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The Young Diplomats Club of San Francisco

The Young Diplomats Club of San Francisco (YDC), launched April 15, 2009, is a private organization, endorsed by the former Dean of the San Francisco Consular Corps, The Honorable Marc LePage of Canada. The intent of the YDC is to serve as a networking social group with quarterly events, held in various and unique Bay Area settings. Participation is only open to all career San Francisco Consular Corps members, staff and spouses or partners.

The YDC, cofounded by Sherri Ferris, Protocol Professionals, Inc. and Russian Vice Consul, The Honorable Alexey Dobrynskiy, held its first exciting event at the Press Club in San Francisco, April 15, 2009. It was attended by career diplomats from more than thirty countries.


YDC Honorary Chair


Sietze Vermeulen, communications and public diplomacy, Consulate General of the Netherlands

YDC Founders

YDC Cofounder Sherri Ferris, President & CEO,
Protocol Professionals, Inc.


Guest Comments


Sail into Summer
YDC's Got Talent
Lucky Strike III
Breaking Bread
Chinese New Year
Feria de Sevilla
Lucky Strike IV
Bem-Vindo a Copacabana
Holiday Reception
Cherry Blossom Festival
Anchor Brewery
Karaoke Night
Lucky Strike V
Habana Night
Family Day Picnic
Dutch Holiday Party

Through My Lens Photo Contest

HRM King Willem-Alexander's Birthday Party
Family Day - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Mr. Sietze Vermeulen is in charge of communications and public diplomacy at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco. Before moving to California in 2017, he worked as press officer for the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, EU communications and in TV-journalism. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and creativity with him, having organized and hosted many events for the Consulate and in his previous position as board member of the Young Diplomats Club of the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs.

Message from Sietze Vermeulen:

"The YDC brings together younger and older diplomats and consulate staff that, even though they work for different countries, have a lot in common. Working in international affairs in the middle of the Silicon Valley tech scene, brings a lot of excitement and challenges. It's great to share these with colleagues. I'm looking forward to all the next events, catching up with this very special international group and of course working together with Sherri and her wonderful team."





You and your spouse/partner are cordially invited to join the Young Diplomats Club of San Francisco to celebrate
Cinco de Mayo. Salud!

We will acknowledge our outgoing YDC Honorary Chair, Catherine Delfino of France and welcome incoming Chair, Sietze Vermeulen of the Netherlands.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Nick's Crispy Tacos aka Rouge
1500 Broadway (at Polk), San Francisco
Parking can be difficult so Uber or Lyft is recommended.

Attendance is limited. All reservations will be confirmed in advance. No walk-ins please.

Sporty comfortable attire. Wear a sombrero if you have one!

Kindly R.S.V.P. by April 26, 2019

Questions & R.S.V.P.: Email: Or, phone Sherri Ferris: 415.673.5311


Read GUEST COMMENTS About Previous YDC Events


Please note:

  • Participation is open to all career San Francisco Consular Corps members, staff and spouses or partners
  • All events require advance reservations
  • By invitation only. Invitations are non-transferable

For further information about YDC contact:
Sherri Ferris:
or Evren Sarac Essner:
Tel:  415.673.5311


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