Paul Willihnganz: A Thumbnail Biography
Paul graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an engineering degree and a Navy commission. After five years of sea duty in the Pacific, he became Program Manager for submarine training in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington. While there, he earned a Secretary of the Navy Commendation and law degree from Georgetown University. Shifting to a career in law, Paul served as a trial lawyer in San Diego, then as a life insurance company in-house counsel and ultimately General Counsel. He returned to California as a partner in a San Francisco law firm, then became an independent consultant and expert witness in the fields of life, health, and disability insurance. Prior to his retirement in 2011, Paul was Chair of the California State Bar Committee on Group Insurance Programs. Paul and his wife, Gerry French, moved to Santa Rosa in 1998 and live in Rincon Valley. They have five children, and two grandchildren.
Members of the WACSC Program Committee are shown below.
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:
• We do not need a staff and have low expenses.
• We fund programs entirely from member dues.
• We devote all our effort to programs and have no fundraising.
• Our working directors stay directly in touch with members and our community.
We are constantly looking for new directors and other volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact President Paul Willihnganz or any of our directors via the local WACSC phone number, 707-573-6014, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because WACSC is an IRC Section 501(c) (3) organization, contributions to WACSC, including dues, are tax-deductible, subject to normal IRS rules for substantiating contributions. Regular dues should be paid by check; your cancelled check serves as your receipt. We provide written receipts for Sustaining Member dues and other contributions over $75.00. Of course, amounts paid for luncheon and dinner programs are for meals and are not tax-deductible.
WACSC Restaurant Prices and Member Costs
The Council's policy is to price all meal programs at cost. Our Program Committee negotiates the best meal quality at the lowest price with all of our restaurant venues.
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.
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF SONOMA COUNTY
STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS & DISBURSEMENTS
Note 1: Receipts for meal events (luncheons, annual dinner and picnic) are offset by the cost of the related meals.
Note 2: At the end 2012 and 2013 The Council had $15,000 invested in cash reserves. The cash reserves are in addition to the Operating Checking Account balances shown above.
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