Message from the President


As of the end of June, WACSC has produced 15 programs so far this year, remarkable for their quality and their diversity. We have had knowledgeable speakers address current developments in 11 geographic areas: Syria, Japan, Burma, Iraq, the Mideast, China in Africa, Mexico, Korea, the South China Sea, Russia and Ukraine, and South Africa. We have had 3 programs on topics of international significance: The World Bank, what constitutes a “Good Company,” and national intelligence collection. We kicked the year off with Professor Chris O’Sullivan’s look-back on FDR’s foreign policy and the lessons it holds for today.


There’s more in store. You’ll see from this issue that we are continuing a string of highly topical programs.  What makes this possible are the volunteer efforts of members like you who have stepped up to participate in the selection and recruitment of speakers, and their care and feeding while they are here. We have always done this, and continue to do this, without a paid staff. That is why our dues are so low--averaging less that $1.00 per program. We pride ourselves on this, but we need more members to contribute time and effort to keep it so.


A local exercise guru recently said: “You don’t become inactive because you age. You age because you become inactive.” What’s true of physical activity is true of mental activity. The intellectual and social stimulation of participating in the work of our Council is more rewarding than you might imagine. See for yourself. Our Program Committee welcomed one new member in May, and we would greatly benefit from a few more. Work needs to be done and torches need to be passed. If you’d like to join in, or just give it a try, please call Leanna Breese, Susan Standish, or me.


                                                                                 -- Paul Willihnganz

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