July updates: KPCA picnic!!

This July 25th from 3 pm to dark, we’ll have our annual Kentucky Peace Corps Picnic! Come for an afternoon of meeting and hanging out with former, current and incoming volunteers.  We’ll have grilled meats and potluck style food with games, camping, and music.

RSVP by clicking here and we’ll send you more information.

More information about the picnic from Jenifer is below:


* a dish to share potluck style

*adult beverages, if you so desire

* each family should bring for themselves: place settings and napkins, drinks and cups, extra snacks


*sunscreen and bug spray

*swim suits, extra clothes, and towels in case you and/or your kids decide to play in the creek (FUN!)

*outdoor games like Frisbees, bocci ball, etc.

*Camping overnight is welcome so if you plan to camp bring extra food and your gear!

*Shade…meaning pop-up shade tents like people use for tailgating (if you have such a thing)

*musical instruments (guitars, etc)

 Other information:

*I am excited to announce that we will have official KPCA t-shirts for sale this year! The cost is TBD but we think around $15.

*Just for fun – We would like to display some “then” and “now” /”there” and “here” photos. Bring a current picture of yourself and a couple of yourself during your PC service. Please mount them somehow (simply) on paper or cardboard so that you can label with your name and country and years of service. We will display them on the wall at the picnic!

* John-Mark will have grilled Marksbury Farms products available to purchase just as he has in the past.

*We will be taking donations as usual. The donations cover the cost of the port-a-potty and the excess is put into the KPCA bank account which we use to support Peace Corps projects at home and abroad.

Hope to see you there!”

CDS 46th Annual International Conference

The Community Development Society is holding its annual international conference in Lexington this year and is inviting everyone to attend.  The conference is July 19-22, 2015 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.  Here’s a brief description of the conference from their website:

“Named among the top 50 places to visit in a lifetime by National Geographic Traveler, Lexington, Kentucky promises to serve as a perfect backdrop to inspire and ignite creative thinking, engaging dialogue, and productive collaboration for the 2015 CDS conference. Please plan to join us in Lexington, Kentucky!

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prentice Onayemi of ArtPlaceAmerica, Michael Rios, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of California Davis and author of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities, and Natasha Bowen, author of The Color of Food: Race, Resilience and Farming.

Sunday, July 19th conference will have the opportunity to participate in preconference workshops featuring:

  • Creating a Culture of Effective Public Engagement in Local Communities:  An Experiential Workshop
  • Capturing the Essence of Community through Participatory Photography
  • Tobacco, Bourbon and Beer:  A Visceral Community Development Experience
  • The Status Quo and Future of Community Development in Colleges and Universities
  • Grassroots Comics:  A Development Communication Tool

Mobile Learning Workshops on Monday, July 20th offer a wide array of community development learning experiences.

  • MLW #1 – Lexington LGBTQ:  A History of the Wildand Wonderful
  • MLW #2 – Horse Assisted Communities: How Horses Give
  • MLW #3 – Social Enterprise on the Rise
  • MLW #4 – Paint Your Town Red: The Challenges and Rewards of Mural Art in a Community
  • MLW #5 – Bicycling’s Contributions to Community Wellness
  • MLW #6 – How Community Engagement Impacts Our Shared Spaces: Lexington’s East End Neighborhood
  • MLW #7 – Seed, Glean, and Harvest”

Meeting with Congressman Barr

Jack&Angene Wilson and Lauren Goodpaster with Congressman Barr
Jack & Angene Wilson and Lauren Goodpaster with Congressman Barr

Kentucky RPCV’s Jack, Angene and Lauren met with Congressman Andy Barr this month to ask for continued support for Peace Corps activities.  Among items discussed were future appropriations for Peace Corps and whether Congressman Barr would join the Congressional Peace Corps caucus.  He has since agreed to join the caucus.  The Peace Corps caucus was initiated in 2013 by five returned Peace Corps volunteers who now serve in Congress.  The caucus serves to further and protect the interests of Peace Corps in Congress. More information about its purpose can be found here.

Jack, Angene, and Lauren also asked him to support the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act which would allow use of the Peace Corps symbol on gravestones as recognition of service.  Click here for more information about this bill.

National Peace Corps Connect Conference

Coming up is the National Peace Corps Connect Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, June 5-6th!  Following is a letter from Glenn Blumhorst, NPCA president, about the event.

“With only three weeks left, I invite you to register for Peace Corps Connect – Berkeley this June 5-6, 2015. Join us for the annual conference of the Peace Corps community!

Prominent members of our community, including Congressmen Sam Farr and John Garamendi, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Meg Garlinghouse of LinkedIn for Good will be sharing their stories. From public servants, to social entrepreneurs, to leaders in the corporate world, we are proud to highlight RPCVs who are working on issues of importance to our community. This is your opportunity to engage with your fellow RPCVs and Peace Corps staff who share the formative foundation of the Peace Corps experience. Register today! 

Whether it’s a good story, food, film, business and technology or advocacy on Peace Corps issues, Peace Corps Connect – Berkeley has it all. Participate in a Storytelling Workshop to learn how to best capture the essence of your Peace Corps experience, take part in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Resources for RPCVs workshop to walk away with toolkits to start your Peace Corps inspired venture, and hear from leaders of our community to learn about exciting new developments and opportunities.

This is your annual conference. Join us for a weekend of informative panels, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities and a chance to reconnect with your fellow RPCVs. View the full program here and register now for Peace Corps Connect – Berkeley.

I look forward to seeing you there!

In service,

Glenn Blumhorst

NPCA President & CEO

RPCV Guatemala 1989-91 

 P.S. Don’t forget to register for the San Francisco Bay Cruise! The proceeds from this fun-filled evening will support the Northern California Peace Corps Association Third Goal efforts. Sign up here. 

Read more about the conference here: NorCal Peace Corps Association adds local spin to alumni conference”.



Partners in Health Engage Team Recruitment

Are you interested in global health and social justice?  Want to join a network of human rights advocates enthusiastically committed to social change for health equity?

 PIH Engage, a network of grassroots teams advocating the human right to health with Partners In Health, is currently looking for passionate organizers to start a new team in Kentucky.  As a leader in PIH Engage, you will:

  • Build a team of dedicated members
  • Contribute to nation-wide advocacy and fundraising campaigns
  • Participate in trainings
  • Connect with our network of hundreds of grassroots volunteers

Applications are open now and close on May 31st.  Learn more and apply here.