Here's a Special Event we had in 2002 - Hosting Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez

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Maryland Returned Volunteers host Picnic for Director Vasquez

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Maryland Returned Volunteers host Picnic for Director Vasquez

On Saturday, October 5th, the Maryland Returned Peace Corps Volunteers held a picnic at RPCV Tom Jacobs' fish farm. Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez was the Guest of Honor. Brian Dulay, President of the Maryland Returned Volunteers, introduced the Director. Kay Muldoon-Ibrahim, a professional photographer who worked 30 years ago at the "Peace Corps Volunteer" magazine, presented the Director with a framed photo-montage that she had put together of photos she took at the Returned Volunteers Memorial Service at Arlington Ceremony as part of the Peace Corps 40th plus one in June.

Director Vasquez gave a very informative talk about the Peace Corps and answered a number of questions posed by guests from the audience. The Director answered questions about the recent events in Ivory Coast, about new countries that the Peace Corps will soon be entering, about new Peace Corps partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and National Geographic and talked about the Peace Corps legislation pending in Congress.

Also attending with the Director were the new Director of Peace Corps' Domestic Programs, Panama RPCV Allene Zanger (Center in the photo below). Special Assistant Amanda Host, and Director of Planning Paul Jhin.

The Director stayed for several hours to talk one on one with Returned Volunteers about their concerns. He is shown below with Special Assistant Amanda Host (Center) talking with two RPCVs

The picnic was an outstanding success. An estimated 100 people attended. Tables were set up under the trees along the bank of Tom's largest fish pond. Guests brought a gourmet's delight of special dishes from various countries where they had served, accompanied by meat barbecued asado style on two grills, a selection of sodas and a keg of beer.

A public address system had been set up which played some wonderful indigenous music which several guests had brought, and served for announcements and the Peace Corps Director's talk. Some of the children and their parents tried successfully to catch fish in the pond with cane poles, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to visit with old friends and to make new ones. A surprise was the weather. After a week of forecasts for rain, Saturday turned out to be one of the loveliest days of the year.

The picnic was organized by Brian Dulay, Hugh Pickens, JoAnna Allen (Left seated in the photo above), Christa Bucks Camacho (Center seated), Kay Muldoon-Ibrahim, and Tom Jacobs (Center in the photo below).

The Maryland Returned Volunteers thank Director Vasquez for attending and all the RPCVs who came out to welcome him and hope that the picnic becomes an annual event.

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