Over 70 members joined the AARPCV board in celebrating the holidays at the home of Ally Snyder (RPCV Rwanda) and Jack Tona. Teni-Ola Ogunjobi (RPCV Mali & Senegal) shared updates from her work with the refugee community in Atlanta and explained key steps that AARPCV can take this year to supporting refugee resettlement in Atlanta. Attendees voted on the final Let Girls Learn donation of 2016 and the 2017 Executive Board (Tricia Akers for President, Seneca Anderson for VP, Brad Akers for Treasurer, and Candy Girod for Secretary).
Fifteen AARPCV members attended the Jewelry-making Fundraiser on October 23 at the home of Brad and Tricia Akers (RPCV Madagascar and Panama, respectively). Attendees learned to make wire-wrap rings from AARPCV’s jewelry-making expert, Amber Davis (RPCV Honduras). Funds raised contributed to the over $10,000 donated to Let Girls Learn in 2016.
“We’ve got pride, yes we do! We’ve got pride, how ‘bout you?” AARPCV members and guests showed their pride by marching with Peace Corps host country flags for the annual Atlanta Pride Parade on October 9. It was AARPCV’s third year participating in the parade, and AARPCV looks forward to marching again on October 8, 2017.
Over 40 AARPCV members and guests gathered at the home of Drew & Karen Voetsch (RPCV Guinea) on October 15. Enjoying the cooler weather, kids painted miniature pumpkins and everyone enjoyed the pie judging contest.