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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY 2012
57
AFSA NEWS
Merit Judge Volunteers Wanted
AFSA is looking for members in the D.C. area to
judge the high school seniors’ academic or art appli-
cations for AFSA’s Merit Awards. Judging will take
place in February or March. You should be comfort-
able with a computer and have ten to 15 hours over
a two-week period to serve. Judging of art submis-
sions will take place in early February, followed by
academic judging in early March. An orientation
session on how to use the online scoring system
is ofered. A fnal panel meeting at AFSA will be
scheduled to select winners and fnalists. For more
information, please contact Lori Dec, AFSA scholar-
ship director, at
dec@afsa.org or
(202) 944-5504.
More than twenty years ago a
small group of compassion-
ate and farsighted Foreign
Service ofcers founded
the Senior Living Founda-
tion of the American Foreign
Service.
Its objective was at once
simple and profound: to
support retired members of
the Foreign Service and their
spouses, including those
divorced and separated, who
had become unable to man-
age the fnancial, physical
and mental challenges of
life during their later years.
From this modest beginning,
the SLF has built a proud
tradition of “taking care of
our own.”
SUPPORT I NG FS
RET I REES
The Senior Living Foun-
dation today supports the
Senior Living Foundation: Supporting Retired FS Members
BY PAULA S. JAKUB, EXECUT I VE DI RECTOR OF THE SENIOR L I V ING FOUNDAT ION
needs of many in our retired
Foreign Service family. The
Foundation provides over
$250,000 in grants each year
to help our colleagues meet
their challenges. The SLF
provides support for people
in senior living facilities, helps
with medical and prescrip-
tion copayments, provides
basic living expenses and
transportation to medical
appointments. The SLF has
a wonderful social worker
who provides support to our
clients and both guides them
and assures them that the
Foundation stands ready to
help. The SLF often sends
care managers to our clients’
homes to evaluate their
conditions so we can address
all of their needs. The SLF
keeps each case confdential
to uphold the privacy and
dignity of our retired col-
leagues.
MAK I NG A
D I F FERENCE
The SLF Board of Direc-
tors is devoted to making
a diference for our retired
colleagues. The Board is also
committed to positioning
the Foundation so that it can
support retirees in the future
who face trouble as a result
of changed retirement plans
or a troubled economy.
YOUR SUPPORT
MAKES I T HAPPEN
The Senior Living Foun-
dation can only accomplish
its mission thanks to your
support. The SLF receives
hundreds of donations each
year from the larger Foreign
Service family. The SLF is a
501(c)(3) charitable orga-
nization. Donations can be
made by check, money order,
Combined Federal Campaign
(#40530) or credit card via
our Web site at www.SLFoun-
dation.org.
The SLF has also greatly
beneftted from colleagues
by Bequests or Charitable
Remainder Trusts. Donations
to the SLF are proof that
today’s ofcers and retirees
are committed to our prede-
cessors, peers and friends
who face challenges after
their honorable service to our
nation.
The Senior Living Founda-
tion needs your sustained
support. Our colleagues and
their families served our
country with you. They now
need your support to cope
with life’s changes with peace
of mind, dignity and security.
That is the defnition of “tak-
ing care of our own.”
n
Nominate a Deserving Colleague
for an AFSA Dissent Award
    
For more than 40 years AFSA has sponsored the
Dissent Award program to recognize and encourage
constructive dissent and risk-taking in the Foreign
Service. This is unique within the U.S. Government.
Four awards are ofered: The F. Allen “Tex” Harris
the W. Averell Harriman Award, the William R. Rivkin
Award and the Christian A. Herter Award.
Deadline for the 2013 Dissent Awards is Feb. 28.
For more information or questions, please contact
Perri Green, AFSA Coordinator for Special Awards
and Outreach, at
green@afsa.org or
(202) 719-
9700.