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Letter from the President

Dear SDPCA members,

Happy fall! It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up to those we care about. What better way to do that than at an SDPCA event? Camp in the beautiful mountains of North County, sharpen your skills at a storytelling workshop, or come support your fellow RPCVs who are telling their stories.  We are lucky to be able to spend purposeful time together in such a beautiful part of the world!

Also peeking over the horizon is our upcoming holiday party, our biggest event of the year—save the date for Saturday, December 8th. It will be another wonderful chance to socialize, enjoy some amazing international dishes, and raise money for our International Support Fund which goes to fund projects of currently serving Volunteers.  

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! And keep in touch—if you have any SDPCA-related questions, comments, or ideas, you can send them to me at president@sdpca.org and I will make sure they get to the right person.

In Peace,

Celeste Peacock-Coleman
SDPCA President
Ukraine, 2005-2007

UPCOMING EVENTS 
Storytelling Workshop
Friday, October 12 from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Colleen Garret’s House in Spring Valley
RSVP:  http://evite.me/Y8fQhJByuT

It's time to work on our 3rd goal and bring the world back home. What better way to do this than by learning to tell our stories. This workshop will help you develop your story telling skills. Our goal is to learn and then practice telling our stories to an audience of our friends and peers at the SDPCA story slam on Saturday October 27th. 

Come prepared with your unique experiences to learn to share stories of your service, or of your life before or since service. Our unique perspective and experience as RPCVs makes us a special font of knowledge and learning opportunities. 

This event will be held in the home of SDPCA member Colleen Garrett. Please RSVP so that she can send you parking instructions for her little neighborhood. 
Palomar Mountain Campout!
Palomar Mountain State Park 
Friday October 19 to Sunday October 21
Two Part RSVP:
  1. Evite http://evite.me/3mpCfyA5hX  
  2. Pay $10 per adult through our secure PayPal Link
It's that time of year again to head to the hills! Join us for our annual SDPCA Campout this time at Palomar Mountain State Park. We will spend two nights camping - and can plan meals, hikes, etc once we get an idea of who is coming. Each camper will be asked to pay $10 to offset costs of firewood, campground fees, etc. 

There's only room for 15 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. 

Just a short 1.5 hour drive from San Diego, the park is off Highway 76, up Highway S-6, then left on Highway S-7 at the junction near the mountaintop.  We have Cedar Grove Group Camp 3 under the name Sarah Thorwirth.
 
SDPCA Story Slam
Saturday, October 27 at 6:30pm
Hostelling International Point Loma Hostel
3790 Udall Street, San Diego, CA 92107

RSVP: http://evite.me/8VKqbaS4zk 

Please join us in supporting our community members who are planning to share their stories with us. The theme of this story telling slam will be chosen during the workshop on the 12th.

Bring your friends and family. This is a night to celebrate what makes our community so unique, our shared experiences. 

Film Screening: Girl Rising
Saturday, November 3 at 6pm
At a RPCV’s home near you!
RSVP: http://evite.me/eCBBDJuQky

Travel the globe to meet nine unforgettable girls - striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits. Their dreams, their voices, their incredible stories are captured in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Watch the trailer here.  Showing date November 3 at 6 p.m.

We are offering you a chance to watch this amazing film called Girl Rising with some fellow RPCVs and friends in your congressional district.  Join at someone's home in your area for a potluck, movie, discussion, and to top it off some Peace Corps Advocacy. Please respond to poll in the evite to choose your location preference.

The location addresses will be shared with those who RSVP to the event. Bring a dish to share.  SDPCA will provide popcorn.

We hope to see you there!  Click here to RSVP.

International Dinner – Addis Restaurant
Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm 
3643 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 
$21 per person 

RSVP through our secure PayPal checkout by November 6. 
*There will not be an Evite for this event.

Join your SDPCA friends for a delicious Ethiopian meal! We will have appetizers, salads, and entrees (meat and veggie) served family style, and of course, injera (Ethiopian bread). 

Questions? Please contact Lynne at glynne92024@yahoo.com.

Save the Date: SDPCA Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 8 from 11am to 2pm
San Diego First Church of the Brethren: 3850 Westgate Place San Diego, CA 92105
RSVP:  http://evite.me/bSm3daTSPp
 
Reminder: we would love to include a treasure from your Peace Corps service or global travels in our silent auction. Perhaps you have some items that you are ready to pass on to become a treasure for another person?  We will gladly pick them up from you. This year we will not be accepting items at the event.
 
Funds raised go to our International Support Fund for Peace Corps projects as well as our local service projects such as cooking for Rachel's house, Ronald McDonald House, and Door of Faith Orphanage.
 
To contribute an item, please contact silent auction co-chairs 
Heather - hkboomer@gmail.com  or Lynne - glynne92024@yahoo.com.

On September 24th the United States Senate unanimously voted to give final approval for Peace Corps Health & Safety Legislation (HR 2259). The bill is now off to the President to sign. Thank you to all the advocates who pushed for the passage of this important piece of legislation.  Read more here. 
 
Elections are right around the corner! Now is a great time to start building relationships either in person or via social media with candidates running for office. Let them know that Peace Corps is an important issue to you and share your personal experience. 
 
Help advocate for Peace Corps! We are planning to set up in-person district meetings with Susan Davis’ office and Juan Vargas’ office this fall. Also, we are looking for someone to be an Area Advocacy Coordinator for the 50th District. Contact Danielle at advocacy@sdpca.org if you have any questions or are interested in attending your district’s meeting so that we can be sure to keep you posted about the meeting dates and details.
 
Not sure what Congressional District you are in? Click here to find out who your Representative is!

Recruiter’s Update
 
Namaste SDPCA members!

Fall semester is kicking off to a busy start, and thank you to those who made it out to the SDSU Career Fair on 9/13! Now with UCSD in session, there are two more events at UCSD where I would like some RPCVs to join!
 
Science & Tech Career Fair:
Wednesday, 10/10/18
9:30am to 3:30pm
(Not required but if possible, I would love to hear from any RPCVs who did their primary assignments in Math/Science/Environment. Alumni from UCSD are also welcome to table with us!)
 
Triton Career Fair:
Thursday, 10/11/18
10am to 2:30pm

Contact Rachel Satoh at RSatoh@peacecorps.gov.
Peace Corps Calendars for Sale!
 
Support the SDPCA and enjoy a beautiful calendar made by the RPCV group in Madison, Wisconsin. These make great gifts! 

$15 for one or $12 for bulk purchase. Calendars will be available at most SDPCA events from now through the end of the year.  
If you would like your calendar mailed to you, postage price will be added to the cost. To place your order, please contact Heather at Calendars@SDPCA.org.
PAST EVENTS

Oceanside Sunset Market. September 20.

Bonfire at Shelter Island. September 29.
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