The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Greater New York (RPCV-GNY)
a.k.a. the Big Apple Corps is an active group, organizing 2
to 4 charitable activities and social occasions each month
that provide opportunities for former volunteers with the
U.S. Peace Corps - and all those interested in international
affairs and community service - to share experiences, keep
up with local events and work with people in all walks of
FAQs about the Yahoo! Group for RPCV-GNY
1. Why do you run the group this way? Yahoo is a pain to sign up
We have tried other systems in the past. When anyone sends
an email out to more than 20 people, some systems filter it
out as spam. Some don’t, we know, but we do not know which
are even getting out of
our ISP (Internet Service Provider), let alone into
yours and past your filters. We like the ability to have a
formatted version of our newsletter for certain
graphics. But you may want to refer to the newsletter when
you are not at the computer that received it, so we like to
have an online version in the “Files” section. The message
format does not allow graphics.
Sending the newsletter out in a “message” version makes the
information more quickly accessible for some people. When we
send out a newsletter in “message” form another copy stays
online in the “Messages” area, so we could skip the
announcement of the Word file posting of the same
information, but you will quickly learn they contain the
same info and it may give you confidence that you do not
have to keep the message version or read both.
2. Why do you restrict membership to those who are
paid-up? Don't you only promote socializing events?
We mix some charitable works in. For years Janet has led a
team that answers letters to Santa from New York kids and
families. The team shops and delivers wishes with about 0 of
the Group’s funds annually. We sometimes have a team working
at a school for “New York Cares Day” but some years it lacks
a leader. We do end up with mostly social events, and those
we know are usually low budget dining, drinking and city
exploration, but that’s only because those are the ones that
your fellow members agree to lead. We could use your new
ideas, but also your leadership time.
3. Why is membership per year? What do I get?
We charge because that is the affiliate groups’ standard
amount. If you have attended any of our events you know that
people pay their own way. The main exception is the annual
holiday party. (About 0 from the Group goes to food and
drink, historically). As you can see in the posted financial
report file, most of the money we raise is donated to
charities selected from our members’ polls.