Minutes Of The WCPCA Board Meeting, July 18, 2011
Home of Dorothy Soper
Miriam Aiken, Nick Bosustow, Dale Morse, Rosa Sakanishi, Dorothy
Soper, Wayne Thompson, and Bob Watada
Andrew Dempsey-Karp, Vern Delk, and Dale Dow
Oregon Country Fair:
Andrew reported that WCPCA participation at the Peace and Justice
Booth was a success. Several organizations shared the Peace and
Justice booth, taking turns to display their materials at the front
of the booth. Each organization had staff present when their
materials were at the front. In addition to Andrew, Dale Morse,
Nick Bosustow, Bob Watada, and Rosa Sakanshi staffed the WCPCA
portion of the booth. Andrew noted that seeing Peace Corps tee
shirts drew in people. Many people didn’t know what Peace
Corps does or the benefits of being a Volunteer. It was a good
opportunity to get the word out. About 10 names and email
addresses were collected from people who are interested in
receiving the WCPCA newsletter. Andrew recommends that WCPCA
continue our participation at the Fair at the Peace and Justice
Booth, and that Peace Corps tee shirts be worn even when not
staffing the booth.
Newsletter: Felicia will
send out a brief newsletter mid month, reminding people of upcoming
Membership: There were no
new members in the past month.
OASIS Invitation: Dorothy
is still waiting to hear from them.
Summer Picnic, August 13: Bob
and Rosa are still expecting us. WCPCA will reimburse Bob and Rosa
for the hamburgers; people are bringing potluck. Directions to
their home will be given in the next newsletter; people are invited
to come early and meditate in the Zen garden that Bob has created
or take a walk in Jasper Park. People may also want to bring
chairs. There is parking inside their property.
Fall Potluck, October 7:
Maggie is preparing a program about water for the next potluck.
The site of the potluck is still up in the air. Dorothy has not
been able to connect with the Wesley Center and they have not
committed a date or the space to us yet. Dorothy is still trying
to clear up the question about whether dinners are allowed at the
Long House on the U of O campus. The Long House has its own board
Alice Tallmadge article for
Oregon Quarterly: Alice is collecting information to write an
article about RPCVs who are at the University of Oregon and what
their roles are. If anyone knows of RPCVs at U of O, contact
Alice. Her email will be in the newsletter.
Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: Wayne reported
on the World Market at Santa Fe, NM. An RPCV was one of the
founders of the Market and there were 150 PCVs from New Mexico
participating. There were 180 booths representing 29 nations. The
average booth sales were over $17,399. An International Peace
Corps night recognized the 50th anniversary of the Peace
Corps. In a speech at the banquet, a startling nugget of
information was related: the current Peace Corps budget would fund
the war in Afghanistan for 21 minutes.
2012 International Calendars:
Calendars for 2012 have arrived; we ordered 150 of them. The
cost to WCPCA of the calendars is $4 each. A final decision about
what to charge for the calendars has not been made but it is likely
we will charge $12 each as in the past. We still need to decide
who will coordinate sales and where they will be sold.
WCPCA Representative to August
campout in Idaho: Sam Greer will represent WCPCA at the
regional meeting in August in Idaho.
Dale M distributed copies of the budget and noted that there wasn’t
much change from a month ago. There is over $7,000 in combined
savings and checking accounts. WCPCA has received a distribution of
$595 from the Beryl Brinkman Memorial Fund.
Eugene Celebration Planning,
August 27 and 28: Registration deadline for participation in
the parade and to reserve a booth is July 22nd.
The booth can be set up between
7:00 and 9:00 am on Saturday, and must be staffed between 11:00 am
and 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is no early break down
time on Sunday; the booth should remain in place until 5:00 pm.
Pleas for help at the booth on
Saturday and Sunday will be in the newsletter and there will be
sign up sheet at the picnic on August 13.
Hannah Klausman, the new U of O
Peace Corps Recruiter won’t be here for the Eugene
Celebration. She has been asked to refer students from Peace Corps
host countries at U of O to participate in the parade.
Staffing of Eugene Celebration
Activities: Nick will coordinate the parade, Vern and Dale D.
will coordinate the set up of the booth, and Miriam will coordinate
staffing of the booth. Vern and Dale D. attended the meeting to
help plan the Celebration.
Wayne and Vern will determine
whether or not the taxi can be used as is. If it can be used,
Wayne will take it to the parade and return it to his barn. Wayne
will also supply two tables and two chairs for the booth.
has the flags and James has the poles. They will bring these items
to the picnic and ask attendees to help attach the flags to the
poles. The person who will take the flags and poles from the
picnic to Dorothy’s house is yet to be decided.
Dorothy will have all the tee
shirts, calendars, and other small decorating supplies at her home
for Vern to pick up. Dale M. will drop off the cash box at
Nick will pick up the banners,
flags, and poles from Dorothy’s house and take them to the
Vern will bring supplies to the
booth site to set the booth up. Other volunteers will be needed
there to help.
Since Dorothy or Nick will be out
of town the two weeks before the Celebration, Miriam’s name
will be listed as the contact person on the applications. She will
forward pertinent emails to Dorothy, Nick, Vern, or Dale D.
Selection of PCPP to Fund:
Nick moved and Bob seconded a motion to fund a PCPP by a Volunteer
from the state of Washington at a level of $1,000. Motion passed.
The project is in Peru to build 85 sustainable wood cook stoves.
After the meeting, Dale M and Dorothy logged on to the PCPP site and
entered our contribution.
As a suggestion for a memorial tribute
for Artis Mary Spriggs, Miriam will contact Terry Doherty of Friends
of Afghanistan to get more information on a 501 c 3 organization
called SOLA (School of Leadership – Afghanistan). Friends of
Afghanistan support this organization and Terry is the treasurer of
SOLA. Specifically, Miriam is to request financial information and a
description of the scope of the organization and to learn how RPCVs
are involved. Bob registered his opinion that WCPCA should fund only
projects that had been vetted through the Peace Corps and were listed
in the PCPP.
August and September Board
Meeting Dates: August 15th and September 12th
at Dorothy’s house.
Respectfully submitted, July 25, 2011
Miriam Aiken, Secretary