NEWS - October, 2007

Seeking Community Volunteers

Male Mentors Needed for HIgh School Freshman Boys

Community for Youth is seeking men who would be interested in being a mentor to a students at Chief Sealth High School or Cleveland High School in Seattle. Currently there are not enough men to be matched with the freshmen boys who are interested in participating in the program. Here is the message:

Our Chief Sealth and Cleveland High School programs will begin soon and we don't want to turn boys away! These boys could benefit tremendously by having an adult man in their lives who is a friend, a sounding board, a good listener, a coach, an advocate and someone who believes in them. We offer on-going training, support, and guidance. Time commitments are basically one retreat that kicks off the program, then meeting once a week for three hours in the evening on a set weekday. Mentors tell us they gain a great deal from participating in our programs.

If you are a man and interested in mentoring, please contact Kim at 206-325-8480x20 or by e-mail at kimb@communityforyouth.org as soon as possible!

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner

FIUTS, the Foundation for International students at the UW is looking for folks to invite a student or students to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. If you can help, please call 206-616-7025 or reply by email to homestay@fiuts.org.

UW Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Seeks Speakers

We have received the following note from the new UW recuriter. Please contact Tom directly if you are interested in this opportunity.

My name is Tom Edwardsen. I just finished a tour in Azerbiajan and am now the UW Peace Corps Campus Representative while I attend Grad School. I just wanted to be in contact with your RPCV group and wonder if anyone would be willing to ever participate or be a point of contact for an occasional recruiting event by telling their story or sharing the details of their service. I hope to be in contact and would appreciate any recommendations on how to involve the RPCV community in the process of encouraging others to apply. Reply to: thomasedwardsen@hotmail.com

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Saving Peace Corps History (before its too late)

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of The Peace Corps, the RPCV Archival Project has begun a renewed effort to seek out those who were the pioneers of the Peace Corps, volunteers from the 1960s. Year by year we are losing that cohort and their unique stories of volunteer service. The Project hopes to add 3000 1960s interviews to the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library in the RPCV Collection before the anniversary year; that would be about 10% of those who served during that period.

The RPCV Archival Project is an informal network of RPCVs who work to preserve Peace Corps' legacy by conducting oral history interviews of those who have served as PCVs. In the five years of its existence, more than 40 RPCV interviewers have completed approximately 300 interviews.

See the JFK Library website for details.

The Project's basic resource is, and will continue to be, the unpaid voluntary efforts of those RPCVs who've participated, in cooperation with NPCA Affiliate groups.

We need people to volunteer to participate by becoming interviewers; a commitment of 3 hours a month during 2007 could add 12 more RPCV stories to the Collection. The Project provides training and orientation through an operational guide; once started, participants work directly with the RPCV Archivist at the Kennedy Library.

To learn more and to get involved, please contact:
Bob Klein
RPCV Archival Project Organizer
Ghana 1961-1963
699 W Magee Rd
Tucson AZ 85704
tel. (520) 797-4485
e-mail: RPCVArchivalProj@att.net
For more info on the interview process, look at the Project Guide.

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SEAPAX Holiday Party

It's our biggest event of the year! SEAPAX will be hosting its annual holiday party on Saturday, December 8, starting at 7pm. All RPCVs, their families and friends are cordially invited. We will be gathering at the home of Mike Fitch--5230 16th NE in Seattle's University District. Limited free on-street parking is available, and many bus routes are near by.

Please bring a dish or drink to share, and your own plates and utensils. In consideration of food allergies and dietary needs of others, we ask that you please label the ingredients of your potluck dish.

You will have the opportunity to sign up or renew your membership, as well as to receive information about SEAPAX events and programs. Don't forget your checkbook, as the multicultural 2008 Peace Corps photo calendar swill be for sale at the party. Calendar sales go 100% to fund the SEAPAX small grants program which benefits domestic and international community-based projects. Be sure to get one for yourself and for gifts! We will also be holding a silent auction of unique items contributed by RPCVs, as an additional fundraiser.

We hope you will join us at this very special time.

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SEAPAX Small Grants Program

The Seattle Area Peace Corps Association (SEAPAX) offers small grants to community-based projects both in Washington State and countries around the world. Each grant request must be sponsored by either an active current member of SEAPAX or a current PCV who is from or returning to the state of Washington. Go to the Grants tab on the website for further details and grant guidelines and to download the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form.

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Best of the Web

Best of the Web is a 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 SEAPAX. We invite you to submit your favorites to share here. This month's listing highlights resources that focus on food and health.

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: news@seapax.org

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