Friday, December 13, 2019

Invitation to CFFS Luncheon on January 16, 2020

INVITATION

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

CFFS Luncheon - 18 October 2019

INVITATION
 To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service Luncheon
Friday, 18 October 2019 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 upcoming CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 18. The venue for this lunch is again The University Club located off US 15/501 BR, 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 and Topic: Our speaker will be Ambassador (ret.) W. Robert Pearson, president of American Diplomacy Publishers, which publishes the quarterly journal American Diplomacy. He is also a non-resident scholar at The Middle East Institute. His topic is: “America Alone With The World.”
Speaker’s Bio: Ambassador Pearson is a retired professional Foreign Service officer who served as U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003.  He was director general of the U.S. Foreign Service from 2003 to 2006, repositioning the American Foreign Service to meet the new challenges of the 21st century and winning two national awards for his efforts.  He served from 2008 to 2014 as president of IREX, an international development NGO based in Washington, spearheading its expansion to reach more than 125 countries worldwide. He has published numerous articles, blogs and opinion pieces on diplomacy, foreign policy, Turkey, NGOs, and development; and is a frequent speaker on issues concerning the role of diplomacy in American engagement abroad. 
Reservations: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes a green salad, entrée, tea or coffee, and a dessert of milk chocolate mousse. A cash bar will be available. 
The 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).
Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.
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 Friday, October 11.
We look forward to seeing you on October 18. 
Brenda B. Schoonover, Acting Chair, CFFS Steering Committee

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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