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It is now time for FROG to begin its election process. Please see the attached document on how you may nominate people for the FROG board. Thank you.
During the 17 years Peace Corps has had a post in Guyana, over 470 Volunteers have assisted in the areas of health, education, community development and information technology. Â Those 17 years span over four decades and, although many things have changed during that time, the basic mission of Peace Corps and its Volunteers remains the same. Friends and RPCVs of Guyana (FROG) would like to take a moment to thank you for committing your time and energy to the service of Guyana and its people. Â Your efforts have had an impact on more individuals then you realize. Thank you!
We here at FROG left Guyana with the idea that once you completed your service, the experience stays with you. We hope that you will join us on our mission to maintain our connection with fellow RPCVs, Guyana and its people. Below you will find more information about FROG and how you can join us!
Friends and RPCVs of Guyana (FROG)
In 2007, several Guyana RPCVs joined together to form a non-profit organization that connected former RPCVs with each other, with the greater development community and with new opportunities. Most importantly, we wanted to build on the work we did while Volunteers and continue helping Guyana â€“ a country we love.
Currently, we at FROG are busy developing our infrastructure, gathering new members, fund-raising and developing a strategic plan. If you are interested in staying connected with fellow Guyana RPCVs, participating in Third Goal activities and supporting development projects, please join us!Â However, as a new non-profit, we are finding our way and learning as we grow. Bear with us, and please, feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ideas, help requests, etc. That is why we’re here! Also, check out our new website at http://guyfrog.org!
How to Join
There are three easy ways to join Friends and RPCVs of Guyana!
1. Go to http://www.change.org/frog and click JOIN
2. Join through the National Peace Corps Association. Their membership includes a subscription to WorldView, NPCANews, and discounts on auto insurance, rental cars and more!
- Go to www.rpcv.org
- Click on Join/Renew. Â
- Follow their 3 step instructions for signing up with the NPCA.
- Select Guyana as your Country of Service group!
3. Join us on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/people
If you have any questions about FROG, want to keep up-to-date with FROG happenings or would like to get involvedâ€¦please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and on our website at http://guyfrog.org! Â
Plans are underway for our second annual weekend of FROG events in New York City this July. Join FROG through one of the methods listed above to get the latest details for those events! We hope to see you in July!
FROG Board of Directors
Timothy Delaney, GUY 12 â€“ President
Michael Geurink, GUY 13 â€“ Vice President
Peter Theis, GUY 10 â€“ Treasurer
Eric Terpstra, GUY 14 â€“ Secretary
Scott Stadum, GUY 12 â€“ Web Committee Chair
Cabul Mehta, GUY 13 â€“ Board Member
Kati Ringer, GUY 14 â€“ Board Member
Louise Stenberg, GUY 13 â€“ Board Member
FROG sponsored in December as part of International Volunteer Day. Apparently it went swimmingly well. Ha.
Sorry, no photos.
Some of these other organizations included Amnesty International, Green Peace, CARE, Environmental Defense, The American Lung Association, and The Humane Society of the United States.
We jumped on board immediately, providing Change with our photos, color scheme and a lot of enthusiasm. So what can we do with our new branded site?
- Have your Change.org social network designed to match your website
- Email your supporters
- Capture and download supporter and donor contact information
- Send “Supporter Requests” to recruit new members
- Start email advocacy campaigns
Check out the new site and give us a hand where ever you can, donations, recruiting, what ever. Thanks!
Thank you for supporting the Friends and RPCVs of Guyana. You can expect your calendar to arrive in 1 to 3 weeks via the US Postal Service.
You can help support the Friends and RPCVs of Guyana by purchasing a high-quality 2008 wall calendar featuring pictures of Peace Corps sites around the world.
The International Calendar project seeks to share Peace Corps experiences with our home communities and to raise money for grassroots projects in the countries where we served or in which we live. The images of the Calendar will introduce you to the people who welcomed us so warmly into their communities.*
Last.fm “builds a detailed profile of each user’s musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations or on the user’s own computer or iPod. This information is transferred to Last.fm’s database (“Scrobbled”) via a plugin installed into the users’ music player. The profile data is displayed on a personal web page.“
I’ve received this question a few times from various folks after sending them invites. We’re usually quick to point out that blogs, photos, video and similar records are important to the organizational memory of a group, but song is usually forgotten.
The FROG group on Last.fm – FROG Music – takes into account the collective tastes of it’s members and organizes them into various categories, time-frames and relationships. And this is useful how?
Ultimately I see this adding value to FROG.
Last.fm provides another way for members of FROG to connect, chronicles our musical tastes and gives persona to our organization.
It promotes dialogue among members
FROG members signed up to the Last.fm group can write one another, check out each others musical preferences and listen to recommended songs.
Last.fm chronicles our musical preferences over time
For most of us music is deeply embedded into our culture, is a strong part of our own identities and can quickly draw up deep emotions and memories. This is no different for an organization made up of people. Chronicling the musical tastes of our members will put into context the history of FROG.
FROG Music helps people discover who we are
The musical preferences of FROG will provide the collective flavor for our organization. If you want to know more about who we are, just look at the music that moves us.
Check it out – http://www.last.fm/group/FROG+Music/
Four days in New York were not nearly enough. Four days in a three-room apartment with seven other souls â€“ six of us sharing a bedroom, all of us sharing the bath. At any given point, a dozen of us wandered the city, annoyed people on trains and talked of anything and everything.
“Do you know what I love most about your friends? Your Peace Corps friends?” I asked on the drive home, long after the sun had set and in the last leg or two of the journey.
“They’re all flawed.”
I caught his look out of the corner of my eye and continued.
“I mean, we’re all flawed but you all know each other so well that you know the flaws and like each other anyways. That’s pretty awesome.”
“I think that’s the glue that holds us together,” he said. “None of us had anything like that before we went and we haven’t found it since.”
I was not part of it, not the Peace Corps, but they knew me tangentially and welcomed me with open arms. Literally.
“You’ve met before, why no hug?” one girl berated her boyfriend and he leaned in for a hug, all 6 foot, 7 inches of him. I spent much of the weekend in their company. More hugs followed.
Promises would flow â€“ to meet again soon, to write, to call. Many would be broken but the intentions were true. These people knew each other, inside and out, and honestly liked each other. They would come together again and again as they had over the past couple years, their ties growing stronger with coupling and real world friendships and the formation of
their non-profit. Overlapping stories and overlapping lives.
I heard tales from their days in Guyana and their lives since. About drunkenness, defecation, and falling in love – in one couple, all three combined. I heard about falling down and rising up. I knew the characters and most of the places.
I scanned through pictures and asked for names, settings, stories, when he came back for Christmas. I visited twice. I listened. Talked. Shared.
Some of the volunteers are part of my life now, my neighbors, my friends. Others have visited and stayed with my brother. Stayed with me.
I questioned my brother on the way home about jobs and plans and stories half heard. I reviewed the faces and names in my mind.
“It’s not like it matters,” I said. “I just want to know. I like your friends.”
For four days, I wished that I had joined the Peace Corps. I knew that I still could and would create my own stories, my own group, if I did, but I wanted this one: Flawed, funny, accepting and great.
Some of the boys might move upstairs. A man from Chicago and a couple from New York plan to visit before summer’s end, and I have invited myself to Argentina. With each visit, we will move farther from Guyana. The stories will grow. They will include me. Some already do.
For four days, I stopped waiting. Waiting for my car. Waiting to find out if I’m sick. Waiting for the Metro and on the Metro. Waiting for meetings to start and meetings to end and for somebody, anybody, to get to the point. Waiting for doctors and movies and lecturers. Waiting to go home and do it all again. A life on hold.
For four days, hours on the subway melted into nothingness as we were together and the journeys eclipsed the destinations. I had nowhere to go. Nothing to do. I could wake up at noon and nobody cared. I slept better in a room with five guys than I did at home upon my return.
For four days, I simply existed. I was me: flawed, human, accepted and loved. That is just the way they are.