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Letter from the President

Dear SDPCA,

I hope you had a wonderful Peace Corps Week! This year, we celebrated Peace Corps Week from February 24 through March 2. This special week commemorates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad and renews its commitment to service. This is an excellent time for each of us to reflect on the differences we are making in our local communities, and renew our own commitments to service.

For those who attended, I hope you enjoyed the third annual Taste the World event, a delicious way to celebrate friendship across cultures and cap off Peace Corps week!

Later this month, we have some more great events for you to enjoy. On Wednesday, March 20, come relax and socialize at a happy hour at Hillcrest Brewing Co., or join us on Saturday, March 23 for a day of volunteering at Door of Faith Orphanage in Baja. We hope to see you very soon!

In Peace,

Celeste Peacock-Coleman
SDPCA President   
Ukraine (2005-2007)
UPCOMING EVENTS 

Happy Hour at Hillcrest Brewing Co
Wednesday, March 20 from 4 to 7:30pm 
1458 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
RSVP:  http://evite.me/sqpyM7BgHq

Join us for our annual Happy Hour in Hillcrest!  Mingle and reconnect with RPCVs!  Arrive any time after 4pm. The official happy hour specials from the bar end at 6pm.

Prepare and Serve Lunch at Orphanage in Baja
Saturday, March 23 all day (meet at 7:30am) 
Passport Required 

RSVP: http://evite.me/8mjH7U2WmQ

Join us for a special day preparing lunch and playing with the children at the Door of Faith Orphanage in Baja California. SDPCA has supported this orphanage for several years and it is a great way to spend a Saturday.  Drivers needed. 

Learn more: http://www.sdpca.org/baja-orphanage-trip

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. Available at the San Diego Library (4 copies), Kindle, Thriftbooks.com, and Amazon.
 
Please read the book in advance of our get together.
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
 
This party is going to be IN TENTS! 
 
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!
Coming in May: Annual Meeting and Potluck! And the Geo Quiz.

Advocacy Corner
NPCA’s National Day of Action
 
February 28th was the National Peace Corps Association’s National Day of Action on Capitol Hill. Advocates from all over the country gathered to meet with members of Congress to urge support for increased funding for Peace Corps and to cosponsor the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act, HR 1411.
 
The SDPCA is one of many affiliate groups across the nation that will be hosting events from February through April to advocate for the Peace Corps. We had postcards for people to sign and send to Congress at our Taste the World event on Saturday, March 2nd. More postcard signing opportunities will be available at upcoming events.
 
Please show your support by taking five minutes to contact your members of Congress.
 
Refugee Advocates Call on Congress to Restore the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program
 
The SDPCA was one of eight affiliate Peace Corps chapters, among many other supporters, that signed on to a letter that urged the 116th Congress to allow more refugees to resettle in the U.S. See the full letter and list of groups that signed on here.

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Have you renewed your membership?

SDPCA membership dues of $20 were due January 1. Membership dues allow SDPCA to host a wide variety of events for our members. If you haven't yet paid your 2019 membership dues, please renew online at http://www.sdpca.org/membershipThank you!  

PAST EVENTS

Taste of Himalayas Dinner – February 7

Zoologico Parque del Nino (Children's Zoo in Baja) Service Project – February 16

Sip and Paint - February 24

Taste the World - March 2
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