Lasting Impressions – Art Exhibit Reception – April 11

“Lasting Impressions”: How artist’s perspectives were influenced by working in Peace Corps’ health, education, and development programs.

Reception: April 11, 2015 from 1pm – 4pm

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RPCV-NJ Annual Meeting – March 28th

The annual meeting of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) of NJ is being held on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-12pm at the Bridgewater Library. RPCVs, family members, friends and prospective Peace Corps volunteers are welcome!

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East Coast National RPCV Career Conference

Peace Corps is hosting an East Coast National RPCV Career Conference in Washington, D.C. next month and you’re invited! Reserve your spot at the event, taking place from April 13-16, to get help translating your Peace Corps skills for potential employers, network with other RPCVs, and connect with RPCV-friendly employers.

For those who are unable to attend the conference, don’t forget to take advantage of the RPCV career resources – including jobs and online events – in the RPCV Career Center.

RPCV-NJ Family Picnic and Animal Bell Presentation – June 28

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00am to 5:00pm

Harmony Recreation Area Pavilion
Route 519 South, Harmon, NJ
**Note: if the address 3003 Belvidere Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ is used, you can get directions online to the Harmony Recreation area (Phillipsburg street address but in Harmony Township- Route 519/Belvidere Avenue)**

Rain or Shine! Please bring some food and/or beverage to share, ethnic dishes welcomed. Crock pots and warming trays can be plugged in. If a grill is desired, you would have to bring one to use. Bring sports equipment, kites etc. A playground and large open fields are available for recreation. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion but also a large open grassy area if you want to bring a blanket or lawn chair(s).

Family and friends welcome! Prospective volunteers or those who have joined the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve are welcome too.

Please RSVP to Christie Musa or contact with questions:
Cell: 908.283.9990 or email

Jim Diamond & wife Betty (RPCVs Chad 1971-73) will share their collection of domestic animal bells from around the world. 20-25 of the bells from a collection of 82 bells from 29 countries will be displayed and Jim will describe where and how animal bells are made; why herders uses animal bells; then ring each bell and describe a brief story for each bell. Children are invited to take part in the presentation.

Peace Corps Commemorative National Design Competition

The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) is sponsoring a two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in the heart of Washington, DC.

This competition will provide designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling work of public art that will be bold and inspirational.

The design should focus on and express American ideals and values that are the essence of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps service. It should be about America and our aspirations as a people, and about the Peace Corps as a manifestation of those aspirations.

Registration, entry fees and Stage I design concept submissions due on or before: June 12, 2015, 4 p.m. ET

For more information about the competition, visit the official website.

2015 National Day of Action Recap

NJ RPCVs Christina Tedder and Sharon Keld met with Congressman Leonard Lance, (NJ-7) and delivered packets in the offices of other New Jersey Congresspersons on March 5th for Peace Corps National Day of Action.

Pictured: Sharon Keld, Christina Tedder, Congressman Leonard Lance, (NJ-7)

Pictured: Sharon Keld, Christina Tedder, Congressman Leonard Lance, (NJ-7)

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Brief report from Sharon Keld:

Snow meant that the government offices were closed, but 70 of the 100 RPCVs (one back just two weeks, and another who is not an RPCV yet but is applying!) who were scheduled to be in DC made it by 8 am.  Many of the appointments we had were cancelled (Booker’s office and Melendez’s office included) but we made the most of it in the House!
We dropped off packets in the offices of every other New Jersey Congresspersons. In some cases we found staffers in – had a great talk with Kate in Sires’s office (he’s pro-Peace Corps). My Congressman, Leonard Lance (NJ-7) was available, and since he had no appointments to rush off to, he spend half an hour with us! Our three asks were joining the Peace Corps caucus, supporting Peace Corps funding, and signing the “Dear Colleague” letter. We didn’t get any promises, but he didn’t say no!

Thanks for all of your great work encouraging support for Peace Corps!

Paintings from the Peace Corps Experience – Event Recap

An exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Nancie Gunkelman were the focus of attention at the Zimmerli art library, Rutgers campus, New Brunswick on Saturday, March 7th.

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The event was presented by Rutgers University in cooperation with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey. The exhibit took place as part of a celebration of National Peace Corps Week which commemorates the establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. While the exhibit is in place until March 28th, the reception on Saturday was widely attended by the public including library patrons and staff, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, family and friends.  Continue reading

Ethnic Dining Following Peace Corps Art Exhibit & Reception

Come join us after Peace Corps Art Exhibit & Reception to share a meal and stories. All RPCVs, their family members and future volunteers are welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Harvest Moon Brewery
392 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ

RSVP on our Meetup page!

Advocacy Update: National Day of Action – March 5th!

On Thursday, March 5th, advocates will gather in Washington from all over the country to meet with legislators and urge their support for a variety of issues for the National Day of Action.

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