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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February 2019 Luncheon Meeting
11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mimi’s Café
10515 N. Mopac Expy Northbound, #O, Austin, TX  78758

Carlos Gonzalez-Gutierrez
Consul General of Mexico

Speech title to be announced

February Menu
Iced or hot tea, coffee, soft drinks, juices, hot chocolate, lemonade

Starter - Caesar Salad

Entrée – choice of
(A)  Seared Mahi-Mahi (topped with tomatoes, olives and capers; served with green beans
(B) Samuel Adams BBQ Pork Chop (bone-in pork chop served with mashed potatoes and green beans)
(C) Coq au Vin (slow-roasted half chicken braised in a red wine shallot sauce; served with onions, mushrooms, carrots and bacon)
(D)Coastal Shrimp Pasta (sautéed shrimp, grape tomatoes, broccoli, and linguine pasta in a lemon sauce)

Dessert – Chocolate chip bread pudding made from scratch, with whipped cream and a whiskey sauce

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance and menu choices by noon on Tuesday, February 5.

  • By mail to TFSG, P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX  78763-0246, or
  • By e-mail to Joe McLean at, 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, February 5.  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.

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.

TFSG 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.


Information of Interest
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)

Strauss Center events (University of Texas at Austin

Kozmetsky Center events (St. Edward’s University)

LBJ Presidential Library events

GlobalAustin events


TFSG Officers
Chair:  Jerry Mitchell,
President:  John S. Wood,
Treasurer:  Joe McLean,
Editor:  Sandy Wilder,
Webmaster:  Jane Dunham,
Transportation Coordinator:  vacant
Contact Coordinator:  Doris Scott,