DIRECTORY FOR THE AGES!
.By Elliot Eisenberg (T-12)
spectacular cover of the directory is a picture of a Selcuk bridge near
Antalya taken by Marielle Groteluschen, T-3
By now, you should have gotten this year’s directory in the mail. It is
an amazing amalgam of pictures and stories from our time in Turkey, as
well as addresses and contact information for members. There is an
extensive list of those who are no longer with us but remain in our
hearts. There is a list of all the sites at which we served. And there
is even a list of married and maiden names, to keep you up to date. The
directory is dedicated to the person who has held Arkadaşlar together
all these years, keeping in touch with individuals all along the way and
without whom we would not be the tight-knit group we are: our beloved
16 members of the Arkadaşlar board and Amca Dave Weinman held an
envelope stuffing party at the house of board member Ken Hill. We spent
several hours doing the work, but mostly sharing stories (as we always
do when we get together) about our experiences in Turkey and about many
of the people listed in the directory. (All of it was good, of course!)
some pictures that help describe the fun and dedication of the Directory
Preparing directories for mailing
Left to right: Linda Scheffer (T-8), Eliot Eisenberg (T-12), Sandy
Anderson (T-13), Dave Weinman (Amca), Arkadaslar Board President John Wintrol (T-2), and Lynn
Maichle (T-16). Not pictured because he was behind the lens was
our host, Ken Hill (T-9)
Amca Dave holding directory opened to page with article he wrote for the
July edition of Buralarda.
Sandy Anderson, a power behind all Arkadaşlar activities, stands by. Go
to the dedication page of the directory for the best expression of what
Dave Weinman has meant to all of us of these many years.
thanks is owed to Ken and Winnie Hill for hosting our "stuffing party"
at their home, for providing refreshments. and giving us the time, once
again, to reminisce. Most of all, thanks to Sandy Anderson, Lynn
Maichle and Linda Scheffer for all the hard work they did in pulling
together the directory and making it possible.
2016 REUNION: Sept. 22-25, 2016 in Washington, DC
This year the Peace Corps celebrates its 55th
year. Five years ago we, the Turkey volunteers, gathered to celebrate
the overall 50th, and our own association. This year we are
doing that again.
350 people came to Washington in 2011 to renew friendships, eat Turkish
food, exchange information and refresh memories with those who have
shared our Turkey experience. This year 140 have expressed interest in
coming to Washington. We hope many of you can make it!
TO THE REUNION Sept. 22-25, 2016 in Washington, DC. Don’t miss
this opportunity to re-unite and celebrate!!
more times will we have this opportunity!!!!????
Reunion HQ will be the Virginian Suites Hotel (as last reunion).
1500 Arlington Blvd,
Schedule of events:
registration, 8:00 – 6:00, at the Virginian Suites, 1500
Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, Rosslyn Metro Stop (Blue or Orange
Lines). Evening Get-together at a nearby watering hole -
Quarterdeck, Ireland’s Four Courts, or Rhodeside Grill - organized
by your group, shuttle available to the subway. NPCA (National
Peace Corps Association) - sponsored advocacy meetings with your
Members of Congress. Go to www,peacecorpsconnect.org/community/annual-gathering.
Friday, September 23rd
Possible late afternoon
reception, at the Turkish Embassy or Ambassador’s residence,
both on Massachusetts Ave., NW, (4:00-6:00 or 4:30-6:30 tbd).
Parking is not available so take a taxi or the Metro, DuPont Circle
Stop (Red Line) and walk northwest up Massachusetts Ave. Attire is
business casual -
(men – sport coat &
tie, and women – pants suit or dress).
If participation is limited,
admittance will be reserved for the first persons to register.
Groups get-together is an optional activity for the later
evening. NPCA Conference Sessions, 8:00 – 5:30, at George
Washington University in DC. NPCA Registration required.
Saturday, September 24th
Session, 1:00 – 5:00 in the Senate Ballroom of the Hyatt
Arlington at Key Bridge, 1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Rosslyn), VA,
703-525-1234. It is near the Virginian Suites where many are
staying. There will be speakers and display tables.
Parking is available at a cost of
$6. Take the parking ticket to the receptionist at the front desk
to be validated before, during, or after the meeting.
Evening dinner get-together by
Arkadaşlar groups (T1
- T17). Group Coordinators
will advise each group of the place, time and cost. NPCA
Conference Sessions, 8:00 – 5:30 at George Washington University
in DC. Registration required.
Sunday, September 25th
Walk for Peace,
9:00 – 2:00, on DC Streets, sponsored by NPCA, a run/walk in
solidarity with Peace Corps ideals. Arrangements will be announced
later. Turkish Festival, sponsored by the American Turkish
Association – DC, 11:00 – 7:00, at Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania
Avenue between 12th & 14th streets, featuring
dance, music, cuisine, fashion and arts & crafts.
reunion coincides with the Peace Corps Connect event of the National
Peace Corps Association,
We will march alongside other Peace Corps groups on
Arrangements have been made with Virginian Suites Hotel (thanks to
We will enjoy discounted rates and use of conference rooms:
RESERVATIONS SOON - NO LATER THAN AUGUST 22 when special rates will no
longer be available!
rates and instructions.
for the Arkadaslar Global Reunion Sept. 22-25, 2016
Please share this information with our fellow Arkadaslar and encourage
them to commit to attend the reunion and make reservations as needed –
Please let your group coordinator know that you'll be coming or
let Sandy Anderson know:
Bayram Dinners - 2015
We have posted the photos we
have so far. Please send in photos and reports of your Bayram
News of Groups
Kent Haruf's final book published posthumously
From Sandy Anderson: "Kent Haruf, T-8, was a good writer, and recognized
author. I've compared him to Faulkner in terms of his feelings for and
insight into his community. Others see Willa Cather (My Antonia). His
language is straight-forward within space, much like life on the Great
Plains in the north-eastern corner of Colorado. Kent died last fall, and
they have recently printed an unpublished book of his, Our Souls at
book review is at the Washington Post, and I copied
the photo also from the Post."
Turkey-13's Bio Book
As you've read in Buralarda, the Turkey-13's put together a
beautiful bio book with write-ups from each of their members. We're
providing examples from their book in hopes that other groups will decide
to do something similar.
Linda Harris Budan
Ann Boylston Violi
Arkadaşlar recognized for donation to Soma Coal
Mining Disaster victims' families
Invitation to training brochure for
Peace Corps Turkey for Turkey-8s.
Recently obtained Obituaries:
Doris Whitman (wife
of PC staff member Bill Whitman) June 7, 2016
Richard J Ash, Jr. (T-2,
Staff) passed away in a rafting accident April 15, 1967
Philip L Konkel (T-15) passed away
May 31, 2016
Ronald L Rabin (T-15) passed away Feb 15, 2016
Mary Jo Posnak Hulen (T-14) passed away May 24, 2016
Gene Zajac (T-13) passed
away April 27, 2016
Jack Sharpe (T-4) passed away
March 3, 2016
Patrick J. Fitch (T-9)
passed away Jan. 17, 2016
Catherine Broer (T-17)
passed away Feb 4, 2015
Estes Lockhart (T-17)
passed away June 19, 2005
Stacy Rockwood (T-6)
passed away Sept. 23, 2015
Linda Latt Broslow
(T-1) passed away July 2, 2015
Tarry Davis (T-13) passed
away August 31, 2015
John Gallivan (T-2)
passed away August 25, 2015
Fred Bueche (T-4) passed away
April 17, 2015
Fred Thompson (T-15) died
February 6, 2015 in a canoeing accident
Explore and enjoy!
Home: announcements of reunions, meetings,
Archive: board meeting
highlights, other items of interest
messages of Turkey-related events around the U.S.
Events: details about dinners, reunions, other
History: background of
our organization & PC Turkey
benefits and form
Member News: news
of interest about our members
Memories of Turkey:
RPCVs' remembrances of life and events during PC service
photos of and by Arkadaslar members, including reunions & bayram
Projects: updates on projects we support
listserv, newsletter, directory
Stories: Memories/stories of
our time in training and in Turkey
Art: art works and services
offered by Arkadaslar mmbers
produced by Arkadaslar members
Links: Turkish-American associations,
embassy, Turkish sites, books on Turkey....
is a network of 1200 people who served as Peace Corps Volunteers
or staff in Turkey between 1962 and 1970 and other friends of
Turkey. Arkadaslar is committed
to maintaining the
network and fostering continued ties among our
Turkish friends, ourselves, and our international communities.
is open to all former Turkey Peace Corps Volunteers and to all
friends of Turkey.
A new 2016 directory was mailed to
all members in June 2016.
Tues., Aug 2, 2016
Atilla's Restaurant Columbia
Peace Corps recruiting poster from
the late 60's or early 70's designed by Gary Jameson (T-9).