New Directions

Over the years since 1915, AFS had evolved into venerable institution, suffering----in the eyes of the young generation of the 1970s--- from the various ills of "old age." 1971: It was high time for AFS to change, to get with it, to reorganize...and to re-invent itself.

Henceforth, AFS would fight many battles in a war for corporate survival, its volunteer base ever waving the flag of "Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Men!"

Galatti's golden days of straightfoward militancy had faded away. Other factors dominated the field. Phenomenal success had brought phenomenal growth---spawning imitators---real or perceived "competitors". And success had spread AFS across the globe where it was soon seen as too "American". There were practical problems. Many voices clamored for attention. Something had to be done.

Over the next 30 years, many things were done as serious financial crises were faced and dealt with. With a multi-national organization carrying out its activities in the field through tens of thousands of volunteers of different cultures, governance was a major problem. Who was to be at the head of it all? Should AFS somehow become another international corporation with headquarters in New York? Could AFS's particular problems be solved by business-savy Americans with experience in the field of international corporate enterprise or charity work?



Ulric Haynes, Jr.

Rhinesmith returns

Beryl Levinger

Under Construction