Posted on October 29, 2013 by jpoertner
While Kansas Paraguay Partners promote many things Paraguayan, not many Kansans are Paraguayan football fans. I am a soccer fan so I was surprised to come across this FIFA article about a Paraguayan football star from long ago.
Arsenio Erico (The Red Dancer or Rubber Man) mainly played for Independiente in Argentina. He scored 47 goals in 34 games and holds an Argentine record for 293 goals in his career. He did lead Paraguayan to one championship in 1942. Here is a link to the story.
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Posted on October 24, 2013 by jpoertner
Well maybe not the full history but 40 years is not bad. Read about the accomplishments of an all volunteer organization. There is a chapter entitled Key Impacts that has brief descriptions of some 23 projects. It is an amazing array and demonstrates that when someone has a passion to do something, it can get done. It doesn’t take a large international development organization.
The rest of the book is organized by decades so the reader can follow along as KPP developed. This excellent volume was written by long time KPP members and supporters Merrill and Boots Raber. Only Merrill and Boots have the long term involvement with KPP to put together such an excellent book.
We await the story from our southern patterns. The parallel history of Comite Paraguay Kansas is just as impressive. Neither one of us could have done it without the other.
Find your copy at http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/Search.aspx?kw=Raber&typ=Author
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Posted on October 11, 2013 by jpoertner
Kansas-Paraguay Partners is an all volunteer organization. That means that what gets accomplished happens because someone steps up and helps make it happen. The above picture is a short history of some significant KPP people and projects. From right to left (I know that is backwards).
Alberto Granada who is visiting Kansas is a long time active member, officer and volunteer for Comite Paraguay Kansas. For many years Alberto was the go to person for Paraguayans wanting to study in Kansas. Many Paraguayans who have studied in Kansas credit Alberto for helping make it happen. Alberto was always there to host those from Kansas who traveled to Paraguay. He opened his house, his heart and his calendar to make it possible for visitors to accomplish their goals He was also a main person behind the KPP-CPK tours to Paraguay and other countries in South America. That is just the tip of the iceberg of Alberto’s involvement with CPK.
Edith Black was the go to person for Paraguayan students studying at the University of Kansas for many years. She kept track of student on the ‘list’, helped many move into their dorms and hosted meriendas to get to meet students and have them meet each other.
John Poertner was able to spend a year in Paraguay by combining a sabbatical from the University of Kansas with a special volunteer experience through the Peace Corps. He is also the past president of KPP.
Charlie Stansifer was the originator of the agreement to allow Paraguayan students to study at Kansas Regents universities for in-state tuition. Through this program hundreds of Paraguayans have studied in Kansas and returned home to make a significant impact on Paraguay. Charlie also started the KPP-CPK Scholarship Fund that provides a scholarship each year to a Paraguayan to study in Kansas and a Kansan to study in Paraguay.
Mary Miller was an active member of the League of Women Voters when she teamed up with KPP member Nan Wilson to work with Women for Democracy. This was a Paraguayan organization that promoted democracy when Paraguay was just beginning to develop democratic institutions.
This is a short and inadequate part of KPP history. Shortly a much more detailed history will be available. Stay tuned.
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Posted on September 24, 2013 by jpoertner
Now that I have your attention check out this article and map to see what they have in common. Interesting article:
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Posted on September 19, 2013 by jpoertner
With assistance from Partners of the Americas Jeremy Starr (violin) and Susan Mayo (cello) from Emporia State University had a great trip to Paraguay to conduct master classes in violin and cello. Mr. Cello went along and was paged in the Brazilian airport. They also performed at the September Quarterly Meeting of Kansas Paraguay Partners. You can see a short clip of one of their performances by clicking on the youtube link below.
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Posted on September 16, 2013 by jpoertner
At the Kansas Paraguay Partners quarterly meeting this weekend the Board approved an increase in our Study Abroad scholarship from $1,200 to $1,500. This is the scholarship for a Kansan to study in Paraguay. To learn more go to the top of this page and click on the Study Abroad Scholarship tab. There is also information about intern and volunteer possibilities.
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Posted on September 14, 2013 by jpoertner
Long time Kansas-Paraguay member Gene Ernst died on September 5, 2013. Gene was an architecture professor at Kansas State University from 1967 until he retired in 1992. Gene was also an artist. He was a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society as well as the Manhattan Arts Center Watercolor Studio. It was as an artist that he made one of his important contributions to Kansas-Paraguay Partners. With support from Partners of the Americas he traveled to Paraguay and produced watercolor images from the Jesuit Missions. Upon his return to Kansas he produced sets of notecards that many of us continue to use. Here are a couple of his images. The one in color is of the Museo Casa de Indios which is a museum of wood carvings of saints that date back to the Jesuits and was created and supported by Kanas-Paraguay member Marianna Beach. It is in Santa Maria de Fe and is worth the trip.
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