I could write volumes about the wonderful energy and amazing conversations that happened during our RPCV Phoenix March Board meeting. Or, I could type a handy list to give you the most important points…. Okay – we’re all busy people. Onward to the list!
1. Arizona Education: RPCV Phoenix has adopted a cause! 2017 will be a year of political activism and social justice for the RPCV Phoenix group. There is no shortage of social wrongs our group could work toward correcting. However, one issue particular to Arizona that needs so much attention right now is education. The lack of a quality education is the spring of so many societal ills.
We’ll be working with local education advocacy organizations to guide our activities in speaking to the state legislature, creating plans for political and social activism, and promoting awareness through events, speakers, and social media. Stay tuned!
2. New faces and old friends: we had a terrific turn-out for Sunday’s meeting! I’d like to thank the following folks for showing up to discuss how we can make RPCV Phoenix a great and impactful organization!
- Skye Lucking – Samoa, 2004-2006
- Alex Dreher – Azerbaijan, 2009-2012
- Lydia Shelly – Panama, 2007-2009
- Deanna Dent – Zambia, 2011-2013
- Sara Konrad – Kenya, 1998 – 2000
- Joan Lowell – Kazakstan, 1994 – 1996
- Claudia Whitehead – Dominican Republic
- Karen Blackbird – Dominican Republic
- Flo & Dave Wagner – Ghana, 1971 – 1973
3. National Days of Action Update: A little celebrating was in order. As part of the National Peace Corps Associations ‘National Days of Action’ – members of RPCV Phoenix met with staffers for congressional representatives to request they sign a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter advocating for level funding for Peace Corps in this year’s budget. (Read more here.) They representatives did sign the letter! Wahoo! More than that, however, this first go at lobbying on behalf of RPCV Phoenix will live on. We’ve got the process now, we’ve been empowered, now – we use it!
4. Social and Fundraising Events: We’re cooking up some super cool stuff. A few that are already in the works: A protest sign making party to take along to the March for Science event on April 22nd, happy hours, Ethno-African post-birthday party at a RPCV’s home, another community service event with Project C.U.R.E. A few other ideas: speakers series to give insight into education in Arizona, a story slam, and a possible house party fundraising event. Watch this space!
5. Intrastate Liaison for the RPCV Phoenix group – One Mr. Charlie Faulks! It was his first board meeting and he left with a job! Charlie will help look for and connect our group to other RPCV groups in Arizona. Once we’re connected, we’ll be looking to pool our RPCV power!
Bonus item: Pastries, fruit, and a bevy of beverages!
Many thanks to those who spent their precious free time at the meeting on Sunday. We’re doing really great things.
Let’s do this!
RPCV Phoenix Board President