Steering Committee, Minutes & Bulletins

Gabriella Maertens

Peter Easton

Larry Koff

Gerry Joyce

Rita Hays

Stephen and Tamara Lieberman

Tom Hale 

 

STEERING COMMITTEE Minutes

September 22, 2014

                                             DRAFT

  1. Minutes from 9.8.14 meeting –

 

  1. Report on Reservations – no change from last week

 

  1. Budget –

 

  1. Revenue: $800 in operations and $975 in contributions for total of $1,775

 

  1. Expenses: Estimated budget generated by Rita is $1,245

 

  1. Payment to Y

 

  1. Payment for committee members’ expenses

Treasurer will bring checkbook and cover expenses from funds donated for operations and contributions  

 

  1. Program – Tam, Steve, Larry, Rita

 

  1. Final Draft to be completed by Rita and circulated for comments tomorrow morning. Tom Hale to post final schedule tomorrow afternoon.
  2. Tammy to provide a version of schedule for Committee members identifying who is responsible for which tasks
  3. Larry to ask Clark Kerr if he would moderate Wednesday program on project funding
  4. Rita/Gabriella to provide list of attendees and their phone numbers highlighting committee members (I hope the phone numbers are the cell numbers)

 

  1. Website Report – Tom will post remaining bios that have been received.
  2.  Recap of other “things to do” before, during and after Reunion
  3. Larry to bring checkbook; accounting issues to be resolved if possible Wednesday dinner and early Thursday morning at breakfast.
  4. Gabriella to discuss photo show with Rita/Gerry

 

 

 

 

Steering Committee Minutes 9/8/14

STEERING COMMITTEE AGENDA

September 8, 2014

Roll Call: Peter Easton, Gabriella Maertens, Larry Koff, Gerry Joyce, Rita Hays, Stephen and Tamara Lieberman. Tom Hale absent:

 

  1. Minutes from 8/11/14 meeting – approved

 

  1. Report on Reservations – total of 21 Rooms reserved

Senegal: 8 rooms

Niger: 13 rooms

 

  1. Budget
  2. Any scholarship requests – No
  3. Expense budget: Total of $1,600

   $750 operations and $850 Contributions

  1. Draft budget prepared by Rita totaled $1,245. Sense of Program Committee is that we have raised funds for the conference expenses. Remaining funds may be distributed to fund specific in-country projects. Project funding for the most part should be considered a new expense to be raised at the reunion.
  2. Program
  3. Monday: Long’s Peak Lodge

3:00 PM through evening -YMCA registration (Long Peaks Lodge ???

4:30 Reunion Registration/Happy Hour

5:00-7:00 PM dinner at Aspen Dining Room (???)

7:00-PM Evening Program-social

7:30 PM YMCA Orientation; sign up for Wednesday activities

  1. Tuesday

9:30 a.m. Long Peaks Lodge

  1. Panel Discussion 9:30 AM
  2. Projects Discussion 11:15 AM
    1. Niger
    2. Senegal

              3:45 PM: Joint Social with ’65 at Barclay Cabin

5:00- 7:00 PM dinner Aspen Dining Room

7:00 PM Photo Show

8:00 PM Possibility of live music-Jesse Winch: Irish and traditional

 

  1. Wednesday

Morning and Afternoon Activities – Sign Up Process\ Social Activities

3:45 PM discussion with ’65 groups-Projects to be funded group

5:00 PM Happy Hour

5:00-7:00 PM dinner at Aspen Dining Room (???)

   7:30pm Wednesday Evening

  1. Wearing African Attire – encouraging interest in doing so
  2. African Music

            3 Possibly live music Irish and traditional

 

  1. Thursday-Departure

 

  1. Website Report
  1. Tom to provide list of whose bios are outstanding?
  2. Articles for next bulletin

Items to be identified:

1 Band-Interest by attendees in participating-percussion, electronic keyboard (to be provided), or other either or both Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Notify Gerry or Gabriella

  1. Submit photos-on cd in power point format ideal. Take photo of old pictures on one’s personal camera or phone and send to Gerry or Gabriella.
  2. We hope you will attend joint social with ’65 group Tuesday afternoon at 3:45 at the Barclay lodge
  3. We hope you will be interested in various activities and program options offered by YMCA
  4. Please send us your arrival date and time.
  5. check out web site to see individual bios Peacecorpsniger3.com
  6. We will have a table if you want to bring some memorabilia
  7. Bring African attire and warm clothes ( when sun goes down in the mountains it is cold), also rain coat and suntan lotion
  8. List of attendees provided
  9. Recap of Action Items for Next Meeting
  10. Tom to give us list of missing bios
  11. Larry will provide meeting minutes
  12. Peter to provide last bulletin
  13. Gabriella and Gerry to discuss photos formats and send Larry names of individuals interested in providing music\
  14. Rita to send along information on addressing altitude health issues and list of attendees, updated schedule to be finalized and sent out one week before conference.
  15. All–send Rita comment’s on budget

 

  1. Next Meeting Date-September 22nd (Monday) at 8:30 PM EDT

 

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES – 8/11/14

Minutes of 7/22/14 approved as revised

Report on Reservations: Gabriella will email us as soon as she receives the updated information from Joni. She informed us that John Collin had recently passed away.

Gerry reported on the Senegal Group, stating that Rita and Joseph Sklar are now attending.

Budget

  1. Scholarship Requests – Steering Committee members are following up with several people.
  2. b. Expense Budget – Tam and Rita are working on this and will send it out to the Steering Committee when finished

Program

  1. Any questions on Y’s responses to Rita’s questions – Since Rita had initially only emailed the Y’s responses to the Program Committee and not to the Steering Committee until this morning, committee members were encouraged to email Rita if they had any question on the Y’s responses.
  2. Who needs a key to the meeting room? – The meeting room is for our exclusive use day and night with quiet hours commencing at 11pm. Gabriella, as our group leader, can and will designate each Steering Committee member to have a key the entire time. If an attendee needs something and the room is locked, s/he is to look for anyone on the Steering Committee.
  3. Review notes from last program committee meeting

Email to send.

Gabriella, Niger, and Gerry, Senegal, are to each send an email to “All,” Attention Attendees, with the following questions:

  1. When are you arriving at the YMCA Conference Center – date and time, and how are you getting there (such as car, shuttle).
  2. The name of your guest (spouse, partner, friend)
  3. Cell phone number
  4. We are planning a photo show Tuesday evening which we are currently working on, Gerry for Senegal and Gabriella for Niger. We would like to include in that show some of the photos from the disc you are bringing to the reunion. Therefore, please email 20 of your favorite ones as soon as possible. (P.S. Still bring your disc with all your photos to the reunion to share with others throughout the time we are there.)
  5. We are having a Joint Social with the ’65 group on Tuesday at 3:45pm. Will you attend?   Will your guest (spouse, partner, friend) attend?
  6. Can you help with some of the activities during the reunion, particularly with the cash-contribution wine and beer bar at the Tuesday evening Social, Wednesday Happy Hour, or Wednesday evening Social?

Information on Skyping is not included in this above list/email.

Decision Made on Alcohol

Hosted beer and wine will be available at the Monday Reception and evening Social. Cash contributions for wine and beer will be requested at the Tuesday evening Social, Wednesday Happy Hour, and Wednesday evening Social. A variety of soft drinks, water and ice will be provided at each of these events. Hard liquor and mixes are BYO.

Review Event Chart

Note: Gabriella will be present for room registrations at 3pm on Monday.

Gerry and Rita are responsible for/will coordinate Monday Reception and 7pm Social. These two events will be combined if there are not enough people for the Reception. If there are, the Reception will start at 4pm. Name tags and packets of information will be provided to the attendees. These will also be available at the evening Social. We are hoping to have a presentation by a Y representative at 7:30 that evening. Sign-ups for Wednesday a.m. and p.m. activities will also occur (Tam and Gabriella will coordinate these sign-ups.)

(Rita’s note: The Y will do the initial set-up of the Meeting Room based on a diagram sent by the Program Committee – one of the required forms in the Planning Guide.)

Peter is responsible for/will coordinate the Tuesday 9:30am-11am Panel Discussion with Tom Hale, Jamie Thompson, Charlie Stover and Dave Nicholas.

The responsibility for/coordination of the 11:10am-noon Project Panel is with Gabriella and Larry – Niger, and Gerry, Rita and Tam – Senegal

These 6 Steerting Committee members will determine the room set-up.

Rita will contact Julie Stagliano of ’65 about her non-profit’s Senegal project.

A discussion ensued regarding the Ambassadors. The Ambassador from Niger is tentative about his attendance given his other responsibilities. The Ambassador from Senegal still plans to be there. The question arose as to what we do with the Ambassadors – what does it mean for our panel, do we want to incorporate them into it, is there another time for them, do we want to incorporate the ’65 group?

One suggestion was to hear from them after lunch. Another suggestion was, if the Niger Ambassador does not come, to incorporate the Senegalese Ambassador into the 9:30am panel discussion as there is no one from Senegal to speak to the proposed topics.

Peter can think about how to involve them. He will get back in touch with those now on the 9:30am panel to let them know that the question of the exact format is still open. Peter would like to pull in one or two of the women from ’65 to at least balance the gender composition. A suggestion was made that he moderates the panel.

Peter will renew communications with ’65 and give them an update on the Ambassadors. He will ask what they might want to do together with us regarding the Ambassadors, if they are interested. Secondly, he will ask them if they would mind us poaching on their territory for a couple of very good women.

Rita is the contact for the Tuesday, 3:45pm Joint Social with ’65 at their Barclay Cabin. She is working with Mimi from ’65.   The $5 per person expense for this event is to come out of the Operations funds. A suggestion was made to estimate that 30 will attend for the purpose of planning the food and beverages. A question will be added to the email about attending the Joint Social.

Steve and Tam are responsible for/will coordinate Tuesday, 7pm Social at which a photo show will take place. Sign-ups for Wednesday a.m. and p.m. activities will continue to occur (Tam and Gabriella will coordinate.)

Determine room set-up.

Tam and Gabriella will have been responsible for the Sign-ups for Wednesday a.m. and p.m. Outdoor activities. Steve is looking into a Ranger coming early Wednesday morning to talk about the National Park. The morning and afternoon are the times for attendees to participate in the organized activities for which they have signed up or any other activities they wish to participate in.

Determine room set-up for Ranger.

Suggest Tom Hale and Anna Lauer are responsible for/will coordinate Wednesday 5pm Happy Hour. Tam has already emailed Anna who is willing to help Tom. We need to follow up with Tom and Anna about doing this.

Larry is not on the conference call to ask him if he can handle (responsible for/coordinate) the Wednesday, 7:30pm Social. We need to talk with Larry about this.

Tam said she thinks we have the AV equipment pretty well handled; if we need a keyboard at the last minute, we will need to try to obtain it then, be flexible. Rita is the point person on filling out forms from the Planning Guide

Rita said she would send an email to everyone on the Steering Committee regarding items for their respective events, such as AV equipment and other items from the Y as well as food and beverages (some things we will order from the Y and others we will buy at the store).

Website Report

  1. From Tom’s report, Gabriella said the designer has some new bios. Tom will add information on John Collins to his bio and add an announcement to the news section.

Gerry commented that Tom has $400 invested in the website and we should look at reimbursing him. Gabriella replied that Tom has said it is his contribution. He can be asked again about it.

Music Report

  1. Gerry pointed out that on the Event Chart, music is indicated each evening. Everyone agreed it should say background music for the Reception and for the Socials on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

We also need to specify the program times on the Chart. The Program with times will go in the packets. Rita has the list of what items will go in the packets

Articles for the next Bulletin:

            Photo slides and how to do it

            Caution of Altitude

Y Website – Lots of information, including maps, about the Conference Center as well as Estes Park and the surrounding area

            Serving Alcoholic Beverages in the Meeting Room

Hosted beer and wine will be available at the Monday Reception and evening Social. Cash contributions for wine and beer will be requested at the Tuesday evening Social, Wednesday Happy Hour, and Wednesday evening Social. A variety of soft drinks, water and ice will be provided at each of these events. Hard liquor and mixes will be BYO.

Peter said he will wait for the minutes to come out before writing the next Bulletin. He acknowledged that Rita had said she could not get them out right away. Gabriella reinforced that we need to ask attendees to help Tom with the bar; Anna has already volunteered.

Recap of Action Items for Next Meeting

  • Gabriella and Gerry are sending out email to all Niger and Senegal ’64 RPCVs , attention Attendees
  • Rita and Tam will develop an expense budget and email it to the Steering Committee.
  • Gabriella to give an updated report on registration
  • Gabriella and Gerry going to communicate on photo show
  • Peter will do the Bulletin and Panel based on the minutes; he will include articles regarding photos on disc, caution on altitude, Y website, beer, wine and BYO
  • Rita will send an email to everyone on the Steering Committee regarding items for their respective events.

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 8. Tam will confirm with Tom and Larry as to their availability on this date.

Peter will schedule the conference call for the times of: 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm.

 

 Corrected minutes :

Download (DOCX, 13KB)

 

Niger-Senegal ’64 Bulletin V

Bastille Week, 2014
Countdown to our Reunion: Sept 30-Oct 2 in Estes Park

It’s been a spell, but we are back with another reunion bulletin for the Niger- Senegal crew… and the beginning of a countdown to Estes Park!

Best to hit the highlights, as there is a lot going on:

  • Twenty rooms have been
    reserved at the YMCA of the
    Rockies, four more should be
    secured soon and we have about
    38 Niger-Senegal attendees at
    this point. Not too shabby but we are cheering for the holdouts.

  • The Program Committee has been very busy getting activities and non-activities (ommm) planned for our get-together. See their fuller report at the end of this bulletin. Without stealing their fire, we can reveal here that there will be a panel on current conditions in Niger and Senegal, one on possible joint projects that we might support there, an appearance by SE

    Maman Sidikou, Ambassador from Niger to the US… and plenty of free time to socialize.

Our website is not only up and running, it’s a winner! Many thanks to Tom Hale. Just go to http://peacecorpsniger3.com/ and prowl around. Nice bios and more coming (including yours, we hope, whether able to attend or not). You can even make reservations there. Tom is seeking a website-competent backup person. Any volunteers?

We now have something in the till for operations ($475) and for helping RPCVs to meet the costs of attendance ($825). Don’t forget your

registration fee of $25 per person/par tête that goes toward the former and anything else you can contribute for the latter. Extra funds will be used for collectively-chosen NGOs or charities in our two former homelands.1

Off to school!

1 Send registration fee to Larry Koff, c/o Reunion Operating fund, 20 Harrison Street, Brookline, MA 02446.

Page |2 Should anyone be interested, we have FULL minutes (call them “hours”) on our Steering Committee

meetings.

Any who may need help in attending the reunion – a room to share, some funds to cover expenses, a ride from the airport – are encouraged to get in touch with one or another of the Steering Committee members by phone or email (thought transference sometimes works but can’t be relied on).

So much for another sterling and lapidary edition of the Niger- Senegal ‘64 Bulletin, a sure Pulitzer Prize winner. Don’t forget to check the Program Committee report below, just after our sign-off.

From the SC crew,

Gabriella Maertens, Rita Hays, Gerry Joyce, Tammy and Steve Lieberman, Peter Easton,
Tom Hale and Larry Koff

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Yet more monthly proverbs:

 

Estes Park Lodge common room

Wolof: If someone loans you their legs, you go where they want you to go. (Ku la abal i tank, nga dem fa ko neex.)

Hausa: The one who leads a herd of toads must be gentle with his staff [because toads don’t move very fast or in the same direction, but they’ve got soft backs, so if you start laying about with a stick you’re going to end up crushing them.] Makiyayen kwad’i, ya yi hankali da sandarshi.

Ewe (for variety): It’s at the end of the old well rope that you weave the new one. (Ka xuxoa nu wogiba yeyea öo.)

REMINDER ABOUT HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE REUNION

Click on the URL below to start making reservations. The official name of our reunion (well known to YMCA Estes Park staff) is “Niger-Senegal 64-66 Reunion 2014.” http://www.reseze.net/cassets/mkt/YMCA/landingpage/445986.html
If you would like to come in earlier or stay longer, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the reunion. Then call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions, the best bet is to contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name as listed above.

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DRAFT PROGRAM FOR NIGER III-SENEGAL IV REUNION

Monday September 29th:
Afternoon: 3-6:00 PM in our Long Peaks Lodge Meeting Room:

Welcome Reception hosted by the Steering Committee

Distribution of information packets and name tags; light refreshments. Dinner: 5-7:00 PM in Aspen Dining Room
Evening : 7:00 PM in our Longs Peak Lodge Meeting Room

Socializing, African music, viewing photos, memorabilia
30 minute Orientation by YMCA Representative – overview of the facility

Tuesday, September 30th :
Breakfast: 7-9:00 AM in Aspen Dining Room
Morning: 9:30 – Noon in our Long Peaks Lodge Meeting Room

Panel discussion on Africa, focusing on Niger and Senegal

  •   Portrait of current situation in Niger and Senegal – Economic Development, Governance,

    Health, Women, Education

  •   Joint presentation and general discussion of projects in need of funding; discussion of next

    steps
    Lunch: 12 – 1:30 PM in Aspen Dining Room
    Mid or Late Afternoon – Joint Social with ’65 Carbondale Kids at their Barclay Cabin Dinner: 5-7:00 PM in Aspen Dining Room
    Evening: 7:00 PM in our Long Peaks Lodge Meeting Room

    Socializing, African music, viewing photos, memorabilia
    Possibility of Skyping with those who are not able to attend.

    Wednesday, October 1st:
    Breakfast: 7-9:00 AM in Aspen Dining Room
    Morning: Open for Socializing and Organized Activities, such as walking and hiking Lunch: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in Aspen Dining Room
    Afternoon: Open for Socializing and Organized Activities, such as walking and hiking Happy Hour: 5-6:00 PM in our Long Peaks Lodge Meeting Room
    Dinner: 5-7:00 PM in Aspen Dining Room
    Final Evening: 7:30 PM in our Long Peaks Lodge Meeting Room

    Social evening of African music, dancing, etc.
    Everyone is encouraged to wear their African attire

    Thursday, October 2nd:
    Breakfast: 7-9:00 PM in Aspen Dining Room
    Morning: Farewells and Departures:
    Ce n’est qu’un au revoir/ Sai wata rana/ Mangi dem Lunch: 11:30 to 1:30 in Aspen Dining Room

 

Niger-Senegal ’64 Bulletin 4

May 16, 2014

Here’s your latest (and slightly late) monthly rag on preparations for our Gala Niger-Senegal 50th PC Reunion among the beauties of Fall in the Rockies. We remain on course for our rendez-vous in Estes Park and hope that those of you who have not yet signed up will soon be doing so.

 

Let’s start, though, with the big news: dissemination of the survey about your preferences for the agenda and activities of the reunion. We already have 16 responses and will soon release interim results, but we would very much like the others of you to fill it out. Even if (horrors) you should ever not be able to make the reunion, your preferences and points of view will be valuable. So either go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJ3H8B5 to record your own choices and thoughts (really doesn’t take long) or simply fill out the copy appended to this bulletin and then either scan and email to Tammy Lieberman at tamlieberman@earthlink.net or print and snail-mail to her at 3488 Zurich Ct, Carson City, NV 89705. (You can even phone her at 775-392-1019). Then Watch This Space.

 

Two Steering Committee meetings have been held since the last edition of this Bulletin and covered, of course, complex and arcane agenda. — but there are some important nuggets to share:

 

  • The Steering Committee has begun assembling “scholarship funds” to help any Senegal and Niger ’64 PCVs who are a bit short on cash to cover reunion expenses. The more of us come, the better it will be – so don’t hesitate to signal needs you may have to ANY of the Steering Committee members (signed below). We can cover lodging/food expenses if you can cover transportation of whatever nature. And potential additional contributors to the fund are also encouraged to get in touch. Any balance in the account after the reunion will go to Nigerien and Senegalese charities chosen during our gathering.
  • The latest count of those committed to attending the reunion and those who have actually completed online reservations is as follows:

o   On the Niger side, of the 34 RPCVs and former staff who responded to news of the reunion, 14 are committed to coming, 8 are “maybes” and 12 say they regretfully won’t be able to make it on those dates. So far 10 rooms have actually been reserved.

o   Du côté Sénégalais, eight RPCVs responded to the initial announcement, seven are committed to coming and as many have reserved rooms.

o   Overall, therefore, we presently count 21 commitments, 9 maybes whom we very much hope will be coming (loud cheering from the sidelines) and about 15 who will be there in spirit.

  • Our Program Committee is also identifying “Knowledgeable Individuals” (KI’s) among or outside our number who are particularly informed and insightful about current conditions in Niger and Senegal to take part in an information panel to be held during our proceedings. If you would like to be part of the panel, or to suggest someone else for such a role, contact Rita Hays, Gerry Joyce, Larry Koff or Gabriella Maertens.

o   In fact, there will be TWO panels, the other one on projects that we might support in Niger and Senegal. The insight shared with us by the “KI’s” should inform decisions about projects or other forms of solidarity.

  • We are still expecting Niger Ambassador to the US, Dr. Maman Sidikou, to take part and talk with all of us during some segment of our reunion (he has confirmed, subject only to the imponderables of his job) and are looking for a parallel person on the Senegalese side of the coin. Ambassador Sidikou has in fact spent extended periods in Senegal.
  • Our Niger-Senegal ’64 Reunion website is just about to take flight! Don’t forget to send your bios and pictures to Tom Hale at thale@psu.ed – and to remit your $25 conference fee (the measly portion we request to help meet our own organizational expenditures) to Larry Koff.
  • Gerry and Larry are actively researching music possibilities for the gathering. If you have suggestions or “selfies,” you know whom to contact.
  • Remember that we will have a running slide show of “Niger-Senegal Friends and Follies” (plus any more serious fare that is added) during the reunion, so we encourage you to send in contributions, while converting slides or snapshots to jpg/jpeg format and copying them to a CD/DVD for ease of incorporation and playback.

Last but not least, a bit of late-breaking news from Niger and Senegal themselves, garnered from a variety of sources, the good with the less-good:

 

Final reminders: Remember to register and to pester your fellow-RPCVs into doing so. Friends don’t’ let friends miss our 50th Reunion. On ne permet pas à ses amis de…

 

In the bond,

Gabriella Maertens, Rita Hays, Gerry Joyce, Tammy and Steve Lieberman, Peter Easton,

Tom Hale and Larry Koff

 

[ Survey starts on next page ]

 

 

NIGER-SENEGAL REUNION ACTIVITY SURVEY

1. Attend a panel discussion of returned PCV who have recent knowledge of Niger/Senegal?

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

 

2. Participate in a social evening of African music and dancing?

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

 

3, Physical Activities (Check out Estes Park website – ymcarockies.org/activities)

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

 

4. If you would like to participate in some physical activities, what would you like to do?

 

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Walking

Walking Very much

Walking Somewhat

Walking Not very much

Walking Not at all

Hiking

Hiking Very much

Hiking Somewhat

Hiking Not very much

Hiking Not at all

Swimming

Swimming Very much

Swimming Somewhat

Swimming Not very much

Swimming Not at all

Zip Line (if available)

Zip Line (if available) Very much

Zip Line (if available) Somewhat

Zip Line (if available) Not very much

Zip Line (if available) Not at all

Other (please specify)

5. Would you like to be part of any or the following?

 

Very Much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Ice cream social

Very Much

Ice cream social Somewhat

Ice cream social Not very much

Ice cream social Not at all

Pizza party

Pizza party Very Much

Pizza party Somewhat

Pizza party Not very much

Pizza party Not at all

Happy hour before dinner

Happy hour before dinner Very Much

Happy hour before dinner Somewhat

Happy hour before dinner Not very much

Happy hour before dinner Not at all

Reviewing old slides or pictures

Reviewing old slides or pictures Very Much

Reviewing old slides or pictures Somewhat

Reviewing old slides or pictures Not very much

Reviewing old slides or pictures Not at all

 

6. Would you like to skype with those who could not attend?

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

Very much

Somewhat

Not very much

Not at all

 

7. Would you like to help organize any of the above? Check any or all.

Ice cream social

Pizza party

Happy hour before dinner

Displaying old slides/pictures

Skyping

 

8. Would you like to be part of:

Panel on Niger or Senegal

Music evening

Putting together slide/picture displays

 

9. What other ideas to you have for the reunion? [Don’t feel constrained by the size of the box (J)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJ3H8B5

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Steering Committee, starting with the most recent.

Minutes #3, April 11, 2014

          This bulletin has turned into something of a monthly rag, even though members of your hard-working and civic-minded Steering Committee are meeting – telephonically, at least — on pretty much of a biweekly basis. (Hard to do more than that when you’re strung out across four time zones.) We have in fact several encounters to report on in this bulletin: two SC meetings and two sessions of the program subcommittee (both of which are, by the way, quite open to new memberships and volunteer contributions).

         Here are the highlights:

  • ROSTER: The current Senegal IV roster lists 26 ex-PCVs who are alive and kicking. Eight are now committed to attending the reunion (or 11 people in toto, counting family members). Three more are in the “maybe” category, four have not answered and eleven don’t think they can make it.

  • The current Niger III roster lists 36 ex-PCVs and 2 staff who are in the land of the living and whose whereabouts is known. Thirteen are committed to attending (or 20 people overall, including family). Eight more are in the “maybe” category, five haven’t yet responded or been tracked down and twelve don’t think they can make it.

    So who wouldn’t want to go?

  • At present that adds up to 21 Niger and Senegal ex-PCVs (and 31 people in toto) who are committed to coming. But of those only 10 so far have actually reserved rooms with the YMCA of the Rockies and a similar number have sent in their bios. PLEASE SEE THE REMINDER AT THE END OF THIS BULLETIN ABOUT HOW TO REGISTER.

  • Ergo, we want to continue drumming up business and rallying the fence-sitters in two ways:

    • by encouraging the “maybe’s” to join us in planning to be there next Fall amid the beauties of the Estes Park YMCA setting so nicely pictured above; and

    • by reminding everyone to send in your bios – of whatever length – to Niger ex-PCV and website/bio capo Tom Hale at tah@psu.edu and by cajoling or browbeating you committed ones who have not actually done so to REGISTER WITH THE YMCA ASSOCIATION CAMP ASAP, and in all cases before the July deadline.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS! We have created a fund to help underwrite participation at the event by any who are presently short-funded (as we seniors can certainly be)… and we would welcome contributions to it from those of you who may currently be in easier circumstances. If you yourself could use some support, please contact one or another of the Steering Committee members. Any balance of contributions over needs will be contributed to projects or charities in Senegal and Niger chosen during our Estes Park reunion.

  • REUNION PROGRAM: Larry. Rita, Tam and Steve have been working on developing the program for our reunion, from Monday arrival 9/29 through Thursday departure 10/2. Though different gatherings and events are envisaged – including some quality time with our Niger IV-Senegal V colleagues, a much-anticipated visit from current Niger Ambassador to the US Maman Sidikou, a Highly Topical panel and some music – prime emphasis will be on informality, time to socialize and opportunities to renew (or make) acquaintances. Watch this space for further details and keep a look-out for the related survey that our diligent programmers will be sending you.

  • WEBSITE: The inauguration of our new Niger-Senegal ’64 Reunion website ne saurait tarder, as they say. The site will include program details, bios, memorabilia and a host of other hot items – everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Coming soon to your computer screen.

That about wraps things up this time around. Keep those cards and letters (plus bios and registrations) coming. And remember, “Friends don’t let friends miss a reunion like this!”

From the SC crew,

Gabriella Maertens, Rita Hays, Gerry Joyce, Tammy and Steve Lieberman, Peter Easton,

Tom Hale and Larry Koff

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More monthly proverbs:

Peulh/Toucouleur: Hitting the tail is better than missing. (Fidgo wicho bur mbofu.)

Zarma: If one bird sings and another doesn’t, who knows which is sweetest? (Da curo fo hẽ, afo mana hẽ, i si jinde kaana bay.)

REMINDER ABOUT HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE REUNION ON NEXT PAGE.

Gabriella’s Handy-Dandy Procedure for Reunion Reservations

Click on the URL below to start making reservations. The official name of our reunion (well known to YMCA Estes Park staff) is “Niger-Senegal 64-66 Reunion 2014.”

http://www.reseze.net/cassets/mkt/YMCA/landingpage/445986.html

If you would like to come in earlier or stay longer, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the reunion. Then call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions, the best bet contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name as listed above.

Minutes  #2, February 23, 2014

ROLL CALL: Peter Easton, Gabriella Maertens, Larry Koff, Gerry Joyce, Rita Hays, Stephen and Tamara Lieberman. Due to time change (from 8:30 PM EST), Tom Hale was unable to make call.

  1. MINUTES FROM 2/09/14 ACCEPTED

2. REUNION SCHEDULING AND FACILITY RESERVATIONS (Gabriella)

a. Room Deposit: The following Steering committee members provided a $200 deposit to hold a block of 20 rooms ($1,000 deposit) as required by the contract with the Y. These deposits will be returned via Gabriella and Treasurer Larry Koff to the individuals at checkout time assuming there are no other unaccounted charges.

Peter Easton, Gabriella Maertens, Larry Koff, Gerry Joyce, Rita Hays,

b. Operating Fund: All attendees including RPCV, spouse, guest will be asked when booking their room reservation with the Y to forward $25 per person to Larry Koff, Treasurer to cover Reunion Operating Costs. Projected expenses including snacks and beverages for the formal and informal meetings and social activities, subsidy of transport and lodging costs for those who need an assist, provision of AV and other equipment for our meetings. All attendees will be asked if they wish to make an additional contribution beyond the base fee.

Stephen and Tamara Lieberman have made a contribution of $200 to establish the Operating Fund. Any remaining balance in this fund will be allocated to projects in Niger and Senegal, as directed by group members attending the reunion.

c. Reunion Dates:

On February 24, Gabriella confirmed with the YMCA Estes Park staff that we could move the Niger III/Senegal IV reunion dates to Monday, September 29th through Thursday, October 2nd without cost, to make it easier for us to coordinate activities with the Niger IV/Senegal V group to whatever extent desired and for individuals to have some “face time” with old friends. The Steering Committee hopes that the adjustment can be made without undue confusion and or impact on our attendance. In fact, it will hopefully encourage more members to attend.

3. VOLUNTEER ROSTER (from Gabriella)

  1. Tally of – Yes No Maybe NR Rooms

Niger III 14 10 8 6 12(?)1

Senegal IV 8 8 2 ? (8)

T O T A L 20 18 10 ? ~20

  1. The above responses-to-date translate into approximately 12 rooms for the Niger III group and 8 rooms for the Senegal group. It is in any case sufficiently close to filling the initial 20 room block of rooms that is in the draft contract so that we have now decidee to go ahead with signature.

  2. Deadlines: Any changes in number of rooms collectively reserved (unlikely) must be made by March 31st and 35% deposit on those twenty rooms must be made to the YMCA Association Camp by the relevant attendees before July 31st to avoid incurring a penalty.

  3. Rooms beyond the initial twenty may be reserved directly by all additional attending RPCVs via registration with the YMCA Association Camp on a space-available basis as long as 35% deposit is submitted to them before July 31st.

  4. Reservation agent for our reunion at YMCA Association Camp is JONI FONTAINE at 970-586-3341 ext. 1021 or 888-612-9622. Reservations may also be made online at http://ymcarockies.org/lodging/

  5. We should all reach out to Niger-Senegal folks who are still undecided (or from whom there is presently no response) to encourage them to attend. We’d love to see as many as possible, the more so as it’s quite a while until our 100th reunion. 

  6. Several Steering Committee members suggested, and we adopted, the idea of creating at the same time a fund to help RPCVs on limited budgets to handle the expenses of Reunion attendance. Details are yet to work out.

  7. See the Excel spreadsheet of Niger III RPCVs already distributed by email attachment to that group. Gerry and Rita will be preparing a similar list for the Senegal group, which will be coupled with the Niger information. Both will be regularly updated as new registrations come in. We wish, however, to obtain permission from all RPCV’s to publish their phone numbers on this spreadsheet before it is regularly distributed and posted to the web site.

4. REUNION PROGRAM (Larry Koff)

a. It has been proposed that there be two panel discussions during overlap time between the two groups, one of which would be sponsored by Niger IV/Senegal V and the other by Niger III/Senegal IV.

b. The Niger III/Senegal IV-sponsored “panel”:

As an initial idea, a set of Niger and Senegal RPCVs who have recent direct experience with human development issues in either country or in Africa more generally might engage with Niger’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Maman Sidikou, who presently plans to attend, in a panel discussion. Possible participants on the Niger side, for example, include Jamie Thompson, Dan Chirot, Peter Easton and Tom Hale – but should include more gender diversity. Senegal participants should definitely be put on the list, then candidates consulted and a choice made. Please communicate candidacies or suggestions to Larry Koff.

c. Depending on level of expressed interest, we certainly may want to consider other topics for group discussion and other presenters or panel participants.

c. Jesse Winch (Niger III) will be providing music. Other troubadours?

d. Discussion groups should not distract from opportunity to socialize. Having moved our start date to Monday, we will probably have a joint social reception with Niger IV/Senegal V on Tuesday evening.

5. BUDGET AND FINANCES (Larry Koff)

a. See item 2b. Operating Fund

6. WEBSITE AND BIOS (based on report from Tom Hale)

  1. So far, only four people have sent in bios. A general reminder should go out to ask others to submit theirs. Bios may be of any length (500-750 words is a rough suggestion) and a current photo should be sent separately to Tom Hale at tah@psu.edu. The bios will be posted to and available on the reunion website, but no hard copy version will be distributed. See list of (optional) questions that you might want to use for composing your bio below in annex to these minutes.

  2. Tom’s web designer has done a preliminary version. In a couple of weeks, as more details are firmed up, Tom will post information on housing, events, cost, and contacts to the Niger-Senegal Reunion website home page, just below the visuals. Below that, there will be a series of tabs:

  • One listing all members, with name and photo, including a link to the bio and a recent photo if provided. Tom will scan the 1964 photos from the trainee book.

  • One listing the deceased members of our group, with links to the 1964 photo from the book and an obituary

  • One with a link to the Niger III-Senegal IV ‘yearbook’

  • One with a link to the Senegal IV newsletter, Mai Hela

c.

As indicated above, the question about whether or not to list the deceased members of Niger III and Senegal IV with the entire group or separately seems to have been resolved in favor of listing them under a separate tab but with a link to an obituary rather than a bio. Anyone feeling this is in error should indicate that.

  1. COMMUNICATIONS WITH NIGER III AND SENEGAL IV

  1. Peter will prepare a draft letter/bulletin to be sent out with relevant information for room sign-up within the next week for review/comment by Steering Committee members before final mailing.

  1. SUMMARY: RESPONSIBILITIES AND DIVISION OF LABOR

    1. Tom is doing website and format for bios and will give us a status report

    2. Peter to revise spreadsheet and send to Gerry and Gabriella to be filled out with more details on RPCV’s contact information. Steering committee members can then fill this out further.

    3. Peter to prepare with input from Gabriella a draft letter and bulletin to be circulated and discussed via email including meeting dates, registration cost and information, spreadsheet draft.

    4. We are all to follow up and encourage other former volunteers to attend reunion

    5. Larry will continue to handle treasurer responsibilities and work on program ideas.

    6. Tamara has agreed to prepare obit information on deceased volunteers.

  2. NEXT CONFERENCE CALL

    1. Will take place on Sunday, March 9th at 5:30-8:30 PM (PST — EST)

    2. Reminder will be sent with time, number to call and participant code.

 

 

ANNEX: OPTIONAL TOPICS/QUESTIONS FOR COMPOSITION OF PERSONAL BIO

(…may be modified at will ]

 

1. Current residence

 

2. Kind of work you did as a Peace Corps Volunteer

 

3. Name of City/Town/village where you lived as PC volunteer

 

4. Other volunteers from the 1964-66 cohort whom you lived/worked with

 

5. Education/work and personal history after Peace Corps

 

6. Family, children, grandchildren

 

7. Favorite hobbies/leisure activities

 

8. How the PC experience influenced your career or life choices.

 

9. How your Peace Corps experience influenced the person you have become.

 

10. Culture shock experiences-entering Niger and /or returning home (suggested by John Hansen).

 OR YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS, PROPOSED BY TOM HALE:

  • What is your most striking memory of training in Carbondale? Of service in Niger?

  • What did you do after leaving Niger?

    • Further education?

    • Family?

    • Jobs, career?

  • What were the short and/or long term impacts on you of your service in Niger on your — Worldview? Health? Access to further education or to jobs?

  • Have you been in touch with people in NIger since then?

  • Have you visited Niger since then?

  • Have you been in touch with other RPCVs from our group?

  • In what ways have you helped carry out the third goal of the PC mission (“Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans”)?

  • What has been the reaction of people in your world (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) to hearing about your PC service?

  • Would you do it all again?

 

 

Minutes # 1, February 9, 2014

  1. ROLL CALL: Peter Easton, Gabriella Maertens, Larry Koff, Gerry Joyce, Rita Hays, Tom Hale. Stephen Lieberman and Tamara Lieberman had to suspend their participation in call due to background noise interfering with conference call.

  2. STATUS OF REUNION AND YMCA RESERVATIONS

    1. Tally of Yes, No, Maybe and NR Rooms

Niger III 14 9 5 8 12(?)3

Senegal IV 8 7 3 6 8*

  1. The above responses translate into approximately 12 rooms for the Niger III group and 8 rooms for the Senegal group. It is in any case sufficiently close to filling the initial 20 room block of rooms that is in the draft contract so that we decide to go ahead with signature.

  2. Deadlines: Any changes in number of rooms collectively reserved (unlikely) must be made by March 30th and 35% deposit on those twenty rooms must be made to the YMCA Association Camp by the relevant attendees before July 31st to avoid incurring a penalty.

  3. Rooms beyond the initial twenty may be reserved directly by all additional attending RPCVs via registration with the YMCA Association Camp on a space-available basis as long as 35% deposit is submitted to them before July 31st.

  4. Reservation agent for our reunion at YMCA Association Camp is Ms. Della Darling, who may be contacted at 970-586-33541 x 1021.

  5. All Steering committee members and others should reach out to encourage undecided or no-response RPCV’s to attend.

  • CONTRACTING/BUSINESS ISSUES

    1. Desire to have one large meeting room so we can all meet together.

    2. Single contract

    3. Blocking deposit and contract signing.

Peter, Gabriella, Larry, Gerry and Rita will each call Della Darling at 970-586-33541 x 1021 tomorrow, Feb 10th and deposit $200 to provide $1,000 for blocking fee.

Gabriella will sign contract for the Niger/Senegal Group, confirm when blocking fee is paid back upon group’s arrival at the YMCA Association Camp in late September and tend to reimbursement of those who advanced the sum.

  1. RPCV’s who register will be asked to send a separate payment of $25 for Steering Committee Operating Budgetdirectly to Larry Koff. This and registration details to be put in a letter to be emailed to all former RPCV’s.

  • WEBSITE AND BIOS

    1. Tom Hale is developing a website for the Niger/Senegal Reunion. Gerry will explore joining the existing Senegal IV website with the reunion website that Tom is setting up. Tom explained that there will be a number of dropdown tabs, that he will include a copy of the Carbondale bio book, that deceased volunteers will be acknowledged on a cover page of volunteer list. Tom will provide a draft of the format when it is ready for feedback (LK editorial comment/suggestion)

    2. Tom Hale will manage the bios for both groups. He will look at the suggested Niger IV format and send out a revised outline which RPCV’s can utilize as they choose as a response.

  • STRATEGY FOR ONGOING COMMUNICATIONS WITH NIGER III AND SENEGAL IV

  1. Gabriella and Gerry will fill in a revised spreadsheet produced by Peter to include the phone numbers of all volunteers

  2. Peter, Gabriella and Gerry will work on periodic communication/bulletins to all volunteers

  3. Peter will prepare a draft letter to be sent out with relevant information for room sign-up within the next week.

  1. SUMMARY: RESPONSIBILITIES AND DIVISION OF LABOR

    1. Tom is doing website and will give us a status report

    2. Peter to revise spreadsheet and send to Gerry and Gabriella to be filled out with more details on RPCV’s contact information. Steering committee members can then fill this out further.

    3. Peter to prepare with input from Gabriella a draft letter to be circulated and discussed at next conference call

    4. We are all to follow up and encourage other former volunteers to attend reunion

    5. Larry will continue to handle treasurer responsibilities and assist with contracting issues.

    6. Responsibility for minutes of conference call meetings will be rotated as appropriate.

  2. NEXT CONFERENCE CALL

    1. Will take place on Sunday, February 23rd at same time.

    2. Reminder will be sent with time, number to call and participant code.

    3. All participants should remember that system does now work well with speakerphones and so avoid their use.

    4. Other suggestions about how to better organize discussion and exchanges under the slightly confusing conditions of an multi-person conference call are welcome.

 

1 Exact number uncertain in both Niger and Senegal cases because some unaccompanied registrants may elect to share rooms – but anticipated increase in pledged attendees over coming weeks/months will guarantee fulfilling 20-room minimum for contract.

2 Exact number uncertain in both Niger and Senegal cases because some unaccompanied registrants may elect to share rooms – but anticipated increase in pledged attendees over coming weeks/months will guarantee fulfilling 20-room minimum for contract.

3 Exact number uncertain in both Niger and Senegal cases because some unaccompanied registrants may elect to share rooms – but anticipated increase in pledged attendees over coming weeks/months will guarantee fulfilling 20-room minimum for contract.