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

The fifth annual picnic in northwestern New Jersey took place on Sunday, June 28th. Attendance was reduced from prior years, presumably due to the rainy weather that weekend although it did not rain at all during the scheduled picnic hours in Harmony. Those who did come to the picnic enjoyed the camaraderie and varied food contributions as usual.

Attendees were also treated to a presentation by James Diamond, RPCV Chad who served there
with his wife, Betty Diamond.  Dr. Diamond was a professor of Animal Sciences and an agricultural administrator for 47 years at Upper Bucks County Area Vocational Technical School, Delaware Valley University, and Penn State University.  The Peace Corps was the beginning of Dr. Diamond’s international career.

Before becoming the Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley University, Dr. Diamond was an international Agricultural and Extension Education Consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and USAID.  He worked extensively with people in various agricultural endeavors in 50 countries on five continents.

He shared his extensive collection of domestic animal bells used on a wide variety of animals including: Horse, Cattle, Sheep, Goat, Donkey, Llama, Water Buffalo, Turkey, Cat, Bull, Dog, Oxen, Camel, and as a Bear Warning.  His international travels resulted in this collection from countries including: Albania, Afghanistan, Switzerland, Iraq, Mexico, China, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Korea, Saudia Arabia, United States, Canada. Jim relayed stories of how he got each bell, how it was made and used.

IMG_8784 Jim w Bells cropped IMG_8783 Left Bells IMG_8782 Right bells w Flash

Thanks to Jim and Betty for coming to our picnic and sharing their bell collection.

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