Kentucky RPCVs Show their 50th Anniversary Celebration Spirit
By Abad Allawi on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
The 50th anniversary year of the Peace Corps continues to roll along. On May 21, the Kentucky Returned Peace Corps Volunteers celebrated the 50th at the Bernheim Forest and Arboretum; the director, Dr. Mark Wourms, is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). The 10,000 acre forest, with its famous plant collections, lakes, trails, visitor center and public programs was the ideal place for a celebration.
Besides the usual potluck picnic with delicious Peace Corps country recipes, the group sampled sausages and hamburgers from Costa Rica RPCV John Mark-Vaught’s meat company, listened to music by the group Appalatin and tested its skills on the the engaging and challenging Peace Corps Trivia Quiz, designed by Kenny Karem (Chile 66-68).
Fittingly, the Quiz boasted a wide array of geographical questions. Kenny loudly proclaimed that no one would get all the answers correct — but he was wrong. Angene Wilson, RPCV Liberia and author with her husband Jack of the recently published, Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers (University of Kentucky Press) aced the 20-question quiz. “She smoked the competition as Animal Kingdom did in the recent Kentucky Derby. It must be that nutritious Kentucky Bluegrass!” says Kenny.
Kenny has challenged other RPCVs and groups to download his Peace Corps Quiz and see how they score. (No peeking at the answers!)