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Hello and Happy Summer,  SDPCA members!  

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Heather Ginsky. I served as a Youth Development Volunteer in Peru from 2010-11 and I am your new SDPCA President!  The 2015-16 Board of Directors met recently to plan for the upcoming year.  
Click here to see the many events planned!  I look forward to seeing you at our events.

 
We have set several goals for the upcoming year:
  • create a new database/distribution list
  • vary our community service events to include cross border projects
  • increase membership and participation
  • improve our International Support Fund outreach efforts
  • create a database of the delicious restaurants where we have hosted ethnic dinners!
Additionally, as we move forward, we will continue to grow and keep up in the evolving world in which we live.  As always, we welcome any comments and feedback as your participation is how we thrive as an organization. 

Peace, and see you soon!
 
Heather Ginsky  
UPCOMING EVENTS 
Thailand - A current PC Volunteer Experience
Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30pm
Hostelling International - Point Loma

Julia Ward is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand in the Youth Development Program. She is working on a variety of sustainable programs focusing on essential life skills. She and her counterpart will be speaking about their experience.

RSVP through E-vite.
4th of July Party
Saturday, July 4 at 5pm
Home of SDPCA Member Hank in Chula Vista

Join us for a traditional 4th of July party complete with hot dogs and lemonade. Please bring a side dish to share and plan to stay to watch the very nearby fireworks. Details on the E-vite. 

RSVP through E-vite.
San Diego Pride Festival
July 18 and 19th, 2015
Balboa Park 

Join our local Peace Corps Recruiter,  DuVale Riley, to do outreach for Peace Corps at the Pride Festival in Balboa Park. Shifts are available from Saturday at 11am to Sunday at 9pm.  

Click here to sign up for a shift.   Or contact DuVale at driley@PeaceCorps.gov.
Discussion on Health Justice for RPCVs
Sunday, July 19 at 2pm
Home of SDPCA member Marjory 

Join a discussion on how we, as an RPCV community, can support our fellow RPCVs with injuries or illness. We want to be an inclusive, welcoming community. Join us!   
RSVP through E-vite   
Bonfire!
Saturday, July 25 at 6:30pm
Shelter Island

Join us to enjoy the warmth of a bonfire at Shelter Island. You can find us under the Peace Corps flag. Bring a chair and some goodies to snack on.  
RSVP through Evite. 
Padres v Phillies
Friday, August 7 at 7:10pm
Petco Park

GO PADRES! We have 20 tickets at $24 each in Section 123. We may tailgate in the Tailgate Parking Lot at 14th and K. Your online purchase confirms your ticket. Purchase by August 1 to allow enough time to mail tickets to you.  
Purchase tickets through the SDPCA PayPal check out page. 
Concert in the Park - A Tribute to Journey
Sunday, August 30 at 5pm
Spreckels Park, Coronado (6th and Orange)

Bring a chair and some snacks to enjoy while listening to great music!   
RSVP through E-vite. 

 
Save the Date!  Day at the Bay
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Tidelands Park, Coronado

Join us for a relaxing day at the bay.  Children are welcome - we'll be near a play area. A light lunch will be provided.  Bring a chair or blanket.

 
Welcome New Members!

Maren Saly          Paraguay 2012 - 14
Jose Vasquez     Mexico 
Shellie Norris      Thailand  2002-04
Geo Quiz

Q. Where is Wat Arun (aka the Temple of Dawn)?   The answer is somewhere in this newsletter.
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FUND
Oven Project in Nicaragua
Nicaragua PCV Mariel Stotts was funded by the SDPCA International Support Fund in December 2014 to  replace 12 inefficient wood-fueled ovens currently in use by women entrepreneurs with an improved and more efficient design.  She actually constructed 15 fuel efficient ovens!!  
Click here to read her full report and see more photos.

At the Country Round Up in May, SDPCA members voted to fund two more projects:  Madagascar Reforestation Efforts for $500.72 and Nicaragua Efficient Stove Project for $270.13.
EBOLA RELIEF
The San Diego Peace Corps Association donated $300 to the Ebola Relief Fund administered by the National Peace Corps Association.  This is 15% of the funds raised at the SDPCA holiday party in December.  
Learn more about the NPCA Ebola Relief Fund.  
PAST EVENTS
Country Round Up and Annual Meeting
On Saturday, May 9, SDPCA held its annual meeting at the ranch of SDPCA member Elizabeth Vaughn (THANK YOU!) with a Country Round Up theme. There was a scavenger hunt, a delicious potluck, and the now traditional Geo Quiz.   A
new board of directors was elected and members chose two new projects to support through the SDPCA International Support Fund.  A great time was had by all.  Click here to view a photo album from the day.
WWOOFing Day
On Saturday morning, June 6, 10 RPCVS and friends gathered in a residential area in Point Loma. Our intent was to learn and participate in what is known as WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming).  Our hostess, Soiree Leone, met us in the front yard and pointed out that it is part of her organic garden.  
Read the full article.
Garden Gathering in Oceanside
An SDPCA gathering took place on Saturday, June 6 at the home of Kaye Thompson (RPCV-Lesotho).  Kaye’s beautiful patio-garden setting, tables filled with an array of delicious snacks, salads and beverages and the camaraderie of twelve RPCVs were the ingredients for a fun-filled afternoon.
 
Bob Braaton, RPCV-Guatemala, shared information about the work of “San Diego 350”, a volunteer organization concerned about climate change and its effects on our livelihoods, well-being and the future of our children.   An energetic walk to the end of the pier and along the beach on a beautiful summer night was the perfect ending to a lively SDPCA event. 
Answer:  Wat Arun is located along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the temple in the photo for the event at Hostelling International.  Learn more about Wat Arun.  
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