RETURNED PEA CE CORPS V OLUNTEERS OF W ASHINGTON, D.C.

02/23/11

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS
Peace Corps Open 2nd Annual Mini Golf Tournament
RPCV/w announces the first major fundraising event for our 2011 Partnership for Peace Charity of the Year, the Academy of Hope: Saturday, February 26th, 12:30pm-5pm H Street Country Club, 1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

...bringing the experience home.

***RPCV/W*** Member of the ***Week***
In the future we plan to use this space to highlight the great things our members are doing to fulfill the third goal. If you know of any RPCV/W members doing great things, email about 4-5 lines describing their greatness to communications@rpcvw.org

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than on the green sinking a few putts for a great cause, especially in the winter. 10% of the net food and drink sales will go to the Academy of Hope.

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!!!
Just want to hang out and watch?
$10 members and non-members. You will still have access to all the fun and games of the Country Club. Consider it a donation to the Academy of Hope. (Click HERE to REGISTER) ***RPCV/W will have the entire building until 5pm and the games downstairs are FREE***

RPCV/W Seeks Board Members
It’s that time of the year again!!!!
Are you looking for a way to get more engaged in the RPCV community? Are you a natural leader? RPCV/W is looking for new board members for the 2011-2012 year. Though elections are in July, it's not too early to start thinking about joining the board. If you are interested, or would like more information about what this entails, please contact Tamar at president@rpcvw.org.

In This Issue:
Pg 1 Highlighted Events Pg 2 50th Anniversary
Planning

The Global Gender Forum presents...

Women Working for Women
In honor of the International Women’s Day Centenary, our panel will explore the diverse experiences of women working for women’s empowerment. Monday, March 7, 5:30-6:45pm 1957 E Street NW, 6th floor, Lindner Family Commons The Elliott School of International Affairs Light snacks will be provided Free and open to the public Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/ijbcPR, requested but not required The Global Gender Forum is sponsored by George Washington’s University, Global Gender Initiative of the Elliott School of International Affairs and its Institute of Global and International Studies

Pg 3 Community Service Opps & Events Pg 4 About RPCV/W

RPCV/W Celebrates 50 Years of the Peace Corps!!!
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ESSAY CONTEST
Keeping the third goal in mind, we are looking for a r ecently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to share the story of how their Peace Corps experience influenced their life and the lives of those around them. You can do this by bringing the world back home on a grand scale – a once in a life time opportunity to share your thoughts, your work and your experience with the largest gathering of returned volunteers in 50 years. To apply for this opportunity: You must have serves as a Peace Corps volunteer and completed your service between 2007 and 2011. You must be a member of RPCV/Washington (join today! http://www.rpcvw.org/join. The first year after you COS is free.) You must have a great story to share about how Peace Corps has influenced your life Finalists must be able to tell their story to a large live audience on September 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. For more info: http://www.rpcvw.org/www.rpcvw.org/50thessaycontest

Since 1961, 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps. “It is well to be prepared for life as it is, but it is better to be prepared to make life better than it is.” --Director Sargent Shriver

RPCV/W would like to thank Egret Business Solutions for being a sponsor of the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary! Egret Business Solutions works with customers to combine competitive business processes and best of breed technology solutions. We thank them for their support! http://www.egretbiz.com/

GET INVOLVED!!!!!
Would you like to know what RPCVW 50th Committees are doing? The Communications Committee has formed a Blog just for the nittygritty details of what is going on from our Social events to what the each committee is doing. Check it out: http://rpcvw50th.wordpress.com Committee updates: The committees are always looking for more volunteers! Please do not hesitate to join a committee. Please email me (peacecorps50th@rpcvw.org) about joining. Save the date: March 28th we will be honoring India as one of the first 13 Peace Corps countries with a Photography exhibit and reception at the Stewart Mott house. RPCV Federal Employees Invited! On Tuesday, March 1st, at 12:00 Noon in HUD’s Brooke-Mondale Auditorium, former Peace Corps Volunteers now working at HUD will host the first of a series of events celebrating 50 years of the Peace Corps. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger Lewis, University of Maryland Professor, planner, architect, author and Washington Post urban affairs columnist. Several current HUD employees will also reflect on their Peace Corps experience. Contact Sarah Stewart for more info: Sarah.a.stewart@hud.gov Development RPCV/W wants to ensure we have wonderful events for the 50th Please help us raise money by donating. Click here to DONATE NOW! We are also looking for creative ideas from our members on how we can fund these events. If you have an idea or want to join the Development committee please email me peacecorps50th@rpcvw.org

Community ServiceUp To... What We’veCommunity Service Opportunities and Events Been Opportunities & Events
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Community Service Opportunities
50th Anniversary Volunteer Day
We'd like to invite all current Peace Corps applicants, Peace Corps employees and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to join us in day of giving back. We will be volunteering alongside Casey Trees to plant tress within the DC/greater DC area. Let's celebrate 50 years of Peace Corps by joining hands, and Volunteering for a cause that our community can appreciate. Date: Saturday, March 12th Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Location: Fort Mahan Park, NE DC Metro: Minnesota Ave. on the Orange Line

Please RSVP by Friday, March 4th by calling, 202-692-1058 or emailing dcintern@peacecorps.gov
More information about the organization, Casey Trees can be found here: http://www.caseytrees.com

Community Events*
RPCV/W 2010 Partnership for Peace Recipient, the Academy of Hope, currently needs Development/Communication Volunteers to help plan, promote, and lend a had during their days of events, such as the 2011 forums on adult education issues, or the "Ball & Bee" spelling bee for adult teams this May. For those with experience in writing, editing, or doing graphic design for newsletters, you can work with the Academy of Hope's staff to help produce the organization's publications. For more details please contact the Academy of Hope at (202) 269-6623, or email them at volunteer@aohdc.org. Mention RPCV/W when you contact them. Aid El Salvador (February 24, 2011): Join us on February 24th to raise funds so that we can keep sending kids in El Salvador to school this year! Haydees (a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant in Mt. Pleasant) has generously agreed to donate 30% of all SALES to our cause! So please come out: enjoy some live music, food, drinks and company! Visit our website for more on our scholarship program: www.aidelsalvador.org Friends of Tanzania Celebration (February 26, 2011): Friends of Tanzania/Marafikiwa Tanzania invite our members and their guests to a Special Winter Potluck Party on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Join us at our first celebration this year! To RSVP or for more information, contact info@FOTanzania.org. RPCV Author Book Signing (February 27, 2011): Stan Meisler will be talking about his new book, just published, When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years at Politics and Prose (5015 Conn. Ave. NW, Washington) on Sunday, February 27th, at 5 p.m. Advocate for Peace Corps on Capitol Hill (March 3, 2011): The Advocacy Program of the National Peace Corps Association seeks volunteers to assist with preparations and participation in our seventh annual National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps. The Day of Action will be held Thursday, March 3rd on Capitol Hill from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Participants will hold meetings with congressional offices and distribute information on key Peace Corps issues. There is also a lot of preparation work, so if you can stop by our offices and volunteer a few hours in the coming weeks, please let us know. Please contact Jonathan Pearson at jonathan@peacecorpsconnect.org if you can volunteer in the coming weeks or if you want to help with advocacy on the Hill on March 3rd.

About RPCV/W
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About RPCV/W
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W) was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1990 in the District of Columbia. RPCV/W is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. RPCV/W is a nonprofit 501c3 with over 500 members and representing more than 2,500 returned Peace Corps volunteers, Peace Corps staff, and Peace Corps families and supporters in the greater Washington D.C. area. RPCV/W is governed by an elected board of directors. Our Mission: By fostering opportunities to share our unique experiences and commitment to service, we create a community that celebrates the diversity of the greater Washington area and world cultures.

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