Minutes Of The WCPCA Board Meeting, November 7, 2011
Home of Dorothy Soper
Miriam Aiken, Keith Beyer, James Cloutier, Maggie Keenan, Felicia
Kenney, Jack Meacham, Dale Morse, Dorothy Soper, Wayne Thompson
Lisa White, Peace Corps Recruiter from Seattle Office and Esther
Chigumira, U of O student in Department of Geography, from Zimbabwe
Newsletter. The November
issue was large with good response from people who reported on
their experiences at the 50th Peace Corps reunion in
Washington, D.C. in September. Photos turned out well. Felicia
commented that Keith sends her all the articles compiled and ready
for insertion. She herself spent 4 – 6 hours formatting the
tee shirts. James reported that tee shirt sales have netted
$155 and that over 100 shirts have been sold. There are 4 left to
sent a letter to Tricia Tate and Natalie Brinkman listing the
projects that were funded from the Beryl Brinkman Memorial Fund.
This letter is in compliance with a request from Tricia and Natalie
that they be informed of the uses of the fund.
Camp out 2012. Sam Greer
will secure the campsite. The campsite is very popular so Sam had
to reserve several contiguous spaces. He used his own credit card
to secure the site. See attached email about campsite
Kate Puzey legislation.
Both the House and the Senate passed the Kate Puzey legislation and
it now needs to be signed by the President.
Membership. WCPCA has 140
members: 27 are first year members and 12 are students (these 39
members do not pay dues); 45 members pay $15 dues and there are 50
couples that pay $22 per couple. We have received $195 in dues
rebates from the NPCA. We will receive about $1200 - $1300 in
dues this year. Our goal has been to have our dues pay our “living
Dale distributed a detailed treasurer’s report. The checking
account has a balance of $1,573.98; savings account a balance of
December Potluck. Maggie
reported that the next potluck will be Sunday, December 4th
at Dale and Leslie’s house. This will be the annual general
meeting, with elections to the board. Each person who attends is
asked to submit a digital image of themselves in their Peace Corps
site and be prepared to tell a short story of their PC experience.
Next year, Josette Green, new board member, will help Maggie with
planning of the potlucks.
2012 International Calendar
Sales. There were 48 calendars in Dorothy’s possession
and several members of the board said they would take some for sale.
Felicia made a motion that Miriam seconded, that we purchase a box
of 50 more calendars so that we don’t run out and there will
be enough for sale at the potluck. The board approved the motion.
Draft annual report.
Dorothy submitted a draft of the WCPCA 2011 annual report for review
and comment. Having an official annual report on file with the
NPCA is part of the requirement for keeping a 501 (3) (c) status
with the IRS. Board members should submit their comments to
NPCA Survey, “A Call to
Peace”. Dorothy had asked board members to read
at least the executive summary of the NPCA report of their survey of
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, “A Call to Peace:
Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50”.
Dorothy suggested that results of the survey might inform our
planning and future steps for WCPCA. Two board members expressed
reservations about the methodology. Insert in italics is a summary
of a phone conversation Miriam had with a Peter D. Hart Associates
staff member who was knowledgeable about the process.
The sample was a
convenience sample, not statistically drawn. RPCVs were actively
sought to complete the survey through notices in newsletters,
magazines, and NPCA membership list. There were
11,000 respondents, and she agreed that it was surprising, but she
also commented that the NPCA was very active in recruiting
respondents. The Peace Corps provided information for the weighting;
data from the Peace Corps included gender breakdowns and
region-of-service. The NPCA has total control of the data, and
according to the Hart employee, the NPCA intends to access the data
from time to time for other reports and citations. If we are
interested in more detail about responses and weighting, we need to
contact Kevin Quigley. We agreed that a public opinion survey does
not have the same rigor as a scientific study, which would require
more stringent sampling, weighting, and reporting. If you
wish to ask other questions, you can contact Kevin Quigley at NPCA or
Peter D. Hart Associates at (202) 234-5570 or
Plan for December. The
next board meeting will be Monday, December 5th. Newly
elected board members will be asked to attend the December meeting
to begin planning for 2012. Outgoing members are welcome to attend
and offer suggestions about future activities. Jack commented that
we should strive to get more non-board members involved in
activities, for example, by strengthening the committee structure
that we had in the past. For the most part, board members have
carried the responsibilities for planning and carrying out
activities.The meeting will also include budget planning for
2012. The updated membership directory will be distributed to
members in January in PDF format. The membership directory is
distributed only to members who have paid dues. We will also plan
venues and dates for potluck dinners at least as far as midyear.
January Board Meeting. The
date for the January meeting will be set at the December meeting
and we’ll try to set dates and place for other board meetings
Minutes by Felicia and Dorothy