Sunday, March 19, 2017

CFFS Luncheon on 28 April 2017


To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service Luncheon
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:30 A.M.
University Club, 3100 Tower Blvd. 17th Floor, Durham, NC  27707
Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests are invited to the January CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 AM, Friday, April 28, 2017. The venue for this lunch is the University Club, colloquially known as the “Green Pickle,” located off US 15/501 BR, just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. If you missed the January luncheon you’ll want to join us both for the food and the spectacular view of the area from the 17th floor. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker and Topic:  Our speaker will be Ambassador (Ret.) Patricia Butenis, who was the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies in the Foreign Service Institute before retiring in 2014 with the rank of Career Minister. Ambassador Butenis will speak on "Sri Lanka:  The Aftermath of the Twenty-six Year War."

Speaker’s Bio: Prior to her FSI assignment, Amb. Butenis was Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad (for her service at which she was given the Baker-Wilkins Award as the outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission) and Ambassador to Bangladesh. Her other foreign tours include Pakistan, El Salvador, India, Colombia and Poland. Ambassador Butenis holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University. She supports animal welfare and environmental conservation activities at home and abroad.
Reservations & Dues: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes coffee or tea, green salad, entrée, and a dessert.  A cash bar will be available.  The entrée choices are: Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Garlic Jus, Salmon with a Lemon Caper Sauce, or Vegetarian (appropriate for vegans as well). Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation. You may include entrée preference(s) on the memo line of your check or include a note with your preference.

A reminder: Unless you are new members who joined late in 2016, please pay your 2017 member dues of $10 a person (life members are exempt) along with your luncheon payment.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Bonnie Kuhr, 7316 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613-3919.  Checks must be received no later than Tuesday, April 25.

We look forward to seeing you April 28. 

Gwen C. Clare
Chair, CFFS Steering Committee

Global to Local United Nations CSW Reflection Symposium

Here's an event that may be of interest to CFFS members. Find out more about WomenNC.
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm (followed by reception)
Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University

Register Now!

WomenNC 2017 fellows will bring the reflection of their one week trip to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 61st session to NC Communities.


Lauren Frey – “Implementation and Impacts of Dating and Youth Sexual Education Services”
Zoe Willingham – “Dynamics of Women’s Wage Gap in a Changing Urban Economy”
Cristy Villalobos – “Access to Reproductive Healthcare for Incarcerated Girls and Women”

Jackie Saber, chair of the CSW fellowship committee will discuss the fellowship, followed by Q & A

RSVP by March 30th | Free Parking is Available
Contact | 919-744-4778

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Arvin Kramish

It is with great sadness that we announce that our long-time member, Arvin Kramish, age 92, of Chapel Hill passed away on 26 February 2017. His obituary may be found here:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and China

Klaus Larres will give a public talk entitled "Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and China: The Dawning of a New Global Order?" on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 6.00pm, at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. 

The talk with be live streamed at 6.00pm, EST, and will also be available as a video on the website of the IAS soon afterwards: