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Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) is an independent, non-profit organization that advocates for U.S. Foreign Service families.

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AAFSW reminder: Please vote in our 2020 Executive Board election! https://www.aafsw.org/ballot-for-aafsw-executive-board...
07/23/2020
Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates - 2020 - AAFSW

AAFSW reminder: Please vote in our 2020 Executive Board election! https://www.aafsw.org/ballot-for-aafsw-executive-board-candidates-2020/

Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates – 2020 AAFSW Elections: July 1 - July 31, 2020 All AAFSW members are encouraged to vote for AAFSW Executive Board candidates, who will serve a two-year term (from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022). To vote for a candidate, place a check next to the n...

Farewell letter from our outgoing president Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD -- https://www.aafsw.org/thank-you-thank-you...
07/21/2020
THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU! Letter from AAFSW 2016-2020 President – July 1, 2020 - AAFSW

Farewell letter from our outgoing president Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD -- https://www.aafsw.org/thank-you-thank-you-thank-you-letter-from-aafsw-2016-2020-president-july-1-2020-2/

Dear Fellow AAFSW Volunteers and Members, Time flies when you have a wonderful time! The last four years that I had the honor of being the elected President of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) have been simply fantastic! I got to know many of you and interact with man...

We've updated our "Spouses in Transition" page with new and helpful links; have a look here: https://www.aafsw.org/spous...
07/18/2020
Spouses in Transition - AAFSW

We've updated our "Spouses in Transition" page with new and helpful links; have a look here: https://www.aafsw.org/spouses-in-transition/

Coping with Divorce and Moving on with AAFSW   Divorce within the Foreign Service community always involves legal challenges that can complicate the process, especially when there are children involved. Relocation, when a trailing spouse wants to return home with the children, often with no moral o...

07/06/2020

Laugh for the Health of It: Learn and Practice Laughter Wellness

AAFSW Wellness Workshop Via Zoom on Wednesday, July 15
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Washington DC Time

Please sign up ASAP by emailing [email protected]. Additional sessions may be added based on demand. Cost: Free with optional donation to the presenter via PayPal.

Please VOTE for our executive board candidates running for our open 2020 positions. Voting is open until July 31. Access...
07/06/2020
Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates - 2020 - AAFSW

Please VOTE for our executive board candidates running for our open 2020 positions. Voting is open until July 31. Access the ballot online here: https://www.aafsw.org/ballot-for-aafsw-executive-board-candidates-2020/

Ballot for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates – 2020 AAFSW Elections: July 1 - July 31, 2020 All AAFSW members are encouraged to vote for AAFSW Executive Board candidates, who will serve a two-year term (from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022). To vote for a candidate, place a check next to the n...

AAFSW Welcomes Granted Financial Support and GenerosityDear AAFSW Members and Friends,I am extremely grateful to all who...
06/26/2020
Grant Awardees - AED - Arlington Economic Development

AAFSW Welcomes Granted Financial Support and Generosity

Dear AAFSW Members and Friends,

I am extremely grateful to all who have been supporting AAFSW with your generous donations during the last sixty years since AAFSW's inception and, especially, with your recent contributions during the last few months.

I am also extremely happy to announce that, besides all your recent donations, AAFSW has just received a $5,000.00 grant from Arlington County! The grant application was available to entities in Arlington County with paid employees who reside within Arlington. Thanks to Barbara Reioux's, our AAFSW Office Manager's amazing work submitting the application, AAFSW received the $5,000.00 grant! AAFSW will be required to provide a report on how the money has been used by January 2021. Please, check: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com/covid-19/grant-information/grant-awardees/

Also, on Monday, May 11, 2020, AAFSW received an $8,102.00 Personal Protection Program (PPP) loan from Bank of America, again a product of Barbara Reioux's diligent work! After 60 days (on Friday, July 10, 2020), AAFSW will need to submit a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan forgiveness application. If the money has not run out (first come - first serve), AAFSW will keep this money as a grant too. If the money has run out, AAFSW will need to pay back this PPP loan within 6 months at 1% interest.

All of us at AAFSW are very happy for receiving this financial support!
Once again, thank you for all your contributions and donations. Please, continue to support our great organization as much as you all can in your own unique way! It is very much appreciated.

Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD
AAFSW President

The following companies have been recommended for a grant through the Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT program. Each grantee must sign a performance agreement and submit required paperwork before grant awards are finalized.

The Transition Center at the Foreign Service Institute presents The Amazing Adventures of (Me): A Guided Journal to My I...
06/23/2020

The Transition Center at the Foreign Service Institute presents The Amazing Adventures of (Me): A Guided Journal to My International Move - a children’s guided journal for elementary school-aged members of foreign affairs families moving overseas. Begin your child's journey with the activities-filled pages that facilitate discussion as children process and prepare for an international move. An accompanying Parent Companion guide provides context to help formulate discussion and understanding of the emotional journey of your child.

Help your child write their own story with their hearts and minds! Download this brand new Transition Center resource and complete a survey about the guided journal and parent’s companion and complete a survey about the guided journal and parent’s companion at https://fsitraining.state.gov/Home/Index/7605.

Please see some examples below:

Last call for SOSA nominations -- deadline is this Sunday, May 31!
05/30/2020
2020 SOSA Awards - AAFSW

Last call for SOSA nominations -- deadline is this Sunday, May 31!

The SOSA Award recognizes volunteer efforts at posts overseas in the following areas: Remarkable service to the mission community; Outstanding activities directed towards the host country; and Exceptional service in emergency situations. All active American USG direct-hire employees, their spouses a...

Join AAFSW  for "Eating Well in the Lockdown", anAAFSW Wellness Workshop via Zoom on Thursday, May 2110:15 a.m. to noon,...
05/12/2020
Eating Well in the Lockdown - AAFSW

Join AAFSW for "Eating Well in the Lockdown", an
AAFSW Wellness Workshop via Zoom on Thursday, May 21
10:15 a.m. to noon, Washington, DC time.
Cost: Free with optional donation to the presenter via PayPal. See : https://www.aafsw.org/eating-well-in-the-lockdown/ for more.

Eating Well in the Lockdown AAFSW Wellness Workshop via Zoom Thursday, May 21 10:15 a.m. to noon, Washington, DC time Cost: Free with optional donation to the presenter via PayPal For many of us, trips to the grocery store are now limited, and many foods are out of stock. We’re craving comfort foo...

Reminder! Nominations for the 2020 SOSA Awards are due by May 31! Nominate an outstanding overseas volunteer; more detai...
05/11/2020
2020 SOSA Awards - AAFSW

Reminder! Nominations for the 2020 SOSA Awards are due by May 31! Nominate an outstanding overseas volunteer; more details on aafsw.org:https://www.aafsw.org/2020-sosa-awards/

The SOSA Award recognizes volunteer efforts at posts overseas in the following areas: Remarkable service to the mission community; Outstanding activities directed towards the host country; and Exceptional service in emergency situations. All active American USG direct-hire employees, their spouses a...

AAFSW’s Honorary President, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, has actively supported the Foreign Service family, not only as a regular ...
05/11/2020
AAFSW Honorary President Susan Pompeo Supports Foreign Service Families in Oman and Beyond - AAFSW

AAFSW’s Honorary President, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, has actively supported the Foreign Service family, not only as a regular participant in SOSA ceremonies and other signature events since her husband became Secretary of State. Read more on our site: https://www.aafsw.org/aafsw-honorary-president-susan-pompeo-supports-foreign-service-families-in-oman-and-beyond/

AAFSW’s Honorary President, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, has actively supported the Foreign Service family, not only as a regular participant in SOSA ceremonies and other signature events since her husband became Secretary of State. Susan also frequently has visited posts and met with EFMs and FS children w...

During times of challenge, resilience is key. Catherine Pierce shares an essay about "making lemonade" and focusing on t...
05/08/2020
Resilience & Lemonade - AAFSW

During times of challenge, resilience is key. Catherine Pierce shares an essay about "making lemonade" and focusing on the positive: https://www.aafsw.org/resilience-lemonade/

One of the main components of resilience is to make sure that you stay in control of what you can control and let go of anything else that you cannot control. I learned that when I kept putting on weight whenever we moved out of a host country and came back to the U.S. and …

Are you in the Washington, DC area? Are you returning to DC this summer? AAFSW needs you! We're seeking volunteers for A...
05/04/2020
2020 AAFSW ELECTION - AAFSW

Are you in the Washington, DC area? Are you returning to DC this summer? AAFSW needs you! We're seeking volunteers for AAFSW Executive Board Candidates for 2020-2022 as well as AAFSW Committee Chairs and Liaisons!

Add your voice, have fun, get experience, help others!

Learn more here: https://www.aafsw.org/2020-aafsw-election/

  AAFSW IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR: AAFSW Executive Board Candidates for 2020-2022 as well as AAFSW Committee Chairs and Liaisons!  Add Your Voice, Have Fun, Get Experience, Help Others!   Are you in the Washington, DC area? Are you returning to DC this summer? AAFSW needs you! AAFSW brings the Fo...

Please join Patricia Linderman and AAFSW on April 21 for a AAFSW Wellness Workshop on Stress Reduction Strategies. See o...
04/14/2020
Stress Reduction Strategies Virtual Workshop - AAFSW

Please join Patricia Linderman and AAFSW on April 21 for a
AAFSW Wellness Workshop on Stress Reduction Strategies. See our post for more information including how to access the workshop via Zoom: https://www.aafsw.org/blog/2020/04/14/stress-reduction-strategies-virtual-workshop/

Stress Reduction Strategies AAFSW Wellness Workshop via Zoom Thursday, April 21 10:15 a.m. Washington DC Time With the current pandemic crisis, we need to apply the entire toolkit of stress reduction strategies in order to stay calm, avoid feeling overwhelmed, and continue to do our best for our fam...

The deadline for nominations for SOSA, CCE-EFM and Tragen Awards has been extended to May 30! Please see our post for mo...
04/14/2020
Deadline EXTENDED for nominations for SOSA, CCE-EFM and Tragen Awards! - AAFSW

The deadline for nominations for SOSA, CCE-EFM and Tragen Awards has been extended to May 30! Please see our post for more details: https://www.aafsw.org/deadline-extended-for-nominations-for-sosa-cce-efm-and-tragen-awards/

New Deadline May 31, 2020 30 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...

You're invited! To AAFSW's 12th Women's History panel, to be held March 23 at the Department of State. More details and ...
02/14/2020
12th Annual Women's History Month Panel - AAFSW

You're invited! To AAFSW's 12th Women's History panel, to be held March 23 at the Department of State. More details and information here: https://www.aafsw.org/12th-annual-womens-history-month-panel-2/

Commemoration of the Hard-Won Global Success and Leadership of Women Friday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. Department of State    The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) cordially invite you to join us for our 12th Women’s History Month Panel, entitled “Commemoration of the Har...

AAFSW is now accepting nominations for the annual Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) - ...
02/13/2020

AAFSW is now accepting nominations for the annual Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) - for more information visit https://www.aafsw.org/2020-sosa-awards/

Join us for our March Wellness Workshop led by Patricia Linderman on 3/24. The topic is "Cultivating Self-Compassion." T...
02/13/2020
March Wellness Workshop: Cultivating Self-Compassion - AAFSW

Join us for our March Wellness Workshop led by Patricia Linderman on 3/24. The topic is "Cultivating Self-Compassion." To participate, please contact [email protected]. https://www.aafsw.org/march-wellness-workshop-cultivating-self-compassion/

When you listen to your own thoughts, what do you hear? Do you speak to yourself as a supportive friend would — or is your internal voice more like a hypercritical parent, or even a playground bully? Negative self-talk can reduce our ability to experience joy in everyday life — and even hold us ...

In search of outstanding volunteers: Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Secretary of State Awards (SOSA). ...
02/12/2020
Looking for Outstanding Volunteers for the 2020 SOSA Awards! - AAFSW

In search of outstanding volunteers: Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Secretary of State Awards (SOSA). More details on aafsw.org here: https://www.aafsw.org/looking-for-outstanding-volunteers-for-the-2020-sosa-awards/

Who is a Volunteer? A person who freely offers to perform a service for others V A Voice O An Organizer L A Liaison U A Unifier N A Needs Assessor T A Trainer E An Energetic Manager E An Enthusiastic Supporter R A Recruiter Does this describe you or someone you know at post? …

Reminder that AAFSW's 2020 scholarships are now open; deadline to apply is April 15! https://www.aafsw.org/aafsws-2020-s...
02/09/2020
AAFSW’s 2020 Scholarships - AAFSW

Reminder that AAFSW's 2020 scholarships are now open; deadline to apply is April 15! https://www.aafsw.org/aafsws-2020-scholarships/

Application Deadline: April 15, 2020 The AAFSW Merit Scholarship for College Students Current college freshmen, sophomores or juniors continuing college in Fall 2020 are eligible for this scholarship. The application form is on the AAFSW website. Two scholarships are available for $2,500 each. Click...

Details of a Foreign Born Spouses (FBS) trip to the Zamani Gallery: https://www.aafsw.org/a-fun-time-of-year-for-the-for...
01/16/2020
A Fun Time of Year for the Foreign-Born Spouses Group - AAFSW

Details of a Foreign Born Spouses (FBS) trip to the Zamani Gallery: https://www.aafsw.org/a-fun-time-of-year-for-the-foreign-born-spouses-group/

The Foreign-Born Spouses group was very active at the end of the year! We had an Afghan culture visit to the Zamani gallery. Afghanistan is a vast country and as a result, has a rich mix of ethnicities and tribes. We learned the process of making some of the minority crafts, carpets, clothing, shoes...

01/16/2020

We've added some new resources to our sister site FSHub.org -- side note, please check out fshub.org for materials covering all aspects of Foreign Service life including education, EFM and retiree employment, social media, bidding, travel and moving, and much more --; read "what's new" on the home page and stay and browse awhile.

Join us on February 28 for a presentation by Marcee Craighill, Director and Curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at...
01/15/2020
“Designed for Diplomacy” - The Diplomatic Reception Rooms - AAFSW

Join us on February 28 for a presentation by Marcee Craighill, Director and Curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. RSVP by Feb. 25. More details here: https://www.aafsw.org/designed-for-diplomacy-the-diplomatic-reception-rooms/

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) cordially invites you to a unique and fascinating cultural program, presented by Marcee Craighill, Director and Curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. The program will take place on Friday, February 28 at...

Join us for a wellness workshop on February 11, focusing on the nutrients our body needs and can find in food: https://w...
01/14/2020
February Wellness Workshop: The Nutrients You Need and How to Get Them - AAFSW

Join us for a wellness workshop on February 11, focusing on the nutrients our body needs and can find in food: https://www.aafsw.org/feb-wellness-workshop/

Food is abundant in our society — but most people are still deficient in some very important nutrients, including vitamin D, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. These can affect our bones, muscles, skin, digestion, and even brain health. Unfortunately, recent studies show that su...

Happy new year from our president, Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD, and a look at what's ahead for AAFSW in 2020: https:...
01/13/2020
Letter from the President - AAFSW

Happy new year from our president, Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD, and a look at what's ahead for AAFSW in 2020: https://www.aafsw.org/letter-from-the-president-2020/

Dear Fellow AAFSW Volunteers and Members, I would like to wish all your families and you a very happy and prosperous New Year! The last year has been simply fantastic! I got to know many of you even better and interacted with many of AAFSW’s remarkable members. I am grateful and thankful for all y...

12/05/2019
11/16/2019

AAFSW
AAFSW Annual Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Benjamin Franklin Reception Room
Department of State
RSVP by Nov. 15

The annual AAFSW Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 11:00 am in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Reception Room, on the 8th floor of the Department of State, 2201 C Street, Washington, D.C.

The ceremony will honor 5 recipients of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA), a recipient of the Tragen Award, 3 recipients of the "Champions of Career Enhancement for EFMs" Award, and a recipient of the Dorman Award.

The ceremony itself will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and refreshments will not be served until completion of the program at approximately 12:00 p.m. At this time members and guests can mingle and enjoy the opportunity to personally chat with the 2019 award winners.

AAFSW members and State Department employees may attend this important event free of charge. Non-member guests (excluding family members and friends of the award winners) will be charged $20. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 703-820-5420, providing your full name, date of birth and driver's license or passport number (required by State Department Security). Non-AAFSW members may send a check to AAFSW, 4001 9th Street N. #214, Arlington, VA 22203.

All participants, except those who have a Department of State badge, must submit their name, date of birth and driver's license or passport number.

All attendees should arrive by 10:40 a.m. and bring a current passport or driver's license to gain entry to the State Department. Please go to the C Street Entrance (Between 21st and 23rd Streets) and pass through security. Representatives from AAFSW will be in the C Street lobby to check guests in.

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Membership is open to all adult family members of the foreign affairs agencies who have served, or are subject to service, at a U.S. diplomatic mission.

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