Welcome to the HoTPCA Quarterly Newsletter!

We want to keep you up-to-date with Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association happenings. Read on for information about quarterly board meetings, recently funded grant projects, and upcoming social events and volunteer opportunities. 

Updates from the Board

At the quarterly HoTPCA board meeting, we discussed: Annual Meeting preparations, final edits to the organization bylaws (you will get a chance to vote on these at our Annual Meeting on 11/19), cleaning up our membership database, financial updates, and opportunities to fund more PCV grants (you will also get a chance to vote on these at the annual meeting). Read the meeting minutes HERE.

Join us for the next HoTPCA board meeting in January 2018! If interested, please email for date, time, and location details. 

Our HoTPCA Annual Potluck is right around the corner!

Save the date for our Annual Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, November 19 at the High Road on Dawson at 1:30-4:00 pm. It's a great opportunity to meet RPCVs, renew or start your membership, hear annual updates, and get excited about next year with good food and warm friendships.

What to bring: A dish to share (see below) and cash or credit card to use for the cash bar, raffle tickets, and to renew your HoTPCA membership. 

Suggested Potluck Items by Region of Service: 
African continent: Main dishes
North Africa/Europe: Desserts
Asia/Pacific Islands: Salads
Latin America/Caribbean: Side dishes

RSVP via Facebook or click here to add this event to your personal calendar.

Want to join the HoTPCA board or serve on a committee? 

The HoTPCA general membership will vote to approve a full board roster, see below, for the 2018-2020 term at the Annual Meeting. We are currently recruiting for two open positions: Vice President and Grants Committee Chair. To learn more about what these positions entail, please get in touch with current Vice President Sally Waley ( or 512-779-1956) or current Grants Committee Chair Vicky Pridgen ( or 512-815-3397). 

Board Members (term)
President (2018-2020): Sally Waley
Vice President (2018-2020): vacant - Duties include: Maintenance of organizational records such as meeting minutes, by-laws, and committee structure; resource for procedural protocol; and leadership of developmental initiatives
Treasurer (2017-2019): Tommy Clark
President Emeritus: Jim Maxwell 

Committee Chairs (term)
Social Events (2017-2019): Aditya Pabba
Volunteer Events (2017-2019): Mariel Stotts 
Membership (2017-2019): Michele Hockett Cooper
Communication (2018-2020): Vicky Pridgen
Grants (2018-2020): vacant - Duties include: Research available PCV grants, hold quarterly grants committee meetings to select grants for funding with board approval, track success of funded projects, and assist in organizational fundraising efforts

Want to get more involved, but not sure if a board position is right for you? We are always looking for interested people to help on our Grants, Social Events, and Volunteer Committees! Feel free to email with any questions. 

Upcoming Social Events and Volunteer Opportunities

October 29: HoTPCA at AIDS Walk Austin (11:30 am - 3:30 pm)
November 9: Happy Hour at Lala's Little Nugget (6:00-8:00 pm)
November 19: Annual Meeting and Potluck (1:30-4:00 pm)
December 7: Making Toys for AVANCE (6:00-8:00 pm) 
December 8: Russia House Dinner and Drinks (7:00-10:00 pm)
December 16: Dancing at Sahara Lounge (9:00-11:00 pm)
Twenty country flags and over twenty humans proudly walked this year's Austin Pride Parade.
Matt did it! One dollar for every mile 🎉 Fundraising up the A.T. 
With almost 50 individual donors, our 2016 HoTPCA treasurer, Matt Roth, went over goal by raising $2366 for HoTPCA grants on his 2190 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail this summer. Learn more about Matt's journey.

Get Your Iconic HoTPCA T-Shirt

We have a new order in with sizes S-XL. Shirts are available for a suggested $30 donation at most HoTPCA events or you can reach out to Laura or Michele to coordinate a pickup. Shirts will also be available at the Annual Potluck - while supplies last!  

Where in the world is... HoTPCA? 🌏 Add your pin to the map!

Want to make it easier to connect with PCVs who have served (or will serve) near where you served? Click to add yourself to our HoTPCA "Around the World" map! Please note that this is publicly viewable at, so feel free to add as much or as little identifying info as you fancy. Reply to this email with any questions! 

Calling all HoTPCA members! Please complete this easy survey (it's less than 10 questions) to help us update our membership database! 

Want to become a HoTPCA member?

HoTPCA welcomes all RPCVs, applicants, supporters, 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) will help to fund the ongoing projects of current Peace Corps Volunteers around the world, as well RPCV sponsored projects. 

To learn more or to become a member, visit our membership page HERE or email Michele at

Get Connected 

Check our Facebook group and listserv announcements for event updates.
Sign up for email updates by emailing
Not a Facebooker? Our events are also available on our website and Meetup.
For more information about upcoming social events, contact Pabba
For more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities, contact Mariel.
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