Check Out Photos from OktoberfestA huge thank you to Barry Adamson for hosting the annual Oktoberfest celebration. This year we are especially grateful to him for braving an angry horde of yellow jackets and moving the entire cookout to another part of the farm at the last minute.
Pictures of the revelers are in the gallery on the right, last row down.
"I know that it's been awhile since I met you at my going away party. I am in my last year in Ukraine where I work at a secondary school as an English teacher. You spoke with me at my party about RPCV Associations sometimes supporting projects of volunteers. I was wondering if I could ask for your support. I have written a PCPP grant for technology in our classrooms at our school. It's already up online and I still need around $1000 to complete it. I was wondering what I could do to ask for the support of your RPCV Association in Cincinnati (correct?). I really truly think this is a good project and my school is very excited about it. The students respond better to updated materials and the internet is such a huge teaching resource that I think my teachers and students would greatly benefit from."
CARV was pleased to provide the final $244 to put Cayla's project over her goal. Click on the title of this article for a link to the Peace Corps website (and note it may not have been updated due to the government shutdown!)
Peace Corps International Calendars AvailableCARV is offering the Peace Corps International Calendar again this year on a first-come, first-served basis for the price of $8 (save on shipping and handling). These calendars feature photos from Peace Corps countries, past and present, and benefit various international community projects.
Rich House is handling calendar orders this year. They will be available first at the Oktoberfest celebration on October 18th and at all subsequent CARV meetings until gone.
"Just wanted to let you CARVers know that we swore in last week and have completed our first week of teaching in Guiyang, Guizhou, China. It's the 20th anniversary of PC China, and US ambassador Gary Locke was there to do the honors. Picture attached - feel free to share. Also, feel free to share our blog: spongeandslate.com"
Click on the title of this article to view their terrific blog, complete with pictures - and keep coming back to follow their experiences.
July 21, 2013
This is probably the last time I will be using this email list to get the word out, maybe the last time in a while I will use email to communicate to a large group, given that I will be with family again next Sunday there will be little point, though that may be to the detriment to my old Vermont followers...
Anyway, this week has been a lot of goodbyes from many places, La Clementina, Cutuguay, Ventura, today from some of my San Juan friends. The good thing is that I am getting gifted a whole lot of nice stuff, so I don´t need to buy souveniers. I have to admit it is a bit tiring, however, I just want to be home.
This week is just a few more goodbyes, and more than anything getting my things arranged, I don´t think I will even pretend to be productive in the subcentro this week, because that´s just not going to happen.
But as my normal routine crumbles, I have been gotten hit by insomnia again last night, I got to bed a tad late, and then when I woke up at 4:30 (I think), I wasn´t able to get to sleep again.
My godson Christián has apparently gotten sick again, and I´m getting pestered for money even as I write. I am trying to politely tell my compadres that I no longer have even a Peace Corps income, but I guess, to their credit as parents, they are trying anything they can to help their child, which involves pestering me. Unfortunately their facility with the internet means that even leaving Ecuador may not make that stop...
In a similar note my other comadre Veronica and her husband are having some financial troubles, but she simply borrows money from family, not me. But they aren´t sure when exactly they will get paid, or for how much longer either one will have a job.
Oh well, I will have far more worthwhile things worrying me soon...
Steve Driehaus Gets NYT ShoutoutFormer Congressman, Steve Driehaus, was recently mentioned in a New York Times oped piece by Gail Collins. She used him as a positive example of someone who left politics through no fault of his own, and followed a career path that has brought him satisfaction. The article by Collins mainly focuses on two scandal-ridden politicians, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.
"Consider the example of former Congressman Steve Driehaus of Cincinnati, a person who, I should point out immediately, did not do anything wrong whatsoever except lose a race for re-election in 2010. He then packed up his family and went off to join the Peace Corps in Swaziland. “He’s working with folks with H.I.V./AIDS. He loves it,” reported his sister, Denise. "
For the full column,cut and paste the two links below to read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer blurb: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/11/s-driehaus-odd-example-in-nyt-opinion-piece/
NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/opinion/collins-new-york-sizzles.html?_r=0
Peace Corps Response JournalJean Wallace (India 69-71) is serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Jamaica and is recording her experiences in a journal, which CARV will feature on the website. Jean and her late husband, Dave, were in Jim and Susan Robinson's Peace Corps group in India, posted to a remote area of the country where they worked with tribals doing village level agriculture. After returning to the States, they raised four children in a small town in rural Montana and worked as teachers and social workers for many years. Several years after Dave's untimely illness and passing, Jean decided to rejoin the Peace Corps through Peace Corps Response, which offers assignments up to one year in length.
Follow Jean's journal as she reflects on her current and earlier Peace Corps experiences.
Arlene Golembiewski just returned from Sierra Leone and reports on the success of her new Sherbro Foundation there
Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm at Gayle's house. All CARV members welcome.
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