Our Annual Membership Meeting
You are invited to attend and participate in the ANNUAL MEETING of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey, Inc.
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 noon (doors open for the meeting at 9:30 AM; come early to mingle!)
Where: Cranford Community Center (next to Public Library), 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016 (Exit 137 on the Garden State Parkway)
- Introduction of 2014 Officers/Committee chairs2013 activities & financial update
- 2014 goals and opportunities for member involvement
- Presentation by Nathan Dalrymple (RPCV Mozambique, 2011-2013) on his recent Peace Corps experience
- Presentation by Lisa Nicolaison, RPCV Board member/Chair of Volunteer & Outreach Committee, on supporting Peace Corps’ 3rd Goal (To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans)
Lunch afterwards (optional): Dim Sum II, 17 Eastman St., Cranford (Please rsvp by March14th to email@example.com.)
Please join us! Nathan’s and Lisa’s presentations promise to be very interesting, plus it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow RPCVs and learn how you can be involved in bringing our Peace Corps experience back home!
Our advocacy liaison, Rowland Bennett, and other members of RPCV-NJ headed to Washington D.C. on Thursday, Feb. 27 to speak with New Jersey’s elected representatives. Read his report on the day at the Capitol and save the date for next year!
Join us for a meal!
LITTLE TOKYO: Sunday, March 2nd at 12:00 noon.
207 Mountain Avenue, Hackettstown (Warren County)
Join other RPCVs for a wonderful Japanese luncheon in a very comfortable setting. Restaurant located on Mountain Avenue across from McDonalds. Parking in the back.
For this ethnic dining event, please RSVP by Friday, February 28th
To: Christie Musa
2013 was a great year for RPCV Outreach! We had Returned Volunteers speak at events across the state from Girl Scout World Thinking Day events to College recruitment fairs to school cultural fairs. Over 30 volunteers shared their experiences with groups of all ages. Thank you to everyone who responded to a request for speakers and for your enthusiasm! Please send any photos or descriptions of your third goal experience to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share on our website!
As your Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, I am working to bring you more opportunities for outreach events. But why wait? Sign up for World Wise Schools to share your Peace Corps experiences with American classrooms and student groups. WWS is a great way to fulfill the Third Goal of Peace Corps! World Wise Schools also has many classroom resources and ideas for presentations for all age levels right on their website. Don’t forget to register your Third Goal activity and receive a free Third Goal kit containing stickers, bookmarks, and other great items to hand out at your speaking event!
If you are interested in speaking at an event but are unsure of where to start, check out this great resource with helpful tips for giving a presentation on your Peace Corps experience: Giving Presentations is Easier than you Think! Also, I will be giving a brief presentation on ways to enrich your Third Goal presentations at our annual meeting on March 15th so don’t miss it!
Yours in service,
Join RPCVs on Friday, February 21st, 5:30pm. Good company and excellent Italian food at: Antonio’s Pizza & Restaurant followed by a theater performance at 8:00 p.m.
There are many exciting outreach opportunities for NJ-RPCVs to engage in Third Goal activities! (Peace Corps’ Third Goal aims to help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries.) Peace Corps Week 2014
will take place from February 23 – March 1 but the activities leading up to that week have already begun!
RPCVs can participate in MANY ways!
- Girl Scouts’ World Thinking Day is February 22 and many Girl Scout troops request RPCV speakers during the months of February and March. World Thinking Day is when girls participate in activities and projects with global themes and the theme this year is education. For more information please visit the World Thinking Day website.
Below you will see a list of requests we have received for upcoming Thinking Day events. If you would like to participate in one of the listed events, please email email@example.com and we will help connect you with the troop leader.
- Sign up Worldwise Schools Speakers Match to be matched with teachers, student groups, etc. in your area and also check out their website for great presentation ideas and tips.
- The Video Challenge invites PCVs (and RPCVs) to create and post short videos on YouTube that showcase “Cultural Windows: What I wish Americans knew about my Peace Corps country.” The winner of the Challenge gets to take home a new iPad. Share your experience, creativity and style with the world and win!
- The Classroom Challenge encourages RPCVs (and PCVs) to connect with U.S. classrooms to share their country’s culture with American students. Peace Corps is posting all classroom presentations on an interactive map! In order to participate, please register your Third Goal activities. Also upon registering your event, Peace Corps will send you a “Third Goal Kit” that includes a Peace Corps map, stickers, bookmarks, a poster and other materials. The more RPCVs that register Third Goal events in New Jersey, the more pins we will receive! Remember, Third Goal events don’t always have to be in classrooms – they can be art exhibits or newspaper articles, talks at libraries or even your workplace.
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