ReConnections - July 2006
A monthly newsletter of The West Cascade Peace Corps Association in Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley
July 9, Sunday 2:30 PM
Barbeque at home of Wayne and Rolly Thompson, Fox Hollow Farms, 30781
Fox Hollow Rd, Eugne, continuing Celebration of 45th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. Enjoy
the vista and pet a lamb. Goal is to each bring a RPCV who has never been to a West
Cascade event. More details later.
RPCV Regional Campout
Dworshak Park, Orofino, Idaho
Meet other fellow RPCVs.
Have fun & commune with nature.
September 8-10 Friday thru Sunday
Eugene Celebration. March in the parade on Sept 9 and sit in West Cascade booth,
Parade 9 AM, booth 11 AM -5 PM both Saturday and Sunday.
September 10, Sunday, 5:30 PM
Regular monthly meeting
Peace Corps Celebration
Washington DC. See: www.rpcv.org
October 1, Sunday, 5:30
Regular monthly meeting. Elections of West Cascade Peace Corps Association.
Calling all candidates!
Continue to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Peace Corps
Want a special place to sit back, relax, enjoy the view?
Wayne and Rolly Thompson at Fox Hollow Farms are
extending an invitation to do just that. Come to their beautiful spread
just south of Eugene and enjoy the company of RPCVs and
Friends. Children welcome.
Bring a dish and a drink to share, something to BBQ over
the hot coals provided. West Cascade will provide
hotdogs, hamburgers and buns. If you would like other BBQ, please bring it.
Listen to the birds, commune with nature, swap exotic
tales, breathe fresh air and live life to the fullest. Bring someone
has who has never been to one of our gatherings - one who may
want to consider the Peace Corps or one who is a RPCV but has
never joined our social group.
Go south on either Fox Hollow Rd. or Willamette Street.
Check on Page 19 of the Community Pages in the DEX
Eugene/Springfield phone book. See where Fox Hollow and
Willamette meet near the bottom of the page.
They are on the right hand side of the road, going south,
1-1/2 miles after the junction of Fox Hollow and Willamette. 30781
Fox Hollow Rd. There will be a sign.
A Way to Broaden our Horizons
We are working with the US State Department to
bring a visiting scholar to the University of Oregon under
the Fulbright "Direct Access to the Muslim World" program.
The program offers a unique opportunity for U.S. colleges
and universities to host specialists from countries with
a significant Muslim population for short-term (3 to 6
weeks) programs of intensive lecturing, public outreach,
and consultation. We are looking to have someone from
either Bangladesh or India come to work with our growing
South Asia program next spring (2007).
It is required that we share the Fulbright
Visiting Specialist with other organizations in the community that
it serves. These activities will ideally also benefit the
Fulbright Visiting Specialist in gaining deeper insight to the
U.S. societies/cultures, by bringing him/her into contact
with Americans from all sectors of society.
Terri (Monk) Gureno thought that the Peace Corp
group might be interested in this opportunity to have a visitor
from South Asia speak at one of your gatherings. The type
of activities are completely open, but the goal is to
promote understanding of Islamic civilization and the history,
politics, and culture of today's Muslim world, as well as to
provide the visitor an opportunity to engage with a
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
110 Gerlinger Hall
Eugene, OR 97403-1246
phone: (541) 346-1521
(West Cascade Peace Corps Association sent the
official invitation that was required to attain one or more of
the speakers. Watch for more information when they arrive.)
Alaska Wildlife Adventures
I have a program that some of the members in
your Peace Corps Association might be interested in. I'm
an AmeriCorps alum and current member at Northwest
Service Academy's Mount Adams Center. We've created a
new program that engages people in service while offering
an outstanding traveling experience. We think that
RPCVs would be interested in this opportunity.
This program is for Peace Corps Alumni, family,
and friends to have an incredible experience, while raising
funds to help support the environmental service work we do.
We've teamed up with Alaska Wildland Adventures,
an award-winning tour operator, for our pilot year of
The program consists of a 7-day trip in and
around Alaska's magnificent Kenai Peninsula for $2295. The
service portion will be a day of habitat enhancement projects.
I'd like to talk about this more. My number is
Changing the Face of Hunger
(From Peace Corps on Line)
In his new book Tony Hall (RPCV Thailand,
former member of House of Representatives, D-Ohio)
says Humanitarian aid is the most potent weapon the
United States can deploy against terrorism.
Providing food for one's enemies not only fulfills
a basic teaching of Jesus Christ; it's also good foreign
policy, said Hall, an evangelical Christian who served 12 terms
in the U.S. House and recently completed a stint of a
more than three years as ambassador to the United
Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
Hall is a big believer in faith-based organizations in
the fight against hunger. "These people are amazing.
They're not there to work for the dollar. They're not there
because they're getting big salaries. They're there because they
care. They sustain themselves through their faith. They
last longer. They can continue to do it much longer, and the
ones I've dealt with are very trustworthy."
Members of Congress have recently recommended that Hall be appointed special envoy to Sudan to focus
on ending the genocide in Darfur.
One hundred nineteen Members of Congress
have signed a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
in support of the appointment of a special envoy to Sudan
to focus on ending the genocide in Darfur and ensuring that
the North-South peace agreement holds, according to
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).
"We are concerned that there is no one single
point person whose sole responsibility is to monitor the
situation in Darfur and the South and answer directly to you and
the president," the letter said. " . . . It is not too late for
Sudan, but time is of the essence. There are clear steps that can
be taken. The appointment of a special envoy with a
mandate and authority, who has the ear of the president
and the secretary of State, is past due."
West Cascade Peace Corps Association Board
President: Beryl Brinkman, Afghanistan (1967-69)
Phone 687-7095, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Wayne Thompson, Peru (1964-66)
Phone 343-6596, email@example.com
Treasurer: Lori Matthew, Benin (1994-96)
Phone 485-3622, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Secretaries: Shannon Micheel, Dominican Rep. (95-97)
& Michael Kresko (Russia/Seychelles (95-97)
Board Members at Large
Moriah Hart, Moldova, (1999-2001)
Maggie Keenan, Philippines, (1987-90)
Phone 687-8454, Maggie@elaw.org
James Cloutier, Kenya, (1965-66)
Phone 342-3797, email@example.com
John Michael McLean, Thailand,(72-75)
Phone 687-2505 firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Recruiter: Sarah Schrock, Kenya (2000-02)
Phone 346-6026, email@example.com
Past President: Pennie Moblo, Tonga (1971-73)
Phone 343-6443, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter: Beryl Brinkman, James Cloutiier, Marsha Partlow
Attention Intrepid Travelers!
Don't forget the NPCA Hospitality Network
with approximately 400 RPCV's across the USA (and about
a dozen overseas). They offer a place to stay
SPECIFICALLY for traveling RPCV's. This wonderful network has
been available for about 10 years. Directory can be ordered
at cost ($8 to NPCA members, $12 non-members &
overseas) directly from the NPCA website www.rpcv.org. Most
Hosts request $0-$5 /person/night; average stay 2-3 nights,
and many, many Hosts open to families and kids!!!
Alan Burrus (Tonga), New Mexico Peace Corps Association
Opportunity to do some good
". . .We now have a relationship with Charles
Mugasa, and his organization, Solace Uganda. He was trying to
get funding for us to go there to train his staff in MPAP
(Make Parenting a Pleasure). With a small private grant I was
able to visithim in Kampala and he took me all over
Uganda showing the need for parenting education, and what
Solace Uganda is doing.
Solace Uganda helps with micro-enterprise, like teaching young men to repair refrigerators; women
andmen to make crafts like baskets, jewelry, batiques, etc; and
We would certainly fit Charles into a MPAP training,
but I'm hoping he can get a grant that would pay for him
to come. It would be best if one or more of his staff could
do training at his site. Getting him support to help the
many families of AIDs orphans raising their younger brothers
and sisters, or uncles taking over for their brothers
and sisters who have died, and families who lock up
their children with disabilities, would mean so much.
If anyone knows of someone who could help Charles
to get here, get some personal training from our staff would
be so good. It continues to amaze me how much good
our programs can do."
This note is from Birth To Three Executive
Director Minalee Saks in hope that you might be able
to assist helping Mr. Mugasa, who has a concern for
Africans, parenting education, and AIDS orphans.
"MPAP" targets families undergoing serious stress.
If anyone wants more information about MPAP go to www.birthto3.org.
West Cascader in Kansas shares his thoughts...
...I won't be able to join/pitch in to WCPCA
events, commitments, or fun for awhile (since living in Kansas).
But the newsletter sure keeps me connected - I look forward
to getting and savoring my read of each edition.
I'll write again soon when it's not so late at night, and
I'll share some memories of my own PCV-related
experiences sparked by both the "Ashland Volunteer Gets the Boot"
editorial in the April 2006 edition and John Hofer's March 2006
report of 'fun' beginning even w/o taking bus ride from airport
to Caracas for the World Social Forum.
I was filled with wonder and amazement and joy by
the shared threads of those experiences they stretch all the
way back and connect directly to vibrate some of my synapses
first fired almost 40 years ago!
And ain't it wondrous that these are also proxies for
the shared threads now among many hundreds of thousands
of us around the world and across a timeframe approaching
50 years? The current state of the world notwithstanding, what
a thing JFK and many others did for us personally and for
the larger world we all live in!
Larry Irvin, Uganda, 1966-68
Memories sparked by the two ReConnections articles:
Even some of the now 'rich and famous' have good
ole "de-selection"/'reassignment' in their histories at end of
their Peace Corps training; I did my student teaching at
Syracuse University with one such: the now big dude musician
and writer, none other than the grandiose Mr. Kinky Friedman.
They decided he was too weird to go to East Africa,
but probably wouldn't cause damage or havoc by going
to somewhere in the middle of the ocean in Micronesia
(which he did).
My PCV housemate Ron Sutliff and I had a
ride experience down into and across and back up the other
side of the rift valley between Kenya and Uganda on about
100 miles of tropical rainstorm slick clay washboard road, with
a bus driver who was literally alternately chewing
ghat and smoking Bhang, and some
Balokwele ("saved ones") trying to save all our souls while swaying up and down the
aisle chanting in Swahili "Where will you be when you die?"
We were convinced we'd be right there right then, along with
all the other people, chickens, goats, and a corpse
wrapped and tied to the top of the bus...
Minutes of Western Regional RPCV Meeting, 20 May 2006
Prepared by Joana Ramos
WSPCA (Washington States Peace Corps Assn):
Joanne Dufour, Jen Nicholas, Temma Pistrang,
Joana Ramos, Scott Ramos, Jennifer Samnick,
Paulette Thompson, Teresita Twiss
WSPCA-Olympia and NPCA rep: Bob Findlay
Inland Northwest (Spokane-Western Idaho):
Sue Bracken, Kimberly Potter
West Cascade: Beryl Brinkman
Idaho RPCVs: Paulette read the report, as Sam Greer
was not able to attend.
They report having 50 new members and are
looking forward to participating in an annual Boise
multicultural event called International Village, sponsored by
the International Community Center of Idaho on June 3.
They will also be the hosts of the 2006 Western Regional
RPCV campout at Dworshak State park near Orofino, August
3-6. Details of the campout may be found at :
http://www.crpca.org/campout.html (website of the Columbia
River group ) and on the WSPCA website:
Inland NW Peace Corps Assn: (Eastern WA, Northern
Kim Potter of Spokane was introduced as the new
President of the Inland NW group, taking over from Sue Bracken.
The group now has about 25 paid members and makes
joint NPCA membership optional. Selling the Madison WI
groups calendars is a major fundraiser, with proceeds going to
help NGOs and projects that group members are involved
with. Sue reported on recent past group activities, including
2 annual potluck dinners, hosting of regional meeting, and
the 2002 regional campout . Sue is now serving as
advocacy chair. She also shared her recent experiences as a
Crisis Corps volunteer in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Kim plans to hold monthly hikes and eats-out nights,
seeking to increase the membership base.
West Cascade Peace Corps Assn: (Eugene)
Beryl reported that they hold monthly potlucks with
a speaker, and usually have 35-40 people in attendance.
Their last gathering featured a talk on the situation in Darfur.
They collaborate frequently with the Peace Corps recruiter at
the University of Oregon. As a result of a recent
membership drive, they now have 83 paid members, and 350
additional RPCVs on their database.
Columbia River PC Assn: (Portland)
No one was present from this group. Paulette gave a
recap of the last Regional meeting that had been held in
Portland in January 2006, at which various organizational issues
and leadership concerns related to the national group
were discussed. The Portland group will be participating in
the new-PCV nom party in July. The group seems to be
growing, and there has been an upsurge in attendance at
their potlucks and pub nights. Some group members are
in ongoing work to create the Museum of the Peace
Corps Experience; at present they have been able to
mount temporary displays at sites in Portland are still
seeking permanent home and funding for the museum.
WA State Peace Corps Assn: (Metro Seattle)
WSPCA members conducted a brief emergency
business meeting due to the recent departure of group
President David Bane for a 6-month Crisis Corps assignment.
Jen Nicholas was voted in as the new President. Mark Rook
of Tacoma was appointed as an at-large ember of the
WSPCA Board. As of this month, Joana Ramos is now
WSPCA's newsletter editor, and Scott Ramos is the webmaster.
They have created an integrated electronic
newsletter-website, with a brand-new format that will soon be enhanced by
Jen's new logo design. The print newsletter, the group's
major expense, has been discontinued except for those unable
to read the e-version. Temma reported on results of the
group's major fundraiser, calendar sales. Last year, WSPCA
was able to send $1000 for the salary of a teacher in
Thailand; for 2005-2006 school year, funds were earmarked to
support the shipping of books to rebuild a school library in Slidell,
LA that was lost to Hurricane Katrina. Joanne Dufour
reported on how the project evolved, after she was alerted to
the situation by both family and a teacher who is the daughter
of RPCVs. Over 1000 donated books were to a
special-education middle school and to a high school. Students
and teachers were amazed by the caring from afar.
WSPCA- Olympia: (satellite group)
Bob Findlay reported on recent activities, noting that
they are not yet formally constituted as an official group.
Michelle Andrews has been active in organizing bi-monthly
dinners that have had a good turnout. They are hoping to add
more of an educational focus to these in the future.
One accomplishment was getting Gov. Gregoire to issue
a proclamation in recognition of the
45th Anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps.
Here is the website for development job
consulting opportunities, long and short term. It was discussed at
the meeting at my home on June 4.
www.developmentex.com - Go to "development recruiting", then "find jobs".
And for Peace Corps Writers: www.PeaceCorpsWriters.org.
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Recent News from
RPCV in Afghanistan
Friends of Afghanistan and Interested Ones,
I have recently returned to Kabul from a trip to
the north (Samangan, Tashkurgan, Mazar, and right up to
the Pul e Ayraton over the Amu Darya on the border
with Uzbekistan) through the Salang Pass, where the
reluctant snow pack was still effectively resisting the arrival of
the month of Suratan, marking the beginning of Summer.
Although our "Old Afghanistan" can still be found
far out in the rural areas, Afghan cities have become much
like many other bustling South Central Asian cities. (Or,
like Eastern European cities newly emerging from decades
of Soviet rule.) This transition in Mazar-e-Sharif was
shocking for me to see. There are tens of thousands of cars,
modern entrepreneurship and a huge population increase. I saw
no gaudies (horse-drawn cabs) in the city at all. In fact, with
the average Mazari driver doing a slightly more
aggressive impersonation of a Roman cabbie, the horses
and Gaudiewans would be in great danger.
When we left Afghanistan from twenty-seven to
forty+ (?) years ago, the rural areas were much as they had
been for thousands of years and the cities were slowly
moving into the early 20th century. Now the urban areas
are sprinting into the 21st century and the rural areas
are struggling to keep their identities and retain their
rural culture in opposition to the global pressure to modernize.
All this, is inside the context of an insurgency that has
staged something of a comeback in recent months, especially in
the south and east.
Samangan was essentially double the size it was during our Peace Corps years. The road from the
highway into town is now littered (not an accidental word usage)
with new businesses, hotels, and dukons side by side with
old and new government buildings. Thousands of people
have returned which compounds the problems of an
exploding post- war population increase. Most of the returnees
appear to cluster around Aibak, the Capital of Samangan
Province, adding to what was the central theme of concern
and complaint form the people, the need for clean, safe-
drinking water. I would personally welcome any suggestions
related to finding US or European companies or charities that
can help provide reliable sources of potable water for
this parched town. To give a quick snapshot view of
provincial demographics. There were four high schools and
seven middle schools in the province during Peace Corps
years. Two days ago the Mudir of Taleem u Tarbia
(Education Superintendent of the Province) told me that there are
now seventeen high schools and one hundred fifty eight
middle schools. Even assuming an improved cultural approval
for the concept of education this strongly suggests a
significant population increase. Most astounding is the
student population of Ajani Maleka High School that is working
in triple sessions and offering educational opportunity for
3,800 girls. Lysee Ajani is one of four Samangan schools rebuilt
by "Help The Afghan Children" with funds from the
Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
If you can offer a room and support, please
It's impossible to move through Kabul without
seeing weapons, a sharpshooter on top of a wire fence
guarding official buildings, military vehicles driving at top
speed through the city with heavily armed soldiers on "lock &
load" alert, IASF troops near banks, plus dozens* of armed
private security guards everywhere. In the capital nobody
takes security lightly. This is far more evident than during my
2003 visit. The almost 3,000 foreign residents* are advised not
to go out on the streets after dark although some of us who
are more intrepid (or foolish) still occasionally venture out
to experience the new restaurants or a favorite Kebab shop.
Kabul has been identified as an island of calm in
the midst of a country immersed in a rising trend of
violence. There have been roughly 1,000 people killed in
Afghanistan so far this year including insurgents, government forces
and foreign troops.
The May 29 riots in which 20 people lost their lives
in the capital showed that there's no place in the country that
is totally immune to this violence. During the serious
protests, which erupted after a U.S. military truck hit and killed
several civilians, enraged rioters attacked embassies,
foreigners' houses and the luxurious Serena Hotel opened
in November, the only five-star establishment in the
country. The hotel, which cost more than $35 million, is near
the Presidential Palace, it is the most well-guarded
private building in the country and is owned by Agha Khan,
whose foundation has numerous reconstruction projects in
the works around Afghanistan.
Tony Agnello, Friends of Afghanistan
Director, Schools and Futures, Inc.
Advisor, Western New York
Sister School Coalition
Peace Corps, Afghanistan 1972-75
The Literacy Class
By Marsha Partlow, (Jamaica, 1969-71)
When I first got to Lucea, Jamaica in 1971, I decided
to start a literacy class because I had received a series
of small books from the Ministry of Education produced just
for teaching. Each book was a simple story about
typical Jamaican life. But no instructions were included on how
to actually teach adults to read.
About a half dozen neighbors and one young
woman from across the bay met with me weekly. I must
have imagined that having the books would somehow make
the class successful. My students had had no experience at
all with shapes. I simply could not convey the idea of an A,
B, or C.
Except for the young woman, they were all well
over 40, had no glasses, and probably couldn't even see
the print. I was pretty discouraged after three or four
classes when I remembered I'd brought a few fairy tale books with
a lot of illustrations and simple words. I had them setting
out on the table at the next meeting. The young woman
picked them up and her eyes began to glisten. She was
very intelligent and had, much to my surprise, been absorbing
a lot of information from the classes and could, therefore,
pick out a few words.
A few weeks later I discontinued the class and noted
a general sigh of relief. At the end of that last class, I
loaned the fairy tale books to the woman from across the bay.
One day I saw her shopping at the outdoor market
with her beautiful baby. She invited me to come round to visit
her and said she'd learned to read the fairy tales and would
like to return the books.
A week or so later I went over to get the books.
She lived by the water, in a small, tin roofed shack. I saw
her bent over, stirring a pot of stew on an outside open
fire. When she straightened up, I could see there was
something wrong. She thanked me for coming. Then, with
shaking shoulders, burst into tears and said, " Me lictle pickney.
She gone. She got diarrhea an me no cudda stop it. The
doctor im say, she as dehydration, take her to ospital. Me took
er an that's where she died." Then she shuddered and
cried with deep moans that wrenched me in two.
I don't know if she would even remember me now, some 30 years later.
What's important is that I remember her and her baby. I am richer because she walked the
three miles to come to my literacy class. In the end, it was
she who was the true teacher.
Need a Job??
Could you please pass a message along to the
West Cascade RPCVs that the Douglas County VISTA Team
is currently recruiting for a Team Leader? Here's our posting:
VISTA Team Leader position available in Douglas County, Oregon. Duties: Provide strong leadership
and support for VISTA Team members, participate in
recruiting and interviewing potential VISTA members,
promote community awareness of team projects, and
coordinate trainings and workshops. Qualifications:
Self-directed; motivated; interested in community-based solutions
to poverty; excellent written and verbal communications
skills; strong organizational skills; desire to learn
program development and management. Must have
successfully completed one year of VISTA or Peace Corps
service. Deadline: July 20, 2006. For more information on the
team visit http://users.rio.com/vista/index.htm.
Contact email@example.com for information on how to apply.
Thanks a million!
Emily Rhyner,VISTA Team Leader
Umpqua Community Action Network
2448 W. Harvard Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470
Ph: 541.492.3518 Fax: 541.492.3538
Time to Share...
The update on meetings and news is always
interesting. The organization is doing great work, and I'm
always pleased. I'm no help at all but like keeping up.
It is time for me to give up some things from Belize.
I don't have any of the beautiful wood-carvings, only
small ones. I do still have one basket made by my host father
on Placencia Peninsula. It is of a special reed and with a
very different wrap. It was originally used to place the fish catch
in, thus very porous.
Drop me a line if there might be any interest, or call
Brief Brief Brief Brief Brief
Eugene Celebration Parade Ideas?
This year West Cascade's entry in the Eugene
Celebration will mark the 19th consecutive year we have marched in
the parade. The archives put the date of the first entry to 1987.
We'll drive the International Taxi that Vern Delk,
(Guatemala, 1984-86) created out of plywood and decorated by a
number of Volunteers headed by James Cloutier (Kenya, 1966-68).
This year's Celebration's theme is "Shake, Revel and Roll."
We are supposed to march with our flags of many nations
in a choreographed manner. Is there a potential dance
teacher out there who can help? We need some supervision!
Contact any of us on the Board. Please!
Julia Demichelis (Ghana, 1982-84), now
in Rabat, Morocco, gives talk on Iraq.
West Cascade was fortunate to hear Julia address the
group June 16, on a brief stop-over in Eugene to receive an
award from the Department of Planning, Public Policy
and Management at the University of Oregon on June 15, 2006.
The meeting was held at the home
of Beryl Brinkman (Afghanistan,
1967-69), and nearly 30 RPCVs
and community members were able
to hear her share her experiences
and opinions regarding her working
with transitional Iraqi parliament to
establish institutional on the
constitutionand other key legislation.
Patricia A Wand, (Colombia, 1963-65),
Dean of the Library, Zayed University,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Managed a brief meeting on June 30 at a truck stop on
I-5 near Woodburn, Oregon, with Beryl Brinkman. Pat
remains a member of West Cascade PCA even though she left
the area in 1990. Previously she was head librarian at
American University in Washington DC. She remains loyal to
Oregon where she has family and many ties.
Mayor of Eugene Kitty Piercy, (Ethiopia. 1964-66), and First Gentleman
David Piercy (Iran, 1964-66)
Led off over 1500
participants in the Annual Mayor's Fitness Walk as part of the Butte
to Butte Race on July 4 at 8 AM.
Garage Sale at home of Beryl Brinkman
In August to help raise money for the many homeless
elders that Father Charles is supporting in Oringa, Tanzania.
Fr. Charles, a Catholic priest and the brother of
Marko Mwipopo, who is enrolled in the Yamada Language
Center at the University of Oregon. Please call 687-7095 if you
can help or contribute an item or two for the sale. Or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details as they
2007 International Calendars now on
The stack of calendars has arrived from the RPCV group
in Madison, Wisconsin! They are BEAUTIFUL and
more appealing than ever. We sold out of our supply of
2006 Calendars. They will be on sale at each West
Cascade meeting and at the Eugene Celebration booth. Get
your Holiday Gifts early.
WEB SITE now available at
The Web Site is back. After a few years break, while
the domain companies bought and sold and lost our access
to the updating capability, we now have a new site! Thanks
to the skill and expertise of Felicia Kenney, (Benin,
2003-04), we can now invite you to again keep up to date with
the activities of West Cascade.
Camp Out August 4-6
Do not forget to sign up for the camp out in Idaho August
4-6. You won't regret the drive over and the company of
many RPCVs from the Western Region. Go to
Joe Hindman, off again...
(Guatemala, Chad, Panama, CAR, Bolivia)
Sorry I'll miss the July 9 meeting. I'm going on a 5-6
day hike of a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (Ashland
to Seiad Valley CA).