Of all the 2000 plus AFS foreign exchange students who came from all over the world to the United States for a year in 1974/75, some 40 to 60 of us came to New York for our 40-year-reunion.
Dr. Vincenzo Morlini is the current president of AFS International. AFS hosted our group for our reunion kick-off meeting on Friday morning and gave a heartwarming talk about the mission of AFS – bringing peace to the world – one person at a time. He himself was an AFS student in 1966.
Some notable other AFS alumni are:
- Catherine Coleman, NASA astronaut
- Jan Eliason, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
- — and thousands of others, including those in our group this weekend.