one of the top organizers at the Peace Corps for the 50th celebration to share some ideas on how the Peace Corps might mark the occasion. One of Marian’s suggestions was to have an evening of dancing for PCVs and RPCVs to music played by bands from around the world — the kind of music that gets us up out of our seats — with a partner or not — to bask in the joy of having been able to embrace the world through our Peace Corps service.
The response from the non-RPCV Peace Corps employee was 1) Peace Corps was being looked at closely by the GAO about expenditures from the Chicago 45th and they needed to be very careful [as far as I know the NPCA paid for that event in Chicago, not the Peace Corps]; 2) All events that the Peace Corps would present must be to further the Peace Corps mission — not to entertain RPCVS; and 3) imaging how “un-Peace Corps” it would be for the Peace Corps to throw a party with a bunch of RPCVs standing around “drinking white wine.” Well, she was right there: We drink beer!
So now we have this State Department event and guess what, we are not invited to this Peace Corps celebration. How does this event not fit the ‘image’ if we are having a good time?
But who will be invited? And what will they be drinking? Black Russians?