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E&E RPCVs Group News

E&E RPCV Board Financial Report

A major duty of the E&E RPCV Board is the careful stewardship of its fiscal resources.  Treasurer Randy Marcus provided the year end financial report to the board and it was approved by the board by acclimation.

As part of the report, Marcus listed his duties and accomplishments for 2016.

  • Receiving and depositing Legacy Project donations and voluntary fees (which we used to call dues)
  •  Tallying and keeping track of the amount collected for each Legacy Project
  •  Distributing funds to Legacy Project recipients when instructed to do so by the RPCV champion
  •  Sending out formal acknowledgement letters to donors for tax purposes
  •  Keeping track of operating expenses that come out of unobligated funds (non-LP money)
  •  Paying for approved expenses like the Hyatt Hotel conference room last year, bank fees, website costs, etc.
  •  Compiling an annual financial report for the board
  •  Filing non-profit tax forms to the IRS, to Maryland (our official address), and the NY State Charities Bureau (where EERPCVs, Inc. is incorporated)

 

E&E RPCV Financial Report 2016

Prepared by Randy Marcus

Money In
NPCA dues, fees, cash received
Legacy Project Axum Library
Legacy Project Borana Students
Legacy Project Hesperian Health Guides
Legacy Project ITC Lab Mettu
Total Money In

Total Received
$ 1,339.19
$ 5,078.00
$20,068.00
$ 1,694.21
$ 68.00
$28,238.40

Money Out
Business Expenses
Legacy Project Borana Students
Legacy Project Hesperian health guides
Legacy Project ITC Lab Mettu
Net Total Money Out
Net Total (Money In less Money Out)

Total Out
$ 1,148.87
$20,000.00
$ 2,044.57
$ 2,000.00$25,348.61$2,889.79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note. Legacy Program funds are restricted and may only be applied to that fund. Donations received in a prior fiscal year may be applied the following year or at the point when a sufficient amount of funds have been raised to warrant expending a bank transfer fee.

Treasurer Marcus has noted that although we had a positive cash flow for FY 2016, the organization will need to recoup the loss of the portion of dues previously received by NPCA since they have changed their due structure to voluntary membership. Donations to the general fund are greatly needed.

You may send checks to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to “Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs,” and in the subject line enter “General Fund.” Include your email for tax receipt.

E&E RPCVs Group News

Introducing three new Board members

We are pleased that three more RPCVs have volunteered to join the E&E RPCV Board. Please welcome:

Rebecca Beauregard
(Motta 2009-11)

Rebecca at the Ert Ale Volcano in Afar Region

Rebecca at the Ert Ale Volcano in Afar Region

I’m happy to join E&E RPCVs to stay connected to the country, the people there and all the RPCVs.

I’m Rebecca, RPCV Ethiopia 09-11 (“Group 2”). I had an incredible experience in Motta, East Gojam, Amhara working as a health volunteer on HIV prevention and supportive services. My counterpart and I implemented many small, youth-led community events including peer-to-peer drama days and a youth summer camp led by our community members.

mottaSince completing my Peace Corps service in 2011, I’ve returned nearly a dozen times, all on personal travel — maintaining connections with friends there, touring, visiting my partner’s family (he’s from there) and overseeing a few small personal projects. And also to fill up on shiro wat!

I’ve spent the past few years working as a Program Manager in humanitarian aid contexts (Yemen and Syria), consider DC/Baltimore my home base and am currently in my last 2 months of grad school at SIT in Vermont. After grad school I hope to be back in DC, though I may venture overseas again.

Steve Cristofar
(Asmara, Adi Quala, Debarola — Eritrea 1962-64)

Steve Cristofer

Steve Cristofer

Born & raised in New York City, educated there through graduate school, moved to Northern Virginia in 1971, lived there since then. Married, with three children and five grandchildren.

debarola-debarwa-mapServed in Peace Corps as teacher in middle & secondary schools in Eritrea (then part of Ethiopia) from 1962 to 1964. Traveled throughout East Africa between school years.

Employed as financial analyst, economist, manager, executive since the Peace Corps in various Federal agencies in NYC & Washington, DC; several contract assignments with UN in Europe. Retired at end of 1999.

Extensive international travel since the Peace Corps, to over 50 countries.

Volunteer work includes Red Cross; Literacy Council of N. Virginia; volunteer usher at Washington, DC theaters; co-leader of 2012 “Return to Ethiopia” group tour; treasurer of local HOA; vice-president & co-founder of the Northern Virginia RPCV group.

Randy Marcus
(Asella 1966-68)

Randy Marcus' latest mug shot

Randy Marcus’ latest mug shot

Randy Marcus has joined the board AND graciously accepted the position of Treasurer.  He states about himself:

City College of New York was a natural choice for me, even though I was also accepted to NYU and Rennsaelaer Polytechnic Institute, since it featured a high quality education with free tuition. Although the school’s longstanding tuition-free policy would soon succumb to budgetary realities, the Class of ‘66 helped keep it on life support for a few additional years with a vigorous protest campaign during our time on campus. Interestingly, our 50-year old mantra, “our position, no tuition,” has been adopted by a 2016 presidential candidate.

asellaUnlike most of my college friends who went on to graduate school, I joined the Peace Corps immediately after graduation from CCNY. For two years, I taught geography in a rural secondary school in Ethiopia, Ras Dargay Secondary School in Asella, Arussi Province (now Arsi Zone) 1966 to 1968.

The experience whetted my appetite for living and working abroad, so in 1967, I took the State Department’s Foreign Service exam at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. I managed to pass, and after undergoing an additional battery of tests back in the US, I entered the Foreign Service in 1969. My first assignment was a stark contrast to my Peace Corps years. I served as civilian advisor to the US military in South Vietnam during the early 1970s. After my return in 1971, I was married, and after a six-month “honeymoon” at the Foreign Service Institute in D.C. studying French, my bride and I relocated to the West African nation of Togo. We learned flexibility, patience, and the importance of a good sense of humor. We traveled all over Togo and surrounding countries and became avid collectors of African art.

Over the course of the next 22 years, we alternated tours in Washington, DC, with foreign postings in Brasília, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires. Each one was a challenge, but we adjusted to local customs and soaked up opportunities to enjoy the arts, the food, and the culture. The US embassy jobs were great too: I covered Brazilian foreign relations, Mexican domestic politics, and the Argentine labor scene. Between assignments, the State Department sponsored me for an academic year at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where I finally earned that graduate degree, a Masters of Public Administration.

During my Foreign Service career, my wife, Irene, a Queens College graduate and a special education teacher, found teaching jobs abroad and in the DC area. We raised three children in an international environment. They are now working in diverse fields. Joshua, our oldest, is a US Air Force officer; Rebecca, our middle child, is a paralegal at medical malpractice law firm; and Deborah, our youngest, works for Capital Bike Share in Washington, DC.

I retired from the State Department in 1996 and spent most of the next 20 years as a counterterrorism analyst for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Defense Department. Since my final retirement in 2013, I worked as a Red Cross volunteer at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Several years ago, I began working with Abebe Kebede, an Ethiopian-American university professor from my old home town of Asella, and three RPCV colleagues to establish the Asella-Arsi School Development Association (AASDO). The purpose of AASDO was to raise funds for educational materials tor a school library they helped create during their Peace Corps service in the mid-sixties. In 2009, they visited Asella to dedicate the newly stocked library. AASDO currently has members in the US and Ethiopia and is collaborating with Books for Africa to help other school libraries in Ethiopia.

Looking back on it all, it has been a great ride, but I still hope to experience new adventures in the years to come. As Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

Thank you Rebecca, Steve and Randy as well as Leo, John, Janet, Karen, Amanda and Kristen for serving on the board.