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Take me out to the ballgame . . .


Join other RPCVs to cheer on our Miami Marlins as they take on the 

Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, September 8th, at 7:10 pm.

We've got great seats (wider and cushioned), between home plate and 1st base in the Legends Platinum Section, for $21.00 each.  Since the number of seats is limited (although we may be able to get more, not necessarily in the same location), we'll distribute them on a first-come, first-served basis.  So hurry and register under

 Events at rpcvsf.org, and don't lose out!!

By the way, you'll have to buy your own peanuts and crackerjack . . . 

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Events Coming Up


Kayaking/picnic on Aug 23 in West Palm Beach

Annual RPCVSF Retreat on Sept 11-13 in Key Largo

Please See our Events, Registration & Calendar to the Left for Details


Peace Corps is Hosting a Recruiting Happy Hour on Fri Sept 11 in Key Largo

For Details, Please See the Peace Corps Website PC Key Largo

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Partnership Lunch & Walking Tour

After the July 25th, 2015 Partnership Lunch, Founding Director Greg Zell who has been organizing and attending RPCVSF Partnership events for almost 30 years sent the following message to the Board:


"Was one of the most successful, one of the most delightful in our history. Thanks Patty and Emily. The food was great and CHEAP. The walking tour was splendid despite having to fight the weather. We raised $300+ for each project."

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In Memory of Marisol Snow, Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, and Member of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida
Dear family and friends of Marisol,
Together we mourn the passing of Marisol, friend to many, a sister, niece and aunt to family and for 15 years a wife, companion, partner, friend to me, and she will be missed by us all.

Mary came to us from a small town in Colombia, eventually moving to the USA to make our home.

She always loved Colombia, yet blessed me with her love for Canada, my home. We both were able to visit in both countries, where I met all of you, in both countries, and USA.

Our plans after our volunteer work in Africa, was to live part time in both countries, as well as USA.

Our other retirement plans were to continue to travel.

What a traveller she was! Throughout our 15 years of marriage, we travelled, USA, Canada, South America, Europe, and finally Africa, where she became ill.

She was the ultimate and professional packer, able to put two backpacks together and away we go.

Her love for the Canadian outdoors, the seasons, will always be with me, as I walk in the hills and mountains.

I have returned to Canada, to live in Calgary, Alberta, where she and I spent many months in the mountains. I have a loving family who care for me now during this sad time.

I miss Florida also, but have to heal some hurt before I go back.

Mary was no stranger to cancer. For close to ten years, she battled the disease, and in our marriage we tried to maximize the days/years together, not knowing when cancer would come back.

When it did, we were prepared and had every day together until the end.

The loss of her is great, but the time together makes all the difference.

I know I will be with her one day.

Her remaining days were spent in Africa, she loved the country, the people, and what memories of her, we all have in those days, especially the photos!

The ultimate gift we can give each other is love, and Marisol was the epitome, the ultimate expression of love, she loved the tiniest child to the aging adult.

And we loved each other.

I thank all of you who knew this love, and in return loved her. And you loved me as her partner.

Please say hello, in Spanish if that works! By sending me an email.

God bless all of you........

A service will be held in the Canadian Rockies

Gary Snow


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F Y I


As RPCVs we know the value of connections across cultures and how such connections enrich our life. For an easy way to cross cultures without leaving South Florida, join the new Meetup group: Worlds Connect, sponsored by Global Ties Miami (formerly known as Miami Council for International Visitors). Membership in the Meetup group is free at: Worlds-Connect

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Habla español?


If you are passionate about serving Miami's immigrant youth, volunteers are needed for an incredible event that is being hosted by Magic City Bicycle Collective, the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) Pro Bono Project and the South Florida RPCV chapter, RPCVSF. During the second or third weekend of August (date to be finalized soon!), several youth that CABA pro bono supports will be provided with free bikes. The fun part is that Magic City Bicycle Collective will be providing all of the bike parts, and will be teaching the youth how to build their own bikes! 


Volunteers who speak Spanish would be greatly appreciated, but any who are interested in joining us are welcome! If you are interested, and want more details on how to participate, contact Mateo Tanner (RPCV Costa Rica 2006-2008) at tannermateo@gmail.com . 


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Host an International High School Exchange Student Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Would you like to have a cross-cultural experience in your community while contributing to improved relations between the United States and other countries?


If so, consider hosting an exchange student sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in your home or school.  Each year, almost 2,000 high school students representing over 50 countries are awarded highly competitive merit-based State Department scholarships to study in the United States for an academic year.  These promising young leaders live with American host families across the country, attend high school, and participate in extracurricular and community service activities.  When they return to their home countries, they engage in alumni activities to share what they learned, put their new skills in practice, and maintain their links to the United States as they become leaders in their communities.


The benefits of hosting Department of State-sponsored exchange student go beyond simply welcoming someone new into your family or school and sharing American culture, values, and traditions -- when you host an exchange student you welcome a new culture and language, and all the richness that comes with it into your community, help a young person learn and grow, and create long-lasting relationships and memories.  Learn more and fill out an interest form at  http://hosting.state.gov or email us at  mailto:youthprograms@state.gov.

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RPCVSF's Cooking and Conversation Club




RPCVSF's Cooking and  Conversation Club recently enjoyed a lesson in cooking Indian food, by our gracious host Subrata Basu (Belize '11-'14). Please plan to join us for our next Club luncheon, to be hosted by Chris McFarlin (Kenya '92-'95). Details will be posted in our Events calendar soon. These events are open to all RPCVSF members, but we limit attendance to a small number to stimulate deeper conversations. If you would like to host a future lunch, please write to RPCVSF President Virginia Emmons McNaught, at president@rpcvsf.org.


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News from the Market!

Our Fair Trade Market is in hibernation for the Summer.  HOWEVER, if you’re low on coffee or would like to give a FTM item as a summer birthday gift, please feel free to contact mailto:ftm@rpcvsf.org and we’ll make arrangements to deliver the fair trade item to you.  Happy Summer!


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O u r J o b B o a r d


July 15, 2015 - New - 

AmeriCorps VISTA OPENING: BUTLER CENTER FOR SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

The University of Miami is currently accepting applications for the position of AmeriCorps VISTA, William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development within the Division of Student Affairs.


June 12, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has openings in southern Florida for the following positions at this Federal Agency:

Wage and Hour Investigator – Starting salary range GS-7, Promotion potential to GS-12

Wage and Hour Technician – Starting salary range – GS-5, Promotion potential to GS-9


For additional information such as the language requirement and contact information, please see this posting on our Job Board in the Members Only Section, a menu choice on the left that appears after you login.


See these and all the Postings in our Members Only Section,
a menu choice on the left that appears after you login
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Calendar

01 Aug 2015 8:00 AM • Lauderdale by the Sea, Broward County
23 Aug 2015 10:00 AM • MacArthur Beach State Park, West Palm Beach
08 Sep 2015 7:10 PM • Marlins Park
09 Sep 2015 • St. Petersburg and Crimea
11 Sep 2015 5:00 PM • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL
11 Oct 2015 11:00 AM • TBA
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