TFSG, founded in 1994, is a group of 90 people who have spent time outside of America with America's Foreign Service, academia, or business, or as an accompanying family member.
TFSG presents four luncheons with speakers and one members-only luncheon each year. This website lists the speakers with bibliographies that TFSG members write to accompany each speech. It also features links to international databases, publications, think tanks, and published works by members and speakers
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE GROUP
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WWW.TFSG.ORG

 

October 2017 Luncheon Meeting
Mimi’s Café
10515 N. Mopac Expy Northbound, #O, Austin, TX  78758
11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 

Dr. Stephen B. Slick
Director, Intelligence Studies Project
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas, Austin

 “The Real Challenges for U.S. Intelligence:
Competence, Governance, and Legitimacy”

 

October Menu
Menu will be announced in September

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance and menu choices by noon on Tuesday, October 3.

  • By mail to TFSG, P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX  78763-0246, or
  • By e-mail to Joe McLean at TFSG.Texas@gmail.com, or
  • By phone to 512-345-6878 or 512-797-0538

Lunch begins at noon.  Members $24, guests accompanied by members $30.  No new reservations after 12 noon on Tuesday, October 3.  No-shows or cancellations after this date will be billed for their lunch.  AFSA and DACOR members are welcome to attend one luncheon per year, except for the December luncheon, at the member price.

Driving directions to Mimi’s Café are attached.

Checks made out to TFSG and mailed in advance is our preferred payment method (P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX  78763-0246).  Please include your menu choices, your name, and a phone number or email address so we can confirm your reservation.  All reservations are confirmed, so if you do not get a confirmation, please contact us.

Memberships are $30 per person for three years or $12 per person per year.  The three-year membership price for those who live more than 50 miles from Austin or are over 90 years of age is $20 for one person and a spouse/partner living at the same address.  Memberships make excellent gifts for people who have spent years overseas and their family members.

 

About Our Speaker
Stephen B. Slick is the inaugural Director of the Intelligence Studies project at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  He retired in 2014 after 28 years as a member of CIA’s clandestine service.

Between 2005 and 2009, Steve served as a special assistant to the president and the Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform on the staff of the National Security Council.  He was previously the Director for Intelligence Programs at the NSC.  While serving at the White House, Steve participated in efforts to restructure and reform the intelligence community informed by recommendations of the commissions charged with investigating the 9/11 attacks and the flawed pre-war analysis of Iraq’s unconventional weapons programs. These efforts included a series of executive orders on U.S. intelligence issues in August 2004, key provisions in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the administration’s responses to recommendations by the “WMD Commission,” and significant amendments to Executive Order 12333 that were approved by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Steve completed five overseas tours as a CIA operations officer and manager, including service from 2009 to 2013 as the chief of station and director of national intelligence’s representative in a Middle Eastern capital.  His assignments at CIA Headquarters included service as an executive assistant to the deputy director of central intelligence and leading CIA’s operations in the Balkans.  Steve received CIA’s Medal of Merit, Commendation Medal, and other awards.

Prior to joining CIA, Steve was a litigation associate at the law firm of Rawle and Henderson in Philadelphia.  Steve received a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and Master in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

2017 Events of Interest
Tuesday, December 12
TFSG “members only” luncheon, with the funniest TV and cinema ads of 2017.

 

Information of Interest
Few Americans know that when an American gets in trouble outside the USA, he/she should call the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.  TFSG has cards to distribute with phone numbers for when in trouble overseas and the S-O-S symbol for use everywhere.

Austin is home to several groups who bring in experts on various aspects of national and international affairs, and some of their upcoming major speakers/events are listed on their websites.  Please share this list with your friends.

Clements Center events (University of Texas at Austin)
https://www.clementscenter.org/

Strauss Center events (University of Texas at Austin
https://www.strausscenter.org/

Kozmetsky Center events (St. Edward’s University)
https://www.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky-center

LBJ Presidential Library events
http://www.lbjlibrary/org/events/all

GlobalAustin events
www.globalaustin.org/events

 

TFSG Information
Luncheons are on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months except August.  The remaining 2017 luncheon is on December 12 (members-only Fun Festival Luncheon).

Members are encouraged to invite guests to any of our first four luncheons of the year.  There are always door prizes such as books, coupons for free meals, lottery tickets, chocolates, and prizes tied to special days such as Valentine’s Day.

Our group depends on great volunteers.  Please talk to Doris, Joe, Jerry, or John if you have ideas for our group and/or would like to volunteer.

TFSG has a 90” diagonal screen for use at our luncheons, and it is also available for rental by other nonprofits for $40 with a refundable deposit of $300.

Our speakers send us suggestions for the bibliographies we prepare to accompany their speech.  We post the bibliographies on our website,  http://www.tfsg.org/Bibliographies.html, and mail copies to members with U.S. addresses but without access to email.  The website contains all past bibliographies.  Several members share our website with family and friends and we encourage all members to do so.  The website also lists publications, writings, and speeches by past speakers and present TFSG members.  We review the “Links” page on the website several times per year for needed additions or deletions, and suggestions are always welcomed.  Send corrections for any page on the website to John at jsw69intadv@hotmail.com.

If you are a member and have been published or have produced a film, we would like to list your published books, articles, essays, and other works in the Members section of the Publications page on our website.  According to the AFSA members-only limited-access community website, our TFSG website is often viewed more than 10 times a day.

If you have spoken to one of our meetings, we would like to list your published works in the Speakers section of our website.

Doris Scott appreciates receiving autobiographies, photos, member updates, and notices of members’ deaths.  Updates for our memorial book are also appreciated.

If you have had a change in your street or mailing address, internet address, phone number, or outside-your-home emergency contact, please mail this information to Doris Scott at dscott007@austin.rr.com.  (Note:  We do not share, loan, rent, or sell this information to anyone.)

Our membership fees are modest and our membership numbers are important.  Please talk to your friends who have spent time outside of the USA and invite them to one of our luncheons – and then to join TFSG.

Most of our luncheons cost about $200 more than the luncheon fees bring in.  We do not solicit donations but neither do we refuse them.

 

TFSG Officers
Chair:  Jerry Mitchell, mitchelljerryk@yahoo.com
President:  John S. Wood, jsw69intadv@hotmail.com
Treasurer:  Joe McLean, jmclean@computermoms.com
Editor:  Sandy Wilder, swilder@texas.net
Webmaster:  Jane Dunham, janedunham@me.com
Transportation Coordinator:  vacant
Contact Coordinator:  Doris Scott, dscott007@austin.rr.com