The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County

The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is a  non-profit, non-partisan  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
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Phone: (707) 573-6014

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.






Upcoming Events




Wednesday, August 20, 2014, The annual WACSC picnic


Thursday, September 11, 2014,  

BRINGING WORLD NEWS TO LOCAL READERS -- AND MAKING IT RELEVANT, Paul Gullixson, Editorial Editor, The Press Democrat newspaper, Santa Rosa



Friday, September 26, 2014, THE PARADOX OF DISCLOSURE: SNOWDEN LEAKS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, Mark Randol, Retired Senior Specialist, Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressional Research Service; and Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.



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For more Headlines , Click on World Affairs above.


For the story behind each headline in the World Affairs box, click on the headline.


Click on the WACA Logo above for the prior editions of Weekly Digest of World News, published every Wednesday by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and distributed by the World Affairs Councils of America.



News Items:


Perspectives Newsletter

PERSPECTIVES, our 6-page, full color quarterly newsletter, is distributed by email to members with email addresses registered with the Council.  The current PERSPECTIVES can also be viewed by placing your mouse arrow on the logo below and click it.


Members who do not provide us with email addresses receive a one color, 2-page Program Mailer with complete information about upcoming programs and reservation forms. It is mailed several days after e-publication of PERSPECTIVES.


New Members in July, 2014: Marilyn Montero & Jim York


August is Picnic Time!

The annual WACSC picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, at Quail Inn restaurant, Oakmont Golf Club. The time is 5:00-7:00 p.m. In addition to the annual Book Sale, the committee has arranged for a sumptuous buffet picnic, music, gift certificates, and more! See the program information inside for more details.


WACSC Returns to Spring Lake Village September 11 

We look forward to bringing our evening meetings back to Spring Lake Village and to the new auditorium, beginning with the September 11th speaker program. To celebrate this return, there will be a wine, ice tea and appetizer reception for members and SLV residents prior to the speaker presentation by Paul Gullixson, Editorial Director of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper.


The new auditorium will present us with a beautiful venue, incorporating excellent seating, acoustics, and an enhanced audio-visual experience. We are grateful for the renewed partnership with Spring Lake Village that allows WACSC the use of this excellent venue and permits SLV residents free and easy access to all of our evening speaker meetings.


WACSC Speakers Bureau 

An officer of our Council will gladly visit a service club or civic organization to present a 20-minute talk on the many benefits of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County.  We want to inform the community of what we are doing and how we can help them keep informed about international relations.  If you belong to a club that might like a speaker, please give contact information to Bob Kirk at or 538-9294. 




WACSC “Hotline” Now Designated a “Lukewarm Line”

As members of WACSC you are encouraged to call our Council phone number, 573-6014, for general information and to make and cancel meal reservations. We have generally referred to this phone number as the WACSC “hotline.”


However, please be advised that we have downgraded the “hotline” designation to the “lukewarm line” to clarify that this phone line does not have 24/7 coverage with operators waiting to take your call. We check for messages on a regular basis and attempt to respond to all calls promptly. However, some responses may take more time. As an all-volunteer-managed Council, it takes the time and commitment of a volunteer to monitor this phone. Your understanding and patience will be appreciated.


Volunteers Wanted 

As you know, WACSC is one of a few all-volunteer WAC Councils in America. All management functions are performed by unpaid volunteers who bring outstanding speakers to our evening and luncheon meetings, who manage our finances, website, publicity, write and edit our newsletter, and who do all the little things necessary to have a functioning organization. We can use more members to offer their services in areas of interest and experience. Needed are people interested in audio/visual equipment, in newsletter editing and production, in serving on the Board and Program Committee, in being part of the program check-in team, or in serving in some other capacity. Every volunteer organization needs to renew itself periodically to remain vital and relevant to its membership. Can you help? Contact any member of the management team for more information.


Searching for a World Travel Opportunity?

WAC of Philadelphia continues to offer wonderful travel experiences for WAC members and their friends. Their 2014 Travel Tours are available for our members to view, consider, inquire and reserve. You can reach the WAC Philadelphia website at 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 WAC Philadelphia has been arranging world tours for many years and is highly recommended by our national parent organization, World Affairs Councils of America.




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