January 2014 Aloha! Happy New Year – Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
It’s that time of year again – not only the beginning of the year and a new semester at school, but also time for the Annual Meeting of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawai`i!
The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, January 26, from 2 – 4 pm, at the 5th Floor Party Room of the Banyan Tree Plaza, 1212 Punahou Street – parking available if you get there early. The agenda includes brief reports on 2013 activities, and election of officers. Four positions are available so those interested in joining the Board should contact Paul Gauci, VP, email@example.com and submit a one-paragraph statement of interest that includes name, country and dates of service, and why you’re interested in board service. These will be prepared for sharing with the members at the annual meeting prior to voting.
2013 was a very busy year for the Board and for the organization. We initiated a contest for a new logo, printed and sold t-shirts, sold 100+ calendars to support Aloha grants for current Hawai`i volunteers, instituted regular First Friday pau hana gatherings at the Bambu2 downtown Honolulu, partnered with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to restore the Kawainui Marsh in Kailua, sponsored the Annual Picnic/BBQ at Magic Island, created and implemented an outreach program for speakers at schools and community events, and put on the Annual Holiday Fundraiser at Soul de Cuba. We again had funds to contribute to a worthy organization and partnered with a private donor to send $2000 to the Philippines Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda relief.
While our new logo speaks to our intention of becoming a statewide organization with affiliates on the neighbor islands, this goal remains elusive and continues to be on our agenda. The Website needs a significant overhaul and update and has become the primary activity in early 2014, fulfilling our longtime intention to better and more effectively communicate with our membership and the public at large. Our “Guest Speaker” program is off to a slower start than we had hoped. If you’re interested in this kind of community service, you can find a form for completion on the website www.rpcvhi.org that will help the Outreach Committee connect you with an interested group of people in the community. Contact Lisa Stevens, Outreach Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, the role of advocacy for Peace Corps deserves more attention by the RPCVHI organization. As an affiliate member of the National Peace Corps Association, we ask our members contact the Hawai`i Congressional delegation to show appreciation of past efforts and continue to support increased Peace Corps funding from the Congress and the President.
This update should prepare you for the Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend – it’s POTLUCK, so bring something to share, plan to stay and socialize after the meeting, and think about becoming a Board member for the next two years.
A hui hou!
President, RPCVHI, email@example.com