West Cascade Peace Corps Association
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Email Newsletter for August 2009

Greetings from the West Cascade Peace Corps Association!

In this edition of our electronic newsletter, you'll find:

Upcoming Events

September 5: Eugene Celebration Parade
Please join our entry in the parade on Saturday morning, September 5th. We will gather at #81 at 11th and Mill Streets between 9:00 and 9:30 am. We ask also that you wear an item of clothing from your country of service. For more information, see the article below.

September 5 - 6: WCPCA's Booth at the Eugene Celebration (More info below)

September 17: WCPCA Board Meeting

October 7 - 9: UO Street Faire's Peace Corps Booth (More info below)

October 9: WCPCA Fall Welcome Potluck (More info below)

October 10: Food for Lane County's Empty Bowls fundraiser (More info below)

November 13: Annual Meeting

A little note about calendar features
On our website, it has been possible for a while now to download files that allow you to import an event into an electronic calendar program on your computer. You can use this feature with wireless devices, like iPods or PDAs. The newest feature takes this convenience one step further by allowing you to subscribe to our calendar. In each of the following, the address you will enter is: "http://westcascadepca.org/calendar-subscribe.php"

  • You can do this in Google Calendar: http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=37100
  • In iCal on a Mac, in the Calendar menu, click Subscribe.
  • Instructions for Outlook are here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA101673251033.aspx#2

Hopefully, this will make it even easier to keep up to date with the WCPCA. If you need a little help, feel free to contact info@westcascadepca.org.

Announcements and Notes

  • October potluck

    Our fall welcome potluck will be on Friday, October 9th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon campus, 1630 Columbia Street. We'll be especially pleased to welcome new members to WCPCA, students who are newly returned volunteers, and those students who will be there to learn more about Peace Corps service. These groups plus our continuing membership should have both information and questions to exchange.

    The program will reflect the full range of our interests. Justin Overdevest, the U of O Peace Corps recruiter, will give a brief overview of the current status of Peace Corps operations. He'll also arrange for a newly returned volunteer to give us a power point presentation about his or her PC project. These presentations are always interesting and very often inspirational. Come to enjoy and be informed!

    We ask WCPCA members (who are not current students) to bring a salad or dessert to share. Current students are exempt from this request. WCPCA will purchase pizza for our main dish. There will be ample dinner for all.

    We look forward to a good turnout.

  • Elections for the 2010 board are coming up:

    It's time to put together a new slate for the new board that will serve in 2010! Jim Beyer (email:jimbeyer@comcast.net) is head of the nominating committee and is actively looking for members to serve on the board. Several of the officers may continue but there are at-large positions available. This is a great way to begin and doesn't have to take tons of time. If you are pressed for time, you only need to attend our monthly, two hour board meetings and share your thoughts.

    Please read the summary of the minutes (item #9) in the newsletter to learn what is involved and also consult our bylaws which are on the website. Email or talk to Jim or a current board member for more information. New members to the organization are especially invited to join and thus take part in the business of the organization.

    Nominations will be made this month and the names of the nominees will appear in the late September newsletter. The election will be at the potluck/annual meeting in November.

  • Saturday, October 10th, Food for Lane County hosts its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser and silent auction at the warehouse on 770 Bailey Hill. WCPCA has participated in helping to clean up after the event for several years now and the time has come once again to recruit volunteers. Join us at 8:30 pm, share a bite to eat provided by the caterers, and then get ready to clean so that the warehouse can be fully operational on Monday. Dress comfortably and stay as long as you can. There is no limit to the number of volunteers needed...the more the better!

    Please RSVP by October 1st by emailing Shannon Micheel at smicheel@gmail.com

  • UO Street Faire
    Peace Corps Booth
    October 7, 8, & 9th

    Volunteers Needed! Share your Peace Corps stories and talk to an entering generation of Peace Corps applicants. The UO Street Faire takes place at the beginning of the school year and offers students the opportunity to speak directly with RPCVs. Email Justin Overdevest, the UO Peace Corps representative, at pcorps@uoregon.edu to sign up for a two hour volunteer time block. Blocks run from Wednesday the 8th thru Friday the 9th.
    10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm

  • Membership directory and membership:

    All members recently received an updated membership directory as a .pdf. The directory, dated August, 2009, includes only paid up members and is distributed only to those individuals. We're very pleased to be able to update it frequently due to this format.

    WCPCA now has 110 members including 25 new to the organization since January. Our members have worked in 62 different countries starting in 1963. Quite a record! Welcome to our new members and many thanks to our renewing members for their continued support.

  • Eugene Celebration, September 5-6:

    The Eugene Celebration is coming and will provide an excellent time and place for WCPCA to show its colors in the parade and at our booth to sell our wares and provide information about the Peace Corps. Join us to make a strong statement for peace! You'll see a summary of our plans below.

    Parade: We are entry #81 in Saturday morning's parade, September 5th. We'll gather at this number between 9:00 and 9:30 am at 11th and Mill Streets. The parade will begin at 9:30 but we won't start until a little later since we're near the end. We'll carry our Peace Corps banner, propel our colorful, cardboard, never-full taxi, and also carry flags from at least 22 of the current or former Peace Corps countries. Children are welcome!

    We ask you to wear an item of clothing from your country of service. This makes a strong statement. If you need a generic such item, or have a question please contact us at info@westcascadepca.org.

    WCPCA has flags from 22 of the 62 countries in which our members have served. These are tied on plastic pipes so that we can carry them easily. You are welcome to bring a flag from your country of service to be certain that it is displayed. See photos of our entries in the parades of 1988 and 2008 on the website at www.westcascadepca.org.

    WCPCA has flags from the following countries. See if yours is among them.

    • Afghanistan
    • Benin
    • Bolivia
    • Botswana
    • Czech Republic
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Fiji
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Pakistan
    • Paraguay
    • Philippines
    • Russia
    • Seychelles
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tanzania
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Uzbekistan
    • Uganda

    If would like to buy your own flag you might contact Salem Capitol Flags and Flagpole in Salem, OR at www.capflagusa.com, or (888) 869-6477.

  • Eugene Celebration Booth:

    WCPCA will have an information booth on Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th, in the area for nonprofits near the usual site of the Saturday Market. We'll sell tee shirts and international calendars to raise money for grants that we make to humanitarian projects, and answer questions about the Peace Corps. We'll have the latest literature to hand out. Let your PC experience shine!

    We have a sign up sheet to staff the booth. If you have a couple of hours to volunteer during the day, please send an email to info@westcascadepca.org to let us know. Someone will contact you.

  • Saturday Market Booth:

    WCPCA had a booth at the Saturday Market in Eugene on August 8th and 22nd. Several members staffed the booth to answer questions about the Peace Corps and sell calendars and tee shirts. We attracted the interest of shoppers, sold some items, and answered questions. Thanks to those who took part! Many thanks to Rolly and James for organizing this activity.

  • Hi there,

    I'm looking for RPCVs who trained at UCLA during the 1960s. I'm working on a 50th anniversary project and hope to put together an exhibit about what took place on campus and how UCLA was a part of this very unique part of American history.

    Specifically, I'm looking for (1) photos or film of training, (2) information on which groups trained there and when, (3) "mug books" of the volunteer groups, and (4) anecdotes/accounts of your overall impression of the training, where you stayed, etc.

    Please contact me if you were a trainee at UCLA -- even if you don't have the items above, I'd still like to know exactly which groups trained there.

    Many thanks,

    Kate Kuykendall
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Peace Corps, L.A. Office
    China 1999-2001
    kkuykendall@ peacecorps. gov


    IDCE at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, actively recruits RPCVs to its programs and provides generous fellowship opportunities. If you are looking to bridge your practical experience with theory, IDCE could be the right place for you. Our graduates are effective professionals who can work with activists, civil society organizations, government policy makers, business people, academics, scientists, technical experts, as well as ordinary people. IDCE alumni are the decision makers in environmental, development, and social service agencies, consultancies, businesses, and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad.

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships (at least 40% tuition remission = to at least $20,000) to all RPCVs admitted to one of IDCE's graduate programs. Additionally, each year, IDCE awards at least one full tuition-free competitive fellowship for a RPCV of extraordinary merit. To apply, please check the appropriate box on the IDCE application to be considered for these fellowships. Applicants can also provide some form of verification of service at the time of their application in order to waive the application fee.

  • Aaron Williams Sworn in as Peace Corps Director
    August 24, 2009, Washington Post
    "I am deeply honored to be the director of the Peace Corps, and I want to thank President Obama for the trust that he has placed in me. I look forward to making his call to public service a reality for more Americans."

  • Not Your Father's Peace Corps
    August 21, 2009, The Wall Street Journal
    "While most people associate the corps with, say, Uganda, Ukraine is now home to the largest Peace Corps contingent. These days, in fact, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala all host more volunteers than any sub-Saharan African country..."

  • Get Paid to be a Do-Gooder
    August 13, 2009, Forbes
    "Young people have grown more interested in considering public service jobs, and employers have increasingly come to view a stint with the Peace Corps or Habitat for Humanity as a plus on a job-seeker's résumé, says Joseph Du Pont, who runs the career center at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass..."

  • Manila's Hobbit House bar: Full of little people and a big love
    August 10, 2009, Los Angeles Times
    "Ex-Peace Corps volunteer Jim Turner rescued dwarfs from the Philippine capital's harsh streets and gave them a place to call home. Now they can't imagine life without him..."

  • Worldview Magazine
    Summer 2009

Summary of the minutes of the WCPCA board meeting, 8/13/09

The full text of the minutes is available on the website.

Attending: James Cloutier, Evangelina Sundgrenz, Bob Watada, Rose Watada, John Hofer, Wayne Thompson, Rolly Thompson, Maggie Keenan, Dorothy Soper; we met at Dorothy's home.

The minutes of the previous meeting had already been circulated and approved by email. James conducted the meeting.

  1. The board voted to pay the registration fee of $15 for Bob Watada to represent the organization at a workshop sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation on September 10th. The topic will be "Making the Case for Endowment."

  2. Jack circulated the treasurer's report via email. The board reviewed it and accepted it.

  3. There were reports from the Financial Planning and the Communications Committees both of which the board accepted.

    1. The Financial Planning Committee, after extensive conferring by email, recommended the following, "Assuming that the Principal Life bond can be sold for at least $18,750, we recommend selling the bond and investing at least $25,000 with the Oregon Community Foundation."

      Jack is the committee chair and wrote a history of the gift of money that led to the creation of the Beryl Brinkman Memorial Fund, the purchase of the bond, and the recommendation above. The history is a good reference and is available from Jack.

      Members of this committee in addition to Jack are Jim Beyer, Rob Dwan, Deb McLauglin, Dorothy Soper, and Evangelina Sundgrenz.

    2. Dorothy reported for the Communications Committee that it had met and welcomed Mary Meacham as a new member. The four committee members are Felicia Kenney, Maggie Keenan, Mary Meacham, and Dorothy Soper. They share the communication responsibilities for the organization which include responding to the general email address listed on the website. A complete listing of these responsibilities is available from Dorothy.

  4. Felicia reported via Dorothy that the updated membership directory will be ready for distribution via .pdf within a few days. The board thanked Felicia for her work to update the directory.

  5. The board decided to cancel the bluegrass concert that we had planned as a fundraiser for August 21st since we haven't received more than a dozen reservations. We felt that the format for this kind of fundraiser should be revisited.

    The board thanks Shannon and Michael for being willing to host the event and Felicia for her role in taking reservations and work done by all three.

  6. The board voted to cancel the message telephone service that we have had for two years due to our receiving very few calls.

  7. The board will follow up on a suggestion from Jack that we develop a page on the website that will have information about Beryl Brinkman and the memorial fund that we are setting up in her name. James will work with Artis to write a biography and identify two photos to include.

  8. We talked about the logistics for our participation in the Eugene Celebration parade on September 5th and the operation of the booth to inform the public about the PC and sell tee shirts and calendars on both the 5th and 6th.

  9. We talked about preparations for the November elections of a new board that will begin its service in January, 2010. The board appreciates Jim Beyer's agreement to be the nominating committee. We agreed that each board member will contact Jim by email or phone in the very near future to let him know if she/he wants to continue on the board and, if so, in what capacity.

    We also agreed that we should all work to recruit new board members, especially at-large members. We need the help and also we need for other people to learn the business of the organization. We especially would like to see one or two new members join the board. We also have several long time members who might be interested. Calls or other contacts should be made in the next two weeks.

    We talked about the basic requirements of a board member. The specific responsibilities of the officers are in the bylaws. No requirements are listed for at-large members. There is no limit to the number of at-large members that can be on the board.

    We accepted the idea that officers attend the monthly board meetings regularly and that at-large members attend at least half of the meetings. We would also like at-large members to be active on at least one committee. Note that there are five standing committees: fund raising, financial planning, activities, membership, and communications.

    Dorothy and Jim had already met once to talk about the nominating process and she'll let him know of the above decisions. The board noted that the nominations have to be in the newsletter that goes out in late September. The election will be in November.

  10. The board designated Dale Dow and Vern Delk as official representatives of the organization at the regional meeting that will be held at the campout later in August. They'll let us know what takes place.