Nominees Sought: SOSA, CCE-EFM, Tragen Awards

Seeking Outstanding Volunteers Abroad for SOSA’s 25th Anniversary

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) annually presents the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) to recognize the most exceptional volunteer efforts by Foreign Service employees and family members abroad. During its 25-year history, the program has honored more than 100 awardees chosen from over 130 diplomatic missions.

This year it could be you or someone at your post!

If you know someone who has provided immeasurable time, effort and care to improving life for others at post or in the local community, please nominate them for the 2015 SOSA Award. Nominees can be Foreign Service Officers, spouses, family members, EFM domestic partners, or Members of Household. All members of the Foreign Service are encouraged to present nominations. A panel selects recipients from each of the six regional bureaus. Winners will receive a $2500 cash reward, a certificate signed by the Secretary of State, and a pin commemorating the awards ceremony. Travel to Washington, DC will be paid for by regional bureaus.

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Winners at the 2014 AAFSW Awards Ceremony.

Nominations must be received by July 31, 2015. The award ceremony will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room at Department of State on November 10, 2015.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 15 STATE 25726 issued March 11, 2015. You may also contact your CLO or Management Officer for additional information. Please feel free to contact AAFSW with any questions regarding the 2015 SOSA Award by e-mail office@aafsw.org, phone: 703 820-5420 or fax: 703-820-5421.

Lara L. Center
AAFSW SOSA Coordinator
sosa@aafsw.org

In Quest of a Champion of Career Enhancement for EFMs

The AAFSW “Champions of Career Enhancement for Eligible Family Members” Award (CCEEFM) was developed by AAFSW’s EFM Employment Committee to recognize and incentivize those who go above and beyond their job descriptions and routine daily activities to promote the cause of employment and career development for Foreign Service family members.

The winning individual or group will receive a cash award of $750 and will be honored at the November 10 ceremony. Nominations are due by July 31, 2015.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 15 STATE 25726 issued March 11, 2015. You may also contact your CLO or Management Officer for additional information. Please feel free to contact AAFSW with any questions regarding the 2015 CCE-EFM Award by e-mail office@aafsw.org, phone: 703 820-5420 or fax: 703-820-5421.

Seeking Exceptional Family Member Advocate

Since 2006, Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR) has presented the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award. This award recognizes a family member who has effectively advocated for family member rights and benefits, as did the late Eleanor Tragen, a long-time AAFSW member. The award is funded by the income from a gift to DACOR Bacon House Foundation from her husband, retired Foreign Service Officer Irving Tragen.

DACOR is seeking nominations for such an individual. Nominees can be Foreign Service Officers, spouses, family members, EFM domestic partners, or Members of Household. All members of the Foreign Service are encouraged to present nominations. Nomination deadline is July 31, 2015. The recipient of the 2015 Tragen Award will receive a $2000 cash gift at the November 10, 2015 awards ceremony.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 15 STATE 25726 issued March 11, 2015. You may also contact your CLO or Management Officer for additional information. Please feel free to contact Susan Cimburek of DACOR with any questions regarding the 2012 Tragen Award by e-mail secimburek@dacorbacon.org, phone: 202-682-0500 ext. 14 or fax: 202-842-3295.

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