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Spring 2010 RPCVw Newsletter

Spring 2010 RPCVw Newsletter

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The winning photo from this Spring’s RPCV/w photo contest submit-ted by Saira Amir, Honduras ‘06-’08: Donkey Polo
Save the Date:
Annual Picnic & Board Election
Saturday, July 10, 201012:30-4pmThe Yacht Club, Washington, DC
Your 2009-10 RPCV/w Board of Directors
Tamar Schiffman
Vice President:
 Bea Tijerina
  Joe Ford
: Kristina Owens
Doug Trapp
New Members:
Nicholas Brown
RaeJean Stokes
Robert Proudfoot
Trish Calamari
Special Events:
 Allison Francis
 Arvis Layton
Community Service:
Corey Taylor 
Liza Cushion
From the RPCV/w President
Dear friends,The sun is shining and RPCVw has been busy, busy, busy!Whether you joined us for potato salad and chicken at thecherry blossom picnic, attended a self-defense workshop, ortook part in the Peace Corps Open mini-golf tournament, youhave inevitably seen the energy and enthusiasm that makes ourcommunity so extraordinary. As a community, we have takenon some exciting initiatives and formed new, valuable partner-ships.At the RPCVw Holiday Party, we named Congressman Sam
Farr our Peace Corps Champion, and celebrated his long ght
to increase the Peace Corps budget. Due to his leadership, thePeace Corps budget was increased from $340 million in FY 2009to $400 million in FY 2010. The $60 million funding increasewas the largest single dollar increase since 1961.Earlier this year, our members voted and chose the LatinAmerican Youth Center as RPCVw’s charity of the year. We arethrilled to be working together with such a vital organizationthat is working to bring dignity, hope, and joy to marginalizedyouth in DC. Already, RPCVw efforts have raised substantialfunds for the organization, and we are actively involved inproviding community service to LAYC through the efforts of ourmembers.Memorial Day weekend, RPCVw took part in a tradition thatour community has lead for years. We honored the legacyof President John F. Kennedy and his commitment and pas-sion for service by laying a wreath at his gravesite in ArlingtonCeremony. We heard from Ambassadors whose countries werepositively affected by the hard-working and motivated PeaceCorps volunteers who served there. So often we talk about howPeace Corps affected our lives and experiences, and I look for-ward to hearing from the perspective of our host countries, howKennedy’s dream has made a difference for them.Join us July 10 for our annual picnic at the Capitol Yacht Club
where we will nalize our new board. I encourage anyone with
a passion for service and a desire to give back to their commu-nity to consider serving on the RPCVw board. We are lookingfor dynamic leaders with diverse opinions and new ideas to leadus ahead into 2011 and Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary year.My best to you,
Tamar Schiffman
President – RPCV/w
Website Update - Transition to New Service
RPCV/w has decided to switch our Website Service to Wild Apricot after using Memberclicks since 2006. Wild Apricot has similarfunctions to Memberclicks but is much easier to manage and will have RPCV/w paying roughly 75% of what we are paying now.The change was brought on by a desire by the Board of Directors to simplify the web management functions and reduce costs.Per Year Costs:Memberclicks: $1,920 + 1% of all internet salesWild Apricot: $540 + No charge on SalesAfter selecting Wild Apricot as our new service provider, we imported all user information to the new database and updated thecurrent webpages. The method for making payments through the website (dues and event fees) is completed through Paypal.com for a 3% fee (industry standard). Hopefully, the membership management and website upkeep for RPCV/w will now beeasier with a 75% reduction in cost ($540 vs $2,000).
RPCV/w Reveals Photo Contest Winners
RPCV/w is pleased to announce that the following photos took top honors in the rst ever RPCV/w Photo Contest.
Overall Winner (not featured here; it’s on the front page): Donkey Polo by Saira AmirTop left: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Winner: Modern Inca Foot Plows by Mahlon Barash
Top right: East Asia and Pacic Regional Winner: Ghost Mask Festival - Thailand by Paulo Couto
Bottom left: Africa Regional Winner: Argan Oil by Leslie AndrusBottom right: Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Winner: Picnic Song by Chris De BruynYou can see all the photos at www.thirdgoal.info.
RPCVw Financial Update: Wheredoes your $$ go?!
When you buy a $15 membership this is how we spend yourhard-earned cash:$10.50 is used to pay for or subsidize events such as the holidayparty, picnic, programs, Thanksgiving, and Partnership forPeace$2.80 is used for website maintenance and other overhead$1.00 has been invested$0.70 for Board planning retreats & holiday dinnerA worthy investment? We think so and hope you think so too.You can buy a membership at www.rpcvw.org.
RPCV/w Honors JFK’s Memory
More than 30 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) from the past 50 years laid a wreath at thegrave site of President John F. Kennedy on Saturday, May 29th at Arlington National Cemetery. Thegesture, which took place on President Kennedy’s birthday, honored the former Commander-in-Chief forforming the Peace Corps through Executive Order 10924 in 1961.
In attendance at the event were Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana, and Ambassador Ombe
ni Sefue of Tanzania, who represented two of the rst Peace Corps Countries. Both dignitaries gave per
-sonal tales about their exposures to Peace Corps volunteers during their youth. Leading the invited speak-
ers was National Peace Corps Association President Kevin F. F. Quigley, who discussed the signicance of 
President Kennedy creating the Peace Corps. Quigley also paid homage to Peace Corps Volunteers whodied in the line of service. Representing the federal agency of Peace Corps was Director of Intergovern-
mental Affairs C.D. Glin, who expressed the current administrations plans and support for Peace Corps.
After statements from each of the invited speakers, there was a procession of RPCVs to President Kenne-
dy’s grave site, and a laying of 13 roses, which represented the rst 13 Peace Corps Countries: Brazil, Chile,Colombia, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and
New Web Director for RPCV/w Needed 
Robert Proudfoot, RPCV/w’s Web Director, willbe leaving Washington, D.C this June to moveto Lexington, Kentucky where he will study lawat University of Kentucky. Anyone interested intaking on a greater role within RPCV/w as WebDirector should contact Robert Proudfoot atweb@rpcv.org. Robert Proudfoot is available to teachthe Wild Apricot software in person until May 30,2010. Afterward, he is available for online tutori-als until August.

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