Sandy Anderson, Elliot Eisenberg, Allan Gall, Peggy Hanson, Mike Jewell,
Linda Scheffer, Valerie Olson, Dave Weinman, and Peggy’s sister, Ginny
Since March 23, 68 members paid dues, and 33 contributed extra money for
We need to take out $2,000 for the next directory, and to take out funds
for our contributions. We can think about whether we want new
recipients and discuss it at our next meeting.
We have 394 paid members; there were 412 last year.
There are NPCA members which total 79 in contrast to 73 last year.
33 sent extra money for projects, totaling $1,005.
$4,630 has been contributed from 162 members in contrast to last year’s
$4,430 contributed by 147 members.
Contributions to Projects
Mike Jewell (and Dave
Weinman?) attended an embassy-sponsored reception for a group, Turkish
Philanthropic. It is a US-based organization of mostly Turkish
ex-patriots. We may not want to contribute money directly to them, but we
could look at their recipient list for ideas.
Peggy would like us to
sponsor HasNa. There is also Bridges to Turkey (Emin Pamucak),
and Cigdem Acar’s (Heath and Demet’s daughter) Bridges of Hope to
The Treasurer’s report was
Global Reunion: Friday Night Turkey’s Reception
The reception is planned to be at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence off
Sheridan Circle, not the embassy. It’s an historic mansion; we are
Mike had mentioned 4:00-6:00 or 4:30-6:30 as possible times.
There is no parking at the residence, so people will need to go by
subway [.3 miles or 6-7 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro] or take a
taxi. We will look into getting a shuttle from the hotel to the
Agenda will be to mingle, drink, eat hors d’oeuvres. Someone
from the embassy will make remarks, and then Mike and Dave will respond.
The Turks might like to see our old pictures that we could put into a
PowerPoint. Perhaps a few persons from TEFL, CD … could say where they
were and what they did. Someone needs to be in charge of the
presentation. Mike and Dave will coordinate. The question came up of
whether we should sing the Turkish National Anthem with the words
provided to everyone.
Koray Ertaş is the liaison, the Officer Counselor, and he will also be
our speaker on Saturday.
Perhaps they can tell us about the residence.
The PC staff reunion is 7:00-10:00 that evening at the Building Museum.
Saturday Plenary Session at the Key Bridge Marriott
The Plenary Session is planned for 1:30-4:30 with a break. The initial
suggestion was to have a panel, then a break, then have time to mingle.
We began to discuss speakers.
The embassy speaker could talk to us on what is happening today, for
example Turkey’s role as a Middle Eastern economic force, the new
constitution and how to get out from under military control, or Turkey’s
foreign policy especially in the Middle East, Balkans and Eastern Asia.
Elliot concluded for us to just let the Embassy talk about Turkey’s
place in the world today.
We are hoping that Zafer Parlak will be able to be one of the speakers
at our Plenary Session. He is someone who over a long time has been
interested in Turkey’s Peace Corps volunteers and has involved us in his
study. He has made various presentations in Turkey about the Peace
Corps and can share those findings with us. We discussed how long he
should speak and concluded with 20 minutes and 10 minutes for questions.
Then someone from the Wilson Institute can talk to us about Turkish
Another suggestion was to have Heath Lowry give a shortened version of
the American journalist in Turkey during the time of Ataturk. Mention
was made that Heath’s book, Turkey, An On-going Love Affair is a
good book to read. Tom Brosnahan was mentioned as was Dora Nadolski’s
offer to present.
The idea of a panel was discounted.
A committee was formed to prepare the program, consisting of Mike,
Peggy, Allan and Dave. We will vote by email, allowing a couple of days
for comment. The committee is asked to present it to the Board for
approval by July if possible.
We discussed having Yildiz make the wares of the Anatolian Artisans
available, and there was general approval as she is always a part of our
We will be in the Potomac Room of the Key Bridge Marriott. The room can
seat 300 at tables, or 400 in theater style. We prefer the tables.
We agreed that each group will be given a table around the outside of
the room for its group. The group can put out memorabilia, a mug book,
photos … The table will also serve as a congregating point at the end
of the meeting for groups to organize themselves to get to the group
dinner that evening.
We will need to have some tent signs made to sit on each table to
indicate the Group’s Number.
Participants will need information on how to get to the Key Bridge
Marriott. They need to be told that parking is $6.00.
Sunday at Arlington Cemetery Peace Corps’ 50th
– Flag Bearer
It was agreed that Sandy would put her name down. Mike said he would be
The cost of the Potomac Room will be $2,250. We will use the afternoon
refreshments provided by the hotel since we’ll have our group dinners
that evening, and had hors d’oeuvres at the Turkish residency the
evening before. That is an estimated cost of $12.50 per person. In
addition, there will be costs for all the printing, badges, etc.
We agreed to charge $25 for the registration.
Allan has done all the work on the t-shirts. He reported that there were
two quality levels: The lower quality shirts cost $16 for t-shirts and $22
for polo shirts.The better quality shirts cost $15 for t-shirts and $25 for
We decided to go with the higher quality, and we will charge $20 for the
t-shirts and $30 for the polo shirts.
It was agreed that we will put the order form on the registration and people
will need to include the price of the shirts when they send in their
registrations. The registration form will need to indicate:
Type of shirt – t-shirt or polo
Size – S, M, L, XL, XXL (higher cost for XXL).
The back of the shirts will read:
We voted for the single tile, square shape, with one tulip in it. On the
front the design will go on the left where brand names are placed.
Place to Hang Out
We discussed the idea of having a place, such as Atilla's, for people to
hang out if they don’t have a group that’s meeting, or need a place to go,
for example, Friday night. It was pointed out that there are places near
the hotel where people can go. Also, Atilla’s is being used by the T-8s on
Saturday evening. We decided not to designate a place.
We need an issue of Buralarda to go out before the end of June, if
possible. It will include the registration form.
In addition, it should mention the Smithsonian gathering for PCVs on the
Mall, with Turkey’s designated time as July 3, 2:00 – 3:30. Sandy and Mike
indicated that they planned to go. This can’t go in Buralarda if it
doesn’t get out in June, however.
And we need to talk about the PC flotilla on the Delaware River, sponsored
by Ginny Kirkwood. Each country will have its own raft and flag.
The Next Meeting will be Tuesday, August 9 at Atilla’s at 6:30. Konuşma at
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