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OmnibusThe Peace Corps Morocco 1969, 1970 and 1971 50th Anniversary reunion postponed twice due to COVID happened Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 17-19, 2021 in Washington, DC at Hyatt Place Capitol Washington DC 33 New York Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. United States20002-3325.

The venue is near the new National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) home called “Peace Corps Place” at 1500 North Capitol NW Washington, DC 20002, the NoMa-Gallaudet U subway station, Peace Corps headquarters at 1275 First St NE Washington, DC 20002, and multiple restaurants on various cuisines and price points.

What is our anniversary date? Training, swearing in, mid-point, COS? Who would we love to see again?  were questions asked. Morocco Omnibus, which trained in Morrison, CO, was the core group for the reunion but the invitation was extended to all who started service in 1969, 1970 and 1971 including TEFL, architects and Peace Corps Morocco staff. 

You may also be interested in knowing about and joining our Facebook page 1970s Peace Corps Morocco.  Subscribe if you FaceBook as we will place reunion updates there and will limit broadcast mail and email efforts.

Transportion and parking considerations
Restaurants proximate to the hotel meeting site and DC area Moroccan restaurants

List of confirmed, possible and regrets
Compilations (one page) of memories and life histories by attending and distant volunteers
What songs are on our soundtrack?
Playlist created.

COVID Pandemic Restrictions: COVID restrictions currently being relaxed somewhat indicate that we will be able to have an in-person masked reunion with virtual elements. Washington, DC adult vacination rate is currently 66%. An indoor mask requirement has been re-instated. If you are unvacinnated, we wish you good luck, invite you to stay home, recommend you wear a mask in public and avoid human contact especially with children less than 12 years old. We engaged a meeting room twice the size needed so that we could social distance. Hyatt Plaza Place statement.

Through a Freedom of Information request, we have names and service dates of most Morocco RPCVs, we lack contact information for many. Go HERE to a list of Morocco RPCVs starting service in 1969, 1970 and 1971 for whom we do not have a valid email addresss. If you have that information send them this web site link or share the email address with timresch@gmail.com. We also have a list for known deceased RPCVs and staff from our era.

The NPCA PEACE CORPS CONNECT for the 60th anniversary of Peace Corps will be a virtual global event held over two days, on September 24 to 25, 2021. If conditions permit, additional in-person events will be organized at the same time in Washington, D.C. Register


Front row L to R: Joyce Penning Boyle, Georgia Peaches Joyal, Tim Resch, Barbara (Irving Casey) Vaille, Mary Garrison, Elizabeth Anne (Betsy) Pope, Jim Eychaner

Back rows L to R: George Gorayeb, Joe Piane, Barb Eychaner, Doug Burnell, Barb Eychaner, Carl Vostatek, Kathy Burnell, Ann (Larson) and John Watts, John Salamack, Sandy Van Velsor Webb, Steve Dennison and Mary Kay Ansinger-Dennison, Doug and Marte Teschner, Jane and Salah Hammoud, Suri Mariani

Not in photo: Jane Good, Ellen Kurlansky, Jim Lawrence, Nancy Piane, and Martin and Maureen Reddy,

The weekend’s events general agenda:

Friday, September 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm: Evening reception.Hyatt Place US Capitol conference room
Optional attire: Moroccan caftans and Jellaba
Moderator: Doug Teschner
Guest speaker via Zoom @ 6:30pm: Carol Spahn, Acting Director Peace Corps
Introductions with up to two minutes to answer the question “Who am I and how has my Peace Corps service in Morocco influenced my life”.
Group photo with spouses/partners/guests
Background music
Cash bar and Harira and Moroccan hors d'ourves.

Saturday, September 18:  Breakfast at hotel if you are a hotel guest or on your own at nearby coffee shops/restaurants. 

Saturday, September 18:  9:30 to 12:30: Morocco as it was and where we have gone
Moderators: Jane (Gehr) and Salah Hammoud
Ideas include:

Saturday, September 18:  12:30 to 2:00 pm:  Lunch at local restaurant of your choosing.

Saturday, September 18:  2:30 to 5:00 pm: Morocco and Peace Corps as it is
Moderator: Jim Lawrence, Casablanca TEFL 1968-70 and Director Peace Corps training at the American Legation in Tangier, Morocco.
Ideas include:

Saturday, September 18:  6:00 to 9:00: Catered Moroccan feast with cash bar
Optional attire: Moroccan caftans and Jellaba
Moderators: Steve Dennison and Mary Kay Ansinger-Dennison

Sunday, September 19: Breakfast at hotel if you are a hotel guest or on your own at nearby coffee shops/restaurants.  Daytime activities as individuals or sub-groups including touring Smithsonian Zoo and Museums, National Arboretum, local hiking, biking, Segway or other tours of the Washington, DC area.  Dinner at one of several DC area Moroccan restaurants

Hotel recommendations of Area Attractions

We are not going to have a set registration fee to cover items such as meeting room, AV equipment and such but will make it a free-will offering, the surplus of which will go to Morocco NGOs TBD or the Morocco Country Fund of the Peace Corps Partnership program.  The logic of which is 1) individual means will differ 2) long-distance travelers will already have significant transport, lodging and meal expenses to attend and 3)  those with IRA RMD obligations can donate at full value tax-free direct to Friends of Morocco (a 501c3 non-profit) to cover expenses.

For those unable to attend, we will look for virtual opportunities to webinar or Facebook stream components of the program such as introductions and presentations.  If you have skills to make that happen, please let us know.

Supporting information for the Reunon includes:

If you would like to be a member of the planning committee for the 55th Anniversary Reunion to help shape that reunion, let us know at this mailing address or phone number.  Other suggestions welcomed.

Tim Resch, President
Friends of Morocco
6713 Beddoo St
Alexandria, VA 22306-6607

http://friendsofmorocco.org
timresch@gmail.com or Tim@friendsofmorocco.org
C 703 470 3166


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