It's that time of year again - not only the beginning of the year and a new semester for those in teaching or attending university, but also time for the Annual Meeting of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii.
The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, January 25, 2015, from 2 - 4 pm, at the 5th floor Party Room of the Banyan Tree Plaza, 1212 Punahou Street - parking is available if you get there early. Remember, it's POTLUCK! Bring some food and stay after for conversation and meeting new folks and old friends.
The agenda includes brief reports on 2014 activities, and election of officers. Four positions are available so any members who are interested in joining the Board should contact Blake Porter, VP, email@example.com and submit a one-paragraph statement of interest that includes name, country and dates of service, why you're interested in board service, and what you feel you have to contribute as a board member. These will be prepared for sharing with the members at the annual meeting prior to voting.
2014 was a busy year for the Board and organization. We put considerable time and effort into updating our Website, with help from organization and board members. We have a new webmaster, Ronne Partoriza (Tonga 2013-14) who has updated our Facebook page and linked us on Instagram. We reprinted our t-shirts on fluorescent yellow, and with our calendar sales, we've been able to send $1000 to the Hawaii Food Bank with a matching donation. Unfortunately we've not been able to link with current Hawaii volunteers to support their projects through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. We have continued our First Friday pau hanas in Kaimuki and Moili`ili, and our First Saturday stints at the Kawainui Marsh with the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources. Our Annual BBQ at Magic Island and the Holiday Mojito Mixer/Fundraiser at Soul de Cuba brought together approximately 50 RPCVs plus friends and family. Finally, we've connected with our Congressional delegation and with the National Peace Corps Association to continue to promote Peace Corps' Third Goal.
The new board will be meeting in a full morning 'retreat' to learn about one another, our strengths, and our hopes for the coming year. We'll set a new agenda of activities to meet our Mission Statement. We will be back in touch with you about upcoming activities and ways you can get involved.
We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting Potluck and at events throughout the year.
President, RPCVHI, firstname.lastname@example.org