2019 RPCV-NJ Annual Meeting – March 30

Saturday, March 30th
Bridgewater Branch of the Somerset County Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
9:30am Reception
10am-12noon Meeting
12:30pm Luncheon at Bombay Spice

In the past, the RPCV-NJ annual meeting was combined with the first Board meeting of the year.
Since 2015, it has been held on a different day, separating it from an actual business meeting altogether but reports were given from RPCV-NJ committees to give attendees an idea of ongoing RPCV–NJ activities.  In 2018, these reports were made briefer and additional time was devoted to presentations by RPCVs.

All RPCVs in NJ are encouraged to attend. 
If you have recently returned from your Peace Corps service and would be interested in giving a presentation, please email rpcvnj.president@gmail.com

Bombay Spice is a nearby Indian restaurant which holds a midday buffet luncheon for a modest cost and any interested meeting attendees can go to lunch together afterwards.  The restaurant is not very big so an RSVP is necessary. Please contact rpcvnj.social@gmail.com

Hope to see you in March!

Peace Corps Oral History Project

RPCV-NJ entered into a partnership with the Oral History Project when four NJ RPCVs were interviewed on November 5th, 2018 by two project representatives who traveled up from Washington, DC.

RPCV-NJ also purchased the recording equipment recommended in the project guidelines to allow interviews to be conducted in NJ and arrangements were made for NJ RPCVs Candy Wiggum & Ken Rizzi to conduct interviews within the state.

To date, eight NJ RPCVs have been interviewed and eleven more are on RPCV-NJ’s list to be interviewed.

Vision: Preserve the legacy of Peace Corps as experienced and articulated by individual Peace Corps Volunteers

Mission: To find and interview all returned Peace Corps Volunteers about their intercultural service experiences and deposit the recordings in the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library.


  • Develop electronic publicity and initiate marketing to affiliate groups to promote the availability of oral history interviews for RPCVs
  • Train 50 more interviewers in all parts of the country
  • Raise $50,000 to digitize 520 interviews currently in analog cassette tapes, making them available for listening on the JFK Library website
  • Be interviewed

The project invites all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to be interviewed.

“The toughest job you ever loved” is a slogan that resonates with many Volunteers. There are good days. There are great days. There are bad days. Some volunteers want to stay in their host countries forever; others can’t wait to come home. We all have stories to tell.

Please contact us if you’d like to be interviewed. We will connect you with an interviewer near you. Interviews must be conducted in person to assure the recording meets technical standards. Interviews average sixty to ninety minutes

Contact: rpcvnj.outreach@gmail.com or OralHistoryProject@peacecorpsconnect.org or sign up online.


RPCV Family & Friends Holiday Party 12/8

RPCVs & Others
Family & Friends
Holiday Gathering

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bring your Spouse/Partner/Children/Grandchildren.
Anyone interested in the Peace Corps & their family members
are welcomed to attend.

Social Hall
Reformed Church of
Highland Park

19 S 2nd Avenue
Highland Park, 08904
Parking lot behind the church off Magnolia Street

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), individuals interested in serving in the Peace Corps, as well as family and friends are welcome to celebrate the holiday season together in Highland Park, NJ. 

RPCVs will share stories from their Peace Corps Service.

Peace Corps recruiters will be available to provide information & answer questions.

Holiday music will fill the air with some rock & roll music for those who like to dance. 

International Buffet – Pot Luck
Bringing a food you experienced in your Country of Service is encouraged but other contributions are welcomed.

Questions, contact:
Doug rpcvnj.social@gmail.com or
Naomi rpcvnj.social2@gmail.com

Great Swamp Nature Hike & Deserted Village Hike – November 10

Saturday, Nov. 10th at 10AM
Raindate – Sunday, Nov. 11th at 10AM

Starting Point Address:
The Great Swamp Outdoor
Education Center
247 Southern Boulevard
Chaham, NJ 07928 (Morris County)

RSVP to Doug rpcvnj.social@gmail.com by November 5th at the very latest.
This is a first-come-first-served event with a maximum limit of 20 people, so sign up as soon as possible.  Spouses/friends/family members are welcome.

Hike Difficulty = “EASY”

We will begin at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center* parking lot and spend about 20 minutes looking at the nature displays in the Center. Then we will hike the nature trail loop with the Education Center’s guide book that describes the various sites along the way (about 60 minutes).

After the nature hike we will jump in our cars and take a 15 minute drive to Deserted Village of Feltville (and old mill company town from the 1800s). We will read the placards in front of each building and then do a 40 minute loop hike on a wooded trail to the original farm house foundation ruins from the 1700s.

Finally we will end the day with a lunch at a nearby ethnic restaurant.

Water, Snack, Sturdy Shoes/Sneakers (hiking boots preferred), Bug Spray and a Walking Stick (optional). Since this event includes hiking you will be required to sign a liability waiver at the start of the event.

* NOTE: The Great Swamp has two nature centers. The one that we are going to is in Chatham in Morris County (use the address given above in your GPS). Please do NOT go to the “Great Swamp Environmental Center” in Somerset County. 

RPCV Family and Friends Holiday Gathering – December 8


RPCV Family & Friends
Holiday Gathering

Saturday, December 8th 11am-3pm

Reformed Church of Highland Park

Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime, save the date.

Also, do you have a holiday celebration story from your Peace Corps service to share at the party?

If so, contact rpcvnj.outreach@gmail.com


Please join us for an RPCV lunch at Morgan’s Island Grill in Hightstown.


Morgan’s Island Grill is a restaurant specializing in Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken and oxtail.

The Mercer Street restaurant was opened by Hightstown residents Kenroy and Jewel Morgan. Kenny Morgan, a native of Jamaica, has always been cooking up a storm. He also owns a restaurant in Irvington NJ, called Morgan’s Grill. His sister runs this Northern Jersey restaurant.

Kenroy Morgan has been cooking for many years, and he learned from his father. The jerk chicken and homemade sauces that they make are their specialties.

110 Mercer Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: 609-308-2108

Date & Time:
Sunday, October 28 1:00 pm
link to menu here

Please RSVP to Naomi at rpcvnj.social2@gmail.com

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:  premiere-english.com
Email: chris@premiere-english.com