— The Consular Corps of Washington, DC —

September 26, 2017

Opening Pub Night at The St. Regis Hotel. Friday 22nd September

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August 24, 2017

New Format Introduced for the 2017-2018 Year

In order to meet the changing needs of the consular community, the Consular Corps is introducing a new format for the 2017-2018 year.  Beginning this September, the CC will sponsor 3 major afternoon training sessions for consular officers only, followed by social Get-Togethers open to all members, friends and colleagues; 2 working lunches with speakers; the Opening Pub Night; several Friday Night Happy Hours; and the Annual Ball.  Programs and events will be posted on our Event Calendar as they are scheduled.  Check back often to see what is coming up and join us!

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November 7, 2016

Second Pair of Redskins Tickets Raffled

Once again, Don Evans of the Holiday Inn – Central/White House, raffled off 2 Redskins tickets to a lucky Consular Corps member at our October Professional Program and Working Lunch.  The lucky winner this time was Daniela Kristo (Albania), the Consular Corps Vice Dean.

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November 7, 2016

Redskins Tickets Raffled at September Professional Program

Corporate Member, Don Evans from the Holiday Inn-Central/White House, raffled a pair of tickets to the Redskins game during the September Opening Professional Program and Working Lunch.  The big winner was Mark Giralt, Minister-Counsellor for Immigration, Embassy of Canada.

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September 9, 2015

Opening Program and Working Lunch Date Changed

To avoid the anticipated traffic jams associated with the visit of the Pope to Washington, the Opening Program and Working Lunch has been shifted from Wednesday, September 23rd to Monday, September 28, 2015.  Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, the new Director of the Office of Foreign Missions will be the speaker.

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August 31, 2015

Solar Power Opportunity for Embassies

Solar Power Opportunity for Embassies:  D.C. Greening Embassies Forum members have a new opportunity to save money, obtain renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  WGL, an energy company founded in the District of Columbia in 1848, is looking to pool embassies’ energy demand to build an off-site solar energy farm in the D.C. area that would provide 100% renewable energy to the embassies – at a cheaper electricity rate than they currently pay.  The offer is for an initialelectricity rate of $0.07/KwH for the first five years, with an escalation rate set at 1% for each year thereafter of the contract. (For comparison, Pepco’s residential rate is $0.091/KwH and its small commercial is $0.086/KwH.) WGL’s offer rate is 23% less than the residential rate, and 18% less than the small commercial rate.

Background information:  WGL’s offer rate is possible because of two favorable market conditions. Firstly, the investment tax credit (ITC) which is set to expire in 2016, allows companies like WGL to qualify for a 30% tax credit, as such there is a major effort to develop and construct solar assets well ahead of the ITC expiration. As we get closer to the second and third quarters of 2016 the challenge of timely completion of solar assets increases risk premiums in business models, which translates to higher rates. Secondly the ability to aggregate the energy supply across the portfolio of Embassies is critical to the success of the effort. By aggregating the supply across the larger portfolio of participants, everyone benefits from near record low energy rates.

How embassies join:  This aggregation means that no Embassy is too big or too small to get electricity from a new solar renewable plant. The enrollment process is simple and involves connecting with WGL to share your annual energy use. Contact Nate Greenberg at Nate.Greenberg@WGLenergy.com for more information.

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August 14, 2015

The 2015-2016 Executive Board

At the June, 2015 Elections, the membership elected the following colleagues to the Executive Board:

President: Angila Woodham, Consul General (New Zealand)
Vice President: Daniela Kristo Nesho, Consul (Albania)
Secretary: Pat Sheehan, Consular Officer (UK)
Treasurer: Helene Bouchard, Senior Consular Officer (Canada)
Membership – Americas: Paulette Adderley-Zonicle, Consul General (Bahamas)
Membership – Asia: Okto Manik, Head of Consular and Protocol Affairs (Indonesia)
Membership – Europe: Branka Pazin, Consul (Croatia)
Membership – Magreb and Middle East: Chiheb Zayani, Consul (Tunisia)
Associate Member Representative: Kim Sellers, Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Supporting Member Representative: Jane Perlman, Senior International Account Manager, CORT
Ombudsman: Woody Olmsted, USCIS, Retired
Program Chair: Kit Moss, Director General, Consular Corps College

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September 8, 2014

The Consular Corps Now Takes Credit Cards

Due high demand, attendees can now use credit cards to pay for Membership Dues, Events, and Lunch Punch Cards.  The Consular Corps will absorb the processing fees for all costs, except the Supporting Member Dues, which will have a $20.00 processing fee added to the total.

Payments may either be made at the door or by mail.  When paying for Membership Dues, Lunch Punch Cards, or the Annual Ball by mail, all you will need to do is include a completed Credit Card Authorization Form along with the appropriate application(s).  Contact the Treasurer, Helene Bouchard (helene.bouchard@international.gc.ca), or the Program Chair, Kit Moss (cc.programchair@gmail.com), to request a Credit Card Authorization Form be sent to you.

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July 25, 2014

New Executive Board Elected

At the June Elections, Eric Hepburn, HM Consul General (UK) was elected President.  While many sitting Board Members will continue to serve this year, a number of new Members have been elected to serve on the Board.  We extend a warm welcome to Angila Woodham (New Zealand), the new Secretary, Okto Manik (Indonesia) the new Membership Representative for Asia, Daniela Kristo (Albania) the new Membership Representative for Europe, and Chiheb Zayani (Tunisia), the new Membership Representative for the Middle East and Magreb.

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May 1, 2014

Elections Are Coming in June

Would you like to stand for a position?  You are always welcome to put your name on the ballot for any position you qualify for.  The positions and requirements are:

Executive Positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer
Requirements: Must be filled by a Full (Diplomatic) Member. President and Vice President also require at least one year on the Board in a lower capacity.

Americas Membership Representative
Requirement: Must be a Full Member

Asia Membership Representative
Requirement: Must be a Full Member

Europe/Africa/Middle East Membership Representative
Requirement: Must be a Full Member

Associate Representative
Requirement: Must be held by an Associate Member (Former US Consul or current Federal or Local Government official)

Requirement: Open to any member

Supporting Representative
Requirement: Must be held by a Supporting (Corporate) Member

Program Chair:
Requirement: Open to any member

So far, the ballot has the following candidates:

President: Eric Hepburn, UK
Vice President: Walter Neumayer, Austria
Secretary: OPEN
Treasurer: Helene Bouchard, Canada
Americas Membership Representative: OPEN
Asia Membership Representative: OPEN
Europe/Africa/ME Membership Representative: Daniela Kristo-Nesho, Albania
Associate Representative: Kim Sellers, DHS-DOS
Ombudsman: Woody Olmsted, former USCIS
Supporting Representative: Hassen Khraibani, USI
Program Chair: Kit Moss, Consular Corps College

To put your name on the ballot, contact Kit Moss (cc.programchair@gmail.com) by Friday, May 23, 2014

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