Archive - April 27, 2010

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When the Right Hand Washes the Left [Part One]
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The Peace Corps Wants You!
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Moyers At The Peace Corps, Part Three

When the Right Hand Washes the Left [Part One]

When the Right Hand Washes the Left A Volunteer who served in Nigeria looks back on his Peace Corps experience by David Schickele (Nigeria 1961-63) David G. Schickele first presented his retrospective view of Volunteer service in a speech given at Swarthmore College in 1963 that was printed in the Swarthmore College Bulletin. At the time, there was great interest on college campuses about the Peace Corps and early RPCVs were frequently asked to write or speak on their college campuses about their experiences. A 1958 graduate of Swarthmore, Schickele worked as a freelance professional violinist before joining the Peace Corps in 1961. After his tour, he would, with Roger Landrum (Nigeria 1961-63) make a documentary film on the Peace Corps in Nigeria called “Give Me A Riddle” that was for Peace Corps recruitment but was never really used by the agency. The film was perhaps too honest a representation of . . .

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The Peace Corps Wants You!

According to Alice Lipowicz, the Peace Corps is assembling a database of former volunteers. They are seeking a contractor to be hired to compile a list for 50th anniversary celebration. She writes in the Federal Computer Week newsletter: The federal government wants former Peace Corps members to volunteer their current e-mail and home addresses. In anticipation of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Peace Corps is compiling a list of current mailing addresses and e-mail addresses for as many of the nearly 200,000 former volunteers as it can locate. The agency recently posted a request for proposals to hire a small business to obtain and validate all the addresses within 30 days and store them in a secure, encrypted database, according to a notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site April 22. The payment will be based on the number of validated addresses the contractor obtains. The total estimated . . .

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Moyers At The Peace Corps, Part Three

One of the important ways that Bill Moyers helped establish the Peace Corps was in his ability to get Shriver to work the halls of Congress. Shriver wasn’t a Washington type. When he began to sell the Peace Corps idea to Congress he had only been in D.C. for four months. But it was up to him to sell the new agency. Kennedy had told his sister, Shriver’s wife, “Well, Sarge and Lyndon Johnson wanted to have a separate Peace Corps, separate from AID, and so I think they ought to take charge of getting it through Congress. I’ve got plenty of other legislation I’m struggling with.” “When he said that,” Shriver recalled, “I just said, ‘I’m putting this piece of legislation through!’” Shriver’s ace-in-the-hole was Bill Moyers. Peter Grothe, who had come to the Peace Corps from the Hill, having been a speech writer for Senator Hubert Humphrey in 1960, said . . .

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