Ukraine experience explained in talk

Peace Corps volunteer Mike Dixon will report firsthand experiences of his service and experiences up to and during the current Ukrainian crisis at the DeKalb Kiwanis Club meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the south room of the DeKalb Elks Club, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. The public is invited to attend.

Dixon’s dream of a Peace Corps mission began nearly three decades ago. He postponed it during the Vietnam War and a 31-year Chicago-area architectural career.  

In 2011, Dixon was assigned to Ukraine and the Podolian Agency for Regional Development in Vinnytsia.

“This is a country that is rich in culture and history but is still very young, having just gained its independence in 1991,” Dixon said.  “My work in Ukraine has involved many projects aimed at preserving and recovering pieces of Ukrainian culture that were suppressed during Soviet Rule under Joseph Stalin.”

While at Vinnytsia, he developed two outdoor theaters and an open-air museum of Ukrainian folk architecture and customs, plus writing “Vinnystia, Waiting for You,” a tour guide for English-speaking visitors.

A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $5. Dinner reservations must be made by calling 815-501-9985 by March 29. There is no cost to attend the presentation. Public guests are asked to be prompt so as not to disturb the meeting once it is under way.

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