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Arkadașlar Membership Survey
The Sept 2017 issue of Buralarda was mailed recently and included a survey that we ask you to return.  If you did not receive it, please print a copy, complete it, and mail it to Jill Diskan (T-4) jilldiskan@comcast.net.

2017 Bayram Dinners
It's that time of year again!  We urge you to gather in the various parts of the US, celebrate Turkey's Independence Day, and meet other Arkadașlar in your area.  So far, these are the dinners we know about and the person to contact if you would like to attend a dinner or luncheon.

Ohio. Catherine McCutcheon, T-12, is the coordinator: cmccut1@gmail.com

Florida. Meeting at Istanbul Turkish Cuisine Restaurant in Lake Mary, FL, on Sunday, October 29th at 1:00 pm for lunch.  Linda Ӧzgür (T-6) lynda.ozgur@gmail.com and Paul Kirwan (T-8) are the coordinators.

New York.  Meeting for lunch at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, 1405 Second Avenue, NYC between 73rd and 74th Streets on Sunday, October 29th from noon to 3:00 pm.  A four-course lunch with coffee, tea, and soft drinks, tax, and tip will cost $26 per person.  Hank Levy (T-8) at henryjlevy@yahoo.com is coordinating.

Washington State (Seattle area).  Dana Marmion (T-15) is coordinating the Bayram potluck on Saturday, October 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the home of Ruth Hultengren.  RSVP to Dana at marmionducky@gmail.com.

Washington, DC.  Linda Scheffer (T-8) is taking RSVPs for the dinner on Sunday, October 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Kazan Restaurant, 6813 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA 22101; 703-734-1960. Cost: $55.  Contact Linda (LMScheffer@aol.com) for reservations.

If you are interested in organizing a Bayram dinner in your area, contact Linda Scheffer (LMScheffer@aol.com) for contact information on Arkadaslar members in your area.

Remembering Sandy Anderson

It is with profound sadness that we remember our dear friend and an Arkadașlar mainstay, Sandy Anderson, who passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2017.  All of us in the Arkadașlar community are still reeling from the shock of her untimely death. Sandy was the "go-to" person for getting questions answered about Arkadașlar on everything from our database of members, the directory, the listserv, the special publications (photo books), the annual bayram dinners, and much, much more.  She collected news for Buralarda, the website, for the different training groups.  She was a terrific organizer, correspondent, historian, writer, educator, colleague, and friend.  We will all miss her greatly.   March Buralarda with tribute to Sandy AndersonSandy's obituary.

Arkadașlar Reunion 2016 in Arlington, VA
Lots of photos from the September 2016 reunion! 

Turkey-10 Leo Hogan (extreme right) and other RPCVs meet with their congressman, Dan Donovan (R-NY) during the NPCA and our Arkadaslar Global Reunion.  Leo is wearing one of the shirts we had printed for the last Global Reunion in 2011.
Photo courtesty of NPCA

Russell Whitesel passed away April 2, 2017
Michael L.Shapiro (T-5) passed away March 21, 2017
* Dr. Thomas J. O'Hare passed away March 14, 2017
* Dr. Richard "Stace" Stacey (PC Staff) passed away March 12, 2017
* Sandra Comstock Anderson (T-13) passed away March 4, 2017
* David G. Bringedahl (T-2) passed away Feb 20, 2017
* Dale Hultengren (T-15) passed away Feb 14, 2017

Our website: Explore and enjoy!
     Home: announcements of reunions, meetings, requests
     Archive: board meeting highlights, other items of interest
     Bulletin Board: messages of Turkey-related events around the U.S.
     Events: details about dinners, reunions, other scheduled events
     History: background of our organization & PC Turkey
     Membership: benefits and form
     Member News: news of interest about our members
     Memories of Turkey:  RPCVs' remembrances of life and events during PC service
     Photo Gallery: photos of and by Arkadaslar members, including reunions & bayram dinners
     Projects:  updates on projects we support
     Services:  listserv, newsletter, directory
     Stories: Memories/stories of our time in training and in Turkey
     Art: art works and services offered by Arkadaslar mmbers
     Books:  works produced by Arkadaslar members
     Links:  Turkish-American associations, embassy, Turkish sites, books on Turkey...





Arkadaslar is a network of 1200 people who served as Peace Corps Volunteers or staff in Turkey between 1962 and 1970 and other friends of Turkey.  Arkadaslar is committed to maintaining the network and fostering continued ties among our Turkish friends, ourselves, and our international communities.

Our membership is open to all former Turkey Peace Corps Volunteers and to all friends of Turkey.
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The 2016 directory was  mailed to all members in early September 2016

Board Meetings

Next Meeting:
Nov 8, 2017
6:30 pm
   Atilla's Restaurant Columbia Pike

Peace Corps recruiting poster from the late 60's or early 70's designed by Gary Jameson (T-9).

Products for Sale
Peace Corps (Anniversary Pendant & more) and Arkadaslar items