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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015

53

AFSA NEWS

NOMI NAT I ON DEADL I NE

APPROACH I NG : AFSA EXEMPLARY

PERFORMANCE AWARDS

AFSA is accepting nominations for its five awards recogniz-

ing exemplary performance until the

Feb. 28

deadline.We urge

members to nominate someone whose contribution has made a

di“erence.

The

Nelson B. Delavan Award

recognizes the work of a For-

eign Service OŸce Management Specialist.

The

M. Juanita Guess Award

is conferred on a Community

Liaison OŸce Coordinator who has demonstrated outstanding

leadership.

The

Avis Bohlen Award

honors the volunteer accomplish-

ments of a family member of a Foreign Service employee at post.

The

AFSAAchievement and Contributions to the Associa-

tion Award

is for active-duty and retiredmembers of AFSA.

The

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,

go to

www.afsa.org/performance.

Contact Special Awards and

Outreach Coordinator Perri Green at

green@afsa.org

or

(202) 719-9700 for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT

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 o“ering excellent member services and advance

member priorities.

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.

n

F I ND I NG THE

FSJ

ONL I NE

“FS Know-How” articles have covered

such topics as organizational tips for travel-

ing, advice for spouses and copingmecha-

nisms, to name just a few, and give useful

advice for dealing with life in the Foreign

Service.“FS Know-How”columns can be

found at

www.afsa.org/fsknowhow.

“Speaking Out” is a space for FSmem-

bers to bring up concerns about or express

opinions on Foreign Service issues. Recent

columns have addressed the role of Foreign

Service specialists,minority representa-

tion and ambassadorial qualifications. Go

to

www.afsa.org/speakingout

to read this

collection.

These resources will be updated every

time a new article is published in

The

Foreign Service Journal

.We also encourage

submissions to each of these columns;

please send your contributions to journal@

afsa.org. For details see the

FSJ

author

guidelines at

www.bit.ly/FSJ_submission.

—Sarah Kay, Communications Intern

NEWS BRIEF

AFSA Increases Dues for 2015