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.
THE FOREIGN SERVICE GROUP
December 2018 Luncheon Meeting
Tenth Annual Fun Festival Luncheon
Entrée: Choice of
Dessert: Strawberry cheesecake parfait
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance and menu choices by Thursday, December 6.
Lunch begins at noon. Members $24, guests of members $30. No new reservations after Thursday, December 6. No-shows or cancellations after this date will be billed for their lunch.
Checks made out to TFSG and mailed in advance is our preferred payment method (P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX 78763-0246). Please include: menu choices, your name, and a phone number or email address so we can confirm your reservation. All reservations are confirmed. If you do not get a confirmation, please contact us.
Tuesday, December 11, is a great day to invite friends to visit Austin.
The tenth annual Fun Festival Luncheon for TFSG members and guests is at Mimi’s Café at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon includes some of the funniest advertisements of the last decade or two, an invitation from the regional manager of Austin’s Ten Thousand Villages store to their holiday party, and the possibility of winning door prizes of $5 gift cards to Ten Thousand Villages and/or some truly unique door prizes.
The State Capitol is decorated for the 2018 holiday season. If it is a nice day there may be musicians strolling the grounds. The Visitor's Center in the far southeast corner of the grounds is really a museum and is worth a visit. Because the Legislature is not in session, the Capitol shouldn’t be crowded.
Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Party and Benefit Night
Holiday sound and light show
Information of Interest
Clements Center events (University of Texas at Austin)
Strauss Center events (University of Texas at Austin
Kozmetsky Center events (St. Edward’s University)
LBJ Presidential Library events
Luncheons are on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months. The December luncheon is the annual Fun Festival Luncheon.
Members are encouraged to invite guests to any of our luncheons. There are always unique door prizes, from gigantic to very small, and even chocolates.
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, two, or three adults living at the same address. A three-year membership gift for a retired FS family or family member is only $20 and is a great reminder of interesting times.
New members are always welcome. We have recently placed a half-page ad in the 2019 AFSA Retiree Directory, at a cost of $250. We will have copies of the ad for you at the December luncheon and we welcome assistance with the cost.
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. We need members who can find new members, can arrive early to help us set up for luncheons, can help us take down after luncheons, and can store our electronics and supplies in between luncheons. We always welcome suggestions for speakers and assistance with speakers’ expenses. Our honorarium for speakers plus a meal for the speaker and a guest costs us $150, plus transportation and hotel bills, if necessary.
Please share our website, WWW.TFSG.ORG, with your friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family regardless of where they live. If you have American friends traveling overseas, ask for one of our small free travel cards to give to them.
For the four-page bibliographies we prepare to accompany each speech, The Foreign Service Journal, Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum in Austin, the speaker, and our members each provide a page. 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. Our website contains all past bibliographies and an interesting “Links” page. We encourage members to share our website with family and friends. The website also lists publications, writings, and speeches by past speakers and present TFSG members. We review the website annually for needed additions or deletions, and suggestions are always welcomed. Send corrections for any page on the website to John at email@example.com.