Our regrets: 4th of July Party canceled.
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Letter from the President


Happy summer! The warm San Diego weather and long summer days give us the perfect excuse to get out, have some fun, and do some good. We have a great event coming up later this month: cooking and serving dinner at Rachel’s House, a center for homeless women. Come socialize with fellow SDPCA members while you cook a delicious healthy meal, or join us the next day to serve the meal. We hope to see you there!

Summer schedule booked up? Stick around in the coming year for more great chances to connect with other RPCVs in the San Diego area! Here is a sneak preview of some of the highlights: 

  • Mexican wine tasting  
  • Bonfire 
  • Storytelling workshop 
  • Film screening 
  • Hikes
  • Service Projects
  • And so much more!

Looking forward to spending another great year together bringing the world back home!

In Peace,

Celeste Peacock-Coleman
Ukraine, 2005-2007

4th of July Potluck Celebration + Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

We regret to announce that this event has been canceled due to extenuating circumstances. Our apologies. 

Prepare & Serve Dinner
Rachel’s House Night Shelter

Sunday, July 15 at 3pm - Prepare Dinner
Monday, July 16 at 5:30pm - Serve Dinner

Join us for our 5th annual Rachel's House Cook & Serve two-part event. You are welcome to join us for one or both days:

Day 1- Sunday, July 15:  We'll cook at the home of RPCV Karen Lindquist in University Heights from 3 to 5pm (refreshments will be served for the hardworking cooks).  Rachel's House does not have a kitchen and their guests greatly appreciate the generosity of local organizations.

Day 2 – Monday, July 16:  Then, we'll serve dinner promptly at 5:30pm at Rachel's House in downtown San Diego.  After serving the guests, volunteers join in the meal and mingle with guests and staff at Rachel's.

RSVP:   Please tell us which day/days (Sunday and/or Monday) you will be joining us in the comments section when responding through the evite.
Tentative: Bike around Mission Bay
Saturday, August 4

Join us a for fun bike ride around the bay! All levels welcome!  

Wine Tasting – Wines from Valle de Guadalupe
Saturday, August 25 from noon to 4pm
Truly Fine Wines – 4060 Morena Blvd, Suite K, San Diego, CA 92117
Please join us to celebrate the local Mexican wine harvest by tasting the rich, complex wines from nearby Guadalupe Valley with wine experts Molly Brooks and Omar Acosta.  The venue is planning on having a food truck with Mexican food available for purchase.
Cost: $15 per person. Must be paid by August 18 to reserve your spot.
Please pay in advance through our secure PayPal Check out or RSVP through Evite: 


Join your fellow SDPCA members to meet with our local representatives and advocate for the Peace Corps in person. August meeting dates will be coming soon. Contact Danielle at if you are interested.

Action Alert for NPCA Health Justice Awareness Day 

On Thursday, June 28th two dozen Peace Corps advocates had nearly 55 meetings in Washington, DC with members of Congress to urge final passage of important Peace Corps health/safety legislation. Please help continue advocacy efforts for current and returned volunteers and take action now!  Click here to contact your Senators and Reps to get the message across that we care about this legislation. 

We may have a week or so before this legislation gets voted on. Please feel free to spread this action far and wide. For more information you can also go to the NPCA’s website.

Advocate for Refugees & Immigration Policy

Click here to send a letter to your members of congress to oppose Ronald Mortensen’s nomination as assistant secretary of state for refugees and migration, a vital position shaping America’s immigration policy and our humanitarian response to the refugee crisis.

Visit the Peace Corps Community for Refugees Website for more information.

Thank you for your support!

Recipe of the Month
Saint Petersburg / Finnish Style Salmon Soup
Submitted by Colleen Garrett, Cape Verde
Served at Taste the World
  • 1 lb. chopped potatoes
  • 1 lb. carrots 
  • 1 large leek 
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth 
  • ½ cup heavy cream 
  • 1.25 to 1.5 lbs. of cubed salmon filet 
  • Butter 
  • Salt, Pepper, and Fresh Dill weed to taste
  1. Bring to a boil in 2 quarts of vegetable broth and add potato and carrots. 
  2. Sauté 1 large finely sliced leek in butter while the potato and carrots heat up.  
  3. Add the cooked leeks to the veggies in broth. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Add the cubed salmon filet and cook for about 10 minutes.  
  5. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream.   
  6. Flavor with salt, pepper and fresh dill weed.  
  7. Serve warm with bread. 

If you have a recipe from your country of service or a recipe that you think our members would enjoy, please send to Sharon at Please include a photo of the dish if possible.  Thank you!

SDPCA Dinner at Ali Baba's in Escondido. June 19 

SDPCA Day at the San Diego County Fair. June 23.
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