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OmnibusThe Peace Corps Morocco 1969, 1970 and 1971 50th Anniversary reunion postponed twice due to COVID is now scheduled for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 17-19, 2021 in Washington, DC at the new National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) home called “Peace Corps Place” at 1500 North Capitol NW Washington, DC 20002. 

The venue is near the NoMa-Gallaudet U subway station, Peace Corps headquarters at 1275 First St NE Washington, DC 20002, several hotels nearest of which is Hyatt Place Washington DC 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?  Morocco Omnibus which trained in Morrison, CO is the core group for the reunion but the invitation is now extended to all who started service in 1969, 1970 and 1971 including TEFL, architects and Peace Corps Morocco staff. 

While 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 timrescch@gmail.com. We also have a list for known deceased RPCVs and 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.

List of confirmed, possible and regrets

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 – 25, 2021. If conditions permit, additional in-person events will be organized at the same time in Washington, D.C.

COVID restrictions currently being relaxed indicate that we will be able to have an in-person reunion with virtual elements. 

The weekend’s events general agenda:

We ask you to do four things– Today let us know you are interested in attending, later you can book your flights into Washington, DC, reserve your lodging or call old friends and send in your comments on the program.

If you are interested in sharing a hotel room, please let us know.  If you are in the DC area and would welcome a RPCV to your guest bedroom, let us know.  We will compile a list of those interested in sharing and make connections. 

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 made 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 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.

We have initiated and will populate a Reunion web page with supporting information including:

Saturday, May 23:  9:00 to 12:30: Morocco as it was and where we have gone
Ideas include:

Saturday, May 23:  2:00 to 5:00 pm: Peace Corps and Morocco as they are
Ideas include:

Soliciting viewpoints on an exchange auction to occur near the end of the weekend.  Participants would be encouraged to search attics and storage for Moroccan artifacts, antiques and crafts (valuable but no longer valued) to donate to Friends of Morocco.  The items would be subsequently auctioned back to other participants and revenue donated to our Moroccan charities of choice. 

If you would like to be a member of the planning committee to help further shape the 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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