THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015
NOMI NAT I ON DEADL I NE
APPROACH I NG : AFSA EXEMPLARY
AFSA is accepting nominations for its five awards recogniz-
ing exemplary performance until the
members to nominate someone whose contribution has made a
Nelson B. Delavan Award
recognizes the work of a For-
eign Service Oce Management Specialist.
M. Juanita Guess Award
is conferred on a Community
Liaison Oce Coordinator who has demonstrated outstanding
Avis Bohlen Award
honors the volunteer accomplish-
ments of a family member of a Foreign Service employee at post.
AFSAAchievement and Contributions to the Associa-
is for active-duty and retiredmembers of AFSA.
Post Rep of the Year Award
honors a post representative
who best demonstrates sustained and successful engagement
withAFSAmembership at post.
Recipients are presented with a monetary prize and are hon-
ored at a ceremony in June in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic
Reception Room at the State Department.
For details on the awards and to file a nomination online,
Contact Special Awards and
Outreach Coordinator Perri Green email@example.com
(202) 719-9700 for more information.
AFSA has increased dues for 2015 by 1.7 percent for all
individual membership categories. In concrete terms, it
amounts to an increase of between 5 and 25 cents per pay
period, depending on an individual’s membership category.
AFSA’s policy is to increase dues by an amount corre-
lating to the third-quarter Consumer Price Index increase
published by the Department of Labor, which is used by the
Social Security Administration to calculate the next year’s
Cost-of-Living Adjustment increases.
This increase will provide the association with a stable
and predictable income source, which allows AFSA to
continue oering excellent member services and advance
Active-duty and retired members paying dues via payroll
and annuity deduction will see a small, automatic increase
in the amount automatically deducted from their paychecks
and annuities. Those paying annually will be billed the new
rate on their regularly scheduled renewal date.
F I ND I NG THE
ONL I NE
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—Sarah Kay, Communications Intern
AFSA Increases Dues for 2015