March 1966 Newsletter

March 1966 Newsletter

A PDF of the March 1966 newsletter is also available.


News Bulletin on Peace Corps Returnees in Oregon (and parts of Washington): March 1966, edited by Mrs. B. Stevens, Secretary of The Portland Peace Corps Council

Editor’s Note

Oregon, which has ranked sometimes first and at other times nearly first in providing Peace Corps Volunteers for service to The United States, is now welcoming back to the Pacific Northwest the pioneers of this new kind of foreign aid. From the following news items, you will observe that our returnees are not experiencing too much of a “re-entry crisis.” Their present activities would seem to indicate that they bid fair to be some of our most useful and/or our most prominent citizens of tomorrow!


Roger Hord, dubbed “The Boy Bricklayer”, was a member of the first team of Peace Corpsmen who went to East Pakistan. He was also the first to arrive back in Portland to tell his experiences. He is now continuing his education at Portland State College (in night classes this term while he works days). He holds an office in The Bricklayers Union, Local #1.

Barbara Lorimer (Sabah) is nursing at Barnes, is taking night classes, and is active in the League of Women Voters.

Dale Martin (Dominican Republic) is at Oregon State University in Corvallis, assisting Dr. Clare Simmerville in the program for foreign students.

Don Mather (West Pakistan) is also at Oregon State University, specializing in Business & Technology.

Paul Renner (Ethiopia) is working on his MFA in ceramics at the University of Oregon.

Gale Dixon (Sabah) is administrative assistant of the Peace Corps training program at Portland State College while working toward his own degree.

Virginia Lee Hopkins (Philippines) who got her MA last June at Columbia Teachers’ College is teaching preschool in Harlem.

June Reed (British Honduras) who was 69 when she entered The Peace Corps, has kept up her good work at home teaching classes in English at the YWCA, tutoring special students, and making tapes for the use of the blind. She’s also active in the A.A.U.W. (Formerly June taught Eskimos in Alaska until she married Frank Reed, owner of The Anchorage Hotel.)

Jean Lausche (Afghanistan) a recent returnee, is doing secretarial work in the Univ. of Oregon office of Continuing Education here in Portland.

Loretta Lorentz (Sierra Leone) who nursed villagers in the jungle hinterlands, is now supervising nurses at The Veterans’ Hospital.

John McGhie, who launched the educational TV program in Colombia, is program director at station KOIN Channel 6.

Jane Josselyn (Ivory Coast) is at Brattleboro, Vermont, in their School for International Training, teaching “English as a Foreign Language” (TEFL) in the language laboratory.

Sandra Silverman (Peru) is completing her MA degree at The University of Kansas and is doing special work with the blind-deaf children.

Monica Setzial (El Salvador) is working for her masters’s degree at P.S.C.

Sumner Sharpe (Thailand) is executive secretary of The Economic Opportunity program in Clark County, Washington. He lives in Vancouver with his pretty Thai wife, is on the Board of Trustees of both the World Affairs Council, and The Great Decisions Council of Oregon.

Tom Swanson (West Cameroons) is continuing his education at The University of Oregon.

Patricia Wand (Columbia) is getting her MA degree at Antioch. She is also working with culturally deprived high school students.

Molly Weinstein (Philippines) works in the U.S. Division of H.E.W. in Social Security. She has recently returned from several months in American Samoa, where she helped in setting up the Social Security office there.

Jean Triplett (Colombia) is attending Colorado State University as a graduate student in animal nutrition.

Joyce Barnick (Ceylon) is teaching P.E. at Washington Junior High in Yakima.

Paul Richey (Philippines) is working with our United States Agency for International Development (AID) in South Viet Nam.

Darryle Russell is at Washington State University, working for his doctorate in education.

John Binford (Ecuador) is looking after the family property here in Portland, attending law school and some night classes at P.S.C. while his father and mother are working in Ecuador. In fact, his parents joined him while he was in the Peace Corps and worked along with him! His father has bought a boat in Miami and plans to sail to The Galapagos Islands to help in an education project there. His mother has left again for Ecuador to live with another son, who is with the U.S. AID program. The Binfords go all out for serving the cause of international understanding!

Joann Isackson (Malaya) is teaching in the Eugene public schools.

Hugh Turnbull (India) is working at The Job Corps Center at Tillamook, Oregon.

Three former Peace Corps staff doctors are now living in Portland and are on the staff of The Univ. of Oreg. Medical School:

  • Dr. Perry Sloop (Peru)
  • Dr. F. J. Van Rheenen (Nigeria)
  • Dr. Kenneth B. Cairns (Brazil)

Patricia Roberts (Honduras) who has been public health nurse in Polk County at Dallas, has accepted the position of assistant director of The Valley Migrant League at Independence, Oregon.

Mimi Jones, a recent returnee from Turkey, was in our Turkey III training unit at Portland State. She will serve as a Peace Corps recruiter for a few weeks in the midwestern states.

As to our twins, Lee McMurry (Morocco) and Gary McMurry (Sabah) of Longview, Washington: Gary is senior at Seattle Pacific College and Lee is a teachers’ aid at Jefferson High, and taking night courses.

Charles McDowell (Sierra Leone) is living in New York in the federal Job Corps program.

Marilyn Miller (Nigeria) is working for an advanced degree at P.S.C. while she holds a job in the library at The University of Oregon Medical School. She is also volunteering her services at Neighborhood House with handicapped children.

Jim Morrisey (Indonesia) is a teacher of special education at Vancouver High School.

Shannon King Myrin (Peru) is assistant manager of a Portland ski shop.

Don Oderman (Colombia) whose home is in Salem, is working on an Indian reservation in Montana.

John Owen (Peru) works with the Lord Brothers Construction Company and takes night classes. He has been active in organizing trips and “sociables” for our Peace Corps trainees and in raising funds for projects to help volunteers in the field.

Brent Richards (Thailand) stopped in Germany enroute home and is taking special courses in the German language at the University of Regensburg.

Janice Harvey Rogers (Thailand) who, this summer, married a GI whom she had met in N.E. Thailand, is teaching English at Jefferson High.

Robert Rawson (Sierra Leone) will earn his MA from San Francisco State this June. He is a social studies teacher in high school.

Raymond Priday of Redmond, Oregon, who went to serve in Pakistan directly after high school, is at Oregon State University.

Gary Frost (Ethiopia) is teaching part-time at O.S.U. while working for his MS degree in the Dept. of Microbiology.

Terence Grant (Colombia) is working for CARE.

N. Joyce Wright (Uruguay) of Newberg cannot attend our dinner this evening because she is speaking in McMinnville on the Peace Corps (a favorite pasttime for P.C.V.s).

Two recent returnees from West Pakistan:

Stephen Merten, back at work as an expert glazier but despairing to be in the social service field where he can put to good use the valuable experience he had working with the rural Pakistanis and

Hazel Merten, who took a refresher course in nursing, and is now at St. Vincent’s.

Ed Tisch (Chile) teaches Biology and Spanish at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

Gary S. O’Neal (Guatemala) is a graduate student in international studies at the Univ. of Oregon.

Karen Barr (Panama) of Willamina is working at Meier and Frank, Salem.

Colleen Doherty, who trained in the Turkey IV group at P.S.C. has just arrived home and was immediately sent out to speak to the Girls League at St. Helens Senior High by Mrs. Stevens, Chairman of the Speakers’ committee of The Peace Corps Council – the typical kind of “reception” given to all returning Peace Corpsmen!


A Note of Thanks

This bulletin was mimeographed by the staff of the Portland YWCA, one of the organizations who have been our most loyal supporters. They have provided the space and hospitality for our receptions to the Peace Corps trainees, and they have made available the gymnasium and pool for classes and recreation – and a lounge for study and a meeting spot. We are sincerely grateful for their cooperation.

September 1965 Newsletter

September 1965 Newsletter

A PDF of the September 1965 newsletter is also available.


Minutes of the Portland Peace Corps Service Council, September 22, 1965

Note: Before the meeting convened formally, Mrs. Stevens gave recent news items on our Peace Corps returnees, their plans for the year, new jobs, marriages, etc.

The Chairman, Mr. Kai Roland, called the special meeting to order at 8:15 p.m. in the Finnish Room at Portland State College with the following in attendance:

  • Mr. John Jenkens, Peace Corps Liaison officer, P.S.C.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Babcock, Peace Corps Liaison officer, Lewis and Clark
  • Sister Rebecca Mary, Peace Corps Liaison officer, Marylhurst
  • Sister Mary Theodosia of Marylhurst College
  • Mrs. Rosie Lee Hopkins, Peace Corps Service Organizations
  • Rev. Richard M. Gray, Portland Council of Churches
  • Mr. Mel Goddard, Portland Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Kai Roland, Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Mrs. Beatrice Stevens, Portland Federation of Women’s Organizations
  • Peace Corps Returnees
    • John D. Owen (Peru)
    • Jim Morrisey (Indonesia)
    • Gale Dixon (Sabah)
    • Sumner Sharpe (Thailand)
    • Rober Ward (East Pakistan)
    • Dale Martin (Dominican Republic)

The chairman, setting aside regular business, introduced our guest, Mr. Dwayne Stevenson from Washington, D.C., Director for community relations for the Peace Corps. After commending the work of our Portland council, he spoke of changes that are taking place in the headquarters office — continues changes in bother personnel and program and mentioned recent legislation passed about three weeks ago which limits the time of service in the Washington office of the Peace Corps to only five years. Obviously this department of the government is not covered by civil service.

Mr. Stevenson discussed the complete reorganization of the Peace Corps recruiting department. The plan used up to now of sending out teams of from five to seven recruiters made up of some available returnees and one or two staff members has been expensive and not as effective as hoped for, the results falling short of the great demand (Seventy countries are urgently requesting Peace Corps volunteers!) Many believe that more effective recruitment might be carried on by the Peace Corps veterans or returnees in their own home districts, aided by members of the local Peace Corps service organizations, wherever they exist.

Mr. Stevenson then issued a challenge to the Portland Peace Corps Service Council to take full responsibility for recruitment in the Portland area for the next nine months.

General discussion followed, covering the need to have able committees to set up the proper schedules, confer with the local colleges who have already been assigned dates for a Peace Corps week, etc, and the desirability of expanding our approach beyond academic circles, particularly into the fields of labor and agriculture — also mentioned was the wider use of county agents to spread information out through the state. Mr. Stevenson then announced that there would soon be a new directive sent out by his office to the nearly 2,000 civil service examiners, asking them to take on added responsibility in serving as information agents for the Peace Corps (Mr. Ron Meyer, our local examiner at the Federal Courthouse, is already doing this.)

The problem of giving special Peace Corps placement tests outside the jurisdiction of the Federal Courthouse or post office was then discussed — the questions of time, place, proper supervision for security, etc.

A motion was made by Rev. Gray and duly seconded that if we decide to accept Mr. Stevenson’s challenge, the chairman appointed a committee to work out a complete plan and schedule. Carried.

The chairman said he would consider carefully the appointment of such a committee and indicated he would ask the help of Roger Ward who has had experience as a Peace Corps recruiter.

If was then moved by Jim Morrisey and seconded that we accept the challenge of Mr. Stevenson to conduct Peace Corps recruitment in the Portland are for the next nine months. Carried.

The need for continuing the work of our speaker’s bureau was discussed next. Mrs. Stevens, the chairman, spoke of the problem of securing qualified speakers, with so many of the returnees employed or leaving town, and urged everyone to notify her promptly if he hears of any corpsman returning from duty overseas.

Mr. Stevenson described the success of the school-to-school program — the plan for one of our American schools to raise and send $1,000 to a community where a Peace Corps volunteers is working, the objective to construct a school during his period of service so that he can make sure the funds are spent wisely. Such a project provides an exciting and profitable contact between our children here and in one of the developing countries.

Rober Ward pointed out the need for a new brochure on the Peace Corps for high school students since the interest among teen-agers is very great. There was general agreement that, although we must keep up this interest, we should not encourage 18 year olds to apply for the Peace Corps; instead we should advise them to get further education and work experience first.

The meeting adjourned at 10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
(Mrs.) Beatrice T. Stevens, Secretary