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Bayram Dinners - 2014

Peggy Hanson (T-1) with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at Washington Area Bayram dinner

Bayram dinners were held in 11 cities around the US this year!   We gathered to celebrate Cumhuriyet Bayram and each other's company.  We will post reports and photos of the dinners as they come in.

Cover of Turkey-13 Bio Book  (see News of Groups below bayram dinner information)

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  Kent died last fall, and they have recently printed an unpublished book of his, Our Souls at Night.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

Turkey-5s celebrated 50 years since they entered training at the Experiment in International Living in Brattleboro, VT.   July 16-17, 2014.  They gathered and dined at Buffy (Patrick) Dewey's home and visited and toured the Experiment--now called World Learning--in Brattleboro, VT the following day.

Turkey-1s held a reunion in Maine.  See report in Septembr Buralarda.

NPCA Annual Meeting Report, June 20-22, 2014  from Jack Barkenbus (T-13)

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:

  Fred Thompson (T-15) died February 6, 2015 in a canoeing accident
  Kristine M Kononen (T-8) passed away on Dec. 8, 2014
  Kent Haruf (T-8) passed away on November 30, 2014
John Taylor passed away on
on May 8, 2014,
Herbert George Cohen (T-11) passed away in Sept. 2005 but we only recently learned of his passing.
Terry Nichols (T-1) passd away
July 17, 2014
Gene Paslov (T-2) passed away June 8, 2014
  Ann T Weick (T-3) passed away May 31, 2014
Cem Alptekin (PC Training Staff) passed away April 24, 2014
Louis Currier (T-8) passd away March 8, 2014
Charlotte Ann (Miller) Jirousek (T-5) passed away suddenly on Feb. 12, 2014
James J. Hogan (T-2) passed away
January 25, 2014
Walter Salmen (T-1 and Staff) passed away Dec. 17, 2013
  Michael J. Donohoe   
Dec 14, 2012
  Thomas W. Molloy     Dec. 10, 2010

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 2013 directory was  mailed to all members in early Novembr 2013. 

Board Meetings

Next Meeting:
Tues., Aug. 18, 2015
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).

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Peace Corps (Anniversary Pendant & more) and Arkadaslar items