The RPCVs of Colorado, through our Don Curtis Giving Fund, have donated $1,000 to support Rachel Bechdolt, a Colorado volunteer currently serving in Benin, to help her middle school complete it's classroom construction project.
The RPCVs of Colorado continue to serve our communities both home and abroad through service projects and networking events. We also continue to serve the communities of current Peace Corps Volunteers by funding grant requests to implement in their service. As of the end of September of 2014, the RPCVCO financial accounts have the following balances:
General Operating Fund (for use in paying general operating expenses): $3,786.60
Don Curtis Fund (for use in funding projects): $4,391.19
Ski Trip Fund (for use in paying the deposit for the annual ski trip): $117.12
These funds added together indicate that the RPCVs of Colorado have a total of $8,294.91 in the group's checking account.
During the year there are a number of activities which draw on the General Operating Fund. Here are a few of the changes we have made for the upcoming year (as approved by the Board of Directors in July, 2014)
1) Continue to have Welcome Home Dinners twice per year for newly returned volunteers as a way of connecting them with other returned volunteers. We are grateful to the Welcome Wagon volunteers for offering their homes as venue for these events, and for accepting the Board approved reimbursements of up to $75 per dinner. We know that you put so much more into these events than we can repay you for - - thank you!
2) Action committees: Last year the RPCVCO Board approved action committees for both the Welcome Wagon and the Social Committees. The RPCVCO Board is happy to cover the cost of the group members' coffee during these meetings as they plan events a few times a year.
3) End of year garden supervisor party - The RPCVs of Colorado continue to collaborate with Grow Local Colorado and community volunteer groups to maintain a vegetable garden in Civic Center park. The vegetables from the garden are donated to the Gathering Place, Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. This annual thank you party for the garden supervisors asks a maximum of $150 from the general operating fund. Thank you volunteers! You can learn more about Grow Local Colorado and The Gathering Place by visiting their websites at http://www.growlocalcolorado.org/and http://www.tgpdenver.org/.
4) Country Night: The RPCVCO regular meetings highlight a country or region of service a few times throughout the year. Once again, we are grateful for RPCVs who assist in presenting and preparing a small taste of the food from the country or region being highlighted. These meetings, which take place 4 times a year, result in a maximum of $100 total expense from the General Operating Fund as reimbursements for the food cost.
The Don Curtis Fund is used to provide funds to currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers so they can better implement their projects. The money from our annual calendar sales contributes to this fund, as do the specified generous donations of our group members, and the fund has continued to grow from year to year. Help us to spend these funds by letting any currently serving PCVs know they can request funds from the RPCVCO group for their overseas projects by applying for a grant on our website: http://www.rpcvcolorado.org/index.php/activities/don-curtis-fund/grant-application. The RPCVCO Board is grateful to be able to support the currently serving volunteers in this way.
The Ski Trip is expanding! Due to popular demand this year's annual ski trip will now have 2 cabins instead of one! This means that more RPCVs and families are able to celebrate together over this fun weekend at YMCA of the Rockies. This activity continues to be a self-sustaining activity with the RPCVCO Ski Trip Fund acting as a holding place or pass through account so we can pay the following year's deposit to YMCA of the Rockies in a timely manner prior to collecting the funds from the participants. Details about this year's ski trip are included in this newsletter.
Each year dozens of local teachers and professionals join us at the World Affairs Challenge as judges. Their role is essential to the success of the WAC in meeting our goal of fostering life long learners. Judges don’t only grade team presentations and collaborative questions. They end up learning a lot themselves!
Based on your feedback over the past several years, input from community judges, universities, and global companies, we have made some important changes:
The judging criteria for WAC will be modified to focus more heavily on rewarding 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, cultural awareness, and communication, all essential skills for tomorrow’s workers and leaders.
New judging criteria will be added to recognize the diversity of presentations, providing a more level judging field.
As always, serving as a judge is a purely voluntary effort. There is no registration cost. Coffee, breakfast, and lunch are complimentary. Judges will have the opportunity to spend the day interacting with fellow community leaders and volunteers, local NGOs, and our future leaders and problem solvers!
Judges must be available to stay for all of the judging portions of the event (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Judges are strongly encouraged to attend judge training:
February 5th and 9th, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
At the Posner Center for International Development
1031 33rd Street, Denver CO 80205
To sign up, visit the World Affairs Challenge website here: http://www.worldaffairschallenge.org/become-a-judge
Would you like to share about your country of service?
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For those not interested in helping out, but would like to learn more about the EC post, be sure to come to the next regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 PM. We'll be meeting at the First Unitarian Society - 1400 Lafayette Street, Denver, CO 80218. If you do, you'll be sure to walk out having a greater sense of what it's like to serve in a country 1/6 the size of the state of Delaware.