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

03/16/11

*HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS*
Annual Cherry Blossom Picnic
Saturday, April 2
RPCV/W will hold our annual picnic under the Cherry Blossoms this Spring. We'll bring blankets, utensils, and light snack. You bring your whole family and a main dish! Click here to REGISTER!!!

...bringing the experience home.

UPCOMING HAPPY HOUR:

Marx Café
March 23rd 5:30pm

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps!!!
RPCV/W Honors India, one of its first 13 Peace Corps Countries…
You are cordially invited to join us as we showcase the breathtaking photography of India by

Richard Kennedy In This Issue:
Pg 1 Highlighted Events Pg 2 50th Anniversary
Planning
Peace Corp Volunteer in India 1966-1968

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

Monday, March 28, 2011 6:30pm-8:30pm Stewart Mott House 122 Maryland Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002

Click Here to Register

All proceeds benefit the RPCV/W 50th Anniversary Fund

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 (http://www.egretbiz.com) and Management Systems International (http://www.msiworldwide.com/) for being sponsors of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary!

Thank You For Your Support!
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 ***Interested in helping with 50th Planning? Come to our General Committee meeting focused on Communications & Development on March 21st at MLK Library from 6:30-8:30pm ***RPCV/W's Social committee is planning to Honor Brazil in April and Honor Thailand in May. ***The Reston RPCVs are planning to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps On April 8,2011. More details are at http:// www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183876234980015 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 Service Opportunities/Events Community ServiceUp To... What We’ve Been Opportunities & Events& Happy Hours
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Panel Discussions The Peace Corps, together with the National Archives and Record Administration and the Foundation for National Archives will be hosting an open panel on March 17th at 7:00 pm at the National Archives. The panel will be moderated by Chris Matthews and will include panelists Bill Moyers, Jack Vaughn, and Harris Wofford. http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2011/nr11-70.html Happy Hours
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30pm - 8pm RPCV/W Happy Hour at Marx Café 3203 Mt Pleasant St NW at Lamont; Metro: Columbia Heights Join us Wednesday, March 23rd at Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant to get happy, wine & dine, and in so doing, support RPCV/W's plans to celebrate 50 years of Peace Corps! Marx Cafe has agreed to donate a percentage of the evening's happy hour profits to RPCV/W's 50th Anniversary Fund -- the more people that come to the happy hour, the greater the percentage. Drag your RPCV friends out of the woodwork for this HH! Marx Cafe's donations to the 50th Fund will help cover the cost of the ceremony at Arlington Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

Community Events*
Call for Volunteers- Smithsonian Folklife Festival Needs RPCVs! Do you still remember the local languages you picked up during your service? Will you be in the DC area between June 30-July 11, 2011? If you said, "yes" to these questions please register at www.rpcvw.org. RPCV/W is seeking volunteers to help out with the language training activities during the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Volunteers will offer brief language classes in the family activity area of the festival. Specific details (eg. times of language classes) will be released closer to the festival. For more information contact our New Members Director at newmembers@rpcvw.org RPCV/W 2010 Partnership for Peace Recipient, the Academy of Hope, is currently recruiting day and evening volunteers to teach/tutor for our Spring session. We offer classes in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings Monday-Thursday, and tutoring Friday mornings. Volunteers will give about 3 hours of their time 1-2 days/week. We are located in the Edgewood Terrace Apartment Community in NE DC, a short walk from both the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA Metro stations. If you are interested in volunteering for Academy of Hope, send an e-mail message to volunteer@aohdc.org. Please visit the website at http:// www.aohdc.org for more information about us! Please note our next class session begins March 28th. Other Places Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Making Peace with the World,” a collection of photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers at work worldwide. Jamaica RPCV Richard Sitler documented the daily lives of 32 volunteers serving in 22 countries across the globe. The photographs and stories in ‘Making Peace with the World’ are a celebration of Peace Corps. With the agency’s 50th anniversary upon us this is a great time to us share “Making Peace with the World” with past, present and future volunteers! “Making Peace with the World” is available for pre-order through the Other Places Publishing website (www.otherplacespublishing.com/mpwtw.html) at a 35% discount until March 10th and a 20% discount thereafter.

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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Why Join RPCV/W
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Members become part of the nation’s largest regional organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Members receive first notification and/or access to a growing list of RPCV/W events, including networking and volunteer opportunities. Members also receive access to members-only events and discounts to ticketed events.

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Free Membership for 1 YEAR for Recently Returned Volunteers!!
Eligibility: Anyone that has a COS date less than a year from registration is entitled to one year of free membership.

RPCV/W members shape the organization by electing the board of directors, voting for the charity of the year and by voting on special initiatives, as they arise.

*Interested in posting something to the “Community Events & Notices” section of the listserve? RPCV/W members and affiliates are welcome to submit their events and notices to communications@rpcvw.org.

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