1. Please indicate your involvement with the following:
9. Please indicate your involvement with the following:
Answer Options 1 – No, Never 2 – Occasionally 3 – Yes, Frequently Average
I visit the PCIA website. 15






I view Austin conference videos on the website. 59






I read PCIA’s newsletter, KhabarNameh. 4






I read the President’s monthly newsletter, From the Field. 11






I visit PCIA’s public Facebook page. 66






I visit PCIA’s private Facebook group. 70






May we communicate with you on Mail Chimp (as we do in the president’s monthly newsletter, From the Field)? (1 = no, 5 = yes) 22






Did you attend the PCIA reunion and conference in Portland, OR in 2011? (1 = no, 5 = yes) 57






Did you attend the NPCA gathering in Boston in 2013? (1 = no, 5 = yes) 75






Did you attend the PCIA reunion and conference in Austin in 2015? (1 = no, 5 = yes) 46







Question 9 comments

If you attended the 2015 conference in Austin, PCIA would like to know the most significant things you took away from this experience. You can help by writing a short, signed description below. Please indicate if you are willing for this to be posted on PCIA’s website.

  • Connection with other volunteers. Fun
  • Don’t see any 5 + yes but did attend the reunion and conference in Boston.
  • How about having a conference in Minnesota?–or somewhere in the middle of the nation?
  • I especially enjoyed the following:   – seeing RPCVs from my group and other groups that I had met in Iran during my time in the PC. A few I had not seen since training. – Getting caught up on current attitudes and events in Iran       – conference presentations.         Looking forward to continuing involvement.     Tom Brigham
  • I experienced some significant healing of the hard places in me that I absorbed from the local Peace Corp Administration, from some dissonant aspect of Iranian culture as I perceived it, and my own short comings. I gained a deeper appreciation of the Peace Corp experience mine own and others.   Robert Spitz
  • I met people who had trained with me at Camp Arden in Vermont.       I met people who still cared about Iran as much as I did. I learned something about what others had done with their Iranian experience since they returned from Iran. I met people who could identify with my experience. Most of all, I was able to share what I had done with my Iran experience over the past forty years.   Respectfully, John Etheridge
  • I took away what I’ve always thought is and was in Austin, TX the best service of PCIA (can we rework the acronym to eliminate the “CIA” part into another acronym please!) and that is the tremendous wealth of grassroots experiences that all of us had, and the best way to convey that was to shape the conferences into three parts (1. anecdotal witnessing, 2. academic or professional (medical, engineering and legal) presentations, AND 3. panels with Iranians -both in education and in the professions from Iran and the US with MORE films, please!). I think that the first conference was mainly #1 and that the #3 conference came closest to my suggestions, bravo! It was a wonderful conference. So, to be perfectly blunt, I found the Austin conference with the addition of art works display and the two films to be a highlight of “engagement” with Iranians that should now serve as a model PCIA conference for future gatherings. As for our name, why not “the Iran Peace Corps Volunteers Association or IPCVA? or a variation. Let’s drop the CIA part. Thanks for the chance to interact with everyone. You can post this note.
  • I was overwhelmed by camaraderie that occurred simply upon meeting fellow RPCV-Iran members. Among members of my own training group (1969-71), our “re-” bonding was instantaneous and very natural, as though we had been in contact all the intervening years.         Kerry Segel   permission granted to post
  • It was an extraordinary gathering of extraordinary people!       Our collective memories and experiences, still today, generate such powerful goodwill toward the Iranian people and culture. Very moving and VERY educational. “Yea, of course, that’s why Peace Corps so changed me and the trajectory of my life” was the thought that came to me so often throughout the conference.   It was a wonderful and inspiring “coming home” to a gathering of open, kind and generous friends who represent the very best of our nation.
  • Lectures by experts on Iran were very interesting.   I enjoyed meeting some of the former-RPCVs—especially those who served when I was the PC Director in Iran, 1968-71.
  • Maybe tomorrow. It’s after midnight, gotta sleep on this.
  • Most of the presentations I attended were excellent and I am sorry I missed some that were scheduled at the same time. It was inspiring to see the hope and enthusiasm of the new, younger generation of Iranians in the US. I have listened to some of the presentations I missed on the PCIA website and have used some of the information I gained in Austin in talks with people once I returned home.   Also, it was good to see familiar faces again. There is great advantage to getting people together—face-to-face—every so many years. It is active and encouraging. An energy develops that can never be equaled by passively looking at a website or newsletter—but they are important too. Thanks to all who made the Austin conference such a success.       Aloha, Tom Klobe (this can be posted)
  • Renewing friendships and getting to know people I had only known through the PCIA Facebook page. The talk on the Public/Private Media diplomacy stands out in my memory.     (I left town before Ambassador Limbert’s presentation.)
  • The energy invested in the well-organized Austin conference and the continued interest in making a difference personally. Both speak well of the whole Peace Corps past, present and future. Warren Sawyer
  • The insights of Beeman, Bateson, Hillmann, and Limbert based on their experience and professional training were particularly powerful for me. I enjoyed the discussion about travel to Iran and would like to consider it. The dancers and the other cultural offerings helped my wife understand more fully what this “Iran experience” was like for me. Edward J Harris, Iran IV
  • This survey has become too long. Khoda hafez.
  • Update of Iran/American Gov’t relations. Face to face contact with returned Vols.
  • Updates from those who have recently visited Iran, opinions from those who stay abreast of activities, briefings on ongoing inter-governmental activities
  • Visiting with my old friends and making new friends. I am so happy and proud to be part of this outstanding group of American academic community. They all were young when I met them and now they are older, wiser and outstanding Americans. They love Iran and support Iranians.       Vida Bourbour
  • Visiting with friends that I had not seen for many years.         Patrick Hickey   (may be posted)
  • Was impressed by the caliber of people I met and   fun seeing those I had not seen since the ’60s.
  • We enjoyed the talks by Mary Catherine Bateson, Limbert and others and of course seeing friends and fellow RPCVs we hadn’t seen in many years. It was a good conference.