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26 January 2007 @ 06:50 am
calling RPCVs!  
From the very beginning of my Peace Corps adventure, I've been looking for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in Omaha.  I couldnt find a single one.  It was amazing actually.  How could a large city like Omaha not have a single RPCV.  I didnt believe it then and I dont believe it now. 

While searching online yesterday I finally found what I had been looking for, a Nebraska RPCV yahoo group.  Sadly, the group is inactive and full of spam messages.  So I emailed the owner of the group and asked to take it over.  I showed him the <lj user=pc4women> group as an example of something that I've helped create.  Hopefully he gives me the reins and then I'll promote the fuck out of the group online and see if anything bites.  If he says no, and i doubt he'll do that, then I'll be forced to create my own. 

I think emailed my country director to see if he had any information about the number of pcvs that Nebraska has sent out over the years as well as if there is an established RPCV association in Nebraska anywhere.  He sent me the reply:

Hi Melody,
I'm going to send this on to Alex and Stephanie at the desk, hoping that they may have the answer readily available.  If there's not a group, you are the woman to start it!

I love how "the woman" was bolded and italised.  That kinda made my day :o)
No matter what happens, I'm excited to have some kind of work awaiting me when I get home.
aripii censoredaripii on February 1st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
If you emailed Ron Psota, there is a very good chance he will not get back to you. We are always looking for someone to get the group up and running again. The last thing we knew there were more than 300 RPCVs in the Omaha area alone, most of which are from the 60s and 70s. You very well may be the right person to get it started. Omaha needs someone with initiative and won't take no for an answer. The RPCVs are very spread out and hiding. We had about 50 at the NPCA/PC Open House last February. The girl who was going to start upping the group again moved to Thailand. I can help you as much as I can from my end, but Omaha needs a lot, LOT of work.

(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am also an RPCV in Omaha - they are out there but not active. Try looking up your old buddies on Facebook - this has worked well for me. I also met another RPCV at Alliance Francaise in Omaha.

btw look me up