Miscellany

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RPCVs needed in El Paso
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RPCV Author & Wife
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Memorial services for Tom Gallagher (Ethiopia)
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2019 Peace Corps International Calendar is now available
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The Friends of Colombia and Albuquerque RPCVS support Marina Orth Foundation (Colombia)
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“We’ll Meet Again” (PBS)
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Globetrotting for Good with Next Step Travel and the NPCA
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Great Job Working for International NGO
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Human-lion Conflict in Kenya film by Alan Toth (South Africa)
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Happy Ethiopian New Year

RPCVs needed in El Paso

    Office of the Bishop Diocese of El Paso Catholic Pastoral Center February 16, 2019   Dear former Peace Corps Volunteers: My cousin, Patricia Silke Edmisten, a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru 1962-64),  suggested I write you. I presently serve as the Catholic Bishop of El Paso in Texas. Without doubt you have been attuned in recent months to news about the large number of asylum-seekers we are witnessing presently seeking refuge in the United States. It seems that the El Paso region has become a major crossing point along the 2,000 mile border our country shares with Mexico. El Paso has always been a place of encounter and of passage as our very name suggests, but the numbers of families, many with young children, we are witnessing are considerably higher than in the past. The majority are fleeing unendurable levels of violence, instability and the resulting economic collapse . . .

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Memorial services for Tom Gallagher (Ethiopia)

  Memorial Services New Jersey Monmouth University – Woodrow Wilson Hall 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764 Saturday, August 25th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM ET   Washington D.C.  DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired) Bacon House 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006 Saturday, September 8th 2:00 to 5:00 PM ET If you have any questions, email Amin Dulkumoni at  ad293@njit.edu or call him at 443-949-4724.   Obituaries New York Times: Tom Gallagher, Diplomat Who Became a Gay Activist, Dies at 77   Washington Post: Tom Gallagher, Foreign Service officer who quit to live as openly gay, dies at 77 Asbury Park Press: Thomas Gallagher 1940–2018 Advocate: Tom Gallagher, First Foreign Service Officer to Come Out, Dies at 77 Gay Times UK: Tom Gallagher, the First Openly Gay Foreign Service Officer Has Died, Aged 77 Washington Blade: Tom Gallagher, U.S. Foreign Service officer, dies at 77 Los Angeles Blade: . . .

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2019 Peace Corps International Calendar is now available

  Thanks for heads-up from Dean Jefferson. •   The RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison announce that the 2019 Peace Corps International Calendar is now available. The official calendar unveiling took place Saturday, June 2nd. The following current or past Peace Corps countries are featured in the 2019 calendar: Mali, Indonesia, Ghana, Senegal, Philippines, Nicaragua, Colombia, Nepal, Haiti, Mongolia, Argentina, and Turkey. The 2019 cover photo was taken at the renowned Pushkar Mela livestock fair in Rajasthan, India. In addition to the beautiful photos for each month, plus the cover, each month features a brief story related to the photo and featured country (flash non-fiction?). You can find out more about the calendar and order one for yourself. at: www.rpcvcalendar.org/calendar-2019-rpcv-groups •

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The Friends of Colombia and Albuquerque RPCVS support Marina Orth Foundation (Colombia)

  A note from Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66) Fellow RPCVs: We’re in the home stretch and hope you will share the pride. I am a former Colombia Peace Corps Volunteer living in Washington DC with a foundation in Medellin that provides laptops and teacher training and emphasizes technology, English and leadership in 21 schools with 8000 kids: MarinaOrthFoundation.org <http://marinaorthfoundation.org/>.  Two of our robotics teams, The Little Engineers, all girls 12-13, and Digiminds, 3 boys and 1 girl, ages 10-11, are about to have one of the most thrilling experiences of their short lives. They have won the robotics championship of Colombia sponsored by RoboRAVE and will be traveling to Albuquerque May 7 – 13 to represent Colombia and compete in the worldwide RoboRAVE competition. These kids beat some of the best public and private schools to have this chance and it is quite an accomplishment for them. They have never been in . . .

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“We’ll Meet Again” (PBS)

  Thanks to the “heads up” from Jane Albritton (India 1967-69) — JCoyne • I wonder whether someone might be able to help me. I am writing from Blink Films, the producers of the PBS documentary series “We’ll Meet Again” with Ann Curry.    We’ll Meet Again | PBS www.pbs.org Join Ann Curry for a new series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds.   “We’ll Meet Again” explores significant historic events that have shaped America and its citizens — told not from the point of view of world leaders, but through the eyes of ordinary people who experienced them directly. Our first season has recently broadcast on PBS, featuring watershed events such as WWII, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. Each episode introduces us to two individuals . . .

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Globetrotting for Good with Next Step Travel and the NPCA

  Let me recommend the National Peace Corps Association’s Next Step Travel program. I was on the first trip to Cuba this program had, and let me tell you, if you want to travel with anyone, you want to travel with RPCVs. RPCVs “get it” — especially when traveling to places like Cuba, Colombia, or anywhere else the NPCA goes. You can’t surprise RPCVs with what is waiting once they debark. I had a terrific time in Cuba, as I am sure all of our small group did, even though we had some of the usual incidents you’d expect touring a (still) developing country. (Like, make sure you bring toilet paper with you when leaving the hotel!) Plus, traveling with RPCVs,  you have the opportunity to share those familiar tales that always begin, “One time when I was in  _____ (fill in your site). Next Step Travel/NPCA is well worth the . . .

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Human-lion Conflict in Kenya film by Alan Toth (South Africa)

Human-lion conflict in Kenya The lion population in Kenya is crashing. Humans and lions are competing for space. In spring of 2017, armed herders invaded protected lands in Kenya seeking grasses for livestock. Alan Toth (South African 2010-12) recently traveled to Kenya to document the struggles of conservationists and researchers as they work to decrease this human-lion conflict. Watch Video Alan Toth is a filmmaker and journalist. He is educated in journalism, multimedia production, and fine art. He worked for many years in cable television and publishing. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa from 2010 – 2012. He directed and produced the feature documentary Posh Corps in 2013. He’s worked with numerous San Francisco Bay Area media groups including KQED in San Francisco. He studied at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Alan has many years of experience with public speaking. . . .

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