It begins with a welcome


A simple seven-letter word, often accompanied by a smile, a handshake, and an open door. But it is so much more than a word. It is an ethic, a spirit, a commitment. It is an acknowledgement that citizen diplomacy and a mutual understanding among nations is vital to peace, tolerance, prosperity, and stability in the world.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's - Washington, DC

Join THIS for Diplomats in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 12th, at 8:30 am, on the National Mall. THIS values community involvement, within our diplomatic community, the wider DC community, and our global community - Alzheimer’s touches every one of these communities. We invite all volunteers and diplomats to join us for this important cause. You can sign up to walk or donate to the team below and purchase a THIS t-shirt to represent us at the walk here.


THIS History

Established in 1961 during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, THIS became the first volunteer organization of its kind, designed expressly to welcome newly appointed foreign diplomats and their families to Washington, DC. Then Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, and the State Department’s Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Angier Biddle Duke, aimed to provide essential services to diplomatic families with the help and experience of Ambassador Angier Duke’s special assistant, Eleanor Israel. Israel, who worked with diplomatic families in New York, began developing a network of interested parties to make THIS a reality in the nation’s capital.


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