The Ethiopia Herald, predecessor to The Herald, was first published in February 1991 shortly after the formation of the Ethiopia/Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers affiliate of the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers during the 1990 Eugene RPCV Conference in Eugene, Oregon, July 1990. Its editor was Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 1962–64). The Ethiopia Herald was printed and mailed to 1,428 RPCVs at a cost of $460.00. Dues were $35 annually and included $20 National Council membership.
During NCRPC’s Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Peace Corps held in Washington DC in August 1991, 80 RPCVs voted to change the name of the group to Ethiopia & Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the name of the newsletter to The Herald.
The Herald reported on news of RPCVs, news of Ethiopia and Eritrea, provided announcements of upcoming events, projects, and reunions. Some believed it was (and is) the glue that holds our group together.
In February 2010, after 36 issues had been published in print, The Herald went electronic. On April 27, 2012, Marian created the E&ERPCV Facebook group, a closed group, allowing RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea to post immediately of news, events and items of interest to all. It complemented but did not replace The Herald. Members may join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eerpcv/
Janet Lee, 2012-2017
Barry Hillenbrand, 2004-2011
Hayward Allen, 2000-2004
Marian Haley Beil, 1991-2000