On the 16th December 2020 the Washington Diplomat published an article on their website. The article was titled ‘DC-based consular officials shine during global COVID-19 emergency‘.
Current Consular Corps President, New Zealand Consul-General Anna Law, and former Consular Corps President, Luxembourg Consul-General Stan Myck, were interviewed for the article.
The article highlights the importance of consular work as part of the critical operation that goes on in countries’ embassies and consulates and how often the consular staff at posts are the unsung heroes of foreign ministries’ work.
Consular work involves assisting nationals of their countries who find themselves in various undesirable and adverse situations whilst abroad. Consular work involves assisting with many complex issues ranging from replacing a lost or stolen passport to shipping the body of a deceased loved one back home for burial.
Consular work became even more complex this year with the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world with foreign nationals all over the globe finding themselves locked down in hotels, stuck on cruise ships, or unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions and flight cancellations.
The Consular Corps of Washington D.C. has the pleasure to inform its members that it made in September a donation of $500,- to “Martha’s Table” in Washington DC, in order to support food distribution to the most needy population in the US capital, especially during COVID times.
Martha’s Table is an organization that has been operating for 40 years to increase access to healthy meals and fresh produce for over 15,000 Washington DC residents and promote family success through their no cost community store and engagement programs.
On December 9, 2019, the Consular Corps organised its traditional Christmas Happy Hour in collaboration with TECRO at the beautiful residence of Twin Oaks. A special thank you to H.E. Stanley Kao and Mrs. Kao, as well as to his team for hosting this very special event.
A big thank you to Reginal Director Philip Lutz and his colleagues from the US Census Bureau for presenting to the Consular Corps on the Census Bureau and the 2020 Census. The team presented on a range of interesting topics relating to the 2020 Census and the diplomatic community and to foreign nationals, as well as data from the US Census Bureau on; world population, economics, and trade.
The event was hosted by Consular Corps member, the Embassy of Slovakia, in their beautiful presentation space.
The Conrad Washington, DC is located on New York Avenue between 9th and 10th streets NW. Metro: Orange, Sliver, Blue, Red to Metro Center; Green, Yellow to Gallery Place/Chinatown. The Conrad has $14 parking with validation at the event available for our members though we recommend taking a taxi or ride-share. On arrival, please go to the reception desk on the third floor where you’ll be directed to the Blue Willow Room in Estuary.
Consular Corps of Washington, D.C. Events Through December 2019
Mark Your Calendars! The Board is looking forward to seeing you again soon.
October 29, 2019; 12noon: Professional Program and working lunch Subject: “Meet the new Director of the OFM, Ambassador Stephen Akard” Venue: International Student House D.C. 1825 R Street, N.W. Washington DC 20009
November 5, 2019; 6-8pm: General Assembly Meeting and Social Hour Venue: Conrad Hotel, in the beautiful Wine Room of the Estuary Restaurant 950 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington D.C. 20001
November 21, 2019; 3pm: Afternoon Professional Program followed by hors d’oeuvre and drinks (as a continuation of the event on Disaster Victim Identification with Mr. Howard Way at the British Embassy on 20 September 2019) Subject: “International Repatriation: Visit to Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home and explanation of preparation and repatriation of foreign nationals” with Mr. Archer Harmon Venue: Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home 9902 Braddock Road Fairfax VA 22032
December 9, 2019 6-8pm: Consular Corps Holiday Social Hour (members with spouse/partner) Venue: Twin Oaks Estate 3225 Woodley Road, N.W. Washington D.C. 20008
The Board would like to announce the October Professional Program and Working Lunch. We do hope you will be able to attend.
Topic: “Meet the new Director of the OFM, Ambassador Stephen Akard, confirmed by the US Senate on September 11, 2019”
Event Details Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Time: 12:00 noon Arrival 12:20 Attendees sit 12:25 Lunch begins Venue: Great Hall, 2nd floor at International Student House D.C. 1825 R Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009 Parking: see below Cost: $45.00 for Members, $60.00 for Non-Members RSVP: Kindly rsvp to Elisabeth Herndler (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Tuesday , October 22, 2019 (only prepaid meals are guaranteed)
If you rsvp and find that you are no longer able to attend, please notify me no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2019. If you find you cannot attend after that time, please send someone in your place. You will be responsible for the meal. The Board looks forward to the pleasure of having you and any of your colleagues join us.
Parking or Public Transportation: The closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit) which services the Red line. Parking: ISHDC does not have parking available to guests. Two parking garages are conveniently located: https://parking.com/washington-dc/lot/1666-connecticut https://parking.com/washington-dc/lot/11-dupont-circle-nw Street parking is available on surrounding streets.