The 2011 AARPCV
Summer Social and silent auction fundraiser was a smashing success!
Thanks to all of those who attended, contributed items, and participated in the silent auction!
The event was hosted at Sara
and Ed Andrist's beautiful Olmsted community park. About 60 RPCVs along with their families, came together to enjoy a
sunny afternoon together. AARPCV grilled hamburgers and hot dogs while attendees brought an array of side items and desserts. Both
kids and adults joined in to play a variety of games including a water balloon toss and relays to fill up buckets of water
one shovel-full at a time!
Attendees contributed a total
of 44 items for the silent auction. There were a variety of international items including: photographs, wall hangings, jewelry,
decorative items, clothing, and even a piece of Kenyan Dhow boat wood that was over 200 years old!
A total of $501 was raised, which will be donated to an
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity renovation project sponsored by AARPCV
and the Rollins School of Public Health at the end of August/early September 2011.
AARPCV is participating in the Habitat for Humanity
renovation, a larger project than we typically undertake, in order to commemorate the National Day of Service in remembrance
of 9/11; to honor the Peace Corps 50th anniversary; and to fulfill Peace Corps' third goal to bring the world back home.
A few business items
were also discussed:
- The membership voted to sponsor AARPCV President,
Juli Powers, to represent AARPCV in Washington D.C. for the official National Peace Corps Association 50th Anniversary events
at the end of September.
- The membership also voted to allow AARPCV to pay the upfront cost
of $4,500 for the Habitat for Humanity renovation project as it is due one month before construction begins. The total cost
will be shared with AARPCV’s Habitat for Humanity renovation co-sponsor, the Rollins School of Public Health. An additional
$5,000 is being matched by a Habitat for Humanity Board Member.
- In all, the AARPCV contribution will be
$1500 (previously voted on by the membership - $500 has already been submitted as the deposit) plus the total raised during
two special summer fundraisers: the summer social
silent auction ($501) and an August wine tasting fundraiser (tbd). RSPH will support the remaining balance. AARPCV Volunteer
Service Committee Co-Chair, Kristin Unzicker, is organizing volunteers and the sponsorship on behalf of RSPH. For more information,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Finally, one of AARPCV's Program Co-Chairs,
Emily Martin, will be moving to San Diego. We wish her well and much success! A new Co-Chair will be needed to take her place.
Thank you to all who made this year's summer social