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A DIRECTORY FOR THE AGES! .By Elliot Eisenberg (T-12)

 The 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 Dave Amca.  

On June 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!)

Here are some pictures that help describe the fun and dedication of the Directory party:  

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.

Much 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 Registration Form

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!

COME TO THE REUNION Sept. 22-25, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Don’t miss this opportunity to re-unite and celebrate!!  How many more times will we have this opportunity!!!!????

The Reunion HQ will be the Virginian Suites Hotel (as last reunion).  1500 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA  www.virginiansuites.co /‎ 

Schedule of events: 

Thursday, September 22nd  Arkadaşlar 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  Arkadaşlar Plenary 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. www.turkishfestival.org/info.html

Our reunion coincides with the Peace Corps Connect event of the National Peace Corps Association, www.peacecorpsconnect.org/. We will march alongside other Peace Corps groups on Sunday morning.  


Arrangements have been made with Virginian Suites Hotel (thanks to Linda Scheffer!).   We will enjoy discounted rates and use of conference rooms:

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON - NO LATER THAN AUGUST 22 when special rates will no longer be available! See rates and instructions.

Register 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 – SOON!

Please let your group coordinator know that you'll be coming or let Sandy Anderson know: turkeydost@aol.com 

Bayram Dinners - 2015  We have posted the photos we have so far.  Please send in photos and reports of your Bayram dinner.  Thanks.

News of Groups and More
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 Night.  This 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
     Ed Klinger
     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


Our website: Explore and enjoy!
     Home: announcements of reunions, meetings, requests
     Archive: board meeting highlights, other items of interest
     Bulletin Board: messages of Turkey-related events around the U.S.
     Events: details about dinners, reunions, other scheduled events
     History: background of our organization & PC Turkey
     Membership: benefits and form
     Member News: news of interest about our members
     Memories of Turkey:  RPCVs' remembrances of life and events during PC service
     Photo Gallery: photos of and by Arkadaslar members, including reunions & bayram dinners
     Projects:  updates on projects we support
     Services:  listserv, newsletter, directory
     Stories: Memories/stories of our time in training and in Turkey
     Art: art works and services offered by Arkadaslar mmbers
     Books:  works produced by Arkadaslar members
     Links:  Turkish-American associations, embassy, Turkish sites, books on Turkey...





Arkadaslar 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.

Our membership is open to all former Turkey Peace Corps Volunteers and to all friends of Turkey.
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A new 2016 directory was  mailed to all members in June 2016. 

Board Meetings

Next Meeting:
Tues., Aug 2, 2016
6:30 pm
   Atilla's Restaurant Columbia Pike

Peace Corps recruiting poster from the late 60's or early 70's designed by Gary Jameson (T-9).

Products for Sale
Peace Corps (Anniversary Pendant & more) and Arkadaslar items