THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSAGoverning Board Meeting, May 4, 2016
April Governing Board Minutes:
On a motion from
State Vice President Angie Bryan, the board unani-
mously approved the April 6 Governing Board minutes.
The April board meeting recommended
that, as a precaution to avoid violating Hatch Act rules,
a retiree board member should be the liaison to AFSA’s
Political Action Committee. Retiree Representative
Ambassador (ret.) Pat Butenis volunteered to take on
the role of liaison. A motion to appoint Amb. Butenis
as liaison to the PAC was proposed by Retiree Repre-
sentative Ambassador (ret.) John Limbert. The motion
In a two-step process, the Governing
Board was asked to approve AFSA’s nominees to the For-
eign Service Grievance Board and, separately, to approve
two nominees put forward by the other parties.
1–AFSA’s nominees to the FSGB.
Board was asked to consider the recommendations of
the Executive Committee for AFSA’s nominees to the
Foreign Service Grievance Board. On a motion from
State representative Eric Geelan, the board unani-
mously approved four candidates to be recommended
to the FSGB selection committee.
2–Other parties’ nominees to the FSGB.
President Ambassador (ret.) Tom Boyatt moved that the
Governing Board accept Ambassador (ret.) Lino Gutiérrez
and Frederick Ketchum to fill two of the three FSGB vacan-
cies. The motion passed unanimously.
At the Governing Board retreat on June 2, State Representative Leah Pease leads a review
of their previous year in office, with Retiree Representative Dean Haas facilitating. Board
members also discussed goals for the future of AFSA. Considering the presidential elections
in November, the board set out their message to the new administration—whoever it may
be—“Use us, Trust us, Invest in us”.
Governing Board Retreat
AFSA BEGINS LEGACY
AFSA is embarking on an ambitious
project to digitize the entire archive
of back issues of the
, as well as
The American Con-
that preceded it. This
digital archive, dating back to 1919,
will be a valuable resource for AFSA
members. In addition, we hope to be
able to make the archive available
to researchers and scholars seeking
information about the U.S. Foreign
Service and American diplomacy.
Phase I of the project—scanning
all back issues and creating optimized
digital files—has begun, and should be
completed by August-September. We
hope to complete Phase II—providing
access to the files—before the end of
We will keep you informed as the