On October 3, 2008, Joe Hindman attended, for the first time, the quarterly NPCA Board meeting which was held in San Francisco. He was there in his new capacity as elected Representative of RPCV groups in the Western region, and will serve a 3-year term. Joe lives in Roseburg, OR, and is a member of the West Cascades Peace Corps Association of Eugene.
It is a boon to our group, and speaks well for the RPCV groups in the Northwest in general, that our region again has representation in the “other Washington”. Joe has shared some of his notes on the NPCA Board meeting with us, as follows:
All five staff members of the NPCA in Washington were present for the board meeting. Some of the highlights presented were:
- NPCA reported a projected balanced budget for the first time in several years.
- More PC program has raised awareness on the national level
- Fundraising possibilities seem feasible using the internet
- A Virtual Community website for NPCA is being developed
The final reports from the NPCA board meetings should be available shortly on the NPCA website.
The 2008 Shriver Award for Humanitarian Service was presented at the meeting to Joan Velasquez (Bolivia ’67-’69) an RPCV who co-founded a non-profit organization–Mano a Mano–that has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Bolivians living in rural areas.
Another high point of the weekend was the NorCal picnic in Gold Gate park on Sunday, which attracted an impressive number of former Volunteers and friends.
As your representative on the NPCA board, I encourage you to contact me with any issues, ideas or concerns that you might have. I can be reached at this address.Report from Joe Hindman, Western Region Representative to NPCA Board