<!-- 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/pumpkin_carving">Pumpkin Carving </a></h2> <a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/pumpkin_carving" title="Click here for more information"> <img alt="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3498/meta_images/original/Fall_Festival_Flyer.png?1539041789" src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3498/meta_images/original/Fall_Festival_Flyer.png?1539041789" style="width:100%;margin: 15px auto;display: block;" /> </a> <h4 style="text-align:center">Sunday, October 21 - 04:00 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/pumpkin_carving" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Washington+%2C+DC%2C+United+States">Meridian Hill Park</a></h3> <p>Join RPCV/W as we carve and decorate pumpkins. Please bring your own pumpkin and we will provide the carving tools. Feel free to also bring decorations and whatever else you'd like to use to decorate your pumpkin. We also suggest you bring a blanket, as the ground might not be ideal to directly sit on.  </p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/community_service_event_widercircle_projectsparkle">Community Service Event with A Wider Circle Project Sparkle</a></h2> <a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/community_service_event_widercircle_projectsparkle" title="Click here for more information"> <img alt="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3515/meta_images/original/Wider_Circle_Project_Sparkle.jpg?1539714538" src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3515/meta_images/original/Wider_Circle_Project_Sparkle.jpg?1539714538" style="width:100%;margin: 15px auto;display: block;" /> </a> <h4 style="text-align:center">Saturday, October 27 - 11:00 AM </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/community_service_event_widercircle_projectsparkle" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=9159+Brookville+Rd%2C+Silver+Spring%2C+MD+20910%2C+United+States">A Wider Circle</a></h3> <p>Please join RPCV/W as we assist <a href="http://awidercircle.org/">A Wider Circle</a> during their National Community Service Week event, Project Sparkle. A Wider Circle is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help individuals and families rise out of poverty. They work in partnership with those they serve to make sure that every child and every adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. During Project Sparkle, we will be helping to ensure that A Wider Circle's in tip-top shape for community members. </p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/bdmtg_beer_shaw">Board Meeting & Beer in Shaw!</a></h2> <a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/bdmtg_beer_shaw" title="Click here for more information"> <img alt="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3493/meta_images/original/Open_Board_Meeting.png?1538322643" src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3493/meta_images/original/Open_Board_Meeting.png?1538322643" style="width:100%;margin: 15px auto;display: block;" /> </a> <h4 style="text-align:center">Thursday, November 01 - 06:30 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/bdmtg_beer_shaw" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1630+7th+St+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20001%2C+United+States">Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library</a></h3> <p><span>Stop by our monthly board meeting to learn how RPCV/W gets things done!</span></p> <p><span> We will be opening up both our October and November board meetings as we recruit for board positions that will be opening at the end of this year. Side note: technically our board meetings are always open to members, so stop by whenever! The new board year will start in January 2019. </span></p> <p><span>Following the October meeting, we will convene afterwards for drinks at Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw (<span class="LrzXr">1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001</span>).</span></p> <p><span>This event is for anyone interested in learning more about how RPCV/W works, what di</span><span>fferent board and committee positions are available, and how to get involved. </span></p> <p><span>If you can't make the meeting, feel free to just join us at Dacha later. </span>See you there!</p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/women_in_leadership">Women in Leadership</a></h2> <a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/women_in_leadership" title="Click here for more information"> <img alt="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3514/meta_images/original/Coral_and_White_Dots_Monochrome_Hands_Photo_Women's_Rights_Social_Media_Graphic.png?1540129103" src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/rpcvw/pages/3514/meta_images/original/Coral_and_White_Dots_Monochrome_Hands_Photo_Women's_Rights_Social_Media_Graphic.png?1540129103" style="width:100%;margin: 15px auto;display: block;" /> </a> <h4 style="text-align:center">Tuesday, November 06 - 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/women_in_leadership" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1111+20th+St+NW%2C+Washington+DC%2C+DC+20526%2C+United+States">Peace Corps Headquarters</a></h3> <div>Join women from various sectors as they discuss their journeys to leadership! </div> <div> <div>If you have questions or topics that you would like the panelists to address, please email<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="mailto:profdev@rpcvw.org" target="_blank">profdev@rpcvw.org</a><span> </span>by Monday, October 29, 2018. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions at the event.</div> </div> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/election_watch_party">Mid- Term Election Watch Party</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Tuesday, November 06 - 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/election_watch_party" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1823+L+St+NW%2C+Washington+DC%2C+DC+20036%2C+United+States">Recessions</a></h3> <p>Please join RPCVW to watch the mid-term elections results at Recessions!</p> <p>Programming note: For those of you who have never been to Recessions, the bar is located in the basement, and the door to the bar is between Makey's and Hotel RL. Cellphone reception is spotty, but there is free wi-fi. </p> <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/cr/friends_of_jamaica_annual_general_meeting_conference_call_tz-ps2pt7rdrim1n-guqew">Friends of Jamaica Annual General Meeting Conference Call</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Sunday, October 21 - 12:00 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/cr/friends_of_jamaica_annual_general_meeting_conference_call_tz-ps2pt7rdrim1n-guqew" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Washington%2C+DC%2C+United+States">Phone Call, see description for details</a></h3> <p>The date and time for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Friends of Jamaica Peace Corps Association (FOJPA) has been set for<span> </span><strong>October 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST</strong>. The AGM will be held over conference call via an app called Bluejeans. Anyone interested in attending the meeting should email the President (<em><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="mailto:info@servejamaica.org" target="_blank">info@servejamaica.org</a><span> </span>or<span> </span><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="mailto:president@servejamaica.org" target="_blank">president@servejamaica.org</a></em>) to receive an invite. You can also call in from a landline or cell phone directly by following these instructions: <br>1) +1.408.740.7256 (US)<br>    +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free)<br>    +1.408.317.9253 (Alternate number)<br>     (<a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://servejamaica.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1234118d15dbc0f2381a24f3b&amp;id=379e8fe149&amp;e=2fbdf67240" target="_blank">http://bluejeans.com/numbers</a>)<br>2) Enter Meeting ID: 7720618893<br>3) Press #</p> <p><em><strong>Elections for Board Positions</strong>: </em><br>At the AGM all of the Executive Board positions will be up for election. Members of the Friends of Jamaica who are interested in serving as an Executive Board officer should first read the <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://servejamaica.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1234118d15dbc0f2381a24f3b&amp;id=09b3eebd28&amp;e=2fbdf67240" target="_blank">FOJ bylaws</a> and must submit his/her name to either the President or the Secretary (<em><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="mailto:info@servejamaica.org" target="_blank">info@servejamaica.org</a>or<span> </span><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="mailto:president@servejamaica.org" target="_blank">president@servejamaica.org</a></em>) <strong>at least seven (7) days prior</strong> to the AGM. Should more than one person be interested in any office, an election shall be held.</p> <p>In addition, anyone interested in serving on the Friends of Jamaica Advisory Board, including Members-at- Large, Regional Membership Chairpersons, or Honorary Directors, should make their desire known to the President. Advisory Board members are nominated by the President and approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.</p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/14559/join_the_fula_women_association_of_north_america_for_a_west_african_lunch_fundraiser">Join the Fula Women Association of North America for a West African Lunch Fundraiser!</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Sunday, October 21 - 06:00 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/14559/join_the_fula_women_association_of_north_america_for_a_west_african_lunch_fundraiser" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1316+Fenwick+Ln%2C+Silver+Spring%2C+MD+20910%2C+United+States">The Charter House</a></h3> <p><span>Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in West Africa, including Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, are invited to join us for FUWANA’s (Fula Women Association of North America) West African Lunch Fundraiser to celebrate the durable partnership with our diverse community organizations and RPCVs. Friends of RPCVs and others are welcome to join!</span></p> <p><span>This event will be an opportunity to serve uniquely West African food with RPCVs who have come to love the cuisine and who are nostalgic for the culture or for folks who are interested in a new experience! Attendees will be treated to lively West African music and delicious dishes such as ceeb bu jin, yassa chicken, bouye juice, bissap juice, fataya, and so much more!</span></p> <p><span>The Fula Women Association of North America (FUWANA) is a tax-exempt organization comprised of members from Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal. While FUWANA promotes sisterhood, its objective is to support West African women in need by funding their projects in different areas, primarily focusing on education and agriculture. Over the past ten years, FUWANA has been consistent in funding successful sustainable development projects throughout West Africa. This important work was largely supported by the contribution of its members and generous donors.</span></p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/archerheinzen/happy_hour_in_support_of_co-partners_of_campesinas">Happy Hour in support of Co-partners of Campesinas</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Thursday, October 25 - 05:00 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/archerheinzen/happy_hour_in_support_of_co-partners_of_campesinas" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1835+18th+St+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20009%2C+United+States">Lauriol Plaza,</a></h3> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/ecasteel/fall_rpcv_w_campout_in_shenandoah_np">Fall RPCV/W Campout in Shenandoah NP</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Friday, October 26 - 12:00 PM through October 28, 2018 </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/ecasteel/fall_rpcv_w_campout_in_shenandoah_np" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=QP73%2BGH+Fourway+Piedmont+VA%2C+Rileyville%2C+VA+22650%2C+United+States">Mathews Arm Campground, Shenandoah National Park</a></h3> <p><span>Matthews Arm Campground is the closest campground in Shenandoah National Park to Washington DC and offers amenities like flush toilets, drinking water and dump stations, creating a comfortable camping experience.  It is the last weekend the campground is open for the fall.</span><br><br><span>I've reserved group campsite D165, which has space for up to 25 people and five vehicles. Participants can come out Friday evening or arrive Saturday.</span></p> <p>Saturday we can take a hike from the park to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park. For dinner, please bring a dish from your country of service for a potluck Saturday night. If there are other activities you would like to do, there is plenty of space in the campground and park.<br><br>Family members are welcome.  If we exceed the space limit of 25 participants at the group site, there are other campsites that do not require reservations. Please consider contributing $5 towards the campsite and wood for a campfire. For more information and RSVPs, please see the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2110639345887903/</p> <p>Hope to see you there!</p> <hr> <h2 class="mc-toc-title" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.rpcvw.org/conorsanchez/9th_annual_noche_de_salsa_in_adams_morgan">9th Annual Noche de Salsa in Adams Morgan</a></h2> <h4 style="text-align:center">Saturday, November 17 - 06:00 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/conorsanchez/9th_annual_noche_de_salsa_in_adams_morgan" target="_blank">Details/RSVP</a></p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2437+18th+St+NW%2C+Washington%2C+DC+20009%2C+United+States">Mezè</a></h3> <hr>