May 8, 2001,
Minutes of the Board
Rosemary's Thyme Bistro, Washington, DC
In attendance: Board Members:
Sandy Anderson, Mike Jewell, Marcia Gnuse, Lin Lougheed, John
Wintrol, Linda Scheffer, Ed Block
Members and Friends:
Judy Gerald, Jill Diskan, Dave Hopkins, Anonymous, Richard Meyer
Topic One: Reunion Trip to Turkey, May 2002
Dave Hopkins, Mike Jewell, and Dave Weinman asked the Board to support
their intention to organize and carry out a trip to Turkey. The
following is taken from Hopkin's presentation:
The general idea is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Peace
Corps in Turkey with a trip to Turkey in 2002, which is the 40th
anniversary of the arrival of the first Peace Corps group in Turkey.
We propose to schedule the trip for roughly the last two weeks in
May, 002 - May 18 to June 1, subject to minor adjustments as we begin
detailed planning. (These were the most popular dates with members
returning the dues questionnaire.)
Arkadaslar would act as the organizing focal point, and the trip
would be open to all Turkey RPCV's and staff, their families, Turkish
friends of the Peace Corps, and other invited participants.
The plan is similar to that used for the trip two years ago:
Hopkins introduced Richard Meyer whose travel agency in Virginia is also
celebrating its 40th anniversary. Meyer plans to make the trip go
smoothly for the 50-60 people necessary to make the trip feasible. The
more the better, however.
The Board discussed the prices for the trip, but a final
determination will be made by the subcommittee after discussions with
airlines and hotels in Turkey. The Board agreed to support the
organizers of the trip with the understanding that monies advanced would
Topic Two: Treasurer's Report
Linda Scheffer reported that there is $6,600.42 in our account, but she
was quick to add that we have not put out a newsletter or contributed to
any development group in Turkey yet. We have an additional $5,510
allocated at the last meeting for scholarships for earthquake victims
which she will carry to Istanbul this week.
Our total membership now is 231 which is lower that last year at this
time, but there is still plenty of time for the other 600 people on our
mailing list to send in their dues.
Mike Jewell suggested we should send more reminders. Sandy Anderson
said the lack of a constant newsletter may inhibit momentum.
Topic Three: Earthquake contributions
At the last board meeting we voted to give monies collected for
earthquake contributions to the Universities Cultural and Educational
Foundation. This foundation has identified three students in Istanbul
who will receive $30 a month. These three will be known as Arkadaslar
scholars and we will be able to follow their progress.
Sandy Anderson asked that the Foundation add a woman to the list. Lin
Lougheed promised to (and did) write the Director of the Foundation
asking that part of our contribution be given to a female recipient.
Topic Four: PC Workshop
The Global Workshop of the Peace Corps used our listserve to find
speakers for its programs. It successfully located a returned volunteer
Topic Five: Peace Corps Awards
The various awards and nominating procedures for Peace Corps awards was
passed around. Members interested in nominating an RPCV can get the
forms on the RPCV website.
Topic Six: September 2001 Reunion in Washington, DC.
Preliminary plans for our reunion are underway.
9/21 Friday 5-7: Registration and
reception [Dinner on own at selected restaurants]
9/22 Saturday 9:30-12:30: Workshop [Lunch
on own at selected restaurants]
9/22 Saturday 7:00-10:00: Reception and
9/23 Sunday: RPCV Organized events
Jill Diskan will be organizing the registration and reception event
at the Assembly of Turkish American Associations office on Friday, Sept
21. The Executive Director, Güler Koknar, has graciously allowed us to
use their space.
Judy Gerald is organizing a workshop to be held at the Turkish
chancery in Washington, Saturday morning, Sept 22. There will be 5 or 6
speakers discussing the political, social, and economic changes in
Turkey since 1962. After the presentations, the group will break out to
discuss what role Arkadaslar can play in the future.
Pat Fesci has been working with the Turkish embassy to secure the
workshop space and a place for the reception and dinner on Saturday
Our program does not conflict with the scheduled RPCV events.
When the details are worked out, we will send an announcement to our
It was proposed that the next meeting be either July 10 or 17th. Date
to be determined soon.
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