Peace Corps Volunteers

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From No. 1 to Persona Non Grata: A Peace Corps Story (Malawi)
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Uruguay RPCVs hold Peace Pole dedication during County Fair in Minnesota
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Boulder County names Therese Glowacki (Senegal) to head Parks and Open Space Department
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RPCV (Thailand) First Woman Head of YMCA
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PCV Women who made a Difference in Ethiopia after their tours
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Remembering Jerry Black: A Legacy of Service (Comoros Islands)
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Dolores Johnson (Nepal) — Retired Nurse lived for Adventures
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Textile Artist Hollis Chatelain (Togo)
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Peace Corps honors Carole Anne “Aziza” Reid with the Lillian Carter Award
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Janet Lee (Ethiopia) receives 2021 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

From No. 1 to Persona Non Grata: A Peace Corps Story (Malawi)

  by Andy Trincia (Romania 2002-04) free-lance writer Carolina Alumni Review September/October ’21   Two days after graduation, Jack Allison ’66 and his fellow University of North Carolina Men’s Glee Club members flew to New York to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” opening for the Dave Clark Five, the superstar British Invasion rock band. For Allison, who made a name for himself on campus as lead singer for The One-Eyed Jacks, the Sullivan appearance and the glee club’s European tour immediately thereafter were a dreamy signoff from Carolina. Just a year later, Allison recorded a song that went straight to No. 1 — in Africa. He reached the top of the charts after joining the Peace Corps, hoping the two-year stint would help him decide between a career in ministry or medicine. He was sent to Malawi, a narrow, landlocked nation in south-central Africa and one of the world’s . . .

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Uruguay RPCVs hold Peace Pole dedication during County Fair in Minnesota

  About 20 former Peace Corps members from around the country gathered outside the historic Sunnyside School at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 13, to hold a Peace Pole dedication ceremony.   All of the former members at the event served in Uruguay from the years 1965 to 1967, and still get together from time to time. “We’re from all different states in the country,” said Toni Kilkenny-Williams, a former member who now lives in California. “Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Washington, Connecticut. . .” As former Peace Corps member John Eggers lowered the hollow, white Peace Pole over a wooden post, he described the message of the monument. The pole reads “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Ojibwe, Norwegian and Spanish, with each translation displayed vertically on the square pole’s four sides. Former Peace Corps member John Eggers describes the languages displayed on the Peace Pole during a ceremony . . .

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Boulder County names Therese Glowacki (Senegal) to head Parks and Open Space Department

  By JOHN FRYAR | jfryar@prairiemountainmedia.com Longmont Times-Call, August 9, 2021  •  Therese Glowacki.(Courtesy Photo) Boulder County commissioners announced Monday that they have named Therese Glowacki to be the county Parks and Open Space Department’s director, effective Aug. 23. Glowacki, a member of the Parks and Open Space staff since 1999, is currently manager of the department’s Resource Management Division. Her appointment will fill the vacancy created when former department director Eric Lane resigned earlier this year. She was a Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer in Senegal 1983-86, former HQ Staff and Madagascar Staff 1994-96. “I am very excited to lead the department on our diversity and climate action goals, while supporting the bedrock work of the department providing the best in public service in all we do,” Glowacki said in the county’s Monday news release announcing her appointment. The Board of County Commissioners is to take official action on Glowacki’s appointment at . . .

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RPCV (Thailand) First Woman Head of YMCA

YMCA of the USA Names Suzanne McCormick as Next President and CEO  Source: YMCA of the USA   Chicago, IL, Aug. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Suzanne McCormick (Thailand 1989-91) has been named president and chief executive officer of YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). She will be the 15th person and first woman to lead the Y in the United States. McCormick brings more than 27 years of experience as a senior and executive leader in nonprofit, for-impact organizations to the role, most recently serving as U.S. President of United Way Worldwide and a member of their global management team. McCormick’s s tenure with Y-USA will officially begin in September, replacing Kevin Washington, the organization’s first Black president and CEO who is retiring after serving as Y-USA’s president and CEO for more than six years and after more than 40 years of service to the YMCA. “The National Board began the search for Kevin Washington’s successor with the goal of . . .

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PCV Women who made a Difference in Ethiopia after their tours

By Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965-67)     Ethiopian Tsehai Wodajo’s life was changed by a young Swedish woman, Eva Nordin, who showed up in Tsehai’s village in Ethiopia more than 40 years ago. Eva saw Tsehai’s potential and made it possible for her to stay in high school and to go on to university. Tsehai never forgot Eva who made such a difference in her life and was inspired to find a way to provide that opportunity for other girls and young women. She and her friends Hanna Getachen-Kreusser and Ann (Chartrand) Jensen (Ethiopia 1964-66) (the first PCV in Bahar Dar) had the idea for Resources Enriching African Lives — REAL. In 2004 Tsehai and Ann traveled to Ethiopia to establish the first REAL site in Nedjo, in western Ethiopia, with a local supervising committee and a mentor for 15 girls. REAL has grown to 8 sites, and is currently opening . . .

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Remembering Jerry Black: A Legacy of Service (Comoros Islands)

  Steve Kaffen Remembers Jerry Black   Jerry Black (Comoros Island 1992-94; PC Office of Inspector General 2010-21) passed away from gun violence on June 29, 2021. I worked with Jerry in OIG, and on Sunday, August 25th, attended a “Celebration of Life Service” at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Bethesda, MD along with members of OIG (past and present), the Peace Corps community, and Jerry’s family. In addition, over 120 participated via Zoom. The speakers were principally from Jerry’s family, including his wife Cathy Feingold and their oldest son, Myles. The service contained interludes of live music in recognition of Jerry’s facility with trumpet and guitar. Representing the agency, Kate Raftery, Expert Consultant in the Peace Corps’ Office of the Director, expressed the agency’s condolences and detailed Jerry’s lifelong commitment to international development and to the Peace Corps, which included service as a secondary school English teacher in the Comoros . . .

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Dolores Johnson (Nepal) — Retired Nurse lived for Adventures

  Retired Nurse who lived for Adventures By Tampa Bay Times Reporter Kristen Hare (Guyana 2000-02)   Dolores Johnson (Nepal 2002-04) was born in Jamaica and made her home in Florida. She died at 84.   Four Peace Corps volunteers left their posts in Nepal and, for 10 days, traveled by train across India. They saw the Taj Mahal and the city of Kolkata. Sometimes, they rode in air-conditioned sleeper cars. Sometimes, they could only get tickets in third class. One night, they discovered they only had two sleeper seats for four people. So they folded down the seats and piled in, attempting a little sleep. Naomi Odell tucked herself next to her friend, Dolores Johnson. “That whole trip I felt kind of bad,” said Odell, then just out of college. “Poor Dolores.” Mrs. Johnson was in her early 60s then, retired, a new grandmother and the eldest among the . . .

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Textile Artist Hollis Chatelain (Togo)

  The Large-Scale Textile Portraits of Hollis Chatelain Orange County Arts Commission July 16, 2021 • Meet Hillsborough textile artist Hollis Chatelain  (Togo 1980-81). She creates large-scale, colorfully saturated textile portraits through a process called textile painting. To create the artworks, she draws out enlarged depictions of scenes that appear to her in monochromatic dreams, frequently using surrealist imagery. She then translates the design onto fabric, dyes the fabric in monochromatic shades, then adds all vibrant color through thread with quilting. Her textile art is internationally exhibited — held in the permanent collections of The Discovery Channel, The American Embassy in Mali, and the Durham Public Library, amongst others — and she currently has a 30 year retrospective of her work on exhibit at the Quilters Hall of Fame in [Marion] Indiana. As the subjects for her textiles, Hollis often draws upon the 12 years she spent working for humanitarian organizations . . .

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Peace Corps honors Carole Anne “Aziza” Reid with the Lillian Carter Award

  The Lillian Carter Award honors outstanding returned Peace Corps volunteers who served at age 50 or older • WASHINGTON – On Thursday, returned Peace Corps volunteer Carole Anne “Aziza” Reid, of Harlem, New York, was honored with the agency’s prestigious Lillian Carter Award at a virtual ceremony. This biennial award honors outstanding individuals who served in the Peace Corps at age 50 or older, and who demonstrate a commitment to civic engagement and service, advancing the Peace Corps’ mission of promoting world peace and friendship, and the Peace Corps’ Third Goal of strengthening Americans’ understanding of the world and its people. “If you are thinking about serving in the Peace Corps, especially if you are 50 or older, I encourage you to take the leap,” said Reid. “I was 53 when I enlisted as a volunteer, and I started walking towards my best self. My journey continues today, and . . .

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Janet Lee (Ethiopia) receives 2021 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

  CHICAGO —Janet Lee, Retired, Dean/Professor Emerita, Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University Dean, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, presented to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. The award, sponsored by OCLC/Forest Press, consists of $1,000 and a plaque to be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award. In addition to her academic and professional success at Regis University, Lee is a Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018) in Ethiopia. Janet made impressive contributions in these key areas, promoting open access publishing and digital libraries, implementing a library catalogue, expanding the African Storybook Project, and assisting in the opening the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library. Janet’s ties to Ethiopia go back to 1970s when she served as Peace Corps Volunteer before beginning her career as . . .

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