Summary of the Western Regional Meeting of the
Affiliated Groups of the National Peace Corps Association
February 21, 2009
This regional meeting was attended by representatives of RPCV
organizations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Other states
included in the western region are California, Alaska, Hawaii,
Nevada, Montana and the US territories in the Pacific.
Attending this meeting:
WCPCA members and guests: Joe Hindman, NPCA board member who
represents the western region, Wayne Thompson, James Cloutier,
Shannon Micheel, Vern Delk, Dale Dow, Justin Overdevest, Artis
Spriggs, Rosa Sakamishi, Bob Watada, Rolly Thompson, Evangelina
Sundgrenz, Dorothy Soper
Members of other western region organizations: Richard Ireland of
the Columbia River RPCA, Portland, OR, Sam Greer from Boise, Idaho,
Aileen Lie, Paulette Thompson (Seattle liaison to the NPCA board),
and Joana Ramos from the Seattle, WA, RPCV organization, SEAPAX.
We met in the Community Room at EWEB's headquarters at noon. WCPCA
provided a potluck luncheon. Joe Hindman presided at the meeting.
Below are highlights of the meeting. No attempt was made to
record all of the details of the meeting.
Each RPCV organization represented gave a report of its
activities over the last year. One item of note is that each now
distributes its newsletter electronically.
We discussed how each organization defines a returned
volunteer. Is it someone who served a minimum amount of time?
Successfully completed training? No consensus was reached but none
of the groups has a problem with this question.
We discussed ideas for attracting new members and retaining
current ones. We agree that its helpful to have a range of
activities that will appeal to different age groups and family
configurations. Families with children seem to like picnics and
other active programs. Being in parades attracts people in
general. Virtual activities and pub nights were recommended for
younger RPCVs. Potlucks seems to appeal to all ages but a little
less so to younger members.
Everyone felt that the PC should be forthcoming to give RPCV
organizations the names of volunteers who are completing their
service. We noted the recently published directory of RPCVs from
the national organization.
For organizations planning to write grant proposals, checking
with the Friends of Malawi was recommended.
We discussed the funding of active PC projects through the Peace
Corps Partnership program. We understand that this must be the
channel to fund any PC project now.
We discussed the pros and cons of having a 501(c)(3) status
with the IRS. SEPAX has chosen to be a “registered nonprofit
charitable group” with the IRS as an alternative. We learned the
basis for this decision.
There was a suggestion that the NPCA put all of the affiliated
organizations under its umbrella thus letting them become 501(c)(3) organizations without making an individual application. We
Sam Greer reminded us that there is an existing agreement among
the organizations of the western region that each group will
contribute annually to the travel expenses of the regional
representative. These expenses are typically $1,200 to $1,500 per
Participation is voluntary. The typical amount contributed is $1
per member. Contributions are made directly to the representative.
It's not clear whether all of the RPCV organizations in the
western region are aware of this agreement.
We would like to have a list of all of the RPCV organizations in
the western region and a contact person with email address for each.
Joe will work on this.
We discussed the PC's funding from Congress. We agreed that we
would like to see an emphasis on improving the quality of existing
PC programs before the general expansion of the PC.
We discussed briefly who might be the new PC director.
Joe and others identified the current initiatives of the NPCA.
- More Peace Corps campaign
- Raising money for the 50th anniversary celebration in all of its
- Seeking $25 million in grants to create an endowed fund of which
the income would provide ongoing funding for its activities
- Allocating $500,000 received from the Gates Foundation (early 2009)
to fund PC projects in agriculture
- Regional meeting in May, 2009, in Boise or Spokane
- Campout August 21-23, 2009, in Washington near Leavenworth
in the Cascades; host group is SEPAX in Seattle
- Regional meeting, January, 2010, Portland
- Regional meeting, May, 2010, Seattle
- Campout, August, 2010, host would be the Portland, Eugene or Boise
- September, 2011, celebration of the 50th anniversary, Washington DC
We adjourned shortly after 4:00 pm. We planned to gather at 6:00
pm at Mekala's Restaurant for a fundraising dinner organized by