Author - John Coyne

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Ten Steps For The Next Peace Corps Director To Take To Save Money, Improve The Agency, and Make All PCVs & RPCVs Happy!
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More, Bold, Better, Bright, or Bust Peace Corps
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Support Is Growing For Frank Fountain (India 1966-68)
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Review: Merullo's Italian Summer
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Conservative Newsmax.com Rallys For Bold New Peace Corps
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Review: Allen W. Fletcher's Peace Corps Book
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Looking For A Job? Seeking A New Career
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Laurence Leamer in today's HuffingtonPost.com
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Review: The Man Who Killed Osama
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What Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Had To Say At Yesterday's Peace Corps Rally

Ten Steps For The Next Peace Corps Director To Take To Save Money, Improve The Agency, and Make All PCVs & RPCVs Happy!

In a gesture to help the new Director so she or he can ‘hit the ground running’ I am outlining over the next two weeks 10 steps to be taken to change the Peace Corps, save the agency, and make a difference overseas and here at home. I invite everyone to add to the conversation with their suggestions about what can (and should) be done. Just add your ideas in the comments section below this entry. Many thanks. Step #1: Close The Regional Peace Corps Recruitment Offices To save money, and meet a budget crunch, two years ago the Peace Corps closed two regional recruitment offices. Now the new Director should close all of them.. Close the offices in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle San Francisco and Los Angeles. These regional offices have been replaced (like newspapers) with the Internet. We are a wired nation, from applying to college, getting a job, to finding someone to . . .

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More, Bold, Better, Bright, or Bust Peace Corps

Trying to keep the changing slogans of the Peace Corps campaign straight–as well as all those  Peace Corps numbers–is a job, so I decided to do a quick ‘cheat sheet’ of numbers and facts and timing so, at least, I would know what is going on and who is doing what to whom! First off, President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget backs off of his promise to double the Peace Corps to 16,000 volunteers by 2011. His budget today calls for 9,000 Americans enrolled in the Peace Corps by the end of FY 2012, and 11,000 by the end of FY 2016. At that pace, Obama is out of office, his two girls are off to college, and a Republican is back in the White House, before the size of the Peace Corps is doubled. Also, let us not forget, his White House budget documents flatly contradicts his promise of 16,000 volunteers . . .

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Support Is Growing For Frank Fountain (India 1966-68)

A few days ago we mentioned that Frank Fountain could be a possible candidate for the Director of the Peace Corps. While I don’t know him, Fountain, then as the president of the Chrysler Foundation, supported the non-profit foundation, The Peace Corps Fund, that Barbara Ferris and I started a half dozen years ago to support Third Goal projects. Today, the  Chicago Defender, a well-respected African-American midwest newspaper, had an article about Fountain being the next director. Here’s the Chicago Defender article about the former India PCV. If selected, Frank would be the second India PCV to have the position. (And everyone thinks it is the Ethiopian RPCVs who control the Peace Corps. Not true!) • Fountain’s candidacy for Peace Corps chief wins national approval by Bankole Thompson At a time when America’s image is facing immense challenge, forcing President Barack Obama to embark on a tour of goodwill and renewing ties with various . . .

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Review: Merullo's Italian Summer

Micronesia RPCV Roland Merullo’s The Italian Summer: Golf, Food and Family at Lake Como that was published by Touchstone earlier this year is reviewed here by Leita Kaldi Davis nee Bevacqua (Senegal 1993-96). You don’t even have to like golf, food, family or Italy to like this book. • The Italian Summer:  Golf, Food and Family at Lake Como by Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979–80) Touchstone/Simon & Schuster April 2009 272 pages $24.99 Reviewed by Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) In The Italian Summer Roland Merullo takes his wife and two daughters to Lake Como for an idyllic vacation filled with enchanting landscapes, medieval cities, vivacious people, delectable wines and gluttonous meals. Roland, aka Orlando, also learns important lessons in relaxation that he needs not only to fully enjoy life, but to improve his golf game. I don’t golf and wouldn’t know the difference between a bogey and a birdie, but I thoroughly . . .

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Conservative Newsmax.com Rallys For Bold New Peace Corps

 Writing on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, on Nexsmax.com Dave Eberhart had this to say, and check out the comments that go with the article   Before Laurence Leamer was the celebrated author of such seminal best-sellers as “King of the Night” and “The Kennedy Women,” he was a young Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. As he poignantly recalled in a recent speech, “I was posted in a tiny village in the eastern hills, two days from a road. And there I began to think of something other than myself. I learned to help people and reach out to the world with a helping hand, and I became a man I had never been… “I have lived on the residue of that spirit for my entire life.” But like about 195,000 Peace Corps volunteers who have served as American missionaries for peace and democracy since President John F. Kennedy launched the program in 1961, Leamer . . .

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Review: Allen W. Fletcher's Peace Corps Book

Allen W. Fletcher was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1969. He served in Senegal as a Communi ty Development Volunteer. Returning home, he earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley (1984) and worked as a general contractor/designer/builder in Northern California. Recently he returned home and founded Worcester Publishing Ltd., publisher of several local newspapers and magazines. He is also an instructor at Boston Architectural College. His  “Peace Corps stories” are published in this beautiful edition by his company, Worcester Publishing, and Lawrence F. Lihosti (Honduras 1975-77) has given it a glowing review. Take a look! • Heat, Sand, and Friends by Allen W. Fletcher (Senegal 1969–71) Worcester Publishing Ltd. 2009 158 pages $15.00 Reviewed by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) Allen W. Fletcher has written and published an extraordinary account of his service and in so doing, bears witness. Rather than write . . .

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Looking For A Job? Seeking A New Career

It is tough getting a job even in the best of times. To help RPCVs and PCVs, Peace Corps Worldwide has developed an on-line ‘talent bank’ available to organizations interested in hiring people with  your experience. RPCVs and PCVs planning what to do next are registering already to be part of this  job bank of talented Peace Corps veterans. Here’s how this free on-line talent bank for RPCVs works: RPCVs can set up a profile at http://pcworldwide.cambridgedata.com/apply There’s never any cost to the RPCV and we restrict access to legitimate employers. RPCVs interested in being contacted by potential employers, for work in the US or overseas, should register – it takes about 10 minutes. Once we have a critical mass of registrants we will promote this Talent Bank to organizations working internationally, as well as organizations working in the US which serve immigrant communities or otherwise might need some of the particular linguistic, . . .

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Laurence Leamer in today's HuffingtonPost.com

Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964–66), author of Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach among other books has the following essay posted today in the Huffingtpost.com. • Join Us, Mr. President!! I was the next-to-the-last speaker Saturday at a rally in Washington to build a bold new Peace Corps. Rajeev Goyal, the Morepeacecorps.org national organizer, and I had decided to do this rally only nine days before. It would have been a formidable new task even if we have done nothing else. But we were already working ceaselessly to get the House of Representatives to appropriate the $450 million that would allow the Peace Corps to grow and to reform. We were close to success in the House thanks to a relentless group of representatives and legislative aides. Our problem was not only what would happen in the Senate but President Obama. For some . . .

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Review: The Man Who Killed Osama

I could think of no better to review The Man Who Killed Osama by George P. Matheos than RPCV Darcy Munson Meijer. Darcy currently lives with her family in the United Arab Emirates and teaches English at  Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. • The Man Who Killed Osama by George P. Matheos (Ethiopia 1963–65) iUniverse October 2008 256 pages $26.95 Reviewed by Darcy Munson Meijer (Gabon 1982-84) I liked this lively book, though Matheos’ style took getting used to. Some clever American writer had to take on the woeful story of America’s obsession with Osama bin Laden, and Matheos does it with humor and suspense. The Man Who Killed Osama follows Jake and Jo Ann, naïve newlyweds, from Chicago to Beirut and back, as they become involved in tracking down America’s Public Enemy #1. On the way, Matheos weaves subplots that add depth and suspense. Matheos opens the story with one of Jake’s nightmares, . . .

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What Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Had To Say At Yesterday's Peace Corps Rally

When I joined the Peace Corps, I was an alienated, troubled young man   I was almost thrown out during training and I arrived in Nepal in 1964 looking for adventure, not looking to help humanity.  I was posted in a tiny village in the eastern hills two days from a road.  And there I began to think of something other than myself.  I learned to help people and reach out to the world with a helping hand, and I became a man I had never been.  In Nepal the mountains are high but the human spirit is higher, and I took in that spirit and I returned to the United States a new man. I have lived on the residue of that spirit for my entire life.  But a few years ago it ran out, and I have felt spiritually bereft.  I have felt terrible empty. For the few months . . .

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