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Minutes Of The WCPCA Board Meeting, April 11, 2011

Location: Home of Dorothy Soper

Attendees: Miriam Aiken, Keith Beyer, Maggie Keenan, Felicia Kenney, Dale Morse, Wendy Nelson, Rosa Sakanishi, Dorothy Soper, Wayne Thompson, Bob Watada

  1. President Dorothy Soper opened the meeting at 7:00 PM. There were no additions to the agenda.

  2. The board identified WCPCA activities in March and April:

    • Walt and Nancy Meyer addressed the Southtown Rotary and Vern Delk and Dale Dow addressed the National Association of Retired Persons in March.  Both presentations concerned individual PC projects as well as the celebration of the 50th.

    • Seventeen WCPCA members volunteered to help with the clean up after Food for Lane County’s annual fundraiser, Chefs’ Night Out, on April 5th.  This is the largest number of volunteers that have ever taken part in the event.  Prior to their work the volunteers were enjoyed eating the delicacies offered. James Cloutier organized this activity.  A note of thanks will be in the May newsletter.

    • There will be a panel presentation to the Lane County League of Women Voters on April 21st  regarding the 50th.  James Cloutier, Nicole Brule, and Chris Chaplin will be the panelists and Dorothy Soper will be the moderator.  The presentation is open to the public.

  3. Felicia Kenney introduced the idea of sending out a mid-month email update between newsletters. It would include information on upcoming events and serve to solicit contributions to the newsletter. The board expressed its support for the idea.

  4. Felicia explained that it will soon be possible for people to buy 50th tee shirts on the website using Paypal.

  5. Dorothy will respond to a request from the CREATE organization to publicize their upcoming fundraiser. The board agreed to include a notification in the mid-month email update, as Louise Ruhr is a member of WCPCA.

  6. Maggie Keenan reported that her presentation at LCC has been postponed, due to logistical considerations. It may take place in the fall.

  7. The NOM party will take place on June 3 at the Many Nations Longhouse on the UO campus. Mayor Kitty Piercy has agreed to speak at the event. The board agreed to give Gordon Bettles, the steward of the Longhouse, a Ghandi t-shirt as a thank you gift for his assistance during the years we have used the facility.

  8. Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi have offered to host the summer potluck once again. It will take place on Saturday, August 13. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Guests will be asked to bring a salad or dessert to share.

  9. Dorothy suggested the formation of a committee to plan for the Eugene Celebration, which takes place August 26-28. Those interested in serving on the committee should contact Dorothy.

    The board took an inventory of items typically used during the Eugene Celebration weekend with this result:

    • Wayne’s home/barn: taxi, tent, tables, chairs

    • Maggie’s  home: cloth banner with WCPCA name

    • Dorothy’s home: flags, new 50th tee shirts, signs for the PC regions of the world

    • James’ storage unit: poles for the flags

  10. Dale Morse will attend the annual meeting of Northwest RPCVs in Spokane in April 30. He will present WCPCA’s proposal to host the annual regional campout in 2012. He will also report on the March 1 events that took place in Eugene, and make our 50th anniversary t-shirts available.

  11. Dorothy shared information from James that the Portland RPCV group has been invited to take part in the Rose Parade in Portland in June.  There may be an opportunity for people from WCPCA to take part.  James will inquire about that.

  12. There was a discussion of various Peace Corps Partnership projects that have requested funding. Maggie moved to approve full funding for 4 projects, Keith Beyer seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. The projects to be funded are:

    • A shea butter factory in Mali, organized by a PCV from Washington state - $484

    • A community library in Honduras, organized by a PCV from Washington state - $629

    • A school library in Kryrgyz, organized by a PCV from Oregon - $1,060

    • A community health project in Mali, organized by a PCV from Oregon - $610

  13. John Hofer is in touch with City Club of Eugene for a possible date in June 2011.  Bob and Felicia will assist in the program when it happens.

  14. Wendy Nelson announced that she will be stepping down as secretary of the board after the June 2011 meeting.

Next Board Meeting: Monday, May 2, 7pm, at the home of Dorothy Soper.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Wendy Nelson.