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    Volume 3, Issue 8 www.peacecorpsconnect.org September 2006 NPCA Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. NPCA concluded the 45th
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      Volume 3, Issue 8

      www.peacecorpsconnect.org

      September 2006




      NPCA Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Washington, D.C.

      NPCA concluded the 45th anniversary year of Peace Corps with a series of
      highly successful events in Washington, DC on September 14-16. Click
      here for a
      round-up of Advocacy Day, events, meetings, links to photos of the
      festive reception at the Embassy of Ghana, and more.




      *Sen. Dodd Outlines Vision for Future of Peace Corps at NPCA Luncheon*

      On September 14th, in the historic Senate Caucus Room, Sen. Chris Dodd
      (D-CT), former Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy and other members of
      the Peace Corps community looked on as former Senator Harris Wofford
      presented the 2006 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian
      Service to Loren Finnell (Ecuador 64-66).

      In a keynote speech, Sen. Dodd traced the history of Peace Corps,
      reflected on his own Peace Corps experience in the Dominican Republic,
      and laid out a vision for the future of Peace Corps. Click here for the
      link to his speech, photos of the luncheon, and details about Shriver
      Award recipient Loren Finnell.


      NPCA will be working closely with Sen. Dodd and other members of
      Congress on these ideas and other initiatives of great importance to the
      Peace Corps community in the coming months.




      *"Best Advocacy Day Ever"*

      Nearly 100 returned Peace Corps volunteers representing 25 states and
      the District of Columbia held close to 90 meetings with congressional
      offices and helped distribute information to an additional 230 House and
      Senate offices. Our requests: Increase Peace Corps funding and support
      reforms that remove trade distorting subsidies.

      A Wednesday evening training was followed by Thursday activities that
      included an orientation, meetings with congressional offices and a
      social hour/celebration. Click here
      for a detailed recap of
      Advocacy Day, photos, plus information on how you can support the work
      of our NPCA advocates.




      *Help Us Find RPCVs Who Are Social Entrepreneurs*

      A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses
      entrepreneurial principles such as resourcefulness and collaboration to
      organize, create, and manage a venture or promulgate a "big idea" that
      benefits society.

      /We need your help to identify 50 social entrepreneurs within our
      community/. NPCA is working with Social Edge, a project of the Skoll
      Foundation, to produce 50 profiles of social entrepreneurs which will
      appear on the Social Edge Web site in the form of brief "podcast"
      interviews that explore the Peace Corps/social entrepreneurship connection.

      We have many possible candidates in mind...but we want /your/ ideas to
      make sure these profiles are as diverse, inclusive and representative of
      our community as possible.

      So who's on your list? Surprise us. Tell us the stories of people we
      might not know about - or who you think should absolutely be included -
      and send your "nominations" to Erica Burman, NPCA News Director, at
      news@... . Click here for more information
      about this initiative and social entrepreneurs.





      *Let's Finish the Job...with GlobalGiving*

      Many in the Peace Corps community remain motivated to alleviate the
      worst aspects of human suffering in today's world. A new initiative
      between NPCA and GlobalGiving.com gives us
      a proven tool to finish the job we started as volunteers--eliminating
      global poverty through high-impact, grassroots projects.

      GlobalGiving.com is a non-profit online marketplace for international
      giving, connecting individual and institutional donors directly to
      social and economic development projects and environmental causes around
      the world. "Let's Finish the Job"
      will provide training in
      fundraising and communication to interested RPCV groups, and work with
      them to identify or develop their own projects. Groups can then promote
      their own projects on this customized Web site, significantly expanding
      their reach to potential donors.

      As a pilot, projects of two NPCA affiliate groups and one NGO with
      strong ties to the Peace Corps community are now posted on the
      GlobalGiving Web site. Click here to visit and explore NPCA's Global
      Giving pages for the Friends of
      Thailand, Friends of Burkina Faso and High Atlas Foundation, as well as
      Tony Gambino's blog. Learn how GlobalGiving can be a powerful tool for
      the Peace Corps community!




      *Meet the First James Collins /WorldView/ Magazine Fellow: Bonnie
      Robinson*

      NPCA is pleased to welcome Bonnie Robinson (Ukraine 02-05), the first
      James Collins /WorldView/ Magazine Fellow. The fellowship was
      established to honor our longtime colleague Jim Collins, who died
      suddenly earlier this year.

      Bonnie will be working part-time on the magazine and other related NPCA
      projects during her nine-month fellowship. Click here
      to learn more
      about Bonnie.




      *New /Kids Around the World/ Countries: Haiti, Mozambique and Sudan*

      Kids Around the World (www.katw.org), the National
      Peace Corps Association's Web site for elementary school-age kids, now
      includes profiles of children in three new countries: Haiti, Mozambique
      and Sudan!

      This Web site is easy to navigate, fun to explore, and encourages
      children in the United States to ask questions and find out more about
      other parts of the world and the people who live there.

      Start Peace Corps indoctrination early! Share /Kids Around The World/
      with the children in your life. As we continue to develop and add to the
      /Kids Around the World/ Web site, we value your input. Please click here
      to take a survey and let us
      know how you've been using the website. Your answers will help us make
      Kids Around The World more useful and beneficial for educators and
      students all over the world.

      In addition, we are always looking to add more countries and child
      profiles to /Kids Around the World/. If you will be traveling to a
      developing country, please consider interviewing a child. Click here
      for more information, or
      e-mail Ellen Frierson .










      *In This Issue*

      . NPCA Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. <#11>

      . Sen. Dodd Outlines Vision for Future of Peace Corps at NPCA Luncheon
      <#22>

      . "Best Advocacy Day Ever" <#33>

      . Help Us Find RPCVs Who Are Social Entrepreneurs <#44>

      . Let's Finish the Job...with GlobalGiving <#55>

      . Meet the First James Collins WorldView Magazine Fellow: Bonnie
      Robinson <#66>

      . New /Kids Around the World/ Countries: Haiti, Mozambique and Sudan <#77>

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      *Peace Corps
      Community News*

      . Peace Corps to return to Ethiopia


      . Peace Corps mourns the loss of Mali volunteers Justin Brady and
      Matthew Costa
      ,
      Peace Corps worker had a "spirit of giving"
      ,
      Matthew Costa
      ,
      Justin Brady's Web Site

      . PeaceCorpsWriters.org announces 2006 Peace Corps Writers Awards for
      books

      . Julia Marton-Lefèvre is new Director General of IUCN-the World
      Conservation Union


      . Op-Ed: Peace Corps volunteers are nation's best diplomats, says PCV
      dad


      . Kenya RPCV and Army Reservist Robert J.Paul killed in Afghanistan


      . David Altschul (Micronesia) finds the stories in brands...How the
      Pillsbury doughboy explains what you buy


      . Rose Hyde uses shea-butter business to build a brighter future for
      Togo

      . Former Micronesia Country Director, volunteers honored


      . Chris Matthews (Swaziland) throws out the first pitch at "Peace Corps
      Night with the Nationals


      . On the NPCA Bulletin board: Oxfam Fast for a World Harvest, Peace
      Corps Summer School in Malawi, Afghanistan reunion, RPCV coffee, ...more


      . Seeking: Taja Dixon (Burkina Faso), Sarah Young (Cameroon), Kelvin
      Koaefer (Lesotho)

      . On the NPCA Calendar: Friends of Fiji Gala, Maryland RPCV Happy Hour,
      Maryland RPCV camping trip...


      . Peace Corps community news clippings updated daily!


      . Making a Difference -- Stories from our Community



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      *RPCV to Lead Peace Corps*

      Ronald A. Tschetter (India 66-68), former NPCA board member and board
      chairman, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be the17th Director
      of the Peace Corps last Wednesday. He will be sworn in on September 28.
      In the interim, Jody Olsen continues as the Acting Director of Peace
      Corps. Click here
      for links
      to his Senate testimony, plus bio, press releases and news stories.

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      *Leonard Robinson Jr.:
      1943 - 2006*

      The National Peace Corps Association mourns the sudden death on July
      25th of Leonard H. Robinson, Jr. (India 64-67), president and CEO of the
      Africa Society, former director of minority recruitment for Peace Corps
      and NPCA Advisory Council member
      . Click here
      to learn
      more about his life.

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      *Share the World - Write for /WorldView/ Magazine*

      /WorldView/ magazine is looking for 1,000 to 2,000-word, non-fiction,
      first person reminiscences or reporting on a host country community,
      project, or Peace Corps site. Stories should focus on working and living
      in a developing country and anyone with such experience may submit. To
      submit a story for consideration, or if you have questions, please
      e-mail Bonnie Robinson .

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      Visit NPCA's interactive online career center
      . You'll find job search
      resources, job listings and more!





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