E&E RPCVs Group News

From the Co-presidents

Amanda Sutker (Adaba, West Arsi, 2012–14) and Janet Lee (Emdeber 1974-76)

Co-presidents, Amanda and Janet

 

How time flies! It was not all that long ago we were feasting on Ethiopian food at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C.  Now we are closing in on the next NPCA Peace Corps Connect conference in Denver (August 5, 6).

We thought it would be a good time to update everyone on progress of our goals at this mid-term.

We are grateful to Randy Marcus (Asella 1966-68) for taking on the major task for monitoring our finances, including banking, Legacy Program funds, and IRS filings.

A quick update on our 2016-17 goals:

E&E RPCV Presidential Goals for 2016-17

    • Reach out to recently Returned Volunteers for Board membership to ensure continuity and diversity of ideas.
      • Recruited Anthony Navarette (Mizan Teferi 2012-2014).
        Anthony recently accepted a position as an International Trade Specialist in the Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, D.C.
    • Investigate and implement a web presence that is integrated with the National Peace Corps Association building upon the strong foundation of current and past board members.
      • Amanda and Janet recently received training in SilkStart, a web platform in use by the National Peace Corps Association.
      • We will be recruiting a webmaster, web designers, artists, photographers, and storytellers to keep everyone up to date.
      • Hope to launch by the NPCA conference in Denver.
    • Increase membership and involvement of recently Returned Volunteers to Ethiopia & Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
      • Working with NPCA on joint membership lists.
      • A revitalized web presence should help get out the word as NPCA moves to a new subscription model.
    • Investigate opportunities for fundraising to support operations of the membership and the Legacy Program grants.
      • Fundraising has been progressing well.
      • Updates are in this issue of The Herald
    • Establish a fund and set criteria for support of current Peace Corps Partnership Program grants for Volunteers in country.
      • A proposal and guidelines have been submitted to the Board for approval.
      • Anticipate roll out next year.
    • Plan for E&E RPCV activities in conjunction with the NPCA Peace Corps Connect conference in Denver
      • Date has been moved to August 5, 6 2017.
      • Updates in this issue of The Herald

We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver at Peace Corps Connect in Denver.


 

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