About Us | Overview
RPCV MONTHLY MEETINGS
Join the RPCVs of Madison in our monthly meeting. Every month you can indulge in the warm camaraderie of your fellow RPCVs as we attend to the business of International Calendar and ‘we all’ Poster sales, supporting Peace Corps Partnerships, organizing the Freeze for Food, and regular social excursions.
The General Meeting is the third Wednesday of the month, usually in the Memorial Union or Union South during cold weather, or on the Memorial Union Terrace during warm weather, at 7:00 pm. Contact the President of the group, for details.
The Calendar Committee Meeting is the second Tuesday of the month, usually at Stalzy’s Deli on Atwood Avenue. Contact the Calendar Committee Coordinator for details and exact time.
The ‘we all’ Poster Committee Meeting has monthly meetings that vary dependent on schedules. Contact the We All Poster Committee Coordinator for details.
RPCV MISSION STATEMENT
We are a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other individuals who promote Peace Corps ideals by:
- supporting a social network for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
- promoting cultural understanding and awareness of international issues
- supporting the Peace Corps’ mission and active volunteers
- collaborating and volunteering with non-profit organizations aligned with our goals
approved at August 21, 2013 Board meeting
- Increase the number of members by 15%
- Raise awareness of membership benefits
- Send an email reminder (composed by the membership coordinator and president) in August along with an invite to the annual meeting/picnic, send another email reminder in October and send a mailing in January to those who have not responded
- Implement an online membership renewal process
- Process and deposit checks within 14 days of receipt
- Develop a welcome email and/or attachments for new members as an introduction to the group
- Provide board members with real-time access to the member roster
- Create a job description for the membership coordinator
Goals for future consideration were also presented:
- Develop a “mentor” program in which group members reach out to new group members especially those who have recently returned from Peace Corps service
- Create “affinity” groups and/or activities groups (e.g. happy hours, running club) for newly returned RPCVs to encourage them to join our group
approved at Board retreat, 2007
Goal 1: Improve administration of the organization
Form Executive Committee (At minimum President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) to handle most administrative functions at a monthly meeting:
- Relations with NPCA/UW Madison
- Central record keeping-archive
- Grant proposal review, first screening
- Community relationship clearinghouse
- Communications oversight
- Finance, including insurance
- Public relations & membership, including member interests/talents survey, member recruitment
- Officers succession planning, leadership training
- Recruiting (PC) assistance
Enhance website to allow notices, calendar, minutes, links, bill paying. Pay a webmaster to create functionality we need.
Change general program meeting (at least twice a year-Spring and Fall) to allow for decisions on major issues (such as election, calendar events, donations decisions).
Goal 2: Support a social network for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Enhance ways of communicating: website, Isthmus calendar, ListServ, newsletter, postcards.
Create opportunities to be involved in ways preferred by RPCVs: softball, volunteer opportunities, Be a Buddy and Bring a Buddy to events, purposeful hospitality training. Provide t-shirts and hats to build sense of community.
Goal 3: Promote cultural understanding and awareness of international issues
Continue calendar project, possibly expand to online photo database with new education venues (libraries).
Organize and advertise speakers, digitize speakers’ photos and streamline ppt presentations; provide common branding (t-shirts, hats, introductory narrative) for all speakers.
Identify new opportunities in Dane Co. for international education: (children’s fair, Int’l Music Festival, Film Festival, Food Fair)
Goal 4: Support Peace Corps mission and active volunteers
Continue funding PC Partners and discretionary groups from calendar proceeds.
Send post cards e-mails to those in active service.
Assist with PC recruiting in tech colleges, among older prospects.
Goal 5: Collaborate and volunteer with non-profit organizations aligned with our goals
Continue and expand partnerships, collaboration with other non profits such as International Student Association, UN Association, etc.