NEWS & EVENTS
Our Gift to You!
2019 International Calendars
Get a fabulous 2019 calendar as OUR GIFT TO YOU when you make a donation in any amount to SBPCA or join/renew as a member! (While supplies last.)
Even though the year is already under way, you still get all the remaining months filled with compelling photographs, interesting information, holidays, holy days, birthdays of notable people, meteor shows and solar eclipses, recipes, films/music/literature to explore, and more!
Get yours at one of our events, or email us at:
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019
@ 2 Location Options:
Join us for a fun no-host social get-together!
Since our members and our “Peace Corps curious” friends are spread out through our local geographic region, we are holding concurrent gatherings for our June event. Choose whichever location is more convenient for you — we’ll have members at both!
RSVPs appreciated (and let us know which location): firstname.lastname@example.org
4th of July Parade & Lunch
Be a part of the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association parade group! Join our colorful group as we carry the flags of the countries in which we served, spotlighting attention on the Peace Corps as an important part of our nation’s history and fabric.
If you haven’t served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but would like to join our festive group of paraders, we welcome you! Perhaps you’d like to carry the American flag, help hold our SBPCA banner, or carry another country’s flag? The more the merrier!
TO PARTICIPATE WITH OUR GROUP, you must contact us in advance so that we can provide you with important logistical information and coordinate flags to be carried. Email us at: RSVP@sbpca.org
Check out this cool mention of us in a News-Press article about the parade in 2014
RECENT PAST EVENTS
Peace Corps Send-Off
& Speakers Panel
Casual light dinner & refreshments included
Attendees helped us recognize and celebrate the upcoming departure of 8 local soon-to-be Peace Corps Volunteers, while also learning about what it’s like to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, and how to apply to become one.
Our panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers included Ryan Buckley (Morocco 2012-2014), Marisa Hanson-Lopez (Tanzania 2005-2007), Sarah Robinson (Nicaragua 2011-2014), and Danny Tsai (Jordan 2012-2014). They shared their experiences on topics such as their living situations, daily lives, work projects, dealing with cultural differences, health, safety, and more.
Other local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Regional Peace Corps Recruiter were also present for attendees to talk with following the panel, while mingling over food and cake.
Peace Corps Booth @ Earth Day Festival
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
and SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
@ Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
Several local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) came out and volunteered at our booth throughout the weekend, answering questions about the Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response, Sharing their Peace Corps experiences, encouraging interested individuals to consider applying, and letting people know about our Local Peace Corps Association.
We had great foot traffic, a lot of interest, and we even connected with six local RPCVs who didn’t already know about our group!
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019
@ Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen
35-A State St, Santa Barbara
@ Bang the Drum Brewery
950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo
Since our members and other area-RPCVs are spread out through our local geographic region, we held concurrent gatherings this month. We got happy in Santa Barbara (at Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen) AND in San Luis Obispo (at Bang the Drum Brewery) at the same time.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
@ A private residence in Santa Barbara
As we do every year, we called our members together for a potluck brunch and review of our past year, a look ahead at the upcoming year, to say thanks to this last year’s board, and to elect our President and board members for the coming year.
New Year’s Coffee
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
@ Goleta Coffee Co.
177 S. Turnpike Rd, Santa Barbara
As has become our annual tradition, we kicked off the year by getting together for coffee and conversation.
Holiday Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018
@ A private residence
We celebrated the holidays with a potluck spread and our well-loved and never-predictable white elephant gift exchange.
Bringing It Home: Mali
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer & SBPCA board member Geoff Leech gave a presentation on his experience serving in the Peace Corps in Mali, followed by a lively Q&A, as part of our “Bringing It Home” speakers series.