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F OR E I GN S E R V I C E J OU R N A L / J UN E 2 0 1 2
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hawn Dorman, AFSA’s FS Books publisher, took
Inside aU.S. Embassy
and the
ForeignService Journal
toNewYork City for several speaking events. On
April 2, she spoke on Foreign Service careers to approx-
imately 25 students at ColumbiaUniversity. Her talkwas
sponsored by the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia
University. TomArmbruster,Diplomat-in-Residence for
the New York region, joined Dorman for the Q&A ses-
sion and everyone benefited from his participation.
The next day, Dormanparticipated in a teach-inpro-
gramon “Women andGirls in theWorld” at The Spence
School inNewYorkCity. An impressive array of sessions
filled theday, including talks on“Womenand theMedia,”
“Women inFinance,”“WomenandGirls andMath,”“Sex
Trafficking Today” and “Unlocking the Clubhouse.”
Dorman led three sessions on “Women in Diplomacy,”
two for high school students and one formiddle-school-
ers. Each session included from 15 to 20 students.
According to Dorman, the students were great: interested in the
topic, enthusiastic and full of questions.
“The middle school group (grades 5 through 7) was the most
fun,” she says. “Theywere fallingover eachother toask, andanswer,
questions the whole time. It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm.
I left convinced that even this young age group should hear about
diplomacy and the ForeignService, and they are ready to listen and
to remember.”
Announcing the Foreign Service Memorial Marker
BY BONNIE BROWN
AFSA RETIREE COUNSELING AND LEGISLATION COORDINATOR
Talking FS Careers in New York City
BY DONNA AYERST, AFSA NEWS EDITOR
On April 2, Shawn Dorman (far left) and Diplomat-in-Residence for the New York region Tom
Armbruster (far right) join a group of students from the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia
University.
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FSA is pleased to inaugurate the “Foreign Service Memorial Marker.”
Similar to medallions available to military personnel, our markers cele-
brate and commemorate the service rendered by Foreign Service mem-
bers and their spouses or partners.
The original idea for the marker came from Georgette Garner, widow of
ForeignService officer JohnGarner, and their son, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert
Garner, as a way to recognize John Garner’s life of service. Like the military,
ForeignServicemembers swear touphold theConstitutionof theUnitedStates,
play a vital role in our country’s national security and serve in dangerous posts
around the world.
AFSA’s elegant marker is made of architectural bronze and is 5-1/2 inches
indiameter. It is etchedwith amodifiedGreat Seal and thewords “UnitedStates
Foreign Service.” The marker was designed by Chris Fairchild, son of retired
FSO Al Fairchild.
Themarker can be affixed to gravestones or used for other presentation and
commemorative purposes. It is of the highest quality and comes in a velour
presentation box. For more information or to purchase the marker, please go
to
www.afsa.org/marker. O
rder forms are also available by calling (202) 719-
9715.