The logo seen here has an interesting history. The first Peace Corps Director, Sarge Shriver, sent small lapel pins to those PCVs who served during his directorship. The stylized hands in the design we have used were inspired by that pin. C Leigh (Purvis) Gerber designed the logo on this website from the original Shriver pin.
Bill and Annelise
Schroeder designed our new website.
Thursday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
On the beach at Asilomar in beautiful Pacific Grove, Calif.
Please sign up early to help us plan the best event possible
The focus of our meeting this year is on fellowship. What better place to do that than a knockout gorgeous resort on the California Coast? Asilomar is the grounds of a California State Park on Monterey Bay in the historic town of Pacific Grove.
A dinner Saturday night is included along with surprise treats at a cocktail reception Thursday night in the lodge’s Julia Morgan-designed reception hall, a plethora of scheduled walks, and talks. There will be optional field trips to such destinations as Central Coast wineries, Point Lobos, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the beach just below our rooms. Our meetings will focus on FON’s ongoing and innovative philanthropy, the future of Peace Corps and Nigeria, including programs with which to become involved. President Greg Jones plans discussions on the future directions of FON.
You should make hotel reservations, which include a FULL BREAKFAST, as early as possible to ensure the best rates and the best rooms. TO RESERVE A ROOM, CALL ASILOMAR AT 888-635-5310, PROMPT 2. PLEASE TELL THE RESERVATIONIST THAT YOU’D LIKE YOUR RESERVATION KEYED TO INDIVIDUAL ITINERARY 8000218X0 (zeroes, not letter “o”).
Meetings will be scheduled Friday and Saturday to ensure plenty of opportunity to enjoy the activities and tranquility of Asilomar, and the entire Monterey Bay Peninsula. We are beyond the summer tourist season, but October is usually the warmest, sunniest time of year to visit California’s Central Coast.
Transportation: shuttle buses connect San Jose (SJC), San Francisco (SFO) and Monterey (MRY) airports with the front door of Asilomar. Driving time from SJC is about 75 minutes. Rail and bus are also available.
Contact us at: FONAsilomar@gmail.com.
Name(s)_____________________________________________________# of persons_________
FON member: ____Yes, ____No, but let me know how to sign up.
FON affiliation: RPCV? ____Yes, group number______ Other____________________
____ I am coming to the October FON events. Enclosed is a check for $135 per person.*
____ I am interested in a training group reunion during the weekend.
____ I would be interested in sharing a hotel room.
Please mail check and the completed form to:
149 West St.,
New Salem, MA 1355
For further information, contact Mary-Ann at the above address or use our email hotline, FONAsilomar@gmail.com. (We’ll be happy phone back).
MEETING DETAILS WILL BE UPDATED ON THE FON WEBSITE:
www.friendsofnigeria.org or join a discussion at the FONmembers GoogleGroup site: http://groups.google.com/group/FONmembers
*A portion of any unspent funds may be used to fund FON’s charitable activities in Nigeria.
Friends of Nigeria is launching a project using the same tool that has changed encyclopedias from musty volumes in the library to the interactive, reader driven tool called Wikipedia. Browse to www.wikifon.org and see what a test group of users have recorded. The sign up for a userid and record the history of your own group. Translate the lore of our Peace Corps experiences many years ago into a narrative that can be read by ourselves, our families, our kids, grandkids, historians….
This new effort started as a history project suggested by Peter Hansen:
‘I envision the chapters as containing not only "the facts" -- places, names, dates, etc. -- but also the delightful anecdotes and Peace Corps lore that we re-tell whenever we come together at reunions and other gatherings.’
Ultimately, we would like to have the project result in a book. But before we have a book, we need stories, information, and we need some smart eyes to fill in blanks, sharpen facts, and bundle the project into a cohesive narrative. Various people suggested using a wiki as this first step, a community information collection tool. We have tested the concept using a free site, and we are rolling WikiFON out on a professional site.
What is a wiki, and what do we want to collect on our wiki? Here is how Wikipedia describes a wiki:
‘A wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. They are being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets and for Knowledge Management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work". One of the best known wikis is Wikipedia.’
One of the key ideas about a wiki is that any authorized user can contribute to any topic. So, if someone says your group trained in Kalamazoo, and you know for a fact that your group trained in Ann Arbor, you can make the correction and provide additional information as appropriate. Generally, there is an overall editor to prevent disputes from getting out of hand or users with an ax to grind disrupting the information collection process. The editor can also strive to provide consistent formatting and style. We have several excellent professional editors in our FON community who have volunteered to help us sharpen our narrative, culminating, perhaps, in an actual printed book we can sit by the fire and read. Authors Bob Veatch (05) and Sarah Medvitz (27) have already volunteered, but if you would like to add your editing skills, please feel free to volunteer.
The goal of WikiFON is twofold. First, we would like to gather information about individual training groups. Where they trained, if there were in-country gatherings, any recent reunions. Second, each of us has anecdotes or recollections that could capture the flavor of Peace Corps service in Nigeria. That box of letters and photos up in the attic your mother saved 40 years ago could be the source of some great stories. As each of us presents our stories, they may spark recollections by others and evoke material none of us knew was there.
We have chosen to make WikiFON updateable only by people to whom we have assigned user IDs and a password. This way we can track the usage and prevent malicious entries. But what we create can be viewed by anybody on the internet. Please sign up to be a WikiFON contributor. Then you can review what other people have entered already, enter your own material, and interact with others on the site. We hope to hear from you soon.
Access wikifon at www.wikifon.org. Contact Greg Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Collman at email@example.com to get a user ID. Then you are good to go! Thanks in advance for your efforts.
Many of you automatically receive messages posted to the FON GoogleGroup. If you are a member you should, in addition to receiving messages, be able to seamlessly send messages to our more than 100 members. If you are a FON member, but not a member of the FON GoogleGroup, email me (Mike Goodkind) for membership.
Some of you are aware that you can also use the broader resources of our FONmember website, where among other things, past postings are available. In order to access the website, you must register with Google. This requires a Google password and presumably the use of the same email address which you used to sign up for the FON group. Registering with Google is available via links from our site, and will by the way allow you to join other Google Groups if you wish.
(Please do not be put off by Google's seemingly rude message that "you are not a member of this group." You easily can be)
Use of the GoogleGroup is a fundamental perk of your FON membership, a great way to keep in touch between newsletters, and we really want you to become an active participant. So if you have had any difficulties getting on to the site or receiving emails, I or a designate would be really glad to help. Email me directly.
Detail: most of the trouble people have encountered going to the site has occurred because the email address used on the site is different from your current email address. In many cases the easiest thing to do is to reregister you in the group using your current address. Contact me if you wish to change emails. Please allow a couple of days.
Also, you will not be able to contact the "owner of the group," namely me from the website, until you have registered with Google. So ... to receive emails, you can join the group but to access the website you must have a Google "account."
[All general announcements were deemed obsolete as of 6/9/09. If you have any general announcements, please send them to Greg Jones
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association is the
nation’s leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community through networking and mentoring to help guide former volunteers through their continued service back home. The organization encompasses a network of over 30,000 individuals and more than 140 member groups. It is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps and its values. It is not a part of the United States Peace Corps, which is a federal agency. To learn more, visit http://www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org
What We Do
NETWORKING AND SUPPORT
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps Community with opportunities for networking, including mentoring support for RPCVs
transitioning from their Peace Corps service.
NEWS AND ADVOCACY
NPCA provides the latest news on the Peace Corps and former Volunteers so that interested members can stay informed. Through meetings on Capitol Hill with key congressional members and staffers, NPCA advocates for an independent and robust Peace Corps and supports issues most important to its members. The organization is spearheading many initiatives to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in 2011.
With more resources and relationships with Peace Corps member groups than any other organization of its kind, NPCA is leading the way in helping Returned Peace Corps Volunteers continue making a difference and helping others.
As the leading nonprofit supporting former Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, NPCA is helping to extend the values and legacy of the Peace Corps.
When you join NPCA, you’ll start receiving WorldView magazine and stay current on events and accomplishments happening in the Peace Corps community. You’ll also be connected to and a part of the largest group of RPCVs in the world.
There are different levels of membership and ways to get involved and we invite everyone (not just RPCVs) to join us and our member groups.
How to Join NPCA
Visit http://www.PeaceCorpsConnect.org and click on “Join Now”