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1963: Tommie L. Griffin Marsters served in Thailand in Tanyongmas beginning in 1963
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Tommie L. Griffin Marsters can be contacted at tndmarsacomcastdnet
Country of Service: Thailand
Training Group: Thai IV -- Hilo, Hawaii
Cities you served in: Tanyongmas
Arrival Year: 1963
Departure Year: 1965
Community Development/Rural Community Action. Working with women, children and youth in education and recreation.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Recruited briefly for Peace Corps before taking "emergency" teaching position in Hilo, HI. Married to Dave Marsters (Thai III) since 1965. Three children, four grandchildren. After four years in Hawaii and 25 years in Oregon teaching English and obtaining master's degree, have retired and returned back home to Seattle, WA area. Studied with Ursula LeGuin and got inspired to try my hand at fantasy writing to go along with my poetry.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but you couldn't pay me a million to do it again.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Most members of our groups (Thai III and IV) have stayed in touch. Would like to trade war stories with Neil Weintraub whose group trained with ours in Hilo.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
Never lose the idealism. Spread it around. We need it now more than ever.
Originally posted: November 24, 2003
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