DACOR Closed Due to Inclement Weather    January 14, 2019

DACOR is closed due to inclement weather on Monday, January 14th. All events at the DACOR Bacon House have been canceled.

Funeral Service ~ Alan W. Lukens January 11, 2019

Ambassador Alan Lukens, a past president of DACOR, passed away on Saturday evening, January 5th, 2019. A service will be held at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, on Friday 11th at 11:00 am. All Saints Church is at 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Parking for the church is accessed from Oliver Street.

Executive Director Position December 12, 2018

DACOR, Inc., an organization of foreign affairs professionals, and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are seeking an Executive Director to manage the expanded agenda of their organizations.

DACOR and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are 501 (c) (4) and 501 (c) (3) organizations, which together comprise a membership of approximately 1,600 individuals. The Executive Director works under the general authority of a Board of Governors/Trustees, and reports to the President and Executive Committee of those boards.

Candidates for the Executive Director position should possess solid management skills, especially in the areas of human resources and financial management. They also should have experience in fundraising and membership development.

Past experience in the foreign affairs arena is a definite plus. Familiarity with electronic accounting and association management software is also very important.

The position of Executive Director requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, including solid writing ability.

The primary workplace is at the historic DACOR Bacon House at 18th and F Streets NW, in Washington, DC.  Preservation, maintenance and modernization of this historic home is one of the principal strategic goals of the organization, and one of the responsibilities of the Executive Director is to oversee the staff responsible for this maintenance and upkeep.

Salary: $110,000 plus a generous benefits package, to include healthcare coverage, parking on-site, annual leave, holiday leave and federal holiday leave, plus more.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018

To view a complete position description, click here.

For further information and to apply with your cover letter and resume, please contact Interim Executive Director Sherry Barndollar Rock at 202-682-0500, ext. 14, or by email at


Notice of Special Members' Meeting    December 13, 2018

The Board of Governors is calling a Special Members' Meeting for December 13, 2018, at 10:15 am at the DACOR Bacon House. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain approval by the voting members of DACOR, Inc. for an increase in annual dues for calendar year 2019. 

Please click here for the full announcement and details.

Memorial Service ~ Michael E. C. Ely November 17, 2018

Michael E.C. Ely, a past president of DACOR, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, after a long illness. There will be a memorial service and reception on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane (corner of Military Road) in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Andrew's Endowment for Outreach and Human Needs or to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.

Seeking China-U.S.A. Crisis Simulation Participants November 3, 2018

The Crisis Simulation team at George Washington University is recruiting DACOR members with experience in China or East Asia to dust off their diplomacy skills and sit in on a student crisis simulation on Saturday, November 3. The student-led simulation runs from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC. Lunch is provided. The crisis will focus on China and the US. To register, contact Tom Brannan, Chair, DACOR Public Outreach Committee, at

Job Announcement: Oral History Program Assistant at ADST October 31, 2018

ADST is pleased to announce a part time job with their Oral History Program. Click here for the full job announcement. Applications should be submitted by 10.31.2018 with interviewing in November and a start date in December.

Foreign Service Networking Night at George Mason University October 16, 2018

Remember when you first thought about pursuing a career in the State Department? Well there are 40 graduate and undergraduate students (and a long wait list) at George Mason University who’d like to talk to you.

The occasion is Foreign Service Networking Night, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at the University’s Fairfax campus. GMU’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is hosting the two-hour event and needs veterans of the State Department (FSO’s and Civil Service) to share their experiences and advice. You can expect to interact with multiple small groups of students in an extended conversation (15-20 minutes) about pathways into the Foreign Service or State Department Civil Service, your career trajectory, and what makes for a fulfilling career.

Ready to sign up? Contact Leslie Durham at GMU (, let her know you’d like to attend as a mentor, and send her a short paragraph that covers your FS career. She will send you directions on how to get to Merton Hall, room 1201, and how to activate free parking in the adjoining parking garage.

2018 Foreign Service Cup Awarded May 4, 2018

The 2018 winner of the Foreign Service Cup is Ambassador H. Allen Holmes (second from left). Ambassador Holmes was awarded the Cup on May 4th at Foreign Affairs Day. Over two distinguished careers, in the Foreign Service and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, H. Allen Holmes advanced the national security of the United States and laid the foundation for the next generations of foreign affairs leaders.

2018 - 2019 Education Awards Announced April, 2018

DACOR Bacon House Foundation President James H. Benson announced the awarding of $225,000 in scholarships, including $120,000 in graduate fellowships and $100,000 in undergraduate scholarships as part of its annual education awards program. The awards will benefit students currently enrolled or soon to enroll in graduate and undergraduate degree programs at 22 American universities.

The graduate fellowship recipients were selected by the Foundation?s Education Committee based on their academic credentials and interviews conducted this spring. Our committee members were greatly impressed with the academic achievements of these students and their desire to pursue careers that embraced foreign policy and the practice of international affairs,? said DBHF Education Committee chair Stephen Thompson.

The 2018 recipients of the $10,000 DBHF Graduate Fellowships for the Study of International Affairs are currently enrolled in master's degree programs at their respective universities. They are Veronica Ferris at American University, Mehmil Zia at George Washington University, Samantha Wulfson at Georgetown University, Joel Jaeger at Johns Hopkins University, Elissa Miller at Tufts University, Lauren Werling at Catholic University, William Humphrey at Pepperdine University, Ammara Ansari at the University of Michigan, and Lucy Flamm at the University of Texas. In addition, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded the Gantenbein Medical Fund Fellowship, a combined award of $30,000 ($25,000 tuition, $5,000 stipend), to Samuel Ficenec for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Tulane University School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Recipients of the $6,000 DBHF Undergraduate Metro Scholarships to encourage the study of foreign affairs are currently enrolled at five universities; they are Mia Brown at George Mason University, Lydia Johnson at Howard University, Christina Jones at Fayetteville State University, Yessenia Torres at Trinity Washington University, and Margaret Ebacher-Rini at the University of Maryland.

Through its Louis G. Dreyfus Scholarships for Dependents of U.S. Foreign Service Officers at Yale University, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 to Yale students Lucy Tomasso, Claire Young, and Alexander Hoganson. In addition, DBHF awarded a $5,000 dependents scholarship to Emily Heimer, a student at The Hotchkiss School of Lakeville, CT.

In addition to the scholarship awards made directly by DBHF, each year the Foundation provides $40,000 that is awarded through the American Foreign Service Association Scholarship Program for children of AFSA members whose parents are or were Foreign Service employees. Through this program, DBHF assisted seven undergraduate students.