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Welcome to RPCVSF's Blog for its members to post events they wish to publicize and have personal involvement, personal opinions, suggestions, etc. This is a space for our members to post ideas for meet-up events, soliciting other members to join them. It is member driven!!!! So, for example, if you would like to make an outing to Fakahatchee Strand to see the ghost orchid but don’t feel like going, or driving, by yourself, this is the forum to invite RPCVSF members to join you. Please remember, to post a Blog, members must log-in.

Please be sure to include 1) destination, 2) date, 3) time and 4) your contact info in the post. 

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  • 06 May 2021 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Rotary Friends,

    Our community Food Drive has begun and will run through Thursday, May 6th.  We have partnered with the Chamber of Commerce, Woman’s Club, BID and the Sailing Club along with several local businesses and condo associations to help those in need in our community.

    Please help us spread the word by sharing the attached flyer with all your friends.  For those that don’t want to buy nonperishable foods, we have a link on our website where we will gladly accept cash donations.

    Nonperishable foods can be dropped off at:

         Coconut Grove Business Improvement District- 3390 Mary Street, Suite 130
         Coconut Grove Laundry and Cleaners-3101 Grande Ave.

         Coconut Grove Sailing Club-2990 S. Bayshore Dr.
         Pinch A Penny- 6834 SW 81st St.

         Anatomy Fitness -3363 Pan American Dr.

         Leon Cosgrove, LLC- 255 Alhambra Cir #800

         Antidote Wellness Labs-11423 S. Dixie Hwy

    Cash donations are also being accepted at  with all proceeds supporting Coconut Grove food programs.

    Thanks from your Food Drive Committee!


  • 24 Feb 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northeastern University provides RPCVs with a 25% tuition discount on over 80 graduate programs, and a scholarship up to $10k on bachelor’s completion programs. If you are considering continuing your education, join Northeastern for a virtual information session on Wednesday, February 24th To register, please use the below links and you will receive a calendar hold with a link to join the webinar. If you are interested in learning more but are unable to attend, please register and a recording will be sent to you. If you have any questions about enrolling at Northeastern, please contact Anne Cardente, Sr. Admissions Recruiter: 


    Information Session Registration Links:  

    Grad Programs Info Session on February 24, 12-1pm EST: 


    Bachelor’s Completion Info Session on February 24, 4-5pm EST: 

  • 30 Jan 2021 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click H E R E for FOC's 2020 Annual Report

  • 28 Jan 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this webinar we will learn about the many facets of HELP's Career Services Department ... the road to integrate students and graduates into the society's workforce.  Here's the link to register:

  • 22 Jan 2021 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RPCV (Panama) Florence Reed pioneered the regenerative agriculture nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International. Here is a 13 minute Tedx Talk to tell you about it:  

  • 07 Jan 2021 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Steve Hunsicker, one of our previous beloved South Florida Peace Corps recruiters, has travelled extensively.  From his travels to over 60 countries, he has chosen one photo representing a memorable event that happened in each country and written a story describing the event.  He shares these in a daily email.  You can sign up here to receive the email:   This began Jan 1.  The stories are short and always remind me why I also like traveling.  I find myself searching through my ever-so-many emails to read about Steve’s country of the day!

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    31 Dec 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, April 21, at 12 – 12:30 p.m., the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH is hosting a webinar for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers interested in attending graduate school at a Coverdell Fellowship partner institution. Through the Coverdell Fellowship program, RPCVs can receive $8,000 to attend the Carsey School. This amount represents nearly a third of the total tuition costs needed to pursue a master’s degree in either Community Development, Public Policy, or Public Administration at the Carsey School.

    The webinar will feature a conversation between Michael Swack, Director of the Master in Community Development program, and RPCV and MCD alum Robert Ireland ‘15G. Robert served in Ukraine as a TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer before returning to New England and earning his graduate degree. Today, he serves as a development officer for the Lenox Library Association in Massachusetts.

    To learn more about Robert’s experience in the Peace Corps, at Carsey, and beyond, please register for this 30-minute webinar at:

  • 16 Apr 2020 10:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Response  x 2

    Food for Homeless Students  +  Jobs for At-Risk Youth

    One donation --  2 good causes

    Goal – 50 meals each Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday thru 4-30-20


     Empowered Youth (EY) offers inner-city young men, aged 14-25 a bridge out of poverty and violence. The EY food truck in Wynwood provides them training and employment through a Culinary Arts Program – but its continued success depends on customers – a challenge in the age of Covid-19. 


    Meanwhile, Darlene Plummer, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Project Upstart liaison and Community Involvement Specialist is working to get nutritious meals for 50+ homeless highschool students, 18 of whom live in cars with other family members, with no facilities to prepare food. The Rotary Club of Perrine Cutler Ridge is providing dinners on MWF. A team of homeless mothers, under the supervision of an employee of Christ Fellowship,  helps with distribution. 


    EY has agreed to deliver 50 meals at $10 each to help fill the service gap in Darlene's program.  If you would like to help fund this effort, please send a check to Empowered Youth, 1450 Brickell Bay Dr #1414, Miami, Florida, 33131 or donate online through the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove. Please write in the space provided for notes that the donation is for food truck meals. If you send a check, please send an email to to let us know your help is on the way. 


    Colleen Adams, founder and CEO of Empowered Youth writes: “I am so sincerely happy to help the students, as many of my students have experienced homelessness themselves, and it will make them feel genuinely grateful to help these students.”  


    Last year all of the homeless graduates at Darlene's school went on to either college (46) or the military (2). Darlene does whatever it takes to give these students the futures they deserve. 

  • 05 Apr 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 5th Sunday, 5-10-ish pm, at Lunar Star Café, 775 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161


    Benefit Concert

    Promote Harmonious Wildlife and Human Relationship 

    and Battle Against Coronavirus Epidemic

    Hosts: Drs. Joel Heinen and Hong Liu, Professors of Conservation Biology, FIU

    Venue: the Luna Star Café


    The mother earth has generously offered us food, shelter and other goods and services for our survival and wellbeing. It also never stop giving us warns when we cross the boundary of a balance relationship with nature. From environmental degradation to famine, from energy shortage to viral epidemic. This warming can’t be lauder with the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  This outbreak has infected more than 78,000 people and led to a death toll of nearly 3,000, and increasing, as of February, 2020, in China and the rest of the world. Among the infected are thousands of health professionals who work at the frontline of the crisis, likely a consequence of a persisting shortage of protective medical gears. Some of these infected medical staff, sadly, have also succumbed to the virus.

    The cause of the epidemic is directly or indirectly related to the trade and consumption of wildlife. Much of the trade is illegal and threatens wild species survival. Proceeds will be used to aid in the promotion of a balanced relationship between human and wildlife and the fight against the epidemic.

    When and where: April 5th Sunday, 5-10 pm, at Lunar Star Café, 775 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161

    Tentative list of the participating musicians (check the Luna Star Café website and check Michael Stock’s WLRN radio show from 2-4 PM, Sunday March 29 for any changes):

    4:00                Opening Emcees:  Dr. Joel Heinen and Dr. Hong Liu

    4:15                Eugene Francisco and Charlotte Kuhn

    4:30                Three Sheets to the Wind

    5:15                Chinese Acts:  Beijing Opera Fiddle and Selections;                                                      Yanhua Qi; Lark Trio

    6:15                The Brothers King

    6:45                Andrea Preston

    7:15                Dan Wolpin

    7:45                Sarah Jacob Trio

    8:15                Luo Dominguez

    8:45                Jimmy Lange and Thad Foote

    9:15                Nancy Wagner and Robert Hand

    10-ish             Farewell…


    How the funds will be spent: The funds will be used to (1) as the epidemic develops, identify and help medical institutes still in need of protective surgical masks and clothes; and/or (2) help NGOs which have been working on wildlife conservation and reduction of wildlife trade*

    How can you help and participate:

    1.     We suggest a minimum of $10/person and amounts over that would be greatly appreciated.  One free raffle ticket is included for all entries.  Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each.

    2.    If you can’t come to the concert but wish to donate, donations can be made using one of the following methods**:

    • ·             Items that are appropriate to use as raffle items (values of $20-50 per item are recommended). Examples include restaurant coupons, art work, music CD’s, etc.
    • ·             Transfer funds from your bank account to the Tsinghua Club of Florida’s via Zelle. Zelle is a common bank-to- bank small-amount transferring service and has no handling fee. Please use the following email as the Zelle account recipient:
    • ·             Transfer money from your PayPal account to the Tsinghua Club of Florida’s PayPal account. PayPal accepts all banks and credit cards and has about a 3% handling fee. Please use the following email as the PayPal account recipient:
    • When you donate online, please indicate in the note section:

    • ·                Use the following keywords: Benefit concert South Florida, Coronavirus fight and wildlife trade reduction.
    • ·                Use keyword “anonymous” if you wish to remain anonymous.

    *One such biodiversity NGO is the Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association, an NGO with whom co-host Dr.  Hong Liu has collaborated on wildlife (plants included) conservation and reduction of wildlife trade in southern and southwestern China for the past decade.

    **The concert is co-hosted by the Chinese Association for Science & Technology in South Florida, The Guangxi Club of South Florida, and the Tsinghua Club of Florida. The fund-raising account will be managed by President Sam Chen of the Tsinghua Club of Florida and supervised by Qinghe Liu, Esq., the club’s Vice President. 

  • 21 Mar 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location: 5530 Sunset Drive  Miami 33143

    Shop Tropical Audubon Society’s 4th Annual BEE-cause Flea and help support the pollinators who feed our planet. Browse among a thoughtfully curated selection of art, birdhouses, books, collectibles, greeting cards, honey, organic fruit and vegetables, jewelry, native pollinator plants and tag-sale items.  

    There will be the following FreeBEE workshops:

    · Beekeeping & Honey Tasting with Keez Beez

    · ​Pollinator Exhibit Salon with Tropical Botanic Artists​

    · Bird-Friendly Gardening with Kirsten Hines

    · Healing Honey & Ayurveda by Hridayam Ayurveda

    Visit EventBrite to learn more:

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