Foreign Service Retirees Association of Florida:  FSRA-FL
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Welcome to FSRA-FL


We need members to suggest
 speakers and/or topics. Our events will be virtual for the next six months +, so no need to scout a location at this time.

As for a speaker or topic, feel free to 
think outside of the box. We are a 
foreign affairs group, yet one of our 
most enjoyable speakers spoke on 
the history of Florida. 

Please contact Larry Farris with Webinar  and Speaker Ideas . or by phone at 727-307-2866.
Ambassador Craig Allen, March 26, 2021
11:00 am EST
​President, U.S.-China Business Council will present:
​"The US-China Business Relationship and the Florida Connection"
Upcoming Events
Please welcome our new Board of Directors - thank you all for participating and voting this year!

Ellen Engels - Chair
Larry Farris - Vice Chair
Don Simmons - Treasurer
Sue Boorstein - Secretary
Rebecca Armand                                             Jeff Olsen
Mike Boorstein                               Henderson Patrick
Joyce Fitzpatrick                     Christopher Swenson
Catherine Hill Herndon                Alan Van Egmond
 James Huskey                                              Frank Young

                                         Please CLICK HERE to register for "The US-China Business Relationship and the Florida Connection."

2021 Annual Membership Renewals were due January 31st. 
Please check your records to see if you are current. 

See the New Member and Renewal Form on the home page. 
If you have a question about your current status, 
please contact Don Simmons at
We are excited to announce our own YouTube Channel, where you can watch our Webinars and other content.  
Please access it here:
Webinar Speaker Bio

On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure in Washington, DC, as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service.

Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office.

In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché.
In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service.

From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service.

After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became DAS for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council.

Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.

Alert - New Website Look and Feel Coming Soon!

Due to changes by our website hosting service, we are in the process of creating a new site from scratch.  As this comes on line, please, please give us feedback and suggestions at our new email address:
And also note that our website address will remain the same.