Retiree Association Announcements

THE FOREIGN SERVICE GROUP - TEXAS

WWW.TFSG.ORG

February 2016 Luncheon Meeting
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
11590 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78759
11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Brian Smith,
School of Behavioral and Social Sciences,
St. Edwards University

“Foreign Policy in the 2016 Elections”

Menu:
Minestrone Soup, Salad and Bread

Choice of:
A- Grilled Salmon
     or
B- Sirloin Marsala
     or
C- Chicken Bryan
     or
D- Linguini Positano (veggies and pasta)

Coffee or Tea

Dessert:
Chef’s Choice

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance and menu choice by noon on Tuesday, February 2.

  1. By mail to TFSG, P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX 78763-0246, or
  2. By e-mail to Joe McLean at tfsg.texas@gmail.com or reply to this message, or
  3. By phone to Karen Jacks at 512.238.1909

Mailing a check made out to TFSG is our preferred method. In all cases, please include a phone number or email address so we can confirm your reservation. All RSVPs will be confirmed. If you do not get a confirmation, please contact us.

Lunch begins at noon. TFSG members $24. Guests $30. AFSA and DACOR members may attend any one luncheon except December’s at the TFSG member price. No new reservations after 12 noon on Tuesday, February 2. No-shows or cancellations within 5 days of the luncheon will be billed for their lunch. Checks may be made out to TFSG and mailed to P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX 78763-0246. Checks mailed in advance are greatly appreciated and will facilitate your check-in process.

Membership:
Memberships are $30 per person for three years or $12 per year.

About the Speaker:
Brian W. Smith, Ph.D, is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in American Politics and Government.

An active teacher, Brian presents a range of courses, including the Presidency, Voting Behavior, Congress, and Political Statistics. He is the recipient of the University's Richard B. Hughes Teaching Excellence Award and was a finalist for the University' Distinguished Teaching Award.

He is a frequent political commentator for KVUE-ABC Austin, KTBC-FOX, TWC News Austin, and nationally and locally on NPR. Brian's research interests include third party voting, Texas politics and comparative electoral systems.

Upcoming Luncheons:
All TFSG luncheons are on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months, skipping August.

     April 12: Marie Callender’s Private Room

Suggestions for restaurants in 2016 and beyond are welcomed.

Announcements:
Please visit WWW.TFSG.ORG for announcements, bibliographies, and other items of interest to members and guests.

TFSG Information:
Door prizes are won at every TFSG luncheon. One door prize always includes the AFSA book, “Inside a U.S. Embassy,” and two TFSG mugs. We also sell the package (book and 2 mugs) for a single $20 bill. Consider buying two mugs for a coffee mug tree (only $5) and help promote our website and our group.

Our major tool for inviting widely-recognized subject experts and excellent speakers to address us is our impressive list of past speakers, bibliographies, the speakers’ biographies, and the number of people who attend our luncheons. Bibliographies and biographies are available at http://www.tfsg.org/luncheons.html. We encourage you to pass it on via the internet or by printing and handing copies to friends and colleagues.

All events, except our December members-only luncheon, are usually open to your friends. Please invite them to join you.

We list the books, articles, videos etc. produced by our speakers and members on the Publications section of our website. Please help us keep it up to date.

We welcome suggestions for speakers. When nominating someone, please add biographical information and suggestions on how best to approach him or her. Suggestions for funding of speakers coming from outside of Austin are always appreciated.

Please give our website address to potential members, WWW.TFSG.ORG. Then invite them to our next luncheon.

Directions to Carrabba’s Italian Grill:
Note: Research Blvd. is the eastbound Hwy 183 access road. If you approach the restaurant from Jollyville Road, you enter the parking lot from the rear. Or, if you miss that turn, drive straight to Duval, turn right onto Duval and right again onto the Hwy 183 access road, and enter the parking lot from the front. There is plenty of free parking close to the restaurant.

From the Northwest
Drive east on Hwy 183. Exit at Duval, cross Duval, turn right into the large parking lot at Outback Steakhouse. Carrabba’s is on the left, Outback Steakhouse on the right.

From the North
Drive south on Mopac. Exit at Braker Lane and turn right onto Braker. Drive underneath Hwy 183 and turn right at the next light onto Jollyville Road. Drive about 400 yards past Balcones Woods Drive and turn right at the Carrabba’s/Outback Steakhouse sign into the parking lot. The restaurant is about 50 yards ahead on the right.

From the South
Drive north on Mopac or Loop 360, then west on Hwy 183. Exit at Braker Lane and turn left onto Braker. Turn right at the next light onto Jollyville Road. Drive about 400 yards past Balcones Woods Drive and turn right at the Carrabba’s/Outback Steakhouse sign into the parking lot. The restaurant is about 50 yards ahead on the right.

From the East
Drive west on Hwy 183. Exit at Braker Lane and turn left onto Braker. Turn right at the next light onto Jollyville Road. Drive about 400 yards past Balcones Woods Drive and turn right at the Carrabba’s/Outback Steakhouse sign into the parking lot. The restaurant is about 50 yards ahead on the right.

President Emeritus, John S. Wood
Vice-President, Suzanne Natafji
Treasurer, Joe McLean
Editor, Sandy Wilder
Webmaster, Jane Dunham
Transportation Coordinator, Florita Sheppard
Contact Coordinators, Doris Scott and Naomi Ritchie

FOREIGN AFFAIRS RETIREES OF NEW ENGLAND (FARNE)

FARNE, a volunteer-run group established in New England by a group of retired American diplomats in 1983, happily welcomes guests, especially those who may consider becoming members, at all our events. For more information please contact FARNE VP Liz Barnett at Barnett1895@hotmail.com or our RI state volunteer, Chuck Ahlgren, at theahlgren@cox.net.

FOREIGN SERVICE RETIREES ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA

No announcements at this time.

ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ARIZONA

No announcements at this time.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS RETIREE OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA (FARNOVA)

No announcements at this time.

THE FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

No announcements at this time.