1, 2000, Minutes of the Board
Atilla's Locantasi, Arlington, VA
I. Outgoing President's Report The meeting was called
to order by outgoing President Ed Block (T-08). Ed summarized
the activities of the past year, the highlight of which was the
1999 reunion of Arkadaslar members in Turkey last May.
Organizing the reunion was a monumental effort, but fun, Ed
reported. Most importantly, the trip broke even.
II. Treasurer's Report
Linda Scheffer (T-08) reported that as of February 1, 2000,
Arkadaslar has $1,9476.45 on hand. Our membership in 1999 was
356 members, 52 more than the previous year. Membership in NPCA
in 1999 totaled 65 members.
Linda reported that our 179 of our members contributed
$13,336.31 toward the Turkish Earthquake Relief Fund. $9,702 has
already been distributed to Kizilay and $2,534.31 to the Red
Cross. $1,100 has not be forwarded yet. An additional $1,025 has
been contributed to rebuild schools in the earthquake areas.
III. Nominations and Election
Dave Weinman proposed the following slate for the Board's
discussion. President: Lin Lougheed (T-17); Board vacancies:
Susan Bayley (T-01), Peggy Hanson (T-01), Mike Metrinko (T-18).
The slate was adopted unanimously.
Ed Block passed the running of the meeting over to Lin
IV. Status of Directory
Sandy Anderson (T-13) and Linda Scheffer are doing the final
edits of the directory. Jerry Leach (T-04) volunteered to
reproduce the cover in color. John Wintrol (T-02) volunteered to
print, collate, and bind the directory. Marcia Gnuse (T-13)
volunteered to coordinate the whole process and oversee the
distribution of the directory to 1999 dues-paying members. The
Directory should be in the mail by the end of February, 2000.
V. Dues Letter
Sandy Anderson and Linda Scheffer will give Marcia Gnuse the
information necessary to prepare the dues letter. Ed Bloch will
submit a paragraph on Arkadaslar activities in 1999. John
Gallivan (T-02) will oversee its mailing.
VI. Buralarda, the Arkadaslar Newsletter
The Buralarda is to be sent to the membership twice a year. The
next issue will contain stories from the 18 Cumhuriyet Bayram
dinners that took place around the country and more stories from
the reunion trip. Lin Lougheed will follow up with John Gallivan
to see what stage the process is at.
Ed Block offered to write a report on the earthquake
contributions so that members who contributed to the fund will
know what happened to the funds. Ed will check with Sandy
Anderson and Guler Koknar of the ATAA.
VII. Increasing ties to other Turkish organizations
Lin Lougheed recommended that we try to cooperate more with
other Turkish groups, locally and nationally. Our members are
interested in Turks and things Turkish. The board should provide
a conduit for this information to our membership. Jerry Leach
recommended that we do "something" at the October
conference of ATAA. Lin will contact the local heads of these
organizations to explore areas of potential cooperation. The
local ATA-DC has already asked us for a description of our
organization with photos.
The Corcoran Gallery exhibit, Palace of Gold and Light:
Treasures from the Topkapi, Istanbul will run March 1-June 15,
2000. The Smithsonian Museum Associates with the
American-Turkish Council and the American Friends of Turkey are
hosting a weekend seminar, March 3-4, to provide historical and
cultural background the Corcoran show. Turkish RPCV, Tom
Brosnahan (T-15), author of the Lonely Planet Guide to Turkey,
is one of the featured speakers.
On Friday evening, March 3, 2000, the Corcoran Gallery of Art
is sponsoring Mystery in the Grand Bazaar, a fund-raising event
for children orphaned by the earthquakes in Turkey and the
VIII. NPCA annual meeting
The Board decided not to try to organize any Turkey RPCV event
during the NPCA meeting at Shawnee-on-Delaware, owned by Ginny
Kirkwood (T-06). The Board felt that the place was not easily
accessible and that the organizers would already have a full
agenda. The President's Forum (a meeting for the presidents of
the 130+ affiliated NPCA groups) takes place during that
meeting. The Board was asked to propose one major organizational
issue and one advocacy issue to be discussed at that Forum.
Anyone with a suggestion should send it to Lin Lougheed.
IX. Peace Corps 40th Anniversary + Next reunion
The 40th Anniversary of Peace Corps will take place in 2001. The
Board will begin to plan for activities for Arkadaslar members
during the event.
The Board also will consider sponsoring another reunion in
Turkey in the year 2002.
X. Web Page
Lin Lougheed volunteered to develop a website for Arkadaslar.
The site will contain news and information relevant to Turkey
and our members.
XI. Other news
Jerry Leach reported that John Clark (T-04) has left Krygyzstan
and is now Provost of the Kazak Institute of Management and
Economic Planning in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Dave Weinman presented outgoing President Ed Block with two
bottles of Boar's Head Inn Wine and thanked him and outgoing
Board members, Mary Helen Madden (T-10), Jerry Leach, John
Wintrol, and Ed Block for their contributions to Arkadaslar.
The next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 24 at
Levante Restaurant, 1320 19th St. between Jefferson and Dupont
Circle. Red Line: Dupont Circle, south exit.
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