Spring Greetings to Returned PCVs of Hawaii, Family and Friends!
It's Spring already, and the new Board of Directors has been installed for the RPCVHI organization! Welcome to Rebecca Young (Belize), Lisa Stevens (Burkina Faso), Vincent Cleveland (Armenia and Liberia), and Sena Pierce (Tonga), our newest members. Those continuing for a second year are Paul Gauci (Thailand), Mahri Swan (Morocco) and Jim Cogswell (Philippines), and Linda Chock and myself (both from the Northern Mariana Islands) will also continue.
Though the Board accomplished much last year, 2013 presents new challenges and opportunities. Our communications with members seems to be the foremost identified need. This will be a major topic at our annual Board Retreat, scheduled for Saturday March 16. Lynn Graybeal (Niger) will lead us in our strategic planning as we focus on issues members have identified as important. Likely you'll be seeing changes to the website, we'll be getting a new logo that is more "state wide" in message, and you'll be receiving more frequent communications. Board meetings will be announced on the website, where minutes will be posted. You're welcome to attend anytime.
We have a new web domain name, HawaiiRPCV.org, and for the present time, you can contact us using my email firstname.lastname@example.org as we re-establish an organizational contact email address.
We've awarded our first Aloha Grant for this year to Will Jensen (Peru) from Kailua who is a building water sanitation system in his community in Lima. We've also collaborated with Friends of the Library and Kapolei Rotary International Club to send pre-school books to Com, East Timor. And we continue our commitment to the Hawaii Foodbank. As you know, sales of Peace Corps calendars enable us to support these projects, so please consider purchasing a 2014 calendar later this year. Other on-going outreach activities include helping with the semi-annual Hawaii Public Radio fundraiser in April and October when we need volunteers to help answer phones one evening during the fund drive, and assisting with recruiting efforts at UH Manoa and in the community. We celebrated Peace Corps' 52nd Birthday at UH Manoa with Sam West, the current recruiter, and the university's designation of 24th largest sender of volunteers in the country! Hurray!
As noted, we anticipate a busy year, with regular gatherings including First Friday Pau Hana's in May and November, the annual picnic in August, and the Holiday Fundraiser on December 1. We encourage your participation in the East-West Fest celebration of international and intercultural students and relations at the East-West Center on April 13, and the Life Foundation AIDS Walk on April 14. We're looking forward to stronger partnerships with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council www.paachawaii.org, AFS Intercultural Exchange www.AFS.org and the Hawaii chapter email@example.com, and the International Hospitality Center www.ihchawaii.org, as well as the Kapolei Rotary International club and Friends of the Library.
Please contact us via my personal email if you have questions or want more information.
A hui hou!
President, RPCVHI, firstname.lastname@example.org