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Marian Haley Beil Creates Peace Corps Writers (Ethiopia)
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DRAYTON HALL STORIES by George W. McDaniel (Togo)
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Leeatt Rothschild — “Packed with Purpose” (Paraguay)
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Peace Corps at the Kennedy Center on September 24th
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Writing Your Peace Corps Story
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BALLET ORPHANS by Terez Mertes Rose (Gabon)
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Issue 7 of “Inside Peace Corps” is now available
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House Passes Sweeping Peace Corps Legislation
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A conversation with novelist Mark Jacobs (Paraguay)
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IS MALIA OBAMA DATING THE SON OF AN ETHIOPIAN RPCV?
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Sad News — Mark Himelstein passes (Ethiopia 1)
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WorldView Magazine Wins OZZIE Award for Best Cover
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The Peace Corps Enters Strategic Partnership with Reach for the World
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The Passing of Dr. Lee H. Ellison, Peace Corps Physician (Malawi)
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New novel | BIX by Stephen Foehr (Ethiopia)

Marian Haley Beil Creates Peace Corps Writers (Ethiopia)

Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64) started the first newsletter for the growing group of returning volunteers. Along with John Coyne she started a blog https://peacecorpsworldwide.org/category/pc-writers/and worked to get the stories of the PCVs coming out of Ethiopia published. Finally, she established the Peace Corps Writers Imprint, encouraging all of us to write those stories down. https://peacecorpsworldwide.org/books/books-published-by-pc-writers/publish-with-pc-writers-imprint/ There are few who can match her enthusiasm for her work with RPCV writers. There are many who owe her for her dedication for creating opportunities such as EERPCV in order to bring so many of us together. This video is an opportunity to learn more about our Peace Corps history from one who helped create it. Cinda Mosca (Ethiopia 1967-69) President of Ethiopia & Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Z8L7qDNOQ Attachments area Preview YouTube video Marian H Beil, Ethiopia 1962-1964 Marian H Beil, Ethiopia 1962-1964  

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DRAYTON HALL STORIES by George W. McDaniel (Togo)

  George W. McDaniel (Togo 1968-70) has writing a new portrayal of this 18th-century icon among America’s historic sites, Drayton Hall Stories: A Place and Its People is the first book in the nation to focus on a site’s recent history using interviews with descendants (both White and Black), board members, staff, donors, architects, historians, preservationists, tourism leaders, and more. Like different pieces of a mosaic, each interview combines with others to create an engaging picture of this one place, revealing never-before-shared family moments, major decisions in preservation and site stewardship, and pioneering efforts to transform a Southern plantation into a site for racial conciliation. Readers will come to see Drayton Hall’s people not as stereotypes, but as the real people they were — and are. Maps, photographs, lines of descent, interview questions, a how-to guide, and related website, all provide blueprints for readers who wish to undertake similar endeavors to build . . .

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Leeatt Rothschild — “Packed with Purpose” (Paraguay)

  Leeatt Rothschild writes: “A few years ago, I discovered a way to embed the act of doing good into the gifts we give. Packed with Purpose was born out of my desire to create social impact while recognizing the importance of gifting in fostering meaningful relationships. Packed with Purpose gifts enable companies (from Fortune 500 to nonprofit organizations) to create social impact while positively influencing their business across employees, clients, and other key stakeholders. “My experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer — Paraguay 2008-10 — and social impact consultant inspired me to create these gifts that give back.” In Paraguay she launched an income-generating fertilizer business with local farmers, witnessing the profound impact that economic development has on underserved communities.  Before serving in the Peace Corps, she was a Rotary Youth Ambassador in Morelia, Mexico, and then earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. Upon graduation, she joined the . . .

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Peace Corps at the Kennedy Center on September 24th

Join Peace Corps at the Kennedy Center on September 24th We invite you to join us at the Global Connections: Stories from the Peace Corps event at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST. As part of the Kennedy Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations, this distinctive event will showcase inspirational stories about the transformational connections made in the Peace Corps. Darlene Grant, Senior Advisor to the CEO and RPCV Cambodia, will be the emcee for the event and will also be sharing a story from her service in Cambodia. Scheduled Storytellers Aisha Harris-Parker, Language and Cross Cultural Coordinator, Peace Corps Jamaica Dinesh Karki, Deputy Program Director, Peace Corps Nepal Brianna Maltez, Virtual Service Outreach and Selection Specialist (RPCV/Mozambique) Kelsey McMahon, Virtual Service Participant Support Specialist (RPCV/South Africa) Anisa Rahaman, Office of the Chief Information Officer Herizo Ramanantsialonina, Health Programming and Training Specialist, Peace Corps Madagascar Ella Sokoliuk, Public Health Specialist . . .

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Writing Your Peace Corps Story

 Writing your Peace Corps Story Lee Gutkind who started the first Creative Nonfiction program at the University of Pittsburgh writes simply that “creative nonfiction are “true stories well told.” In some ways, creative nonfiction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of favors, ideas, and techniques, some of which are newly invented and others as old as writing itself. Creative nonfiction can be an essay, a journal article, a research paper, a memoir, or a poem; it can be personal or not, or it can be all of these. Creative nonfiction is also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction and is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not written to entertain based on writing style or florid prose. . . .

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BALLET ORPHANS by Terez Mertes Rose (Gabon)

  Ballet Orphans: A Prequel (Ballet Theatre Chronicles: Book 3) by Terez Mertes Rose (Gabon 1985-87) Classical Girl Press January 2021 375 pages $12.99 (Paperback), $2.99 (Kindle)   Terez writes: I am the author of Off Balance and Outside the Limelight ( 2015, 2016), A Dancer’s Guide to Africa (2018) and Ballet Orphans (Jan 2021). A former Peace Corps volunteer and ballet dancer, my writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), Literary Mama, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News.  I review ballet performances for Bachtrack.com and blog about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. I make my home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with my husband and son. I love humor, hiking, an engrossing book, and a nice glass of red.”      

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Issue 7 of “Inside Peace Corps” is now available

  Here is the link to read the latest Issue of Inside Peace Corps https://elink.clickdimensions.com/m/1/42800499/02-t22252-ade13aeef6b0438297841dc4943063c1/1/1/1 You may also go to peacecorps.gov and on the menu, click on NEWS.   Issue 7 contains information on the following: Chief Executive Officer’s Message  (Chief Executive Officer is Carol Spahn. She has been nominated to be Peace Corps Director.  Her confirmatin hearing in the Senate have not yet been scheduled,) Calling all RPCVs to inspire your networks to apply The Return of Volunteers to Service Overseas. Sexual Assault Advisory Council Summit. Revised Volunteer Core Expectations and Staff Responsibilities and Conduct. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Annual Meeting There are also stories of Volunteer service, events planned and “Peace Corps in the News.”

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House Passes Sweeping Peace Corps Legislation

The House of Representatives has just passed the most sweeping Peace Corps legislation in a generation. Washington, D.C. — National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) strongly applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1456). This bill is crucial for the future of the Peace Corps as a new generation of Volunteers returns to service. If it ultimately becomes law, it will be the first full reauthorization of the Peace Corps since 1999. More than 240,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. The bill’s lead author is Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), the sole Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) in Congress; his co-author is Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), a longtime Peace Corps champion. Their bipartisan leadership in support of the Peace Corps is a powerful testament to the enduring backing of the American people for volunteer service abroad. The strong bipartisan vote today only affirms this backing. NPCA Board of . . .

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A conversation with novelist Mark Jacobs (Paraguay)

Thanks for the “heads up” from Mark D. Walker (Guatemala 1971–73)   Nicholas Litchfield interviewed RPCV Mark Jacobs Lowestoft Chronicle, Issue 51 September, 2022 In spite of a lengthy government career requiring extensive travel and prolonged stays overseas, ever since the 1980s, Mark Jacobs has managed to forge a successful dual occupation as a writer of fiction. His enviable body of work includes critically-acclaimed novels and story collections lauded by illustrious authors and editors like Robert Olen Butler and C. Michael Curtis. For decades, his stories have appeared regularly in dozens of commercial and literary magazines, sometimes featured in leading newspapers like The Washington Post and The New York Times. In this exclusive interview with Lowestoft Chronicle, Jacobs discusses his publication history, from significant mentors and literary influences to early writing accomplishments and the media frenzy that accompanied one of his short stories. • Lowestoft Chronicle (LC): Over a span of 40+ years, you’ve had . . .

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IS MALIA OBAMA DATING THE SON OF AN ETHIOPIAN RPCV?

On Monday 12 September, Malia Obama, 24, was spotted hanging out with rumored boyfriend Dawit Eklund, 33, in New York City — PageSix reports. This comes a month after the pair were spotted together in Los Angeles. While the pair has not yet confirmed the relationship, and spent most of their stroll with their arms firmly crossed in front of them on Monday before grabbing lunch, they were a bit more touchy-feely last month. Eklund is a DJ, producer and co-founder of the Washington, DC-based record label 1432 R, which focuses on experimental electronic music. The music producer is from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. He was born to an Ethiopian mother — who is an entrepreneur — and an American father, who is a retired employee of the US Peace Corps.  

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Sad News — Mark Himelstein passes (Ethiopia 1)

  Mark Himelstein September 19, 1939 – September 12, 2022 Mark Himelstein died on Monday 12 September, a week before his 83rd birthday. He was battling hereditary issues with his heart when he lost. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his two sons Matt and Sam, his two daughters-in-law Laura and Alicia, and his grandchildren Solomon, Malakai, Meyer and Rhodes. Mark joins his daughter Suzy in the afterlife. Mark grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a fan of baseball and basketball, as is Indiana tradition. Mark graduated from Indiana University with a BA in 1962 and from George Washington University Law School with an LLB in 1967. But if you ever met Mark you would know that he considered his service as a reserve in the Marines (1959-65) and his experience in the Peace Corp (Ethiopia, 1962-64) as the core learning experiences of his life. Mark found . . .

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WorldView Magazine Wins OZZIE Award for Best Cover

WorldView Magazine Wins OZZIE Award for Best Cover The magazine for the Peace Corps community earns top honors for a special 60th anniversary cover illustrated by artist Tim O’Brien. By NPCA Staff THERE WERE CHEERS for the Peace Corps community Tuesday night at the FOLIO Magazine gala in New York City. WorldView magazine earned top honors for the cover of the “Peace Corps at Sixty” edition, recognizing six decades of service by Peace Corps Volunteers around the world. Artist Tim O’Brien created the portrait of John F. Kennedy for the cover under the art direction of Pamela Fogg. The EDDIE and OZZIE Awards recognize excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of the publishing industry. Hosted by FOLIO Magazine for nearly 30 years, they are one of the broadest and longest-running competitions for editors. The EDDIE Awards recognize achievements in writing and editing, and the OZZIE Awards recognize outstanding work in design. The awards draw hundreds of entries . . .

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The Peace Corps Enters Strategic Partnership with Reach for the World

WASHINGTON – Today, the Peace Corps announced the signing of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Reach the World (RTW), an organization dedicated to leveraging widely available technology to ensure that all Americans have access to positive, personal experiences abroad. The strategic partnership will extend the reach and engagement of returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) in service of the Peace Corps’ Third Goal to promote a better understanding of other nations on the part of Americans. As part of the new collaboration, RPCVs will work together with RTW on two initiatives: The Traveler Program: RPCVs will be matched with American K-12 classrooms and share their experiences serving abroad through media (written stories, pictures, and videos), which are published on Reach the World’s website. Matches typically last six to 12 weeks and will be conducted using RTW’s virtual exchange platform. Meet the World Program: RPCVs will volunteer to visit a . . .

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The Passing of Dr. Lee H. Ellison, Peace Corps Physician (Malawi)

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Arthur K. Weinstein (Malawi 1964-67) The Passing of Dr. Lee H. Ellison, Peace Corps Physician Dr. Lee Hayes Ellison, as a Staff Physician, created Malawi’s first country-wide baby clinic project, a groundbreaking Peace Corps initiative in the newly-independent country of Malawi, in southwest Africa.  The goal of the project was to combat childhood diseases, infant mortality and malnutrition. From 1965 to 1967, Dr. Ellison drove countless hours all over the country in a Land Rover, usually on unpaved, washboard dirt roads, pockmarked with potholes, and washed out by floods, supervising the work of the “Malawi XI” Under-Fives’ Baby Clinic Project (1966-1968). Dr. Ellison helped his young Bachelor of Arts degree Volunteers throughout the country to set up clinics in which they administered immunizations for childhood diseases, weighed babies, checked for growth and developmental delays, and conducted health education at rural health centers and villages, . . .

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New novel | BIX by Stephen Foehr (Ethiopia)

  BIX: Because I eXist by Stephen Foehr (Ethiopia 1965-66) Foehr & Son Publisher 286 pages August 2022 $0.00 (Kindle); $8.99 (Paperback)   Five characters explore how to resist an authoritarian government without being beaten, imprisoned, or killed. Socrates, former gang leader and ex-con, uses lesson learned on the street and in prison: When outmaneuvered and outgunned, outsmart your opponent. Isabel, community do-gooder, takes her experience as the widow of a Mafia hitman: When under attack, develop a network of allies, and be sly. Aster, wanna-be firebrand, advocates to use force against force. Hank, first-generation Asian-American tries to be useful to all sides, without compromising his personal integrity. Lativia espouses the radical approach that Mass Kindness be the guiding principle of social, economic, and political policies.  

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