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Upcoming events

    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 531 Hunting Lodge Drive, Miami Springs, FL 33166
    • 5

    This month's Cooking and Conversation Club will teach you  not one but TWO delicious Asian recipes. How could you say no to Korean BBQ & Thai fried rice? Join the club by bringing your appetite and a side dish to share!

    You are also asked to prepare a question in writing in advance. During the course of the event, everyone will select one question from the group of questions submitted and share his or her answer. We will have extra questions prepared - everyone gets to play! The point of this effort is to get to know each other a bit better than our typical events allow us to do. Your question can be serious or playful, and so can the answers!

    Please contact Mary Lamberts at mlamberts@att.net with questions.

    Please contact RPCVSF Lifetime Member Hyon O'Brien (Korea PC program, language instructor), hyonobrien@gmail.com, 786-327-9200, if you would like to host our next Cooking and Conversation Club event.

    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Everglades National Park - Florida City, FL

    Do you remember, or have you heard about the Cuban Missile Crisis?  Did you know that Everglades National Park houses one of the best-preserved relics of the Cold War in Florida? 

    An historic Nike Hercules Missile Site, called Alpha Battery or HM-69, remains virtually the same as it was when official use of the site was terminated in 1979.  This missile base was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, completed in 1964 at the height of the Cold War, immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. At a time when national security against Soviet attack was America's main priority, the United States Army chose this strategic site within Everglades National Park, located 160 miles from the Cuban coast, to build an anti-aircraft missile site.

    We’ve arranged for a tour of the site, to be given by Ranger Leon Howell, on Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00 pm.  This exciting and timely tour will last approximately 90 minutes.  There’s no charge for the tour, but the park will charge its regular entrance fee.  If you'd like to carpool (provide/get a ride) into the park, please be at the Coe Visitors Center by no later than 1:30 pm.  

    After the tour, some of us will be going to one of the local Mexican restaurants to partake of some yummy “vittles,” and we’d be happy if you would join us!

    If you’d like to read about the site and/or the tour, please click on this link: 


    And here’s a link to a map of the Everglades that shows the missile site:  https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/maps.htm

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155


    The Bon Voyage Picnic is coming! Mark your calendar for April 22nd. The event will be held at A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park. The picnic and park entrance are free. Glass bottles and pets are not allowed in the park. Rain or shine!

    The afternoon’s itinerary:

    2–4 pm 

    Enjoy relaxing, snacks, palm frond weaving with George Fitzpatrick, fun activities for the kids.  There are also nature trails, pool and a playground.  Snacks and beverages will be provided - feel free to add more!

    45:30 pm

    Honor the upcoming PCVs and share a potluck meal.  You are encouraged to bring a dish from your country of service.  Drinks and kid/adult-friendly sandwiches will also be provided.

    If your dish needs to be kept cool or warm until we eat, please bring it in your own insulated container.    

    See http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/ad-barnes.asp for directions and more information. 

    Email Patty at pharespl@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Amoray Resort, Mile Marker 104, Key Largo, FL

    Please join us for our annual RPCVSF membership retreat September 7th to 9th in Key Largo at the Amoray Resort.

    While Hurricane Irma caused us to cancel last year's retreat, in past years we have had more than 70 RPCVs and their families and friends join us for a great weekend together. We hope you'll be with us this year.

    We'll be staying at a waterfront resort with a small beach, with kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and SCUBA diving available. Reservations for Friday and Saturday night can be made directly with the resort: (305) 451-3595 or http://www.amoray.com/

    Be sure to tell them you are with the Peace Corps Volunteers group so you will get a 20% discount off the room rate. If you want to share a room please let us know and we'll try to match you with a roommate for the weekend.

    Kids are very welcome - we usually have at least a dozen kids of all ages.

    For those who arrive on Friday evening, we'll watch the sunset and gather for some pizza and drinks from the famous "Tower of Pizza" in Key Largo at 6:30 pm - everyone is welcome to attend. 

    On Saturday morning, we'll serve hot breakfast and then gather at 11:00 am at the Resort's group picnic area at the waterfront for introductions. Saturday afternoon is free time for kayaking, swimming, snorkeling or hanging out in hammocks by the water. 

    Saturday noon: RPCVSF Board of Directors meeting - all RPCVSF members are welcome to attend. Lunch will be served at approx 1 pm.

    We'll end the day with a group cookout dinner at approx. 6 pm on Saturday evening, with some great RPCV story telling.  

    We'll bring all the food for Saturday's breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks and drinks for the afternoon - we ask that you contribute $15 per person for food for the weekend, and BYOB if you want an adult beverage.

    Sunday Morning Relaxing breakfast, plus swimming, snorkeling and diving options - the boat leaves at 8:30 am (snorkelers/divers, please reserve a place on the boat with the Resort, at an additional cost).

    Then we'll close the weekend with lunch and goodbyes until next year.

    The Retreat will be held rain or SHINE - the Resort has lots of covered porches and patios.

    If you have questions about the Retreat, please contact RPCVSF Pres. Willie at william.kotas@gmail.com.

    We look forward to seeing you in the Keys!

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    The Annual Everglades Outing is RPCVSF's flagship community service event! The Outing gives more than 100 kids 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 and rangers, the participating kids learn all about alligators, birds, wetlands, and rocklands while spending the whole day active and outside. Most of the children will be coming from local shelters, group homes, and community-based program.

    And, donations to support the Outing are always welcome, please click here: Donations

Past events

17 Mar 2018 South Beach Walking Tour with George Neary
08 Mar 2018 TCP Global Update
24 Feb 2018 Coastal Cleanup at Deering Point - CANCELED
03 Feb 2018 19th Annual Everglades Outing
12 Jan 2018 Reel Topics and Talk Documentary Film Series
05 Jan 2018 Happy Hour @ The Grove Spot
02 Dec 2017 Annual Holiday Party
11 Nov 2017 Potluck Pool Party
28 Oct 2017 AGM - Annual General Meeting
07 Oct 2017 Spirit of Service-Learning Award
15 Sep 2017 C A N C E L L E D - 2017 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat
30 Jul 2017 Marlins Game vs. Cincinnati Reds
11 Jul 2017 NBIB Hiring Event
31 May 2017 Discussions with A Current Colombia PCV
13 May 2017 Partnership Dinner
06 May 2017 Cinco de Mayo Party
23 Apr 2017 RPCVSF Annual Family & Bon Voyage Picnic
31 Mar 2017 Happy Hour
27 Feb 2017 Peace Corps Week
25 Feb 2017 Partnership Dinner - Korean
14 Jan 2017 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
03 Dec 2016 RPCVSF Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive
19 Nov 2016 Pool party and potluck
09 Nov 2016 REEL Topics and Talk
28 Oct 2016 Happy Hour - Coconut Grove
22 Oct 2016 RPCVSF Annual General Meeting of the Membership
12 Oct 2016 REEL Topics and Talk
01 Oct 2016 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner & 56th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence
14 Sep 2016 Reel, Topics and Talk
10 Sep 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
09 Sep 2016 Key Largo 2016 RPCVSF Members Retreat
04 Sep 2016 RPCV (Romania, 94-96) Lenore Myka will be reading her award-winning book, King of the Gypsies: Stories.
20 Aug 2016 RPCVSF Goes to Namibia
13 Aug 2016 REEL TOPICS and TALK
05 Aug 2016 Happy Hour - Hollywood
05 Aug 2016 Dance Africa Miami and Fashion Show featuring RPCV Linda Lubin
31 Jul 2016 Come Join RPCVSF at Marlins Park
10 Jul 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
24 Jun 2016 Dinner fundraiser for Haitian Education and Leadership Program
14 May 2016 RPCVSF Annual Family & Bon Voyage Picnic
14 May 2016 Pre-Picnic Kayak Excursion
13 May 2016 Oleta State Park Camp Out
07 May 2016 Cinco de Mayo Party
01 May 2016 Board of Directors Meeting - May 2016
22 Apr 2016 RPCVSF Member & Leadership Tour of South Florida
10 Apr 2016 RPCVSF @ PRIDE Miami Beach Parade
07 Apr 2016 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner - 04/07/2016
19 Mar 2016 ECHO Farm Global Food and Farm Festival
18 Mar 2016 Big Read at Big Night in Little Haiti
12 Mar 2016 59th Ghana Independence Celebration
09 Mar 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
03 Mar 2016 Beer & Whiskey Tasting
02 Mar 2016 Peace Corps Week Celebration - Featuring TCP Global; a poolside happy hour celebration
27 Feb 2016 Habitat for Humanity Work Day - Blitz Build Dedication Day
20 Feb 2016 17th Annual Everglades Outing - Part 2
17 Feb 2016 Peace Corps Storytelling: A Spoken Word Workshop
11 Feb 2016 Peace Corps Singles Mingle
30 Jan 2016 17th Annual Everglades Outing
23 Jan 2016 Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
16 Jan 2016 The Wall's Annual Pool Party - Potluck (Kayak - Fish - Swim)
10 Jan 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
15 Dec 2015 Holiday Get Together for Trivia Night Tuesday at Taurus & Gift Drive
06 Dec 2015 Peace Corps Divers - Scuba and Snorkeling Outing
05 Dec 2015 Holiday Party & Gift Drive
14 Nov 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
13 Nov 2015 75th Annual Ramble
17 Oct 2015 Cooking and Conversation Club Early Dinner - Haitian food
25 Sep 2015 Disney on Ice
22 Sep 2015 Trivia Night Tuesday at Taurus
11 Sep 2015 Key Largo 2015 RPCVSF Members Retreat
08 Sep 2015 Take Me Out to the Ball Game !
23 Aug 2015 Kayaking - hiking - picnic at MacArthur Beach State Park
01 Aug 2015 Diving/Snorkeling/pier clean-up
25 Jul 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Lunch & Walking Tour
25 Jul 2015 Kayaking
13 Jun 2015 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Luncheon
05 Jun 2015 RPCVSF travels to the National Peace Corps Association's National Conference
17 May 2015 Bon Voyage Picnic
17 May 2015 Conservancy in Naples Followed by Dinner
16 May 2015 Kayaking - Barbecue
15 May 2015 Oleta State Park Camp Out (In Cabins)
09 May 2015 Cinco de Mayo Party
25 Apr 2015 Habitat for Humanity Work Day With Educate Tomorrow - Miami
22 Apr 2015 Peace Corps Director visits Miami!
12 Apr 2015 RPCVSF March for Gay Pride - 7th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
11 Apr 2015 SW Florida Dinner and Mixer
11 Apr 2015 Peace Corps Partnership Dinnern - C A N C E L L E D
28 Mar 2015 Celebrate Immokalee and RCMA Tour
28 Mar 2015 Assemble 100,000 Meals in Just 1 Day
08 Mar 2015 RPCV SW Florida Organizing Meeting
07 Mar 2015 16th Annual Everglades Outing - Part 2
04 Mar 2015 Peace Corps Week Happy Hour - Learn about TCP Global
02 Mar 2015 RPCVSF @ Miami Heat Game
01 Mar 2015 Peace Corps Week Story Slam
21 Feb 2015 Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance - RPCVSF Night
14 Feb 2015 West Palm Beach Partnership Lunch
01 Feb 2015 Peace Corps Storytelling: A Spoken Word Workshop
01 Feb 2015 RPCVSF Interpreter Bank
31 Jan 2015 16th Annual Everglades Outing
14 Jan 2015 RPCVSF visits Haiti
10 Jan 2015 RPCVSF Cooking and Conversation Club Inaugural Luncheon
09 Jan 2015 Happy Hour - Miami
20 Dec 2014 Wallcast Concert
14 Dec 2014 Winter Wonderland tour of Hoffman's Chocolates Factory
14 Dec 2014 SCUBA diving and snorkeling with PCDs
06 Dec 2014 Holiday Party
06 Dec 2014 Tour of ECHO Farm
17 Nov 2014 Happy Hour Boca Raton
15 Nov 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
10 Nov 2014 Happy Hour - Stuart, FL
08 Nov 2014 Pool party and potluck
06 Nov 2014 Happy Hour - South Beach
02 Nov 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
25 Oct 2014 Annual Membership Meeting
10 Oct 2014 FIU Launch of the Peace Corps PREP program
04 Oct 2014 Spirit of Service-Learning Award / Celebrating Local Educators party
19 Sep 2014 Happy Hour - Miami
14 Sep 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
05 Sep 2014 Key Largo RPCVSF Members Retreat
08 Aug 2014 Happy Hour and tour of Stranahan House - Ft. Lauderdale
27 Jul 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
26 Jul 2014 Kayaking - picnic - cookout
19 Jul 2014 Happy Hour - Florida Keys
13 Jul 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
12 Jul 2014 Art Museum outing
22 Jun 2014 Family-friendly Potluck/ World Cup watching
22 Jun 2014 Siesta Key Beach Luau
19 Jun 2014 NPCA Annual Conference: Peace Corps Connect
14 Jun 2014 FIFA World Cup watch party
06 Jun 2014 Happy Hour
31 May 2014 Peace Corps Service Stories Presentation
18 May 2014 Bon Voyage Picnic
11 May 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
03 May 2014 Cinco de Mayo Party
22 Apr 2014 Sustainatopia - Happy Hour/Closing Night Party
19 Apr 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
12 Apr 2014 RPCVSF west coast members' Happy Hour
05 Apr 2014 Potluck dinner at the home of Alissa Fiss
22 Mar 2014 Potluck Dinner at Carlos and Sharon's home
10 Mar 2014 Miami Heat game
09 Mar 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
06 Mar 2014 GenNext Happy Hour
25 Feb 2014 Peace Corps Week Event at Univ. of Miami - PC Director will be attending!
19 Feb 2014 Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build
12 Feb 2014 Meet Meleia Egger, Peace Corps National RPCV Group Liaison and Third Goal Program Specialist
25 Jan 2014 2014 Everglades Outing
18 Jan 2014 Peace Corps Partnership Dinner
12 Jan 2014 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
21 Dec 2013 Wallcast Concert
15 Dec 2013 Applicant Mentoring potluck
07 Dec 2013 Holiday Party
23 Nov 2013 Partnership Dinner - Miami
17 Nov 2013 Bimonthly Board of Directors Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Pool Party and potluck
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