Dear Members and Friends of PTPDE,

Hugh Kelly was involved with our Chapter for many years often serving on our Board and offering his advice when needed for legal matters.  Hugh loved meeting people and that is why an organization such as People to People was a perfect match for his warm personality, inviting smile and knowledge of world affairs.  Many of us still have fond memories of Hugh Kelly.

Obituary for Hugh J. Kelly

Hugh J. Kelly, age 84, of Hockessin, DE, died surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Hugh was a loving husband, great dad, and caring grandfather. After graduating from Holy Cross he attended Fordham Law School and practiced law for the next 40 years. His infectious laugh brightened up every room and people were drawn to his gregarious, generous, and caring personality. Hugh never met a stranger, only potential friends. In his later years, he would sit outside and wave to neighbors as they passed by, often asking if they would like his autograph. This elicited a smile from all he met. Joking was a big part of his personality. He loved to tell his grandchildren that he won a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. Grandpa and his stories were the center of every family gathering. Connection with people was one of his greatest pleasures. He will be greatly missed. 

Hugh is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Madge Kelly; children: Denise Repka (Dan), Debbie Hank (Allen), Amy Kelly, Jeanette Gibbons (Ken), and Hugh B. Kelly (Lisa); grandchildren: Danny, Kelly, David, Brandon, Jordan, Natalia, Elyse, Brian, Quinn, and Luke. He was also very close to his brothers and sisters-in-law. 

Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ministry of Caring, 1410 N Claymont St, Wilmington, DE 19802. To send an online condolence, visit


Once Again: Prospects for a U.S. Legalization Program and the Unauthorized Immigrant Groups that Could Factor in the Debate
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 202110:00 A.M. ET (New York, D.C.) / 9:00 A.M. CT (Chicago) /8:00 A.M. MT (Denver) / 7:00 A.M. PT (Los Angeles)
   SPEAKERS:Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of U.S. Immigration Policy Program, MPI; and former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
Jessica Bolter, Associate Policy Analyst, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, MPI
Kerri Talbot, former Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Director of Federal Advocacy, Immigration Hub C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., former General Counsel to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Don Nickles (R-OK); Founder and CEO, Monument AdvocacyLOCATIONMPI WEBCAST     


Sixty percent of the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States have lived in the country for a decade or more, becoming an enduring part of its workforce, economy, and communities. While the resource requirements for deporting this entire group would be insurmountable, there has been sparse serious congressional action to provide any path to legalization for the last 20 years. Dogged by questions of who should be eligible for legalization and under what conditions as well as the political reactions these questions trigger, lawmakers have repeatedly hit an impasse, inevitably dooming the prospects for urgently needed broader immigration reform. On day one of his administration, President Joe Biden called upon Congress to enact a sweeping proposal to give unauthorized immigrants a pathway to citizenship. How will Congress respond to this latest effort? Is it likely to garner bipartisan support? Join MPI for the release of a new report that takes stock of various legalization options, particularly amid growing calls to recognize the role immigrants deemed essential workers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing upon MPI’s unique methodology to provide estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population and study their characteristics, the report examines the composition of today’s unauthorized population and offers important new data on various subgroups, including DREAMers and essential workers. Beyond unveiling the findings, the discussion will feature Republican and Democratic perspectives on possible legislative strategies surrounding legalization, the likelihood of achieving bipartisan support, and what has and has not changed in Congress since the last major effort at immigration reform in 2013.


January 10, 2021 – 2pm to 3pm

Members of People to People International (PTPI) in Switzerland will talk about
what is happening in their country and how they have been impacted as
musicians during the closure of almost all musical events.

Membership Letter from

Executive Director

Ellen Hughes

Dear Friends,


Wilmington – Jyotsna Pandit Patel passed away from a heart attack on her 75th birthday, February 3rd, 2020. She was at home in the house she loved and had lived in for many years in the hill station of Panchgani, India. She was with her favorite caretaker Kunal, and had spoken to her beloved son, Ani and granddaughter Lilia, just a few hours earlier.

She was born in Panchgani and graduated from the University of Bombay. She and her then-husband, Dhiren Patel, emmigrated to this country in 1967, and moved to Wilmington DE in 1975, where he had a job at the DuPont Company. Jyo started a successful travel agency, Welcome Aboard, which she ran in Delaware until she was partially paralyzed by a stroke, after which she returned to the family property in Panchgani, where she could receive daily therapy and care, from a cook, housekeeper and driver.

Jyo touched many lives over the years. Besides arranging for specialized and spectacular travel, she loved to connect people long before ‘networking’ was a household word. She was a board member of many professional and social organizations, including People to People, Delaware Council for International Visitors, Soroptimists International, and Girls, Inc. She was the congressional appointee as Delaware’s representative to the 1986 White House Council on Small Business, and was named the Governor’s “Exporter of the Year” and the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” from the US Small Business Administration. She helped and advised numerous students, politicians and small business owners. Her energy, intelligence and concern for others led to many lasting friendships.

Hindu last rites and cremation were performed in Panchgani, thanks to the help of family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Aniruddh Patel, daughter-in-law Jennifer Burton, and two grandchildren, Roger and Lilia Burtonpatel.

Any recollections or pictures of her would be precious to Ani, his wife Jennifer, and to Jyo’s grandchildren. Please send them to Ani at

Cokesbury Village invites you to attend their upcoming program.

December 10, 2019  at 7:00 p.m. 

Presentation by Ms. Ana Escrogima of the US Department of State. 

Free & open to the public but reservations are required. RSVP to Carl Hutter  at,

Kim Burdick, Executive Director is retiring December 31, 2019


Fondly known as “Mrs. History,” Kim Burdick is one of Delaware’s best-known communicators. In 2008, she was named Chevalier l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government for her work commemorating French assistance in the American Revolution. In demand as a speaker and consultant on history and historic preservation issues, Kim’s recent book, Revolutionary Delaware, received first place in the Delaware Press Association competition. Several of her articles on the American Revolution can be found online at .      In March 2017, she assisted museum staff with the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and coordinated the Delaware-based symposium, “Voices of the Past: Black Patriots of the American Revolution.” Advisor Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and past chairman of the Delaware Humanities Council, Kim was honored in 2016 by the State of Delaware for her work on the 50th Anniversary of the Nation’s Historic Preservation laws.




Known non-profit leader
Ability to make decisions and solve problems
Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
Ability to obtain and process information
Advocacy and lobbying
Coordination of meetings and programs
Former ELI tutor. Homestay family since early 1990s.
Strategic planning


  • MPA, Public Policy and Agency Management. School of Public Policy & Administration, College of Urban Affairs, University of Delaware. 1989-1990. *
  • MA, American Folk Culture and Museum Studies. Cooperstown Graduate Programs, SUNY Oneonta, New York.
  • CertificateDALF. French. L’Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland.
  • BA, Art History. SUNY Cortland, New York.

* MPA Thesis cited in: Rosenthal, Alan. The Third House: Lobbyists. Eagleton Institute. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1993 and  in: Boyer, William W and Edward C. Ratledge. Delaware Politics and Government. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.


2017   Delaware Press Association Communicator of Achievement
2016   Preservation 50-State of Delaware
2011   NEH- SHEAR Summer Scholar
2010   Good Citizen Medal. DESSAR
2008   Les Palmes Academiques – French Government.
2004   French Advocate of the Year. French Faculty, University of Delaware
2000-2001 Hagley-Winterthur Research Fellow.
1994   CSG Toll Fellow


  • Burdick Associates: Building History specializes in strategic planning, grant-writing, National Register Nominations, and short-term project management opportunities. Currently, Burdick Associates is providing contract managerial services to People to People Delaware. 2017-2018 programs have included grant-writing, JFC application work, bringing Mary Eisenhower, International Chairman of PtPI, to Delaware to speak at DelState University and at Widener Law School, and working on “Meet & Greet Buffets” for international scholars from U.S. Department of State SUSI programs in cooperation with U. D’s Institute for Global Studies.
  • Del Tech-Wilmington Campus(2004-2017) Retired. 

Members Meeting, Nov 6, 2019

October 28, 2019: The US Global Leadership Coalition offered a conference in Wilmington DE.  

People to People: Delaware was represented by Kim Burdick, the Executive Director, Sharon Cooper, the secretary and Jean Raleigh, the co-president.  

Leaders and speakers for the conference included Mike Castle, Chris Coons, Collins O’Mara, Matt Meyer, Dana Bash.

Sponsorships and Partners of the Conference Included:

Chevron, Tetra Tech, Cargill, Pfizer, Chemonics, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Corteva,  World Trade Center, Sister Cities and others. PTPDE offered information at one of the display tables. 

The discussions focused on American leadership and engagement around the world using principled American values.  Climate change, global food security, conservation, global health, building a prosperous Africa, global career paths for youth, and finally global fragility.  Senator Coons ended the conference with an uplifting speech on how together we can build a better, safer Delaware, United States and world.

Pictured: USGLC and Sen. Chris Coons

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power sits with Valerie Biden Owens to discuss Power’s New York Times Best Seller, The Education of An Idealist.

Valerie Biden Owens
Pictured: Valerie Biden Owens


What can one person do? At a time of upheaval and division, Samantha Power offers an urgent response to this question—and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. 

The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of U.S. foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected Senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign.

After Obama was elected President, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.  Date and time:
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:00 pm
(Doors open at 3:30 pm)

Mitchell Hall
134 The Green, Newark, DE 19716 

Submit one form per person. Event seating is limited. This event is free and open to the public.

PARKING: The closest lot is the Center for the Arts Parking Garage with an entrance located on Amstel Way. Amstel Way also has street metered parking if needed. The nearby Trabant University Center has a parking garage located at 19 W Main Street, Newark, DE 19716.

“The Education of An Idealist” memoir will be available for purchase at the event.


Global Youth Murals 2019

People to People Delaware had the privilege of leading the 2019 Global Youth Mural Event at the Claymont Boys and Girls Club last week. Eight middle school students talked about the values of peace, non-violence and embracing diversity, and worked with the theme One People, One World. The students were remarkably engaged, creative and hard working. This is a project that is happening in countries throughout the world. The Delaware murals will travel to many countries to spread the word of cooperation, respect and friendship. Many thanks to the terrific team at the Boys and Girls Club who helped to make this project a success. Thank you also to our artist in residence, Ms. Eunice Lafate, who has a longstanding commitment to working with kids and the greater Wilmington community. The murals will be premiered, along with other murals from around the world, at the Lafate Gallery at 227 N. Market St., Wilmington, from 5-8:30PM during the Wilmington Art Loop on September 6th. We hope to see you there!


Messages from the Students:


‘ It’s all of our jobs to share ideas and care about one another. If we all work together, we can have the world we imagine.’


‘Bring Love, Not Hate!’

Flier art loop youth murals 2019

PtP-DE Flyer-Annual Meeting-Saleem Khan awardee 2019 (1)
Khan Recommendation Letter -Final_Page_1
Khan Recommendation Letter -Final_Page_2

PtPDE Swedish program May 19 2019
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2018.

People to People International (DE Chapter) presents a Peace Week Delaware lecture with DSU Alumnus and founder of DETV, Ivan Thomas.
Mr. Thomas will speak on using photography as a means of multicultural communication. Thomas is one of the most recognizable faces in Delaware. An award-winning local producer, director, editor, online activist and relentlessly positive community organizer, Ivan understands the science and psychology of film, media marketing and advertising, and he loves communicating and creating through this medium.
DATE: Sunday, September 23, 2018
TIME: 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue Lewes

Above: Tuesday, July 10 at Duffers Mill for a buffet dinner with UD Global Studies’ SUSI students from Sub-Saharan Africa. $25 per person.

Below: Annual Meeting at Ed Oliver Golf Club. Floyd & lice Ho receiving People Helping People award. Special Guest Merrill Atwater. Guest speaker, Ivan Thomas.

Merrill at head table with John Pastor and Floyd & Alicw Ho June 13 2018
PtPDE-Jean Raleigh with Alice, Floyd & Merrill. June 13 2018


2018 People to People International Mural  Information  Sheet

The Delaware chapter of People to People International is hosting this unique project to engage youth in cultural awareness and peace- building skills while creating a hanging mural together.
Two locations and times are being offered:
Friday July 27th (4-6pm) & Saturday July 28th (9am-12pm) at The Lafate Gallery, 227 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Friday August 3rd (4-6pm) & Saturday August 4th (9am-Noon) at The Boston Street Gallery, 2539 East Boston Street Philadelphia, PA 19125.
In keeping with the spirit of the Mural Friendly, youth agree to maintain a non-competitive, respectful atmosphere that fosters friendship, trust, and peace. Sessions will include each youth sharing about their culture/ traditions, and learning how many countries make our world great.
An artist with international background and PTPDE board members will lead each group in brainstorming and designing a (free hanging) mural. Please note activities to develop this year’s theme will be the focus on Friday and the mural will only be made on Saturday. Youth must attend both days to take part in creating the mural.
Ages 8-19 can participate in this FREE project. Youth will work in groups based on age to show the “salad bowl” diversity of Delaware. Each group will be no more than 5-6 youth so they have enough time to share and create the mural that will then travel around the world thru PTPI chapters!


Hold the Date:  Annual Meeting: Dinner and Program featuring Ivan Thomas

Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 PM. Ed Oliver Golf Club.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater Joining us for our Annual Meeting!

>> Click here to learn more about Merrill <<

Contact: KIM BURDICK, DPA-COA 2017. Executive Director, People to People Delaware.
RE: People to People Delaware Cordially Invites the Public to its Annual Meeting, Wed June 13, 2018. Special Guests include Merrill Eisenhower Atwater & Speaker, Ivan Thomas.  Floyd Ho to be honored.
Today’s Date: May 29, 2018

Public Cordially Invited to Dinner: IVAN THOMAS to Speak & Floyd Ho to Receive an Award.   The Public is cordially invited to People to People Delaware’s Annual Dinner Meeting to be held Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 pm at Ed Oliver Golf Club. PTPDE Founding member, Floyd Ho, will be honored with an award presented by Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, CEO of People to People International.
Dinner will be followed by a talk with Ivan Thomas of DETV on Photography as a Means of Multicultural Communication. The evening’s event, including dinner, is $30 per person. Reservations are required.
Delaware’s Floyd Ho was born and raised in China. Educated both in Hong Kong and in the United States, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1969 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Ho is a founding member of both People to People Delaware and Delaware’s Chinese American Community Center. He takes great pleasure in serving the community by bringing people together.
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater was recently appointed the CEO of People to People International. Merrill holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in International Business and Marketing from Baker University. He is the great-grandson of People to People’s founder, Dwight David Eisenhower.
PEOPLE to PEOPLE International (PTPI) creates lasting cross-cultural connections between everyday citizens around the world to help them explore global issues, serve and enrich their diverse communities, and become more effective leaders in creating a more peaceful world.
The evening’s guest speaker, DETV founder, Ivan Thomas, often called “Big Ive,” is one of the most recognizable faces in Delaware. An award-winning local producer, director, editor, online activist and relentlessly positive community organizer, Ivan Thomas understands the science and psychology of film, media marketing and advertising, and he loves communicating and creating through this medium. Beyond his video work, Ivan teaches Positive Media/Film at Kuumba Academy, a city charter school focusing on closing the achievement gap in the city of Wilmington through creativity and scholarship. Ivan and his creative partner, Shoshana Kohn, established the movement #WEARELOVE, a campaign focusing on building relationships and promoting communication between diverse groups of community members.
Please RSVP by June 6: Send $30 per person to People to People Delaware, att: Treasurer. P.O. Box 25064 Wilmington, Delaware 19899.



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 Hold the Date: Board Meeting at Hale Byrnes House

Wednesday May 9 at 6:00 PM

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Art As An Expression of Personal Peace with Won Choi & Eunice LaFate

Wednesday May 7 at 7:00 PM

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Connections: Togo and West Africa


Join us Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Cokesbury Auditorium,      726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707 for a special community program, Connections: Togo and West Africa, on Tuesday evening, April 17, at 7:00 PM at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. Our keynote speaker, Isidore Ogoussan is an active member of the area’s African community as well as being a Financial Advisor in the Philadelphia area. A native of Benin where he earned a bachelor’s Degree, he arrived in Philadelphia in 1999 to engage in the hospitality field. He got a bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Temple University and has been providing financial assistance to food and beverage company owners and food and equipment suppliers. In 2016 he was awarded the Faces and Diversity Award from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging association.

Mr. Ogoussan continues to be in touch with his native region and is active as a Board Member in two African related organizations: Delaware Africa Caribbean Coalition and The Africa Caribbean Business Council (Philadelphia). He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Katherine and twin sons Luc and Henry.
The scope of the presentation will include the development of West Africa in pre- and post-colonial times, the area’s ethnic groups, their languages and social customs and the dynamics of the region.


March Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm at the Hale Byrnes House.   We  will be focusing on developing our 2018 calendar of events.


February 2018

February 22, 2018. Ed Tucker and Carl Hutter manned a PtPDE Informational table at Cokesbury Village.

Photo by Jeanne Swartz.



January 2018

Mary Jean Eisenhower and Grace Kim, Ph.D., Chairwoman of People to People International Korea National Headquarters and member of People to People International Board of Directors, each received a Korean Peace Medal from the Korean Informational Association.  See link  for more information:



January 2018

January 30, 2018. People to People Delaware Hosted U.D.’s Global Studies Department & Their SUSI Students. A Round Robin Discussion added to our fun and our knowledge of what visitors from other countries thought about Americans!




       JANUARY, 2018

Please Mark Your Calendars for these upcoming January events!

We hope all is well and that you’ve had a wonderful  holiday season!

As part of Global Studies’ Winter Program on US National Security Policymaking, People to People Delaware will be participating in an open forum focused on confronting anti-Americanism in the 21st century, at UD’s campus on the evening of January 9, 2018,  Gore Hall Room 103 from 6-8pm.   (Note: Gore Hall is on Route 896 about 1/2 way between Morris Library & the Trabant Center on 896. The overhead pedestrian walkway ends right in front of this building)

On Tuesday, January 30, People to People  will  host a related event for Global Studies’ public policy specialists  from around the world at a “Meet & Greet Buffet Dinner”  at Michael’s Restaurant (across from Christiana Hilton) at 6:00 pm, 1,000 Churchman’s Road, Newark, DE 19713.  $22 for dinner plus cash bar.

All are welcome to attend. Please come & do bring guests!

Please rsvp for the Jan 30 event. $22 per person. Checks should be made out to PtPDE and mailed to John Pastor, Treasurer. P.O. Box 25064, Wilmington, DE 19899.

For more information on UD’s forum, please contact Daniel C. Bottomley, Ph.D., Associate Director, Global Partnerships & Programs, Institute for Global Studies. (302) 831-2852

Please spread the word to  your networks to invite anyone who’d like to visit. We will  have some great and informative sessions!

NOTE to PtPDE: BOARD MEETING will be held Wednesday Jan 10 at Kirkwood Highway Library, parking behind the building.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Kim Burdick, MA, MPA, Executive Director


People Helping People Award –Awarded to Mark & Georgi Marquisee. Fall 2017.

    •  2017 People Helping People Award:  Dr. Saleem Khan with Honorees Mark Marquisee,  and Georgi (Eleanor) Marquisee with Executive Director   Kim Burdick, and Committee Chairman Jean Raleigh.      Below: Board member Anna White with Georgi Marquisee.



 Below: Dr. Anand Panwalker was our Guest Speaker on November 30, 2017.





         Peace Week, September 18, 2018

Below: Chi Butler-Davis with National Board Chairman, Mary Jean Eisenhower and  Willis Phelps, Sergeant Major with State Honors.   September 18, 2017. Widener Law School.

Below: Patrick Kelly and David Onserio Monda, Circles of Understanding: Kenya


Summer 2017: Jeanne Swartz & Eunice LaFate and the Mural Project

PtPDE-Jeanne's murals 2017


Below: Michael Scullin, Esq., Honorary Consul of France.  Annual Meeting Speaker, June 2017.  Wilmington, Delaware.


Ivan Thomas in Lewes 9-23
Ivan Thomas in Lewes 9-23

Mural Project 2017-Jeanne Swartz, Annette Fletcher and Eunice LaFate with students