Welcome to the Columbia River Peace Corps Association

logo for Columbia River Peace Corps Association, Portland, Oregon President’s welcome, by Tom DeMeo (Ghana 1980-82 and Botswana 1982-84)

Welcome to the Columbia River Peace Corps Association (CRPCA), the returned Peace Corps volunteers living in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. We are committed to ideals of service and community, both at home and abroad. Connect with us if you are a potential volunteer wanting to talk with old hands, if you are an returned volunteer looking to connect with others who have shared the unique Peace Corps experience, or if you share our ideals and want to meet others of like mind! Take a look at our calendar to see what upcoming events we have planned: we hold regular service events, social gatherings, and educational opportunities that help us serve our community and engage with the world. Find something that suits your style, and join us – we’d love to have you!

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June 2017 Book Club Selection

Midnight's Children
Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children* (1980)

* 1981 Man Booker Prize, 2008 Best of the Bookers

Discussion: Monday, June 5, 2017, 5:30-7:00 pm. Location at the home of Bill Stein, 4308 SE Lexington St in Portland, 503-830-0817. Note the earlier than usual time! This gathering will be a potluck dinner; please bring a dish to share.

Film to follow! In 2012 this 506 page book was turned into a 148 minute movie. After our discussion, all are welcome to stay to view the film, which will end at 9:30 p.m.

Teaser: Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.

Where to find it:
Libraries: Clackamas Co | Ft Vancouver | Multnomah Co | Washington Co
Vendors: Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

May 2017 Book Club Selection

Slithering South
Van Beek, Steve*: Slithering South (2002)

* RPCV Nepal 1966-1969

Discussion: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm. Location at the home of Carole Beauclerk, 1500 SW Park Ave in Portland. On-street parking in downtown Portland is free beginning at 7:00 pm. Upon arrival, call 503-780-2722 to be buzzed in, then turn right into the building’s lobby and then take an immediate left into the community room. Participating in our discussion–in person–will be Steve Van Beek, the book’s author! Feel free to bring snacks to share.

Synopsis: A wild, often hilarious, ride down Thailand’s longest river. A tiny teak boat set in the Ping River deep in the Golden Triangle takes the author on a 58-day voyage of discovery through Thailand’s heart. Along the way, he meets Sin the Buffalo Man, the Cowboys of Tha Sala, Jamrat and the “Boom Boom Girl”, and dozens of other intriguing characters. One dark night, poachers prey on him; on another, he is a murder suspect, as he learns far more about rural Thailand – and himself – than he bargained for.

Where to find it:
From the author: Steve Van Beek, in Thailand through 4/28, has obtained more copies of this book, which was published in Thailand. His spouse Piyawee Ruenjinda, currently at their home in Beaverton, is selling the book for $20 to folks willing to come to their home. Please call 971-347-7285 today if you’re interested in one of these copies.
Vendor: Amazon

Please take our 2017 Service Survey

Through Friday, April 7, we’re surveying folks who are interested in volunteering alongside other CRPCA members regarding your volunteer activity preferences.

CRPCA understands time is valuable to each member. The board wants to ensure we meet the needs of each member’s hope to continue their spirit of volunteering. We want to combine the passion (technology, media, childcare, etc) a member currently has and provide a way to give back to different demographics. In order to use our time correctly, WE NEED YOUR HELP to fill out this survey. Oregon has over a hundred of different programs CRPCA could volunteer with. By filling out the survey, we can focus on specific demographic interest for the members to attend. This way we will strengthen the partnerships we currently have and build new relationships in areas of interest.

Please take our flash, two-minute survey today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q2WFF29.