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See the Peace Car on July 8th!
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Hello SDPCA!

Hope you are all enjoying the start to your summer!  I want you to all please warmly welcome our two newest board members - Tina Silva and Brian Midkiff.  Welcome Tina and Brian; we are so glad to have you!  Our 2016-2017 Board of Directors has just met for our first meeting of the year, and boy do we have a lot of great ideas for the new year. Please stay tuned for a calendar of events to come out in our next newsletter.

Hope to see you all soon!

Heather Ginsky
SDPCA President    Peru (2010-11)
UPCOMING EVENTS 
4th of July Potluck & Fireworks!
Monday, July 4 at 5pm
Home of RPCV Hank in Chula Vista


Celebrate the 4th of July with hot dogs, horse shoes, and fireworks in the backyard of SDPCA member Hank Davenport.  His house is located near a fireworks show so we can enjoy the show in comfort!  

For details and to RSVP, click here.
Peace Corps Peace Car and Happy Hour
Friday, July 8 from 5 to 6:30pm
Panama 66 Restaurant, SD Museum of Art
1450 El Prado in Balboa Park


Join us for a RPCV Happy Hour in Balboa Park and take a selfie with the Peace Car!  The Peace Corps Peace Car is on tour of the west this summer.  Bring a chair or blanket as we'll be in the sculpture garden.

RSVP via evite.

Concert in the Park
Sunday, August 7 at 6pm
Spreckels Park, 7th and Orange in Coronado


Join RPCVs for a fun evening relaxing in a beautiful park and listening to a tribute band to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. You'll know every song!  Bring a chair and look for the Peace Corps flag. 


RSVP via evite.
What was it like to serve in Nigeria at the start of the Biafran War?   

SDPCA member Jerry Sodomka served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria from 1966 - 1968 which was a tumultuous time in Nigeria and eventually turned into a civil war.  

Jerry culled through his letters home and pulled out the sections relevant to the political situation (and included a meeting with then Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn). The result is a riveting description of the situation in Nigeria at that time and the impact on Peace Corps Volunteers. 

Thank you, Jerry, for sharing your experience with us!

Click here to read Jerry's letters.
 
Local RPCV Makes the News!

For those who attended the SDPCA Holiday Party in December 2105, you'll remember RPCV Charlene Espinoza sharing about her bag making project with Liberian women.  There was an article about the Bosh Bosh project in the San Diego Union Tribune this weekend!

Click here to read it!
Fun Story: Local RPCV Karen Lindquist (Romania and Ukraine) was on a plane several weeks ago going to visit Moldova and found her fellow passengers were 60 new volunteers heading to service there (and  half of them were over 55!).  Of course, she got right in line with them when they landed to be greeted by the Peace Corps Country Director!
PAST EVENTS
Peace Corps Send Off!

Our local PC Recruiter, DuVale Riley, hosted the annual "SEND OFF" of local Peace Corps Volunteers at the Mission Valley Library on May 7th.  It was fun to see how enthusiastic they are. About 10 RPCVs, family and friends, and the new recruits mingled and swapped ideas (and reassurances), ate pizza, saw a short PC movie and heard good tips from a few RPCV speakers.  Lennox Miller (Zambia) ended his short speech with DON'T QUIT! The best advice ever!  
Alforon Lebanese Dinner on May 12

A group of 24 RPCVs feasted on a traditional Lebanese dinner and enjoyed sharing stories and getting to know each other.  

Alforon is highly recommended if you are looking for great food! Located at 5965 El Cajon Blvd. 

 
Bike the Bay!

Taking in the beauty of a sunny day in May, a small group of six adventure driven souls biked the scenery of Mission Bay. May 22 was a fun filled day that will be remember for all time. Next year will be another great adventure!
 
Kayaking!

On June 6th, an intrepid group of 13 returned volunteers and friends went kayaking for 2 hours in the South Bay and the Sweetwater Marsh Refuge. Our guide was Harry, owner of Chula Vista Kayaks.  He has a lot of knowledge of the area and pointed out many shorebirds.  AND did you know that once the CHULA VISTA WALRUS (VALENICTUS CHULAVISTENSIS)  swam in these waters in the Pliocene Epoch. Yes, its really true!  Our adventure continued with lunch at Tita's Kitchenette in National City where we enjoyed a Filipino lunch.  


Check out more photos of the kayak trip here.
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