HoTPCA Quarterly Newsletter

Keeping you up-to-date on HoTPCA happenings — read on for details about quarterly board meetings, third goal opportunities, and upcoming social and volunteer events to meet your local Peace Corps community.

Exciting News!!! Austin was selected to host next year's National Peace Corps Association Conference! We're super excited and look forward to putting on a great show for our fellow RPCVs from around the country June 20-22, 2019. 
Email or join us tomorrow, Wednesday September 12th at our first planning meeting if you're interested in participating on the planning committee!
Mark your calendars... 
Save the date for our HoTPCA Annual Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, November 18th 3:00-6:00 pm at the High Road on Dawson! We will take care of all official board business including elections, budget, and changes to the by-laws. Regional food assignments to be included in the next newsletter. Invite your friends!

Updates from the HoTPCA Board

At the quarterly board meeting, we discussed: Peace Corps Connect Conference, Strategic Planning, a SWOT analysis, and more. Check out the meeting agenda.
Join us for the next HoTPCA Board Meeting on October 17! Our board meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation. For details, email

Upcoming Social Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday 9/12: PCC Conference Planning Meeting (6-8pm)
Thursday 9/20: Coffee Chat with Peace Corps (5:30-6:30pm)
Sunday 9/30: HoTPCA Hits a Wall: A Bouldering Project (3-6pm)
Wednesday 10/3: HoTPCA Membership Committee Meeting (6-7pm)
Thursday 10/11: HoTPCA Grants Committee Meeting (6-7pm)
Monday 10/15: HoTPCA Quiz for a Cause benefiting HoTPCA (8-10pm)
Thursday 10/18: Coffee Chat with Peace Corps (5:30-6:30pm)
Thursday 10/18: HoTPCA Dinner at UZEAT (6:30-9pm) 
Saturday 11/2: HoTPCA joins AIDS Walk Austin (8:30am-1pm)
Thursday 11/15: Coffee Chat with Peace Corps (6:30-6:30pm)
Sunday 11/18: HoTPCA Annual Potluck and Meeting (3:00-6:00pm)

📅 Pro-tip: Click here to add this calendar to yours if you have a Google account!

Peace Through Diplomacy is a GlobalAustin event that recognizes the important role of diplomacy in creating greater peace. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a networking reception followed by dinner and dessert in the Mabee Ballroom on the campus of St. Edward’s University. Special guests include Julie Kavanagh, the Department of State Diplomat-in-Residence for Texas, and keynote speaker Kevin Tuerff, author of "Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11". Learn more.

HoTPCA Service Spotlight: Summer 2018 

HUGE THANKS to all of the volunteers who came out to our school garden work day on such short notice! It's amazing what 10 people can accomplish in just 2 hours. The garden looks great for the first few weeks of school. Our students and staff are so grateful to you all! Interested in coordinating future volunteer opportunities for HoTPCA members? Email our Volunteer Chair!

Volunteer English tutors needed at Open Arms Studio

HoTPCA Member Mary Braunagel-Brown (Morocco, 1968-70) is seeking volunteers to help with her weekly class/tutoring session for the five refugee women who are working at Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s Open Arms Studio. Some experience teaching ESL is helpful but no certifications are required. The class is scheduled for every Tuesday from 12–2 pm in the East Austin studio where the women work. Want to learn more? Email Mary!

Call for grant projects with an October 10th deadline!

Do you have a pet project from your country of service or something in line with HoTPCA funding values? Submit them to be considered for a small grant! Bonus points if you aim to match funding. Submit an application here. The Grants Committee will meet October 11th to consider submissions. 

Save the Date! Support HoTPCA with a 2019 Calender

Official Peace Corps calendars will be available at our Annual Potluck on November 17th for $15. Pre-order now at subject line: Calendar. We will also have t-shirts available for a suggested $30 donation, pre-orders encouraged as well. All funds raised support HoTPCA's Grants Program and our small operational overhead! Learn more

Want to Become a HoTPCA Member?

HoTPCA welcomes all RPCVs, applicants, and community members at our events. If you want to go one step further, you can become an official member! As a member, your annual dues ($15) help to fund the ongoing projects of currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers and RPCV-sponsored projects. To learn more or to become a member, visit our website or email Michele.

Get Connected 

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Not a Facebooker? Our events are also available on our website and Meetup.

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