From Executive Secretary Fred Slabach (MS ’77)

Dear Scholars,



Last May, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation sponsored the first-ever
Truman Scholars National Conference, which was organized by the Truman Scholars
Association (TSA). As you well know, the Foundation has been building human
capital for social innovation and national service since its inception in 1976
as the federal government’s living memorial to our 33rd president. And TSA has
been broadening and deepening the interconnections among Truman Scholars for
more than a decade. It seems only natural that the two organizations would work in
partnership to further our mutual goals.


The Foundation and TSA continue identifying ways to capitalize on the tremendous
energy created by the National Conference and to further strengthen the Truman
Scholar community.


This month marks the official launch of two new communication tools we have
developed together – the “Truman Scholars Blog” and the “Truman Scholar
News” e-mail newsletter. We hope that these will help you to keep informed
of what other Truman Scholars are doing and communicate with one another. As
these are new initiatives, we are eager to receive feedback from Scholars about
what they find most useful and how we may improve efforts to enhance


In addition to online interaction, TSA has begun to organize a series of
meet-and-greet events in coordination with my trips to cities around the
country for Truman Scholar finalist interviews. Last week, Margaret Hsu (KS
’93) hosted more than 30 Scholars in the Washington, DC area at the Tabard Inn
for a kick-off event. We hope you will check the schedule of Meet-and-Greets,
as well as Finalist Dinners, and join us if you are able. (Click
here for more information.


These events will culminate in May, as we celebrate the induction of a new
class of Scholars. All Scholars are invited to attend the Truman Scholars
Reunion Weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Truman Scholars Leadership
Week in Missouri from May 27 to May 30, 2010. The events will be hosted at
William Jewell College in Liberty and at the Truman Presidential Library and
Museum in Independence, Mo. We are excited to announce that Jeffrey Toobin (NY ’80),
noted legal analyst (CNN, The New Yorker) and author of The Nine, will serve as
our keynote speaker. (Click here for more information.)


As I interact with Scholars around the country and receive updates via e-mail,
I am reminded what an impressive community this is. As I have said many times:
Whoever you are and wherever you are on your path in public service, the Truman
Foundation is proud of you. And I am proud to be a member of your community.


I hope to see many of you soon at a meet-and-greet event in your community,
or in Missouri this May.




Frederick Slabach (MS ’77)

Executive Secretary

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

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