50th Anniversary Celebration of the Peace Corps

posted Apr 5, 2011, 7:40 AM by Terry Dougherty   [ updated Jun 17, 2011, 5:31 PM ]

You are invited to attend the

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Peace Corps

 Washington, DC

September 21 – 25, 2011  


Update from Jan West

Fiends of Afghanistan is planning a series of events for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Peace Corps in Washington, DC.  About 75 people have registered so far, with about 110 indicating an interest.  Please register right away by e-mailing janwest@suddenlink.net for a registration form.  The registration fee of $25/person can be mailed to Box 30, Trinidad, CA  95570.

Our exciting news is the Afghan Ambassador has agreed to give a presentation after the opening of our Saturday program at 10 am at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, followed by a question and answer period.  The Embassy dinner event for Friday night is now filled to capacity with a 70-person limit. 

In our Friends of Afghanistan presentation to the Ambassador on Friday evening, Jan is editing, revising, and reducing the length the DVD “Rekindling Afghan Connections” to show the work of the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1972-79.  It will now also include photographs of the work of Volunteers/Staff since returning home for the benefit of Afghanistan, such as projects, presentations, or activities you may have done for Afghanistan.  Also, photographs of Herat are needed.

Please send digital photographs of you on the job in Afghanistan or of the work you’ve done since you’ve been back in the United States to benefit Afghanistan to janwest@suddenlink.net by July 10th.  This is a time-consuming project, hence the early deadline for receiving the photographs. 

You can send the photographs to me on a CD or if they are posted online, send me the link to your albums.  This is our chance to show the real impact of our service in Afghanistan—“Once a Volunteer, always a Volunteer!”



Officers & members of Friends of Afghanistan are coordinating plans for PC Afghanistan Volunteers at the Nati

onal Peace Corps Association’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.  We need to know if you are planning to come! 

Please RSVP with Jan West to be updated on our 50th group e-mail: janwest@suddenlink.net

A list of attendees will be updated and sent to those in the group RSVP e-mail.

Over 50 Afghanistan RPCV’s have already indicated they are planning to attend!

*Jack & Jan West:  Organizer Cycles 5/6

*Will & Fran Irwin:  Organizer Group VIII

*Jill Vickers:  Organizer XV

(Volunteer to be a Group Organizer by contacting Jan West:  janwest@suddenlink.net)





Friends of Afghanistan recommends L’Enfant Plaza Hotel so we can be together:  1-800-635-5065. 

Only 60 rooms left at discounted rate:  $179 Single or Double. 

Please make reservations asap!  (Ask for Group Rate PC 50th.)

We hope to schedule two events here, including the Meet & Greet and Bazaar/Meeting/DVD.

See http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/50/#blog for other hotels with discounts. 






TO REGISTER FOR OFFICIAL NPCA EVENTS: https://peacecorpconnect.wufoo.com/forms/peace-corps-50th-september-npca-events


TO REGISTER FOR FRIENDS OF AFGHANISTAN EVENTS:  Jan will send the RSVP form via e-mail or by letter.   Send the information online or print out the RSVP form and return by mail to Box 30, Trinidad, CA  95570.