50th Anniversary Celebration of the Peace Corp

posted Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM by Terry Dougherty   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 1:55 PM ]
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Washington, DC—September 21 – 25, 2011

2011 Reunion in Washington D.C.

Daniel Wilkinson's photos from the Embassy dinner with Ambassador Hakimi

Friends of Afghanistan- March of Flags Washington DC 2011

Friends of Afghanistan Washington DC Reunion 2011



(Scroll down to Key Dates link on website for additional information)


9/22 Thurs.

8:00am – 8:00 pm NPCA Advocacy Day: Join NPCA advocates for a full day of congressional meetings, a rally onthe grounds of the Capitol featuring notable political figures, an end-of-day event (Russell Senate Office Building Room 325). (Registration closed.)  

 Noon Friends of Afghanistan screening of ―Once in Afghanistan:‖ The story of the smallpox vaccinators will be shown on DVD at the National Ar-chives Museum, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. at the McGowan Theater, fol-lowed by Q & A.  Contact Person: Jill Vickers, cell 802-989-2840  

 4:00 – 6:00p m FoA No-Host Meet & Greet, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Bar & Starbucks: Join fellow Afghan PCV’s/Staff for a friendly gathering. (Registration re-quired with FoA. See Registration info at end of schedule.  Contact: Dan Tuttle, cell 703-819-0565  

 6:00 – 9:00 pm Dinner at the Bamian Restaurant. Tickets $53. RSVP with Patrick Pink-son-Burke: pinksonburke@myfairpoint.net. Transportation available at 6 pm from in front of L’Enfant Hotel or about 6:45 pm from the Russell Building. RSVP & payment required.  Contact: Dan Tuttle, Organizer, cell 703-819-0565  Contact: Patrick Pinkson-Burke, RSVP’s, cell 603-372-2607    

9/23 Fri.

9:00am – 8:00 pm NPCA Service Day: Join NPCA in a day of service. This day will begin with an opening ceremony at one of the site locations in Washington, DC. The final list of service locations will be provided the week before the event. (Registration required with NPCA.)  

 5:00 – 6:00 pm FoA session with Afghan Ambassador Hakimi at the Afghan Embassy. Location: 2341 Wyoming Ave., NW (Walk from Dupont Circle Metro stop or take taxi.) (This event has been closed to further registration.) (Ifyou need to cancel for any reason at any time--even last minute--please call so someone else can attend.)   Contact: Betsy Amin-Arsala, cell 202-374-8127  

  6:00 – 8:00 pm FoA Afghan Dinner at the Embassy, Guests of the Ambassador. ( Space is limited to 70 guests and the event has been closed to further registra-tion.)  

9/24 Sat.

8:30-9:55 am Bazaar will feature ethnic/tribal jewelry & textiles, peace jewelry, plus items attendees bring to donate. Proceeds to FoA Afghan charities. (Sample donations: wine, small household & clothing accessories, art, books about Afghanistan, etc.) No early arrivals, please! 
Contact: Jan West, cell 707-845-4741, home 707-677-3655  

Open 8:30 – 9:00 am for PC Afghanistan only. Open to public at 9:00 – 9:55 am. Lo-cation: L’Enfant Hotel, Renoir Room.   

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Program: Speakers include Afghan Ambassador Hakimi, Suzanne Griffin from Afghanistan Ministry of Education, Global Partnerships with Bruce & Dana Freyer, and three former PC Afghanistan Directors: Bob Steiner, Walter Blass & Lou Mitchell. Registration is required and includes sack lunch.  Contact: Jan West, cell 707-845-5741, home 707-677-3655
 1:00-4:00 pm NPCA Panel Conversations: How will the Peace Corps community continue to grow and strive for a world of peace and prosperity for the next 50 years? Three country leaders will discuss their experience with the Peace Corps. The panel will be moderated by Bill Moyers, thefirst deputy director of the Peace Corps. The panelists include: Atiku Abubakar (former Vice President of Nigeria (1999-2007), President Paul Kagame (President of the Republic of Rwanda), Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (former Finance Minister and 2009 Presidential Candidate inAfghanistan).  The second session will feature two competitive proposals for a global community project. The audience will vote for the most deserving pro-ject. (Registration closed.)  Location: National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Metro Directions: Take any line to METRO CENTER, EXIT toward 13th and G Streets. Continue on 13th Street in the direction of the exit esca-lator. The theatre is two blocks down 13th Street to E Street, and 1/2 block to the right. (Note: At 13th Street, E Street becomes Pennsylvania Avenue.)  

 6:00pm-12:00 am Peace Corps Bash: Night of international music & dancing, George Washington University Smith Arena. Tickets $33 from Peace Corps Fund (http://peacecorpsfund.org). Proceeds fund Third Goal Projects.  

 7:00 –10:00 pm   NPCA Promise of the Peace Corps Gala: Tickets $250/member, $300/non-member. Chris Matthews, the host of ―Hardball‖ political TV show and an RPCV from Swaziland will Emcee. (NPCA registration required—tickets still available.) 
9/25 Sun. 
10:00-11:30 am NPCA Arlington National Cemetery Presentation, Wreath Laying (at JFK gravesite): Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, gates open at 8 am. B Line Metro: 1000 North Memorial Drive.
 12:00-2:00 pm Walk of Flags: Members of Friends of Afghanistan will carry our banner and the country flag leading the parade across the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial. Ethnic clothing encouraged.  

 12:00-5:00 pm   NPCA Closing Ceremony: NPCA will end the weekend’s activities with a festive get together highlighting the community through mini demonstrations, booths and entertainment. Location TBA.  
REGISTER FOR FRIENDS OF AFGHANISTAN 50th EVENTS: Contact Jan West ASAP: jan-west@suddenlink.net (Registration closed Sept. 2nd, but anyone still not registered should contact Jan at 707-677-3655.)