Arkadaslar Board Meeting
February 12, 2008
Allen Gall, Dave Weinman, Ken Hill, Mary Helen Madden, Linda Scheffer, and
The terms of three Board Members ended in 2007: Sandy Anderson, Marcia
Gnuse and Valerie Olson. We’re assuming all three will continue on the
Board but Dave will check with each. He will also try to find a new member
since we have 7 other returning members, and would like to maintain a total
of 11 Board Members.
Sandy will email Dave and other Board Members a list of members in the
We are lacking a quorum so no votes were taken.
whether Arkadaslar should be doing more. It is possible we’re not proactive
enough. That led to the question of being active doing what? We are
supporting Turkey and follow issues in Congress. We’re not strongly
political because some members might object.
We keep PCVs connected to each other. Other PC groups envy how well we’ve
stayed together. We are maintaining a connected community. One of the
reasons we mail Buralarda is to keep people in touch. And we’re supporting
good projects in Turkey.
Another question was how much time are people willing to put in? Similar to
NPCA, we are an alumni association with a purpose to support the Peace
Most people are just happy to be connected. We’ve been good at keeping the
We decided we were collectively comfortable with what we’re doing. We also
noted the donations (below) people are making.
We have 299 members.
We have given $11,000 in the past to projects.
110 persons contributed $3,755 for our projects.
We’ll have the Global Reunion in 2011 in conjunction with the Peace Corps’
We’ll need to send out announcements, set aside hotel rooms, and organize by
We should also send out a survey to people interested in a reunion in Turkey
50th Anniversary Celebration
NPCA is not
taking the lead. Jodie Olson at Peace Corps is organizing a lot.
Event on the
– being organized by Ken
the country, and events in the countries of service
Washington, DC, the celebration will be September 22-25, 2011 on the mall.
However events around the country and world will take place all year long.
other ways to get together socially. Mary Helen is going to host a wine and
cheese party in her complex this summer. We can show the Shriver movie to
everyone. We expect about 40 people.
We felt that we should consider getting together regularly, but to do so, we
would need a speaker or something each time – something to serve as a hook.
Café Divan on Wisconsin Avenue has a separate room. There is also Levantés
on 19th Street, on a weeknight. But there is only garage
parking, and most of our people don’t use Metro. Ken and Dave will check it
out. Maybe we can all get together at one of these locations this
sent a letter to Ken Hill and John Wintrol. The Ataturk Society wants to
meet on November 10, 2008, and would like to have us organize an event. He
suggested that we provide the location, and they provide the finger food.
They will give Gorbachev a medal. We felt that this type of action was
politically sensitive at this time.
was expressed about a posting promoting one travel guide on the listserv.
Dave will speak to the person who posted.
--Notes taken by Sandy Anderson