AAFSW at a Glance


The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) was established in 1960 and is the oldest non­-governmental organization supporting the American diplomatic community.

AAFSW is a primary advocate and serves as a support network for family members of Foreign Service employees. AAFSW advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Family Liaison OfficeOverseas Briefing Center, and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.

AAFSW membership extends to all of the foreign affairs agencies. We participate in the Inter­Agency Roundtable (quarterly information ­sharing events for family member support offices from all foreign affairs agencies) and the Foreign Affairs Council (a forum for non­-governmental organizations related to the Foreign Service.

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A Lunch and Talent Show to Remember

With the recent lunch and talent show, AAFSW once again provided an awesome moment to cherish in memory. Our marvelous host, Alise Laroche Randolph, prepared the delicious main course, and several members and other guests brought a variety of appetizers, other dishes and desserts for all to enjoy. This delicious lunch was followed by a […]

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Mother’s Day at Twin Oaks

A beautifully preserved estate built in 1888, The Twin Oaks was named after the two oak trees in front of its majestic architectural beauty. A large group of about 50 AAFSW members and guests arrived to honor this beauty that is hidden away from the outside. Many thanks to Sandy and Sheila for arranging for […]

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How to Address a Break in Employment

So many of us, especially the “trailing spouse”, have a break in our employment for some reason or another. The Foreign Service often gives us the choice of taking a break from our careers or forces us into leaving our chosen profession for a tour (or three or four). If you have already taken a […]

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Memorial Service for June Byrne Spencer

The family of June Byrne Spencer (May 30, 1917 – October 13, 2015), first President of the AAFSW, will hold a memorial event for friends and family of June Spencer on Saturday June 4, 2016 during the 11:00 a.m. service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 “O” Street NW in Georgetown, Washington, DC, to be […]

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