Human Resources Officer Jamie Armstrong was honored for promoting family member employment, and Lara Center, AAFSW
's first vice president, was recognized for volunteer contributions to the Foreign Service community through AAFSW
Also at the awards ceremony, Foreign Service spouse Bob Castro received the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award for creating a networking organization for Foreign Service spouses and partners, and Barbara Reioux received the Lesley Dorman Award for her service to AAFSW
Also during the SOSA event, retired Foreign Service Officer Tom Gallagher received the 2012 Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award for his contributions to the well-being of Foreign Service employees and families, and AAFSW
member Debbi Miller received the 2012 Lesley Dorman Award for her service to that organization and the Foreign Service community.
SOSA winners are selected by a panel composed of the executive director or a representative from each of the Department's geographic bureaus, plus the AAFSW
president and SOSA chairperson and a representative from the Family Liaison Office.
He and the four other 2007 SOSA winners each received a certificate and a $2,500 check from AAFSW
at a December ceremony at Main State.
In that spirit, AAFSW
annually provides a floral wreath.
The fair's donors have lived worldwide and have donated many books and art items that cannot be found in any other book sale, AAFSW said.
Proceeds from the sale benefit Foreign Service families, community projects and the AAFSW Scholarship Fund.
As AAFSW President Faye Barnes said, "Volunteerism is an American tradition.
AAFSW recently launched an online publication providing the history and background of the awards.
Also, the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award was presented to Mette Beecroft for her exceptional work on many issues since the 1970s to improve the quality of life for Foreign Service families, and the Lesley Dorman Award was presented to AAFSW
Program Chair Sheila Switzer for her innovative program work and leadership of the Foreign-born Spouse Committee.