December Featured Advocates: Earl and Joanne Morse
By Susan Stine on Friday, December 9th, 2011
The 50th Anniversary Advocacy Day in September was a big success, but have you advocated since then? Earl and Joanne Morse certainly have!
After determining that too many people in their community did not know the Peace Corps still existed Joanne and Earl used Advocacy Day as an opportunity to become more effective advocates. Upon their return home to Maine the Morses made follow-up contacts with their Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, asking them to support the Peace Corps Commemorative.
The Waterford Maine couple also spread the word to their network of local RPCVs with a slide show highlighting all of the events held in DC celebrating the Peace Corps. Joanne also spoke with those outside the Peace Corps Community; she briefed her local chapter of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) on the DC events.
They didn’t stop there. The local media was next. Earl and Joanne managed to get press coverage of Advocacy Day in their local paper.
Our thanks to Earl and Joanne, as well as the many other Advocacy Day participants who took to heart the importance that the 50th anniversary activities this past September marked – not the end – but rather a beginning of heightened activity.
Joanne and Earl have been part of the Peace Corps community since their training at Columbia University Teachers College in the fall of 1964 for service in Tanzania as teachers.