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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2013
53
AFSA NEWS
AFSA Proudly Announces
the Recipients of the
2013 AFSA Awards
The Lifetime Contributions to
American Diplomacy Award
Ambassador George W. Landau
CONSTRUCTIVE DISSENT
The William R. Rivkin Award
Theodore Lyng
The W. Averell Harriman Award
James T. Rider
EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE
The
Avis Bohlen Award
Leah Evans, Embassy Kyiv
The Nelson B. Delavan Award
Mikkela Thompson, Embassy Dhaka
Runner up:
Karen Landherr, Embassy Khartoum
The M. Juanita Guess Award
Elizabeth Jenkins, Embassy Caracas
and
Jessica McVay, Embassy Khartoum
On May 22, the AFSA Book
Notes Program welcomed
author Peter Spiers and his
new book,
“Master Class: Liv-
ing Longer, Stronger and Hap-
pier.”
Spiers is a senior vice
president at Road Scholar,
a Boston-based nonproft
organization dedicated to
educational travel. AFSA
has ofered Road Scholar
programs since 1996.
His father, Ronald Spiers,
served as ambassador to
Turkey, Pakistan and the
Bahamas. Spending his
childhood in the Foreign
Service and the work of his
parents helped to shape and
infuence his life, Spiers told
the large audience gathered
at AFSA.
So what is the secret to
living longer, stronger, and
happier? According to Spiers,
the secret is having an active
lifestyle that blends moving,
thinking, socializing and cre-
ating. Through inspirational
stories from active seniors,
supported by the latest
research in the felds of psy-
chology and neuroscience,
“Master Class”
shows how
to build an enriching lifestyle
on a foundation of favorite
activities. Spiers provides
easy-to-follow charts that
allow the reader to break out
of their daily routines by fll-
ing the gaps with a selection
from 25 “master activities,”
BOOK NOTES PROGRAM
“Master Class: Living Longer,
Stronger and Happier”
BY MATTHEW SUMRAK ,
ASSOCI ATE COORDINATOR FOR RET I REES
such as learning a musical
instrument, playing tennis or
volunteering.
Road Scholar partici-
pants follow many of Spiers’
suggestions for an enriched
lifestyle, and are active in
communities throughout
the U.S. and more than 150
countries worldwide. They
ofer over 6,500 programs,
with activity levels ranging
from easy to challenging.
Questions and comments
from the audience refected
their excitement and motiva-
tion to put Spiers words into
action. He ended his presen-
tation with one last question
for the audience, “When was
the last time you tried some-
thing new for the frst time?”
To view the event online,
please see www.afsa.org/
AFSAVideos.aspx. For mor
e
on Road Scholar programs
and educational adventures
see
www.roadscholar.org
.
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(L to R) AFSA FCS VP Keith Curtis,
author Peter Spiers and AFSA
Executive Director Ian Houston at
Book Notes.
The next Book Notes Program will
present
“50 Years in USAID”
on July
11, 2 to 3:30 P.M. at AFSA. RSVP
events@afsa.org.