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On Oct. 20, AFSA hosted an

Autumn Happy Hour at its

headquarters. The festive

event brought together new

AFSAmembers and old-tim-

ers, active-duty and retired,

as well as Foreign Service

colleagues considering joining

the association.

In welcoming attendees,

AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson encour-

aged long-serving members

of the Foreign Service to

share their experiences and

advice with new members.

She also talked about

AFSA’s 50-state outreach

initiative, which aims to

“tell the story of the Foreign

Service,” encour-

aging members to

join in this effort.

When you speak to

schools, colleges

or social and busi-

ness groups, Amb.

Stephenson said,

help Americans

understand how to

answer the ques-

tion: “Why does

the Foreign Service matter

to me?”

Amb. Stephenson and

several board members

joined AFSA staff and

approximately 80 members

and potential members for

drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Members of the Foreign

Service who have not yet

joined AFSA were invited to

ask questions about the asso-

ciation and its work. Locally

Employed staff, members of

the larger foreign affairs com-

munity and those considering

a career in the Foreign Service

are most welcome and

encouraged to join AFSA as

associate members. Write to

for details.

Amb. Stephenson asked

for a show of hands from

attendees about whether

people would attend more

regular happy hour events

at AFSA. The response was a

resounding “Yes!”

Another happy hour

took place on Nov. 17. Watch

AFSAnet for details of future



—Katherine Perroots

Editorial Intern

AFSA Hosts

Autumn Happy Hour



Attendees at the AFSAAutumn

Happy Hour responding to a

question fromAFSA President

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson.

From left:


Editor in Chief Shawn Dorman,

FSO Cameron Thomas-Shah, Natasha Pinol and

Member Services Director Janet Hedrick at the

AFSA Autumn Happy Hour.