What are we doing for the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps?


From the National Peace Corps Association: After two years of planning, the National Peace Corps Association is finally LESS THAN ONE MONTH away from its Landmark 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps Events! To date, we have over 3700 registered participants you can check to see if you and your friends are on the Historical Record of Attendees.

All National Peace Corps Association events are free of charge (with the exception of the Gala on Saturday). Your $50 gift in honor of the 50th Anniversary to the National Peace Corps Association 50th Anniversary Fund will go a long way to helping us provide these wonderful free events. Thank you for supporting the Peace Corps community celebrations.

Just what are we doing for the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps? Here’s a breakdown of the National Peace Corps Association events from September 22-25, 2011 read the full details and register to attend:

Thursday – National Peace Corps Association Advocacy Day

Participants will talk with their Congressman/Senator at meetings about the value of Peace Corps and other issues important to the community and at the end of the day be treated to a thank you reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room.

Friday – National Peace Corps Association Service Day

Answering the Call to Service: participants will be assigned to community service projects throughout Washington, DC.

Saturday – National Peace Corps Association Open Annual Meetings

Find out what the National Peace Corps Association and its Member Groups are all about: Attend the NPCA Annual General Meeting, Group Leaders Forum and Board of Directors Meeting at Shriver Hall, Peace Corps Headquarters during the morning.

Saturday – Global Community Project Competition and Conversations: The Future of the Peace Corps

Attendees will select the first recipient of the $25,000 NPCA Global Community Project Grant, and listen to a conversation with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Former President Alejandro Toledo of Peru, Former Vice President and Business leader Atiku Abubakar of Nigeria, and Ashraf Ghani Former Finance Minister of Afghanistan, moderated by Bill Moyers. Note: The National Theater has reached its full capacity and if you register now you will be added to the waiting list.

Saturday – National Peace Corps Association The Promise of the Peace Corps Gala

Chris Matthews (Swaziland ’68-’70) will emcee an elegant tribute to the Peace Corps. The evening will include a performance by American singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox, award presentations, and dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Only 200 tickets remain for this event!

Sunday – RPCV/W Arlington Cemetery Special 50th Program

Emceed by Maureen Orth, this ceremony will include a memorial to fallen Peace Corps Volunteers, speakers representing RPCVs and host country nationals and a special keynote address. The ceremony will be followed by the 50th Anniversary Walk of Flags from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial.

Sunday – National Peace Corps Association’s Peace Festival

Kick off the next 50 years at this outdoor festival in Washington, DC designed to highlight Third Goal projects with displays, cultural entertainment, food and more.

It’s a lot, we know! We anticipate it will be quite the celebration and reunion of many Peace Corps volunteers and supporters!

PLUS, other groups and individuals also have events happening throughout the weekend.

If you’ve been on the fence about whether to register, now is the time.

Thank you to all of you who have volunteered for or participated in a 50th activity across the country. We can’t wait to see you in September!

-The National Peace Corps Association

Scott was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgetown, Guyana from '03-'05 with the World Wildlife Fund. He helped to co-found FROG in 2007.

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