April 19, 2002 - San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter: Gaddi Vasquez Visits Southern California RPCVs

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Gaddi Vasquez Visits Southern California RPCVs

Read and comment on this article written by RPCV Rudy Sovinee from the San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter, one of the best Geographical Group Newsletters in the Country, on Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez's meeting with hundreds of RPCVs, nominees, family and friends at an event in Los Angeles in April at:

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Gaddi Vasquez Visits So. California RPCVs

During SDPCA members' attendance at Earth Day in Balboa Park, new Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez was meeting with hundreds of RPCVs, nominees, family and friends at an event in Los Angeles. I was there to represent the SDPCA, hear what he had to say, and to report my impressions. This was particularly important to us, due to the intense lobbying that I and others had performed to challenge the Vasquez nomination while it was reviewed in the Senate.

While I still believe there were many RPCVs who would be well qualified to be director, I was very impressed with Gaddi. He displays a poise and charisma that I had not experienced in many of his predecessors, qualities much needed in a Washington leader. He was adamant in protecting the good name and record of the Peace Corps and the safety of its volunteers, while building its numbers and improving its working relationships with RPCV groups.

Other points to his credit were his history of private and NGO travel abroad, his early years as a migrant farm worker in the fields of Texas, and his definite edge in being fluent in Spanish. He shared these points both in a private meeting with group representatives and at a reception. In the small group, he easily answered challenging questions well, and said all the right things about caring for the Peace Corps, and not using it as a political career stepping-stone. Bottom line, if he does what he says, he'll be a good director. I personally wish him success, and give his initiatives the benefit of the doubt.

Lastly, let me state that it was very cool to be with so many RPCVs from throughout Southern California. The LARPCV group has the advantage of coordinating many events with the LA recruiting office, but their recent use of web tools like e-vite has greatly facilitated member participation in quickly creating and supporting many TGIF and volunteer events. Maybe the SDPCA board along with new committee helpers can soon build similar fun camaraderie here.

About the Author

Rudy Sovinee served in Peace Corps Ghana from '70 - '73, where he taught chemistry and math before writing a Twi Dictionary of Chemistry and Physics. He has been active with the San Diego Peace Corps Association since 1988, but is best known nationally as the founder and presenter of the One World, Our World School Program... details are at One World, Our World School

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