Note to members:  Since we are spread all over the country, it will be hard to have regular meetings so we can use the Deadbeat and Web page as our primary means of communication and discussion.  Please send comments, articles, ideas, photos, etc. to be published in the next issue to Chris Starace, (Deadbeat Editor), at Gandaho@AOL.com or 124 Shippan Ave. Ext. Stamford, CT 06902.


News and Updates from the Executive Committee:

     Proposed goals of FOB:  (please send feed back)

1.Keep the Peace Corps experience alive in us.

 2. Support current Benin PCV’s and ones about to leave.- Set up an information exchange for volunteers about to leave and we could continue to sponsor them while they’re in Benin.  Maybe we can prevent a few ET’s!  Sponsor could mean letter writing and sending of the bonne choses periodically.

3. Fund raise for the benefit of  WID (Women in Development) in Benin and or Peace Corps Partnership funded projects.  Gifts in Kind is also an option.  We could possibly dedicate 10 % -20% of our income to this cause.

4.  Help maintain communication between Benin RPCV’s-Deadbeat, activities, and social gatherings.

5.  Organize regional social events for Benin RPCV’s. Have at least one annual meeting and a yearly social event.  Organize several regional social events per year.

6.  Support recently returned Benin PCV’s.  Help them with career networking by publishing a contact list of Benin RPCV’s , their current profession, and contact info. Help them with re-entry shock by sponsoring social events in their honor to welcome them home.

7.  Help members stay up to date on changes in Benin. Get info from current volunteers and publish it on the web page and Deadbeat.

8. Contribute to Peace Corps’ third goal of bringing the experience back to the  U.S.

 9.  Ideas for other goals?


We probably should have by-laws which explain election procedures, how money will be handled, goals, mission statement etc.  Please send ideas.


Note from Annie- from December’s Email:

      I am happy to inform you all that Friends of Benin is official!  We have been approved by the NPCA and are an affiliated group. Getting the Friends of Benin off the ground is a lot of work.  If there are any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.  Also anyone interested in helping out with the Deadbeat, membership stuff, organizing any regional FOB get togethers, or anything else should let me know.  Ideas for the group are also very welcome and much appreciated! My contact information is:

 Annie Rimoin

 3403 Holly Creek Drive

 Laurel, MD 20724

 phone: (301)497-9778

 fax: (410)888-0588 Email

ý: arimoin@jhsph.edu.


            The FOB executive committee:


Annie Rimoin, President

John Boe, Vice President

Marcus Chance, Secretary

Lori Killpatrick, Treasurer

Chris Starace, Deadbeat Editor

Chris Robbins, Deadbeat Graphic Designer and Layout

Should we create committees and chair people such as the following?:

Regional Social Committee Chair?




Yearly Conference / Blow out fete quoi chairperson?


            Current FOB Members:

Christopher Robbins - fosotima@hotmail.com

Shelly Ross - sherifa@hotmail.com

Katherine Allen - kallen@chemonics.com

Jason Bauer - jdb38@cornell.edu

Paul Stern - sternpo@aol.com

Teresa Wagner - killerb@speakeasy.org

Chris Starace - Gandaho@aol.com

Karin Schilling - schillk@towers.com

Hugh Smeltekop - boliviahugh@yahoo.com

Caroline Slade-Hicks - Montbunny@aol.com

Mary Meldahl - mary.meldahl@lawson.com

Annie Rimoin - Asiba@aol.com

Monika Pohle - ?

Judith Desharnais - ?

Judy Baker - judyb@e-mailbox.com

Heidi Thompson - ?

Dana Mascali - ?

Lori Killpatrick - lkillpat@aol.com


?Dietze - HDietze188@aol.com

William Snyders - snyders_w@bls.gov

Regina Sackrider - ?

Joanne Moore - jmoore@chemonics.com OR joannemoore@usa.net

Katarina Moseley - kmoseley@mercycorps.org

Doug Elliott - douglas.elliott.for.97@aya.yale.edu  OR  elliott5@hotmail.com

Paul Lavigne - P_Lavigne@hotmail.com

Tyson Roberts - tysonsahib@hotmail.com

Brian Reublinger - bpreublinger@yahoo.com

Carolyn Reeve Engel - ?

Phillipe des Francs - Ouake@aol.com

Lori Matthew - LMatthew@Peacehealth.org

Holly Dreier - sonnat@worldnet.att.net

Joshua Wells - j-wells@nwu.edu  OR  jsw4r@uss.net

Karen Hoffman - alafia@totcon.com

Bjorn Loftis - bel2@cec.wustl.edu

Jeff Schmitz - jschmitz@gateway.net

Laura McCarthy - ? 


If your name isn’t here, send check a for $15 to Lori Killpatrick.   3119 Clairemont Dr. #2 San Diego, CA 92117 made out to Friends of

 Benin/Lori Killpatrick so you can get on the mailing list for the next Deadbeat issue and be an active member of Friends of Benin.  Please encourage your fellow non-member Benin RPCV’s to join.  Don’t forget to tell them how great this Deadbeat is since it is only being sent to dues paying members.


Lori Killpartick is working on t-shirts and stationary with our logo.  Please send her ideas on what should be on them.  The T-shirts will be for sale, and we’ll use the letter head for correspondence.  An idea for advertising in the Deadbeat has been brought up.  Is this a good idea and how much should we charge?  Should we market our advertising?


A thought:  Can we have online meetings using chat rooms as a means of communication?  AOL has the capability of creating private chat rooms, and all persons knowing the name of the chat room can enter it.  Does anyone know if non AOL members have access to this?  For virtual  meetings we could send an E-mail stating the time and the name of the chat room where everyone is to meet.  


FOB Upcoming Activities and Events:

      Lets get the ball rolling on this one!  Volunteers are needed to organize / host social events.  Lets try for a couple regional get togethers over the summer.  Can we shoot for one on the West Coast, one in the mid-west and one on the east coast? or maybe a big event for the whole group? 

      Ideas for a 2000 New Years Eve party!!??  Didn’t Holly say she wanted to organize a fete in New Orleans?  We probably should have made reservations before we left for Benin though.   


Bulletin Board


Dear RPCV Group,


Returned Volunteer Services is currently updating the Career Information

Consultants directory. This is a wonderful asset for returned Peace Corps

Volunteers as well as a great marketing tool for RPCV groups. The more of your group members who are listed as CICs, the more contact you have with recent RPCV's. We are hoping to get at least 10-20 members from each group to sign up for the directory. The deadline to sign up is April 23, 1999.


The CIC directory consists of hundreds of career professionals willing to

assist RPCV's with information about their particular career field. Sometimes these requests for career information and assistance are basic; other times they are more sophisticated. We rely on CIC's to answer the questions with accurate information, respect, good humor, patience, and candor.


Currently, the Consultants receive on the average of two to six contacts per year, all done on a volunteer basis. Peace Corps cannot reimburse expenses incurred as a result of these contacts (such as envelopes, phone calls, postage, etc.) Our Consultants report that the contacts they have with the PCVs and RPCV's have been very enjoyable. The next directory is scheduled to be printed in May of this year.


I will be sending you a small amount of CIC waiver forms in the mail. Please distribute these at your next meeting and make any additional copies you need.  In addition, please feel free to print the waiver form or information about this program in your next newsletter.




Cindy Slone

 E-mail: cslone@mailserver.peacecorps.gov



      Paul Lavigne when doing a little sidewalk shopping in

ØChina Town,  NY City said to the vendor, “How much are those socks?”  The vendor replied, “Ten Dollars.”  Paul asserting his RPCV’ness said, “Ah, that’s too much!,” hoping that he’d diminuer his prix, but instead the vendor angrily retorted,  “Then Don’t buy it!”  I don’t think Paul tries to bargain in the U.S. much after that incident.


Send your overheards for the next Deadbeat.  Don’t use ones already printed in past Deadbeats so try to rember some good unpublished ones from Benin, and  keep your ears open at the next RPCV fete.


Updates on Members / Message Board-

            Marriages, moves, engagements, new addresses, new children, new jobs, say hi to old friends, locate a long lost post mate, etc.


News From Benin:

          The road the PC office is on has been paved.  English teaching is a new program which has caused the number of PCV’s to increase to over a hundred.  Lamentably and with great sadness I must inform you that Lemuel Johnson (APCD of the Small Business Program) passed away from something sounding like cancer last August.  He had been sick for a year or so.  Yamilee Bastien (SBD Volunteer) is taking his place temporarily.  He was a great person and will surely be missed.

      We’ve asked the PCV Deadbeat editors to send us a copy of their Deadbeat so hopefully in next issue we’ll be able to include parts of theirs in ours, and we’ll send ours to them so they can do the same. 


Messages From Current Benin PCV’s:

   Send us a package full of bonnes choses to B.P.. 44 Come, le Mono.

Yours friendly, Tucker and Elena (PCVs in Come)


Reflections on Being a PCV and the Life Long Task of  Readjustment:


Ways Benin RPCV's Know That They Have Readjusted:


You've stopped carrying toilet paper with you wherever you go.

You no longer eat all of the hors d'oeuvres at dinner parties.

Some of your clothes don't have that genuine stone-washed look.

People no longer avoid the dishes you bring to potluck dinners.

You have a friend who was never in Peace Corps.

You occasionally stay in a hotel in a strange city.

You dream in English.

You use tissues to blow your nose.

You think twice before taking a 15-hour bus/taxi ride.

You're not afraid of swallowing water in the shower.

You stop boasting that you got a dial tone immediately.

You travel with baggage instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

You use a watch as you are no longer able to tell the time by the sun.

Your meals no longer consist solely of vegetables.

You start to eat rice again.

You use the phone more than once a quarter.

You no longer stand in stores amazed at the quantity and quality of goods

and you stop trying to pay with exact change.

Parasites (both yours and theirs) cease to be a topic of conversation

during meals.

You motion someone towards you with fingers up instead of fingers


You stop expecting a Customs inspector to check your baggage after a

domestic flight.

You stop proposing that Charmin be nominated the 8th wonder of the


You throw out your plastic grocery bags.

Your underwear has holes only in the correct places.

When you hear rustling in the trees you expect to see squirrels, not


You have more than three changes of clothes.

If a fly lands in your drink you actually throw out the whole glass.

Your Birkenstocks are no longer considered your "dress" shoes.

When something breaks in your house you call a repairman instead of

breaking out the duck tape, crazy glue and Swiss army knife.

Rain is now a verb rather than a plural noun.

Your Tevas lines have finally faded.

Your hand no longer twitches reflexively when you see a white sports

utility vehicle in the distance.

You no longer respond to "Yovo" as if its your given name.

You’ve mastered the technique of ignoring strangers.

You stop saying “Doucement” every time someone does anything worthy of the term.

You stop lying to people just for fun.


For the next Deadbeat send answers to:  “Ways Benin RPCV's Know That They Have Re-Entry Shock” (try to remember what you felt when you first got back)


¡Benin Bibliography:


Blier, Suzanne Preston  African Vodun : Art, Psychology, and Power University of          Chicago Press, 1995.  (1)

This is a very in depth book about Beninese art which is mostly centered around vodun. 


Henning, Christoph  and  Oberlander, Hans  VOODOO Secret Power in Africa   1996           Taschen America Ltd.  (2)

This is a coffee table vodun picture book with a lot of good pictures and good brief descriptions of the different aspects of Vodun.


Herskovits, Melville J. 1895-1963.  An outline of Dahomean religious belief

                1933 Menasha, Wisconsin, The American Anthropological Association.


Herskovits, Melville J. 1895-1963.Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom

                  1938 (2 volumes), NY City J.J. Augustin.  (5- )

These two books are old but very in depth anthropological descriptions of the Beninese culture in the south during the 1930’s which can offer an interesting compariso

ÿn to the Benin we know and the way it was then.  Since this is an old book it may only be available in larger libraries.


Benin Related Web Sites:

      Check out the FOB web site at: http://php.iupui.edu/~jmboe/.   John will gladly scan in any pictures that you would like posted on his web page photo tour.  Marcus Chance also has created a web site at: http://www.terraworld.net/mdchance/mdchance/Unauthorized_Benin_RPCVs.html.


Send your favorite Benin related Website address with a short description of its contents. There are at least several dozen which can be found using a search engine and the work “Benin.”


Stories/ Articles of Interest:

      Anjelique Kidjo’s Latest Album- “Oremi”


Does anyone know the origin of the name Deadbeat for the PCV publication?  If you do please share.  It will surely make an interesting story.


 Amazon.com’s review:

                     Benin-born Afropop star Angelique Kidjo will rock you, but her music is

                     ultimately a wave of higher consciousness. Oremi ("F

driends"), her fifth

                     album, makes the first stop of a projected trilogy in the U.S. and creates a

                     coalition between the sounds and spirits of Africa and R&B. The set

                     jumps off with a soul to soul gesture--Kidjo's powerhouse take on

                     "Voodoo Child," Jimi Hendrix's prescient nod to his origins.

                     Collaborations with Robbie Neville, Cassandra Wilson, Branford

                     Marsalis, and Kelly Price range from stunning to intoxicating, as in Price

                     and Kidjo's "Open Your Eyes" duet. Kidjo scores as strongly solo and

                     never stoops to preach. "Babalao" is this African sage's moving plea for

                     the world's youth, while "Yaki" is her impish cackle at pretension taking a


Dved pratfall. --Elena Oumano


From Kidjo’s Web Site:

                    Oremi, which means "my friend", is a fresh

                                melange of deep grooves, phat beats,

                                chank-a-chink guitars, smooth keyboards, diva

                                harmonies and of course, Kidjo's emotionally

                                compelling contralto pipes. From the hip hop

                                waves that drive her to her Afro-Celtic groove

                                throat-guitar reconstruction of Hendrix»s immortal

                                "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," Kidjo's musical

                                vision enthralls the ear. "I felt that including

                                Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" on this album was


g         quite natural because Voodoo religion originated

                                in Benin and because my brothers used to listen

                                to Hendrix when I was young." As a guest

                                performer on the album, Branford Marsalis

                                contributes his creative saxophone phrasing to

                                spice up the funky "Itche Koutche." And making

                                her singing debut, Angelique's daughter closes the

                                acoustic ballad "Loloye." "This album is very

                                special for me," Angelique says. "I always try to

                                make sure that I have producers, writers and

                                musicians that are humanly linked. Working with


Ÿ    producers Peter Mokran, producer of Maxwell's

                                last album, and songwriter Jean Hebrail was a

                                real progression for me."