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
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Phone: (707) 573-6014

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.






Friday, September 8, 2017, DILEMMAS GALORE: THE MEANING OF BREXIT IN A GLOBAL SETTING,Dr. Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor of History Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley


Thursday, September 21, 2017, BRIDGING THE GULF: U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ARABIAN GULF, Ambassador Susan Ziadeh, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar


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The World News Weekly Update is a collection the past week's top news stories. Every week, the Pittsburgh WAC Council gathers articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international information outlets in order to provide wide-ranging and balanced perspectives on pressing global issues.

Click here for the last and previous weekly updates.


To share your comments and suggestions about our programs, restaurants, meals, meal service, meeting venues, or whatever is on your mind, contact the WACSC Board and Program Committee via email by clicking your mouse arrow on the green arrows below


This website is hosted through the generosity of West County Net, Inc. of Santa Rosa.



News Items:



Perspectives Newsletter

PERSPECTIVES, our full color quarterly newsletter, is distributed by email to members with email addresses registered with the Council.  The current seven page edition of PERSPECTIVES can also be viewed by placing your mouse arrow on the logo below and click it.


Members who do not provide us with email addresses receive a one color, 2-page Program Mailer with complete information about upcoming programs and reservation forms. It is mailed several days after e-publication of PERSPECTIVES.


New Members

In August 2017 new WACSC members were: Herman & Mary Grishaver, William Kidd, Lynn McGarvey, Patrick & Elizabeth O'Neill, Ruth Witchey


WACSC Donor Appreciation

We would like to express our great appreciation to the many members who made philanthropic contributions to the WACSC this year. We highlight our Sustaining and Corporate-level members in each issue of Perspectives and would like to emphasize again the how much their gifts impact the success of our organization. In addition to these members, we want to recognize ten donors who sent the WACSC additional contributions over the past twelve months. All told, the generosity of our donors resulted in more than $4,000 in additional funds that we are using to support our mission to promote study and public education in world affairs and to contribute to improved international understanding and relations. 


Kathleen & Chuck Rogers

Judy Burness

Bob and Barbara Kirk

Marie & George McKinney

Susan & Dale Schmid

Pat Kocher

Del Baker & L.G. Hermann

Shahrokh Moaveni

Sheila Einhorn


We would like to thank especially those members who made contributions in honor of Bill Anderson. These gifts are a fitting tribute to Bill’s tireless community spirit. If any members are interested in making gifts in honor of family or friends, please let us know either in person or via the donation card printed in this issue. We will continue to recognize honorary gifts in future issues of Perspectives.


Many Thanks to Our First Two Patron Sponsors!

In the last issue of Perspectives (2017 Q2) we announced the opportunity for members to underwrite specific WACSC programs. We were delighted by the immediate response we received and are pleased to announce that donors have stepped forward to pledge support for two future programs. We want to thank Kathleen and Chuck Rogers as well as an anonymous donor for their gifts, and to congratulate them on becoming the first two Patron-level donors. We will announce which programs they are underwriting in a future Perspectives issue, as well as at other WACSC events. If you are interested in becoming a program Patron, please fill out the donation form printed in this issue or contact WACSC President Mike Morrison (707-833-6365; ) or Vice President Kathleen Riley (707-314-4662;


It’s Time to Sit Back and Relax!

Be sure to mark July 27 on your calendar for our WAC Annual Picnic. It will again be held at Quail Inn in Oakmont from 5:00 p.m. to around 7:00 p.m. There will be a very nice buffet with tri-tip steak, pesto tortellini, various salads, and an ice cream sundae to top it off! There will also be a no-host full bar.


Quail Inn always prepares a great meal for us in a great place with spectacular views of the golf course and the Mayacamas Mountains. Bob Kirk will again test our knowledge of world affairs with his quiz of people, places, and events.


Come and meet your friends, perhaps meet new people, and enjoy a relaxing late afternoon in a beautiful setting on this mid-summer day! All of us on the Board of Directors, the Program Committee, and all of our support people cordially invite you to join us. You can enjoy all of the above for the very reasonable price of $30! Look for the reservation form printed elsewhere in this issue. We hope to see you at the Quail Inn on July 27th!

Mike Morrison, President 


After almost 10 years, we will be returning to the Legends restaurant at Bennett Valley Golf Club in Santa Rosa for a luncheon on July 14. From the banquet room, there are beautiful views of the golf course and surrounding homes. When you arrive, look for our “sandwich sign” to the west of the main entrance, where we will have our check-in folks to greet you.


We will be trying a buffet-style luncheon at Legends. There will be extra people available to help those who may have balance or mobility issues and would prefer to have someone bring them their food, or if someone needs help in line. Dessert will be brought to the tables just before our speaker program begins. Beer, wine, and sodas will be available for purchase from 11:30 to 12:30 in an area near our entrance.


We are excited about our return to this beautiful spot, and we hope that you will enjoy this new venue.



When we announce a forthcoming WAC luncheon program, we request that you mail your reservation form and check to arrive no later than one week before the event. Most venues require this amount of time in order to be properly staffed and for the chef to order the right quantity of food for our event. Also note that we will take reservations through that week-prior date, or until we reach capacity. It is always a good idea to send your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.


If your reservation arrives after the deadline date or capacity has been reached, you will receive a notification and your check will be returned. You may request to be added to a wait list for cancellations by leaving a message at the WACSC phone number, 707-573-6014.

We accept cancellations and provide refunds up to 72 hours before the event. For example, if there is a luncheon on Friday, we can accept your cancellation and send you a refund if you have called the above mentioned phone number to cancel before noon on the preceding Tuesday. After that time, we cannot provide a refund, since we are obligated to pay the venue for the reservation, even if you do not come.




Many of us just can’t eat all the food that we are often served at our WAC luncheons. Wishing not to waste food, we may have asked for a “doggie bag.” Depending on where you were and whom you asked, you may have been told that the venue does not allow food to be taken away. How can that be? There is enough here for another meal!


The No Doggie Bag policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant's food safety rule, not a WACSC policyThe reason is primarily related to liability that the restaurant would have, should you get sick from the food you take home. Sometimes, food taken home may sit in a car a bit too long and develop bacteria that could make you sick. So, please understand that the venue is not just being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of you becoming ill.



Save the Date: WACA National Conference

Thanks to the work of our Program Committee volunteers, WACSC members do not have to travel far to hear leading thinkers on a wide range of issues. However, for those of you looking for a reason to escape the rain and chill of Sonoma County in late November for the…rainier and chillier…clime of our nation’s capital in late November, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) national office has just announced one: the National Conference, which will be held at the Capital Hilton from November 15-17. (For those members not already familiar, our Sonoma County council is one of more than 90 councils across the country, joined together by WACA.) The keynote speakers for this year’s National Conference have not yet been announced, but presenters at the Conference are drawn from the upper echelons of political and academic leadership. Local members who have attended in the past speak highly of the National Conference. If you are interested in learning more about this event, you can find more details at


Pat Givens, Human Resources Coordinator 

Pat Givens is the “go to” person on our volunteer board and is even more so in her newest role as Human Resources Coordinator.  As a long time supporter of World Affairs Councils and member of WACSC; as a past president, veteran Program Committee member and member of several ad hoc committees, Pat fully understands the operations of our Council and of the need to constantly refresh the cadre of volunteers that keep WACSC in the tip tier of all volunteer councils across America. She is always available to speak with and interview prospective volunteers and can be contacted at and 707-541-0511. We encourage members to step forward to volunteer time and effort by first meeting Pat and discussing where talent and interests intersect with Council needs.


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 or 538-9294.


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 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 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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