Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association
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UPCOMING EVENTS: In a nutshell
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Potluck Thurs, Aug 25 (6-8pm) - Potluck Picnic Dinner, Goleta Beach Park, Goleta
Country's Best Sat, Sept 10 (4-7pm) - "Dress In Your Country's Best" Potluck Party, 2335 Sonora Dr., Santa Barbara
PC Beyond Sept 21-25 - Annual NPCA Conference 2016: Peace Corps Beyond, Washington, D.C.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In a nutshell
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UPCOMING EVENTS: The Details
   

Potluck Picnic

Potluck Picnic Dinner
Thursday, August 25, 2016 (6:00-8:00pm)

@ Goleta Beach Park, Goleta

Since Jan and Harv are unable to host our usual August potluck brunch and bluffs walk, this year we're taking the potluck to Goleta Beach Park and making it an evening event.

Come join us for a summer evening potluck picnic with fellow Peace Corps friends. Bring a blanket or beach chair, along with a dish and/or beverage to share. We'll supply the plates, plastic ware, napkins, and cups.

Look for us on the grassy area. We'll have one or more international flags up so you can find us easily.

Friends welcome.

RSVPs appreciated via email or on our facebook event page.


   
   
   
Dress in Your Country's Best

"Dress in Your Country's Best" Potluck Party
Saturday, September 10, 2016 (4:00-7:00pm)

@ 2335 Sonora Dr., Santa Barbara

This is one of the very few times in your post-Peace Corps life when you get to rummage through the recesses of your closet, or dig into those packed-away boxes, to pull out one of your old outfits from when you were in the Peace Corps, and actually WEAR it out in public! You know you've been waiting for such an occasion, and we're happy to provide it.

Whether it's your ornately embroidered African boubou, or fine silk sari from India, or whatever traditional clothing you have tucked away, it's time to bring it out of hiding and put it on! If you haven't served in the Peace Corps, get creative or perhaps borrow something from a friendly RPCV. And yes, there will be a "Best Dressed" award!

Please bring a food item (appetizer, main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert) and/or a beverage to share -- preferably from your country of service -- and be ready for a good time!

Friends welcome.

RSVPs appreciated via email or on our facebook event page.

   
   
   
Image: Peace Corps Beyond 2016

Annual NPCA Conference 2016:
Peace Corps Beyond

Wednesday-Sunday, September 21-25, 2016

@ Washington, D.C

Peace Corps Connect is the Peace Corps community's annual conference hosted by the National Peace Corps Association and its affiliate groups to connect, engage, and inspire our community

At this year's conference - Peace Corps Beyond - they look forward to celebrating 55 years of Peace Corps and the limitless potential of our Peace community to continue to create change. The conference will highlight work being done by Peace Corps community members and partner organizations, and explore how, through increased collaboration, we can continue to champion Peace Corps ideals.

Click here for more information, including how to register to attend.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Details
   
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Interested in helping us manage our LinkedIn group? Let us know! We could use some help with this.

   
PAST EVENTS
   
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SBPCA RPCVs with the Peace Car at the SB Harbor

Peace Car Happy Hour @ Endless Summer

Peace Car Meet-Up & Happy Hour

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (4:30-6:00pm)
@ The Endless Summer Bar-Cafe, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara

Thanks to the dozen-ish RPCVs who showed up for happy hour at the Endless Summer Bar-Cafe and a took part in the opportunity to snap some group photos with the incredibly cute, compact, and eco-friendly "Peace Car" when it came through Santa Barbara on July 13th along its summer recruitment trip.

We were honored to be the first RPCV event that Nichole Sanchez from the PC LA office did solo.

(Apologies to those who had to leave before we made our way to the Peace Car to take a group photo. As one RPCV there said, "Sometimes working with RPCVs can be like herding cats!")

   
   
   
4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade & Post-Parade Lunch

Monday, July 4, 2016
12:30pm - Marchers meet @ corner Anacapa & Micheltorena, Santa Barbara
1:00pm - Parade @ State Street, from Micheltorena to Cota
After Parade Lunch @ Taqueria Rincon Alteno, 115 E. Haley, Santa Barbara


Another fun 4th of July parade under our belts. Thanks to everyone who came out and carried their host country flags, the American flag, and our banner - and once again made us the most colorful group marching in the parade.

It was also great to enjoy the down-home tacos, burritos, and more at Taqueria Rincon Alteno for lunch after the parade. Yum!

Special thanks to SBPCA's fearless leader Luis for stepping up and taking over the planning and organizing of our participation in the parade this year, and fellow board member Andrew for the extra prep help on event-day. You guys rock.

   
   
   

SBPCAers at Dargan's Happy Hour

"Welcome to Santa Barbara" Happy Hour

Friday, July 1, 2016 (5:30-7:30pm)
@ Dargan's Pub,18 E. Ortega St., Santa Barbara

Many thanks to RPCV Christa (Nepal 1999-2001) who inspired this gathering by contacting us prior to a visit to Santa Barbara, seeing if any of our local RPCVs would be interested in meeting up for happy hour while she was in town. Well, of course we were! And what a great turn-out for a fairly short-noticed event.

Christa says, "Thank you all so much for the warm welcome to Santa Barbara! Sooo fun to meet local RPCVs and love that there is an active RPCV group in SB."

 

   
   
   
Flag of Brazil

"Bringing Home Brazil & Back Again"
with RPCV Vic Cox

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (6:00-7:30pm)
@ Taffy's Pizza, 2026 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara

This was the 5th presentation in our "Bringing It Home" series, through which local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) share their experiences in the Peace Corps along with photos and information about the countries in which they served.

Thanks to SBPCA member Vic Cox for helping to transport attendees to Brazil, where he served in the Peace Corps from 1964-1966 working in Health and Community Development -- and sharing what it was like to return for a visit 40 years later.

Thanks, also, to Taffy's, for allowing us to take over their outdoor patio for the event.

   
   
   
RPCVs at Goleta Coffee Co.

"Schmooze & Renew Your Dues" Coffee

Saturday, May 21, 2016 (10:00am-12:00pm)
@ Goleta Coffee Company, 177 S. Turnpike Rd., Santa Barbara

For the past number of years, we've gotten together for coffee & schmoozing in May, when many of our members' membership is up for renewal, to make it easy to renew at an event. Why break tradition?

Thanks to the twenty or so of you who joined us for a morning cup of caffeine and conversation -- and to those of you who joined or renewed your membership!

   
   
   

"What Was It Like Being in the Peace Corps?"
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel
& Light Dinner


Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (5:30-8:00pm)
@ Direct Relief, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Goleta


Many thanks to our panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who shared their experiences regarding a variety of topics such as their living situations, daily lives, work projects, dealing with cultural differences, what surprised them most about the culture where they served, and more:

LUIS CHAIDEZ
Burkina Faso 2010-2012, Small Enterprise Development

ROSE COHEN
Botswana 2011-2013, HIV/AIDS Community Capacity Builder

TARA FLINT
Nicaragua 2012-2015, Environmental Education

JANESSA SCHUELER
Armenia 2012-2014, Community & Youth Development

It was great to also have a number of other local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers there, along with Direct Relief's CEO Thomas Tighe (who is also an RPCV and worked for Peace Corps headquarters), as well as Johann D'Agostino, Regional Recruitment Supervisor from the Peace Corps Los Angeles office.

It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces AND new ones, including future Peace Corps Volunteers!, and to get to connect over a casual light dinner after the panel.

Much appreciation to our event volunteers, and to Direct Relief for providing the venue for this event!

   
   
   

Event photo

Peace Corps Week 2016
photo banner

Peace Corps Week Event

HIGHLIGHTING HAPPINESS:
What Does Joy Look Like Where Peace Corps Volunteers Serve?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (5:30-7:00pm
)
@ Santa Barbara Winery, 202 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara

Many thanks to all who joined us in this annual celebration of President Kennedy's establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961.

This year, local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), as well as currently-serving Volunteers in the field, shared images and insights into what JOY and HAPPINESS look like in the countries in which they served or are serving.

In addition to local RPCVs, Peace Corps Recruiter Ty Manning was with us to share a bit about the Peace Corps today, and to answer questions about the Peace Corps.

Many thanks to Santa Barbara Winery for providing such a great venue!

   
   
   
SBPCAers at Happy Hour, Shoreline Cafe 2/25/16

Happy Hour

Thursday, February 25, 2016 (4:00-6:00pm)
@ Shorline Beach Cafe, 801 Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara

What a relaxing and fun afternoon spent with our toes in the sand and drinks and snacks in hand!

Thanks to everyone who came out to make it a great way to end a day.

   
   
   
Annual Meeting & Potluck / sunflowers

Annual Meeting & Potluck Brunch

Saturday, January 30, 2016 (10am-1pm
)
@ 900 Jimeno Rd., Santa Barbara

In addition to being a great potluck brunch, this was an important meeting. We recapped the past year's accomplishments and activities, discussed and made some decisions about future directions for our group, and elected this coming year’s President and board members:

Luis Chaidez, President
Naomi Kovacs
Nancy Martin
Andrew Maxwell
Jorie Nilson
Becky Robinson
Terin Smith*

Many thanks to Clay and Lynda for hosting us in their beautiful home with the incredible 180-degree view.


*Note: Early in her term, Terin resigned & was replaced by Rose Cohen

   
   
   
Special Meeting banner

Special Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 17, 2016
(10am-12pm)
@ 1609 La Vista del Oceano, Santa Barbara

Fellow SBPCA member Reid Melton assisted us with an important discussion on future directions for the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association (SBPCA).

This was an important meeting and we appreciated all the SBPCA members who joined us for this conversation.

Many thanks to Jane and Gary for hosting (and sharing your incredible view looking down on Santa Barbara and the ocean).

   
   
   
SBPCAers at Goleta Coffee Co

New Year's Coffee Kick-Off

Sunday, January 10, 2016 (10am-12pm)
@ Goleta Coffee Company, 177 S. Turnpike Rd, Santa Barbara

Another great New Year’s kick off with SBPCA!  Thanks to those of you who joined us for what has become our annual January event. Who doesn’t love coffee and camaraderie?

What a great morning relaxing, caffeinating, enjoying a breakfast treat, hanging out, catching up with familiar friends, and meeting new ones. A great start to a new year, indeed!

   
   
   
Holiday Party photo

Holiday Potluck Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange

Saturday, December 12, 2015 (6-9pm)

@ 131 Alpine Dr., Goleta

What a great party! A great turn-out as always, another delicious potluck spread…and of course, our now-famous and hilarious White Elephant Gift Exchange (always a rousing good time)!

Huge thanks to Jorie for being the hostess with the mostess!

OK, everyone, time to start thinking about your white elephant gifts for next year!
   
   
   
Vino Divino co-owner Gaby and the wine we tasted

Wine Tasting Party (with appetizers potluck)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (3-5pm)
@ Vino Divino, 2012 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara

What a fun afternoon of wine tasting, snacking on a nice array of appetizers, and hanging out with RPCVs and friends! Many thanks to all who joined us and who brought the appetizers that filled the table and our tummies.

Thanks also go to Gaby and Sean of Vino Divino, who are always so accommodating and awesome.

   
   
   
Dress in Your Country's Best

"Dress in Your Country's Best" Potluck Soiree

Saturday, September 19, 2015 (4-6pm)
@ 2335 Sonora Dr., Santa Barbara

This event provided one of the very few times in our post-Peace Corps life when we get to rummage through the back recesses of our closets, or dig into those packed-away boxes, to pull out one of our old outfits from when we were in the Peace Corps -- and actually WEAR it out in public again!

It was so fun to see what people wore, and to enjoy the various potluck items people brought to share.

Many thanks to Reid and Peter, our hosts with the most!

Photos will be posted soon, but in the meantime, you can click here for photos from the previous time we held this event (2013)

   
   
   

Potluck spread

Ellwood Bluffs

Summer Potluck Brunch
& Optional Walk on the Ellwood Bluffs

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Brunch: 11:00am-1:00pm @ 7826 Day Rd., Goleta
Bluffs Walk: Approx. 1:30-2:30pm @ Ellwood Bluffs

This often-annual potluck brunch is a favorite of many. It's always a lot of fun, with plentiful good food and treats, and of course, a great group of people. And what a great turn out we had!

Many thanks to Jan & Harv, our wonderful hosts, and those who brought savory and sweet dishes, along with their appetites and flair for conversation!
   
   
   
SBPCA in 4th of July Parade 2015

4th of July Parade & Lunch

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Parade @ Downtown Santa Barbara
Post-Parade Lunch @ Taqueria Rincon Alteno, 115 E. Haley, Santa Barbara

This year we had the largest number of marchers in our group than ever before. Thirty of us proudly marched down State Street carrying colorful flags from the various countries in which we served, with a soon-to-be PCV and friend-of-an-RPCV leading the way carrying our SBPCA banner -- followed by our wonderful PC Area Recruiter, Ty Manning, in the very adorable (and energy efficient) tiny "Peace Car" bringing up the rear. We even had a mother-daughter pair of RPCVs and 2 future mini-PCVs in our midst (one 2 years old and proudly carrying a mini Kyrgyzstan flag as he marched alongside his RPCV dad with matching full-sized flag; the other one, same age, happily being pulled along in a decked-out little wagon).

After the parade was over, those who were hungry and had time gathered for cold beverages and filled up on down-home tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and chips & salsa at Taqueria Rincon Alteno, our traditional post-parade lunch spot. YUM!

What a great day! Thanks to everyone who participated, and extra special thanks to Jane and David DeSelm who took care of all the flag and parade arrangements!

NOTE: If you'd like to order a flag for next year's parade (costs only $10 per flag and $6 for a custom-made flagpole), email us.

   
   
   
Margarita at Palapa

Happy Hour!

Monday, June 15, 2015 (5:00-7:00pm)
@ Palapa Restaurant, 4123 State St., Santa Barbara

Happy hours are always a fun time with RPCVs. We're good at hanging out, and who doesn't love a good cheap drink and cheap good eats to go with it?
Thanks to the 20 or so people who came out and made it a fun evening!

(If you took any photos at the event, please sent them to our webmaster via email so we can post them!)
   
   
   
SBPCAers enjoying coffee

Coffee & Schmoozing

Sunday, May 17, 2015 (10am-12pm)
@ Daily Grind (#2), 2912 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara

We usually get together for coffee & schmoozing in May, when many of our members' membership is up for renewal, to make it easy to renew at an event, so we figured -- why break the tradition?

Thanks to the more than 2 dozen of you who joined us for a morning cuppa, delicious breakfast burritos, fresh baked treats, and of course, great company and conversation.

We were lucky to commandeer more than half of the outdoor area -- and what a great sight to see, all those wonderful RPCVs, a few signficant "Peace-Corps-by-Proxy" others, a mini future PCV-to-be, and our wonderful furry friend Grace. What a great way to kick off a beautiful Sunday.
   
   
   

Panel event photo

Dinner & schmoozing

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Panel & Dinner

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (5:30-8:00pm
)
@ Direct Relief, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Goleta

This is one of our most popular annual events, and this year didn't disappoint. Attendees - including a number of Peace Corps invitees and applicants, along with many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) - got to hear from a panel of RPCVs about what it was like to be in the Peace Corps... from living situation to daily life, to the work they did, to learning the local language, to what surprised them most about their host country, and more.

We had a wonderful group of panelists this year:

  • SARAH ROBINSON - Nicaragua 2011-2014, Agriculture
  • TRICIA KOLP - South Africa 2011-2013, Teaching
  • JOHANN D'AGOSTINO - Moldova 2007-2009, Community Economic Development
  • ERIN CARLSON - Guinea 2005-2007, Public Health Education

We also had a great group of guests from Peace Corps Administration with us for this event (two of whom were also panelists):

  • HELEN LOWMAN - Associate Director, Washington, DC
  • ERIN CARLSON - Regional Office Manager for the West Coast
  • JOHANN D'AGOSTINO - Regional Recruitment Supervisor
  • TY MANNING - Regional Recruiter

To top off the event, we enjoyed a light dinner buffet and refreshments while chatting and mingling after the panel. And after that, some people headed over to the Mercury Lounge and continued the conversations.

What a great evening it was!

Many thanks to Direct Relief for providing the event venue, and to Helen Lowman for providing an update on the new Peace Corps application process, along with other interesting Peace Corps-related information!
Photos will be posted soon. In the meantime, click here for photos from last year's panel & dinner!

   
   
   
Image with quote: "All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary" - Gerard Way

Peace Corps Festival: Host Country Heroes!
(and Potluck Dinner)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (5:30-8:00pm
)
@ Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara

This year, the Peace Corps highlighted host country heroes during Peace Corps Week, so we teamed up with the Peace Corps Los Angeles office to put on this great event.

Attendees got to listen to several local RPCVs share about their "Host Country Heroes" - someone inspirational whom they met during their service. We even Skyped in a recent RPCV still living and working in Peru!

We also enjoyed an international-themed potluck dinner. (Thanks to everyone who brought a dish to share!)
   
   
   

Annual Meeting & Potluck
Sunflowers

Annual Meeting & Potluck Brunch

Saturday, February 28, 2015 (10am-1pm
)
@ 900 Jimeno Rd., Santa Barbara

Once again, we got a great turn-out for our annual meeting, and the potluck spread was wonderful. Many thanks to all the long-time and newer members who came out to socialize and hear a recap of this past year's accomplishments; reports on our Mini Grants Program, membership, finances, and communications; a preview of our 2015 activities; and to recognize our out-going board members and elect our 2015-16 board of directors.

The weather was on our side, allowing for spectacular views from the Cole's beautiful home. Many thanks to them for being the hosts with the most (and mimosas to boot!).

Photos from the event will be posted soon. In the meantime, click here for photos of last year's event

 

   
   
   
Coffee Gathering

New Year's Coffee Kick-Off

Saturday, January 11, 2015 (10am-12pm)
@ Goleta Coffee Company, 177 S. Turnpike Rd, Santa Barbara

This event is now official a New Year's tradition for the group. What a great way to kick off a new year by gathering together for coffee and catching up.

Many thanks to the nearly 30 people -- including the few newly-returned and not-so-newly-returned-but-new-to-us RPCVs and the PC applicant -- who came out for this gathering to start 2015 right by relaxing, catching up with familiar faces, making new friends, and enjoying hot beverages and treats both sweet and savory.

Photos will be posted soon; stay tuned!

Click here to see photos from last year's event


   
   
   
BEAR WITH US: Due to a computer crash and technical difficulties, a large portion of the contents of this section were lost. We will be updating the site soon to bring back a more updated list of past events between 2012-2014!
   

Holiday Potluck Party
& White Elephant Gift Exchange

Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6:00-9:00pm @ 131 Alpine Dr., Goleta

What a great party! So many faces (some of which we only seem to get to see at this annual event); the potluck spread was awesome and plentiful; we had some happy raffle winners -- and thanks to Nancy sharing her prize of a home-baked chocolate fudge cake, we were all raffle winners; and the White Elephant Gift Exchange was such a hit that we think we'll do it every year (and we won't be surprised if that sparkly porcelain unicorn shows up again over the upcoming years...we're just sayin'...)

Huge thanks go to Jorie, for being the hostess with the mostess!

OK, everyone, time to start thinking about your white elephant gifts for next year!

   
   
   
Wine Tasting Event & Fundraiser

Saturday, November 5, 2011 (4-6pm) @ Vino Divino, 2012 De la Vina St, Santa Barbara

This event was tasty, a lot of fun, and helped us raise funds for our Mini Grants program! (Several attendees also seized the opportunity to find some excellent and affordable bottles of wine for Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties, and/or holiday gifts!) There was also a FREE RAFFLE with a number of prizes (included a home-baked carrot pie complete with "SBPCA" baked in crust onto the top!) and happy winners.

Those who hadn't been to Vino Divino yet were glad to be introduced to it (a number of people commented that they didn't know it was there and will definitely be going back).

We were pleased to see some new faces at this event, among many familiar ones. Thanks to everyone who joined us to make this such a fun event and successful fundraiser!

 

   
   
   
"Not in DC for the 50th" Coffee

Saturday, September 24, 2011 (10am-12pm) @ The French Press, 1101 State Street, Santa Barbara

While some SBPCAers were able to make it Washington DC for the official Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration, many of us couldn't, so we figured, why not get together that same weekend for our own mini celebration over a morning of good coffee or tea and hanging out with fellow local Peace Corps junkies? So that's what we did! And we were pleasantly surprised to see a few familar faces we don't get to see very often! Thanks to all who came to hang out.

   
   
   

Potluck Brunch
& Optional Walk on the Ellwood Bluffs

Saturday, August 13, 2011, (11:30am-2:30pm) @ Jan & Harv's, 7826 Day Rd, Goleta

Mmmm, brunch... And what an amazing, delicious spread of food and treats we had! It was better still because of our beautiful surroundings at Harv and Jan's lovely home, with all of their interesting artwork and artisinal craft decorations and spacious, lovely back yard! PLUS... Jan & Harv had mimosas waiting for us!

What a great turnout of people! We counted over 30 people who joined us. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a great event.

The post-brunch bluffs walk was a lot of fun, and it was great to have both Harv and Vic as informative "guides" of sorts.

We can't wait to do this again next year!

   
   
   
4th of July Parade & Lunch

Monday, July 4, 2011@ July 4th Parade - State Street, Santa Barbara

What a great sight it's been the past few years to see a group of RPCVs march in the Santa Barbara 4th of July Parade, holding the Peace Corps banner, American flag, and flags from various Peace Corps countries of service! (Plus, it's a fun event to be a part of!) And this year, we were excited to welcome 2 soon-to-be-PCVs onto our parade team!

It's also great being a part of the parade because it reminds parade-goers that the Peace Corps is alive and well, and that military service isn't the only way to serve our country.

After finishing marching in the parade, several of our team members headed out for tacos and beers. Seems this has become "the tradition"!

Many thanks to Jane for organizing everything for us, and to everyone who came out and made us proud!

   
   
   
Happy Hour

Thursday, June 16, 2011, (5-7pm) @ Palapa Restaurant, 4123 State St., Santa Barbara

Happy Hour prices were 'til 6pm, but we kept the happy going 'til about 8pm! Thanks to everyone who came out despite the gray weather and made it such an enjoyable evening! (And the delicious huge nachos for $5, $1.50 tacos, $3 huge margaritas, among other great happy hour deals, certainly helped, too!)

   
   
   

"Time to Schmooz & Renew Your Dues" Coffee

Saturday, May 21, 2011 (9-11am) @ Muddy Waters, 508 East Haley St, Santa Barbara

With so many people's dues up for renewal, we thought we'd make an event of renewing your dues! Of course, we also love to get to hang out with fellow Peace Corps types, so we encouraged eveyone to come on out even if their dues weren't in order, or even if they haven't been a member.

Thanks to everyone who showed up. Not only was it a great crowd (we filled the front room!), but we were happy to see that a lot of people hung out well beyond 11am. (Seems next time we should start a bit later, since the trend seemed to be late arrivals and late departures!)

   
   
   

Nominees ("Noms") Event & RPCV Panel

Wednesday, April 20 (5:30-8:00pm)
@ Direct Relief International, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Goleta
Light dinner & refreshments provided!

This continues to be one of our favorite annual events, as it's such a great opportunity for Peace Corps applicants, nominees, and invitees (and those still in the "curious/considering it" phase) to hear from a panel of local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) about what it was like to be in the Peace Corps, from language and technical training to living situation to daily life to the work they did, and how serving in the Peace Corps has impacted their lives.

It was great to meet all the applicants, nominees and invitees who came to the event!

Many thanks to DRI for providing the event space, and to our informative and entertaining panelists:

Kate Tsunoda
Morocco, 2008-2010, Youth Development
Alex Silvester
The Gambia, 2007-2010, Env. & Nat'l Resource Mgmt
Consuelo Benevides
Ghana, 2008-2010, Water Sanitation
Patrick Maguire
Tanzania, 2005-2007, Physics & Mathematics Teacher

Click here for photos of the event.

   
   
   

SBPCA Booth @ Earth Day

Saturday, April 16 (11am-7pm) & Sunday, April 17 (11am-6pm) @ Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

Since many RPCVs love to reminisce about their Peace Corps days with anybody who'll listen, this was a great opportunity to chat up and educate perspective PCVs and people generally curious about Peace Corps service - and there were many at our booth throughout the weekend!

Many thanks to our booth volunteers: Jorie, Kate, Linda, both Nancys, Joe, Jeanmarie, Naomi, Jane, Millie, and Dominique! We couldn't have done it without you!

Click here for photos of our booth at Earth Day.

   
   
   

"Meet the New Board" Happy Hour

Thursday, March 31, 2011 (5-8pm)
@ Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 202 State St., Santa Barbara

A great crowd of about 15 people came out to meet our new board (all 7 members were there) and hobnob with new and old friends. The Bay Roadhouse is in a building that was once home to the El Nido Hotel & Busy Bee Cafe, which opened its doors in 1936 and primarily catered to fisherman, railroad workers, locals, and travelers. (How "Peace Corps"!) The current owners are commited to "serving delicious high-quality food at fair prices to hungry locals & travelers alike" - so we figured it'd be a good place for RPCVs and PCVs-to-be to hang out -- and we weren't mistaken.

Looks like we may have to go back again sometime for another Happy Hour SBPCA-style!

Click here for photos of the event.

   
   
   

Annual Meeting & Potluck

Saturday, February 12, (12-2pm
) @ 619 Camino Campana, Santa Barbara

Thanks to those who joined us for a recap of the past year's accomplishments, a report on the mini grants we made in 2010 to PCVs in the field, a preview of 2011 activities, the election of our 2011 board of directors, and of course... eating and socializing! What a great turn out of both familiar and new faces to SBPCA!

Many thanks to Jane & David for offering their home to host this event!

Click here for photos of the event.

   
   
   

Coffee

Saturday, January 8, 2011 (9:30am) @ Java Station, 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara

What a great crowd we had to start the day (and year!) right by relaxing, catching up with familiar faces, making new friends, and caffeinating! It was fun to see all the familiar faces and to get to welcome a few new ones, too -- including 2 new RPCVs who just got back a mere 2 months ago. Thanks to all who joined us and helped us kick off the new year right!

   
   
   

Holiday Potluck Party

Saturday, December 11, 2010 (6pm) @ 131 Alpine Dr., Goleta

What a fun party! Yummy food, great desserts, drinks, and of course, good conversations! It was great to see both familiar and new faces. It was also fun to bring back our "Who Am I?" game, this year learning that Jane has a whoppin' 91 first cousins, Joe is one of 11 kids from the same parents, Jorie once danced with Neil Armstrong, Reid found a revolutionary hiding in his house when he was a PCV, and Connie taught some of "her" kids to ride a unicycle while she was in the Peace Corps... among other random tidbits of info about fellow SBPCAers & friends.

Many thanks to Jorie for being the hostess with the mostest!

Click here to see photos of the party.

   
   
   

The Future of International Service

Sunday, November 21, (3pm) @ UCSB Campbell Hall, UCSB Campus

This FREE event was presented in celebration of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB.

On the cusp of the agency's 50th anniversary, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams (RPCV Dominican Republic, 1967-1970) addressed the future of international service opportunities and the significance of the Peace Corps mission to promote world peace and friendship. Kevin F.F. Quigley (RPCV Thailand, 1976-1979), President of the National Peace Corps Association, discussed how the Peace Corps community is using this golden anniversary as an opportunity to renew the agency. Both speakers also answered questions from the audience.

Co-sponsored by Direct Relief International, National Peace Corps Association, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Santa Barbara Coalition for Global Dialogue, UCSB Alumni Association, Career Services, Global & International Studies Program, Library, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, and Women's Center.

   
   
   

Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, October 26-Sunday, November 21, 2010
@ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area), UCSB Campus

This FREE month-long, multi-media display celebration of Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary featured photographs, artwork, memorabilia, and books by and about Peace Corps Volunteers.

In addition, throughout the month, SBPCA hosted four presentations / slide shows / discussions / conversations led by local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - one every Wednesday evening of the display dates at 7pm in the Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area): Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17.

Co-Sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB, UCSB Davidson Library, and SBPCA.

Click here to see photos of the opening reception.

   
   
   

Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

RPCV Presentation Evening #4

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (7-8pm)
@ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area), UCSB Campus

"Peace Corps: Continuing the Service"

We had another packed house and didn't have enough chairs to accommodate the overflow of people who joined us for this presentation. Plus, a 19 attendees noted their interest in joining the Peace Corps!

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Its mission has three simple goals: (1) Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; (2) Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and (3) Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Ann Rowe Church is passionate about public service and Peace Corps' third goal. She served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from 1988-1990. When she returned, she worked in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Peace Corps in Washington DC before going to back to school to earn her Masters degree. She continues to feel passionate about her Peace Corps service and gives talks about the Peace Corps and global issues.

This FREE event was presented by the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association and co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB and UCSB Davidson Library.

   
   
   

Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

RPCV Presentation Evening #3

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (7-8pm) @ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area), UCSB Campus

“Peace Corps Volunteers as Witnesses:
The Value of Written Observations”

About a dozen people joined us for this presentation, a quarter of them noting they are interested in joining the Peace Corps!

Our three presenters served as Peace Corps Volunteers in different parts of the globe. All three are writers.

Vic Cox worked in health and community development in Brazil from 1964-66. He has devoted more than 30 years to full-time, freelance nonfiction magazine and book writing and editing, mostly in the fields of science and travel, and has also published on the Web. His four published books cover subjects as diverse as “The Challenges of Immigration“ to “Whales & Dolphins.”

Lawrence F. Lihosit served in Honduras from 1975-1977 as an urban planner. He is the author of "South of the Frontera; a Peace Corps Memoir" and the soon-to-be-released "Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010."

Bryant Wieneke taught agriculture in Niger from 1974-1976. His memoirs, "A Dry and Thirsty Land," are part of the Peace Corps archives in the John F. Kennedy Library. His nonfiction chronicle of a Congressional campaign, "Winning Without the Spin," was published by Nova Science in 1999. His fourth suspense novel with an international flavor, "Timbuktu and Ouaga Too" is scheduled for publication in November 2010 by his own micro-publishing company, PeaceRose Publishing.

These accomplished authors talked about their Peace Corps experiences, the value of written observations, and discussed both traditional and self publication.

This FREE event was presented by the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association and co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB and UCSB Davidson Library.

   
   
   

Drop In Mix & Mingle Information Hour(s)
Thursday, November 4, 2010 (5-7pm) @ Coffee Cat, 1201 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara

Well, it was really 2 hours, but to call this event "Drop In Mix & Mingle Information Two Hours" just didn't roll off the tongue.

A great balance of people interested in joining the Peace Corps and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) mixed and mingled with each other and with our local Peace Corps Recruiter Jeanette Earley. Who know, maybe the event helped someone make one of the best decisions of their life?! (That would be joining the Peace Corps, of course!)

   
   
   


Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

RPCV Presentation Evening #2

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 (7:00-8:30pm) @ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge, UCSB Campus

We had a packed house and didn't have enough chairs to accommodate the overflow of people who came to hear the following 2 presentations, but people didn't seem to mind. Not only that, but a whopping 18 people in the audience noted they are hoping to join the Peace Corps!

"Adventures in Africa: Peace Corps Cameroon"
(7:00 -7:45pm)
Cameroon is often referred to as "Africa in miniature" because of its geological and cultural diversity, and is home to over 200 different linguistic groups. Naomi Kovacs had the opportunity to serve there as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1995-1998, working as a rural community development extension agent in a remote post.

"Adventures in Africa: Peace Corps Madagascar"
(7:45-8:30pm)
Imagine living and working on an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa for two years. Well, that's what Dominique Monie did as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar from 2000-2002.

This FREE event was presented by the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association and co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB and UCSB Davidson Library.

   
   
   


Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

RPCV Presentation Evening #1

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (7:00-8:30pm)
@ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area), UCSB Campus

Attendees of these presentations were treated to two wonderful slide shows and a window into the experiences of two of our local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers:

"Beyond Siberia" (7:00-7:45pm)
Sharon Dirlam had raised a family, been a newspaper reporter, editor, and staff writer, and had gone back to school to earn her Master’s degree. Then she did something different: she and her husband joined the Peace Corps! From 1995-1998, she taught at the Birobidjan Pedagogical Institute in the Russian Far East. Seven time zones east of Moscow. Three days by train east of Siberia. Remote. “Beyond Siberia” remote. And she wrote a book about it.

"Adventures in Kyrgyzstan" (7:45-8:30pm)
Melissa Morgan taught English in Kyrgystan from 1995-1996. Join us as she not only explains where in the world Kyrgyzstan is, and how to pronounce it, but also as she tells us about some of her adventures there as a Peace Corps Volunteer!

This FREE event was presented by the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association and co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB and UCSB Davidson Library.

   
   
   

Opening Reception of
" Fifty Years of Peace Corps:
A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 (7-8pm) @ UCSB Davidson Library, Main Floor Lounge (New Book Area), UCSB Campus

We had a great turn-out at our opening reception! Attendees got to be among the first people to check out our month-long, multi-media display and celebration of Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary featuring photographs, artwork, memorabilia, and books by and about Peace Corps Volunteers. While munching on delectable appetizers, cookies, and drinks generously provided by the Capps Center, attendees also heard remarks by Wade Clark Roof of the Capps Center; Juliane Heyman, a former Peace Corps Training Officer who helped Sargent Shriver start the Peace Corps; Jeanette Earley, our local Peace Corps Recruiter; and Naomi Kovacs of the SBPCA board.

The display will be open to the public during the library's hours of operation from Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, November 21.

This event was co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, and UCSB Davidson Library.

Click here to see photos of the event.

   
   
   

Screening of "Frontrunner: The Afghan Woman Who Surprised the World"

Thursday, October 21, 2010 (6pm) @ Theater and Dance West 1701, UCSB Campus

This FREE film screening was presented in celebration of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB, with a special appearance by the Emmy Award-winning producer and film director, Virginia Williams (RPCV Morocco 97-99).

"Frontrunner is the story of a woman who took the first fragile promise of democracy in Afghanistan, and dared to run for President. Her story is irresistible. Her courage is contagious." - Gloria Steinem

Co-sponsored by the National Peace Corps Association, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Santa Barbara Coalition for Global Dialogue, UCSB Alumni Association, Career Services, Global & International Studies Program, Library, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, and Women's Center.

For more info on the film, visit: www.frontrunnermovie.com

   
   
   

International Service:
Bringing the World Back Home

Sunday, September 26, 2010 (3pm) @ Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara

This FREE event was presented in celebration of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB, this panel discussion examined the impact of the Peace Corps on the lives of distinguished returned volunteers and included the following individuals:

SARAH CHAYES (RPCV Morocco 84-86), former international correspondent for NPR, author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, and founder of the Arghand Cooperative in Kandahar;
GORDON L. RADLEY (RPCV Malawi, 68-70, Western Samoa, 79) former president, Lucasfilms Ltd.; and
THOMAS TIGHE (RPCV Thailand, 86-88), President and CEO, Direct Relief International who served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps and Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps.

Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) & SBPCA's President, Victoria Juarez, were among those who made opening remarks.

This event was co-sponsored by the National Peace Corps Association, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Santa Barbara Coalition for Global Dialogue, UCSB Alumni Association, Career Services, Global & International Studies Program, Library, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, and Women's Center.

Click here to view the Capps' Center's event flyer.

   
   
   
... And this is as far back as our online event summary archive goes!
 

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