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Rearview: Volunteering in the Peace Corps brought about lifelong memories

  • COURTESY LILA GARDNER
                                Above, Gardner with other elementary school teachers in Mindanao, Philippines.

    COURTESY LILA GARDNER

    Above, Gardner with other elementary school teachers in Mindanao, Philippines.

  • COURTESY ELSIE TANAKA DOHERTY / 1962
                                 The Jamaica I Peace Corps training group picture, above, was taken in front of International House in New York City. Doherty is in the second row, second from left.

    COURTESY ELSIE TANAKA DOHERTY / 1962

    The Jamaica I Peace Corps training group picture, above, was taken in front of International House in New York City. Doherty is in the second row, second from left.

  • COURTESY ELSIE TANAKA DOHERTY / 1962
                                Elsie Tanaka Doherty and the other trainees were invited to attend President John F. Kennedy’s 45th- birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1962. She saved the program, above.

    COURTESY ELSIE TANAKA DOHERTY / 1962

    Elsie Tanaka Doherty and the other trainees were invited to attend President John F. Kennedy’s 45th- birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1962. She saved the program, above.

  • COURTESY LILA GARDNER
                                Peace Corps volunteer Lila Gardner in her kitchen in the Philippines. “I learned to be more creative with very little,” she said.

    COURTESY LILA GARDNER

    Peace Corps volunteer Lila Gardner in her kitchen in the Philippines. “I learned to be more creative with very little,” she said.

Last month I shared Ethel Fleming’s story about answering John F. Kennedy’s challenge to join the Peace Corps. I heard from several others like her. Read more

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