Saturday, October 5, 2019

CFFS Luncheon - 18 October 2019

 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

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