Arkadaslar Board Meeting
July 12, 2006
Atilla's Restaurant, Arlington
In attendance: Sandy Anderson, Allen Gall, Marcia
Gnuse, Ken Hill, Mary Helen Madden, Valerie Olson, Dave Weinman, and John
NPCA 45th Reunion, Sept. 15-16
There will be a picnic on Saturday, the 16th, that RPCV/Washington
will help organize.
Sept. 14th, Thursday – Lobbying
Sept. 15th, Friday – Meetings
Sept. 16th, Saturday – Picnic
Sept. 17th, Sunday – Nationals Baseball Game
We will notify members (listserv and Buralarda) that
if they are here for the 45th reunion, they should contact Ken
Hill. The group of Arkadaslar can join other RPCVs at the picnic or
everyone could go to dinner Saturday night.
If we want to have a reception at the Embassy, we’ll have to
pay for it.
NPCA is planning on putting greater attention to the Peace
Corps 50th Reunion Celebration in five years. Ken Burns will
make a film of the PC experience.
Meeting the new ambassador
The Turkish Consul said he’d get back
to Ken re. a group going by to meet the new ambassador. The former
Ambassador, O. Faruk Loğoğlu, is working with a think tank in Ankara.
Cumhuriyet Bayram Dinner, Sunday,
We plan to hold the Bayram Dinner on Sunday, October 29 at
Kazan’s. Peggy will be asked to contact Süleyman, the carpet man, and
Anatolian Artisans. The list of local Arkadaşlar will be split, as was done
two years ago, and Board Members will be asked to phone everyone. We will
gather at 5:00.
Nationally, members will be encouraged to attend dinners in
other states, should they be traveling in that area.
Joint Venture with International
Doug Shifflett, T-8, along with Ken Hill (T-9) have been
talking about working with a Travel Industry Association on leveraging the
Peace Corps experience, using the face-to-face experiences of the Peace
Corps. Perhaps 10 to 30 volunteers would come together, then go out to
This would be a film, piloted in four countries using RPCVs
who would return to their former sites, and be filmed talking about their
experiences and greeting old friends. The four countries are Turkey,
Thailand, Costa Rica and one other.
If it works, it could be expanded to many countries. First
we would have to develop a proposal. A coordinator would be selected and
given an honorium. Tom Brosnahan was mentioned, as was Bill Moyers. Bill
had said that his trip to visit a Turkish volunteer was the best trip he’d
had. There is also a very out-going volunteer who lives in Texas who was
The purpose would be to get good publicity. 182,000 PCVs
have worked in 130 countries. It can improve the US image, and can help
distinguish Americans from American Policy. This could help the Peace
Corps, 3rd Goal (Bringing the Peace Corps experience home to
America), and tangentially help improve our image abroad. This could
educate the host countries. In the case of Turkey, the younger generations
don’t know we were there.
Ken will email the joint-pilot description to Ellie to be
posted on the web.
New York Times Article
In the New York Times [July 10, 2006 -
- Science – News]
last week, there was a very fine article, about an Aga in Eastern Turkey
with 5 wives and the difficulties he’s had to cope with. None of his sons
is allowed to marry more than one woman, and all his daughters are
educated. He once broke up a fight between some boys and admonished them
that they were bringing disgrace on their families. One looked up and said,
“Papa, you don’t recognize me?” Valerie will send this article to Ellie.
Directories are expected around mid-August. We decided not
to send them in the Post Office Priority Mail envelopes because the stamp is
about $4.05. Mary Helen will get the envelopes and stamps. We’d like
fairly tight-fitting envelopes to protect the directories, and Sandy prefers
white for the appearance.
A newsletter will be published in August. All information
must be sent to Marcia by August 7.
Atillas on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30.