THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
The Governing Board approved
the consent agenda items, which were: (1)approval
of the Oct. 5 Governing Board meeting minutes; (2)
acceptance of Jeff Cochrane’s resignation as USAID
representative; (3) appointment of Ann Posner as
USAID representative; (4) appointment of Steve
Herman as BBG representative; (5) appointment of
Ann Posner and Haven Hubbard-Cruz to the USAID
Standing Committee; and, (6) acceptance of Tracy
Whittington’s resignation from the Editorial Board
and Todd Andrews’ resignation from the Awards and
Retiree Vice President Ambas-
sador Tom Boyatt presented guidance on dissent
award criteria (“What Is Dissent?”) to the board for
approval. With no objection, the requested guidance
was approved and will be provided to the Awards
and Plaques Committee to assist them in selecting
recipients for AFSA’s unique dissent awards.
FS Grievance Board:
On behalf of the Executive
Committee, Amb. Boyatt moved that the Govern-
ing Board approve the nomination of David Clark as
a presiding member of the FSGB. The motion was
On behalf of the Finance, Audit and
Management Committee, AFSA Treasurer Ambas-
sador Charles Ford moved that the board adopt
the proposed budget for 2017. The motion passed
unanimously. On behalf of the FAM Committee, Amb.
Ford also moved that membership dues be increased
by 1.5 percent in 2017. The motion was approved
November 2, 2016
AFSA is pleased to wel-
come Steve Herman as the
new Broadcasting Board of
on the Governing Board,
confirmed at the Nov. 2
Mr. Herman is the senior
for the Voice of America and
has been a VOA bureau chief
in India, Korea and Thailand.
He previously served as president of the Foreign Correspon-
dents’ Club of Japan and is currently an elected governor on
the board of the Overseas Press Club of America.
REMI NDER – 20 1 7 H I GH
SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST
The American Foreign Service Association’s
National High School Essay Contest has begun!
The contest winner will receive $2,500, a trip
to Washington, D.C., to meet the Secretary of
State and full tuition for a Semester at Sea edu-
cational voyage. The runner-up receives $1,250
and full tuition for the National Student Leader-
ship Conference’s International Diplomacy sum-
AFSA welcomes the continuing support of our
fantastic contest partners: The United States
Institute of Peace, Semester at Sea, and the
National Student Leadership Conference.
Eligibility for AFSA’s 2017 National High
School Essay Contest is limited to high school
students of U.S. citizenship, in grades 9-12,
whose parents are not members of the Foreign
The deadline for entries is
March 15, 2017.
Full details of the contest, including this year’s
essay topic, are available from the AFSA website:www.afsa.org/essay.