Two weeks ago I attended a Special Event at the Peace Corps Headquarters which was held in honor of returned PC Volunteers, Applicants, Nominees, and Invitees. The event was free and open to the public, and Applicants, friends and families were invited.
Last year I attended the same event. At that time, I was an Applicant and I remember feeling nervous and like a bit of an outsider. This year, different story – I owned the joint!
Before the event, a handful of close friends and I met at one of DC’s premier Jamaican restaurants, “Famous Luigi’s.” Okay, it didn’t dawn on me until afterward that it would have been great to have done that. At any rate, we had a lovely dinner and I very much enjoyed the topic of conversation: me.
The event had the same format as the one I went to last year. And, just like last year, when they called the Nominees up on stage, they announced that six Nominees in attendance would receive their Invitations on the spot. The anxiety amongst the Nominees was palpable. I watched, as, one by one, they called some poor unsuspecting Nominee up to the stage and handed them their Invitation Kit as 100 or so people looked on. I can’t imagine what they were feeling. Some of them came to the event by themselves and some came with friends and family. None of them seemed prepared to receive their Invitation at the event.
Of the six Nominees called up, five were actually in attendance. I talked with one Nominee after he received his Invitation and he said he was still shaking!
All in all it was a great night. I was the only Invitee in attendance who was going to Jamaica! I felt proud to represent the Peace Corps Jamaica Volunteers!