The World Affairs
Council of Sonoma County
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization whose purpose is to promote study and public education in world affairs and to contribute to improved international understanding and relations. We feature speakers such as Ambassadors, international figures, journalists, academics, and business professionals.
Council programs provide participants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of people who shape world events in a variety of formats. Regular programs are sponsored by the Council and are open both to members and the general public.
P.O. Box 1433
If you are a WACSC member and have a change of name, address, phone or email, please notify Brantly Richardson by clicking your mouse arrow on the mailbox.
SECOND QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Friday, May 24, 2013, Singapore: A Strategic Partner in the Pacific Rim, Hock Seng Chin, Consul-General of Singapore in San Francisco
Friday, June 14, 2013, Chinaís New Leadership: Whoís In and Huís Out? Crystal Chang, Ph.D., Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Adjunct Professor, Dominican University
Thursday, June 27, 2013, The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives, Reg Green, Retired journalist, Champion for International Organ Donation
THIRD QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Thursday July 25, 2013, Annual Picnic and Book Sale, Quail Inn, (Oakmont Golf Club) 7035 Oakmont Drive, SR
WACSC is a member of:
WACA: World Affairs Councils of America www.worldaffairscouncils.org
This is a web site that you might want to check out from time to time to see what
is happening at WAC national headquarters, what programs are available to all WAC
members, and what speaker programs are being offered by other Councils around
the country. Remember, you are a member of a national organization offering
membership opportunities such as travel tours, publication discounts, an annual
national conference with renowned speakers, lectures, and the opportunity to
interact with members from around the country. Additionally, you may participate in
internet lectures sponsored by other Councils. Check it out.
WACSC is very sad to report the passing of three faithful members this
past quarter: Ann Anderson, Charles Eid, and Phyllis Kindt.
We will truly miss them.
NEW WAC EVENING VENUES
For many years, WACSC has been privileged to use the auditorium at Spring Lake Village (SLV) for our evening programs. And, we have enjoyed seeing so many SLV residents attending these programs. But beginning in January, for the next 18 months to 2 years, the SLV auditorium will not be available to us; it will be torn down and rebuilt as part of a large renovation/construction project. Although we have worked closely with the staff at SLV to try to find a way to continue our presence there during the construction, it is just not practical.
After months of research, our Program Committee has found an excellent venue we will be using for most of our evening programs during the time that SLV is unavailable. The First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa (FPC) on Pacific Avenue has a large fellowship hall (Ingram Hall); it is centrally located in Santa Rosa, has a good-sized parking lot behind the church as well as on-street parking, and has lots of amenities which will help us continue to bring you top quality speakers with various audio and visual requirements. For a map or driving directions to the church, click your mouse arrow at http://www.fpcsantarosa.org/about/location/.When the FPC facility is not available, we have also made arrangements with the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Dr. This is also an excellent facility and centrally located.
We hope you will continue to enjoy our evening programs at our new venues. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our hotline (707-573-6014).
WACSC Restaurant Prices and Member Costs
It is timely to remind us, that as we face rising restaurant pricing for our lunch and dinner meetings, the Council retains its policy of pricing all restaurant charges at cost to members. Our Program Committee negotiates the best meal quality at the lowest price with all of our restaurant venues.
The Perspectives Editorial Board gained a new member from our membership, thanks to responses to our request for volunteers in the last issue of the newsletter. Based on her qualifications for our new position of Organization Assistant Editor, Doris Evans has joined with Agnes Connolly, Editorial Assistant Editor, and Bill Anderson, Editor, in producing our quarterly publications. Other members of the Editorial Board are Leanna Breese, Co-Chair of the Program Committee, and Bob Kirk, President. This group is responsible for the e-edition of Perspectives, the mailed tri-fold version, and the Program Flyer.
WACSC Speakerís Bureau
Under the direction of Membership Chairman Jim York, a new Speakerís Bureau has been established to carry the message of WACSC to the Sonoma County community. Any member who can suggest an organization that might welcome a speaker representing our Council, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WACSC is managed by volunteers and is dependent on member volunteers for all phases of our activities. With over 420 members, there must be qualified people on our member list who can handle a wide variety of responsibilities. Please step forward and volunteer your skills and time. The satisfaction you will experience, knowing that you are contributing to the operations of this Council, will make it well worthwhile.
WAC Leadership Mission to Afghanistan
Members with computers can access a most interesting report by six intrepid travelers who returned in March from a WAC Leadership Mission to Afghanistan. These leaders of councils around the U.S. met with Ambassador Crocker, President Karzai and many other public and private Afghan and western officials during a busy week of interviews. Their report will certainly change some, but not all, minds about the U.S. presence there. Highly recommended. To access the report go to the website http://worldaffairscouncil.com/?p=1425
Searching for a World Travel Opportunity?
WAC of Philadelphia continues to offer wonderful travel experiences for WAC members and their friends. Their 2012-2013 Travel Tours are available for our members to view, consider, inquire and reserve. You can reach the WAC Philadelphia website at www.wacphila.org. You can call toll free to their Travel Department at 800-942-5004, Ext. 209 or 217. You may reach their VP of Travel, Joan Russell, directly at email@example.com. WAC Philadelphia has been arranging world tours for many years and is highly recommended by our national parent organization, World Affairs Councils of America.
PERSPECTIVES, the 6 page, full color, quarterly newsletter, is distributed only by email to members with valid email addresses registered with the Council. To receive this e-edition, members should register and keep their email addresses current. Members without email, or who prefer not to receive the e-edition, and have current mailing addresses on file with the Council, receive a mailed one color, 2 page Program Mailer with complete information about programs, meal events and reservation procedure.
If you have changed e-mail or mail address, or telephone number, please let us know by contacting Membership Chairman Jim York, firstname.lastname@example.org, or leaving word on the hotline at 573-6014. Also, make sure your spam filters do not reject WACSC incoming e-mails. We canít keep you informed if we canít reach you. Thank you.
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Sonoma County Museum Discount
The Sonoma County Museum, the regionís art and history museum, would like to welcome new members. The museum views the World Affairs Council as a particularly compatible demographic and is offering a 20% discount on all membership levels to new members who are also WAC members. Here's how it works:
Individual Dual Supporting
Regular museum memberships: $45 $75 $125
Discount: 9 15 25
New WAC museum memberships: $36 $60 $100
This is restricted to new museum members only. No other discounts apply. When applying, write "WAC Discount" on the memo portion of your check.