RPCVs of NENY Welcome Glenn Blumhorst, NPCA President

On October 18, Sara Poggi met with NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst (pictured here) who was visiting from Washington DC.Glenn-Blumhorst-NPCA-President-600pxl-e1360882599394

Sara provided a detailed update about the status and activities of RPCVs of NENY. Glenn discussed news from the national level and stressed stressed that NPCA is refocusing on serving affiliate groups like RPCVs of NENY.

If you have any ways that NPCA can help our group, please contact us.

We appreciate Glenn taking the time to meet with our group and get input from our President.

Peace Corps Happy Hour at Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar

A great time was had by all who attended the Peace Corps Happy Hour last night! Thanks again to Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar for hosting us and to RPCV Heather Senecal for organizing the event.


The restaurant created a special menu just for our event.

The restaurant created a special menu just for our event.

236 Washington Ave., Albany, New York 12210

236 Washington Ave., Albany, New York 12210

Bob Crowley and Joe and Pat Doherty

Maseeh Mukhtar and Steve Gottlieb

A tableful of RPCVs!

Tessa Eckholm, Sarah Janeski, and Eliot Cresswell


Coffee, Cacao, and the DR

Kim and Chris Anderson hosted our June meeting at their lovely home in Ballston Spa.

Kim presented on her recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Her trip was sponsored by Fair Trade Towns USA and led her to cacao, coffee, and banana farms.

Chris offered tastings of organic free-trade chocolate products, vino de cacao, cacao marmalade, and free-trade Dominican coffee. Yes, they were all delicious-though some thought the vino de cacao was “too sweet.” For more information, visit the Mango Tree Imports, Andersons’ store in Ballston Spa.

Thanks to all who attended and for the Andersons for hosting us. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

Africana Film Series at Albany College of Pharmacy

The 9th annual Africana Film Series at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will run Feb. 5, 12, and 19 at the College’s Student Center (Room 201). All films are free and open to the public. The complete series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm

“Pieces of Identity (Pièces d’Identités)” – This humorous film dealing with the serious theme of identity is from the Congolese producer and director Mweze Ngangura. It takes place in the Matongue district of Brussels, Belgium (where many Congolese live).

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 pmtableauferraille

“Scrap Heap” – This 1997 film by Senegalese Director Moussa Sene Absa was described by a New York University film scholar as “one of the pillars of the third generation of African cinema.”

For more information and expanded film descriptions, please view the Africana Film Series Flyer

Jessa Rowan (Togo 200-2002) directs “Pullman Car Hiawatha” @ Emma Willard


Jessa Rowan (Togo 200-2002) is directing a student production of Thornton Wilder’s play, “Pullman Car Hiawatha” at the Emma Willard School on November 9 and 10, 2012. Admission is free. Details are available here: http://www.emmawillard.org/programs/academics/arts/theatre/fall-play