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September 9th, RPCVSF 2016 Members Retreat in Key Largo

On Sept. 9-11, RPCVSF is hosting our annual members' retreat - a relaxing weekend in Key Largo for RPCVs. Last year more than 50 RPCVs and their families and friends enjoyed a great weekend together - we hope you'll be with us this year. For more information and to register, please click on the event in the Calendar just below.

October 1, 2016 Partnership Dinner to Celebrate the

56th Anniversary of the Independence of Nigeria

Join us for a dinner/fundraiser when we select a Peace Corps Partnership Program project to benefit from the funds raised at this dinner plus individual contributions that come on on the Donation menu button to the left. The suggestion donation at dinner is $10, the same as the suggested donation for those who cannot join, but would like to contribute. RPCVSF matches all donations up to a total of $1000.  If you want to join, but did not budget for the meal, let us know at webmaster@rpcvsf.org as we may have a contribution for several dinners. For more information on the event, click on the October 1 event in the calendar just below. 

October 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM RPCVSF Annual General Meeting (AGM)

AGM features Our Annual Awards to K - 12 Teachers and Higher Education Professors

teaching Curriculum-based service-learning that allows students to learn and develop through participation in the community that is integrated into and enhances academic curriculum. For more information about the event, please click on the Annual General Meeting event in the calendar just below. For more information and the Nomination Forms, please click Programs and Spirit of Service to the left or the following quick link: Spirit of Service Learning Award


For more Information about the next 8 RPCVSF events, please see the Calendar Just below. For complete RPCVF event information, please click on Events, Calendar & Registration in the menu to the left.


04 Sep 2016 6:30 PM (EDT) • Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 North Federal Highway, Ft Lauderdale
09 Sep 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
10 Sep 2016 11:00 AM (EDT) • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
14 Sep 2016 7:30 PM (EDT) • 2060 NW 13 ST, Miami
01 Oct 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Bijon African Restaurant 825 NW 119 Street in North Miami
22 Oct 2016 10:30 AM (EDT) • Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
28 Oct 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia St., Coconut Grove
19 Nov 2016 3:00 PM (EST) • home of Daryl and Barbara Wall, 1453 Biscaya Dr., Surfside

Educate Tomorrow's First Olympic Athlete to Run in Rio

For the Story, please click on the following Link: Virginia Emmons-McNaught


HELP --  Haitian Education &
        Leadership Program

June 24, 2016 - RPCVSF held a fundraiser for HELP, Haitian Education & Leadership Program, at the home of Barbara Junge and hosted by Linda Whitmyre. For more information about HELP, click here: HELP PPT for RPCVSF 2016.06.08v4 BFA.pdf

Hi Linda – We received your checks this week. Thanks so much for all your work on our behalf. Bernard had a great time meeting you all and we’re delighted that you were able to raise so much for HELP.
Thanks also for all your good ideas for raising further funds and awareness. I’m asking our development team, Nikl and Farida (cc’d) to set up a call with you to discuss all these options and what kinds of materials we can send you.
We are coming off another good year at HELP. Over 40% of our students made the Dean’s List at their university and we had our first Fulbright scholar among our alumni. Students were very active in leadership service projects, including tutoring grade school students in underserved areas and creating volunteer opportunities for other university students, and our graduates continue to have very high rates of graduation, employment and income. So the support of RPCVSF is really instrumental in creating lasting change in Haiti.

Thanks again to all of you, Conor Bohan

Dear Conor and all at HELP,

Thank you for introducing us to Bernard Fils-Aime.  We had a very informative and enjoyable get together in late June  ... and we raised $802.78.  In addition, the Spring profits from our Fair Trade Market designated for HELP were $687.00.  These two checks are enclosed.  Signed Linda Whitmyre for RPCVSF


Peace Corps Partnership Program Works !

To Locate and Donate to a Peace Corps Partnership Project, 

Please click the following link: Peace Corps Partnership Program

or Attend an RPCVSF Partnership Dinner

April 7, 2016 - RPCVSF held its' first Partnership Dinner on a weeknight, and the dinner was a sellout. The event raised $554 for a Multipurpose Health Building in Zambia. The dinner was held at Taste Buds of India, organized by Doris Vincent and Subrata Basu spoke on his recent experience as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Belize. Picture Above shows attendees in the process of selecting a Partnership Project.

Nazilongo Community Library Nazilonga, Zambia

July 29th, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:

This will be my last update as the library has officially opened!!! It went off without a hitch. In attendence were 15 Peace Corps Volunteers, 5 village Headmen, 600 community members, The Chief, and the Provincial Officer for the Ministry of Education. We finished with about 3000 books of varying reading levels. There were acrobatics, traditional dances, rings of fire, poems, songs and many speeches. We danced, we cried and we read books! This week we had our first classes in the library and the students were thrilled! Next week we will be training a temporary librarian as the district has promised to send us a full time librarian next term!

I would like to thank you all again for your kindness and generosity. In the celebratory speeches you were thanked time an time again and asked to come and visit any time.

Please enjoy the pictures attached below. Thanks again!

All the best,


Sydney and the Nazilongo Community, Nazilonga, Zambia


May 19, 2016 - RPCVSF received the following e-mail:

I would like to send a warm thank you to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida for supporting my PCPP grant in Zambia! Your contribution will go a long way in helping my community complete a brand new mother's shelter and youth education center in this rural community, and we truly appreciate it.

Thank you!



Rachel Moscato

Community Health Improvement Project

Peace Corps Zambia


Peonga School, Peonga, Benin

Dear RPCVs of South Florida,

I wanted to say "Thank you," one last time to all of you. The classrooms are finished, and the entire community is escatic about it. Many people are saying this is the most beautiful building they have ever seen, and that they cannot wait for their children to be able to attend classes in it.

Thank you all so very much for your generous contribution. It truly has made a difference in our community!

Sierra - PCV Benin


News from the Market!

 The Fair Trade Market is hibernating for the Summer.  It will emerge at the Annual General Meeting on October 22.  If you come across any interesting fair trade items on your travels, please email pertinent information to lindawhitmyre@gmail.com.


2017 Group Travel

Under consideration in 2017: a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg arranged
with assistance from former RPCVSF President Tuey Murdock (Colombia);

A safari to Tanzania including Zanzibar to see the Great Migration of the
wildebeest possibly with a side trip to the Zimbabwe (best) side of

 Victoria Falls.

     Go-Today.com is offering 3 nights in Santiago, Chile, and 3 nights on Easter Island for $2000 per person. Your life will be incomplete until you have seen the moai on Easter Island. Travel@RPCVSF.org has done this trip and has used this vendor 7 or 8 times. Both are highly recommended. For information, please click here: Easter Island


Travel Coordinator: Gregory Zell (Nigeria 62-64) travel@rpcvsf.org

This is not a fund raiser. No organization funds are involved. The Travel Coordinator is not compensated.

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