<!-- Copy everything on this page and paste it in Mailchimp using the <> Source button in the editor --> <h1 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="http://www.rpcvw.org/events">Official Events</a></h1> <br><br> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/2019_winter_party">Winter Party: 2019 Edition!</a></h2> <a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/2019_winter_party" title="Click here for more information"> <img alt="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3721/meta_images/original/Save_the_Date_2019_Winter_Party.png?1572919402" src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3721/meta_images/original/Save_the_Date_2019_Winter_Party.png?1572919402" style="width:100%;margin: 15px auto;display: block;" /> </a> <h4 style="text-align:center">Saturday, December 07 - 07:00 PM </h4> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 2rem 0;"><a style="display: inline-block; padding: 14px 32px; background: #cd3c48; border-radius: 4px; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: 1px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 26px; color: white; text-decoration: none;" title="Click here to RSVP" href="https://www.rpcvw.org/2019_winter_party" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1220+Connecticut+Ave+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20036%2C+United+States">Saint Yves</a></h3> <h4 dir="ltr">Join us for our biggest event of the year, bringing together hundreds of RPCVs and friends of all different ages and countries of service, and from all across the District-Maryland-Virginia area.</h4> <p dir="ltr">This year's event will be held at Saint Yves, located at the intersection of 18th and Connecticut NW. RPCV/W will have the whole place to ourselves (!) from 7-11pm. The venue is conveniently located between Farragut West and Dupont Circle metros -- the use of public transportation is highly encouraged.</p> <p dir="ltr">The event will feature a limited open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a wine toss, music, photo booth, and other surprises. Please contact our <a href="mailto:specialevents@rpcvw.org">Special Events Director</a> to request any special dietary needs or accommodations.</p> <p><strong>New 2020 Board to be Announced!</strong></p> <p>This will also be a chance to meet RPCV/W's 2020 Board of Directors! Elections will take place in November (stay tuned to our newsletter and social media for details) and the new board will be present to greet members. The out-going board will be there to pass the torch. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Volunteers Needed</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We are in need of three volunteers to assist with set up, logistics, and other event details. For those interested in volunteering, please email <a href="mailto:specialevents@rpcvw.org">specialevents@rpcvw.org</a> as soon as possible. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Wine Toss and Raffle</strong></p> <p>We're bringing back the fun! This year's venue will have plenty of nooks and crannies for dancing, photo-taking, and activities! If you are willing to donate wine, or can solicit wine donations on RPCV/W's behalf, please contact Development Director Jonathan Keenan at <a href="mailto:development@rpcvw.org">development@rpcvw.org</a>. We will also hold a raffle with some fun prizes -- if you have gift cards, gift baskets, event tickets, or anything of the like you'd like to donate to the cause, Jonathan will coordinate these donations. Companies interested in sponsoring the event are also welcome!</p> <h4> <br>Thank you, and we look forward to celebrating another wonderful year with our amazing DC Peace Corps community, all in one great place!</h4> <hr> <!-- End Official Events, Begin Member Led Events --> <h1 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="http://www.rpcvw.org/events">Member-Led Events</a></h1> <br><br> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/lklewis/brick_by_brick_a_fun_fundraiser_for_global_education">Brick by Brick: A Fun Fundraiser for Global Education</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Saturday, November 16 - 03:00 PM </h4> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 2rem 0;"><a style="display: inline-block; padding: 14px 32px; background: #cd3c48; border-radius: 4px; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: 1px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 26px; color: white; text-decoration: none;" title="Click here to RSVP" href="https://www.rpcvw.org/lklewis/brick_by_brick_a_fun_fundraiser_for_global_education" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1205+U+St+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20009%2C+United+States">The Saloon on U Street</a></h3> <p><span>Join the RPVC-led 501(c)(3) </span><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/GEAGlobalEducation/" target="_blank">Global Education Ambassadors</a><span> (GEA) for its second major fundraising event at DC-famous pub, The Saloon on U Street, in partnership with the Kamal Foundation! </span>RSVP via <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/events/547394762674647/">Facebook</a> and/or <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-by-brick-a-fun-fundraiser-for-global-education-tickets-73189009297">Eventbrite</a> today!</p> <p><span>From 3pm to 6pm, we will feature the Saloon's famous food and drinks (with a percent of all sales going to the project) alongside family friendly entertainment, including a kids’ corner, raffle, silent auction, themed entertainment, artwork, and lots of fun!  Be sure to arrive before 5pm so not to miss all the fun!</span><br><br><span>After 6pm, feel free to stick around as the lights go out and the disco ball comes on! Patrons will be encouraged to dance for the cause to a live DJ. </span><br><br><span>Cost of entry for the event is a $10 donation to GEA, paid at the event or via <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-by-brick-a-fun-fundraiser-for-global-education-tickets-73189009297">Eventbrite</a>, with attendees being welcome to donate more at any time. Donations can be made in-person at the event or through GEA's website (</span><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgeambassadors.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1W-YVzvPSbzw52jlRvg_-godsj34syvjMg7HfbYHNFad6PTPCJ1Frn3vk&amp;h=AT3cfVEQXy-9XftInmpU5bWrWM63gvHoKBKZCfBjhwwK8wcAQokasV9vN5lXtXpgCEM7v6zMTrj2iW6r3Tzs924WwA7u06orQ4_dcxHoqacxwMgr5scXKUDhh1Ltb6wO6A" target="_blank">https://geambassadors.org/</a><span>). </span><br><br><span>THE PROJECT: With the support of local leadership, GEA’s current objective is to assist the small, underserved community of El Camarón in Guatemala complete the construction of their local secondary school, where 105 students are currently studying. </span><br><br><span>FUNDRAISING GOAL: After our fundraiser this spring, we were able to lay the groundwork on this project and get construction rolling! Now, our goal is to raise $20,000 at this event to purchase all the materials needed to finish the construction of two additional classrooms and equip them with computers and supplies. This project will improve the quality of secondary education in El Camarón by ensuring students have a learning environment that is conducive to their needs. </span><br><br><span>*Global Education Ambassadors (GEA) is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in the communities that need it most. Our mission is to promote equity by assisting underserved communities acquire the resources and infrastructure they need to help children receive a quality education, breaking the cycle of poverty and building a solid foundation for a promising future.* </span></p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/toddmpeterson1/join_us_to_celebrate_20_years_of_partner_for_surgery_-_over_20_000_lives_changed">Join Us to Celebrate 20 Years of Partner for Surgery - Over 20,000 Lives Changed!</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Thursday, December 05 - 05:30 PM </h4> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 2rem 0;"><a style="display: inline-block; padding: 14px 32px; background: #cd3c48; border-radius: 4px; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: 1px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 26px; color: white; text-decoration: none;" title="Click here to RSVP" href="https://www.rpcvw.org/toddmpeterson1/join_us_to_celebrate_20_years_of_partner_for_surgery_-_over_20_000_lives_changed" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=800+Maine+Ave+SW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20024%2C+United+States">The Offices of Van Scoyoc Associates at the Wharf</a></h3> <p>Partner for Surgery was born out of a Peace Corps project in the rural village of Paquip, Guatemala in 1999.  Since then, we have provided life-changing surgical care to over 20,000 of Guatemala's most isolated and impoverished people.  We have also provided critical medical care to over 40,000 Guatemalans.  Throughout it all, Peace Corps has been integral of Partner for Surgery.  Our Guatemalan board of directors includes former PC Guatemala Program Directors and our US board includes former PC Guatemala Country Directors and volunteers.  </p> <p>We are proud of the work accomplished through out during the first 20 years.  Join us on December 5th to learn more about our plans for the next 20 year and how you can help!</p> <hr>