MLK Service Event

CALLING ALL RPCVS: SIGN UP FOR SEAPAX 2018 MLK DAY OF SERVICE OPPORTUNITY!

WHAT:  SEAPAX will be teaming up with World Relief Seattle and United Way King County (UWKC) to prepare a community garden for our refugee neighbors in Kent!

WHEN: Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday January 15th, 2018, 9:00 -12:30 (morning only).

HOW: To sign up please email Josh Fliegel at servicechair@seapax.org Write in the subject line “MLK Day 2018 Signup” and include in your email the following information: 1) your name, 2) Your neighborhood and, if you need ride or can offer a ride to this event. Your t-shirt size (S, M, L, XL, 2XL.) UWKC will be providing all volunteers with T-shirts.  You will receive an automated email message from UWKC after Josh receives your email and adds you to the UWKC SEAPAX list for this event.

WHERE:  Kent Washington, we will be organizing RPCV carpools for those that wish to ride share. More information available from Josh atservicechair@seapax.org

WHAT ELSE: World Relief Seattle’s Community Garden in Kent was created to benefit refugee, immigrant, and low-income community members seeking gardening space.  We will be helping prepare it for use. Our main tasks will be cutting back blackberry bushes, weeding, cleaning out our demonstration gardens and doing general beautification of the area. World Relief Seattle will provide us all tools needed, as well as gloves, hardhats, and safety glasses, but encourages us to dress for the weather and for working outdoors. Please join us!

 

 

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2017 Membership Survey

We would like to give a special thanks to all members who participated in our 2017 Membership Survey.  We had a total of 59 respondents.  Your answers and comments were very informative and will help guide the planning of SEAPAX-related activities for 2018.  Results from the survey can be found here: Membership Survey Summary 2017.  A brief summary of what we learned is below:

  • The newsletter is the primary means by which members are accessing SEAPAX-related information followed by Facebook
  • Our Yahoo Group appears to be highly under-utilized, and potentially our website too
  • About 1/3 of membership is relatively inactive regarding event participation
  • Members are facing challenges getting to events and of getting information about planned activities ahead of time
  • Members are generally happy with the types and number of planned activities, with the exception of service events, of which we could plan more
  • Social events are the clear favorite of all our hosted activities, followed by service, recreation/outdoor and advocacy events
  • The majority of members are aware of our grant activities, though most are not aware of any organizations that could use a grant

Bellingham Potluck

The Mt. Baker Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Assn. is hosting a Returned Peace Corps Volunteers potluck on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 6 pm in Bellingham. The program speaker will be Marcie Miller, a Pacific Northwest native who served as a TEFL volunteer in Armenia, 2015-2017. She taught English at a high school and started a media studies class at a university branch. In her pre-PC life she was a journalist, and has lived in Tanzania and South Korea. She now lives in Bellingham with her rowdy cat, Archie.
Please RSVP to me by Wednesday, Jan. 17 to Cat McIntyre.  Bring a potluck dish to share, as well as your own dishes, utensils and beverages. Thus, we can lighten the cleanup, and spare a tree.

“The Peace Corps Experience” at Western Washington University

Professor Julie Helling at WWU is looking for RPCVs to talk with her students in her class “The Peace Corps Experience”.  Each student in the class is required to interview an RPCV from the country that they are writing their research papers on.  She is looking for RPCVs that are willing to be interviewed by phone about their Peace Corps service from the following countries:

Armenia

Estonia

Indonesia/Cambodia

Jamaica

Madagascar

Nepal

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Philippines

Thailand

Ukraine

If you are a RPCV from one of the above countries who is willing to be interviewed by a college student by phone, please email Julie (Julie.Helling@wwu.edu) your name, country and dates of service, email and phone number.

SAVE THE DATE! Pacific NW Peace Corps Group’s REGIONAL Campout 2018

2018 Pacific Northwest Annual Regional Campout
  • Thur., Aug 2 thru Sun., Aug 5.  
  • Riverside State Park, less than 5 miles north of downtown Spokane, alongside the Spokane River.
  • Group Site #1.

If you’ll be going in an RV rig of some kind, please try to get your RV site right away, i.e., now.

For RV’ers: The nearest RV site to Group Site 1 is 14, then 13 and on down. RV sites 15, 16, 17 are not far away and are more luxurious with full hookups.

Save the Date!