SVPAZ Executive Director Visits Washington, D.C.

Jun 27, 2016

SVPAZ’s Executive Director, Terri Wogan, recently visited Washington, D.C. Here’s what she has to share:

As we approach our country’s Independence Day celebration, I thought I would share a few photos from my visit to Washington, D.C. last week, where I had the privilege to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The belief that a better future relies on attracting to public service the commitment and sound judgment of bright, outstanding young leaders is what led President Truman, when approached by a bipartisan group of admirers near the end of his life, to encourage the creation of a living memorial devoted to this purpose rather than a bricks and mortar monument. For the last 40 years, the Truman Foundation has supported the potential of terrific young people from across the United States committed to public service; more than 3,000, so far!


My husband, Ernie, is one of those 3,000 that received a scholarship. In fact, he received the scholarship in 1977, the very first class of recipients.

Ernie with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright








We spent an afternoon at the State Department where Foundation President and Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a symposium and reception.

All I can say is, “wow.”  The incredible, smart and passionate young people I met are doing amazing work.  A proud day. There was so much history in the building and things to see but thought I would share a few “insider” photos.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ms. Albright required a step to reach the podium. Mr. Kerry did not.

The State Department Ladies Room was stately. Pictures don’t do its beauty justice.








Ernie & Terri visit the White House








Thanks for sharing your adventure, Terri!