Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  62 / 76 Next Page
Basic version Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 62 / 76 Next Page
Page Background

62

OCTOBER 2015

|

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

We Want to Hear fromYou on Facebook

The American Foreign Service

Association is continuously

seeking ways to not only

inform but engage our mem-

bers. We want your feedback

on issues of importance to

you, your careers and your

families.

We’ve recently posed

questions to our Facebook followers to get an idea of

their views and experiences

on important topics.

For instance, we asked

whether our followers had

received personal notifica-

tion following the two Office

of Personnel Management

data breaches; the numer-

ous responses revealed that

an overwhelming amount

of members had yet to hear

anything regarding their

status.

This feedback tracked with

other input we’d received

through email and by phone,

which allowed us to have a

better sense of the needs of

our members as we com-

municated with OPM, Capitol

Hill and management at the

foreign affairs agencies on

the issue.

We plan to do more online

outreach in the future. With

about 70 percent of our

members stationed overseas

at any time, social media has

proven to be an excellent way

for us to get your perspective.

We encourage all members

to follow us on Facebook and

get involved in the conversa-

tion. You are our eyes and

ears; the more we hear from

you, the better we can repre-

sent you.

Of course, social media is

far from the only way to con-

tact AFSA’s staff and elected

officials, who are always

happy to be of assistance. A

list of contacts can be found

at

www.afsa.org/staff.

In addition, AFSA post reps

working at embassies and

consulates around the world

are a key conduit; find yours

at

www.afsa.org/postreps.

You may also wish to partici-

pate in our online discussion

forum at community.afsa.org.

And, as always, you can email

us at

member@afsa.org

.

We look forward to hearing

from you.

n

—Ásgeir Sigfússon,

Director of Communications

DESIGNEDBYJEFFLAU.

Annual Foreign Service Youth Awards Ceremony

ART CONTEST

Ages 5-8

FIRST PLACE:

Adriana Singh, Cotonou

SECOND PLACE:

Annika Bitner, Jerusalem

THIRD PLACE:

Luciana Belon, Paramaribo

Ages 9-12

FIRST PLACE:

Moses Smith, Harare

SECOND PLACE:

Jacob Newman, Mbabane

THIRD PLACE:

Caroline Toyryla, Vientiane

Ages 13-18

FIRST PLACE:

Cora Deininger, Washington, D.C.

SECOND PLACE:

Camryn Carswell, Ramstein-

Miesenbach

THIRD PLACE:

Ericka Betts, Santo Domingo

ESSAY CONTEST

Middle School

FIRST PLACE:

Liam Rathke, Washington, D.C.

SECOND PLACE:

Elizabeth Wong, Kigali

THIRD PLACE:

Stephen Harvey, Guadalajara

High School

FIRST PLACE:

Ari Albalak, Bridgetown

SECOND PLACE:

Cassidy Chang, Gaborone

THIRD PLACE:

Diego Rubey, Bogota

K I DV I D CONTEST

FIRST PLACE (TIE):

Madeline Faber, Moscow

Daphne Valen and Sloane Valen, Vancouver

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Aurelius Barrus and Daniel Razick, Georgetown

Joshua Hendriksen, Amman

Caroline and Gabriela Ousley Naseman, Chennai

COMMUN I TY SERV I CE AWARDS

Joshua Smith-Sreen, Nairobi

Gregor Chisholm, Amman

Shannon O’Meara, Nassau (Honorable Mention)

ACADEMI C MER I T AWARDS

FIRST PLACE:

Claire Young, Seoul

SECOND PLACE:

Erik Enstrom Schofer, Vienna

AAFSW MER I T SCHOLARSH I P

AWARDS

HIGH SCHOOL/GAP YEAR MERIT AWARD:

Patrick Odlum

COLLEGE MERIT AWARD:

Meredith Hilton

BEST ESSAY AWARD:

Sofia Tipton

JUDY FELT MEMORIAL VOLUNTEERISM AWARD:

Kendall Thompson

On July 10, Director General Arnold A. Chacón, the Family Liaison Office and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation hosted the

2015 Youth Awards Ceremony at the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Center. Foreign Service children received awards

for their art, essay writing, video production, community service and scholarly achievements.

The ceremony also recognized awardees of the Associates of American Foreign ServiceWorldwide Merit Scholarship Award

program.

To learn more about the FSYF and AAFSWawards, visit their websites at

www.fsyf.org

and

www.aafsw.org.

n