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May 13, 2014

Barev Dzez Friends of Armenia!


As my first official post, let me acknowledge how grateful I am to work with such an amazing organization. FOA has a history of supporting innovative projects created and implemented by driven Armenians and their Peace Corps counterparts.  We are so fortunate to have a dedicated membership that continues to contribute financially to this work.

In April, FOA held its first annual membership drive, and with great success!  This year, 37 individuals stepped up to the challenge and donated more than $1000.  This money will be going directly to support projects that matter to Armenians and PCVs alike.  We promise to keep you updated in the coming months as some of these projects take place.

Renewing your membership is just one way to support the work of FOA.  Would you like to get more involved?  Please consider these options:

  • Join one of our committees

  • Promote FOA on social media (like our Facebook and LinkedIn pages!)

  • Increase your donation

  • Consider a fundraising drive for the FOA grants program

I look forward to working with all FOA members in the coming year in our shared effort to support Hayastan.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions at


Maggie Woznicki (A-18, Sevan, TEFL/CHE)

FOA Board President

P.S. Didn’t renew your membership this April?  There is still time!  Renew here.

Mar 31, 2014

Friends of Armenia Annual Membership Renewal

Barev dsez,

It’s now time to renew your Friends of Armenia (FOA) annual membership. FOA is only as strong as its membership and the involvement of themembers. We look to you for your thoughts, feedback, and participation to keep the organization moving forward.

Your $15.00 dues and any additional donation go directly to selected causes and initiatives in Armenia. This year we’re providing ongoing support to several programs in Armenia in addition to the ongoing small project assistance Community Grants Program, which we may update by awarding grant support twice this year. These programs are entirely supported by your membership dues and donations. We have virtually no overhead, spending less than 5% on dues to the National Peace Corps Association and for filing fees as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

FOA has a new president, Maggie Woznicki (A18), and the FOA board (president, secretary/treasurer Wayne Burt, tech. officer David Coe, andmembership officer Hedley Bond) is committed to a full and busy year for the organization. If you have any ideas or suggestions for other ways in which we can assist Armenia and it's citizens, please let us know.

Please renew your membership in FOA and be part of this community of PCVs, RPCVs and Armenians. As a member, you’ll receive our newsletter, four times each year, and be kept up to date on events in Armenia and FOA. To renew or donate using PayPal, go to: If you'd rather send a check, make it out to Friends of Armenia and mail it to:

Wayne Burt, Treasurer FOA
PO Box 306
Wrentham, MA 02093

The renewal period ends on April 30 and I'll send out a reminder letter in mid-April to those of you whom we haven't heard from.


Hedley Bond
RPCV A18 Armenia
Membership Officer, FOA

Dec 19, 2013

Bari Galust yev Hajo Majo

Dear Friends of Armenia,

Please join me in welcoming Maggie Woznicki (A-18) and Kellianne Lauer (A-19) to the FOA team! FOA has amazingly had a history of all the Board Presidents (David Barshes A-14, Robert Dietrich A-15, Wayne Burt A-16 and Vanessa Bowie Rankin A-16) serving in Gegharkunik Marz. (Must be the Water?) So Maggie, who called Sevan home, will fit right in! Kellianne will take Maggie’s spot on the grants committee and has a great deal of experience in that field.

I know that both ladies will be a welcomed addition to the amazing teams they are joining. As follows are a few lines of thanks. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Wayne Burt (A-16, Secretary/Treasurer) who nominated me last year and who was the voice of reason to balance out my eccentricities, Hedley Bond (A-17, Membership) whose optimism, tenacity and accent never fail, David Coe (A-17, Technology) is a man who can solve any problem without breaking a sweat, and Kevin Crookshanks (A18, Communications) whose thoughtfulness makes every newsletter memorable.

Finally, I thank you as members of the Friends of Armenia for continuing to fund projects that enhance the lives of our extended Hy family. I truly believe that Friends of Armenia works as an NGO because; we help support the goals of Peace Corps volunteers that cannot be met by other means.

Hajo Majo,

Vanessa Bowie Rankin

Lame Duck FOA Board President

Nov 11, 2013


Dear Friends of Armenia,

Let me take a moment to thank you for not only serving in Peace Corps, but also for continuing with the Third Goal by being a member of the Friends of Armenia online.

We are holding our annual elections and are accepting nominations for the following positions:

President:  lead the organization, providing strategic direction and serving as an ambassador to external/internal groups to fulfill the mandate of FOA.  Facilitate the successful execution of all FOA program initiatives and endeavors.

Secretary-Treasurer:  Take notes from board meetings, maintain documents in shared document folders, report on the financial situation of FOA at all board meetings, maintaining all financial accounts and agreements with grant recipients.

Technology Officer:  maintain all digital and technology properties of FOA, including all areas of email, website, and social media properties.

Membership Officer:  work with the active and lapsed membership base to grow our footprint in early and recent groups of RPCV and PCV classes/groups.  Lead strategic initiatives that grow our membership base, and inspire a sense of community amongst members.

Communication Officer:  administer all strategic and ongoing communication activities, including the FOA newsletter, social media properties, communication with Post and front-end website publishing working in conjunction with the Technology Officer.

Email nominations to

Nominations due: December 15th

Announcement of candidates: December 17th

Receiving input on candidates from membership: December 22

Announcement of new board members: January 1st.

“Serving with FOA is a great experience and with a motivated group of colleagues, or even friends, I know personally that you'll have an amazing time bringing assistance to the people of Armenia, continuing our collective legacies of service, as well as serving as a positive force for building community with RPCVs and other vested stakeholders.  Submit yourself today for a position to take the organization to the next level”.  -Robert Dietrich, former President FOA

Board members are unpaid, and commit to a minimum one-year term not to exceed a five-year duration.


Vanessa Bowie Rankin (A16)

Oct 14, 2013

500 People Giving 5000 Dram Campaign

In the last newsletter I explained that we were assisting Centaur, one of our community partners, with their "500 People Giving 5000 dram " campaign. It was brought to my attention that our site and my article was not clear on exactly how a donation of this type should be made. I apologize for not recognizing the potential for difficulty in making this donation.

We will extend the time for donations to this campaign for another month. If you use Paypal, the way to donate would be as you read this look to your left and just under our vision statement is a yellow donate button. Click that and the rest is self explanatory. If you do not use PayPal, then a check made payable to Friends of Armenia with a notation that it is for 500/5000 should be sent to the treasurer:

Wayne Burt
PO Box 306
Wrentham, MA 02093

As a reminder the campaign is an effort to raise money to get drinking water to the new hippotherapy center and to place fencing around the property. The suggested donation is $12.00 for each 5000 dram you wish to contribute. To learn more about Centaur and this campaign visit

Wayne Burt A16