Newsletter March 2010

Friday, April 16th, 2010

IEMI Sends Delegation to Iraq

Former Member Jim Slattery originally wrote this as a blog for Kansas City's The Star. On March 7, 2010 I observed the elections in Iraq as part of a six-person international team of election monitors organized by the International Election ...

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Braving Bombs to Vote- IEMI in Iraq

Former Member Scott Klug originally wrote this for the Milwaukee's Journal-Sentinel on March 13 I saw it as soon as he passed me the cup of coffee from the flight attendant - a deep indigo stain on the cuticle of ...

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

40th Annual Meeting to be held June 14 – 16, 2010

The Association’s 40th Annual Meeting will be held from Monday, June 14 to Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Below please find an updated preliminary program.  As part of our reunion, and to celebrate our 40th Anniversary, the Association is hosting a one-day conference focused on the issue of Bipartisanship on Wednesday, ...

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Association to Host Conference Focused on Bipartisanship

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, our Association is partnering with the National Archives and with the Bipartisan Policy Center, to host a one-day conference focused on the issues of bipartisanship and civility.  The conference will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, and is the concluding event of our ...

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Destination Puerto Rico: 2010 Study Tour

The Association has an exciting study tour planned for 2010 to Puerto Rico.  The 2010 Study Tour will depart and arrive in Puerto Rico on Saturday, September 25th and return on Saturday, October 2nd.  Along with meetings with officials--including Members ...

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Statesmanship Dinner Honors Secretary Ray LaHood

On March 16th, our Association hosted its 13th Annual Statesmanship Dinner.  Almost 500 guests celebrated the achievements of our 2010 Statesmanship Honoree:  former Member of Congress and current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The evening was emceed by former Member Jack Quinn.  Several of Secretary LaHood’s close friends and former bosses ...

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Democratic Discussions with Georgia’s Parliament

Congressman David Price and Congressman David Dreier chair a democracy assistance program funded by USAID which in the past sent teams of current Members of Congress to emerging democracies on request to assist parliamentarians in dealing with policy issues ...

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Study Group on Germany Active Locally and Abroad

The Congressional Study Group on Germany has had an active 2010 program thus far. The first three months of 2010 have seen exciting activities both in Washington, DC and in Germany. These activities included hosting the German Minister of Economics and Trade, the Honorable Rainer Bruederle, for a discussion on ...

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Study Group on Japan Hosts Amb. Bosworth

The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ) hosted Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, U.S. Special Envoy to North Korea, for a Members-only luncheon on March 23 in the U.S. Capitol.  Former Speaker and Ambassador to Japan, Tom Foley, gave the ...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Study Group on Turkey Hosts Delegation of Turkish Parliamentarians

The Congressional Study Group on Turkey (CSGT) hosted a delegation of Parliamentarians from the Turkish Grand National Assembly led by Chairman Murat Mercan of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The delegation was also accompanied by the new Turkish Ambassador to United States, the Honorable Namik Tan. Following introductory remarks from ...

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Association Continues Civic Education via Webcasts

Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Education, the Association has connected former Members of Congress with high school civic education classrooms across the country via the internet.  The Civics Connection is a webcasting pilot project originally initiated by former Member Lou Frey and currently focused mostly ...

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A Letter from Our Congress to Campus Co-Chairs

We want to thank all of you who have participated in our Congress to Campus program. As you know, these visits by Bi-partisan teams of Former Members are great experiences. We had an opportunity to interact with students and faculty, allowing us to keep in touch with the thoughts and ...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

A Fine Visit to the U. K.: January 31 – February 5, 2010

The Congress to Campus program enjoyed its sixth visit to the United Kingdom this past Winter, as always under the expert direction of Dr. Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library in London. Philip assembled a great schedule of visits to five ...

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Two Canadian Universities, The Most Interesting Man in the World, and America’s Best Steakhouse

Over the past eight years, I have participated in nine different Congress to Campus visits.  My tenth visit was particularly memorable while at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver last month, during their “lull” between the Winter Olympics and the Paralympics.  USAFMC worked ...

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Discussing Government and Economics in England

Speaking to several English schools and universities on American politics and the economy as part of our Congress to Campus Program was a wonderful experience.   England, like the United States, has high unemployment and huge government debt.  There were many students I spoke to who believed that the current ...

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

A Treasure Trove of Historical Information

The John C. Stennis Center for Public Service has been working with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress on the Congress to Campus program since 1996.  Brother Rogers of the Stennis Center has interacted with a number of Former Members over the years. “I really like working ...