Persistence (Literally) Pays Off
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, August 26th, 2013
Here at the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), we are always happy to have Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), former staff or other supporters drop by our Washington D.C. offices for a visit. And…that goes double when they bring their checkbooks and help us keep our doors open!
In the case of Hiram Baez Andino (Honduras 1986-88; Paraguay 1991-93), his generosity was matched by his persistence. A resident of San Juan Puerto Rico, Hiram had a stop at the NPCA on his itinerary during his recent visit to Washington. But a simple visit became a little more complicated when he got some faulty information.
Informed that our office was on 1930 L Street, Hiram logged a few trips back and forth in the August heat and humidity, searching for a building that didn’t exist. And while it likely wasn’t as noteworthy as recent news acknowledging the existence of Area 51, a few inquiries revealed that the NPCA did indeed exist! – on the 6th Floor of 1900 L Street.
One of the main reasons Hiram wanted to stop by? To say hello, and to renew his NPCA membership. Along with renewing with the NPCA, Hiram also joined both the Friends of Paraguay and the Amigos de Honduras.
Hiram and NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-91) enjoyed sharing some of their experiences in Latin America (in Spanish, of course). There was discussion with Vice President Anne Baker (Fiji 1984-87) about the past (and possibly future?) presence of an NPCA affiliate group in Puerto Rico. Hiram noted how he will soon be attending RPCV group reunions coming up in Oregon and Colorado. And he was happy to be connected to Peace Corps related merchandise at NPCA’s online store. And, he walked away with the last couple of issues of WorldView magazine, allowing him to catch up with the quarterly resource that is an NPCA member benefit.
Along with renewing his membership, Hiram noted how he has reached out to his other RPCV friends to encourage them to also become NPCA members. He noted the importance of having a nationally-based organization that helps bring the community together to share their experiences and continue bringing the world back home…from Seattle to San Juan!
Hiram is just one of thousands of examples of the energetic, outgoing people who call themselves National Peace Corps Association members. Join him today!