SEAPAX Annual Picnic

SEAPAX will be hosting its annual picnic on Saturday, July 14 from 2-7pm at Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Place NW. This year’s picnic is even more special, as it marks the 30th year that our community’s RPCV association has been “Bringing the world back home” to Seattle!

Founded in 1977 as the Returned Action Volunteers of the Northwest (RAVN), the group was the only RPCV group in Washington state and included both former Peace Corps Volunteers and VISTA volunteers. Over the years, the group has meant many things to its members, from an opportunity to socialize and network with other globally-minded RPCVs to an advocacy network, non-profit organization and a way to give back to the community. We invite all area RPCVs, members and non-members, their families and friends to attend and celebrate the impact that RPCVs have had on Seattle and Washington state.

The picnic is free, Children and friends of RPCVs are welcome! Bring your own food to grill and something to share (appetizer, salad, dessert, nonalcoholic beverage or other goodies). SEAPAX will provide plates and eating utensils.

The big day will include a raffle, with prizes such as the new 2008 Peace Corps calendar, a year’s free membership and treasures from countries around the world. Don’t forget to bring your checkbook for raffle tickets, to update your membership or to purchase the brand-new 2008 calendar, making its first appearance at the picnic. Renew your membership on the day of the picnic and get a free raffle ticket!

We are still looking for raffle prizes. Anyone interested in donating to the raffle should contact Jen Nicholas at We welcome country of service artifacts, gift certificates, movie/theatre tickets, or a nice bottle of wine – be creative and help us make this event a great one. All raffle proceeds will benefit the SEAPAX grant fund, which supports worthy projects both at home and overseas. Notable past grants included the payment of a Thai teacher’s annual salary after the devastating 2005 tsunami and the transport of books and school materials to Slidell, Louisiana to restock libraries destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

Please RSVP for the picnic to Jen Nicholas at by July 7.
Directions: I-5 Northbound or Southbound:

  • Take exit to 85th St and head west.
  • Follow 85th West to dead end at the bluff.
  • Take a right turn and go downhill.
  • Go under the railroad tracks and arrive at the entrance of the park.
  • We have reserved Shelter #1, immediately to the north of the pedestrian underpass and play area. Look for signs!