Northern California Peace Corps Association posted an articleUpdates from our 2018 AGM & Festival of Cultures including our new Board of Directors! see more
Our Annual General Meeting in Summary
On Saturday, March 3, a diverse group of RPCVs got together for the Northern California Peace Corps Association’s Annual General Meeting. This year the meeting was held in Millbrae and our theme was “Taking Charge of Change,” with a focus on advocacy for the Peace Corps. In between socializing and enjoying a delicious potluck, we provided opportunities to participate in Peace Corps advocacy by learning about the issues, writing postcards, and facilitating scripted phone calls. Urgent issues we focused on are the need to defend against proposed cuts to Peace Corps’ budget as well as to support proposed legislation that insures better health care and safety for volunteers and RPCVs affected by illness during service. Find out more about actions you can take through our coordinated effort with the National Peace Corps Association’s March Days of Action campaign here.
Present to tell us of personal experiences related to “Taking Charge of Change,” we welcomed as our keynote speaker: Mike Honda. Mr. Honda, an RPCV who served in El Salvador and spent over a decade as a US Congressman representing Silicon Valley, spoke about how we need to remember we are all human, and even during divisive times, make sure we treat each other with respect and work toward common goals. Lessons learned from the Peace Corps and the value the program provides are perhaps relevant and needed now more than ever. We are very grateful to Mr. Honda for sharing his thoughts and experience with us.
Our New Board of Directors
The Annual General Meeting additionally serves as a time for change for the Board of Directors of the NorCalPCA. To that end, many “thanks” are due!
Firstly, thank you to outgoing board members who have contributed tremendously to our organization’s growth and spirit:
Lie Njie, (President, At Large)
Kristen Borash (Fundraising, At Large)
Also thanks to Acting President and AGM-All-Star-Planner Glenn Anaiscourt who stepped up when we needed him most.
Based on the Board of Director elections that were completed at the AGM, we are excited to confirm the following results:
Jenna Smith (new!)
Nancy Beam (new!)
Lila Holzman (continuing)
Noah Brod (continuing)
Ella Dowell (continuing)
Holly Uber (continuing)
Sandrena Frischer (continuing, switched from North Bay)
Terry Vogt (continuing, new term)
Jesse Schofield (new!)
Kathleen Campbell (new!)
Glenn Anaiscourt (continuing, new term)
Michael Hotard (continuing)
Jeff Zundel (continuing)
Cassie Burdyshaw (continuing, switched from At Large)
Derek Owens (new!)
Jeremy Karnowski (new!)
Michael Dyett (new!)
Peggy Flynn (new!)
Christine Moore (new!)
Days after this board became whole, we held our internal Executive Officer elections.
We are excited to confirm the following results:
President: Lila Holzman
Vice President: Noah Brod
Treasurer: Terry Vogt
Secretary: Cassie Burdyshaw
Our Board of Directors is thrilled to dig in and continue supporting the mission and valuable work of the NorCalPCA. We look forward to embarking on this next chapter together with all of our members! You can learn more about your new Board members here.
Thank you to all of our members that joined us for our Annual General Meeting & Festival of Cultures! We look forward to seeing you again at one of our many future events!
Northern California Peace Corps Association posted an articleNorCalPCA Board Director Nominations open until 02/01, Elections online 02/08 - 03/01 & @ AGM 03/03! see more
The Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCalPCA) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership. At every Annual General Meeting, an election is held to fill open positions on the Board. The expectations and requirements for board members are listed below.
If you are interested in taking a leadership role in one of the largest RPCV chapters in the country and feel like you would be able and willing to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, please nominate yourself by completing and submitting the NorCalPCA 2018 Board Director Nomination Form by midnight February 1st, 2018.
Board Election Schedule:
December 14 - February 1: Board Nominations (due by midnight 02/01)
February 3: Board applicants invited to attend NorCalPCA Board Meeting
February 8 – March 1: Electronic Voting (due by midnight 03/01)
March 3: Annual General Meeting: Paper ballots available and then election results announced
Important Dates for Newly Elected Board Members:
March 7: First NorCalPCA Board Call with new Board members
April 15: NorCalPCA Strategy Retreat
NorCalPCA Board of Directors Description and Requirements:
The Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCalPCA) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in California. The Northern California Peace Corps Association has four goals. They are:
- To support Returned Peace Corps Volunteers residing in Northern California.
- To promote a better understanding of the people of countries in which our RPCVs have served, the third goal of the Peace Corps.
- To continue making the world a better place through community service and offering small grants for community development projects
- To advocate for the needs and goals of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps community.
NorCalPCA is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The NorCalPCA Board of Directors are annually elected by the NorCalPCA membership to serve two-year terms. Board members must be current NorCalPCA members. All Board positions are unpaid.
NorCalPCA Board members are responsible for promoting the mission of the organization, maintaining the organization's financial health, supporting member needs, and managing the operations of the organization consistent with the Bylaws.
Board members are expected to devote at least 10 hours per month to their board duties in addition to attending monthly two-hour board meetings and a yearly annual board of directors retreat and strategy meeting. Board members may dial-in to meetings by phone or the internet if they are unable to attend in person.
NorCalPCA has two types of board directors, Regional Directors and At Large Directors:
Regional Directors are responsible for the coordination and facilitation of activities and events in their geographic area, for participation in member group events and activities in their area, for representing their member group on Board decisions and reporting back to the member group. Regional directors can expect occasional assistance from at large directors for certain types of programming in their areas. Each region is allotted a budget to support events and activities, Regional Directors are responsible for spending these funds.
At Large Directors are responsible for supporting the regional directors and the membership as a whole, usually in a skills-based capacity. In the past, At Large Directors have helped with:
+ Volunteer Support: developing and implementing NorCalPCA’s returned volunteer mentoring, applicant mentoring and the Professional Development Initiative
+ Communications: creating and disseminating the organizations emails and newsletters.
+ Development: helping keep NorCalPCA funded through non-dues revenues from sponsors and donors.
+ Special Events: managing the organization's Annual Summer BBQ, Annual Holiday Party, Annual General Meeting, and other events.
+ Membership: recruiting new members and helping mange the membership database.
+ Finances: helping with financial matters, bookkeeping, taxes, etc.
+ And more! Is there something you want to work on that isn't listed here? We'd love to help you accomplish it as a board member.
Ready to serve? Apply to join NorCalPCA’s Board of Directors!
For any questions regarding the election, please email Elections@NorCalPCA.org.