Minutes Of The WCPCA Board Meeting, August 16, 2010
Location: Home of Benj & JoAnne Epstein
James Cloutier, Vern Delk, George Jeffcott, Maggie Keenan, Felicia
Kenney, Michael Kresko, Jack Meacham, Wendy Nelson, Rosa Sakanishi,
Dorothy Soper, Bob Watada
Cloutier opened the meeting at 7:15 PM. Vern Delk was added to the
reported that our current membership totals about 115.
There was a
discussion of the NPCA’s new policy of offering a free
membership to any first time member, regardless of how long ago they
served. Dorothy moved that the WCPCA adopt the same policy. The
motion was seconded, and carried unanimously.
suggested that we may hold a Peace Corps night at a local sporting
event as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. James will
consult with Justin and look into the feasibility of such an event.
Plans for the
Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration
Keenan presented the ongoing plans of the March One Committee. The
committee’s current updates were as follows:
Wayne met with Mayor Kitty Piercy on July 27, and received a very
enthusiastic response. They then met with Bobbie Moser, the Eugene
Community Events Manager, who suggested they meet with Beth Little,
the Executive Director Of the Saturday Market. That meeting will
take place shortly.
leading the planning efforts for the noon gathering downtown on
March 1, 2011. Wayne is leading the planning efforts for the evening
event at the Vet’s Club on the same day.
Felicia will set up a Facebook event page to build awareness of both
events, and to gauge an idea of how many attendees to expect.
James will design a flyer to be handed out at the Eugene
Celebration. James will also design a new banner to be carried in
the parade and used at future events.
Jack moved to
adopt Maggie’s proposed name of Peace Corps 50: JFK’s
Dream Lives On in order to brand the event. The motion was
seconded and carried unanimously.
to allocate $350 from the 2010 WCPCA budget to cover expenses. The
motion was seconded and carried unanimously.
create a list of tasks to be completed next, and share them at the
next board meeting.
that the OLLI presentation committee has decided on a panel format
for their presentation. It will consist of a moderator and four
speakers. The moderator will introduce the topic and show a short DVD
about the Peace Corps today. He/she will then ask for audience
perspectives of the Peace Corps, after which the four speakers will
each give a 5 minute presentation about their own Peace Corps
experience. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
The possibility of
recording the presentation was raised, for inclusion on the WCPCA
It was suggested
that this format could be used for future speaking engagements.
The board indicated
its approval of the format.
up the different methods of notifying WCPCA members of community
events, such as WCPCA Nights Out. It was agreed that upcoming events
will continue to be posted in the newsletter if there is sufficient
time. For spur-of-the-moment events, Felicia will send an email to
WCPCA members one week in advance of the event.
the need for WCPCA members to staff the booth at the Eugene
Celebration on August 28-29. Several board members signed up to work
organizers have not yet sent information regarding WCPCA’s
starting time. James will share the information as soon as he
that we have sold 57 calendars so far, which is over 25% of our total
reported that the RPCV campout at Crane Prairie was a great success.
All of the 15 reserved campsites were filled, and there were 50-60
people in attendance.
Vern brought up the
idea of writing a Peace Corps anthem. Board members are requested to
send possible song ideas to him, and he will forward them to a
songwriter of his acquaintance.
The next potluck
will be held on October 8, most likely in the UO Longhouse. Maggie
and her daughter will present about their recent trip to the
Philippines. There will also be a presentation by a newly returned
RPCV (to be identified by Justin) about his/her project. Newly
returned RPCVs and potential PCVs will be encouraged to attend.
Meeting: Monday, September 20, at the home of George Jeffcott.
October 8, location TBD (probably the UO Longhouse).
The meeting was
adjourned at 9:15 PM.
submitted by Wendy Nelson.