The 40th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

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NEW> The Conference is postponed. See Dane Smith announcement. We'll do it all when rescheduled!

The National Peace Corps Association, in conjunction with RPCVs of Washington, are sponsoring a celebration of the Peace Corps 40th anniversary in Washington, DC September 20th to 23rd.

To learn about the schedule of events for all conference attendees, go to Tentative Conference Schedule.

For the schedule of E&E RPCV events, see below.

To register for the conference, go to the NPCA web site: 40th Registration

To learn who has already registered from our group, go to Find Your Friends.

E&E RPCVs at the 40th
The E&E RPCVs Conference Organizing Committee of Chair C.J. Smith Castagnaro, Courtney Arnold, Marian Haley Beil, Leo Cecchini and Judy Smith have worked to present a variety of events of special interest to our members. Additional volunteers include Sue Hoyt Aiken, Owen Cylke, Dave Gurr and Gerry Hoffman.

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs' official hotel is also the headquarters of the celebration — the Hotel Washington at 15th and Pennsylvania. Many of our members are staying there and that will be the place to run into old friends. (Unfortunately, there are no longer any additional rooms available at the Hotel Washington. To reserve in another conference hotel, go to Reserve Your Conference Hotel Now!)

NEW > NOTE: There is a male Ethiopia RPCV who is willing to share his room at the Hotel Washington. Contact mhbeil@rochester.rr.com for more info.
Schedule of Events
NOTE: Those planning to attend
     1. the reception at the Ethiopia Embassy - Sat 5-6:30 pm and/or
     2. the dinner/entertainment at the Addis Ababa Restaurant - Sat 7:00 pm
are asked to
RSVP to Gloria Curtis at Don_Curtis@msn.com to facilitate planning.

Also, please note — there will not be a reception at the Eritrean Embassy.

Thursday, September 20
Ethiopia 1 Mini-Reunion
7:30 p.m.
Dave and Barbara Gurr will host the Ethiopia 1 group at their home.

4311 Loyola Avenue
Alexandria, VA
phone: 703-370-2553
email: dgurr@cns.gov

Please RSVP via email, or phone.

Map: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

To get there:
Via car (Taxi will cost about $25 from DC):
From Washington, take route 395 south, and exit at Seminary Road East. Go left at the fourth light, and the take the first left turn signal (Alexandria Hospital is on the right) onto North Howard. Go left at the next corner onto Loyola Avenue and the Gurr's home is the first house on the right (No. 4311).

Via Metro subway system: Take either the Blue or Yellow Line to King Street station in Virginia. Take any bus going to Alexandria Hospital (about a ten minute ride). Get off at the intersection with North Howard Street. Turn right at the corner on to North Howard Street. Walk (in the opposite direction from the Hospital) to the first block on the left - Loyola Avenue - and the Gurr's home is the first house on the right (No. 4311).

If lost, or need a ride from King Street, call before getting on the metro in DC and Dave will be at the King Street metro station — 703/370-2553.

Ethiopia 4 Mini-Reunion
C.J. Smith Castagnaro writes: Let's meet at the Hotel Washington bar Thursday night after the Congressional Reception.

Friday, September 21
Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs Steering Committee meeting.
Hotel Washington. Gather in the lobby immediately following the Opening Plenary Session with the keynote speaker at Constitution Hall.
NEW > Buna Ceremony, 11:30am under the big Peace Corps tent on the Mall
Presented by by LaDena Schnapper (Dessie, Awassa 63–66). LaDena will also present the buna ceremony at our Saturday evening event, it would be nice for many to go an support her on the Mall.
     About it LaDena writes: "The amazing thing is that my cook from 38th years ago in Dessie, the woman who first introduced me to the ceremony, has just come to the States and will be joining me. Another full circle!"

Ethiopia 2 Mini-Reunion
8:00 p.m.

There will be an informal get-together for the Ethiopia 2 group at the home of Owen and Nancy Cylke.
Anyone planning to attend should bring pictures and stories to share.

9101 Charred Oak Drive
Bethesda, Maryland
phone: 301-365-1740
email: owencylke@aol.com

RSVP - Please send Owen and Nancy a note (or call) that you will attend so they can plan for drink and food.

Map: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

To get there:
Via METRO subway system: Call Owen ahead of time at 301-365-1740 — he will have cars at the station at 5:45 p.m. to meet those using the subway. Take the Red Line to the Bethesda station.

Via car:
From the Beltway - Route 495
Get off at the River Road Exit. Take River Road toward Potomac (outside the Beltway) and then take the first right on to Seven Locks Road. Go to Charred Oak Drive which is the fourth left off Seven Locks. The Cylke's home — number 9101 — is the brick house at the bottom of the hill on the right.

From D.C
Take Wisconsin Avenue to River Road (they intersect north of the National Cathedral). Take River Road to the first right after passing the Beltway - Route 495 - on to Seven Locks Road. Go to Charred Oak Drive which is the fourth left off Seven Locks. The Cylke's home — number 9101 — is the brick house at the bottom of the hill on the right. If lost, call and someone will come save

Call 301 365-1740 if lost.

Saturday, September 22
NEW > Ethiopia and Eritrea Country Updates Presentation
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
American Red Cross Building
17th Steet and D Street, NW
Map: [ Yahoo! Maps ]
The speakers will include:
Ambassador Imru Zelleke — Former Ethiopian diplomat and resident of the USA since the 1970s, Ambassador Zelleke, who was a participant in the transfer of Eritrea from British control to Ethiopia in the 1950s, will speak about the origins of Eritrea and the current state of affairs in Ethiopia.

John Rude (Tessenei, Eritrea; Adi Ugri, Eritrea 62-64) John, recipient of an awarded from the Government of Eritrea for his service to the country, will speak about current conditions there.

Dave Gurr (Addis Ababa 62-64). Dave, a member of E&E RPCVs Steering Committee, will give a summary of E&E RPCVs efforts to help end the war between the two countries and the current status of the ceasefire. He will also provide an update on enCORPS which he directs.

Harris Wofford (Peace Corps/Ethiopia Country Director 1962-64), former U.S. Senator, and present head of the Corporation for National Service. Harris will talk about his recent visits to Ethiopia and Eritrea and compare what he has seen today with the Ethiopia and Eritrea of 40 years ago.

A speaker on AIDS in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ethiopia and Eritrea are among those African nations facing dire situations caused by AIDS. Our speaker will present the scope of the problem and what must be done. (tentative)

Don Paradis, who worked for Haile Selassie's government from 1957 to 1968. (tentative)

Moderator: Leo Cecchini (Asmara 62-64), Chairman of E&E RPCVs Peace Initiative Committee, and Chairman of NPCA Peace and Conflict Resolution Subcommittee.

Reception at the Ethiopian Embassy
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of Ethiopia
3506 International Drive. NW

The Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S. has graciously invited us to a reception at the Chancery of the Embassy.

The Embassy is a short walk from the Van Ness Metro stop on the Red Line.

RSVP to Gloria Curtis at Don_Curtis@msn.com to facilitate planning.

Map: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

An evening of dining and entertainment
7:00 p.m.
Addis Ababa Restaurant
2106 18th St. NW
phone: 202/232-6092

Map: [ Yahoo! Maps ]

NEW > The day will be topped off with an injera and wat dinner PLUS the buna-coffee ceremony presented by LaDena Schnapper (Dessie, Awassa 63–66) AND musical and dance entertainment provided by the Nile Ensemble, who will be joined by LaDena [dance], Charlie Sutteon (Addis Ababa 66–68) [maskinko] and John Barnes (Addis Ababa 66–68) [clarinet].

Cost: $15 per person, includes dinner, gratuity, and entertainment. (Does not include drinks.)
Purchase tickets in advance at the mini-reunions, or the Country Updates, if at all possible, to cut down on confusion at the restaurant.

Also, please RSVP to Gloria Curtis at Don_Curtis@msn.com to facilitate planning.

Sunday, September 23
Procession of Flags
8:00 a.m.
Plan to march behind the flag of Ethiopia or Eritrea as the conference attendees parade across the Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln Memorial, past the grave of John F. Kennedy, and onto a the closing ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater.
   Anyone who would like to take a turn carrying his/her country flag may do so — be sure to bring your camera so that the moment can be recorded for history!
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