|REPORT ON PAST EVENTS
Babycakes Happy Hour
By: Gregg Pancoast
Costa Rica (1985-86)
Happy Birthday Gregg!
On March 20th a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers gathered at Babycakes on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest to celebrate the end of the week, the beginning of spring and the joy of alcoholic beverages with salty, fat-rich munchies. A good group was present and fun was had by all.
A couple of RPCVs who'd served in Nicaragua and were recipients of SDPCA International Support Funds joined us -- and we are looking forward to hearing their project stories here on these very pages some day! Also present was an RPCV from Vanuatu who talked about the recent cyclone that hit that island republic in the South Pacific. Always good to see you folks!
Ronald McDonald House
By: Celeste Coleman
On the afternoon and evening of April 11, 2015, members of SDPCA as well as some friends and family members, made life just a little easier for around 160 parents and siblings of hospitalized children at the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. We worked in the kitchen and serving area from 3:30pm- 8:30pm as we prepared taco salad, quesadillas, and chicken tortilla soup for the crowd.
It was great to talk to the residents of the House and know that we were helping to encourage them during a difficult time in their lives. We got some very positive feedback about our efforts, and can’t wait to go back again later this year! For more information about Ronald McDonald House and the work they do, visit their website at rmhcsd.org.
By: Victor Cuevas
and Marjory Clyne
Earth Day 2015 was a great success again thanks to all the SDPCA members (and friends) who helped set up early in the morning, took time to engage with all the people who stopped at our booth, and of course those who stayed to the end to help take everything down.
I hope you had as much fun as I did; see you next year! Coordinated by amazing RPCV’s Marjory Clyne and Victor Cuevas, the SDPCA set up a booth at the Earth Fair to distribute information to the attendees, but also got to share their stories to willing and interested individuals. The booth was manned by many RPCV’s who devoted their time and enjoyed their interactions with many of those interested about Peace Corps. The Earth Fair is always a fun event to attend as it follows our philosophy to be conscious of the Earth and its inhabitants of all species. We believe that the Earth is a precious commodity to be cherished and not simply used for a means to an end. The Earth Fair brings us all together and not only reminds of who we are but what we can do to lead positive and healthy lives.
Ron & Nicola Ranson, Lynne Graham, Victor Cuevas, Colleen Garrett, Stefanie Rolon, Karen Lindquist, Kaye Thompson, Lee Grant, Sonny & Marie Foreman, DuVale Riley, Cheri Barbour, Tina Hunter, Tina Silva, Jeff Purser, Sarah Fuhrmann-Thorwirth, Gregg Pancoast, Zach Madewell, Hank Davenport, Shellie Norris, and Lacey Szuwalski
By: Lennox Miller
Good food with friends sustains friendship: and so it was on Thursday, the 23rd of April when SDPCA attended an ethnic dinner at Island Spice Jamaican restaurant hosted by Lennox Miller. The event got started at 6 pm. On arrival the guests printed their name tags, paid their fee and lingered before getting seated. There were 25 members (and one 2 1/2 year old) in attendance.
Dinner was served at 6:30. The menu was rice and peas, stewed chicken, jerk chicken, curried goat, steamed vegetables and fried plantains. As the dinner wound down, Lennox gave a short speech thanking members for their support. Then he invited Sarah, the president of SDPCA, to give a short speech. She asked everyone to introduce themselves and say where and when they served and what dish they most enjoyed. Lingering continued up until about 8 pm when the event came to a close.