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June 2013, Vol. 9 No. 6                                                                                                              www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org 


The Time is NOW. Register for Peace Corps Connect - Boston

Sharing stories, sharing knowledge, and sharing opportunities -- this year's Peace Corps Connect-Boston event is just around the corner.


If you haven't registered yet, there is still time! Check out the event page here and register TODAY


No matter what your post-Peace Corps goals may be, this Peace Corps Connect event is sure to have something to suit your needs. Amongst a full schedule of prominent speakers and fascinating panels are career workshops, segments specifically designed and organized to help RPCVs in reaching their career goals. There will also be a significant amount of time for networking with your fellow RPCVs and other members of the Peace Corps community throughout the weekend.


Are you an RPCV who cannot wait to begin work on the Third Goal of "bringing the world home?" Stop in to hear RPCVs "Bringing the World Home" Through Their Careers featuring Marco Werman, anchor and senior producer of the public radio show The World; Tim Prestero, founder and CEO of Design that Mattersand Phil Lilienthal, founder and president of Global Camps Africa." 


A full schedule of all the events planned for this exciting Boston weekend can be found here.


Come to Boston. Register today! (NPCA has added an option during the registration process to add $5 to your registration to support The One Boston Fund.

Senate Passes Peace Corps Commemorative
The United States Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday evening to legislation that would authorize the establishment of space near the National Mall to mark the historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, and the ideals Peace Corps service represents.

This bi-partisan effort was led by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Udall (D-CO). Please thank them!

The House of Representatives still needs to pass companion legislation in the House. The House bill (H.R. 915) was the first piece of legislation introduced by freshman Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic. 

Let's make this happen!
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Hurry! Next Step Travel Discount Ends July 1

"What an enriching and stimulating tour! We've just completed our first week and feel like we are getting a good idea of Guatemalan life. The schedule is perfect; enough time for service, enough time to tour villages, enough time to soak in the Georgina hot springs, enough time to dance to marimba music, enough time with spinners and weavers, enough time to interact with each other, enough time to sleep. Good food, good company."  -- Next Step Travel Participant


What are you waiting for?  Sign up for a Next Step Travel trip to Guatemala:

  • August 24-September 6, 2013 (September 2 end date for 10-day option) ($1,000 off for 14 days and $700 off for 10 days)
  • October 5 - 18, 2013 (October 14 end date for 10-day option) 

And the Dominican Republic: 

  • November 2 - 15, 2013 (November 11 end date for 10-day option)
  • December 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014 (special 10-day family-friendly holiday trip)

Philip Lilienthal Wins 2013 Sargent Shriver Award    

Each year the National Peace Corps Association awards the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service to a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution, whether that be to humanitarian causes at home, abroad, or through innovative social entrepreneurial efforts to bring about significant, long term-change.

This year the award goes to: Philip Lilienthal (Ethiopia 1965-67), founder and president of Global Camps Africa, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children for an AIDS-free tomorrow. These children are affected by many kinds of violence and have been affected by the HIV crisis in Soweto Township. Phil's 8-day camps and the follow-up biweekly sessions provide a way for the children to see hope for their future. The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service will be presented at NPCA's Peace Corps Connect - Boston, June 28-29 in Boston, MA.  

2013 Ruppe Award Winners Announced

The Ruppe Award is presented by the NPCA to an outstanding member group for a project or projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service. Eligible projects will have been completed within the past two years or have been on-going for at least three years. The purpose of the award is not only to recognize the great work that NPCA's groups are doing, but also to generate ideas that other groups may emulate in their communities.


The winners of the 2013 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service are the Friends of the Dominican Republic and the Northern California Peace Corps Association.  


Congratulations to the winners! More more details about the winners will be on our website shortly.

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Peace Corps Announces Healthcare Feedback Mechanisms for PCVs, RPCVs
As supporters of the National Peace Corps Association know, we have been collaborating with a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers suffering post-service medical issues to help get their needs addressed by the Peace Corps.

Here's a recap and an important update from the Peace Corps...

Why I Give: Frank Yates Was There at the Founding
He founded the San Diego RPCV group. He's been a member of Central MO RPCVs in Columbia, MO, and has attended every annual meeting from 1982 to 1995.  
Oh, yes. And he was there at the founding of the National Peace Corps Association

Frank Yates had been a steady financial contributor to NPCA for years, but, knowing there would be serious expenses for the NPCA for the 50
th anniversary of the Peace Corps, he made a big jump a few years ago. "I knew there would be a point in my life when I could start to contribute at the Director's Circle level.  The 50th seemed the right time to start and I have just kept it up.".

Big Reunions Planned for Honduras, Niger 
 The National Peace Corps Association loves to hear about Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) reunions!

Unfortunately, we often receive word of the get-togethers a little too late to be of assistance -- many are "off the grid" and not connected in any way to NPCA or even to our member groups. From our perspective, this is a missed opportunity,  because reunions are an occasion for tracking down "missing" members of our community -- which we think is important.


Two RPCV groups, though -- Niger and Honduras -- have upcoming reunions that are sure to be a blast! By letting the NPCA know about their reunions early, they are spreading the word to members across the nation and getting more RPCVs involved in the good friends and fun activities that are sure to come!

Register NOW for Peace Corps Connect - Boston

Senate Unanimously Passes Peace Corps Commemorative

Next Step Travel Discount Ends July 1

Philip LIlienthal Wins 2013 Shriver Award

Ruppe Award Winners Announced

Peace Corps Announces Healthcare Feedback Mechanism

Why I Give: Frank Yates

Big Reunions Planned for Honduras, Niger

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