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MAY 2017




AFSA Election Candidates Attend Town Hall Meeting

Your Vote Matters—Use It!

The election for the 2017-

2019 AFSA Governing Board

and a vote on three pro-

posed bylaw amendments is

underway. Details about the

election, including the rules,

can be found at



All members should have

received candidates’ cam-

paign literature, proposed

bylaw amendments plus

explanation and a statement

of opposition to one proposed

amendment with their ballot,

and may also view the infor-

mation on the AFSA website




Ballots were

distributed on April 17. If you

have a valid email address

on file with AFSA, an email

containing a unique passcode

and instructions for voting

online was sent to you.

If you did not receive

that email, and are a regular

member who was in good

standing as of March 17,

you can also visit the

secure online ballot site, ,

and request that an email

containing unique login cre-

dentials be sent to you.

Be sure to add


your approved sender list to

ensure receipt.

Printed ballots have been

sent to all retired members

via the U.S. Postal Service. If

an online and a printed ballot

are returned for the same

member, only the printed bal-

lot will be counted. If you have

not received a ballot by May

8, please contact election@

Requests for a duplicate

On April 4 AFSA hosted a town hall

event for the upcoming election of the

2017-2019 AFSAGoverning Board.

Shown here, from left, are Election

Committee members Lee Brayman,

Mort Dworken, Curt Whittaker and

SusanWong (chair).

Nearly 20 candidates came to

speak on their platform and hear ques-

tions from AFSA members. Each can-

didate had the opportunity to discuss

their qualifications for the position for

which they are standing, and to explain

how they will advocate for the Foreign

Service and AFSA members if they

were to be elected. A recording of the

event is available on the AFSA website,


ballot can be sent by email to

or in writ-

ing to: AFSA Committee on

Elections, 2101 E Street NW,

Washington DC 20037. Please

include your full name, cur-

rent address, email address

and telephone number.

Ballot Tally:

On June 8,

at 8 a.m. EDT, the printed

ballots will be collected from

the post office inWashington,

D.C. Printed ballots must be

received at the post office by

that time to be counted. The

online voting site will close at

8 a.m. EDT on June 8.

All AFSAmembers are

strongly encouraged to vote

in this election. Please review

your options for voting and

ensure that you cast your bal-

lot in a timely manner.

Thank you for your par-





Members of the AFSA Committee on Elections at the town hall.