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
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.
THIRD QUARTER 2014 PROGRAMS
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.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, INSIDER’S VIEW: AFGHANISTAN UPDATE, Theodore Eliot, former Ambassador to Afghanistan
Thursday, October 9, 2014, BEHIND THE ARAB SPRING: Causes, Consequences, and the Future of the Middle East, Glenn Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Defense Analysis, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School
Friday, October 24, 2014, THE RIDDLE OF MERKEL’S GERMANY
Noon, Donald Abenheim, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
Thursday, November 13, 2014, CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA: A Personal Account, Abigail Kokutetsa Bridgman, Attorney at Law
A joint meeting with United Nations Assoc., Sonoma County Chapter.
Friday, November 21, 2014,
WATER: THE VANISHING NECESSITY, Sylvia Lee, Director of the Water Program, Skoll Global Threat Fund
Thursday, December 4, 2014,
THE NEW SULTAN: ERDOGAN AND THE FUTURE OF TURKISH POLITICS, Ryan Gingeras, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
New Members in August, 2014: Judy Flowers, Morgan & Linda Lambert, Lee & Elizabeth Kern, Mary & John MacMeeken
Spring Lake Village Venue.
By now many of us have had a chance to experience the new Spring Lake Village auditorium. Our September 11 program was the celebrated return of our evening meetings, after an almost two year hiatus, and the opportunity to be dazzled by the decor, seating and audio-visual system. The wait was worth it in terms of the much improved facilities for programs and parking. We are so grateful for the on-going warm relationship that our Council has with Spring Lake Village.
Thank You, First Presbyterian Church!
We want to thank and acknowledge the friendly people at the First Presbyterian Church for allowing us the use of Ingram Hall and other rooms for our evening meetings while we were away from Spring Lake Village. Everyone was most cooperative and helpful in every way. The location was central for many of our members and the parking was plentiful. We hope that those church members who got in the habit of attending the meetings there will follow us to Spring Lake Village. The two locations really are not that far apart.
Kathleen Stephens in India
Kathleen Stephens, our former Ambassador to South Korea, who spoke to us so engagingly at a La Gare luncheon in April, was appointed by President Obama shortly thereafter to lead a diplomatic mission in India pending Senate confirmation of a new permanent Ambassador. She continues as United States Charge d’Affairs in India. We have invited her to be our guest at our Annual Dinner in February, and she has accepted, providing she is able to return to California by then.
Program Committee: Serendipitous or Lucky?
Our marvelous Program Committee has scheduled speakers on subjects that are relevant and topical to current world events on several occasions this year. Speakers are normally engaged several months before the program date. A hot topic at the time of making a speaker commitment may be stale by the time the program is held. On the other hand an interesting topic at the time of commitment may be red hot on the speaking date. We have had the experience of having speakers with hot topics several times this year. Lucky, perhaps, or serendipitous. In order to bring more speakers with relevant and current events topics to us on a timely basis the Program Committee has developed a “hot topics” plan by which special programs, not on the published schedule, may be announced by email blast for a late afternoon presentation. Speakers can be available on a last minute basis because they are traveling in the area for a variety of reasons and can be persuaded to come to Santa Rosa for a short visit, presentation and bottle of wine. Kudos to the Program Committee for bringing “hot topics” speakers to us in a timely manner and allowing our members the opportunity to be the best informed world affairs residents in Sonoma County.
Thank You For Volunteering.
In our last edition we put out a strong call for members to step up and volunteer to be part of our Council management team. Some of you did respond and are now part of the solution for renewing our leadership. We welcome you and thank you for your commitment. Our all-volunteer organization needs regular infusions of new blood, new energy and new ideas to keep us going and relevant to the membership and to the community. Members may step forward and volunteer for a job at any time. It is not necessary to wait for a call from the Board. All comers are welcome.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 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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