Louisiana Peace Corps Festival-Cheers for Charity
Thursday, July 23rd, 6-10 pm
@ the Rusty Nail
Calling All Local RPCVs! The first ever Louisiana Peace Corps Festival is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd from 6-10pm at The Rusty Nail, in conjunction with our Cheers for Charity night. As a Cheers for Charity event, The Rusty Nail will charge full price for drinks during happy hour and give us the proceeds, which will go towards our Small Grant Fund. The Louisiana Peace Corps Festival will showcase the experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers, in the hopes of bringing in as many local RPCVs, friends, families, and general public as we can to achieve the Peace Corps Third Goal of sharing other cultures with Americans. This is where you beautiful people come in!
We need our local RPCVs to share their stories, in whatever medium you would like to use. We would like four Pecha Kucha (20 images x 20 seconds http://www.pechakucha.org) presentations, story slams, and at least one panel of Peace Corps Now & Then with some of our older, more seasoned local RPCVs. We are open to other panel ideas, any form of individual storytelling/ standup comedy/ poetry/ blog readings/ etc.
Please please please help us make this a great event, and contact Social Chair Sarah Mae with what you would like to do.
There is an opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit organization here in NOLA called Mama Maji which does work in Kamrongo, Kenya. They have a two-part focus, one being to increase Kamrongo’s access to water, the second being women’s professional growth in Kamrongo (as well as here in New Orleans). They will be hosting an event to raise awareness of the organization and its work March 22nd. Members of the walk will be carrying buckets of water for 5k around the Audubon Park route to signify the walk many Kenyan women have to endure every day to access (usually unclean) water. Along the route we will also have educational stations explaining in more depth the struggle of women in areas like Kenya and Ghana to access water and their hike to bring it home everyday. Mama Maji will also be talking about the health issues that accompany the water crisis abroad.
If anyone is interested in walking in the event, or just coming and checking out all the cool stuff they have that day – please come! There will be some performances and artwork, yummy food, and awareness about something a lot of RPCVs have come across firsthand during their service.
The website for Mama Maji is https://mamamaji.wordpress.com/
The fundraising page is: Classy.org/Catalystwalk
There are two options for walking – one is to buy a ticket, which is $20 (this comes with a Mama Maji t-shirt!). Another is to become a fundraiser, which costs nothing. Any little amount helps, and spreading the word of Mama Maji’s work, and just in general the water crisis in so many countries around the world, is invaluable.
Interested members can contact Michela Schildts via phone (305 916 0175) or through email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us at the enchanting Uptown Columns Hotel for our quarterly Board Meeting!
Located at 3811 St. Charles Avenue, the Columns provides a wonderful backdrop for us to set the next months’ activities under the leadership of President Ryan Tascar, including:
-when/where to hold the monthly Happy Hour
-upcoming Service & Social Events including the Pelicans NBA basketball game gathering on St. Patrick’s Day
-look back on the Nyx Parade march, Feeding at the Mission, Ethnic Dinner held at Nirvana, meeting with NPCA President in the French Quarter
Ryan (blue shirt) at the summit of Cape Verde
T’is with gratitude and sadness that we wish Shannon French, VP-Social and Matt Ricardo, Treasurer, a fond farewell from their years of Service to the La. PC Association. The Association is in a much better place to reach out and connect Volunteers due to their diligence and active leadership. May future Boards learn from your example and humbly follow in your footsteps.
10 faithful Louisiana RPCVs showed up for work–New Orleans festival style. In support of the Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals, almost $200,000 were raised at the annual “New Orleans On-Tap” in the lush City Park.
We got it covered