After being without electricity for 18 hours (courtesy of Tropical Storm Fay), Tallahassee potluck host Robert Burke got his power restored only a few hours before the scheduled gathering on Sunday. While that predicament might have caused some anxious moments, Robert's wife Janice wasn't concerned, because of the close relationship that has formed with local RPCVs. A real family atmosphere has developed in this city.
The friendly atmosphere on this Sunday was accented by interesting conversation about the group and future activities. While Tallahassee RPCVs face similar challenges of identifying new group leaders and maintaining a steady flow of activity, they carry on. What is amazing is how much they've accomplished in recent years. This includes collecting Peace Corps partnership donations at an annual holiday alternative gift fair, steady Peace Corps calendar sales, public radio coverage of the group's adopt-a-highway projects and coordinating a city-wide effort with churches, senior centers and knitting circles to create and donate more than 350 items of clothing for orphans in Mongolia.
By staying connected, sharing ideas and building off each other's energy, the Tallahassee RPCVs are clearly a valuable asset to this city, and a great example of how the benefits of Peace Corps to communities near and far extend far beyond two years of service.
NPCA Advocacy's Next Stops: Macon and Savannah Georgia