PC Week - Schwarzenegger
- Hi RPCVs -
I want to share with you a nice proclamation we received from Governor
Schwarzenegger for Peace Corps Week - text below. Also, a BIG thank you
to Celia Bosworth for accepting a similar resolution from Monterey
County last night!
SAVE THE DATES
-- Peace Corps Park Cleanup in the East Bay, March 1
Thanks to RPCV Bryan Lynch for this great project. Exercise your green
thumb as we spruce up a Peace Corps monument in Martinez (park located
at Church and Pleasant Hill Road E. in Martinez). Bring gardening tools
and/or a plant that will grow under redwoods as we beautify a 60s-era
monument dedicated to PCV Nancy Boyd. Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m.
Questions: contact Bryan at mangi@....
-- SF Mixer, Feb. 24
I'm hosting a mixer in San Francisco on Sunday, Feb. 24 for PC staff and
RPCVs. Sorry for the proximity to the Annual General Meeting (!). This
is very informal and coincides with the local LGBT RPCV group's
meeting-so please stop by 5:30 to 8 p.m. - 261 Pierce St. Apt 2; SF CA
94117 (Pierce and Page Streets in the Lower Haight; Very close to MUNI
6, 7, 71, 22, 24 and N).
REMAINING GIRL SCOUTS REQUESTS
Thanks to the many of you who answered the Girl Scout speaker requests!
RPCV speakers are still needed for Girl Scouts in:
Brentwood, Feb. 23
Concord, Feb. 23
Walnut Creek, Feb. 25
Livermore, Feb. 25 or March 10
San Francisco, Date TBA
Please reply if you would like to speak to these troops!
Here's the message from the governor:
When President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, he
asked my father-in-law, Sargent Shriver, to become its first director
and flesh out the details of the new organization. It was a tremendous
challenge, but Sarge rose to the occasion and helped develop programs in
fifty-five countries with more than 14,500 volunteers in less than six
years. Because of the efforts of these two great men and all those who
have had a role in shaping it, the Peace Corps has become one of
America's most successful initiatives in advancing peace.
Simply put, the Peace Corps is America at its best. Throughout the
world, Peace Corps volunteers are engaged in diverse projects that
encourage goodwill and progress. From promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in
Malawi to providing technical training in Armenia to teaching English in
Paraguay, volunteers are involved in projects that make a real
difference in people's lives. As men and women of action, these
volunteers embody the concept of public service as envisioned by
President Kennedy and my father-in-law.
Since its establishment, more than 25,000 Californians have answered the
call of service to help others in 139 countries. They undertake their
projects with enthusiasm and gain a better understanding of their host
country's culture. And in turn, those helped gain a more informed
perspective of the United States. It is a win-win situation and is part
of the reason why the Peace Corps has become a big success.
Serving others is part of the fabric of our great nation, and I think
this is what we see in programs like the Peace Corps. It is a perfect
example of friendship in action, and I hope even more of our residents
will consider joining the Corps. I encourage all Californians to join me
in giving a big hand to all those who served and those currently serving
in the Peace Corps. The Golden State is very proud of its volunteers.
Their achievements are an inspiration to us, and I am proud to
acknowledge their efforts.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of
California, do hereby proclaim February 25 through March 3, 2008, as
"Peace Corps Week."
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great
Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 25th day of January
Nathan Hale Sargent
Public Affairs Specialist
Peace Corps San Francisco Regional Office
(510) 452-8441 fax
(Peace Corps Volunteer: Armenia 1998-2000)
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