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Coming up: Book club, camping, Earth Fair, Peace Picnic, and more!
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Letter from the President

Dear SDPCA members,

What a great month March was! We were excited to see so many of you at Taste the World during Peace Corps Week!

Looking ahead to the coming month, we have more great opportunities to socialize and get inspired, including a book club meeting, a camping trip, an outreach opportunity at San Diego Earth Fair, and of course, our Peace Picnic/Annual Meeting. Read on for further details on these great events. Hope to see you at one or more of them!

In Peace,

Celeste Peacock-Coleman
SDPCA President   
Ukraine (2005-2007)
UPCOMING EVENTS 
SDPCA One Book
Wednesday, April 10 at 7pm
Home of Sharon Kennedy in La Mesa
RSVP: http://evite.me/3FM3bYKmm8
 
This will be a one-time book club! We’ll all read the same book and come together to discuss.  The chosen book is: The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa by RPCV Josh Swiller. 
 
Please read the book in advance of our get together.

Questions: sharonkennedya@gmail.com
Campout at Lake Jennings
Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14
Lake Jennings Campground 
10108 Bass Road Lakeside, CA 92040
$10 per person
 
RSVP: http://evite.me/Aqh8Bf9yME
 
There are still spots available! This campground is very close to San Diego - near Lakeside.
 
Join us for a campout at Lake Jennings. We will spend two nights camping - please BYO food & drinks with Saturday night being a potluck dinner so bring something to share!  Each camper (including ALL children) will be asked to pay $10 to offset costs of firewood, campground fees, etc.  Please click here to pay.
 
There's only room for 30,  so those first to respond and pay will be included on the camper list.  Look forward to seeing you there! Please let us know if you need to borrow any camping gear or would like to carpool to maximize space.  
 
We have the group campsite reserved and are allowed 5 cars at the campsite.  Extra fees will be required at the gate for the additional cars or a pet. For any questions, please contact Heather at 619-453-2725 or hkboomer@gmail.com.
 
Join us for Earth Fair 2019!
Balboa Park
Sunday, April 28
Sign up for a 2 hour shift between 8:30am and 4:30pm
 
San Diego Peace Corps is helping to staff the Peace Corps booth at Earth Fair in Balboa Park again this year.  We are looking for volunteers to be in the booth answering questions about Peace Corps all day.  Sign up for a two hour shift:  https://goo.gl/forms/MapQIz0tYuKstfen2
 
We had a blast last year and we hope that you can help out and then enjoy the many vendors, food, and music at the fair.  If you join us, you’ll talk to people interested in Peace Corps, answer questions, and share about your Peace Corps experience.  The Peace Corps Recruiter will also be there.
 
Hope to see you there!
Peace Picnic and Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 4 from 3 to 6pm
Old Poway Park (Picnic Area 2)
14134 Midland Road Poway, CA 92064
RSVP:  http://evite.me/92YkyqEEbU

Please join us for a Peace Picnic and Annual Meeting at a beautiful park!  SDPCA will provide light refreshments. Feel free to bring a finger food to share if you like! We'll have games (including the Geo Quiz), music, and a very brief meeting. Children are welcome. Please bring a chair. 

This is our Annual Meeting and we will be adding new members to our board.  Let us know if you are interested in joining the board!

This is a new location - please check out this map of the park. Our event will be held in Picnic Area 2, located near the corner of Aubrey Street and Sycamore Ave. If you have items to unload, you may pull up along either of these streets to drop them off.

Old Poway Park has a lot to offer-- come early and make a day of it! Take a ride on the Poway Midland Railroad (opens 10am), browse the Boardwalk Craft Market (8am-2pm) or Farmers Market (8am-1pm), or visit the Heritage Museum (10am-2pm). Visit the park website for more details.
Happy Hour at the Rabbit Hole
Tuesday, May 14 from 5 to 7pm
3377 Adams Avenue San Diego, CA 92116
RSVP: http://evite.me/euewHdVwbq
 
Join us for a casual gathering of conversation, networking, and fun!
Sketch Class
Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 1pm
Balboa Park
Led by SDPCA member & Artist Alia Kroos
5 spots still open - $15 donation per person
 
Art supplies will be provided. Artists are encouraged to bring their own sketch pads. Specific instructions will be sent closer to the date.  $15 per person.   Aliakroos83@gmail.com
SDPCA supports water project at a Health Center in Cambodia!

At the Taste the World event, attendees voted on which Peace Corps Connect project to support through our International Support Fund and the Clean Water, Clean Hands, Better Life for Families project was chosen. SDPCA donated the final $254 to the project. 
 
Project Description: The Health Center is a major health care provider, but lacks regular access to clean water, negatively affecting health services provided like delivering children, washing out wounds or washing hands. This project will provide clean, running water for the Health Center to improve quality of services for staff and patients alike, and empower community leaders to educate villagers about how to maintain hygiene. The impact of this project will give the Health Center clean water to improve quality of health services provided for villagers, and local leadership will be able to encourage behavior change to reduce instance of gastroenteritis.
 
Learn more about the SDPCA International Support Fund.

Advocacy Corner

Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Garret Graves (R-LA) circulated their annual Peace Corps funding letter and submitted it on March 28th. This letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations asked that Peace Corps funding for FY 2020 be increased by nearly ten percent, to $450 million. As of March 28th we had 181 signatures on the letter – surpassing last year’s number of 180! Susan Davis, Scott Peters, Mike Levin and Juan Vargas all signed on. Thank you to all who contacted your Reps! 

Please support these wonderful restaurants! They all donated dishes for the recent Taste the World fundraiser.  Be sure to tell them thanks when you go there!
 
Bread and Cie Bakery/Cafe - 350 University (Hillcrest area)
Himalayan Yak & Yeti  Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan food - 6784 El Cajon Blvd -near SDSU/La Mesa
Fairouz Cafe and Gallery Mediterranean/Lebanese - 3166 Midway Drive # 102 
Street Side Thai Kitchen  3025 University in North Park
Recruiter’s Corner

Dear RPCV family:

First of all, a BIG thank you to the RPCV members who have assisted in recruitment events over the past year and a half. There is constantly exciting events happening all around and a growing interest in Peace Corps. People love hearing stories from fellow RPCVs, and I could not have done this without you all!  With that said, we have many upcoming recruitment events and currently looking for RPCV help: 
 
47th Annual Pow Wow event at SDSU:
4/13/19 at SDSU: 10am~ (specific time TBD)
Tabling event for Native American Annual Pow Wow event at SDSU
 
San Diego High School Career Fair
4/17/19 8:30am -12:30pm
Looking for 2-3 RPCVs to table for this event!
 
SDSU Info Session & Panel event:
4/18/19 from 3 - 4:30pm
Looking for 2-3 RPCVs to be panelists.
 
If any of you are interested in these opportunities, I would love to hear from you. Please respond with your years of PC service, country and your sector to Rachel at rsatoh@peacecorps.gov
Update on Asylum Seeking Families

The First Church of the Brethren in City Heights (where we have had our SDPCA Holiday party for the past 4 years) is hosting 3 families.  One is from West Africa and speaks some French (if you want to volunteer to help with occasional translation). The other 2 families are from Haiti and both have twin babies!  They speak Haitian Creole and some Spanish. 

If you wish to volunteer (drivers for appointments always needed) or donate goods, gift cards or money, their website is oasisforpeace.org.  You can note the donation is for the refugee/asylum families.  Phone 619-262-1988 for church secretary Oren or Pastor Sara. 
PAST EVENTS

Happy Hour in Hillcrest. March 20

Lunch and games at the Door of Faith Orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.  March 23
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