The Foreign Service Journal, January-February 2021

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2021 51 AFSA NEWS AFSA NEWS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION Please check for the most up-to-date information. All events are subject to cancellation or rescheduling. December 25-January 3 AFSA Holiday Closure January 15 AFSA Governing Board Election Cycle Begins January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day AFSA Offices Closed January 20 Inauguration Day AFSA Offices Closed January 21 12-2 p.m. AFSA Governing Board Meeting January 27 12-1 p.m. Webinar: “Reviewing Your Retirement Plan” February 17 12-2 p.m. AFSA Governing Board Meeting CALENDAR 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 manage- ment and modernization of a multimillion-dollar organi- zation with a large staff and real impact in Washington, including securing con- gressional funding for the Foreign Service, working to tell the story of diplomacy to our fellow Americans and ensuring that all members of the Foreign Service are treated with fairness? If so, consider joining the next AFSA leadership team by running for a position on the 2021-2023 AFSA Govern- ing Board. Election Call Election of AFSA Officers and Constituency Representatives. This election call, issued in accordance with Article VII(2)(a) of the AFSA bylaws, constitutes a formal notice to all AFSA members 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 Repre- sentatives (6) (see additional information on p. 56) • USAID Representative (1) • Alternate FCS Representative (1) • Alternate FAS Representative (1) • USAGM Representative (1) • APHIS Representative (1) • Retired Member Representatives (2) These positions have two-year terms beginning on July 15, 2021. AFSA bylaws require that Governing Board members participate via in-person attendance at regularly scheduled meet- ings of the board within 60 days of taking office on July 15, or appointment to office thereafter, and throughout 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 reasonable amount of official time to attend meetings regarding labor management issues. Governing Board members are required to attend monthly lunchtime board meetings and may vol- unteer to serve on additional committees. To see position 2021-2023 AFSA Governing Board Call for Nominations Important Dates Feb. 12, 2021 Deadline for nominations Feb. 19, 2021 Committee on Elections announces candidates’ names April 26, 2021 Ballots and candidate statements mailed June 10, 2021 Ballots counted July 15, 2021 New Governing Board takes office Continued on page 56 JOSH