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June 2013 Newsletter

Belle-Isle-fountainThe last meeting of this season will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2045 Lynn) in Sanford. It will be our annual potluck. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass that will serve eight along with your own table service. Coffee, tea, and chicken will be provided. Please call me (835-2567) and let me know what you are bringing so that we have a good variety of desserts, vegetables, and salads. I will once again invite the Saginaw Chapter members to join us. This is a social gathering. No program is being provided.

On behalf of those members who attended the May meeting, I would like to thank you and our guest speaker Mr. Tsune Kawakita. Unfortunately, our attendance was not good at all. Counting guests, we had 10 people, 8 of which were members. It is looking more and more like we will have to disband our local chapter and just meet once in a while for a social gathering. This will have to be discussed at the June meeting.

The Saginaw Chapter will have their June meeting on the 6th. It is a potluck that starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Anderson Enrichment Center (near the water plant). If you are going to attend please bring a dish to pass that serves eight and your own table service. Meat will be provided by the chapter. International students from Delta and Saginaw Valley State University will be notified and invited to attend.

I received a check from Blue Lakes Charters and Tours in the original amount of $878.00 for the chartered bus trip that was never used. After a number of letters and phone calls they concluded that we as a chapter would not need their services any time soon therefore, it was agreed that the money should be reimbursed. It should help the treasury!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer season and looking forward to seeing you at the June potluck.

Deb Teot, President
Midland Chapter of  PTPI

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May 2013 Newsletter

shrine_incenseThe next meeting will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the NADA Center on the campus of Northwood University. 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 to make your reservation. Our speaker is Tsune Kawakita. He will give a presentation entitled “My journey with United Nations Volunteering”. Thanks to John for obtaining the speaker. Please feel free to bring a guest to this great program.

The June meeting will be our annual potluck. The potluck will be held at Marion’s church in Sanford as before. Please bring a dish to pass that will serve eight and your own table service. Coffee and tea will be provided along with the chicken. Please let me know what you are planning to bring so that there is a good variety between salad, dessert, and vegetables. We will invite the Saginaw Chapter to join us.

The Saginaw Chapter will hold their next meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the New Hope Valley Retirement Home located on Center Avenue. The dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the meal. The dinner will be followed by a presentation on Pakistan.

The Saginaw Chapter’s June meeting is a potluck that starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Anderson Enrichment Center (near the water plant). If you chose to attend please bring a dish to pass that serves eight.

Valeria  Magistrelli from People to People Milano, Italy and International Chair of Europe, is still looking for the possibility of two families hosting 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 but would like 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 information to Valeria . Thank you for your consideration.

Information from Headquarters:

IMPACT: Cuba
Registration Closes April 26

This program is for PTPI members between the ages of 18-25. IMPACT: Cuba will travel to Havana and the Matanzas Province June 15-23, 2013.

Global Youth Forum (GYF)
November 6-10, 2013

Open to middle and high school students 13-18 years old, the theme for the 2013 GYF is Global Education: Providing a Vision for the Future. The early bird deadline is June 29 with registration closing August 31 or when capacity is reached.

Directors, Americas, and Trustees Meeting (DAT)
August 28-31, 2013

Join PTPI in New Orleans, Louisiana for the meetings of the Board of Directors, Americas Region, and Board of Trustees. Special guest Deo Niyozonkiza will be with us for the awards ceremony and reception. From azaleas to zydeco and everything in between, New Orleans has something for everyone.

Register now for PTPI’s “DAT” Meeting and experience it all first hand.

Global Book Club
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This book tells the captivating true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women living in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s rise to power. This story recounts Sidiqi’s fearlessness and her efforts to save her family.

Pick up the book today and share your thoughts on the PTPI Blog.

Deb Teot, President

April 2013 Newsletter

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GREETINGS
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.

NEXT MEETING
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.

SPEAKER
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.

SAGINAW MARCH MEETING
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.)

DUES
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.

CHANGES AT HQ
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.

REQUESTED HOMESTAY
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