Programs, Events and Updates

May-June 2018

  1. AFSA Seeks Volunteers for Elections Committee
  2. Join Us at the BALLGAME!
  3. Congratulations to AFSA Scholarships and Merit Award Recipients!
  4. Write for The Foreign Service Journal
  5. Calling All FS Authors!
  6. Are You Retiring Soon?
  7. FSJ Shares Collection of FS Family Articles
  8. Please Update Your Address!

1) AFSA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

AFSA is currently seeking candidates to fill vacancies on its Committee on Elections to serve through July 2020. Ideally, committee members should reside in the D.C. area due to various election-related events.

Per the AFSA bylaws (Article VII, Section 1(a)), the committee must have at least five members and include representatives from all constituencies, not serve as chair of any other AFSA committee, and agree to refrain from nominating or serving as a member of the AFSA Governing Board for six months after their term of office. Interested candidates should contact Chief Operating Officer Russ Capps (capps@afsa.org) to receive a position description. Statements of interest are due by Wednesday, June 13. Committee appointments will be made at the June 20 AFSA Governing Board Meeting.

 

2) JOIN US AT THE BALLGAME ON SEPTEMBER 7!

The ever-popular Foreign Service Night at Nationals Park is coming back for a third time this September! We hope you will come out for a fun night and watch the hometown Washington Nationals take on the Chicago Cubs. AFSA members get specially priced tickets that include a $10 concession credit. We look forward to celebrating the centennial of the Diplomatic Courier Service during the game! Click here for more information and to buy a ticket!

 

3) CONGRATULATIONS TO AFSA SCHOLARSHIPS AND MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS!

AFSA is pleased to announce that this year, 36 Foreign Service children received AFSA merit awards, which totaled $129,000 this year. In addition, 59 applicants received AFSA financial aid scholarships, which amounted to $220,000. Congratulations to all the recipients! The merit award winners will be recognized during a youth awards ceremony taking place at the Department of State on July 13, where AFSA, FSYF and AAFSW present scholarships and awards.

 

4) WRITE FOR THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

The Foreign Service Journal welcomes your submissions on any topic of interest to members of the FS community. We are especially seeking Speaking Out submissions (1,500-1,800 words) and Reflections (700 words), as well as Features on topics of current concern (1,800-2,000 words). The 2018 FSJ editorial calendar of focus topics is online. We welcome submissions related to a focus topic, and recommend that you check in with Journal Editor Shawn Dorman (dorman@afsa.org) for details. Assume at least 8 to 12 weeks from submission to publication. The FSJ Editorial Board meets monthly to review and vote on which submissions to publish. Find guidance on how and what to submit at www.afsa.org/fsj-author-guidelines. Please share your thoughts about articles you read in the Journal by sending a letter to the editor to journal@afsa.org. Comments can also be shared on the AFSA or FSJ Facebook pages. Please send your feedback and submissions to journal@afsa.org.

 

5) CALLING ALL FS AUTHORS!

In November The Foreign Service Journal will feature its annual “In Their Own Write” issue to celebrate the wealth of literary talent within the Foreign Service community. Genres include history, biography, memoirs, issues and policy, fiction and other topics. Foreign Service-affiliated authors whose books have been published in 2017 or 2018 are invited to send us a copy of the book, along with a press release or backgrounder on it. Deadline for submissions is September 1. For more information, please email journal@afsa.org.

Send your materials and new books to the attention of: Dmitry Filipoff, Publications Coordinator, American Foreign Service Association Publications Department, 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.

 

6) ARE YOU RETIRING SOON?

If so, please make sure that you carry your AFSA membership into retirement. Be aware that your AFSA membership will not continue unless you transition it to Retiree Membership. We recommend you do so before you actually retire so that there is no break in your membership. Dues are less than half the active duty rate and include benefits specifically for retired members. You may access the retiree membership annuity deduction forms online by clicking here. Be sure to note the date of your retirement in your email to ensure a smooth transition. Questions? Please contact member@afsa.org. In case you are on the verge of retirement, you may find AFSA’s recent seminar on retirement planning to be useful; please visit www.afsa.org/video to watch it.

 

7) FSJ SHARES COLLECTION OF FS FAMILY ARTICLES

Now online courtesy of the FSJ Archive, a collection of both vintage and new writings on Foreign Service family issues. Foreign Service family life has always been challenging, rewarding, unique and filled with adventure. To complement the March 2018 FSJ focus checking in with Foreign Service families, dozens of articles on FS family life have been curated from the FSJ Archive and posted to the Archive’s Special Collections page. Read about how FS family life has changed, and stayed the same, during the past 100 years here.

 

8) PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS!

Did you receive the May issue of The Foreign Service Journal? If not, we may not have your most up-to-date address. Email us at member@afsa.org and we will correct your record.