The Foreign Service Journal - December 2017

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | DECEMBER 2017 57 AFSA NEWS AFSAWelcomes 146th Specialist Class On Oct. 5, AFSA welcomed 62 members of the 146th Specialist Class to a luncheon at the association’s headquar- ters building. AFSA President Ambas- sador Barbara Stephenson hosted the luncheon, while State VP Ken Kero-Mentz, State Representative Law- rence Casselle and other members of the AFSA Gov- erning Board were on hand to speak with the new Foreign AFSA/GEMMADVORAK AFSAGoverning Board Meeting, October 18, 2017 Awards Committee: On behalf of the Awards & Plaques Committee, State Representative Josh Glazeroff moved to add a name to the AFSAmemorial plaque. The motion was approved unanimously. Management Committee: On behalf of the Management Committee, AFSATreasurer Ambassador TonyWayne moved to increase dues by 2.2 percent for all active-duty, retired and associate members, based on the recently released Consumer Price Index. The motion was approved unanimously. 2018 AFSA Budget: Executive Director Ian Houston gave a presentation to the board covering the proposed AFSA budget for 2018. The Governing Board will vote on the budget at a future meeting. n Service members and answer their questions about AFSA and the many ways the asso- ciation can assist, protect and advocate for them. Above, Senior Staff Attor- ney Neera Parikh (left) speaks to the class about the func- tions of AFSA in its dual role as a professional association and labor union. More than 80 percent of the participants chose to join AFSA at the event. n