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NPCA Annual General Meeting

NPCA Annual General Meeting

NPCA Annual General Meeting

NPCA Annual General Meeting
Academy for Educational Development
Washington DC
September 15, 2006

Chair Ken Hill called the meeting to order at 8:37 AM.

A quorum was established.

Judith Whitney Terry moved to approve the minutes of the 2005 Annual General Meeting. Francis Alford seconded. Minutes were approved.

Chairís Report

Chair Ken Hill reported that we have had successes and disappointments.

The disappointments are mainly on the financial areas.

The biggest success was disentangling the Peace Corps from military recruitment.

For the future, one of the most important things that NPCA can do is improve communication with the Peace Corps Community. We have taken some strides in the area, but we have a ways to go.

Treasurerís Report

Treasurer Chris Glaudel thanked the other members of the Finance Committee.

NPCA continues to face financial challenges. We began the year in a net deficit position. Through the first six months we had budgeted to be in a net negative position per the history of the organization. We are again in that position today.

Staff has looked hard at finding ways to cut core expenses.

The Audit was completed. There were no notes on the Audit - just concern from the auditors on the general state of the finances.

The Board will be looking at a revised budget that will reflect the reduced revenue and expenses.

We are looking at membership revenue that will meet targets. The Peace Corps Cooperative agreement will be coming through.

Presidentís Report

President Kevin Quigley welcomed everyone to the meeting. Kevin expressed appreciation to Sandra Lauffer for hosting the meeting today at AED.

Kevin appreciated Kenís work in the last two years as chair.

Kevin introduced his colleagues at the NPCA. Anne Baker, Vice President;
David Arnold, Director of Communications; Erica Burman, manager of our website and producer of the e-newsletter (the last issue went out to over 14,000 subscribers); Jonathan Pearson, advocacy director. Ellen Frierson organized the 10 Peace Corps Open Houses with over 1800 people participating.

There is a Dear Colleague letter in the House asking OMB to provide $485 million dollars for Peace Corps.

Emily Bello joined NPCA Sept 5th as Coordinator of Member Services and Operations.

Thanks to some great volunteers.

Ken added that we are an aging organization with volunteers who served in the 60s and 70s being the most active in the NPCA and groups. One of the opportunities for the future will be the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps in five years. We should start the planning for the 50th and use it as a vehicle to tell the story of Peace Corps to the general public.

Question was asked on what support is NPCA is giving to the COS Groups and Geographic groups.

Kevin stated that the objective is to grow participation of people who have been touched by Peace Corps and help them connect. This goes along with the Virtual Community and work to become a big tent. The other issue is to lower the barriers to entry by simplifying the membership process.

Bruce Anderson reported that there has been a committee to work on the membership. The challenge is great; the results have been modest. The streamlining of the reaffiliation process has been modest.

Kevin recognized the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison group, who provided $1600 to help underwrite the advocacy cost yesterday. John Snow Inc. helped with some of the expenses yesterday. GEICO helps sponsor one event a year and advertising in the WorldView.

Clem Dinsmore from AG Edwards provided breakfast.

Question was asked about the Peace Corps Cooperative Agreement. Each agreement has different focus. The next cooperative agreement will involve providing a mentor program for recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers as well as to start doing research into what RPCVs do to work toward the third goal.

About the relationship in getting the names of recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers. There is no official agreement to get the names. We did not get the data from Peace Corps for two and half years.

Question was asked about Virtual community and a request for more specifics.

It was recommended that NPCA have a letter in each packet of COSing volunteers. The response was NPCA does provide a letter to the Peace Corps to add to the COS packets, but it is highly variable across countries as to whether PCVs receive it.

Sandra Lauffer thanked NPCA for allowing AED to host.

Motion to adjourn. Motion seconded.

Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Deb Most

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