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AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

2014 SURVEY

AFSA Listens to Its Members

BY JANET HEDRICK, DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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APRIL 2015

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April 1

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

April 6

12-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon

Incoming USAID class

April 12-16

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Washington, D.C.

April 14

12-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon

181st A-100 class

April 15

AFSA Advocacy Day on

Capitol Hill

April 15

Tax Day

Don’t forget to consult the

AFSA Tax Guide!

May 1

Foreign Affairs Day

AFSA Memorial Plaque

Ceremony

May 6

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

May 10

9 a.m.

Third Annual

Public Service 5K Run/Walk

May 17-21

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Washington, D.C.

June 3

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

June 9

4-6 p.m.

AFSA Awards Ceremony

In 2014, AFSA conducted an

extensive survey of members’

interests, priorities and degree

of engagement with the asso-

ciation.We were extremely

pleased with the response:

nearly 3,500 active-duty,

retired and associate mem-

bers took the survey during

the three weeks it was open.

(Some non-members also

participated.) The results gave

us a snapshot of our member-

ship’s opinions.

AFSA contracted Capital

Development Strategies to

conduct the survey, which

covered a wide variety of top-

ics related to Foreign Service

careers, work-life balance,

professional development,

security and retiree issues, as

well as AFSA-specific engage-

ment questions.

“This was a unique survey

that served to confirm that

our organization is focused on

the priorities of the member-

ship,” says AFSA Executive

Director Ian Houston. The

survey results will allow us

“to adjust where necessary,

refocus on key items and

crystalize our services” and

will assist in making deci-

sions regarding policies and

priorities,“to ensure AFSA

continues to actively repre-

sent its active-duty, retiree

and associate constituencies

at the highest level,”Houston

adds.

The 2014 AFSA survey was

the first of its kind in that it

sought input from across all

constituencies, specialties,

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