E&E RPCVs Group News

By Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974–76)

In conjunction with the Ethiopia VII reunion held in Chicago in late May, and hosted by Nancy Horn, the E & E RPCV Board met for a business meeting.

Current board members include:
Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 62–64) – President and Treasurer
Leo Cecchini (Asmara 62–64)
John Coyne (Addis 62–64)
Gloria Curtis (Asmara 63–65)
Barry Hillenbrand (Debre Marcos 63–65)
Nancy Horn (Addis 66-68) – Manager of the RPCV Legacy Program
Janet Lee (Emdeber 74–76) – editor, The Herald
Don Schlenger (Woldiya 66–68), whom we welcomed as a new Board member
Jackie Schlenger (Woldiya 66–68), whom we welcomed as a new Board member

In attendance at the meeting were Beil, Cecchini, Curtis, Hillenbrand, Horn, Lee, D. Schlenger and J. Schlenger

Thanks to retirees
The Board (on behalf of all RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea) extended their  thanks to the following RPCVs who have stepped down from the Board for their service: C. J. Castagnaro (Harar, Debre Zeit 64–69), Dave Gurr (Addis 62-64), Carol Mauritsen McDonald (Harar 64–66), Judy Smith (Asmara 63–65), and Jim Solomon (Massawa, Jimma 63–65).

Grants for PCPP projects
The Board voted on and approved that E&E RPCVs would establish  a procedure to contribute funds to Peace Corps Partnership Program grant requests of any PCV currently in Ethiopia upon receiving a direct request from the Volunteer. Notice of the availability of grants will be communicated to the current Volunteers formally through official communication from the Country Director and informally through postings on social media.

RPCV Legacy Program
Nancy Horn, manager of the RPCV Legacy Program, urged all RPCVs to consider championing a RPCV Legacy Program project — and donating to the three existing projects.

Seeking additional Board members
The Board would like to add two RPCVs to its membership due to resignations. It is especially interested in having representation from training groups that served in Ethiopia from 1995 to 1999 and from 2008 to the present, and Eritrea from 1995 to 1998.

Board members receive no payment or reimbursement for any expenses incurred for their service. On all but rare occasions all business is carried on via the Internet. If you would like to apply, please contact Marian at marian [at] haleybeil [dot] com.

Thanks, Nancy!
The E & E Board is grateful to Nancy Horn for organizing the Ethiopia VII event and inviting the Board to participate. As can be seen by the accompanying photo, a good time was had by all.

A mix of Ethi 7s and Board members

A mix of Ethi 7s and Board members

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