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President's Message

Mahalo to Board Members

The RPCVHI Board works as a team.  Mahalo to Connie, Whitney, Amy, Kirsten, Ronne, and Mari for taking time away from work and family to keep the RPCVHI organization in line with mission statement and organizational goals.

Annual Board Retreat in 2017: 

Elected members chose Board positions that are of interest (per by-laws):

Caroline Mackenzie, President and Membership

Whitney Anderson, Vice-President and Events

Connie Brunn,  Contributing Director

Anna Alden,  Advocacy:  Resigned position and moved off Island

Kirsten Moy, Treasurer

Mari Yogi, Secretary,

Grace Magruder, PC Campus Recruiter, resigned position and moved off island

Ronne Partoriza, PC Campus Recruiter, filled position vacated by Grace

Amy T. Olliffe, Contributing Director, Fundraising items

SWOT analysis

Too many events scheduled in the past

Annual meeting attendance has been poor,

Aloha Grants/Care outreach needed improvements

Objectives/Goals for 2017/18

Improve communications to members

KISS (Keep it Simple) principle, fewer activities, improve attendance

Improve advocacy

Increase amount for Aloha Grant

Aloha Care packages:  find out where PCVs from HI are, how to contact

Communication to Members

Monthly Communications from the President.  – I have tried to communicate at least once a month via email to all our contacts.  Information about our local activities or forwarded information from NPCA are the main topics.   Also, we have sent “snail mail” flyers regarding the annual picnic and the Oktoberfest events.  By sending “snail mail”, we have a chance to update our database with current addresses.

Activity Attendance

In an effort to improve attendance at events, the Board decided to keep the Pau Hanas at the same location- for consistency.  Because Annual meeting attendance for the past three years has been poor, the Board decided to change the date.  2018 is the first year where the meeting will coincide with Peace Corp week.  Additionally, no new activities would be added to the calendar; just Pau Hanas, Marsh clean ups, NPR, Earth Day, Annual Picnic and annual Fundraiser, now in October.


Monthly Pau Hanas – We continue to meet at Islands Restaurant in Ala Moana Center, average attendance is 10 +, Manager of restaurant has PC connection so saves space for us on first Fridays.  Parking is easy, bus routes come to Ala Moana.

Annual RPCVHI Picnic in August attracts 40-45 RPCVs- Location (Spot 36) is great, long walk from parking area, but big location, room for lots of tables, areas for activities, swimming lagoon. The Annual Picnic is an excellent event for RPCVs to reconnect, talk story, and enjoy each other’s company.

Kawainui/Hamakua Marsh activities are sporadic because of changes in information sharing.  BUT RPCVHI plans to continue participation.  DLNR reps have offered to have a special day for RPCVs- to plant native plants, learn about plants, learn about birds in the marsh areas. 

Two Earth Day activities in 2017:  Ka Iwi coastline area sponsored by Rep. Gene Ward (RPCV); Activity with 808 Clean up at Kuhuku Beach on North shore.

HPR Phone Bank- Thanks to Rosemary Casey, we continue our participation with HPR for fundraising campaigns. The phone bank is also good for RPCVHI as many RPCVs will call into the station, pledge to the station and ALSO ask about RPCVHI and where to find us!

Special Events in 2017

MLK Walk Honolulu.  RPCV Kimberly Biggs was instrumental in our participation with the MLK walk in Honolulu.  We had great participation and signed up again for 2018.  RPCVHI will participate again in 2019 with a bit more organization for the parade  and for a get together after the parade.

Oktoberfest.  Beer and Brats are good for business and for fundraising.  With the NPCA Director’s visit, we had a great group of 45 RPCVs who attended the fundraiser.  We added over $800 to our Aloha Grant/ Aloha Care fund.

The evening lecture with the NPCA Director at East-West Center was also well attended.

The NPCA Director visit helped improve our inter-island RPCVHI communications.  The Big Island RPCVs hosted the Director at two picnics- Hilo side, Kona side- and the Maui RPCVs had an evening pau Hana.  Since the director’s visit, our Oahu group has been in continued communication.  I will go to Maui for an evening Pau Hana in February and to the Big Island in March for a job recruitment fair at UH Hilo.


With the current administration and budget issues, NPCA has reached out to affiliate groups to help with advocating for the PC Budget and other important PC issues.  Our newest Board member, Hali Robinett, has asked to serve in the Advocacy capacity and has been working with NPCA.  Hali has also been working with RPCVs on the other islands.

Aloha Care and Aloha Grant

Thanks to persistent efforts from the UH-M PC recruiter’s office (Grace and now Ronne), we have been able to track currently serving PCVs from the State of Hawaii.  The Board agreed to increase the amount for an Aloha Grant to “up to $1000”.  By increasing the amount, we hope that more PCVs will apply.

We emailed 13 PCVs about our Aloha Grants and Aloha Care packages.  Four (4) PCVs have responded; three (3) requested Care packages, and one (1) requested funds for his computer project.  Three Care packages were sent Jan 31, 2018 to the three PCVs who requested them (Ukraine, Cambodia, Senegal) and $1000 was sent Madagascar.


We continue with the RPCV Calendars sold via the RPCV group in Madison, Wisconsin.  We have a core group of 25 or so RPCVs who purchase these calendars.

The 2017 t-shirt campaign via Bonfire is an attempt to have several different styles and colors of a  t-shirt design available for purchase.  The first campaign was a bit slow to start as the sales are driven by online purchases.  The Board purchased a variety of shirts in colors and sizes and styles as samples.  We will re-open another campaign with better designs so that the logo and words are “legible”.

Suggestions for 2018/2019 Board

Members are always welcome to participate in Board meetings and to share suggestions to help our organization stay strong.   


Finally, Mahalo to every RPCVHI member on all the Islands for keeping our organization alive and well.  Mahalo for participating in events, for contributing time and talent and energy in our activities.


Caroline L. Mackenzie

RPCVHI President 2016-18

RPCV Ukraine, 2010-12                                                                                                                                                                

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