Announcements and Meeting Information


Next Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Next Event Speaker and Topic: Please mark your calendars for our next private dinner event scheduled for Thursday, May 18, when we will host Ambassador Katherine Canavan. In addition to being the former US Ambassador to both Botswana and Lesotho, she is a graduate of the Naval War College and former Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to Admiral James G. Stavridis, the Commander of the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Her presentation is titled “Forging Stronger Ties with Africa.”

RSVP Deadline and Instructions: So that we can give an accurate headcount to our caterers, please RSVP no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 16, by contacting Shannon Payne by email at or by telephone at 407.823.0688. Please note that, because we must give final head count to our caterer in advance of the meeting, we may not be able to accommodate late-registering participants. So that we can be certain to have an accurate headcount, kindly confirm your RSVP with Shannon even if you elect to pay your dinner fees online.


Location and Time Please be sure to note the new venue at the offices of GrayRobinson: 301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400, Orlando, FL 32801. The Founding Member Cocktail Reception begins at 6:30 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm.

Parking.  Complimentary covered garage parking is available directly across from GrayRobinson’s office on East Pine Street. Parking validation slips will be available at the OACFR check-in table.

Payments for Dinner Fees.  Our dinner fee for this event is $55.00 for all members and guests.  We now have the capability to accept payments on-line via Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express or by PayPal by clicking on the Pay Dues/Fees tab.  In the alternative, if you are paying by check, please forward your check for the dinner fee to the attention of the Global Connections Foundation at Global Connections Foundation, P.O. Box 361, Orlando, FL  32802, U.S.A.  Checks should be made payable to “GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOUNDATION” with “OACFR” noted in the memo line. Please pay special attention when writing out checks and addresses, as anything other than described will not be valid.  Because our caterer charges our Committee for each dinner reserved with our final head count, we must bill you for your reservation even if you or your guest is unable to attend.

Vegetarian Entrée Alternative upon Request.  A vegetarian entrée will be available upon request made at the time of your RSVP.  Kindly let us know your request in advance of the event, as we may not be able to accommodate last-minute notices of special requests.

Guest Policy.  Individuals who are considering applying for membership or other guests of our Members may be invited once to our meetings to experience our events before being considered for membership. We ask each Host Member to provide his or her guest with a Nomination Form, available on our Committee website and at event check-in. We suggest that guests view our website for more information regarding the organization and our membership. Please contact Shannon Payne if you have any additional questions regarding new membership.