Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

July 2010


Book Club, Olive Kittredge

Jul 24 2010 (All day)

BARPCV Book Group typically meets the third Thursday of the month.  New members are always welcome to join.  Full reading of a book is no prerequisite! Hosting is shared by members. Please come with something to share for the table.  

 

Remaining book club dates for 2010 are:
 

July 24, Saturday, Contact Host for More Details 
Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout
A collection of short stories set in Maine.  It should be a fun summer read. 
Host: Contact Beth Segers, Kittery Point, Maine, for details on location and time at (207) 438-9333

 

Book Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sep 16 2010 - 7:00pm

BARPCV Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  New members are always welcome to join.  Full reading of a book is no prerequisite! Hosting is shared by members. Please come with something to share for the table.  Upcoming reads for 2010 are:
 

September 16, Thursday 7:00 pm
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
An award winning crime novel. a blockbuster translated into many languages; a fast reading thriller; look for the movie.

 

Book Club, Out Stealing Horses

Oct 21 2010 - 7:00pm

BARPCV Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  New members are always welcome to join.  Full reading of a book is no prerequisite! Hosting is shared by members. Please come with something to share for the table.  Upcoming reads for 2010 are:
 
 
October 21, Thursday 7:00 pm

Book Club, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet

Nov 18 2010 - 7:00pm

BARPCV Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  New members are always welcome to join.  Full reading of a book is no prerequisite! Hosting is shared by members. Please come with something to share for the table.  Upcoming reads for 2010 are: 

 
November 18, Thursday 7:00 pm

Speed Networking Event Creates New Connections

Boston Area RPCVs came together for an evening of sharing, learning and making great connections.  Like-minded individuals working in health, education, business, policy, the environment and much more gathered to network at Lir Restaurant in Boston.  In a format similar to speed dating, RPCVs pitched themselves, met new people, and forged important contacts with like-minded RPCVs in the Boston area.  Click here to see photos from the event.

Get Involved! Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week takes place every year during Peace Corps week.  It's a way to celebrate culture with other Returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends.  There is a different restaurant (of a Peace Corps countries) to each night for the week.  Since there will be many more events taking place this year, we would like to recruit hosts for restaurant week early!  If you have a restaurant suggestion or would like to be a host please send an email to events

Here's the list of stellar restaurants from last year:

 

Book Club

The BARPCV Book Group is an informal group of RPCVs and friends that meet on a monthly basis to discuss books that provoke thought, pathos, laughter and good conversation. The group's eclectic readings cover a wide spectrum of fiction and non-fiction works, local and international authors and reflect the broad taste and experience of the group members. In addition to reading and discussing books, the group has also done a play reading and gone to the movies to see film versions of past best sellers. This current book group iteration has been meeting since 1995 and usually includes 6-10 people each month. The monthly meetings take place on a weekday night at members' homes or occasionally at a local restaurant. Participants bring their perspectives and refreshments to share.

Member Spotlight

Name: 
Anna Omura, Franklin H. Williams Award Recipient
Current Occupation: 
Operations Manager, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship - MIT
Country of Service: 
Togo
Years of Service: 
2004 – 2006

Gazing up at the moon it seems so odd that man has been there. And here I am, over 30 years after...in a village without electricity...

One of our very own BARPCV members, Anna Omura, was recently presented with the Franklin H. Williams Award. This award honors ethnically diverse returned volunteers who exemplify a commitment to community service and Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Anna served in Peace Corps/Togo, West Africa, as a natural resource management (NRM) extension volunteer. Her work included reforestation, energy conservation, eco-tourism and agro-forestry. Additionally, Omura built, stocked and staffed a rural health clinic and worked with Togolese women's groups to start small enterprises. 

Togo, Cafe Kuma Film

Short film made by Peace Corps volunteer, Ed Perry

 

Cafe Kuma, a collaboration with Peace Corps volunteers
 
In the mountains of Togo there are no big corporations, hardly any access to electricity or running water. But tucked away in a mountain village are farmers who use agroforestry techniques to produce quality coffee. This is a promotional video to showcase the one of a kind work done by the farmers of Kuma-Dunyo, Togo.

 

View other videos in the RPCV collection 

Upcoming Events

Member Spotlight

"...one is never too old to love, to cry, to dance all night..." more