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This year's five SOSA winners were chosen by their geographic bureaus, the Family Liaison Office (FLO) and AAFSW, the nonprofit volunteer organization for the Foreign Service community, and all reflect how American altruism is the essence of soft diplomacy.
More information about the FSYF, AAFSW and AFSA awards programs is on the organizations' websites.
The SOSA Award was established in 1990 by then Secretary of State James Baker and his wife, Susan Baker, along with AAFSW, the nonprofit volunteer organization for the Foreign Service community.
Information about the FSYF and AAFSW awards programs can be found on the organizations' websites: FSYF.org and AAFSW.org.
Sheila Switzer won the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award for her support of Foreign Service family members, and the author received the Lesley Dorman Award for service to AAFSW.
Winners are selected by representatives from AAFSW, the regional bureaus and the Family Liaison Office, who judge nominees on the scope and reach of volunteer activities, sustainability, ingenuity and leadership.
Information on the FSYF and AAFSW awards programs is at FSYF.org and AAFSW.org.
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.
Proceeds benefit Foreign Service families, local and international community projects and the AAFSW Scholarship Fund.
Thank you for your article (February) about the exceptional volunteer work by family members and employees abroad honored through Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide's (AAFSW) Secretary of State Award (SOSA).
The annual ceremony is sponsored by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), a nonprofit organization that supports Foreign Service family members and administers the award.
Each of the awards, presented by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), included an airline ticket to Washington, D.C., a $2,500 check, a pin and a certificate signed by the Secretary of State.
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