President's Message

Summer 2014


Aloha! Happy Summer!


The academic year has ended, summer has begun. Much has been happening since my last message to you and it’s time to check in and catch up.

 

The Board of Directors of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii have been busy since the Annual Meeting in late January. We had a one-day retreat to focus our attention on what was most important from an organizational perspective  that could be accomplished this year, as well as setting some tentative plans for the next two years. We titled our efforts, “The Year of the Website,” and that’s where our attention and emphasis have been. If you haven’t done so in a while, please take time to visit:  www.hawaiirpcv.org. You’ll see significant changes – ones we hope you’ll like. While we still have some details to take care of, we really like the product. Mahalo nui loa to Damion Mullins, Morocco 2010-12, who volunteered his professional web design skills to help us achieve this goal. Lisa Stevens, our secretary, also contributed in important ways, and you can now see the results. Many thanks to Damion for his skills, and particularly his patience with the Board as we worked through the details.

 

We’ve also been hosting the monthly “Pau Hana” gatherings on the first Friday of each month. The numbers of participating RPCVs and guests has ranged from 10 to 30+. We’ll host the June event – announcement coming soon on time, date and location, and then we will take a break for the summer for two months, meeting again at the Annual BBQ / Picnic August 24th at Magic Island. We’ll start the “Pau Hana” gatherings again in September. We’re hoping, and planning with member Caroline McKenzie, Ukraine 2011-13, to have the November “Pau Hana” on the Windward side, thus enabling our Waimanalo to Haleiwa RPCVs to join us for a round of beers.

 

As noted above, the August Annual BBQ / Picnic will be on August 24, again at Magic Island, space 40, along the walkway by the yacht harbor, where we’ve been the past several years. We will be back in touch in July with more details.

 

We’re getting a new RPCVHI T-shirt for this year, and will have them along with the RPCV International Calendars on sale at the BBQ / Picnic. Prices will be the same as last year:  $12 for a t-shirt, and $13 for a calendar. Proceeds support the costs of running this organization (P.O. Box rental, web access fees, etc.) as well as our Aloha Grants through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. When there are sufficient funds, we also make a donation to an important cause, which last year was the Typhoon Relief effort in the Philippines, and in previous years was the Hawaii Food Bank and Hawaii Public Radio.

 

Speaking of Hawaii Public Radio, we also participated in the HPR Spring fund drive, helping to raise the $1 million-plus needed to run the stations, now reaching all islands. We’ll be participating again in the October event, so let us know if you’re interested in helping out.

 

I hope you can see that this organization is meeting our goal of gathering Returned PCVs in fun activities that benefit us as well as the community. Two of our Board members will be leaving us in August – a move to the mainland for Lisa Stevens, and Vince Cleveland will be graduating with his master’s degree. We therefore have four openings on the Board and are seeking interested RPCVs to fill them. Please contact me for details about these positions, and check out the website for details as well.

 

Much aloha and I look forward to seeing you at the BBQ / Picnic on August 24th! 

                                                                                                        
A hui hou! 

Rosemary Casey
President, RPCVHI, drcaseyrosemary@yahoo.com




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