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A S S O C I A T I O N

2013

SOJOURNERS

LOVE YOUR PARK DAY OF SERVICE

Wanna Be a ROCK Star? RPCVs Dig It! Nineteen TONS in 90 MINUTES! That’s the amount

Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park. The mansion was

Program directors Ivan & Naomi worked with Kimiko to get this

of solid rock these Rock Star RPCVs dug, wheel-barrowed, raked and spread along the circular driveway at Smith

built in 1899 and has since been converted into a wonderful playground for tots (adults too see slide pics!).

on the ground. We shared the project with an alumni group from Penn State. We had a blast and it looks awesome! Rock on!

MEMORIAL FOR KITTI KITZMANN

ANNUAL SEND-OFF

MONTHLY DINNERS & MORE


R PCV PA N E L D I S CU S S I O N A RC A DIA UN I VE R S I T Y - F E B . 2 0 13

SOME PANEL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: TOUGHEST ASPECT OF PEACE CORPS? LIVING CONDITIONS? WATER QUALITY? IMPORTANT ITEMS TO BRING ALONG?


T H E Q U E E N O F S PA D E S

love your park - may 2013

J A S ON

REWAR D S AR E S WE E T!

T HE Y A R E PENN STATE - WE A R E P E AC E CO R PS !


IN M E MORIA M K I T T I K I T Z M A NN

IF I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE WHEN THE ROBINS COME, GIVE THE ONE IN RED CRAVAT A MEMORIAL CRUMB IF I COULDN’T THANK YOU BEING JUST ASLEEP YOU WILL KNOW I’M TRYING WITH MY GRANITE LIP! ~ EMILY DICKINSON ~


.   .   .The   Moral   of   the   Story   .   .   .   by   Alicia   D.     My   grandmother   passed   away   about   9   months   before   I   met   Kitti    Kitzmann   for   the   first   time   at   Ann   &   Ed’s   December   potluck.   Besides    sharing   the   name   “Kittyâ€?,   the   two   ladies   had   many   similarities:   welltraveled,   fond   of   a   social   gathering,   generous   with   a   healthy   dose   of   humor.    You   may   think   after   9   months   of   passing,   I   would   be   near-to-healed.   But    she   was   my   only   living   connection   to   my   family’s   ancestry;   our   Kitty   was    very   much   the   matriarch   of   the   family.   Her   drink   was   a   Highball   (with    Applejack   -   that   was   critical)   and   she   believed   tea   was   best   accompanied    by   something   sweet.   She   was   a   birdwatcher.   We   drew   at   her   kitchen    table,   relished   her   hearty   soups,   but   best   of   all   were   her   stories.   Mostly    about   her   global   exploits   -   my   favorite   was   about   an   Irish   monk   who   led    my   Aunt   Helen   and   Nana   around   a   mountainous   pass   to   find   the   only   pub    where   the   “young   peopleâ€?   were   gathering...   I   could   see   the   blue   filmy   haze    as   they   entered,   being   thusly   escorted.   The   moral   of   this   story   was    kindness.   Kindness   shown   by   a   stranger   in   a   world   that   seemed   far   more    trusting   than   the   one   we   currently   have.     Kitti   grabbed   my   hand   and   gave   a   near   painful   squeeze   -   she   knew.    She   could   SEE.   Kitti   was   a   blessed   manifestation   of   kindness   in   this    world.   And   so   I   chose   an   Emily   Dickinson   poem   to   memorialize   her   because    therein   lies   the   celebration   of   nature   and   life,   but   also   the   humor   that    marks   creative   women.   Thank   you   Kitti;   may   you   rest   peacefully.   Say   hi    to   Nana   for   me!   And   Quasar!   Wait,   have   I   told   you   about   my   little    Siamese??   .........            =^..^=                  =^..^=                  =^..^=                  =^..^=         


A N N UA L S END - O F F AR C AD I A U NI V E R S I T Y - A PR I L ’1 3

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY’S BEAUTIFUL CASTLE (VERSAILLES? HOGWARTS?) WAS THE SITE OF OUR ANNUAL SEND OFF THIS YEAR WITH SEVERAL INITIATES GETTING READY FOR THEIR SERVICE OVERSEAS. AS A MIXTURE OF EXCITEMENT, TREPIDATION, AND A GENERAL GOODWILL TOWARDS HUMANITY, THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL FEARLESSLY TAKE UP THE YOKE OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AND CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OUR GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION!


EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD ! What do a farmer in Peru, a craftmaker in Ghana, and a vegetable vendor in Albania have in common? They all have microloans supported by PAPCA. This past year, PAPCA decided to designate part of our budget to support people in the developing world through the microcredit website Kiva. So far PAPCA funds are being used to help fund 20 microloans in 19 dierent countries. Many of the loans go towards countries where Peace Corps volunteers have served and all go towards supporting individuals or cooperatives that wouldn't be able to obtain loans through traditional banks.

! Microcredit is a relatively new idea in finance and is generally considered to have originated with the Grameen Bank founded in Bangladesh in 1983. It's founder Mohammed Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for his eorts to bring financial services to some of the world's poorest. While microcredit is not without controversy, the goals of microcredit are to reduce poverty and grow businesses in developing countries. PAPCA has already begun received repayments for our loans, and we'll use the funds from the repaid loans to provide microloans to even more people!

KIVA LOANS

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS

HOUSIN G

SUS TAINABLE LIFESTY LES

SU BMITTED BY HUU NG O

Want to learn more about microcredit? Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bpSNM625LFU


MONTHLY DINNERS

TIFFIN RESTAURANT


Meet PAPCA Board Members 2013

ALICIA DEMAR CO HU NGARY 95 - 97

PAUL A L ARSO N T HAIL AND 83 - 85

KIMIKO DOHERTY HONDURAS 03 - 05

SA NDY VO GE NEPAL 90 - 92

ROSEANNE ROSTOCK PHILIPPINES 00 - 02

JES SIC A MC ATAMNEY G UAT E M A L A 9 7 - 9 9

STUA RT JABLO N JA MAIC A 83 - 85

MEG B AKER GHANA 78 - 79

HU U N GO PAPUA NEW G UINEA 99 - 01

JANE BEHNKE AF G HANISTAN 70 - 72

JEAN NE MARIE HAGAN MOLDOVA 07 - 09


MEMBERSHIP NEWS - Join or Renew A membership in the National Peace Corps Association entitles you to membership with your local affiliate group (PAPCA-Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association), a subscription to World View Magazine, discounts on travel and merchandise, and access to a number of members-only benefits such as NPCA's online directory. Your membership also supports legislative advocacy, global education, and more. BY CHECK: -NPCA and PAPCA ($50.00) Make check out to NPCA. Be sure to choose the Phila. Area Peace Corps Assoc. as your affiliate group. Additional affiliate groups can be added on for $15.00 per group. -*PAPCA only membership ($15.00). Make check out to PAPCA. Mail to Sandy. Please include: your address, phone number, email, country and years of service! *You may mail either membership to Sandra Voge at: 1939 E Zabenko Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. She will forward to NPCA as needed. OR ONLINE: Or, Join/renew with NPCA at www.peacecorpsconnect.org (click “Join Today”. They have a form at the site which you can print and mail to them, or complete the form online and pay electronically. See mailing address below for checks sent directly to NPCA. National Peace Corps Association--Membership 1900 L Street NW Suite 610 Washington DC 20036 If you are currently experiencing financial hardships, and still want to be a PAPCA member, please contact Sandra Voge at svoge@ccil.org.


LET’S EAT! Second Saturday Suppers June 9: PAPCA Annual Potluck Picnic – 1:00pm Fairmount Park, Lemon Hill Pavillion RSVP: Sandra at svoge@ccil.org or 610-696-1447 July 13: Jamaican Jerk Hut (BYOB) 1436 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1631; 215-545-8644 RSVP: Stuart at sjablon12@juno.com or 904-614-8611 August 10: Uzbekistan (BYOB) 12012 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116; 215-671-1990 RSVP: Paula at paulalarson@juno.com or 215-238-0395 September 14: Nam Phuong (Vietnamese) 1100-1120 Washington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147; 215-468-0410 RSVP: Huu at huuhngo@gmail.com or 215-316-8491 October 12: Casa Brazil BBQ (BYOB) 6222 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149; 215-744-6206 RSVP: Kimiko at kimikodoherty@yahoo.com or 215-873-9996 November 9: Dahlak (Ethiopian) 4708 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143-3503; 215-726-6464 RSVP: Jane at jbehnke1@comcast.net or 856-628-4246 December 14: PAPCA Potluck (BYOB) Details to Follow RSVP: Sandra at svoge@ccil.org or 610-696-1447


Meet Becky Morrison, Regional Recruiter

As you may already know, I’m the local Philadelphia recruiter. This summer, I will be moving from New York and returning closer to home to transition into a field based recruiter position in Philadelphia!  Having roots in the area has certainly helped me already in my recruitment efforts; I can look forward to being more accessible to this community.    I’m excited to meet you, but for now, here’s a bit about me. Growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Peace Corps and travel seemed like a distant dreamy world.  Attending university in the diverse bay area of California and majoring in Sociology with a focus on Cultural Studies ignited a desire to step outside of my comfort zone and throw myself into the fire of life. In 2008, I took off a day from substitute teaching in Delaware county and ventured up to the Peace Corps New York Office via Chinatown bus for my interview.  Entering the big federal building, in the Big Apple, I was intimidated and felt I was in over my head.  Sitting in the interview and speaking to the Peace Corps recruiter, my sentiments quickly changed.  I thought, “Well, this is it for me.”   The Peace Corps mission and goals truly meshed with what I believed.  I knew then leaving the office that I wanted to stand with the Peace Corps in the promotion of world peace and social justice.  From 2009 to 2011, I served as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Volunteer in the People’s Republic of China. I taught at the Normal University for Nationalities in Xing Yi, Guizhou, a beautiful site in the southwest. I was responsible for the creation and implementation of a CrossCulture Club, a dance group, a cooking club, and a weekly English Corner.


Meet Becky Morrison, Regional Recruiter (continued) Aside from my primary assignment, I was a member of several Peace Corps groups including the Volunteer Action Committee, the Peer Support Network and the World Wise Schools program. In my free time, I made weekly visits to the local orphanage, practiced Tai Chi, taught my local friends how to bake and explored the stunning limestone mountains and gorges that were in my area.   I believe in the utility and promise of Peace Corps.   Peace Corps was one of my most rewarding and exciting experiences and it is my honor to be a resource for folks in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey as they decide whether Peace Corps is right for them. I encourage all to contact me with any questions you may have about Peace Corps.  If you would like to help out at an event, or have ideas for recruitment events in the area, please let me know!  I can be reached at rmorrison@peacecorps.gov. Don’t forget to connect with the Peace Corps Philadelphia Facebook Page and Twitter Page to become a bigger part of the Eastern Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey community.  


S TO R I E S TO S H A R E ?

YOU MIGHT BE A CONTRIBUTOR IF... RE 1. YOU HAVE A STORY TO SHA

upcoming issue: NETWORKING Contributors

2. YOU WRITE POETRY 3. YOU GOT A NEW JOB

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4. YOU WANT TO WRITE A REVIEW OF A DINNER EVENT 5. YOU LOVE TO RESEARCH 6. YOU WANT TO HELP US :) 7. YOU ARE ALREADY A FREQUENT POST-ER ON FACEBOOK 8. WONDERFUL THINGS ARE HAPPENING TO YOU!

ALICIA DE MARCO

We would both like to thank all Board Members and surrounding RPCVs for their continued contributions and support! Think Global, Act Local!


Sojourners spring '13