Deadline approaching for nominations for SOSA, CCE-EFM and Tragen Awards!

26 years of SOSA!

Would you like to be recognized for your selfless contributions to post morale or your host country?

Would you like to nominate someone at post for their tireless efforts to bring about positive change?

If you answer YES, please submit a nomination for the 2016 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 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. Nominations may be submitted on the AAFSW website at http://www.aafsw.org/nominate-sosa-recipient/, or as sent as a Word document to office@aafsw.org. Nominations must be received by June 30, 2016. The award ceremony will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room at Department of State on November 10, 2016.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 16 STATE 38408 issued April 7, 2016. Please feel free to contact AAFSW with any questions regarding the 2016 SOSA Award by e-mail: office@aafsw.org, or phone: 703-820-5420. To review additional information on the outstanding accomplishments of recent recipients please http://www.aafsw.org/services/sosa/.

Karen Mehring
SOSA Coordinator

Seeking a strong contender for Champion of Career Enhancement for EFMs Award
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 award ceremony. Nominations may be submitted on the AAFSW website at http://www.aafsw.org/cce-efm-award-nomination/ for CCEEFM/, or emailed (Word documents only) to office@aafsw.org. Nominations are due by June 30, 2016.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 16 STATE 38408 issued April 7, 2016. You may also contact your CLO or Management Officer for additional information. Please feel free to contact AAFSW with any questions regarding the 2016 CCE-EFM Award by e-mail office@aafsw.org.

Wanted: 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 June 30, 2016. The recipient of the 2016 Tragen Award will receive a $2000 cash gift at the November 10, 2016 awards ceremony.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found in ALDAC cable 16 STATE 38408 issued April 7, 2016. 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 2016 Tragen Award by e-mail secimburek@dacorbacon.org, phone: 202-682-0500 ext. 14 or fax: 202-842-3295.

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