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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

January 15

Deadline:

Sinclaire Language Award

Nominations

January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

January 20

Inauguration Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

February 1

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

February 6

Deadline:

AFSA Merit Award

Applications

February 13

12-1:15 p.m.

Recruitment Luncheon:

12th Consular Fellows Class

February 20

Presidents’ Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

February 28

Deadline:

AFSA Dissent and

Performance Award

Nominations

March 1

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

AFSAThanks Outreach Participants

On Dec. 7, AFSA welcomed

close to 30 members for a

reception at its headquarters.

The purpose was to thank

those individuals for their role

in public outreach campaigns

on behalf of AFSA and the

Foreign Service in 2016.

During the holiday-themed

reception, AFSA President

Ambassador Barbara Ste-

phenson offered remarks,

specifically thanking Ambas-

sador Lino Gutierrez and the

Una Chapman Cox Founda-

tion for their partnership with

AFSA, which has allowed us to

add an outreach staff mem-

ber and dramatically increase

our capacity in this area.

“No matter how hard we

work on outreach initiatives

here at AFSA, they simply

would not be possible without

you all,” said Amb. Stephen-

son. “You are the people who

answered the call and took

on the challenge to meet with

people in your local commu-

nities to tell the story of the

Foreign Service.

“You have spoken at Road

Scholar programs, supported

the essay contest, partici-

pated inWorld Affairs Council

high school education pro-

grams, offered events in this

very room and even met with

community college students

in Kodiak, Alaska!”

Ambassador (ret.) Patricia

Butenis, a member of the

AFSA Governing Board, spoke

of her own experiences doing

outreach in her home state of

New Jersey. There is a clear

interest in hearing frommem-

bers of the Foreign Service in

places ranging frommiddle

schools to universities, she

reported.

Amb. Butenis recounted

a story from her visit to the

Trenton Catholic Academy,

where the teacher thanked

her by saying that without

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson (center) with members and staff who made 2016 such a

successful year for AFSA outreach.

AFSA/ÁSGEIRSIGFUSSON

AFSA NEWS

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

From left: AFSA State Representative Alison Storsve, Retiree Vice President

Ambassador (ret.)Thomas Boyatt, State VP Angie Bryan and Retiree

Representative Ambassador (ret.) Patricia Butenis, chatting at a reception

to thank those who reach out for AFSA.

AFSA/ÁSGEIRSIGFUSSON

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