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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
69
WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
CALENDAR
6/18/2012
4:30 – 6:30 PM
GLIFAA
Awards Ceremony
6/26/2012
4:00 – 6:00 PM
AFSA Awards Ceremony
6/27/2012
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Luncheon:
167th A-100 Class
7/4/2012
8:00 – 5:00 PM
Independence Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
7/10/2012
2:00 – 3:30 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“The Dissent Papers”
7/11/2012
12:00 – 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
8/8/2012
12:00 – 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
9/3/2012
8:00 – 5:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
9/5/2012
12:00 – 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
10/3/2012
12:00 – 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
CALENDAR
3/6/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
3/6/2013
Deadline: AFSA Financial Aid
Applications
3/10 - 3/14/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
3/17 - 3/20/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
4/3/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
4/7 - 4/10/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
4/10/2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Seminar: Eldercare and
Health Management
4/15/2013
Deadline: AFSA High School
Essay Contest
5/1/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
5/3/2013
Foreign Afairs Day/AFSA
Memorial Plaque Ceremony
5/5/2013
Public Service Recognition
Day 5K Run/Walk
5/22/2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“Master Class”
AFSA Joins the Board of FEEA
The American Foreign Ser-
vice Association has joined
the board of the Federal
Employee Education &
Assistance Fund. FEEA is an
important asset to Foreign
Service members and other
federal employees by
providing assistance to FS
personnel and their family
members.
The organization
manages the Diplomatic
Fund, which helps pay the
cost of college tuition for
children of diplomats slain
by terrorists. This fund was
originally established by
the Departments of State
and Defense in August
1995 to help the families of
three individuals who were
killed while on a diplomatic
mission in Bosnia. With the
Diplomatic Fund, FEEA has
provided over $10.2 million
in scholarships to more than
8,000 students.
There are currently
scholarships for more than
300 students who lost a
parent in the Oklahoma City
bombing, the 1998 terrorist
attacks on U.S. embassies in
Africa and at the Pentagon
on 9/11. The goal is to raise
enough money to provide full
scholarships to the students
currently identifed, as well
as to make the same promise
to students who lose a diplo-
matic parent to terrorists in
the future.
As the number of diplo-
mats slain by terrorists sadly
increases, it seems more
BY JENNI FER LOWRY, AFSA STAFF
important than ever for AFSA
to join the FEEA board.
FEEA’s contributions to
federal employees and their
families extend far beyond
scholarships. They also ofer
emergency assistance to
federal families struggling to
meet basic living expenses.
More than $7. 7 million in
emergency no-interest loans
and grants to over 13,000
federal employees have
been provided over the last
25 years. Included in these
amounts are grants and
loans following major disas-
ters like Hurricanes Andrew
and Katrina, the Oklahoma
City bombing and the 9/11
terrorist attacks.
FEEA is the only non-proft
organization devoted solely
to helping civilian federal
employees. Its simple,
yet signifcant, mission
speaks volumes: to assist
civilian federal employees
whenever and wherever
the need arises.
With the unique nature
of the Foreign Service, we
hope that our input on the
FEEA board will help in
making decisions related
to our nation’s diplomatic
service. We look forward
to participating in FEEA’s
important work and sharing
this new experience with our
members. Please consider
joining in FEEA’s charity 5K
run/walk on May 5. Learn
more at
www.feea.org.
n
Notice: AFSA Governing Board
Elections
Please visit the AFSAWeb site to learn more about
the current AFSA Governing Board Elections, includ-
ing a list of candidates and access to the online
forums for discussing campaign issue
s www.afsa.
org/elections.
All members in good standing as of
March 15, should receive a ballot to be mailed on or
about April 15. In the event that you do not receive
your ballot, please contact
election@afsa.org.
For the frst time, members for whom we have an e-
mail address will have the option of voting online.
More than $7. 7 million in
emergency no-interest
loans and grants to over
13,000 federal employees
have been provided over
the last 25 years.