JFK Library Announces Memorial Project, Requests Peace Corps Input

JFK 50th anniversary project:
November 22, 2013, will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of John F. Kennedy. We intend to turn the focus away from his passing and back to his life, and the ways his legacy lives on today.
Together, with the participation of the JFK Library and Museum, we are teamed to produce: “An Idea Lives On”; a digital extension of the library and museum that will collect stories from all over the world about how JFK’s values, policies and ideals continue to thrive today.
These stories will take many forms. Video, audio, text, photos, tweets.  We are inviting former Peace Corps volunteers to share their stories. Their stories about how their lives and work have been influenced by this iconic figure that was taken too soon. Their stories about how JFK lives on today.

Their stories will be one of many, creating a collection of testimonials demonstrating how JFK and his inspirational ideas still live on in our everyday lives.  We are hoping to facilitate our project by getting in touch with former Peace Corps volunteers.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Karen Dola at karendola@gmail.com as soon as possible. She is in charge of the project for the JFK Library and Museum.

 

NPCA thanks RPCVs of NENY for Donation to Mentoring Program

Glenn Blumhorst, current president of the National Peace Corps Association, offered his thanks to RPCVs of NENY for our donation to the matching grant mentoring program. The grant program, facilitated by RPCVs of Madison, WI, will allow NPCA to upgrade it technology and conduct some strategic planning for the organization.

Click here to read Glenn’s letter: RPCV Northeast New York

Call for Input on a Library Project in Sierra Leone

Via Beth Deitcher:

Sewie Pujah, a friend of Beth Deitcher (Namibia 2007-2010) is looking for input and assistance for a library project in Sierra Leone. Sewie was born in Bondea, Sierra Leone, grew up in the United States and is now living in Albany, NY.  She has been collaborating with the chief of her village to develop the idea for this library project. Sewie is not affiliated with an NGO and is trying to figure out the best way to fund the library.

Some planning documents are available to view. For more information or to get involved, email Sewie at speppah@yahoo.com or Beth at cinnbin@aol.com.

 

Union College Networking Event Looking for RPCVs

Union college is holding a Networking Program and is looking for RPCVs to participate. Email Rochelle at carusor@union.edu to rsvp.

Date: March 13, 5-6:30 (Please arrive at College Park Hall by 4:45 to allow time to register and get settled at your table)

Purpose: To allow the students to experience, and learn from, networking (i.e., talking to employers/alumni for the purpose of learning about professions and building relationships). We are expecting 60 +/- 10 students to participate. Most will be underclass students but there will be seniors too. For most students, this will be the first time interacting with employers in a business setting. So, the students will be nervous, will not know what to do, but have enough courage to get out of their comfort zone and learn. Your role then is to encourage them and help them. They may need assistance with the introductions, asking questions, asking good questions, etc. Obviously, we also want you to provide them insight into your profession (e.g., international, volunteer/service, gap-year opportunities) and the working world.