Peace Corps to celebrate 50th anniversary with birthday bash at UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Feb 15, 2011

The campus community and public are invited to celebrate 50 years of Peace Corps service to the world at a birthday bash on Tuesday, March 1, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
The celebration will also include the sharing of experiences, cake, music, trivia and prizes.  Returned Peace Corps volunteers will compete for best dressed honors, and Peace Corps “Ambassadors” will teach attendees how to say hello in the various languages of countries served. 
Remarks will be made by Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw, Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies Edward J. “Ned” Shultz (who was a member of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to Korea), and Honolulu residents Richard and Ann Port, the first married couple to join the Peace Corps.
Fifty years ago, on March 1, 1961, the first Peace Corps volunteers—including the Ports—were sworn in by President John F. Kennedy, and then headed to Ghana. Since 1961, over 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. 
WHAT:           Peace Corps 50th anniversary birthday bash
WHEN:           Tuesday, March 1, 2011                                                                                                                  
                        2-5 p.m.                                                                                                                
                        Program will start at 4 p.m.
WHERE:        Hemenway Hall Courtyard                                                                                                                  
                        UH Mānoa campus
WHO:             Returned Peace Corp volunteers 
                        Campus community and public
While this is a public event, organizers would appreciate an RSVP email to