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The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) announced on Friday, August 5, that the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO) were chosen to host the 2017 Peace Corps Connect Conference! The NPCA announcement can be found here.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to show off the incredible Colorado RPCV community and we will announce the official date for the conference when we have the venue finalized. For now, we are reaching out to the RPCV community looking for volunteers interested helping us prepare for the event, sponsor the event, exhibit at the event, speak at the event, and more. 

Do you want to participate in the planning and preparation for the conference? Take a few minutes before September 1 to complete a quick survey to let us know how you're interested in helping. Please complete the survey even if you provided ideas and input on the conference bid in May. The survey can be found here.
 
Interested in learning more about the Peace Corps Connect Conference, click here to find out about the 2016 conference which is taking place in Washington, D.C. September 21 to 25, 2016.

Questions? Reach out to Suzanne Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday, 16 July 2016 18:52

RPCVCO Looking for a Secretary

Do you like to write? Want to help us with our newsletters and social media? Interested in helping support the great events and activities we put together for our members? Then the Secretary position may be for you!
 
The Secretary is responsible for our bi-monthly newsletters, regular email blasts and Facebook postings, meeting minutes, and also fills general board duties (e.g. attend meetings, assist with event set up and clean up, represent the organization). The commitment is for a three year term.
 
If you are interested in this board position, please reach out Suzanne Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will follow up with more details.
 
 

Do you know an amazing RPCV? Nominate them the Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer award!

Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Service Awards which are presented in recognition and appreciation of  outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Returning Peach Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
  • Outstanding Community Leader
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member
  • Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer
  • Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni

More information about each category and the awards in general be found here or in the news release here. Nominations are due Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and the nomination form can be found here. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 2016.

Previously honored RPCVs include Casey Burnette (Vanuatu, 2002-2004) and Mike and Ann Moore (Togo, 1962-64).

The following news was shared with members of the RPCVs of Colorado in our May/June 2016 newsletter. We want to ensure everyone who supports the organization - either as a member or a frequent participant in our many activities - are aware of these upcoming changes. If you are not a member already, you can sign up here. If you are a member, you can login to our online membership database using the "Login" button at the upper right corner of our website.

Upcoming Changes with the RPCVCO

The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO) are planning a few changes based on feedback received in our first ever survey conducted this past winter and on-going discussions at the board-level. These changes will be rolled out over the next year starting June 1, 2016.

First, thank you to everyone who responded to our survey and provided feedback. We received 230 responses, including feedback and ideas for events, outreach, and other activities. For instance:

  • Event locations: We received feedback regarding the need to look at alternate venues for some of our events. When planning events, we look for locations that balance factors such as cost, space size, seating, free parking, accessibility, and the possible number of attendees. We will continue to look at our options, but if you have a recommendation for a location for either of our large annual events (up to 200 people), for our happy hours, or for our general meetings, let us know!
  • Statewide outreach: In an effort to reach more of the RPCVs living outside of the Denver metro area, RPCVCO is adding a new board position— Statewide Outreach Chair. This position will help identify regional representatives and coordinate statewide activities. In addition, we received feedback regarding the locations, timing and dates (weekend vs. weekday) of activities that we will take into account when planning future events so that those who live outside of Denver can more easily join.
  • Activities: Along with praise for our existing events, we received requests and ideas for activities such as more service projects, ethnic dinners, cooking classes, supper clubs, hiking activities, bowling, and many more! Look for information on new activities in the coming months and let us know if you want to help organize a special event by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Funding: RPCVCO receives financial support through membership dues, donations, and merchandise sales. The majority of donations and profit from merchandise sales allows us to donate money to currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers and other causes important to the Peace Corps community. Membership dues go toward general operating costs, paying fees associated with hosting events, and keeping in touch with the Colorado Peace Corps community. Along with posting new merchandise and adding a general donation option on the RPCVCO website, the new online membership database makes it easier to sign up to be a member and renew your membership. Members will also have an option to pay for their membership for either 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years to make it easier to keep your membership current.

In an effort to ensure the sustainability of RPCVCO as an organization, the board recently approved an increase in membership dues. Starting June 1, 2016, the RPCVCO membership dues will be:

  • Recently returned volunteer*: $0 for first year
  • Regular Membership: $20/year
  • Sponsored Membership (non-RPCVs): $20/year
  • Household Membership (RPCV couples and families): $30/year
  • Sustaining Membership: $200/lifetime
  • Sustaining Household: $300/lifetime

 

The benefits of these dues are outlined below.

 

Any questions, concerns, or thoughts about these changes can be directed to Suzanne Smith, Board President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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