NEWS - June, 2006

Greetings, WSPCA members!

Jennifer Nicholas, Benin 03-05

It was my privilege to take over as president of our group at the regional meeting on May 20th.

I moved to Seattle following my Peace Corps service in Benin, West Africa, where I worked as a Small Enterprise Development volunteer from 2003-2005. Being a PCV was a life-changing experience for me, as I am sure it was for you, and I am excited to work with individuals who are actively interested in their communities, both at home and abroad.

Your WSPCA officers have exciting plans for the coming year, including volunteer opportunities, local activism, and cultural and social events. We cordially invite you to a movie night and discussion on June 25th, to our annual picnic on July 8th at Golden Gardens and to the regional campout in August. We are also gearing up for an event and budget meeting to plan for the next year. We hope to provide many opportunities for WSPCA members to gather, network, and advance the famous 3rd goal of Peace Corps, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the months ahead!

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Western Regional RPCV Meeting

The meeting was held at the home of Temma Pistrang, with facilitation provided by Paulette Thompson and Bob Findlay. For the record, we collectively were PCVs from the 1960’s-2005, and served in Africa (Benin, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, Togo, Uganda, and Zaire), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru) and Eastern Europe (Ukraine). details....

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InterConnection Weaves a Web of Support around the Globe

WSPCA's very own Charles Brennick (Executive Director, InterConnection) makes the home page of the National Peace Corps Association. InterConnection is a wonderful local nonprofit that helps connect both local and international nonprofits to the internet. Learn more about Chuck by visiting the NPCA website report on InterConnection.

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4th Annual All Nations Cup

If the World Cup has got you psyched or nostalgic, you can keep up the momentum by attending Seattle's homegrown version, the All Nations Cup. Now in its 4th year, the soccer tournament features teams representing all the regions of the world. The event is a project of Sister Communities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 with the aim of uniting Seattle's various ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. The teams represent a broad array of nations,including the USA, with many members themselves recent immigrants or with heritage ties to specific countries. This year, for the first time, there will be women's teams participating also. The All Nations Cup will be held at the Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.

A special feature of this year's tournament will be an international cultural festival on the opening weekend, July 14-16. It will feature activities, entertainment, food, and exhibits by local organization's representing the 33 countries with teams participating in the tournament.

For more information about the event, tickets, schedule, and directions to Starfire Stadium, visit the All Nations Cup website. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the event.

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Seattle Urban Indian Health Federal Funding Clears Hurdle

Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-D) announced today that a bi-partisan effort he led to reverse the President's proposed zeroing out of the Urban Indian Health Program has won a major victory in the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, which yesterday restored funding for the program, including Seattle. details....

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Best of the Web

Best of the Web is a new feature of our newsletter and website listing resources for learning more about events, news, discussion, and organizations that share the international and multicultural interests of WSPCA. We hope to make it a permanent feature, and so invite you to submit your favorites to share here. This month's listing includes entries from the NGO, governmental, and education sectors. We would like to include many more that are specific to: countries and regions, fields of work, languages, diversity & anti-bias, arts & entertainment, etc.

We continue to welcome submissions to our listserv (as per Submissions Guidelines) , but there is so much going on in the Puget Sound area, that we can't possibility list everything nor in a timely manner. Thus, we want to alert you to good resources where you can find out more on your own. As this list grows, entries will be organized into ready reference categories. Please send your submissions to: wspcaeditor@yahoo.com

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