NEWS - April, 2008

Election Results

The 2008 SEAPAX elections closed on March 31 with our largest electronic vote yet. Thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to participate. The final tallies are as follows.

President
Jennifer Samnick    42
Vice President
Joana Ramos    41
x    1
Treasurer
Erik Sorupka    43
Secretary
Megan Horst    42
Membership Chair
Don Kramer    1
At Large 1
Don Kramer    42
At Large 2
Temma Pistrang    42
At Large 3
Scott Ramos    40
x    1

The new board has taken over the reigns with one organizational meeting and jumped in with both feet on our first major project, the Peace Corps Expo. Details follow.

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Peace Corps Expo

It's almost here: Peace Corps Expo 2008!! On Sunday May 4, SEAPAX, together with National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Peace Corps will host the 2008 Peace Corps Expo here in Seattle.

We welcome all returned volunteers, prospective volunteers, family and friends of the Peace Corps, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the impact of the Peace Corps in communities both abroad and here at home. The Expo will include a short formal program, in-depth break-out sessions with featuring panelists; a general "open house" with refreshments; and an exhibit area where representatives of the sponsoring groups and community -based organizations will share information about their programs.

Please pre-register for the Expo using the online form on the NPCA website.

Here are the venue details for the PC Expo:

Time: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Location: Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Conference Center
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 281-2000

There is no cost to attend the Expo, and free parking will be available. SPU is served by Metro bus routes #13 and #17. For details , see the Metro website.

Expo Volunteers Needed!!!!

SEAPAX needs your help to make the Expo a success. The day of the event we will need everyone's help to handle logistics including greeting guests, staffing the SEAPAX tables, assisting community groups with table set up, crowd control, and helping the organizers as needed. It promises to be a fun day, and a showcase for SEAPAX. We are expecting upwards of 300 people to attend.

To sign up as an Expo volunteers, please send an e-mail to pres@seapax.org with your name and phone number. We will be in touch with you before the event about your volunteer assignment. In addition, we are seeking folks who would like to share displays about their PC experience, such as slide shows, books and reports, and other media.


Regional Meeting for RPCV Group Leaders

SEAPAX will be the host for the quarterly Regional Meeting for RPCV Group Leaders on Saturday May 3. The meeting is for group officers and chairs (from both local and country of service) groups. Those interested in becoming leaders of SEAPAX are also invited to attend. As representatives from the NPCA will be in Seattle for the May 4 PC Expo, they will be at the Regional Meeting to offer information updates important to RPCV groups and to facilitate the discussion sessions.

The meeting will be held at:
Cowen Park Shelterhouse
5849 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Registration is required for the meeting, and must be received by April 24. Please use the online form that can be found at the NPCA meeting website (see link below). Meeting agenda, and directions to the site are also included. Don't forget that May 3 is the Opening Day of boating season in Seattle, which means there will be traffic delays and detours in the area in and around the Montlake Bridge, so allow extra travel time to Cowen Park.

Objectives for the Group Leaders meeting are: