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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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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