Fall Work Project

Our Fall work project is this Saturday, Nov 1, 9:00 tip noon at Well House, 600 Cass, SE (between Jefferson and Lafayette).  Please arrive promptly; there is a necessary orientation before work begins.  Tools will be provided.  You need only supply your own work gloves.

The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014 | Peace Corps

The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014 | Peace Corps: “The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 8, 2014 – Today the Peace Corps announced that 17,336 Americans applied for two-year service positions in fiscal year 2014 – a 22-year high for the agency and an increase in applications of more than 70 percent over last year. In 1992, the Peace Corps received 17,438 applications, with the next highest number of applications received in 1979 at 18,159. Today’s announcement follows historic changes to Peace Corps’ application and selection process that have made applying to the Peace Corps simpler, faster, and more personalized than ever before.

‘This milestone reminds us that Americans today want to serve others and make a difference, and we are making great strides to reduce barriers to service and modernize the Peace Corps,’ Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. ‘There is great demand for Peace Corps volunteers around the world, and our reforms have better positioned us to offer assignments where volunteers have the most interest in serving and are able to make the greatest contribution.’”

(Via. rpcvwmi)

Tree Transplant for Habitat for Humanity, Kent County, MI

Today, RPCV’s of West Michigan transplanted a tree for a Habitat for Humanity House in the Wealthy Street area in-between Diamond and Fuller. The Sugar Maple, labor and equipment were all donated to beautify this new home for a young family. This has been a steady, dedicated effort on the part of one of our rpcv’s below. The family was amazed at how this mature tree transformed their yard for their children and the entire neighborhood.

Tree Transplanting

Sugar Maple

Fall Events

Picnic on Lake Michigan
 
Please join us for an early fall picnic on Lake Michigan at PJ Hoffmaster Park near Muskegon on Sunday September 21st at 1:00 p.m.  Bring a dish to pass if you are able, your own beverage (no alcohol allowed in state parks), and your own table service.  Please be advised that as a state park, there may be a fee to enter for the day if you don’t have the recreation passport on your license plate.  The park is easy to get to.  Click on the link below for a Google map, or put the following address into your GPS: 
 
 
This address will take you off of US 31 down East Pontaluna Road nearly to the park entrance.  Just past Henry Street, veer right on Lake Harbor Road.  The entrance to PJ Hoffmaster Park will be on your left (west).  Travel south through the park road until the road branches west (right), and go all the way to the farthest parking lot.  There will be picnic tables near the beach here.  (I am not sure if there will be grills there or not.  If anyone knows, please share this information, and we’ll pass it on to the rest.)
 
If you haven’t ever visited PJ Hoffmaster Park before, in addition to the beautiful view of Lake Michigan, there are extensive hiking trails.  You may want to bring appropriate footwear if you would like to hike the trails.
 
International Dinner at a Restaurant
 
We will be having our international dinner at a Turkish restaurant called Zeytin in Ada on Friday October 24th at 7:00 p.m. (The word “zeytin” means “olive.”)   Zeytin is located at 400 Ada Drive SE, Ada, MI 49301.  It is very easy to locate.  Take M21 into Ada, turn south at the light on Ada Drive.  Immediately there will be a shopping center on the east (left) side of the road.  (You’ll see several banks on the west (right) side of the road.)  Zeytin is located near Vitales.  There is plenty of parking at the mall.  If you need directions, you can call Zeytin at (616) 682-2222. 
 
We will be ordering from the menu.  Dinners range from $14 – $21.  Wraps are $9 – $10.  Appetizers range from $3 to $22.  (Most appetizers are $6 – $8.)  There is a children’s menu.  Cost is $5 per child.  Some vegetarian options are available.  The food is delicious. For a full menu, visit their website at:
 
 
Hope to see you at both events!
 
Carolyn Chapman
RPCV Benin 1987-1989