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25th Anniversary Virtual Citizen Diplomacy Reunion Weekend!

Celebrating 25 Years of Friendship in Vietnam!

Event Timing: July 10th - 12th, 2020
Citizen Diplomacy Virtual Reunion Weekend 
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Over the past 25 years, more than 900 Citizen Diplomats have joined us in efforts of reconciliation and peace building. It is because of your dedication, generosity, and compassion that our work is possible. It is because of you that our partnerships are so strong, and that the US and Vietnam are no longer adversaries, but are friends. 

This July 11th marks two important anniversaries – the 25th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam, and the 25th anniversary of PeaceTrees Vietnam. We could not think of a more appropriate way of honoring this date than by having a Citizen Diplomacy Reunion. Though we would like to join together in person, due to the covid-19 crisis, we will be holding this reunion virtually. Whether you were on that very first trip in 1996, or our most recent trip in January 2020, we hope that you will join us virtually as we honor 25 years of friendship and diplomacy building!

We will be using Zoom for all of our events – we have included instructions for joining these events on Zoom at the bottom of this page. We will also send out reminder emails the day before the specific events that you’ve expressed interest in attending (so be sure to RSVP!)


Here's what you can expect for the virtual Citizen Diplomacy Reunion weekend: 
Vietnamese Cooking Class with Board Member and Chef Thoa Nguyen
When: Friday, July 10th, 6:00 - 7:30pm PST
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Read more about Thoa here!

(Download Ingredients and Instructions at bottom of page)

Celebration of 25 years of partnership in Vietnam
When: Saturday, July 11th 5:30 - 6:45 pm PST
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What to expect:

Welcome – Past and Future - Claire Yunker, Executive Director
The Beginnings – How the First Trip Came to Be – Jerilyn Brusseau, Co-Founder
Trips Through the Years - Robert Stokes, Sr. Advisor and Citizen Diplomat Representatives
Hello from Our Friends in Vietnam!
Virtual Tree Planting Ceremony and Hello from the PeaceTrees Team in Vietnam

Coffee Hour with PeaceTrees' Co-Founder, Jerilyn Brusseau
When: Sunday, July 12th 10:00 - 11:00 am PST
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Learn more about the origins of PeaceTrees Vietnam and engage in an informal discussion with PeaceTrees co-founder, Jerilyn Brusseau.

Virtual Trip Reunions
Based on the number of RSVP’s we have created the following reunion groups. Please feel free to join either the group including your trip leader, or the year in which you traveled to Vietnam (feel free to join as many reunions as you would like):

Travelers from 1996 – 2008: Trip Leader Jerilyn Brusseau
When: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm PST
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Travelers from 2008 – 2020: Trip Leader Bob Stokes
When: 12:30 – 1:30 pm PST
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Travelers from 2018 – 2020: Trip Leader Christoph Giebel
When: 1:45 – 2:45 pm PST
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