Monday, January 11, 2021

Upcoming Events in Krasno Series

These events may be of interest to CFFS members.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

International Day of Peace

 International Day of Peace

21 September 2020

    The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is a national, nonpartisan, independent institution that was founded by Congress in 1984 to resolve global conflicts through nonviolent means. Today, it pursues that mission in over 50 countries and at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. by linking research, policy, training, analysis and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world. Its Public Education team engages with the American public, sharing information about the Institute and further connecting anyone interested to USIP’s resources.

    You may know that September 21st is the International Day of Peace, and for the sixth year in a row, USIP has issued the Peace Day Challenge, encouraging folks to do something – big or small – to contribute to peace. It is hoped that this raises the profile of the day and affirms peace as a real alternative to the violence seen every day in the world.

Monday, March 16, 2020

April Luncheon Cancelled

To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service

Members may be aware that the Steering Committee was working on arrangements for a Speaker Luncheon to be held on 2 April 2020. Recent developments regarding the wide-spread occurrences of the novel coronavirus have caused us to reconsider those plans.

We have discussed the various concerns about coronavirus. To name a few:

  • the lack of clarity regarding the extent of the virus and availability of testing materials;
  • the risk and vulnerability of bringing our group together, given the general age group of the membership; and
  • the growing list of large gatherings cancelled, both here close at home and elsewhere. 

Based on these concerns and the confusion swirling around us, the Steering Committee has decided that the prudent and responsible course of action is NOT to proceed with the April event.

The Steering Committee will continue to monitor developments and a decision regarding the Spring Potluck Social event (tentatively scheduled for May 2020) will be made in due course.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Invitation to CFFS Luncheon on January 16, 2020


To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service Luncheon

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 upcoming CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 16. The venue for this lunch is again the University Club located off US 15/501 just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker Bio and Topic: Our speaker will be Renée Fink and her topic will be “Out of Hiding at Last”.

January 27, 2020 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is timely that our speaker on January 16 is Renée Fink (née Renate Gabriele Laser), a Holocaust Survivor and a member of the Holocaust Speakers Bureau for the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina. Renée  Fink shares her story as an only child, born two years before WWII to Jewish parents in the Netherlands. As life became more dangerous for the Jews, she was separated from her parents at age four and went to live with a Dutch Catholic family. At age 8, she and her grandmother came to the United States, but she was not able to remain with her grandmother.  She has an enlightening story relevant to the challenges we continue to face today. Ms Fink's many speaking engagements include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and featured guest on UNCTV and WUNC Radio.Her presentation will include a film and question and answer period.

Lunch entrée choices are:
1)   Pan seared chicken with pumpkin gratin, haricot verts, and shallot pan sauce;
2)   Pan seared salmon with parsnip purée, squash and cranberry sauce; and
3)   Sweet potato curry with coconut milk, jasmine rice, spinach & toasted coconut (Vegan).

Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake with Berry Coulis
Salad with dressings preset on tables (on the side) to start
Cash bar as usual

Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.

Dues Reminder: It is now time to pay your membership dues for 2020, still only $10 a person (life members are exempt), which can be included along with your luncheon payment. Also, if you haven’t done so yet (you know who you are), please include your 2019 dues, as well.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to:

Gregory Flood
1015 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Checks must be received no later than Saturday, January 11, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you on January 16.

Brenda B. Schoonover, Acting Chair, CFFS Steering Committee