THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
April 6, 2016
Following a discussion of the F. Allen ‘Tex’ Harris
and W. Averell Harriman Award nominations and the need
to build consensus on what constitutes dissent, a motion
was put forward by State Representative John Dinkelman
that these awards not be granted in 2016. The motion
Amotion to approve the Award Committee’s recom-
mendations for the remaining awards was made by State
Representative John Dinkelman. The motion passed
On a motion from Retiree Vice President
Tom Boyatt, the board approved the appointment of Earl
Anthony ‘Tony’Wayne to the position of treasurer for
the AFSA PAC. Ambassador (ret.) Wayne most recently
served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico and retired in Sep-
State Representative Appointments:
Because four Gov-
erning Board members are departing during the next few
months, the board approved the appointment of the follow-
ing AFSAmembers as their replacements: Jason Donovan
(effective in May), Keith Hanigan, Kara McDonald and Alison
Storsve (effective summer 2016). The board particularly
noted that the new board members reflect, as far as pos-
sible, the demographics of the board originally chosen by
AFSAmembers in the June 2015 AFSA election.
On a motion by State Represen-
tative John Dinkelman, the board affirmed their trust in
President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson to advocate
for AFSA in the committee stage of Senate Bill S. 2450
(the Administrative Leave Act of 2016).
AFSA Policy Positions:
AFSA President Ambassador
Barbara Stephenson submitted a policy memo on AFSA’s
overarching objectives when advocating for its members
to the board for approval.
Following discussion on refining and focusing the goals,
particularly with regard to career planning and access
to due process, a motion for approval was proposed by
Retiree Representative Dean Haas. The motion passed.
AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, speaking at the reception. In her
remarks, Amb. Stephenson recalled the bipartisan resolution signed by 54 senators—
including then Senator John Kerry—which designated the first Friday in May as
Foreign Service Day.
AFSA members and invited guests at the Foreign Service Day
reception, following a program of distinguished speakers and
events at the Department of State.
Foreign Service Day Reception
Retired FSOs Douglas Wake and Connie Phlipot, who married in
the AFSA headquarters in 1988, attending the Foreign Service
Day reception. AFSA members since A-100, together they have
served over 60 years.