A meeting of the organizers for the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps was held on June 29, 2011, at the Peace Corps Office. This Anniversary Celebration will take place in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday, September 22, through Sunday, September 25, 2011. This special meeting to share information was arranged by the Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler (Western Samoa 1981-83).

In addition to the events listed below, many, many country-of-service groups are holding embassy receptions and country updates.  The Peace Corps HQ building will be using the first floor Shriver Hall as a meeting place for RPCVs, a location where RPCVs can leave notes and collect information. The Peace Corps, however, citing government regulations, will not be spending any money on the weekend events, or on RPCVs.

The Reunion Weekend is being arranged and paid for by RPCVs, not by the agency. Here is a listing of the major events, so far.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Special Luncheon for Peace Corps Writers
12 noon
Library of Congress Members’ Room
Establishing of a Peace Corps Collection at the LOC
Invitation Only

Advocacy Day

Hospitality Suite
Peace Corps Shriver Hall
Open Thursday thru Sunday

Friday, September 23, 2011

Staff Reunion
7 – 10 pm
National Building Museum
Open to all the Peace Corps alums

Join present and former Peace Corps Directors, RPCV Members of Congress and other Peace Corps luminaries, Staff and RPCVs for a very special evening, wonderful memories and catching up.
Admission, food and drink for $60 at

Saturday, September 24, 2011

“Mad Men & Women at the Mayflower”
8:00–9:30 am
Breakfast at the Mayflower Hotel
Hear how the Peace Corps was created in 30 days from those who were there! Mark Gearan, former Peace Corps Director, will emcee this morning event.
Tickets for breakfast are $25 at
For all RPCVs and Staff.
Peace Corps Fund

3rd Goal Bash
George Washington University Smith Center
6 - 11 pm Peace Corps Fund
Tickets are $33 at

Fabulous Raffle — $50,000 worth of prizes
Grand Prize is 2 round-trip tickets on Delta & one week hotel stay value $7,000
Additional prizes — airline tickets, hotel stays, week in Paris, and more….
Raffle tickets are $25 each 5 for $100
To purchase Raffle tickets go to
Winners announced at the Bash.
Winners need not be in attendance to receive prizes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Black Tie Gala
7 -10 pm
Hosted by the NPCA
Reagan Building
Tickets are $250-$300 at

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Memorial Service - Arlington Cemetery & 50th Anniversary Walk of Flags
Sunday, September 25, 2011
10:00 am–2:00 pm
Organized by RPCV/W
Join 5,000+ RPCVs for this special service honoring fallen Peace Corps Volunteers, emceed by RPCV Maureen Orth, with speakers representing RPCVs and host country nationals, and a special keynote address. Following this morning service, at 12:30 pm, the  RPCVs will arrange themselves behind the flags of  139 Peace Corps countries, and walk from the National Cementery to the Lincoln Memorial.

Photo: Gathered in the room were, from left to right:

Ken Hill, RPCV, former Peace Corps Chief of Staff, organizer of the Staff Reunion
Bill Combs, RPCV, Staff Reunion Committee
Maureen Orth, RPCV
Susan Koch, not an RPCV, film-maker
Matt Losak, RPCV, Peace Corps Fund, organizer of the 3rd Goal Bash
Tamar Lechter, RPCV, President of RPCV/W
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, RPCV, Peace Corps Deputy Director
Barbara Ferris, RPCV, Peace Corps Fund, 3rd Goal Bash.
Barry Hildebrand, RPCV, organizer of the Ethiopia & Eritrea Reunion
Chris Lisi, no Peace Corps experience, Head of Peace Corps 50th Group on contract to Peace Corps
Barbi Broadus, RPCV, Peace Corps 50th Group staff
Dorothy Sales, RPCV, Peace Corps 50th Group staff
Kevin Quigley, RPCV, President and CEO of the NPCA
Anne Baker, RPCV, Vice President of the NPCV
Kristina Owens, RPCV, RPCV/W 50th Coordinator