TFSG, founded in 1994, is a group of 40 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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FUNDING


The Foreign Service Group - Texas is supported by member contributions and by donations to the speaker programs.

Dues:  $30 per person for three years or $12 per year
Member’s lunch:  $24
Guest’s lunch:  $30

Each meeting costs TFSG approximately $200 above the restaurant cost (lunches for speaker and guest, speaker gift, door prize, postage, copying, stationery, AV equipment, and December Festival Season luncheon).

TFSG does not solicit donations but does accept contributions toward the speaker programs.

There are three organizations that support the Foreign Service in one way or another.  TFSG members are encouraged to consider contributing to one or more of these organizations.

1.  The Fund for American Diplomacy (FAD) is a tax-exempt organization that supports the promotion of the Foreign Service.  49% of gifts made to this fund through TFSG are returned to TFSG to support our speaker programs.  FAD supports a variety of public programs to raise awareness of the importance of diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service.  FAD activities also show how U.S. diplomacy helps America's national security and economic prosperity. FAD programs are aimed not only at the Foreign Service but also the general public, students, and business community. The FAD webpage can be found here: http://www.afsa.org/fad/index.cfm.  Fund for American Diplomacy, c/o AFSA, 2101 E St NW, Washington DC 20037; phone 202-338-4045.

2.  The Senior Living Foundation (SLF) is run by the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA) to assist older retired US diplomats who need a bit of extra cash to pay the rent, or someone to explain something to them, or a person to intercede when someone is trying to take advantage of their many years.  Their website is http://www.slfoundation.org.  Senior Living Foundation, 1620 L. St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington DC 20036-5629; phone (202) 887-8170; fax (202) 872-9320.

3. The Foreign Service National (FSN) Emergency Relief Fund is run by the U.S. Department of State to enable the Department to respond to crises affecting locally employed staff overseas, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Contributions to the FSN Emergency Relief Fund may be made electronically by e-mailing your name, mailing address, credit card number and expiration date, and amount to be deducted to:

FSN Emergency Relief Fund
M/EDCS, Rm. 7427-B,
Department of State
2201 "C" St., NW
Washington, DC 20520
ATTN: Fran Gidez
tel: (202) 647-6286

Checks should be made out to the U.S. Department of State, designated for the FSN Emergency Relief Fund.