April 2013 Newsletter


Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2013. It is once again time to start our chapter meetings for the next three months. Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patricks Day and a Happy Easter.

Our next meeting will be held on April Fools Day, April 1, 2013. It’s not a jokeJ. It will be held at the NADA Center on the campus of Northwood University. NOTE: The old entrance is now open! We will meet at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for PTPI members and $17 for nonmembers. Reservations are a must. Please call Erika Smith at 835-8055. Those that choose not to drive at night please let me know so that I can make arrangements for transportation.

Our speaker is the President of the Saginaw Chapter, Mr. Mee. He is a graduate of Neosho County Community College, Emporia Kansas State University and University of Missouri at Columbia. He has done post graduate work at UCLA, Universidad de Guadalajara, Universidad de Puerto Rico, the Interamerican Institue based in Puerto Rico and CMU. He has 47 graduate hours from U of M in Ann Arbor. He was born and raised in Kansas but has lived in Michigan since the Fall of l968. He is retired from Delta College after teaching Spanish for 42 ½ years. He will be speaking on his one week “guided” tour of Cuba. We will be visiting Havanna, Santa Clara and other locations along the Rail and History tour that was sponsored by AREMA (group of railroad executives). Please feel free to bring a guest to this great program.

The Saginaw Chapter is meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the campus of SVSU. The lecture meeting is being sponsored by SVSU and will be held in the Rhea E. Miller Recital Hall. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments furnished by the university, if you have any questions please contact President Mee at 989-684-8829. The speaker is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf . He is the Founder and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multi-faith organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations. He is a sought after speaker and media guest (CNN, NPR, PBS, and BBC) on issues related to the Muslim world, Imam Feisal is a leading moderate voice who reaches out to people of all traditions to engage in interfaith dialogue and to forge connections of trust and mutual support. (We are planning to attend and can take someone if you are interested please let me know.)

Thank you to all that have mailed your check to me for your dues. I will be getting them cashed within the next few days. You will be receiving a receipt that the check has been received. Please keep this for your records.

Many of you may know that Mary Jean Eisenhower, after 15 years of serving as PTPI’s President and CEO, has decided to step down from her position as CEO effective the end of 2013. This decision was entirely personal. The International Board of Directors has created a search and transition team which will begin an active recruitment effort for a replacement and ensure that all operations of PTPI continue to thrive.

There are new chapter contacts at HQ as well. Sarah Houston is the new Managing Director, Americas Region. Sarah will be overseeing student, university, and community chapters in the Americas Region. Sarah has been with PTPI for seven years as the Managing Director of Student Programs and has a wealth of knowledge on PTPI and our chapter network. She can be reached at sarahhouston@ptpi.org. Eileen Purkeypile is the new Community & Young Generation Program Coordinator. Eileen is coming to this position with excellent experience and an already existing familiarity and understanding of PTPI’s chapter network. She started at PTPI as an intern in the student department and has been working the past year in administration for membership and accounting. She can be reached at chapters@ptpi.org.

Valeria Magistrelli from People to People Milano, Italy, and International Chair of Europe, is looking for the possibility of finding two families to host two girls, who are 16 years old, starting July 14, 2013 for about a week to ten days. The two girls will be hosted by a family in Lake Forest for two weeks however; they would like to stay longer. The family in Lake Forest hosted one of the girls’ sisters for two years and last summer they were hosted at the seaside in Italy. They invited the two girls to stay with them for two weeks but the girls have requested to stay longer if homestays can be found. If you know of anyone, or you wish to host, please let me know so that I can give the necessary information to Valeria Magistrelli.  Thank you for your consideration.

Looking forward to seeing all of you, on April Fools’ Day!

Deb Teot, President
Midland, Michigan Chapter of PTPI


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