Ethnic (Thai) Dining Event – September 22

Date and Time:
SATURDAYSept. 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM 

Thai Kitchen
1351 Prince Rodgers Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

RSVP by Wednesday, September 19th to Doug at 

This is a very busy restaurant, so a very firm RSVP by September 19th is a must to guarantee a seat with our group.

Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Thai Kitchen offers exceptional Thai fusion cuisine served in an elegant, modern atmosphere. At Thai Kitchen Bridgewater, only the freshest of ingredients make it into hand crafted Thai fusion creations.

The dinner menu offers a wide selection to choose from.


Premiere Language a language learning service based in Houston that specializes in providing culturally informed on-site English (English as a Second Language or ESL) and Spanish classes anywhere in the USA.

A new client is in Linden, NJ. There is an agreement to offer immigrant laborers working in our client’s Linden warehouse ESL classes–probably starting within a month.  The plan is to have classes on-site twice a week for two different groups for a duration of 2 hours for each group’s class (4 hours of classes per visit and 8 hours of classes per week).  The class sizes will be smaller with approximately 9 in one and 5 or 6 in the other.

Premiere Language has had great experiences working with RPCV ESL teachers at a number of client sites in the US.

RPCVs in New Jersey interested in picking up some part-time ESL teaching work at this facility in Linden are sought.

Offered: $37/hour for the 8 hours of classes per week plus additional compensation for the commute to the site.

Contact: Chris Franek, Director 
Premiere LanguageWeb:

2018 RPCV Family & Friends Picnic – June 3rd

2018 RPCV
Family & Friends Picnic

Sunday, June 3rd

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Rain or Shine 
Indoor facility with an Outdoor Feel  

Please bring some food and/or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Ethnic dishes welcomed. Crock pots and warming trays etc. can be plugged in (but no grilling will be available). 

A children’s activity area is available as well as farm animals to pet & possible seasonal farm activities. Tables & chairs will be available in a large open barn-
no need to bring your own.

A Cappella Singing Performance by “MB4”  at 1PM

Prospective volunteers, those who have been invited to join the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve as well as newly returned volunteers are welcome too. RPCV’s from anywhere in NJ and surrounding areas are welcome.


  • 11am-12:00pm
  • Registration/Check In
  • Start Sharing Pot Luck Dishes including Country of Service Foods
  • 12:00 pm  
  • Welcome Comments
  • Ice Breaker Game
  • 1:00 pm – SINGING PERFORMANCE by “MB4”                      
  • Continue Food Sharing & Enjoyment of other activities at the farm
Remember: Rain or Shine
NOTE: No Pets, No Smoking & No Alcohol
RSVP/Questions? Contact Doug Garatina


Mohican Outdoor Center Camping Weekend July 13-15

Mohican Outdoor Center
Camping Weekend

July 13-15th
(Friday night to Sunday afternoon)

RPCV-NJ has once again reserved the Black Oak Camping Lodge at the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, Warren County, NJ near the Delaware Water Gap. The lodge has 5 private rooms with a bunk bed in each room & 2 rooms each containing a bunk bed and a single bed.  This arrangement gives families & friends private accommodations.  There is a full kitchen, shared living and dining space plus several indoor bathrooms / showers.

There are hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail) with stunning vistas and a lake on the property which offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating in a beautiful setting.

Cost per person for the weekend:
Adult  $82.00
Youth (age 13-17)  $69.00
Child (age 3-12)  $67.00

Food arrangements to be coordinated separately.

To participate contact:
Doug Garatina at
First come first served.

Jersey Cares Day – May 5

Join RPCV-NJ in volunteering in Jersey Cares Day on May 5!
Volunteers are needed to revitalize a Jersey City high school by painting school spirited-murals, refurbish a 9/11 memorial, landscape and clean up trash around the campus, and create family-friendly kits to be donated to students.
This event is in the morning. Ages 4+ with an adult.
To register, email Kelly Matthews

Potato Planting for Local Food Coop – April 28

The event for this year is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2017, 10am-4pm

The address is:
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Come for as long as you want. Enjoy the rest of the farm too.

Each year the Howell Living History Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects.

Visitors to the Farm can join the field crew, planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse drawn equipment. RPCV-NJ members have participated in this event for many years.

Hike and Mexican Meal – April 15

Join us on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1 PM at Holmdel Park where we will first visit an Historic Farm and an Outdoor Arboretum, followed by a 2 mile hike in the Park’s wooded extension.  Then we will have an early dinner in nearby Red Bank at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant

RSVP no later than April 5 to
or Doug

RPCV-NJ General Membership Meeting – March 24

Saturday, March 24th – 9:30-12:00 noon

Somerset County Library, Bridgewater Branch- Room C
1 Vogt Dr. Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 526-4016

9:30 am Arrival & Reception
10:00 am-12:00 pm Meet Board Members, Project Presentations (see details below) & Committee Reports
12:30 pm Luncheon at nearby Bombay Spice. Buffet available for $12.95 Plus Tax & Gratuity

Luncheon requires a RSVP by Wed. 3/21 to


RPCV-NJ uses a majority of the funds received by members/donors to fund projects both lead by current Peace Corps Volunteers and by RPCVs who have remained involvement with their country of service.

In addition to brief reports on RPCV-NJ operations & activities, with a focus on upcoming events, there will be presentations on two projects that RPCV-NJ has supported recently (see below).

If you cannot attend the meeting, we are expecting to share these presentations live on the RPCV-NJ Facebook Page.

Friends of Ecuador
NJ RPCV Alan Adams
Mushuk Yuyay School Program (Healthy Children Healthy Futures)

This is a school breakfast feeding/nutrition education program in the remote Canari region of Ecuador. Money goes towards providing breakfast to students and a part-time nutritionist.  Students also learn how to plant traditional foods, such as quinoa, amaranth & barley using demonstration plots for better long-term nutrition.

Peace Corps Partnership Program
NJ RPCV Jack Curry
Eco-Stoves for Rural Panamanian Community inside Forest Reserve

The objective of this project was to construct Eco Stoves to improve cooking efficiency and lower the need for fire wood in the community before December of 2016. The project worked with community members using locally sourced materials to construct a safer less resource intensive cooking method in an environmentally important area inside of a forest reserve.


NOTE: March 24th is also the day for March For Our Lives.

If you want to participate in a “March for Our Lives” event on the day of the meeting, there is one being held at 3pm in Somerville, close to the meeting location. Info & registration for that particular event found on the organization’s website.


Be advised: Photos, sound and videotaped images taken at any RPCV-NJ related event may, at some point, be published in the association’s newsletter and/or on the Internet (website or Facebook page etc.) or with local, regional and national media organizations. Should you prefer not to be included in any of the above-referenced media (now in existence or any media created in the future), please briefly remove yourself in advance from all media coverage.