Challenge: New Name for WSPCA

Want to help WSPCA flourish in the new millennium? It may be time for our group to undergo a name change. At our planning meetings over the past few months, WSPCA’s officers have been discussing the need to have our group’s name better reflect who we are geographically. When the group was founded in 1977, it was called RAVN, or Returned Action Volunteers of the Northwest. The name was chosen to to include alumni of the 2 programs run by the then-federal agency ACTION: VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and Peace Corps. When ACTION was disbanded in 1993, VISTA was rolled in to the Americorps program under a new agency. Thus the rationale for RAVN name ended, and the group became the Washington State Peace Corps Association.

At that time, we were the only Peace Corps alumni group in the state of Washington. Now, more than a decade later, that has changed too. There is now an active group in Spokane, as well as WSPCA satellite groups in Olympia and Bellingham, as well as on Bainbridge Island. When people ask if there is an RPCV group in Washington, it is thus confusing to have to explain that despite the name, WSPCA is a Puget Sound-based group, while Eastern Washington has its own group, the Inland NW Peace Corps Association.

Now its your turn to help us choose a new name that reflects who we are, both in terms of location and purpose. To make the process fun, we are offering a prize to the person who submits the winning name: the beautiful 2007 International Calendar, published by the Madison, WI, RPCV group. CalendarWe’d like a name that is easy to pronounce, spell, and remember, has an acceptable acronym, maybe is kind of catchy. (One potential name has been suggested already: PCAPS, Peace Corps Alumni of Puget Sound.)

So get your thinking caps on, and send your ideas to Jen Nicholas at by November 15. The winning name will be announced at our December holiday party.