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Peace Corps News - February, 2002
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This month's features include:
I. PRESIDENT BUSH CALLS FOR THE PEACE CORPS TO DOUBLE IN SIZE
President George W. Bush called for doubling the size of the Peace Corps over the next five years in his State of the Union Address and called for the Peace Corps to join a new effort to encourage development, education, and opportunity in the Islamic world. Bush called for every American to provide two years of National Service. He called for an expansion of Americorps under the name of the new USA Freedom Corps. It is unclear from his description of the USA Freedom Corps if he proposes reassigning the Peace Corps, which is now an independent agency, under the USA Freedom Corps.
II. VASQUEZ CONFIRMED AS PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR
Gaddi Vasquez's nomination for Peace Corps Director was approved by the US Senate on January 25 by unanimous consent as part of a package of 30 Bush appointments. There was no discussion of the nomination and no roll call vote. Deputy Director Jody Olsen was also confirmed. Read our coverage of the appointment and our editorial on what this nomination means for the Peace Corps community.
III. SARGENT SHRIVER SPEAKS AT PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS
Founding Director Sargent Shriver was a guest at the US Peace Corps Headquarters on January 29 and gave a speech at the Directors Forum before a packed audience of about 200 Peace Corps staffers in Shriver Auditorium. Director Shriver called for a fourth goal to be added to the Peace Corps. Read our story on the speech.
IV. THE THIRD GOAL
This month we take a look at the Third Goal of the Peace Corps - bringing the world back to America and look at examples of how RPCVs and RPCV groups are working to fulfill the goal; publishing a newsletter, creating the Peace Corps Museum, speaking to groups, teaching about the world, writing a newspaper column on Peace Corps experiences, and more. Let this feature give you some ideas on how you can work for the third goal.
V . ASK ME ABOUT THE PEACE CORPS
Who is responsible for the third goal? We are. Read our feature "Ask me about the Peace Corps" that shows one way you can work on the third goal every day. Show your pride in your Peace Corps service by downloading, printing, and displaying an "Ask me about the Peace Corps" poster, then talking about your Country of Service, how others see us. and about the opportunities for service, learning, and growth in the Peace Corps.
VI. FOUNDER OF THE "PEACE CORPS" IDEA DIES
U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin, Henry S. Reuss, who introduced the first Peace Corps-type legislation in January 1960 died last month at age 89. Read about this visionary who as a U.S. congressman helped create and nurture organizations as diverse as the Peace Corps and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
VII. REUNIONS AND EVENTS
There are RPCV reunions planned in the next few months for groups that served in the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Mali. To find out more, go to:
VIII. REGULAR FEATURES
Peace Corps Online also presents it's regular news sections with what is going on with: Volunteers in the field, Peace Corps Overseas Programs, Peace Corps Washington, Congressional Relations, Peace Corps Recruitment, Special Reports, Service and Advocacy, the Third Goal, RPCVs in the News, and Upcoming RPCV Reunions.
IX. INFORMATION ABOUT PEACE CORPS ONLINE
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