Acting Peace Corps Director Charles Baquet III and NPCA President Dane Smith to Recognize Former Volunteers' Community Efforts in Chicago

September 23, 1999

Washington, D.C., September 23, 1999—The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) will host a reception in Chicago next week to recognize the community efforts in Chicago of former Peace Corps volunteers. More than 50 former volunteers are expected to attend the reception, which will be held at the home of University of Chicago President Hugo Sonnenschein on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Acting Peace Corps Director Charles Baquet III, who was U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti (1991-1993), will serve as the keynote speaker for this event. Baquet was a volunteer in Somalia from 1965 to 1967. NPCA President Dane Smith, who was a volunteer in Ethiopia from 1963 to 1965, served as U.S. Ambassador to Guinea (1990-93) and to Senegal (1996-99). Other notable guests include former Peace Corps volunteers Michael McCaskey of the Chicago Bears and Rachel Sonnenschein, daughter of Hugo Sonnenschein.
What:Reception for former Peace Corps Volunteers
Who:Acting Peace Corps Director Charles Baquet III, NPCA President Dane Smith
When:Tuesday, September 28, 5:30 p.m.
Where:President Sonnenschein's home, University of Chicago, 5855 South University Avenue
Background: Currently, more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are working in 77 countries in education, the environment, health and nutrition, business advising, and community development. Since 1961, more than 7,800 Illinois residents have joined the Peace Corps. Today, nearly 300 Illinois residents are serving overseas.

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