Returned Volunteers Gather to Discuss, Celebrate
By Erica Burman on Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Having served in Peace Corps nations ranging from Sierra Leone to Fiji to Thailand, National Peace Corps Association board members, group leaders, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)—plus friends of the Peace Corps—came together in Washington, DC last Friday and Saturday, June 25-26 for two days of meetings and discussion regarding NPCA and its plans for the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary in 2011.
On Friday evening board members and other RPCVs gathered to honor RPCV and Trees, Water, and People co-founder Stuart Conway (Guatemala 84-87) as he received the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service (press release, award information). The award is given by NPCA each year to an RPCV who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad, or is an innovative social entrepreneur whose actions will bring about significant long-term change. NPCA also screened the documentary Frontrunner, which highlights the power of women in Afghanistan’s first democratic election in 2004. The film was produced, written and directed by RPCV Virginia Williams (Morocco 89-91).
On Saturday, RPCVs from across the nation attended the Annual General Meeting and the Group Leaders Forum. Group leaders described their ongoing regional projects and garnered support from other Returned Volunteers. Smaller afternoon sessions allowed NPCA staff to present information regarding the launch of the NPCA’s “new look,” including the new logo and website. NPCA staff also spoke about ongoing preparations to ensure a successful 50th anniversary celebration and urged group leaders to spread the message to “save the date” for a year filled with exciting Peace Corps events.
You can see pictures from the weekend on NPCA’s Facebook fanpage.
You can learn more about Stuart Conway and Trees, Water & People in this NPCA press release.