HoTPCA Quarterly Newsletter

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

Updates from the Board

At the quarterly HoTPCA board meeting, we discussed: board orientation, organization bylaws, membership, financial updates, and more. Read the meeting minutes.

Join us for the next HoTPCA Board Meeting on April 8! Our board meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation. For details, email

🎉 Central Texas Peace Corps Send-Off Party 🎉

Help us celebrate and recognize the newest group of Peace Corps invitees at a Central Texas Peace Corps Send-Off Party on February 2 at Scholz Garten! Come share your stories and make connections as the invitees prepare to start their Peace Corps Journey.

Invitations have been issued for the following countries
China; Fiji; Georgia; Guyana; Indonesia; Kosovo; Kyrgyz; Liberia; Macedonia; Madagascar; Moldova; Morocco; Nicaragua; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo; Uganda; Ukraine; Vanuatu; and Zambia!

Don't see your country on the list? That's even more reason to show up and rep your country of service! Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Learn more and RSVP

Upcoming Social Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, January 20: HoTPCA Lunch @ Nigerian Restaurant (1-3 pm)
Thursday, January 25: HoTPCA Outreach Committee Meeting (6-7 pm)
Friday, January 26: Camping and Campfire at the Cove (Friday - Saturday)
Saturday, January 27: HoTPCA Volunteers @ Shoal Creek (9-11 am)
Friday, February 2: Central Texas Peace Corps Send-Off Party (5-7 pm)
Tuesday, February 6: HoTPCA Cuban Dinner @ Habana SoCo (7 pm)
Friday, February 16: HoTPCA Karaoke @ Ego’s
Tuesday, February 20: HoTPCA Third Goal Task Force Meeting (5:30-7 pm)
Thursday, February 22: HoTPCA Chill-out @ Kava
Thursday, March 1: HoTPCA Dinner @ Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
Monday, March 12: HoTPCA SXSowhat Happy Hour @ Salty Sow
Wednesday, March 28: Peace Corps Panel @ Southwestern (6 pm)
Saturday, March 31: HoTPCA Hike @ TBD (11 am-2 pm)
Saturday, April 28: HoTPCA Volunteers @ Urban Roots (9-11 am)

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

We had a wonderful turnout of former, current, and future PCVs at the HoTPCA Annual Meeting and Potluck in November 2017 — thank you to The High Road on Dawson for hosting our event!

Get Your Master's Degree via Coverdell and Rotary

The Stevenson Center for Community & Economic Development at Illinois State University offers a 100% graduate tuition waiver plus stipend to all admitted Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows. Fellows complete one year of intensive coursework followed by an 11-month paid, professional internship with an organization across the U.S. Learn more
Each year, Rotary awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world through the Rotary Peace Centers program. Fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship program.

New Year, New Crew... Call for Committee Members!  

Want to get more involved in HoTPCA? Consider joining one of our committees! HoTPCA is an entirely volunteer-run organization and we rely on the enthusiasm and initiative of our membership to support HoTPCA programming. Committees meet throughout the year to plan events and initiatives. 

Simply email HoTPCA or contact our HoTPCA Committee Chairs directly:

Committee Chairs
Social Events: Aditya Pabba
Volunteer Events: Mariel Stotts
Membership: Michele Hockett Cooper
Grants: Glenn Holzer
Outreach: Vicky Pridgen

Call for Photo Submissions: 2019 International Calendar

First published in 1988, the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison’s International Calendar is an ongoing success due largely to the wonderful photographs submissions that they receive. Click to learn more about submitting your photo to be featured in an upcoming calendar! 📅 PS. HoTPCA has exactly six 2018 International Calendars remaining in stock, shoot us an email if you'd like to reserve one for yourself.

Third Goal Opportunity

HoTPCA is committed to helping fulfill Peace Corps' Third Goal of "bringing the world back home". If you are an RPCV and would like to hear of speaking opportunities in your area, visit the RPCV Portal and sign up for the program.

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 

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.

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