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Peace Corps Week March 1 - 7 2015

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RPCVSF's First Story Slam

Congratulations to our 8 storytellers who performed at RPCVSF's first Story Slam - a storytelling celebration to launch Peace Corps Week, on March 1. More than 70 people attended, including nearly 50 RPCVs, a dozen Peace Corps applicants, and many members of the public who wandered in when they saw our fun crowd. Thanks to our host, Books and Books of Lincoln Rd., and to our event organizers: Matt Tanner and Professor Caren Neile, for making this such a great event! For more photos, visit "Our Photo Album" on the left.


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Assemble 100,000 Meals in 1 Day

Volunteers needed!

For More information, click on Event & Activities to the left, and look for March 28th

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West Palm Beach Valentine’s Day Partnership Lunch Spreads the Love!


21 RPCVs and guests gathered at Indus Indian and Herbal Cuisine Restaurant in West Palm Beach on February 14, 2015 for fellowship and fundraising.  $438 was generously raised to donate towards the construction of primary school latrines in Senegal.


We were pleasantly surprised to meet Dave (RPCV Marshall Islands) and his wife Dana, who found RPCVSF only an hour before the event, having recently moved to Lake Worth from Connecticut.  Another great addition was Nancy Andal (RPCV Philippines), a part-time Pennsylvania and Palm Beach resident who found us through our friends at the National Peace Corps Association.


Click on"Our Photo Album" to the left for two photos of the WPB Partnership Lunch

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Everglades National Park Homestead, Florida


The Children Accompanied by Adults are Organized into Small Groups to Receive Orientation and Walk the Trails.  National Park Service Rangers Volunteer Their Time as Guides


The Annual Everglades Outing is RPCVSF's flagship member event every year. The Outing gave more than 100 kids from under-privileged backgrounds the opportunity to see, learn about, and experience the amazingly unique ecosystems, plants, and animals that their home - South Florida - has to offer. Along with an army of caring adults the participating kids learn all about alligators, birds, wetlands, and rocklands while spending the whole day active and outside. On Saturday, January 31, we hosted 100+ children from local homeless shelters. This year we were especially honored by a visit from NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst, NPCA Staffer David Fields, and Meleia Egger, Peace Corps Third Goal Program Specialist.

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida Do Haiti
By Greg Zell, ( Nigeria 62-64 ) Travel coordinator


     In January, 12 South Florida RPCVs and family traveled to Haiti. Upon arrival in the land of vodou, we made a list of everyone we wanted turned into a toad (Continued on Networking /  Travel ) where you will also find "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Hyon O'Brien

See the Haiti-2015 trip photos in Our Photo Album, a menu choice on the left

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RPCVSF has a new t-shirt!

We've ordered a few of these just in time for our big Peace Corps Week events! We hope that you will choose to purchase one and wear it proudly so that we can easily share the good news about Peace Corps and our group of more than 300 RPCVs living in South Florida.


The shirts are a high quality Hanes brand tshirt (tagless, i.e., no sewn-in tag; heavyweight preshrunk cotton), in a deep royal blue, with a full color digital print of our RPCVSF logo. You can see the shirt on our member Joanna Revelo (Sao Tome e Principe, 1994-96).


The shirts are $16 each (including sales tax), and you can pay by cash, check or credit card. We are selling these below our own cost, as a benefit to our RPCVSF members. You can pay for and pick up your tshirt at our Peace Corps Week Story Slam or at the Miami Heat game.


Because we have a limited number of shirts available, please write to Barbara Junge (bajunge@gmail.com) and let her know your size. 


If you prefer to pay online, please visit our website's donation page: Donations and then donate $16 and indicate that your donation is for a tshirt (and please specify the size). This will not count as a donation, we are just using the donate module as there was no time to set up a shopping cart.


Available sizes are XLarge, and XXLarge. We sold all the small, medium. and large t-shirts.


Thanks for your membership in RPCVSF!

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O u r J o b B o a r d

There are two new (January 29, 2015) postings by Project Medishare!
See the Complete Postings in our Members Only Section,
a menu choice on the left that appears after you login
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News from Our Fair Trade Market

February ... Valentine’s Day ... Chocolate

This month the spotlight is on Madécasse chocolate! It starts as fair trade, but explodes into much more. Here are some details:

The company was founded by Madagascar RPCVs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach.
Continues at: News From the Market

See our new page called Guidelines for Replicating a Fair Trade Market at:

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Go to: http://www.marinaorthfoundation.org to read about a foundation created by a Returned PCV, which is currently working with over 3200 students in five schools, in the Medellin, Colombia area, emphasizing technology, language and leadership.

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Wanted - 10 High School Students


RPCVSF Member John Schoch, Co-President of the Florida Chapter of Partners of the Americas, announced that Partners will be sending a group of 10 U.S. High School students to Colombia in July, so they are now looking for qualified applicants from Florida. Applications must be submitted to Partners, Washington no later than March 22.


Basically this youth empowerment program is all expenses paid for the period July 7 to August 2. This is a competitive program because about 6 states are likely to be coming up with candidates and there are only 10 slots. Youth must be ages 15-16-17, so they will not likely be seniors in H.S. Minimum qualifications are things like U.S. citizen, good grades in school, demonstrated leadership and volunteerism, ability to communicate in Spanish (one yr. minimum of study). The group with mentor will start out with a few days in Washington, D.C., then on to Bogota for a few days, and finally on to Barranquilla to be with host families for two weeks.


For further information, contact John Schoch, chazschoch@gmail.com and for the application, click on the following link: Application - USYA 2015 YOUTH.doc


Calendar

01 Feb 2015 • This is a Survey Event only
04 Mar 2015 6:30 PM • 2901 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL
07 Mar 2015 11:00 AM • Everglades National Park
08 Mar 2015 3:00 PM • 12855 Devonshire Lakes Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33913
14 Mar 2015 7:45 AM • Broward County
28 Mar 2015 8:30 AM • Gaines Park, 1501 North Australian Ave., West Palm Beach
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