Newsletter 2009

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Letter from the President

Dear Colleague--- On behalf of your Association, let me wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, or, if you prefer, Happy Holidays. We have had a busy, slightly Merry, generally Happy 2009. We had a very successful annual dinner, honoring our friends who began their service to our country in ...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Statesmanship Award will Honor Former Member Ray LaHood

The Annual Statesmanship Award is a gala dinner which celebrates the outstanding achievements of current and former Members of Congress before, during or after their service on Capitol Hill. The evening brings together current and former Members of Congress, members of the administration, the diplomatic corps, NGO representatives, and business ...

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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

We thank the many Association members who travelled to Washington in June of this year for our 39th Annual Meeting, and we hope that many of you will save the dates of June 14 through 16, 2010, for the Association’s 40th Annual Meeting....

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Association will Host One-Day Conference Focused on Bipartisanship

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in partnership with the National Archives, is pleased to present a one-day conference focused on the issue of bipartisanship.  The Bipartisanship Conference will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the National Archives in Washington, ...

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Congress to Campus 2009

This marks an ...

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

House Democracy Partnership Mission to Kenya

Thanksgiving in Kenya?  Yes, a delegation of four Former Members of Congress headed by Martin Frost, including Phil English, Barbara Kennelly, and moi traveled to Nairobi under the auspices of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). Accompanying us were two Kenya-experienced staff members.  The HDP, Co-Chaired by Congressmen David Price and ...

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Former Congressional Staff Trip to Haiti

The US Association of Former Members of Congress and the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) collaborated on a staff event this past October to send two former Congressional Staff from the US House of Representatives to Haiti.  The former staff program is part of the partnership between FMC,  the House Democracy ...

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The Civics Connection

The Civics Connection is a partnership between the Association and the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida.  With support from the U. S. Department of Education, the partnership seeks to ...

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Persian Gulf Fellows Program

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress is pleased to announce a new project for 2010:  The Persian Gulf Fellows Program.  The project, supported via a grant from the U.S. Department of State, is a collaborative effort involving the Association and Legacy International, a Virginia based NGO.  The program ...

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Congressional Study Group on Germany

This year the Congressional Study Group on Germany (CSGG) was extremely active, as it continues to grow in its mission to foster and maintain dialogue between U.S. legislators and their German counterparts in the Bundestag.  The Congressional Study Group on Germany is a vital forum for the partnership between the ...

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Congressional Study Group on Turkey

Since the middle of the 20th century, the United States and Turkey have worked diligently to address varied challenges and to maintain a fruitful relationship with one another. Founded in 2005, the Congressional Study Group on Turkey gives Members of Congress opportunities to meet with their counterparts in the Turkish Grand ...

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Congressional Study Group on Japan

The political and economic relationship between the United States and Japan has evolved significantly with extensive cultural exchange over the past few decades. Since its founding in 1993, The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ) has worked to provide Members of Congress and Congressional staff an informal, bipartisan forum for ...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Danube Study Tour

The Association embarked on a unique expedition for its 2009 Study Tour.  With the help of CIE Tours International, The Association created an itinerary for a two week tour of Eastern Europe which included three days in Budapest, two days in Prague, and a seven day cruise up the Danube ...

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Welcome to the USAFMC Website

Welcome to the new USAFMC website.  The website was launched last summer and has slowly grown to become the source for information on the USAFMC and our activities. Beyond the aesthetic improvements over the old website, the new website provides: -Up-to-date announcements on all activities and events. -A secure and easy-to-use website ...

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Class Notes

89th Congress Hon.  Lester L. Wolff (D-NY) House of Representatives (1965-1981) Former Member Lester Wolff has been quite busy since leaving the House.  He has been involved in everything from consulting with foreign embassies/governments to technological pursuits to interviewing Members for his 30+ ...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Save-The-Dates

January 14, 2010, 7 p.m., Book presentation by FMC Glen Browder cosponsored with the National Archives The US Association of Former Members of Congress is honored to cosponsor with the National Archives a discussion on racial politics in the South on Thursday, January 14th, at 7 p.m.  A distinguished panel ...

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

FMC in the Press

Lou Frey appears on C-SPAN to discuss the Association book RollCall article on the FMC publication Political  Rules of the Road 2009 Distinguished Service Award Second Annual Congressional Charity Golf Classic

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Center for Legislative Archives

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives in Washington, DC houses the official records of the House and Senate from the First Congress to modern congresses and the records of legislative branch agencies and commissions, totaling over one-half billion pages in its custody and adding 8 – 10 ...