The Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg, Inc.


PO Box 60665 Harrisburg, PA 17106-0665
Founded in 1949

Programs for 2017 - 2018
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It is with much sadness that I share that on June 12, 2018  Marianne McManus passed away.  Marianne was an inspiration to many who knew her, and she made her mark on this organization.  She leaves a legacy of kindness and yet strong leadership.
The viewing is Sunday, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Myers-Harner Funeral Home, Camp Hill, and the Mass will be Monday, at 10 a.m., at Good Shephard Catholic Church, Camp Hill.

Who We Are
The Association believes that foreign policy is everyone’s business.  
Our mission is to offer, in an unbiased way, information about international issues and policies to our citizens to help them make informed judgments about their relations with neighbors in our global space.

 Our local Association, while aligned with the national Foreign Policy Association, is independently governed by a local board of directors. Our local Association is non- profit and nonpartisan.  It is funded by membership fees and donations.

Contributions to the Foreign Policy Association are deductible to the fullest extent of the law under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.
What We Do
The Association presents a series of eight monthly dinner meetings which feature speakers selected for their experience or expertise on the topics selected by the Board  of Directors.  The meetings are usually conducted on the fourth Thursday of the month.  A social hour starts at 17:30 (5:30) PM, dinner is at 18:30 (6:30) PM, the speaker begins promptly at  19:30 (7:30) PM, and a Q/A session follows.  The presentation ONLY is free and open to the public. There is a small fee for the dinner.
The Association hosts a reception in November for the “International Fellows Class” at the U.S. Army War College.  The Fellows are foreign military officers from more  than 50 countries who spend a year studying with their U.S. military counterparts.
In May, the Association sponsors a visit to the U.S. State Department followed by  a briefing at a foreign embassy from its ambassador.  A corresponding ethnic luncheon  is planned between the briefings.

The “Great Decisions” program encourages small informal groups to meet  to discuss key issues from the National Association study guide, Great Decisions.

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Michele Sellitto

Vice President

Howard Davison

Fay GeeGee

Dave Green

Term ending 2018

Cathy Beker

Ann Glasscock

Donna Julian

David Messner

Richard Slade

Pete St. Pierre

Stuart Snyder

Frank Swit

Term Ending 2019

William Anderson

 Ben Fleming

Carol Nechemias

Ron Pontius
Phyllis Skok

Cathy St. Pierre

Alan Stolberg
John Taylor

On Board

Clem Gilpin

Robert Cypcar

Alan Gallagher

Col. Edward Skender

David J. Spader

Radisson Information

 Those with special dietary needs may request a substitution when making a reservation.
If you order a substitute meal, remember to pick up a coded tag at the table and put it by your place.
Alternate meals will be chicken unless chicken is the main course – then fish
will be the alternate or vegetarian, which will be chef’s choice (typically non-meat pasta).


Meetings are held at the Radisson Hotel
Walnut Street & Erford Street  
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Radisson Hotel Web Site

Social hour & Dinner Information

Time: 5:30 PM: Social Hour (Cash Bar)
6:30 PM: Sit Down Dinner
7:30 PM: Presentation w/ Q & A

Cost for FPA Members: $26.00
We Welcome Non-members to attend dinners.
The non-member cost is: $29.00

There is no charge for anyone to attend the program presentation only, beginning at 7:30 PM.

For Dinner Reservations E-mail:
Ron Pontius at:
Call and leave a detailed message for
Ron at (717) 991-0899
Notes: Reservations by telephone must be made by 10 PM on the Monday before the
Thursday meeting; or if by e-mail, by 9 AM Tuesday before the meeting.
When making or canceling a dinner reservation be
sure to give your complete name, address, and
phone number. We need that information to notify
you if a meeting is canceled due to inclement
weather or for other reasons.
NOTE: We bill “No-shows!”
If you come for dinner as a “Walk-in” without a reservation, we cannot
guarantee that the hotel will be able to provide you with a meal.


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Lou Thieblemont - Webmaster
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