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Welcome Diane Randall!

March 1, 2011

This morning we welcomed Diane Randall to her first day on the job as Executive Secretary of FCNL.

Diane Randall entering the FCNL building

Welcome to FCNL--here's your first photo op!

Diane talking with staff

Breakfast and a chance to say hello to staff

Diane and Stephen laughing

Here's hoping the rest of her first day is as fun as this moment

Among Diane's introductions to the Hill was a reception cosponsored by FCNL to honor Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller for her leadership in negotiating and securing adoption of the New START Treaty. From left: Diane Randall, Joe Volk, Rose Gottemoeller, David Culp

At the reception, Diane had the chance to meet some of FCNL's coalition partners in the arms control community.

David Culp introducing Diane to Rose Gottemoeller.

  1. March 3, 2011 5:10 pm

    Welcome, Diane! All best wishes from F/friends in Iowa!

  2. Cushman Anthony permalink
    March 3, 2011 5:29 pm

    No one expects you to stay for the next 68 years, but I for one anticipate a long tenure with much growth and success for FCNL. I hope it is a good tenure from your and your family’s perspective as well.

  3. Good to "meet" you, Diane!! I look forward to really meeting you. I'll stop in on my way to the NRA in Springfield, VA. I have some questions for Wayne La Pierre. permalink
    March 3, 2011 5:32 pm

    Thanks to FCNL folks for being our voices in the Capital.

  4. Tom Ewell permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:00 pm

    Welcome Diane! May the legacy of decades of Quaker lobbying in Washington, and the present and future support from all of us in “the Field,” guide and empower you in the dynamic years that surely await us. The world yearns for a compelling moral vision of peace and justice that Friends offer, and your light will be a beacon for that vision.

  5. Judy Hyde permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:09 pm

    Diane, Northeastern CT Quakers are proud to have you there.

  6. March 3, 2011 6:16 pm

    Please address the elephant(s) in the living room which provide the foundational basis for justifying invasions and occupations–especially since 9-11. An alliance with new 9-11 investigations will open the Pandora’s box nicely.

    Your willingness to confront this topic has everything to do with stopping those who perpetrate terrorism and the narratives justifying ‘wars’.

  7. March 3, 2011 6:21 pm

    We are thrilled to say, “We knew you when!” and wish you all the best in this most important work.
    Love, Roz and Alan

  8. Linda C. Smith permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:22 pm

    Congratulations! Warm wishes for an exciting and fulfilling career with FCNL. They are lucky to have you. We all are!
    Best regards,
    Linda Smith

  9. mildred cafcules permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:26 pm

    Best Wishes, Diane.

  10. Howard Macy permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:34 pm

    Congratulations, FCNL! This makes you all look really smart (certainly not unusual for you). And welcome, Diane. I’m convinced this will be fabulous. Blessings!

  11. Marcia Mason permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:38 pm

    Burlington (VT) Monthly Meeting welcomes you into a great organization. We send many blessings your way.

  12. E Garnet Fay permalink
    March 3, 2011 6:47 pm

    Diane, welcome and greetings and high expectations from Chicago!
    Very Best Wishes–Garnet Fay

  13. Ralph and Wanda Beebe permalink
    March 3, 2011 7:30 pm

    Welcome, Diane. FCNL has an honored tradition and you will continue it. Ralph Beebe, NWYM

  14. Kiki Eglinton permalink
    March 3, 2011 7:35 pm

    Diane, we miss you already at Hartford Friends Meeting, but your radiance and excitement in starting this new job – the perfect fit – makes us only proud and very happy for you and for the opportunities that await your family as well.


  15. March 3, 2011 7:42 pm

    Diane, FCNL is so important to us, and you are so important to us. We “southwesterners” are honored to have you on board and we hope you and your family will be able to spend a week with us at InterMountain Yearly Meeting some June.
    Peace, Paula VanDusen

  16. Karen Will permalink
    March 3, 2011 8:15 pm

    Yes, we miss knowing you are right down the street, but are glad to know you’re right up there with the decision makers, helping to set them straight! Your calm and decent perspective can’t help but have a good influence, both in and out of the office. Good luck in all the adjustments!

  17. Louis Wolf permalink
    March 3, 2011 8:31 pm

    As an ‘alumnus’ of FCNL who is proud to have worked at FCNL in 1961 (?) under Raymond Wilson, Ed Snyder, Frances Neely, and with Dave Hartsough, I say a hearty Welcome to you, Diane. FCNL is without any question the best and purest lobby organization in Washington and gives the enterprise of lobbying a good name.

  18. March 3, 2011 8:56 pm

    Hey Diane, our prayers are with you as you take your Light to Washington, a place that has much need of it! Sending you much love and many blessings ~~~~

  19. Suzy Klein-Berndt, New England Yearly Meeting permalink
    March 3, 2011 9:03 pm

    Hi Diane, How exciting that you’re with FCNL now! Congratulations, they are one of my very favorite Quaker organizations!

  20. March 3, 2011 10:35 pm


    I met you when you visited the Orlando Friends Meeting not too long ago. Since then we have gotten the City of Orlando to sign on to the Mayors for Peace, Vision 2020 campaign to abolish nuclear weapons by August 6, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This August 6, 2011 we are having a concert–Abolition 2020–to further buttress our resolve on this issue. Would you come and be one of our speakers?
    We are contemplating doing this event in conjunction with one of our local universities.

    Nelson Betancourt
    Clerk/Peace & Social Concerns Committee

  21. Diane and Donn Weinholtz permalink
    March 3, 2011 11:12 pm

    Looks like you got off to a wonderful start, Diane. Rest assured, all of us in Hartford will be holding you, Roger and the girls in The Light.

    In loving Friendship,

    Diane and Donn

  22. Richard Griggs permalink
    March 4, 2011 1:39 am

    Welcome Diane! As a Vietnam Veteran, I am proud to say that I drive to work every day with a “War is not the Answer” sign on the back of my car. These Pentagon funded fiascos began with the French in Vietnam and needs to end with our departure from Afghanistan and Iraq.

  23. Sue Reilly permalink
    March 4, 2011 7:42 am

    Congratulations, Diane! It was wonderful to see that you are the same Diane that I met at Woolman Hill years ago at the Emerging Ministries retreat. Best wishes and prayers to you in the new job.

  24. Mary Lee Morrison permalink
    March 4, 2011 8:59 am

    Diane-welcome to FCNL and you still had time to send an email today to us about Young Friends in Hartford! We will look forward to hearing about your work and support you all the way. You are held. Mary Lee Morrison

  25. Robert Hatten permalink
    March 4, 2011 9:18 am

    Welcome, Diane!

    FCNL is truly a beacon of the Light in promoting alternatives to war. You give us hope that our voices will be heard on the Hill.

  26. Abigail E. Adams permalink
    March 4, 2011 10:42 am

    Diane, it is your fourth day on the job, the only day of the year that is a command:

    March Fo(u)rth!

    Very glad that you are at FCNL.

    marching as well,

  27. Frances Spedding permalink
    March 4, 2011 1:56 pm

    Welcome, Diane. What better place for one’s energy and dedication to a challenging cause than at FCNL. You will be supported by a cloud of eager, similarly dedicated, workers.

  28. Betsy Cazden permalink
    March 5, 2011 10:59 am

    Diane, you look like you were born for this job, a gift to FCNL and hopefully a blessing to you as well. It’s easy to be enthusiastic about FCNL with such good staff in place.

  29. March 5, 2011 5:20 pm

    As its liaison with FCNL, I’m sure I speak for the whole community at Mt. Toby Friends (Leverett, Mass.) in welcoming you and wishing you a productive and soul-satisfying tenure. We consider you a neighbor. I hope some day you’ll have time to visit, perhaps to worship, with us.

  30. grace gifford permalink
    March 6, 2011 8:26 am

    Best wishes and blessings from Five Rivers Friends Meeting in Conway, South Carolina.

  31. Tom Ambrogi permalink
    March 7, 2011 12:31 am

    Welcome, Diane–from Claremont, CA. You’re taking leadership of what I believe is the most important and really effective lobbying and organizing group in the country. Count on me for any help I might be able to offer you. Blessings and cheers on all that lies ahead!

  32. March 8, 2011 1:53 am

    Welcome to Washington, D.C. and to FCNL, Diane!

    It’s good to have an affordable housing advocate as Executive Secretary. I hope there will be opportunities to cross-pollinate across issue silos and build momentum to shrink the Pentagon budget and increase funding to meet human needs.

    Holding you and the entire FCNL staff in the Light,

    Chris Mohr, clerk
    San Francisco Monthly Meeting
    (and E.D. of Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo Co., Calif.)

  33. Susan Taylor permalink
    March 8, 2011 6:20 pm

    Welcome, Diane!

    On behalf of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Tallahassee Friends Meeting, FL and Southeastern Yearly Meeting, I convey warm greetings and the excitement of our continuing support of FCNL’s essential presence and work, with you and the rest of the FCNL staff.

    With gratitude in the Light,
    Susan Taylor, Clerk ,Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Tallahassee Friends Meeting
    Clerk, SEYM

  34. Christel Jorgenson permalink
    March 8, 2011 7:39 pm

    How great, Diane, that you’re doing this! Many blessings on your work ahead. FCNL is very fortunate to have you.

  35. Bob Schultz permalink
    March 8, 2011 9:35 pm

    Diane, just reading these messages to you as you set forth on this journey gives me goosebumps. My own devotion to FCNL began with Raymond Wilson showing me around the offices in ’82, was heightened when our elder son (now of Hanover Meeting) served as Ed Snyder’s next-to-last intern, and was deepened during the years I oversaw Joe’s annual performance evaluations as Personnel Clerk. I met you briefly at annual meeting when I assured you you’ll be welcomed by Port Townsend (WA) Friends even if you don’t arrive by bicycle as Joe did. Port Townsend is out here on the edge of the country–but we like to think of ourselves the *cutting* edge. Please know we hold you in the Light and will continue to support this extraordinary Quaker organization (and your leadership) in its urgent work for peace, justice and earthcare. /Bob Schultz

  36. Vanessa Di Domenico permalink
    March 10, 2011 7:31 am

    From Friends in Venezuela, we’re glad to have you in DC, Diane! We and the local FREE Americans, the Wayuus, will hold you in the Light and hope you will someday want to help us set up a lobby to defend all ALBA nations and The Great Colombia (that’s the name of the original country that others split up into smaller ones). I might be said to be ‘the unofficial clerk/pastor’ of Maracaibo Friends, and in these past 8 years since I’ve been a member of NWYM street preaching has never stopped. With the Wayuus, we’ll also set up the union of all natives in the Americas. Want to have my US citizen son come over to give you a hand? The kid’s a big brain in politics- sounds like a Trueblood and hasn’t even read the man’s books yet. For peace in South America, its on Venezuela and Colombia that you should focus. I’ve already had my own encounters with the CIA and US politicians trying to make a mess here, and I’m not even thinking of when I was a kid in Chile (ok, now I remembered). Have a good time in DC, Diane.

  37. nancy first permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:30 pm

    You have big shoes to fill – tie the laces, face the future and begin your walk. Remember the stars will guide you and the Earth will support you and the “grassroots” are all around. Nancy


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