Ethiopian Dinner on 11/13 - Pay by 11/ 6
Holiday Party, Silent Auction & Potluck - 12/8!
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Letter from the President

Dear SDPCA members,

Relaxing with the group at the Palomar Mountain campout, I was struck by the beautiful fall leaves starting to turn. The days are getting shorter, and today we make our clocks “fall back.” This also means that our annual holiday party, our biggest event of the year, is just around the corner. We can’t wait to gather together to celebrate peace and friendship with our members!
We are still accepting internationally-themed donation items for our silent auction.  If you have an item from your country of service or other international travels, please contact Lynne Graham at  The money raised from the auction will support our organization, including volunteer projects in the field.

Want to save time at the holiday party so you have more time to socialize, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy delicious food?  Renew your membership online before the event! 2019 membership starts on January 1st. We are looking forward to having you as a part of our organization again next year!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the San Diego Peace Corps Association.

In Peace,

Celeste Peacock-Coleman
SDPCA President
Ukraine, 2005-2007


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

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).  Plenty of parking behind the restaurant.

Questions? Please contact Lynne at

SDPCA Annual
Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Potluck!

Saturday, December 8 from 11am to 2pm
San Diego First Church of the Brethren: 3850 Westgate Place San Diego, Ca 92105
Please plan to join us for our biggest event of the year and the most incredible potluck (of course as WE all are the chefs!)! It is a great opportunity to connect with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and remember what we all have in common. Also, you can do some of your holiday shopping for unique gifts at our silent auction (11am to noon only) . Funds raised support projects of Peace Corps Volunteers as well as our local community service projects.  
Reminder: we would love to include a treasure from your Peace Corps service or global travels in our silent auction. To contribute an item, please contact silent auction co-chairs 
Heather -  or Lynne -

We look forward to seeing you there!

Beautiful artwork by SDPCA member Alia Kroos.

Save the Date

North County Hike
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 
Details in next newsletter

Elections are Almost Here! 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. 
Urge Support for Funding. The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) sent a letter to the president signed by 109 NPCA affiliate groups, including the SDPCA, which represented more than 50,000 people urging support for strong Peace Corps funding for the fiscal year 2020.
Here is the link to the letter and an electronic action where YOU can write to the White House, urging support for Peace Corps funding in his next budget request to Congress.
President Signs Health & Safety Legislation into Law. On Tuesday, October 9th, the Sam Farr, Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 (H.R.2259) was signed into law. According to the NPCA, this law will provide a number of improvements to Peace Corps operations, including mandating strengthened criteria in the hiring of overseas medical personnel, re-authorization and new provisions to further address agency actions to support volunteers victimized by sexual assault or other forms of violence. Here is a link for more information.

Photo: SDPCA Members visit Congressperson Susan Davis

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

Palomar Mountain Camping Trip. October 19-21, 2018

Girl Rising Screening and Advocacy Night. November 3.
Not pictured: Carlsbad and Spring Valley

Special thanks to our hosts: Celeste & Cris, Christine, Colleen, Linda & Steve, and Marjory!
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