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.
FOURTH QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Thursday, December 5, 2013,
STUMBLING STONES: Current Holocaust Remembrances in Germany, Myrna Goodman, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State University and Howard Shattner, Filmmaker, Santa Rosa .
FIRST QUARTER 2014 PROGRAMS
Thursday, January 9, 2014, SYRIA: THE VIEW FROM JORDAN AND LEBANON, Richard Read, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
Friday, January 17, 2014, TODAY'S FOREIGN POLICY: CAN WE LEARN FROM FDR? By Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan, University of San Francisco Professor.
Thursday, January 30, 2014, JAPAN ON THE MOVE: ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, Military Challenges Ahead? Tsuneo Akaha, Ph.D., Professor of International Policy Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Friday, February 7, 2014, BURMA AT THE CROSSROADS. Nyunt Than, Chair, Burmese American Democratic Alliance
Thursday, February 27, 2014, THE MIDDLE EAST AND COMING CHANGES IN THE BALANCE OF POWER, Jonathan Whooley, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University
Friday, March 14, 2014, THE GOOD COMPANY: Profit, Ethics, and Sustainability, Robert Girling, Professor of Business Administration, Sonoma State University
Thursday, March 27, 2014, THE WORLD BANK: EVOLUTION OF A VISION, Patrick Connolly, Ph.D., World Bank Senior Financial Advisor (ret.)
WACSC is a member of:
Great Decisions discussions to be reborn starting in February -- see the 'Great Decisions' page of this website for full information.
Bobís Farewell Quarter
Will Bob Kirk finally step down as president? That is the question. Bob will have served this Council as president for a total of three terms plus (7 1/2 years) at the end of this year. If all goes as planned, he will be completing his last year as our inspirational leader and community ambassador. We canít thank Bob enough for his service and for all that he has done for and meant to the WACSC. We can just be glad that he will remain on the Board as immediate past president, be available to give his counsel, and continue to participate in Board affairs. Thank you, Bob!
Help Wanted: A/V Support Team
The WAC Audio/Visual team supports our speaker programs by providing the sound you hear and the images you see. We set up and operate the microphones, receivers, mixers and speaker systems, and the video from the speakerís computer to our video projector. To ensure that we can cover all our programs, we need one or two additional people to join the team -- cheerful persons with enough aptitude to operate a television remote, and who enjoy troubleshooting when things go wrong. No prior experience is needed; weíll train you. Please contact Paul Willihnganz at 538-9360 or email@example.com.
WACA National Conference for 2013
The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2013 National Conference on November 13-15 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on the Six Top Issues for the President in 2014: Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Independence, Global Economic Realignment, the Middle East, Global Environment Issues, and K-12 Education. All World Affairs Council members are invited to attend. For more information and registration contact WACA at its website, www.worldaffairscouncils.org.
WACSC HAS ITS OWN STYLE AND PERSONALITY
The World Affairs Councils of America is a loose affiliation of about 100 Councils differing greatly in size and mission. Some Councils target the business and professional community, some develop programs for high schools, and others, like ourselves, provide world affairs programs for individuals. Certain large Councils do all of these and more.
Some Councils have over 10,000 members, while about 20 Councils in smaller communities have 500 or fewer members. The large Councils have professional staffs, while smaller Councils like our Sonoma County Council are run by volunteers. Many of the smaller Councils are affiliated with universities or other institutions that offer office space and staff assistance.
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is purely volunteer and does not maintain an office. We have a working board of directors; each director has personal responsibility for some aspect our operations. Assignments include areas such as administration, programs, and publicity.
Our all-volunteer style has distinct advantages:
ē We do not need a staff and have low expenses.
ē We fund programs entirely from member dues.
ē We devote all our effort to programs and have no fundraising.
ē Our working directors stay directly in touch with members.
We are constantly looking for new directors and other volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact President Bob Kirk or any of our directors via the local WACSC phone number, 707-573-6014, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com, 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.