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 Ellen Connor Engels
or 703-785-0614

Larry Farris is also helping with Webinar Ideas and Setup.

We had OUR FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING  on Friday, October 9th as a Zoom.  Professor Gary Mormino from USF gave a very interesting presentation about "The extraordinary rise of Florida from being an insignificant southern state to the third largest state in America and a relevant discussion topic on everything from immigration and terrorism to old age and climate change"
Upcoming Events
Message from the Chair:

Please do all you can to protect your health 
and that of your families during this challenging time, and we will keep you updated.

Michael Boorstein, FSRA Chair 

Webinar Speaker Bio

Please CLICK HERE to view the recorded webinar.
Click on the 'full screen' icon to have the video play full size.
Gary R. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus in history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Presently, he is the scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, where he met his colleague, George E. Pozzetta. His first book, Immigrants on the Hill: Italians in St. Louis was published by University of Illinois Press and received the Howard Marraro prize for the best work in Italian history. In 1987, he collaborated with George Pozzetta in the publication of The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press). In 2005, Mormino wrote Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. The book was adapted for the PBS documentary, The Florida Dream, which received a regional Emmy In 2012, Florida Trend conveyed the honor of “Florida Icon.” That same year he was honored by the Florida House in Washington D.C. for his literary accomplishments. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Florida Humanities Council’s Lifetime Achievement in Writing.

2021 Annual Membership Renewals will be 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 Sue Boorstein at

Please note that we will recording all of our webinars, 
and will post the links right here approximately 48 hours 
after the event.

And we are also promoting an AFSA Webinar:

AFSA Webinar
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AFSA’s Outreach Campaign & How to Get Involved

October, 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

AFSA is pleased to offer a second session of our outreach webinar to discuss our recently launched public outreach campaign “The U.S. Foreign Service: our First Line of Defense” and how our members can become involved. This webinar is intended for those members who were unable to attend our September 10 session; the content will be the same as in the first session.

With our outreach campaign, “The U.S. Foreign Service: Our First Line of Defense,” we aim to highlight the important role that the Foreign Service plays in our national security. This message and our materials are designed to illustrate the work of the Foreign Service in ways that will resonate with new audiences. We are reaching out to retired members to share these resources and ask for your help in sharing the story of the Foreign Service locally, or further afield through virtual outreach opportunities.

During the webinar, we will discuss our campaign strategy and objectives and introduce messaging materials available to members, including our new social media toolkit. The webinar will also include an overview of virtual platforms such as Zoom and discussion of best practices of virtual presentations. There will be ample time for Q&A.

For those members primarily interested in becoming more familiar with virtual platforms and technologies, AFSA is preparing a separate webinar on this topic to allow for a deeper dive and hands-on instruction. We will have more details on the date and content soon.

We look forward to seeing you at the webinar! Click here to register.
If you have topics or questions you would like to see addressed on this webinar or have questions about the webinar in general, please email Nadja Ruzica at