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CRPCA e-update for January 17th, 2017:

Writers Workshop canceled, Timbers survey, malaria prophylaxis, refugee support, upcoming events
Your weekly look at announcements and upcoming CRPCA events 
Columbia River Peace Corps Association

Tonight's Writers Workshop canceled

Take our Portland Timbers survey TODAY

NPR seeks to interview RPCVs with negative experiences of Lariam

CRPCA to match contributions for refugee support

Upcoming CRPCA events

Tonight's Writers Workshop canceled

CRPCA's Sunday-Monday events got excellent turnouts given the still-icy roads. But with freezing rain coming down in Portland at this moment, tonight's Writers Workshop has been canceled. See below for a three-week look-ahead at CRPCA events; the region should be completely thawed out by the time of our next event.
Take our Portland Timbers survey TODAY

The Portland Timbers announced their 2017 home games last week. As we do every year, we placed a deposit on a group outing to one of their games. We need to let them know which game we prefer by Thursday, so anyone interested in this outing is asked to take our game selection survey by Wed 1/18. See
NPR seeks to interview RPCVs with negative experiences of Lariam

CRPCA's acting E-update Editor, Bill Stein, had two phone conversations this morning with National Public Radio investigative journalist Daniel Zwerdling, who asked to forward the following information request to Peace Corps networks.

I’m doing stories on the controversial history of mefloquine (the brand name used to be Lariam). Among other issues, I’m examining why the Peace Corps continues to use it widely, even though the US military has pretty much banned it. I’ve interviewed dozens of former volunteers, government officials, researchers at university medical centers in the US and Europe, and others. I’m actually putting the stories together now, but I’m always eager to chat with more people who took it, right up to when the pieces go on the air.
I’m especially interested in chatting with folks who were in the Peace Corps in 1989-1993, as you were among the earliest mefloquine users in the Peace Corps. Could you ask them please to email me at or call 202-513-2217?   
Also, it’d be great if they feel like filling out this survey:

We’ve received @2000 responses so far.

Many thanks!
Daniel Zwerdling

CRPCA to match contributions for refugee support

CRPCA is currently sponsoring one refugee family and will soon sponsor another. While most of the services we're providing to our sponsored refugees are in the form of volunteer time and donated objects and transportation, we've identified funding goals to enhance refugee success. Through the end of January, CRPCA is matching up to $200 in tax-deductible contributions toward Refugee Support. See the Donate button at the bottom of our Checkout page.
Upcoming CRPCA events

Wednesday 1/25, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Job Search Support Group and welcome to CRPCA - Lloyd Center in Portland. This is an informal gathering of RPCVs, CRPCA members and friends who are seeking new networking opportunities and contacts. Meet at 7pm in the Lloyd Center Food Court (3rd floor west end overlooking ice rink); exit the elevator to the left side of the food court and look for a CRPCA sign plate table overlooking the ice rink edge, or call Gordon Young at 206-351-6465 for the location as you arrive. Contact Gordon at for more info.

Monday 1/30, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm - International Development Happy Hour - Lucky Labrador Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth St in Portland. Co-hosted by CRPCA, IRCO, Jubilee Oregon, RESULTS-Portland, and Women's International Leadership and Learning. An informal gathering to share information, resources and network and just plain chat over food and drink.

Friday 2/03 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Salon Francophone - Columbia River Brewing Company, 1728 NE 40th Ave in Portland. Après notre dîner, nous aurons l'option de traverser la rue pour le film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (21:15) et le concert de Mdou Moctar (23:15). Ces deux événements du Cascade Festival of African Films sont gratuits, dont il faut faire la queue à l'avance. The dinner is open to French speakers of all levels.

Tuesday 2/07, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Book Club - 1946 SE 22nd Ave in Portland. The book to read is Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle (2010) by Ingrid Betancourt. Feel free to bring snacks to share. See our Book Club page for more details. Hosted by Mari Levesque, 503-858-0621.

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