June 2015 Newsletter

Contents of June 2015 Newsletter – Volume 35, Issue 6

  • Letter from the editor
  • Announcements
  • June Potluck Program
  • Book Group Update
  • Volunteer opportunity in Costa Rica
  • Urban Nature Partners PDX Call for Volunteers
  • 2015 NW Regional RPCV Family Campout
  • 2015 CRPCA Family Campout
  • CRPCA June to August events

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Letter from the editor

This month's newsletter includes programming information for the June potluck, Local Campout news, as well as numerous volunteer opportunities. If you would like to be profiled in July (or know of someone who should be), please get in touch! We are also looking for more pictures of CRPCA events for the newsletter, so if you are planning to attend the Campout or any other CRPCA events in June, please consider taking your camera with you and documenting it for the newsletter. Photos, as well as any announcements or information that you'd like shared in the June newsletter, should be sent my way before June 25. Until next month!

— Meaghan Corwin, Armenia 2008–2011 & Mongolia 2011–2013


Announcements

¶ Laura, RPCV Kiribati, is having a Summer Party at her new place Saturday, June 20, from 1-5pm. All CRPCA members welcome! Very kid friendly! Enjoy some country at our three acre private land. We plan on having some finger foods and drinks, s'mores by our campfire ring, hopefully lots of kid play and whatever else needs to happen. Feel free to bring your own personal drink if you are preferential, and/or a light hors d'oeuvres to share, but not required.

Address: 25344 S Laura Lane, Estacada
From campout: take Springwater Rd south to Hayden Rd (small sign pointing you towards Estacada). At end of Hayden Rd, make a left onto Hwy 211. As the road curves, you will make a quick sharp right turn onto Reid Road (it comes up quick!). Take Reid Rd up a short steep hill with a slow blind left turn (go slow!), then as it crests, you will turn left onto Laura Lane. We are second house on right.
From Town: Take Hwy 224 to Estacada, then Hwy 211 over Clackamas River towards Molalla/Woodburn. About a mile on Hwy 211/from downtown Estacada, make a left onto Reid Rd. Take Reid Rd up a short steep hill with a slow blind left turn (go slow!), then as it crests, you will turn left onto Laura Lane. We are second house on right.

Since this event is taking place the night of campout potluck, for those camping, feel free to stop by during the earlier hours of our party. We'd love to see ya there! Either RSVP, or if it's a last minute decision, just stop by! We'll be there regardless!


June Potluck Program
DONE WAITING: When African States Fail to Deliver, Afripolitans are Stepping In
Joyce V. Millen and Amadou T. Fofana

Recognizing how new transnational financial flows are changing terrains of trade, investment and aid, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick argued in a speech that we must move “beyond aid” by drawing on the strengths of developing regions to “build more poles of growth” rather than charity. In the same speech, Zoellick explained, “new players and new donors are already transforming the aid world as we know it.”

Among these new players are approximately 30 million Africans living outside of Africa who, according to the World Bank, send home more than US$60 billion annually to their families and communities of origin in Africa. Until relatively recently these new players operated below the international aid radar, scarcely perceived by donor countries and organizations. Even today, despite their vast numbers and the extraordinary impact their resource transfers and development efforts have on African economies and life, their impressive accomplishments have yet to penetrate the public imagination on aid to Africa. Most people outside the African continent remain unaware of the powerful force diasporic African philanthropists have become in the economic and social development of their countries.

Our research brings a human face and social analysis to this powerful new force. It tells the story of highly-networked, techno-savvy, solidarity-oriented West African migrants living in North America and Europe who are diligently working to bring sorely needed resources to their home communities in Africa. Their stories showcase new forms of mutual and inclusive aid, and they bring to life models of self determination and aid democratization.

About the Speakers

Joyce V. Millen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University where she teaches courses in Medical Anthropology, African Studies and Transnational Migration. In addition to her doctorate in anthropology, she holds degrees in international relations and public health. Prior to joining Willamette University in 2005 she directed the Institute for Health and Social Justice of Partners In Health and was a research associate and adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston from 1995-2004. She is an author and co-editor of Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor (2000), a landmark book examining the health effects of neoliberal reforms, structural adjustment policies, and corporate-driven globalization. She is also co-author of Global AIDS: Myths and Facts (2003). She has worked extensively in West Africa since 1985, conducting ethnographic and ethno-epidemiological research mostly in the areas of infectious disease and food security. Since 2006 she has been devoted to the study of Africa’s crisis in human resources for health. In 2009 she was awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Institute for the Social Analysis of Complex Global Challenges (ISA-CGC) and to conduct a multi-sited “diasporas for health development” research study. Her Peace Corps service was in Senegal 1985-1988.

Amadou T. Fofana is Associate Professor of French at Willamette University. He received a Licence es Lettres and a Maîrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He also received an MA in French Literature and Civilization from Michigan State University and a PhD in African Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published books on the Bamana language (2003) and Pulaar language (2002). He co-edited The Histories, Languages, and Cultures of West Africa (2006). He has long specialized in the works of writer and film maker Ousmane Sembene, and he completed a book in 2013 on Sembene’s film opus: The Films of Ousmane Sembene: Discourse, Politics and Culture. He is one of four faculty across the nation to win a Humanities Writ Large fellowship at Duke University during the 2015-16 academic year. As part of his project, “Reconceiving African Cinema,” he will work with professor Charles Piot, an internationally renowned cultural anthropologist, as well as other faculty at the Center for Documentary Studies and the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke.


Book Group Update

Don't forget, we're reading Stanley Meisler's: When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years (2011) on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Location at the home of Lesly Sanocki, 2090 NW Overton Ct in Beaverton, 503-690-3391. Participating in our discussion–via Skype–will be Stanley Meisler, the book's author! Feel free to bring snacks to share.


Volunteers Needed for 2015 Portland Pride

Represent Peace Corps at the 2015 Portland Pride Festival! We have received tremendous support for Saturday, June 13th, and need additional assistance for Sunday, June 14th.

What: The 2015 Portland Pride Festival
Why: Representing America abroad is a huge aspect of Peace Corps. And with the recent changes made within Peace Corps, it is more exciting and important than ever to get the word out about service opportunities for all interested in Peace Corps.
When: Sunday June 14th, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Who: You! Sign up for one hour or six hour shifts – whatever works best for you. Either way, we would love to have your support in representing Peace Corps at Portland Pride!

Please RSVP to Pravin Mallavaram no later than Monday, June 8th at pmallavaram@peacecorps.gov. He is looking forward to hearing from you!


Volunteer in Costa Rica

Interested in volunteering in Costa Rica in January 2016? Oregon Partners of the Americas and Peace Corps Costa Rica are seeking TEFL volunteers to work in rural and/or under-served areas with students graduating from elementary school to introduce them to basic English through "JumpStart" camps. JumpStart occurs in the month of January and the first few days of February. We need volunteers with teaching experience and at least basic Spanish language. Some TEFL experience is helpful. Contact Char McKay (RPCV – Micronesia): charatpdx@gmail.com or 503-333-6445 for more information.


Urban Nature Partners PDX: Call for Volunteers

Founded by RPCV Kristin Bowling (Mali) Urban Nature Partners PDX empowers youth from under-served neighborhoods through building long term mentoring relationships and providing access to meaningful outdoor experiences. If you work and/or play in Portland’s urban green spaces, and want to increase your community’s social equity by sharing your time and knowledge with a young person in need of more outdoor opportunities, this volunteer opportunity may be right for you.

Urban Nature Partners PDX is seeking adults over 21 who have the skills to build a mentoring relationship with a young person in the 4th or 5th grade from an under-served neighborhood, meeting with them once per week for an initial commitment of one year. We are building a third cohort of youth from Harvey Scott School in outer Northeast Portland to begin meeting one-on-one in summer 2015, as well as help plan and participate in group activities throughout greater Portland. Our program intentionally respects a young person’s interests, abilities, and background, and allows them to make guided choices that will build their self-confidence and problem solving skills. Senior Partners serve as the bridge between a young person’s family, community, and school life, and the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms can open up for learning about oneself and one’s place in the world. All mentor candidates will be considered; environmental, education, and social services professionals are highly preferred; fluency in Spanish, males, and persons of color are especially needed. All candidates must pass two background checks and a DMV check, possess a reliable vehicle, and be planning no major residence or availability changes for the next two years.

If you want to help expand our program but can’t become a mentor at this time, please consider passing this information on to colleagues and constituents that might be interested and qualified. Check out our website for more information on the program and for the mentor application.


2015 NW Regional RPCV Family Campout

Date: August 13-16, 2015 (2:30 PM Thursday – 1 PM Sunday)
Place: Beacon Rock State Park (Group Site G1), Skamania, WA
Pricing: $18.00 per person flat rate (no matter how many nights you stay.) Kids 14 and under camp FREE! And NO charge for parking.

Right on the Columbia Gorge, you can enjoy the view from the top of Beacon Rock, visit the fish ladders or just hang out at camp and visit.

With room for up to 200 people, this site has plenty of space for games, many tents and small RVs (no hook ups.) Activities will include the quarterly regional group leaders meeting on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday the 15th CRPCA will be providing dinner to all campers, and would love it if any local non campers came out to the park to join in! Day use fee to be paid at the gate. Plenty of parking at the site for our visitors!

Sunday morning’s breakfast is hosted by the 2016 coordinating group.

To register, please send an email with the number in your party and the nights you will be there to phyllisshelton@cs.com. We will start collecting the $18.00 per person fee soon, watch for more info in the CRPCA E-Updates.


2015 CRPCA Family Campout

Date: June 18-21, 2015 (4 PM Thursday–Noon Sunday)
Place: Kingfisher Group Site, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada, OR
Pricing: $12.00 per person flat rate (no matter how many nights you stay.) Kids 14 and under camp FREE! And NO charge for parking.

We have reserved the Kingfisher Group site, which will hold up to 100 people, has lots of room for games and space for many tents. This park has hiking trails, boat ramps and a disc golf course on top of being a beautifully forested getaway. Flush toilets are right at our group site along with ample parking. Showers can be found in other parts of the park, which would be a short drive away.

This year we are doing things a bit differently. First, we are expanding to three nights, for those who want to start the weekend Thursday evening. We will have a light meal ready that evening so you can focus on getting your tent set up and not worry about dinner.

Second big change is that kids (14 years old and under) camp FREE! We have a ton of space at this camping location so there will be soccer, volleyball, bocce and croquet just for starters. Any other suggestions for kids activities are welcome!

Saturday the 20th we will have a potluck dinner, and would love it if non campers came out to the park to join in! $5.00 day use fee to be paid at the gate. Plenty of parking at the site for our visitors!

To register, please send an email with the number in your party and the nights you will be there to phyllisshelton@cs.com. We will start collecting the $12.00 per person fee soon, watch for more info in the CRPCA E-Updates


CRPCA June events

Tuesday, 06/09/15, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Book Club2090 NW Overton Ct. in Beaverton. The book to read is When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years by Stanley Meisler (2011). Participating in our discussion–via Skype–will be Stanley Meisler, the book’s author! See our Upcoming Book Discussions page,  http://www.crpca.org/book-club/ , for more information. Feel free to bring snacks to share. Hosted by  Lesly Sanocki, (503-690-3391).

Sunday, 06/14/15, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Potluck Gathering – 7022 SW 33rd Ave. in Portland. Please bring a dish to share to the 6pm potluck dinner. At 7:00 we will have a program, "Done Waiting: When African States Fail to Deliver, Afripolitans are Stepping In," presented by Willamette University's Joyce V. Millen and Amadou T. Fofana. Hosted by Rosemary Furfey (503) 708-8937.

Thursday, 06/18/15, 4pm to Sun, June 21, 12pm – Local Camp Out – Milo McIver State Park in Estacada.
Pricing: $12.00 per person flat rate (no matter how many nights you stay.) Kids 14 and under camp FREE! And NO charge for parking. See notice above

Wednesday, 06/24/15, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Job Search Support GroupLloyd Center in Portland.This is an informal gathering of CRPCA members and friends who are seeking new work. Location at Lloyd Center in Portland.  Meet 7pm at the Food Court (3rd floor) exiting the elevator to the left side of the food court, looking for CRPCA sign plate overlooking the ice rink edge, or call Gordon Young at 206-351-6465 for our location if you arrive later. Contact Gordon at networking A crpca.org for more information.Informal gathering of CRPCA members and friends who are seeking new work. Stay tuned for location.   Contact Gordon at networking A crpca.org for more information.

Monday, 06/29/15, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Soirée – Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne in Portland. This is a great way to link up with other RPCVs, hear interesting stories from around the world, and grab a drink and a bite to eat among good company. You can usually find us in the front room.