SEAPAX Campout! North Cascades National Park July 14-16

RSVP to campout@seapax.org: The 2017 Annual SEAPAX Campout will be held at the Newhalem Creek Campground in the North Cascades National Park, July 14-16. We have reserved several adjacent individual campsites that should accommodate our group. Details about the campground can be found here. Families and friends are welcome.

In order to plan we need a count of folks who will be joining us. To RSVP or ask questions send a note to campout@seapax.org. There will be opportunities to hike and explore the area on your own or with others.

SEAPAX is subsidizing part of the cost for our camp so we are asking for a contribution of just $5 per person for both nights (what a deal!)   We traditionally have a group potluck on Saturday night, with all other meals being on your own.

Mark this event on your calendar. There will be lots to do and see in this beautiful park. Enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. RSVP today!

A taste of the park can be found in this album.

Peace Corps Nomination Party on May 16th!

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Hello Seattle RPCVs!

Are you interested in sending off the next batch of future RPCVs? Do you have some words of wisdom to give to future volunteers and their families? If so, please join the Seattle PC Recruiting Office and SEAPAX at this year’s Annual Spring Nomination Party!

It will be held in Parrington Hall, University of Washington, Seattle campus, from 6 – 8pm on Thursday, May 16th.

Please feel free to appear in your service country’s traditional dress (optional) and/or bring a dish inspired from your country of service for a potluck. Here is a link to the official Peace Corps site which showcases the info session prior to the send off party:http://www.peacecorps.gov/meet/events/3966/

Put it on your calendar and we’ll see you there!

And the election results are…

Thank you to everyone that participated in the election process. Your support is appreciated!

The elections are now completed, and the new officers of SEAPAX are as follows:

President

 28 – Catherine Swanson

           1 – Larry Kaye

           1 – Pat O’Rourke

Vice President

 31 – Lillian Baer

Treasurer

 30 – Aileen Ly

           1 – Scott Ramos

Secretary

 18 – Joshuah Marshall

         12 – Joana Ramos

Membership Chair

 30 – Elizabeth Cauble

           1 – Larry Kaye

At Large Board Members

29 – Glenn Leever

22 – Temma Pistrang

19 – Shauna Aron

       16 – Hilary Beam

Events Chair

               Hilary Beam

Service Events Chair

               Shauna Aron

Newsletter Editor

               Rachel Harris

Be sure to attend the board meeting on April 10th where the new officers will be introduced and planning for the upcoming year will begin.



Happy New Years!!

Happy New Year SEAPAX members and friends!

We want to thank everyone for coming out to the holiday party in December. So many familiar and not-so-familiar faces in one place! It was great to meet and talk to everyone. We wanted to thank our host Mike Fitch again for graciously hosting the holiday party.

Attendance at the holiday party was absolutely amazing, and it looks like we may have outgrown Mike’s home! We would love to continue to have potlucks and other get togethers at members’ homes, so this is where you come in.

If you’re able to or would like to host an upcoming event (potluck, discussion group, holiday party, house party, etc.) at your home, please email us at seapax.org@gmail.com to be added to a list of possible SEAPAX events venues. Also, if you have suggestions of other low cost (or free) community venues to host larger SEAPAX events, we’d love to gather those suggestions as well.

Thank you again for all your participation and hardwork in 2010 and we’re looking forward to an even better 2011.

On behalf of the SEAPAX Board,
Aileen Ly
SEAPAX President

Urgent! SEAPAX Needs New Officers!

This is an urgent plea for help to everyone who cares about SEAPAX! If you’ve enjoyed coming to our events, networking when you were new in town or new to Seattle, having a chance to discuss world affairs with those who’ve been there, getting support for readjustment and culture shock, and opportunities for  3rd Goal community involvement, then you know the value of SEAPAX. We are much, much more than a virtual social network, we are the community for RPCVs in greater Seattle.

But in order to keep this all going, the active participation of members in leadership roles is essential! The annual call for nominations for officers and chairpeople went out at the beginning of the month, and nominations close on Feb. 28.  While some of the current folks will seek election again, we need YOU to step up to the plate to keep SEAPAX alive and well.

We have many exciting activities planned for late February and early March, and have started planning our local commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. Warm weather events are already on the calendar, including a late June  SEAPAX campout, the annual July picnic, and the yearly RPCV regional campout in August. Without a full compliment of group leaders in our new business year, which starts April 1, none of this will happen and the group’s very existence could be in danger.

Our next meeting will include a chance to “meet the candidates” on Sunday, March 7, from 2-4 p.m in the back room of the pub (downstairs) at the College Inn, 4000 University Way NE.

Please make a commitment to SEAPAX by submitting your nomination ASAP to board(at)seapax(dot)org. Feel free to contact me directly if you’d like more information.

Thank you,

Joana Ramos
Brazil ’73-’75
SEAPAX President
tel. 206-229-2420