SEMIRPCV General Meeting to host Guest Speaker

Join us Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. for the SEMIRPCV General Meeting.  We will meet at 13361 Ludlow, Huntington Woods, MI 48070. We will vote for officers. If you wish to run for office, please contact Mary Schwartz, 313-743-8978 or

Stay to hear guest speaker Yvette Jenkins, founder and owner of Love Travels Imports. The store sells artisan goods that journey from across the world, from South Africa, Guatemala, Peru and Haiti, to a curation destination of Detroit, Michigan.

Bring your scary stories of volunteer service to share after her presentation.


Potnic 2018!

  • SEMIRPCV Potnic 2018!

    WHEN: July 21, 2018, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

    WHERE: Rotary Park Picnic Shelter, 22220 Roethel Drive, Novi, MI 48375

    WHO: SEMIRPCV; PCV; Greater Lansing; RPCV – Northern MI; PC Association of Southwest MI; and RPCV of West MI. Family and friends.

    Free entrance and parking.

    Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks. Requesting attendees bring a dish from your country (Not required to attend but great to share with others). Chips, dips, and more also appreciated!

    Planned activities include PC trivia game, PC Jeopardy, board games, merchandise sales, and more.

    Contact: Angie at

Belle Isle Volunteer Opportunity


Please join other Peace Corps volunteer, friends, family to help garden at the Rotary Garden June 16th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm(Saturday). Gloves and tools will be supplied. We will be working with Mebby Pearson who use to head the invasive species volunteering at Belle Isle. Please see the map above. The garden is next to the former police station. Mebby said in response to directions, “Right now I cannot give directions because of the Grand Prix stands, etc. being removed. The traffic patterns have been altered. The former police station is on the north side of the island on Inselruhe, the same street as the White House. Feel free to give out my number in case anyone gets lost. Normally you would go down Central to the big statue in the road and turn left. We are the only building on the short block.” Her phone number is 248-376-8220.

Mebby said, this is a slow pace garden gathering about native plants. I could use your help.

If it is rainy on Saturday morning, I will call Mebby to make sure on or off. Please feel free to call me on my home phone at 313-341-9355 or cell will be on that day at 313-674-9182. It would be helpful if you can RSVP to me just so we know who might be coming. Cheryl Bukoff

Looking forward to seeing you.

Doctors without Borders

  • Ford Community & Performance Arts Center

    15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126


    Thursday, June 28 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    Medical and non-medical professionals are invited to join us for an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers.

The presentation will last 90 minutes, including Q & A.

Salsa Dancing !!

Join SEMIRPCV for Salsa Dancing!!!

Meet at the entrance at 5:15 p.m.


$10 at the door gets you:

  • Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • WILDCARD Guest Instructor teaching a new dance form every social
  • Endless Beverages & Snacks!
  • A huge wooden dance floor!
  • The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s (DJ Isaac, DJ Albostyle Tim and Luis DjCaliente)
  • Two floors of dancing – Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs, Latin Mix downstairs
  • Cash Bar


Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


  • All Ages welcome
  • Kids under 16, free!


The American Legion Post 346
31775 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI 48339

February Social Event

Cadieux Café Detroit, 4300 Cadieux, Detroit, MI 48224

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Start: 5:00 P.M.
Karaoke: 7:00
Feather Bowling: 8:00 P.M.
(One lane reserved, one hour.)
End: They stack the chairs at 2:00 A.M.

(Secure parking.)

Third Goal Opportunity

Michael Gall is looking for volunteers to attend two recruitment events in March at Oakland University. If you are interested and available to attend either, please email him at .

Tuesday, March 20th, 11am-1pm: Government and Non-profit Career Mixer. Table and represent Peace Corps at this career fair style mixer.

Tuesday, March 27th, 12-1pm: Community Service Panel at Oakland University. Represent Peace Corps along side of local and national service opportunities.

PC calendar seeks photo submissions

  • INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR  Photo Submission Guidelines

     What kind of pictures are we looking for? We want photos that show Peace Corps countries in a positive, truthful light: we are proud of the people and countries where we have served, and we share that pride through this calendar. We like images of city life as well as village and rural scenes. We like people in action: working, relaxing, enjoying everyday life, and/or celebrating special occasions. Humor is appreciated. Landscapes or photos with architectural or other detail—handiwork, food, etc.—add interest. When selecting images to submit, keep in mind the need for “month-long” appeal. And since many teachers use this calendar as a teaching tool, it’s good to keep students and their interests in mind as well.

    Note that we can NOT accept any photo that has a Peace Corps Volunteer in the photo.

     Finally, anyone may submit photos; Peace Corps service is not a requirement!

    Submission Criteria

      1.   To be eligible for consideration, submitted photographs must be high-quality digital images (5.0 MP or higher) with realistic color. Other formats (prints, mounted, black & white) are not eligible.

      2.   Photographs must be from a country where Peace Corps Volunteers have served (past or present).

      3.   Photos showing a Peace Corps Volunteer are not eligible.

      4.   A photographer may submit a maximum of five (5) pictures per year.

      5.   A photo submitted three (3) times, but not selected, is no longer eligible.

      6.   Basic requirements for technical quality include clear focus, realistic color, and good overall contrast.

      7.   The photographer’s name and the country where the photo was taken must appear in the digital file name, and the image must be saved as a JPEG. Use the following naming convention:     [country+entry#.photographername.jpg]    Examples: morocco4.mcousins.jpg;   fiji2.vross.jpg

      8.   A scan of the signed Photo Release Form and a Photo Submission Form—with photographer and photo information filled in—must accompany all photos (forms attached).

      9.  Digital files and the scanned Photo Submission and Photo Release forms must be submitted online by Feb. 15th to:

    10.  To qualify as a large, featured photograph, digital images must be taken at high resolution on a 5-megapixel or higher camera. Lower resolution digital images may be submitted, but may be considered for inset images only.

    11.   Submitted photographs will become part of the Madison RPCVs calendar image library for possible use in calendar and related projects. Photographers will be credited with every use.

    12.   Submissions must be received by February 15th. Later submissions will be held for the next year.

    13.  You must be the holder of the copyright of any photo(s) you submit.

    14.   Photos will be reviewed in late spring and final decisions made in late summer, a year or more in advance of publication. We will contact you as soon as a decision to use your photo is made. No notification will be sent to those whose pictures are not selected.

    We are grateful to photographers who take the time to submit pictures. Each person who submits a photo (or photos) for consideration will receive a complimentary calendar in September. Those whose photos are selected for featured images will receive 25 calendars, and those whose photos are used for smaller insets will receive 5 calendars. If an image is used as a notecard, the photographer will receive 10 that notecard set.

    Questions? Email our Photo Coordinator at