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SEAPAX Annual Campout

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RPCVs, families and friends are invited to the SEAPAX camp out June 19-21 at Wiley Creek Campground in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This campground (more information) is on the Mountain Loop Highway, about 5 miles east of the Verlot Public Service Center (map). We have booked the B Group Campsite area. Come for one night or two. Cost is just $5 per person/night for the nights of June 19th and 20th. Plans are still forming for hikes (examples: Lake 22, Pinnacle Lake, Heather Lake, Big Four Ice Caves) and a group dinner Saturday night.

So, mark your calendar now for outdoor fun! There’s a shelter people can sleep in–a two-level wood-frame with about 400 square feet of space on each level–or they can bring their own tents. Space for ~20 people and 5 cars so carpooling is advised. Please RSVP to Nikki Eller (nikkimeller@gmail.com).

New Board for the New Year

New_clipartPlease join us in welcoming our new Board members who took office on January 1:

Co-Presidents: Lillian Baer and Arlene Mitchell
Secretary: Laurel Saito
Co-Treasurers: Carey Homen and Kevin Brady
Directors at Large: Tom Miller and Nikki Eller

Together with the 2015 leadership team, they are already working on plans for interesting and meaningful programs and events throughout the year, and welcome all of you to get involved.  Look for the latest info in our monthly newsletters and social media places, and don’t hesitate to get in touch by email at:  board@seapax.org.

It’s time again for a special SEAPAX tradition ,our annual holiday party. This yearly event is an opportunity to socialize with RPCV’s and their families and friends, to share stories and recollections and generally have a great time. Part of the tradition is a donation drive at the party to benefit local organizations that help those in need. This year we will be collecting apparel for Treehouse, an organization which assists foster children and youth ,or nonperishable grocery items for a local food bank. See Donations information below. And we’ll be selling the famous RPCV international calendars, with all proceeds going to support the SEAPAX Small Grants program.

Party particulars:

When: Saturday, December 6, from 6-9 p.m.

Where: home of Lillian Baer and Arlene Mitchell, 2502 25th Ave W (corner of W. Smith St. and 25th Ave. W) Seattle 98119, in the Magnolia neighborhood.

Bring: food or beverage to share, along with any serving ware. Please label food ingredients to help those with food allergies or restrictions.You are welcome to bring your own cup, plate, and eating utensils. Please label ingredients of food items to help those with food allergies

Donate: item of teen-friendly clothing, school supplies; or nonperishable foods

Help: volunteers to set up and clean up, and to deliver donations after the party. To sign up, send an email to: events@seapax.org

 

Donations

This year’s recipient group, Treehouse has been providing education and support since 1988 to help improve the life chances for foster kids in King County, who number about 1400 on any given day. With the foster care clothing allowance at $200/year, Treehouse’s Wearhouse clothing bank helps fill the gap. But items for teens, for whom appearances matter most, are often in short supply. We will be collecting new or gently-used on-trend clothing in all sizes , for guys and gals, as well as school supplies. Suggestions: skinny jeans; tops and graphic tees; hoodies; Seahawks and Sounders gear; accessories of all types ( hats, scarves, gloves, purses, costume jewelry, etc.); as well as new underwear, hosiery, or pajamas. If you’re an RPCV of the Millennial generation, you may have additional ideas for donations.
Alternately, you can bring nonperishable items to be donated to a local food bank.

 

How to get there

Directions to 2502 25th Ave. W,  from our hosts:

We are on the corner of 25th Ave W. and W. Smith St. It is the NE corner, you see only one level from 25th. We are next to a three story modern red and brown house. There is parking on/near all four corners, up and down the streets.

From 15th Ave NW:

  1. Take Dravus off of 15th, pass QFC on the right, Starbucks and Red Mill on the left), then overpass is over the RR tracks, then a light with Arco gas station. Continue up the hill on Dravus to 25th, take a left, and go 4 blocks (pass Armor, Raye, Halliday, then Smith. We are on the left, at the corner of Smith.

OR

  1. Take Magnolia bridge (right off of 15th (Elliott), follow up and into Magnolia, first right after bridge onto Thorndyke, slight right still on Thorndyke Ave, few blocks down the boulevard and take the left just after Boston, angle onto Thorndyke Place, up onto 24th, the left on Smith, up to next corner, house is on the right .

If you get lost, do not despair or spend time wandering or wondering; call us 206-393-2282 or 206-913-3382 and tell us where you are, and we will direct you here.

 

Carpooling is encouraged. Find a ride or offer a ride through the SEAPAX Facebook page or Yahoo list. Links at “Connect with SEAPAX “ on our website.

Transit: The party location is served by bus routes #24 and 33. Consult Metro’s Trip Planner for directions.

 

 

SEAPAX 2015 Board Elections

voting boxElections for the 2015 SEAPAX Board are now open. Members may vote any time from now until 5pm, Friday, November 28th. The new Board will take office on January 1st. Show your support for SEAPAX by participating in this election. Candidate biographies are available for review.

When you are ready to vote, go to the Election Ballot and follow the instructions on the ballot for casting your vote.

To cast a ballot, you must be a SEAPAX member with paid dues current or with one-year free membership status for RPCVs in their first year post-service. If you are not yet a SEAPAX member or need to renew your membership, please do so today via the Join page on our website.

If you have any questions about the ballot or how to vote, please email board@seapax.org

Thank you for your participation
SEAPAX

 

On Sunday afternoon November 16 we are meeting at Antioch University, 2326 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, room 100, for a business meeting followed by screening of the documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which chronicles the struggles of the brilliant artist for freedom of expression in China.

Here’s the schedule:

1 – 2 pm: SEAPAX Board business meeting. We’ll be talking about current doings including elections and ongoing programs and activities, plus planning the Dec. 6 holiday party. Everyone is welcome to attend this open meeting,  and to learn about the many ways to get involved.

2 – 4 pm: movie, followed by discussion led by a China RPCV

Coffee and tea will be provided, please bring a snack to share. For more information about the film and to see the trailer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1845773/

 


Open Doors for Multicultural Families, a a 2013 SEAPAX grant awardee organization, is having a benefit dinner and auction to support their programs which offer linguistically and culturally responsive services to immigrant and refugee families who have children with developmental disabilities.. Their “Celebrating Our Differences” dinner is  Saturday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30pm.

There are many ways you can help before, during, and/or after the event:

1. Serve food during the buffet dinner
2. Register guests as they arrive
3. Set up tables
4. Help with the silent auction – lend a hand onsite and/or donate an item or service
5. Prepare or purchase an entree or appetizer (for at least 100 people) for the event
6. Buy a ticket and attend the event and/or make a monetary donation
Please RSVP by Oct. 27 to servicechair@seapax.org. Please indicate what task you can assist with and Laurel, SEAPAX Service Chair, will help coordinate your role.  For more information about Open Doors, the Nov. 1 program, or to purchase tickets , please visit their website at http://multiculturalfamilies.org/wordpress/. For silent auction donations, please send an email to: apjenny@hotmail.com. Open Doors is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Calling all RPCVs who want to help SEAPAX  help the Peace Corps community!  November is election month for SEAPAX too, and we are now accepting nominations for candidates for 2015 Board Officer and Leadership Team positions, listed below.

Please consider becoming a candidate yourself, or nominating someone else, with their permission. If you are not sure which position you’d be most suited for, we’d be happy to discuss this with you personally.   Becoming an officer or committee chair can be both rewarding and fun, help you build leadership skills, and offers direct opportunities to get more involved with RPCVs and the diverse communities of metropolitan Seattle.  We are looking for folks who are both self-starters and team players, who value being part of an active organization.  Team Of 8 Blue People Holding Up Connected Pieces To A Colorful Puzzle That Spells Out "Team," Symbolizing Excellent Teamwork, Success And Link Exchanging Clipart Illustration Graphic

The Basics for Candidates
Eligibility:
Candidates must be RPCVs and members in good standing of SEAPAX, with dues paid at least 30 days in advance of the election or with dues waived during their first year after completion of Peace Corps service.  Preference will be given to candidates who have been SEAPAX members for one year prior to the election, or otherwise vetted by the current Board. That said, all interested members are welcome and encouraged to become candidates for the Board and Leadership Team. Positions may be shared, so don’t hesitate to  submit  a nomination with another RPCV for a specific position.
Time commitment: Candidates for all positions need to be able to devote an average of a few hours per month and participate in monthly business  meetings (held in-person or virtually) for a 12-month period from January- December 2015. Each Officer At-Large is responsible for serving as lead for a SEAPAX Committee or function.
Election Process and Eligibility to Vote
Nominations will be accepted until October 31, 2014
Voting to take place in November by electronic ballot sent to eligible SEAPAX members, defined as:

  • Those with annual dues paid at least 30 days in advance of the election
  • RPCVs with authorized free membership (for first year post-service)

Results will be announced in December, and new leaders will assume office on January 1, 2015

  • If there are 2 candidates for an Officer position, the individual receiving the lesser number of votes will become a Director at Large

SEAPAX Membership
If you need to join or renew your membership, please go to the Membership page on the SEAPAX website for instructions on how to submit your dues electronically or by check. If you need to  check on your membership status, please send an email request to: members@seapax.org.
Nomination Procedure and Positions
To become a candidate, please send the following information to board@seapax.org

  • Full Name
  • Email address and phone number
  • PC Country(ies) and Years of Service
  • If nominating someone else, please include your name and contact info.
  • Brief statement of interest: why you are interested in the position, and what background you would bring to this position and to the organization
  • Optional your biography or resume, and name of a reference

Positions Open for 2015  (see By-laws for position descriptions)
Officers:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Officers at Large (3)

Committee Chairs and Coordinators (appointed by the Board)

  • Book Club Coordinator
  • Program Chair
  • Social Events Chair
  • Speaker’s Bureau Chairperson
  • Webmaster

Questions? please contact us at board@seapax.org

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