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Servas: Making A Difference

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23
Washington DC

Speakers/Workshops include the following:

  • Greetings from Servas International President Jonny Saganger
  • Agnes Umutesi of Servas Rwanda
  • Steve Coleman of Washington Parks & People: Bringing Communities Together Through Common Work
  • Max Amichai Heppner, author of What I learned from living through the Holocaust.
  • Sahmat of Alliance for Global Community: Saving the World Through Community
  • Carolyn Powers, Internews’ Program Officer for Global Initiatives: Listening is Universal
  • Mike DuVall of Legacy International — an international capacity building organization specializing in peacebuilding, social entrepreneurs, leadershop training, and dialogue.
  • Tamara Grigoryeva & Aynur Jafar of International Justice Resource Center: Supporing political prisoners in Azerbaijan
  • Servas and the UN: Jeanne Devine, Mary Jane Mikuriya, Earlene Cruz plus Rachel Bowen Pittman of UNA-USA
  • Brian Wiehr of Youth for Understanding, an international student exchange program
  • Eating and Dancing Around the World: Earlene Cruz about dance in Uganda and Whole Foods support of third world entrepreneurs
  • Sheila White of Street Sense: Helping the Homeless Through Community
  • Annual Memberships meeting including financial report from the Treasurer and announcement of election results for Board of Directors
  • Election of Nominating Committee for 2018


  • Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street S. W., Washington, District of Columbia 20024 [http://www.]
  • Local Servas hosts (call the national office for contact information — 707-825-1714)
  • Other— local family/friends, vacation rentals, AirBnb, other hotels, or hostels [Washington DC hostels]

Friday, July 21

3:20 in the Afternoon
  • Tour of the Capitol Building.

-Visitors enter the U. S. Capitol through the Capitol Visitor Center. The entrance is located beneath the east plaza of the Capitol.
-Arrive by 2:50 p. m. to complete screening. No food or drink allowed on tour.
-The tour of the historic Capitol includes a 45-minute guided walking tour as well as a 13-minute orientation film. Escalators and elevators are located near the public stairways, and wheelchairs are available upon request at the Visitor Center.

5 to 9pm
  • Opening reception and dinner, in the House of Representatives’ Gold Room of the Rayburn Building.

Sponsored by Rep Barbara Lee, Oakland, CA
Dinner catered by Capitol Host Catering


Saturday, July 22

9 am to 5pm
6 to 8pm
  • 9th Annual Korean war Armistice Day Peace Concert and Vigil (Lincoln Memorial—light refreshments served)

Sunday, July 23

9 am to 1:30pm
  • Speakers/workshops at Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street S. W., Washington, District of Columbia 20024 [http://www.] — includes lunch


Later in the day
  • Post-conference Program — Tour of Washington DC led by Hayden Wetzel

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