The Annual International Potluck Dinner to welcome back recent Peace Corps Volunteer returnees from service and to give a “push” to applicants to Peace Corps, as they get ready for a 27 month service abroad, will take place Saturday at 6pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2900 Burton SE, in Grand Rapids. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan will bring dishes to share from their own host countries, or regions, which always stimulates personal cultural stories and celebrations of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. March 1 marks the 53rd year anniversary of the creation of Peace Corps by John F. Kennedy with inspiration from students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Later the personal energy of Sargent Shriver, the first Director appointed by Kennedy, set the foundation for what the Peace Corps has become since then.
The RPCV’s of West Michigan continues the spirit of being a volunteer through efforts of the “Third Goal” of Peace Corps. That goal is to continue to volunteer in our own community and promote peace and friendship through cultural exchange. This group counts as members some who served during the very first year of Peace Corps in 1962 up through those who have just returned from service. All continents with a multitude of countries and languages are represented and all types of work experiences come together from health services, teaching, agriculture, civic assistance, youth groups, water access and many more areas of need.
This year at their potluck, the group will be reviewing upcoming local work days in collaboration with ICCF continuing their 15 years of support, discussing advocacy issues from the national perspective, meeting new faces and screening a preview of a new film on the Peace Corps experience. The film “Posh Corps” is a documentary look at volunteers in South Africa. This film was just screened this past week at the “Third Goal Film Night in San Francisco” presented by the Northern California Returned Peace Corps Association. A trailer of the film, and links, is at https://vimeo.com/channels/658012/68271062 . For every unique Peace Corps experience, there are many things that are shared. This movie reflects on the challenges, difficulties and misperceptions about what it means to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.
International Potluck Dinner – RPCV West Michigan
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6pm
Our Savior Lutheran Church,
2900 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI
This is the yearly host country potluck event. Bring a labeled favorite dish from where you served, or region, and share it.
Unsure what to make? Bring dessert.
What could be more fun?
Please bring place settings, serving utensils
and a non-alcoholic beverage for yourself, as well.
All Recent and past RPCV’s
and current PC Applicants are encouraged to attend.
We hope to see you there.
University of Michigan — birthplace of the Peace Corps — has 81 alums serving in agency | MLive.com: “University of Michigan, the birthplace of the U.S. Peace Corps, is also one of the top producers of volunteers for the agency.
The school sent 81 graduates to the Peace Corps last year, the 5th highest number in the nation. Last year it send 93 graduates to the Corps.
The agency was created 53 years ago, shortly after a speech by presidential candidate John F. Kennedy outside the Michigan Union calling students to action. Since then, 2,556 have accepted the challenge.
‘Americans are willing to contribute,’ Kennedy said in Ann Arbor in 1960. ‘But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past.’
This year the University of Wisconsin-Madison topped the Peace Corps’ rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges.”
Our renewal with NPCA for 2014 is now complete. Here is our 2013 Newsletter.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III Testified today in front of Nat Resources Committee in support of the @PeaceCorps Commemoration Act.
Annual Holiday Potluck – Meeting
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan
Plan to attend our Annual Holiday Potluck and Meeting,
Saturday December 7, 6pm
601 Kent Hills Rd NE, GR 49505
Attend our holiday potluck and help plan for next year.
Your membership, and votes for support of our work, is meaningful. Help us make next year even better in service and friendship in the Peace Corps spirit.
Bring a dish (for the holiday season, or your country special) to pass
and any beverage you may wish.
Plates, glasses, napkins and table service, etc., will be provided.
This is a festive time to gather and celebrate.
We will plan 2014, discuss projects, fundraising and elect officers. I hope to see you there.
Bring your checkbook to renew your membership, buy a 2014 calendar , etc.