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RPCVw Annual Report | 2007-08

RPCVw Annual Report | 2007-08

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - Washington / Annual Report 2007-08 / More information about our organization can be found on http://rpcvw.org
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - Washington / Annual Report 2007-08 / More information about our organization can be found on http://rpcvw.org

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2007 – 2008 ANNUAL REPORT
RPCV/W Board – August 2007 – July 2008:
President – Jim Gore (Bolivia 2003-2005)Vice President – Molly Mattessich (Mali 2002-2004)Secretary – Joe Ford (Zambia 1994-1996)Treasurer – Deb JohnstonMembership Director – Jeff Lovelace (Bolivia)New Members Director – Elizabeth Olson (Burkina Faso 2005-2007)Communications Director – Jessica Benton Cooney (El Salvador 2004-2006)Web Director – Michael LouiePrograms Director – Leslie PoriesSpecial Events Director – Tamar Schiffman (Uzbekistan/Ukraine 2001-2003)Social Activities Director – Corey Taylor (Benin)Community Service Director – Amy Kunz (Guatemala 1995-1997)
Dear RPCV/W Members,The Board of Directors of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC (RPCV/W)is proud to present this 2007-2008 annual report to its membership.RPCV/W is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, elected once yearly, and comprised ofPresident, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors of Membership, New Members,Special Events, Social, Communications, Website, Programs, and Community Service. We,your Board of Directors, are proud about what has been accomplished over this last year andexcited about what is yet to come through this organization.The RPCV/W board meets monthly throughout the year to plan the overall direction of theorganization and maintain its infrastructure which includes: an annual Board Planning Retreat, aquarterly newsletter:
RPCV/W News 
, monthly social events, monthly Treasurer reports,Program events such as movie screenings and lectures, special events including the AnnualCherry Blossom Picnic, Speaking engagements to support Peace Corps’ Third Goal,Community Service Activities, New Member Outreach, Peace Corps Partnership ProjectSponsorship, an Annual Holiday Party, merchandise sales, an Annual Meeting and Picnic, andmanagement of the RPCV/W website and listserv. The Board also addresses collaborativeopportunities with members such as the NPCA, the Peace Corps and the local community.The organization remains financially secure and reliably engaged in its mission of service tomembers and the community.Now entering into my third year as President of RPCV/W, I am truly excited about what we haveaccomplished and what is to come. I am inspired by my fellow Board Directors and theircontinued commitment to service as catalysts of our community. These Directors volunteer not just their time and energy, but also their enthusiasm, their initiative, and most importantly, theirdedicated work in support of you, our membership.
 Lastly, I would like to thank each and every one of you for giving this Board the opportunity toserve you, our community, in bringing the reality of the 3
Goal of Peace Corps into the lives ofthe greater Washington DC community.On behalf of the RPCV/W Board of Directors, I am proud to present this overview, which istestament to the vitality of the organization.Regards,James GorePresident - RPCV/W
Agribusiness Volunteer 
Bolivia (2003-2005)
During fall 2007 and summer 2008, RPCV/W Director of Community Service Amy Kunzfacilitated and publicized the following six community service activities for the RPCV/Wcommunity.On November 17, 2007 eight RPCVs joined the Casey Trees Foundation for a community treeplanting event on Capitol Hill. The group dug holes, planted, and watered trees under thedirection of Casey Trees’ Urban Foresters.On January 24, 2008 Amy helped round up about five RPCV/W members to help out with theWashington Humane Society‘s annual Sugar and Champagne Affair, which is a fundraisingevent that helps them run their two DC area shelters for cats and dogs. Volunteers helpedchecked guests in, ushered the press to designated areas, helped guests take photos with theirpets, and even cleaned up a couple of canine messes.In early March 2008, Amy helped coordinate classroom presentations at Cesar Chavez PublicCharter School in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in honor of Peace Corps Week. Peace Corpsheadquarters provided help by offering videos, maps, and other visual aids materials for theRPCVs’ presentations about their Peace Corps service and relayed information on the customsand culture of their host countries. Almost all of the RPCVs that participated brought a popularprepared dish from their host countries to share with the students.On May 3, 2008, Amy recruited a team of 16 people representing RPCV/W to join Greater DCCares’ annual Servathon to help clean up and raise money for District of Columbia PublicSchools (DCPS). They spent a Saturday morning painting the hallways, bathrooms, andprincipal’s office of Sousa Middle School in NE Washington, D.C. Each team member wastasked with fundraising toward the team’s goal set at $1,000. Team RPCV/W more thandoubled its goal by raising $2,218 for DCPS.

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