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  COFFE’s NEXT LUNCHEON 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:30 AM

MARK SHIELDS

“THE STATE OF THE UNITED STATES”

Political commentator, Mark Shields, has been on the political playing field since Robert F. Kennedy ran for president in 1968.  The recent elections should give him a great deal of fodder for his talk to COFFE.  He has been dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “the wittiest political analyst around” and “frequently the most trenchant, fair-minded, and thoughtful. The Washington Post has called him “a walking almanac of American politics.”

Since 1988, Shields has provided weekly political analysis and commentary for the PBS NewsHour. His current on-screen counterpart is David Brooks of The New York Times. Previous counterparts were the late William Safire, Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal, and David Gergen. Shields was also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly public affair show that was seen on both PBS and ABC until it ceased production in December 2013. For 17 years, Shields was moderator and panelist on CNN’s Capital Gang.

Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.

REGISTERING FOR THE LUNCHEON

To RSVP for the luncheon please click  the link below.  In the body of the email write your name and if bringing guests, please list each person’s name on a separate line.  A confirmation email will be sent when your request is processed.  REGISTER HERE

COFFE was established in November 1988 and we are celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during this luncheon season (September 2018 – May 2019).  We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining.   The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.

We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.

COFFE’s LAST LUNCHEON

 WHAT DOES RUSSIA REALLY WANT?

COFFE’s January speaker, journalist Gregory Feifer, provided some keen insights into what Russia hopes to achieve through its internal, regional and global actions.  The presentation was followed by a very lively question and answer session.

A full review of Mr. Feifer’s presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members.  Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.

 PROMOTING QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE 

In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.

2018 COFFE PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Michael Lawliss, a MPA candidate in the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was selected, from 31 applicants, to receive the 2018 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.  He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Vermont, Michael began working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders as a Legislative Intern before becoming a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent.  Michael’s ultimate goal is to work at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer so that he can have a role in shaping our foreign policy goals.

In his scholarship application, Michael wrote:  “As someone who has been interested in politics my entire life, I believe public service is the best way I can make a real difference in the lives of the American people.”

With young people like Michael pursuing careers in government, there is a reason for optimism about the future of public service!

ABOUT COFFE

Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More