Peace Corps Connections Highlighted at State Society Event
By Guest Contributor on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
By Adam Michael Rosenberg
On February 10th, National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-91) attended the annual Chris J. Dodd Congressional Reception at the U.S. Capitol’s historic Mike Mansfield Room. The event was hosted by the Connecticut State Society of Washington, DC, one of many civic organizations governed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS).
The NCSS strives to “… bring together Members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, journalists, students, government affairs professionals, military staff, diplomats, attorneys, trade-association staff, and business leaders who share their home-state heritage in a relaxed and non-partisan atmosphere of goodwill and good fun.”
NCSS groups provide great opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in Washington, DC to reconnect with states that have special meaning to them, and serve as a comfortable setting in which to make new friends and network. Most of these groups have their own websites and Facebook pages.
A Chance to Thank Friends of the Peace Corps
This particular event provided Glenn with the opportunity to honor Chris Dodd (Dominican Republic 1966-68). Dodd is a Peace Corps luminary, a former U.S. Senator (D-CT), a tireless supporter of the Peace Corps, and current Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Later on Glenn shared a few moments with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. At age 40, Murphy happens to be the youngest Senator in Congress and is also one of the nine Senators that comprise the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps. On behalf of NPCA, Glenn was able to thank Murphy and several other members of Congress who were present, for their continued support of, and ongoing advocacy for, the Peace Corps.
The event was free and open to the public and was a perfect time to discuss and promote NPCA. Throughout the evening, Glenn took time to connect with Connecticut RPCVs living in the Washington, DC-area and share some of the many benefits associated with serving in the Peace Corps.
For information on your State Society and events, visit http://www.statesocieties.org/StateSocieties.aspx.
Adam Michael Rosenberg served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho, Southern Africa from 2006-2008. While there, he worked as an NGO Development Advisor based at the Lesotho National AIDS Commission in Qacha’s Nek District.