The Foreign Service Journal, January-February 2019

AFSA NEWS THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2019 59 THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION Call for Nominations: 2019-2021 AFSA Governing Board Do you want to represent your colleagues and help ensure that the voice of the Foreign Service is heard on the Hill and around the country? Do you want to participate in the man- agement andmodernization of a multimillion-dollar organiza- tion with a large staff and real impact inWashington? If so, consider joining the next AFSA leadership team by running for a position on the 2019-2021 AFSAGoverning Board. Election Call Election of AFSA Officers and Constituency Repre- sentatives. This election call, issued in accordance with Article VII(2)(a) of the AFSA bylaws, constitutes a formal notice to all AFSAmembers of the opportunity to participate in the nomination and election of a new Governing Board. Call for Nominations Available Positions. The following positions will be filled in this election: Officers • President • Secretary • Treasurer • Vice President for State • Vice President for USAID • Vice President for FCS • Vice President for FAS • Vice President for Retirees Constituency Representatives • State Department Representatives (6) • USAID Representatives (1) • Alternate FCS Representative (1) • Alternate FAS Representative (1) • USAGMRepresentative (1) • APHIS Representative (1) • Retired Member Representatives (2) These positions have two- year terms beginning July 15, 2019. AFSA bylaws require that Governing Board mem- bers participate via in-person attendance at regularly sched- uled meetings of the board within 60 days of taking office on July 15 or appointment to office thereafter, and through- out their term in office. The president and State, USAID, FCS and FAS vice presidents are full-time posi- tions detailed to AFSA. These employees are assigned over complement and are eligible for time-in-class extensions. The active-duty representa- tive positions are not full time, but they are given a reason- able amount of official time to attend meetings regarding labor management issues. Governing Board members are required to attend monthly lunchtime board meetings and may volunteer to serve on additional committees. To see position descriptions for all officer positions, go to Nomination Procedures Nominating Candidates. Any AFSA regular member in good standing (i.e., a member whose dues are automatically deducted or who has paid dues as of Feb. 1, 2019) may nominate any person (includ- ing themselves) for any of the available positions for which the nominee is eligible. The following requirements apply to nominations: 1. No member may nomi- nate more than one person for each officer position or more than the number of represen- tatives established for each constituency. No member’s name may appear on the bal- lot for more than one position. 2. All nominations must be submitted in writing by letter, cable, fax or email. To be valid, they must, without exception, be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2019. All written nominations must be addressed to the AFSA Committee on Elec- tions, 2101 E Street NW,Wash- ington, D.C., 20037. Members overseas can send “AFSA January 1 New Year’s Day AFSA Offices Closed January 14 Deadline: Sinclaire Language Award Nominations January 15 12-1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Economic DiplomacyWorks” U.S. Diplomacy Center January 16 12-1:30 p.m. AFSA Governing Board Meeting January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day AFSA Offices Closed January 22 12-1:30 p.m. “Retirement Planning 5 to 10 Years Out” February 5 Webinar: “Reviewing Your Retirement Plan” February 18 Presidents Day AFSA Offices Closed February 20 12-1:30 p.m. AFSA Governing Board Meeting February 27 Time TBD Webinar: “The View fromWashington” March 15 Deadline: AFSA Scholarship Applications CALENDAR Important Dates: Feb. 1, 2019 Deadline for nominations Feb. 15, 2019 Committee on Elections announces candidates’ names April 28, 2019 Ballots and candidate statements mailed June 12, 2019 Ballots counted July 15, 2019 New Governing Board takes office Continued on p. 64