NOMI NAT I ON DEADL I NE APPROACH I NG :
EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AWARDS
The American Foreign Service Association is accepting nominations for
its six awards recognizing exemplary performance until the Feb. 28 deadline.
We urge members to nominate someone whose contribution has made a
The Nelson B. Delavan Award
recognizes the work of a Foreign Service
office management specialist.
The M. Juanita Guess Award
is conferred on a community liaison office
coordinator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
The Avis Bohlen Award
honors the volunteer accomplishments of a
family member of a Foreign Service employee at post.
The Mark Palmer Award
is open tomembers of the Foreign Service
from any of the foreign affairs agencies, especially entry andmid-level per-
sonnel, who promote American policies that advance democracy, freedom
and governance through bold, exemplary, imaginative and effective efforts
during one or more assignments.
The AFSAAchievement and Contributions to the Association Award
is conferred on an active-duty or retiredmember of AFSAwho has made an
outstanding contribution to the association’s work.
The Post Rep of the Year Award
honors a post representative who best
demonstrates sustained and successful engagement withAFSAmember-
ship at post.
Recipients are presented with prizes and honored at a ceremony in June
in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the State Depart-
For details on the awards and to file a nomination online, go towww.afsa
org/performance. Contact Foreign Service ProfessionAwards Coordinator
Perri Green email@example.com
or (202) 719-9700 for more information.
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Remain Unchanged in 2016
The American Foreign Ser-
vice Association Governing
Board has determined that
membership dues will remain
at their current levels in 2016.
In accordance with AFSA
bylaws, any dues adjustment
is based on the Department
of Labor’s third-quarter
Consumer Price Index, which
is used by the Social Security
Administration to calculate
the next year’s Cost-of-
Living Adjustment increases.
This year the COLA did not
The Governing Board takes
any decision on membership
dues with the goal of ensuring
that the association contin-
ues to operate with a stable
and predictable income
source, so that it can continue
to offer excellent member
services and advance mem-
TRANS I T I ON ON
THE AWARDS AND
Longtime chair of the AFSA
Awards and Plaques Committee
Ambassador (ret.) John Limbert
traded in his credentials in June
to serve as an elected Governing
Board representative of the AFSA
retiree constituency. Amb. Limbert
served as the head of the commit-
tee from 2009 to 2015.
Following Limbert’s departure
from the committee, retired State
Foreign Service Officer and former
Governing Board Retiree Repre-
sentative Janice Bay stepped in
to serve as interim acting chair.
This fall has been a busy one for
the committee, and her leadership
has helped ensure that it hasn’t
missed a beat.
AFSA thanks Limbert and Bay
for their service, and looks forward
to an action-packed 2016 with the
newly appointed committee chair,
State FSO Annie Pforzheimer.