This event has been postponed. Please check back later for details on when it will be rescheduled. His Excellency Serdar Kılıç Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. AAFSW cordially invites you to attend a most interesting and critical presentation by a distinguished speaker, His Excellency Serdar Kılıç Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the George Marshall Auditorium at the Department of State. The presentation will help you become acquainted with the current challenges and opportunities faced by Turkey today and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Please come to the 21st Street NW entrance of… Read MoreContinue Reading
2016 SOSA Awardees to Be Honored on November 10
This year we received nineteen SOSA nominations from posts in all of the six geographic regions. AAFSW thanks those posts and individuals who took the time to nominate these volunteers. All the nominees’ remarkable activities have had a profound impact on Mission and host-country communities overseas. AAFSW is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the SOSA Award: AF Ronit and Craig Gerard, Dakar EAP Sofia Blake, Jakarta EUR Miriam Engstrom, Ankara NEA Bob Castro, Manama SCA Jennifer Heemstra, Kolkata WHA Farah Vinnedge, Brasilia Project summaries and photos will be posted on aafsw.org this month, so be sure to visit the website and check them out! The annual AAFSW Awards… Read MoreContinue Reading
AAFSW organizes speaker programs and events of interest to members and to the Foreign Service community in general. The organization is privileged to have access to the Benjamin Franklin Rooms at the Department of State as an elegant venue for hosting four speaker events annually. The programs are open to members and guests, with a social coffee time prior to the meeting. “Argo” author Tony Mendez, his wife Jonna Mendez, and AAFSW member Kathleen Stafford, one of the Embassy employees held hostage in 1979, at an AAFSW program in May 2013. The programs are normally held on the third Tuesday in the months of March, May, September and December. Programs… Read MoreContinue Reading
Successful EFM Business Fair in Asuncion: Try One at Your Post!
In September, Embassy Asuncion hosted an EFM Business Day under the auspices of AAFSW. Five business owners in the community shared their products and services on the compound during the lunch hour. The event was organized to share information about AAFSW, promote business owners in the Foreign Service community, and to specifically highlight businesses at post. To encourage participation, the business owners raffled off their products and services and served a great selection of tasty treats. Business owners included Kristen Carpenter, who sells Beachbody and Shakeology products. She shared samples and success stories sent in by her clients. April Marcus is the brew-master for an independent brewing company, Brewjas Brewing,… Read MoreContinue Reading
AAFSW/FBS Thanksgiving Luncheon, November 9
The AAFSW/Foreign Born Spouses cordially invite you to celebrate with us the traditions of Thanksgiving with a delicious luncheon at the residence of one of our members on Wednesday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to AAFSW firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 7 and please share with us your favorite dish to make for this special celebration. When you RSVP, you will receive information about the location. Thanksgiving Day is the first United States holiday ever celebrated by presidential proclamation. President George Washington proclaimed November 26, 1789 as Thanksgiving Day after Congress asked him to name a day of public thanksgiving and prayer for the time of prosperity, freedom and hope… Read MoreContinue Reading
AAFSW’s Advocacy History
Through advocacy within the State Department and Congress, we established the Global Community Liaison Office, supported the establishment of the Overseas Briefing Center (now known as the The Transition Center), Around the World in a Lifetime (AWAL), and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation, among other organizations. In the Department of State staff a housing referral office, operate a bookstore, and host periodic speakers at programs in the diplomatic reception rooms of the State Department. AAFSW was the original source of many of the publications now commonly updated and in the tool kits of mobile families.With our unique ability to lobby Congress on behalf of family members, we succeeded in gaining groundbreaking pension… Read MoreContinue Reading
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