Information and Directions to November Potluck
The November potluck, which is also the occasion of our annual
meeting, will be on Friday, November 13th, 6:00 pm, at the home of
Tom and Nancy English, 2530 Fairmount Blvd, Eugene. Directions are
There will be a very short business meeting at which the board will
give a brief report of the organization's work in 2009 and hold the
election of the 2010 board members.
Our program will be a slide show and musical performance by Jennifer
Kyker, founder of TARIRO, a grassroots non-profit organization
working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating
young women and girls who have been orphaned by the disease.
Jennifer will describe TARIRO's work and play some songs on the
mbira dzavadzimu, the traditional instrument of the Zezuru speaking
community in Zimbabwe. More information about TARIRO is available on
its website, tariro.org.
Jennifer is a Eugene native and graduate of the International High
School at SEHS, class of '97. She first visited Zimbabwe as a high
school student and has studied the country's music extensively
since. She's visited Zimbabwe many times and is currently writing
her PhD thesis on its music. She speaks Shona, a primary Zimbabwean
language. TARIRO is the Shona word for hope.
Please join us and help extend an enthusiastic welcome to Jennifer.
Directions to the home of Tom and Nancy English, 2530 Fairmount,
Eugene: The English home is near the U of O. Drive to the
intersection of Columbia and Fairmount Blvd. and park in this area
on either street. Then walk uphill (on a sidewalk) on Fairmount on
the right hand side of the street, around the curve which is to the
left, and continue past the first house on the right which is a
cinder block house. Immediately after this house, turn right and
walk down the driveway to 2530. Use a flashlight so that you won't
mind the dark. There is no parking on the street in front of the