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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JULY-AUGUST 2016

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AFSA NEWS

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.

PAC Liaison:

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

passed unanimously.

FSGB Nominees:

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.

The Governing

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.

Retiree Vice

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.

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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”.

AFSA/SHAWNDORMAN

Governing Board Retreat

AFSA BEGINS LEGACY

PROJECT: DIGITIZATION

OF THE

FSJ

ARCHIVE

AFSA is embarking on an ambitious

project to digitize the entire archive

of back issues of the

Foreign Service

Journal

, as well as

The American Con-

sular Bulletin

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

the year.

We will keep you informed as the

project progresses.

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NEWS BRIEF