The Foreign Service Journal - April 2014 - page 54

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APRIL 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
Proficiency in foreign languages is a crucial attribute for all
Foreign Service personnel. The American Foreign Service
Association’s Sinclaire Language Awards program recognizes
language students for outstanding accomplishments in the
study of a level III or IV language and its associated culture.
The Matilda W. Sinclaire Language Award program was
established in 1982 by a bequest from Ms. Sinclaire, a former
Foreign Service employee, to AFSA. The purpose of her
bequest was to “promote and reward superior achievement
by career officers of the Foreign Service of the United States
while studying one of the ‘hard’ languages under the auspices
of the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.”
Any career-conditional Foreign Service member from the
foreign affairs agencies (Department of State, U.S. Agency for
International Development, Foreign Commercial Service, For-
eign Agricultural Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service and the International Broadcasting Bureau) is eligible.
ost
language officers nominate candidates for the award. Winners
are selected by a committee that consists of volunteer AFSA
members, representatives from FSI, a member of the AFSA
Governing Board and the AFSA Awards and Plaques Commit-
tee. Winners receive a check for $1,000 and a certificate of
recognition signed by the AFSA president and the chair of the
AFSA Awards and Plaques Committee.
AFSA commends FSI’s School of Language Studies for
its dedication in preparing language students for the intense
challenges of modern diplomacy and congratulates this year’s
10 recipients of the Sinclaire Language Awards:
Miriam R. Asnes
Arabic
Sonnet A. Frisbee
Czech
Paul F. Narain
Greek
Jacob M. Rocca
Hebrew
Timothy Shriver
Hungarian
Robert Silberstein
Lithuanian
Alan J. Smith
Russian
Adam T. Stevens
Vietnamese
Matthew Wilson
Bulgarian
Bryan G. Wockley
Persian/Dari/Afghan
Information on the Sinclaire Awards is available at www.
afsa.org/sinclaire or contact Special Awards and Outreach
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2013 Sinclaire Award
Recipients Announced
On Jan. 24, AFSA Vice
President for Retirees Larry
Cohen addressed more than
140 AFSA members and
other guests of the Foreign
Service Retirees Associa-
tion of Florida at the group’s
annual statewide luncheon in
Sarasota.
Cohen discussed some
of the issues AFSA is cur-
rently focused on, including
chief-of-mission qualification
guidelines for ambassadorial
candidates. He also acknowl-
edged members’ concerns
regarding the Department
of State’s When Actually
Employed program and the
difficulty retirees have in find-
ing job opportunities. “The
new registry is ineffective as
AFSAVP Meets with Florida
Retirees
BY TOM SWITZER, SPEAKERS BUREAU DIRECTOR
currently designed and is not
a viable substitute for work-
ing through bureau-managed
registries,” he observed.
Describing the state of
play regarding the FiscalYear
2015 federal budget, Cohen
commented, “The real battle
shaping up is protection of
active-duty Foreign Service
personnel who may face
reduced benefits and pay
freezes,” Cohen said. “Ben-
efits for current annuitants
would not likely be impacted
this round.”
Cohen closed his remarks
by praising the FSRA’s
initiative to include eligible
returned Peace Corps Volun-
teers as association mem-
bers.
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AFSA Vice President
for Retirees Larry
Cohen addresses a
Foreign Service Retirees
Association of Florida
meeting on Jan. 24.
“Show Me Diplomacy” Photos
Our goal is to show the last 90 years of the Foreign
Service through your lens. Send us a photograph that
represents diplomacy and the Foreign Service. We will
create a presentation that will be shown at our next
Happy Hour and post it on our website. Please
provide one photo with your name, where and when
the photo was taken. Submit your photo via e-mail
as an attachment to
use #90FS in
Instagram and post-a-picture, or leave your photo as
a comment on
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