Minutes Of The WCPCA Board Meeting, Monday, May 14, 2012
Home of Dorothy Soper
Miriam Aiken, Keith Beyer, Dorothy Soper
Easther Chigumira, Zimbabwe, U of O
Graduate Student, Department of Geography and, Andrew
Dempsey-Karp, RPCV, U of O Graduate Student
to Andrew Dempsey-Karp
Keith and Dorothy will set up the June newsletter and forward it
to Deb Jones. A separate email will be sent to board members
mentorship program: Maggie Keenan and Dorothy have been designated
as mentors. Anne Baker of the NPCA is reorganizing the mentorship
program. Dorothy will include a summary article in the June
newsletter in order to recruit potential mentors from WCPCA.
Country Fair planning: Andrew Dempsey-Karp
is interested in organizing a WCPCA booth at the Country Fair, July
13-15, similar to last year’s booth and he asked for the
board’s support. WCPCA will share the Peace and Justice booth.
The board will support the booth this year at the same level as last
year. We don’t yet have cost estimates.
participation in the UO Street Faire: Keith staffed a shift at the
Peace Corps booth with Hannah Klausman. There was general interest
in the Peace Corps among freshmen. Hannah’s presence was
$150 was budgeted for the Nom Party this year; next year $200
should be budgeted to take into account the $50 rental fee to the
Wesley Center. Attendance was good, and there was enthusiasm for and
among the recently nominated PCVs.
gatherings through October:
Keenan and Josette Green provided a list of possible speakers for
WCPCA gatherings. They will try to incorporate as many of the
available speakers in upcoming events as possible especially those
newly returned PCVs. (See attached paper copy.)
dates were suggested:
June desert pot luck at Dorothy’s house under consideration;
picnic on either the 11th or 18th in the afternoon at Bob Watada’s
Celebration, August 24-26:
sent an application for a booth at the Eugene Celebration and for a
position in the parade. So far, we have not been asked for payment.
Vince Ceccacci and Evangelina Sundgrenz will help with the booth.
Regional meeting at the campout, August 2-5:
northwest regional RPCV group meeting is on Saturday morning, August
4th. Sam Greer sent some background information about the
organization of the meeting. See NOTES at the end. The board
discussed the idea of having the agenda organized by topics for
discussion in lieu of RPCV group reports. Other topics may be
suggested at the June board meeting but two topics were suggested
side of organizing an RPCV group: website, newsletter, membership
was no treasurer’s report.
national meeting in Minneapolis, June 29-July 1:
announcement will be made in the mid-month newsletter asking for a
volunteer to represent WCPCA at the Group Leaders’ Forum at the
NPCA Conference in Minneapolis. The representative would attend the
Group Leaders Forum and vote on issues that are brought before the
group. The representative would be asked to report back to the board
on the issues that were discussed and voted on. Since WCPCA is a 501
c 3 organization, expenses for the conference, including travel,
registration, and meals will be tax deductible if receipts are kept.
Tee shirts will not be sold at the conference, due to the cost of
renting a table, and at this point we know of no one from WCPCA who
plans to attend the conference.
list of members, who have joined since January 2011, and their
contact information, will be distributed to board members. An
addendum to the membership directory will also be sent to all members
of membership pages: No discussion.
the June newsletter. Articles needed for:
for the various summer activities;
of tee shirts;
you note for volunteers at the NOM party;
with the NPCA/PC mentorship program;
for position of NPCA Group Advocacy Coordinator;
will think about a June event at her home.
updates on tee shirt sales and calendar sales:
International Calendars by Madison ROCVs have not yet been ordered.
We’ll order 200 calendars as per the board’s
suggestion at the last meeting.
tee shirts were sold at the Nom Party.
of PCPP projects:
Oregon PCVs and one Washington PCV have posted projects on the Peace
Corps Partnership site. So far, WCPCA has awarded $1,335 in total
for two PCPP out of $2,000 budgeted. The projects are listed on the
web site. Discussion on funding for the projects listed below, or
other projects, was tabled for a later meeting.
Cereal Bank, Bostian
B., OR, #615-198, $3,041.43
Camp, Deen A., OR,
A., OR, #343-328, $3,668.00
Water System Development,
Karr N., OR, #461-050, $4,571.70
Integrating Technology and Language, Valles, D, WA, #343-340,
$2,492.00 (See NOTES, page 5, for more on this project.)
June 11th, 7pm, Dorothy’s house
from Sam Greer about summer regional meetings:
Dorothy The summer meeting is
just like the other regional meetings in that is for leadership of
the groups to share what they have been doing, their successes and
their plans for the upcoming year. That meeting also sets
the time and place for the next regional meeting as well as the next
don't know why no minutes were sent out from the Idaho summer
session; I thought that Darryl Johnson or Joe Hindman took notes and
that they would send them out to the groups' leadership.
I would check with Darryl to see if he knows if any 'minutes' are
chairs the meeting and agenda suggestions should probably be sent to
him. My only role in the meeting is to be sure there is a
place to hold it and I suggested the noon time so that the WCPCA
cooks could have the Gazebo from 3 PM on to do our dinner prep and
cooking. Darryl has indicated that noon was
fine with him, but I don't know that he has shared that with the rest
of the West Region leadership. Hope this is
helpful. I'm heading to Boise for 10 days and will
recruit for the campout while I'm there. Peace, Sam
from Danielle Valles about her PCP project:
the West Cascade Peace Corps Association:
name is Danielle Valles and I am a currently serving Peace Corps
Volunteer in Ukraine. I graduated from Willamette University in
Salem, Oregon in 2010.
recently wrote a Peace Corps Partnership grant in order to raise
funding for a computer-learning lab for the English teachers at my
school. We want to bring in computers so that the English teachers
have a chance to combine language learning and technology skills in
their lessons. With this project we are hoping that all of the
students are not only inspired to keep learning, but also gain
valuable skills that they can take with them for the rest of their
lives. The majority of English lessons focus heavily on grammar and
learning by repetition, which doesn't always hold the interest of
students. I hope that students will able to learn that there is more
than one way to study a language. The project was spearheaded by the
director of my school and the English teachers are excited to see
this project to completion. And all of them are committed to making
sure that this project not only is successful, but that it impacts
future classes of students.
was hoping you would be able to review my grant proposal and perhaps
donate to it as well. Thank you so much and we hope to hear from you
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