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Note from CAPCA’s President
If you are in downtown Chicago, head over to Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn Streets), and stop at the Peace Corps Commemorative Plaque. Sometimes it is nice to remember the difference we made and the community we share. To get involved in that community locally, CAPCA has a Happy Hour on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Plymouth Rooftop Bar at 5:30pm. CAPCA also has a monthly job session on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Peace Corps Recruiting Office at 55 W Monroe at 12 noon.
If you are interested in getting involved with CAPCA’s working Board of Directors to help plan other events, please contact me at
By Alice Geglio, CAPCA Webmaster
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Special thanks to the members of CAPCA’s Website Superteam — especially RPCV Blake Van Fleteran — for volunteering their weekends.
Chris Foltz, a Chicago social enterprise strategist, donated countless hours to oversee the website overhaul. Chris, who is best known around Chicago for heading up the Social Policy Institute, worked pro bono and we hope that his office will always be full of coffee, pizza and RPCVs with bright ideas.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to serve in the Peace Corps myself,” Chris said. “But I believe so strongly in the mission. So when the opportunity came to help I had to jump at it, because what I can say for certain is, not a day goes by that I don’t feel the effects of returning Peace Corps members; throughout Illinois and the country. And I wanted more of that.”
For more information about the Social Policy Institute and Chris Foltz, see our website.
CAPCA held its second international-themed Trivia Night on April 8 at the Black Rock Pub in Chicago’s Roscoe Village. The organizers stumped players with questions about food from around the world, global transportation and Peace Corps facts.A team of RPCVs made up of Virginia DeLancey, Robyn Michaels and Ron Cox out-scored five other teams. Raffle prizes included Cubs tickets, an REI backpack, books and calendars.The evening raised $750 that will help CAPCA fund Peace Corps Partnership Projects (PCPP) led by Chicago area PCVs. Congrats to the winners of last night’s CAPCA Trivia Night – RPCVs Virginia DeLancey, Robyn Michaels and Ron Cox. CAPCA Board Member Lee Losey, right, awarded them with the CAPCA Cup Trophy.
We would like to introduce two brand new CAPCA Board members who have taken over as Community Service and Social Committee Chairs. Caroline Lucas (Armenia 2011-2013) and Kara Zucker (El Salvador 2011-2013) are new to Chicago, new to CAPCA, and ready to provide some fantastic programs and opportunities for the RPCVs of Chicagoland!Be sure to check Facebook to keep up to date with the event schedule. We are planning a summer of fun, including a book drive, concerts, hiking, and of course the happy hour (third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m.), and more.If you have ideas or would like to get involved planning fun events, please contact us:Caroline – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara – email@example.com
CAPCA Supports PCPP Development Projects
CAPCA has donated almost $1,300 to the Peace Corps Partnership Program projects of 3 Chicago area PCVs and their local communities since the beginning of 2014.We have helped support:
Member Support Program
The CAPCA Member Support program continues to focus on providing career and job search support to RPCVS who are either recently returned to the US or are trying to make a career or job change. Monthly job support sessions held at the Chicago Peace Corps office provide opportunities for networking and assistance in resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing, and other related topics. Follow-up guidance and networking assistance are also provided when needed.The sessions are jointly facilitated by CAPCA Board member John Beasley and CAPCA President Kathy Kacen. John brings to the table extensive experience as a human resource executive, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a large Chicago based company. Kathy relies on her extensive experience in the Chicago market and her numerous networking contacts to help program participants make networking connections.RPCVs who have questions or are unable to attend one of the monthly sessions can contact John firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other options. The Member Support Program also provides Chicago area coordination for the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Mentor Program which helps RPCVS who want an ongoing mentoring relationship upon returning to Chicago. Individuals interested in a mentor can learn more and sign up at the NPCA web site.
A Little Taste of Indonesia
Article by Margaret Sheridan
Photos by Maria SantonatoOn March, 27th, nineteen CAPCA members went to Indonesia without passports, or the hassle of TSA at O’Hare. The venue was Rickshaw Republic, 2312 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago. Our hosts were Oscar Setiawan, the chef, and his mother, Elice, the hostess.