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



Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest_share Share on email More Sharing Services WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2014 – Today the U.S. Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Carrie Hessler-Radelet as the 19th director of the Peace Corps. President Obama nominated her to lead the agency in July 2013. Since 2010, Hessler-Radelet has served as Peace Corps Deputy Director and Acting Director. From 1981-83, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa with her husband, Steve. Four generations of Hessler-Radelet’s family have served as Peace Corps volunteers. 

19th director

Enlarge image ‘I’d like to thank President Obama and the U.S. Senate for their confidence in me to be the next director of the Peace Corps. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our volunteers – past and present – as their director,’ said Hessler-Radelet (RPCV Western Samoa, 1981-1983). ‘Like so many Peace Corps volunteers, my service changed my life, shaped my passion for international development, and inspired my career. As Peace Corps Director, I want to offer more Americans the life-defining experience of Peace Corps service and help them make a difference in the years ahead.’

In her Senate confirmation hearing, Hessler-Radelet committed to leading a dynamic, forward-leaning Peace Corps that is defined by its energy, innovation and impact. You can read her full testimony here.”


U-M lecture: Peace Corps director will discuss program’s future at its birthplace | MLive.com

U-M lecture: Peace Corps director will discuss program’s future at its birthplace | MLive.com: “Peace Corps acting director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who has led a comprehensive reform of the Corps aimed at improving efficiency, will talk about the organization’s future during lecture at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy’s Annenberg Auditorium in Weill Hall.

The lecture will take place 4 p.m. March 26 and be live streamed online.”