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Peace Corps Week Celebrations 2016

Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad and renews its commitment to service. This year the theme of Peace Corps Week is Highlighting Happiness: What Does Joy Look Like in My Peace Corps Country?

As part of the week’s activities, Rutgers will be hosting a screening for the film
27 Months, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director and former Peace Corps Volunteers. This event will take place on Monday, February 29th from 7 to 10 pm. There will be a pre-screening reception at 7 pm followed by the screening at 7:30 pm.

In addition to the film screening, there will be Country of Service Displays provided by RPCVs.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Christie Musarpcvnj.president@gmail.com

A Peace Corps art exhibit is being coordinated in relation to this event.
For details, contact Nancie Gunkelman ngunkelman@gmail.com

Location: Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854
For driving directions: http://studentcenters.rutgers.edu/livingston-student-center/

From http://27months.filmarcher.com
Adventure and idealism may drive Peace Corps volunteers to serve two years in remote communities, but is this enough to overcome the dissonance between Americans and the developing world? Three Americans challenge themselves and their neighbors to bridge cultural chasms and find common ground during 27 months of getting lost, getting sick, struggling with friendship, romance, humor and the nagging worry that all their efforts will amount to nothing.
Directed by Ashley Tindall and shot by Tindall and Clare Major (RPCV Senegal).

Fall Camping Trip Oct 21-23

RPCV-NJ Fall 2016 Camping Trip
Belleplain State Forest

Location:     1 Henkinsifkin Road
Woodbine, NJ 08270

Dates:          October 21, 2016  to October 23, 2016
(3 days / 2 nights)

Facilities:     East Creek Group Cabin –
Furnished living room with fireplace, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers, outdoor campfire rings.
Accommodates up to 30 people.
Located on a lake and accessible to East Creek Trail.
Picnic grove, boat dock, ball field.
ADA Accessible.

Activities: Interpretive center, camping, fishing, picnicking, softball field, playground, trailer launch on East Creek Pond, canoeing, electric motors only, car-top launch, canoe rentals, floating dock on Lake Nummy, shower facility, hiking, nature trails (trail guide available at office), horseback riding, mountain biking, biking, physical fitness trail

Fee: $20.00 per person (for all or part of the weekend) for group camp site rental.
Bedding, camping equipment, food has to be brought by each person.  Once you hold a bunk, you will get a comprehensive list of supplies to help you determine what to bring.

For more information, contact dennissally@msn.com

Rutgers Peace Corps Week Event

Rutgers is holding an event during Peace Corps Week 2016 on Monday, February 29th, 7-10pm

Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kimer Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

As part of the week’s activities, Rutgers will be hosting a screening for the film
27 Months, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director and former Peace Corps Volunteers. This event will take place on Monday, February 29th from 7 to 10 pm. There will be a pre-screening reception at 7 pm followed by the screening at 7:30 pm.

In addition to the film screening, there will be Country of Service Displays provided by RPCVs.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Christie Musarpcvnj.president@gmail.com

A Peace Corps art exhibit is being coordinated in relation to this event.
For details, contact Nancie Gunkelman ngunkelman@gmail.com

Location: Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854
For driving directions: http://studentcenters.rutgers.edu/livingston-student-center/

From http://27months.filmarcher.com
Adventure and idealism may drive Peace Corps volunteers to serve two years in remote communities, but is this enough to overcome the dissonance between Americans and the developing world? Three Americans challenge themselves and their neighbors to bridge cultural chasms and find common ground during 27 months of getting lost, getting sick, struggling with friendship, romance, humor and the nagging worry that all their efforts will amount to nothing.
Directed by Ashley Tindall and shot by Tindall and Clare Major (RPCV Senegal).

 

RPCV-NJ Annual Appeal 2016

For those of you who may have already paid/renewed your membership for RPCV-NJ either on the RPCV-NJ website or through the NPCA website, Thank You!

Your contributions to the organization through your membership and any additional donations are critical. The funds primarily support projects/programs such as the following Peace Corps Partnership projects donated to in 2015:
Let Girls Learn/Fitness Initiative – Cambodia (NJ PCV A. Wasserman)
Tree Nursery reforestation project -Madagascar (NJ PCV A. Maiure)
Camp GLOW -Girls Leading Our World- in Tonga (PCV R. Fern)
Health Clinic Latrine Project in Togo (PCV A. WIlliams)
as well as to:
NJ Based – Pedals for Progress (RPCV D. Schweidenback)

A request for support is due in the regular mail but you can also make a donation at any time, especially before the end of the year, by utilizing the  form on our website.

On that same page there is also an option to make a secure donation via PayPal

Thank you in advance if you choose to support the organization and we look forward to your participation in RPCV-NJ activities and events in 2016.

International Education Week November 16-20

International Education Week is part of the GAIA Centers’ Rutgers 250 celebration. International Education Week is a joint initiative of U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Events will include a study abroad reunion, an international scholars’ reception, and an international photo contest (prizes will be given!) These events will be hosted in recognition of the significance of international education at Rutgers University and at institutions around the world.

Activities being held at Rutgers in recognition of this week are listed at: http://global.rutgers.edu/programs/intl-education-week

NPCA- NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR ELECTION

Pete Watson from NJ is running in a special election to fill a vacancy for a member-elected representative to the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Board in the Northeast Division for the 2015-2018 term.

Votes are accepted by NPCA members through November 20th.

Info is provided on Pete and the two other candidates at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/board-special-election-2015/

Mexican Lunch in Highlands, NJ – October 24

Dear NJ RPCVs,

Please come to an ethnic luncheon gathering on Saturday, October 24th, 12:30pm at:

Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant
Address: 272 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732
Phone:(732) 708-0505
Website with menu: http://chilangosnj.net/

Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 22nd to:
Cathy Radeschi at cradeschi@aol.com

or Anthony Privetera at aprivetera@gmail.com / 732 547 7393
—————————–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.

Warren County Lunch and Hike/Learning Center – November 8th

Come to Warren County for an ethnic lunch at Clove Indian Restauranton Sunday, November 8th
Then join us on a short hike on a nearby section of the Morris Canal off of Rt. 57
in New Village (halfway between Washington & Phillipsburg)
and/or a visit to the Morris Canal Learning Center at the same location
A side visit to the inclined plane afterwards is available, narrated by Richard Dalrymple.

11:30 am  Lunch at the Clove Indian Restaurant
Lunch menu varied including a buffet starting at 11:45 for $11.95 per person 201 Strykers Road, Phillipsburg.
T 908.454.3396 T 908.454.3397

1:00 pm (approx). Bread Lock Park- Learning Center (open 1-4pm) and hike walking trails

Spouses/friends/family members are welcome!

Please RSVP by November 1st
Event Host: Doug Garagina 908-328-1183
Email: garatina@aol.com
Alternate Host: Richard Dalrymple  908.213.1147
Email: richarddalrymple@yahoo.com