The Celebration of the
40+1 Anniversary of the Peace Corps

The page is all NEW as of 5/28/02

The National Peace Corps Association, in conjunction with RPCVs of Washington, are sponsoring a celebration of the Peace Corps 40+1 anniversary in Washington, DC June 20th to 23rd.

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

For hotels and housing

For DC Metro map

Already 112 of our members are registered for the conference. To register for the conference, go to the NPCA web site: 40+1 Registration

Go to "Friend Finder" to see who is registered.

Those working to give E&E RPCVs a special celebration at the 40+1: Courtney Arnold, Don Beil, Marian Beil, Leo Cecchini, John Coyne, Dave Gurr, Wayne Kessler, Russ Mischeloff, Jack Prebis,  John Rude, Sarah Samuel, LaDena Schnapper, Neal Sobania, Clare Shea, and Judy Smith

E&E RPCVs at the 40+1
Thursday, June 20
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Congressional Reception
John Coyne (Addis Ababa 62–64) writes: One of the first great events for the Conference is the Congressional Reception being held in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. The reception is always filled with congressmen and senators and their RPCV staff, plus RPCVs from everywhere. Try and make it to DC in time to be at this reception. It is always worth attending and this year the event has the bonus of unobstructed view of the U.S. Capitol at twilight.

8:00 pm
Ethiopia 1 Mini-reunion
Thursday, June 20 Omni Shoreham Hotel

NEw > Governor's Conference Room, main floor, down hall from main desk to left (see map)
Snacks + cash bar
$10 per person to cover the cost of snacks, room rental and required staff.
Friends of Ethi Is are invited to attend.

RSVP to Frances Fisher LaCroix at lacroix@fidalgo.net by June 10th.

Payment: At the same time you make your reservation, send a check for this event, made out to "E&E RPCVs," and note on the check "For Ethiopia 1 reunion" (Please do not combine you payment for this event on the same check with payment for the Friday night dinner.). Send to:
     Marian Haley Beil
     4 Lodge Pole Road
     Pittsford NY 14534

* If your training group is planning a mini-reunion, please a message to Marian Beil mhbeil@rochester.rr.com so that we can include information about it here.

Friday, June 21
10:30–11:15 am
Host Country National Awards
Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab from Eritrea will be among those receiving recognition from the NPCA during the opening program. The award ceremony will be held in Constitution Hall. For more about the awards.
11:45 am
Tour the show of Ethiopian paintings at the
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's Focus Gallery
Tour the Smithsonian exhibition "From Monastery to Marketplace: Tradition Inspires Modern Ethiopian Painting" with co-curator Neal Sobania (Addis Ababa 68–72). For more about the show, read the press release from the Museum of Natural History.

    [This tour is scheduled after the Conference opening program at Constitution Hall at 18th St NW between C Street and D Street. Upon exiting from Constitution Hall, go right, walk down to Constitution Avenue, turn left and go to the museum at the corner of 12th Street. (The museum is also just a short walk south of the Metro stop "Federal Triangle" on the Blue and Orange lines. Metro map)]

7:30 pm
Dinner at the Embassy of Ethiopia
3506 International Drive, NW
Friday, June 21, 7:30 pm
$35 per person (This covers the meal, service, gratuity, plus rental of tables, chairs, linens and dishware.)

RSVP must be received by June 10th.

For full information about the dinner go to Embassy Dinner


The NPCA has chosen to schedule a reunion for staff for 6–9 pm this same evening, and we realized that we have both staff members and RPCVs who served on staff who would like to attend that event. Unfortunately, this is one of the crunches that the new schedule has generated. We have moved our dinner start time a little later to try to make it possible for those who wish to, to attend both events.

Saturday, June 22
7:30–9 am
Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs Steering Committee meeting.

Omni Shoreham - Meet promptly in the lobby for room assignment.
3–5 pm
Ethiopia and Eritrea Country Updates

Omni Shoreham Hotel
NEw > Executive Room, main floor, down hall from main desk to right (see map)

This presentation is open only to RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea
Read about the scheduled speakers

6:30 pm–10 pm
Salute to Peace Corps Giants Fund-raising Dinner
Omni Shoreham Hotel
$150.00 and $250.00 Funds raised will support NPCA programs.

We understand that there are already 33 Ethiopia and Eritrea Peace Corps people who have reservations for this dinner. We will try to make sure that all of our members who would like to be seated together are able to do so. If you have already purchased tickets for the dinner, or will do so, and want to be seated with our group, please send your name (and the name of any guests) to Marian Beil at mhbeil@rochester.rr.com.

To order tickets. You are urged to order your tickets by June 1.

Silent Auction: Happening during the fund-raising dinner. Chaired by Judy Smith. If you have items valued at $25 or more to donate to support NPCA programs, contact Judy at smarmayor@aol.com. More about the Silent Auction.

8:30-1am Omni Shoreham
(no cost for conference registrants, tickets at the door for non-registrants)

These events are traditionally great fun — with lots of ethnic music that makes it impossible NOT to dance. Those going to the fundraiser can come to this event to top off their evening. We will try to have an area for our members to gather.

Sunday, September 23
8:00 a.m.
Procession of Flags & Closing Ceremony

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!

Picnic at ball fields at 23rd and Constitution Avenue upon return from ceremony. Again, we will try to have an area for our members to gather.

Learn about Ethiopia and Eritrea RPCVs who are participating in Conference workshops, panels and programs.
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