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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 5, 2005

2005 Secretary of State's Award for Voluntary Service Overseas Award Winners

Six geographic bureau winners have been selected as the winners of the 2005 Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) Secretary of State’s Award for Voluntary Service Overseas (SOSA). The SOSA Awards were created in 1990 to recognize U.S. government employees and family members at embassies and consulates who gave exceptional volunteer service to their communities, host country or expatriates, or rendered outstanding service in emergencies.

This year’s SOSA award winners include:

Sandra Patterson - Lusaka , Zambia (AF)

Robi Keyes - Bangkok , Thailand (EAP)

Mark Wilson - Skopje , Macedonia (EUR)

Eglal Rousseau - Rabat , Morocco (NEA)

Robert Blumberg - Colombo , Sri Lanka (SA)

Jaimee Neel - Sao Paulo , Brazil (WHA)

The 2005 SOSA award winners were selected from a total of 30 outstanding nominations.
A brief synopsis of the volunteer activity that earned each winner his/her award can be found at: http://www.aafsw.org/aafsw/awards/2005awards.htm.

At an award ceremony to be held in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the Department of State on Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m., the winners will each be presented with a certificate signed by Secretary Rice, a cash award of $2,500 and a pin.

For more information contact Brenda Greenberg at (202) 647-4282.

Released on December 5, 2005

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