Message from the President
Itís rare for any volunteer organization to avoid showing its age after 25 years.
Itís rarer still to have a leadership team of vibrant, vigorous volunteers who provide its members with excellent programs twice a month, year in and year out, over all that time. Yet thatís what we have in this community treasure, the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County.
I am humbled and privileged to assume the presidency of this organization, following in the wake of past presidents Bob Kirk, Bill Anderson, and Pat Givens, all of whom remain active contributors. I am also grateful for the continuing contributions of our long-serving officers and committee members, and the many newer members who have stepped up and infused new energy into the leadership of our Council. Their names are listed elsewhere in this issue, and I ask you to join me in thanking them for their service. Everyone works; no one is paid.
Thanks to them, the state of our Council is good. Our treasury is healthy; our membership and our dues are stable. Our extraordinary Program Committee has already filled all speaker slots through June. We are re-instituting a Great Decisions program in February. We will return most of our evening programs to a new auditorium at Spring Lake Village this summer. We are installing a successor ship program, so that when key Officers and Chairs do step down, we will have energetic people ready to succeed them. We will no longer face the dilemma the circus owner had when Herman the Human Cannonball threatened to retire. The owner had to say: ďYou canít retire! Where am I going to find another person of your caliber?Ē
I may not be Bob Kirkís caliber, but Iíll do my best. I ask for your help. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Paul Willihnganz
WAC Program Committee
First row l to r: Joe Oliver, Leanna Breese (chairman), Pat Givens, Perry Ritenour
(vice-chairman). Second Row l to r: Alice Eurotas, Susan Standish, Tom Bond.
Missing: Paul Willihnganz, Bill Anderson, ad hoc member.
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