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.
FIRST QUARTER 2014 PROGRAMS
Friday, February 7, 2014, BURMA AT THE CROSSROADS. Nyunt Than, Chair, Burmese American Democratic Alliance
Thursday, February 20, 2014, IRAQ TODAY: Governance Challenges and Forthcoming Elections, Andrew Reddie, Managing Editor at the Canadian International Council
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.)
SECOND QUARTER 2014 PROGRAMS
Friday, April 11, 2014, CHINA’S ROBUST ENGAGEMENT IN AFRICA: “DRAGON’S GIFT” or BURDEN?, Dr. Philip Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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.
Weekly World News Update. Every Wednesday starting January 8, 2014, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is pleased to share with you a weekly update of world news articles developed by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. In addition to keeping you informed, it can also deepen your knowledge. To access these weekly updates, place your mouse arrow on the WACA logo in the right hand column and click it.
Bob’s Farewell Quarter
On December 31, Bob Kirk completed 7 1/2 years of service as President of WACSC. We can’t 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 remains on the Board as immediate past president, be available to give his counsel, and continue to participate in Board affairs. Thank you, Bob!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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