THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018, WAC ANNUAL PICNIC (no speaker)

4:00-7:00 p.m., Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa

Buffet: Grilled tri-tip, Grilled chicken chipotle, various side dishes, vegetarian options. No-host full bar.

Members and Guests: $30

Reservations due 7/5 (or until capacity is reached)



Put on your sun hat, grab your parasol, and get ready for our World Affairs Council Annual Picnic. The checkered tablecloths and wicker baskets, so to speak, will be spread out at Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Course on Thursday, July 12, starting at 4:00 p.m. There will be a bountiful buffet of grilled tri-tip with all the side dishes, including vegetarian, a full no-host bar, in addition to beautiful views of the golf course and the Mayacamas Mountains from the terrace. To add a little fun, we will have some nostalgic music from the Beatles to listen to and sing along with. Come join all of us, see old friends, and make some new ones. It will be a great time for all of us to get together and socialize.



7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV residents: free
Nonmembers: $5


Rima Karami-Akkary, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Policy and Leadership at the American University of Beirut, and Director of the TAMAM (meaning “complete” in Arabic) Lebanon Hub funded by the LORE Foundation.


For the last seven decades, Arab educators have relied on top-down approaches to reform—mostly Western—that neglected the concerns and voices of key stakeholders, leaving them with a sense of inefficacy and dependence. Consequently, these systems kept graduating disengaged citizens, angry rebels who are apt to cause destruction, or potential immigrants longing to leave their societies behind.

Ten years ago, the TAMAM project was launched between the Arab Thought Foundation and the American University of Beirut—now a network of 350 educators from 46 schools spanning 8 Arab countries. Dr. Karami-Akkary will describe the TAMAM promotion of school design and teacher leadership capacity that now informs policy makers and international agencies that lead major initiatives in the Arab region. Join us for insights into sustainable development across the Middle East and North Africa.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor


Noon, DoubleTree Hotel
One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park

Salmon or Stuffed Squash

Members: $35, Nonmembers: $40

Reservations due 8/31 (or until capacity is reached)

John F. Kelly, Professor of National Security Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

John F. Kelly will review the current status of the relationships among NATO nations, the United States, and Russia. A new card has been dealt in the game of great power politics: climate change. While the Trump Administration minimizes and even disputes "climate change," Vladimir Putin and Russia are banking on it and are investing heavily in the Arctic. Russia is enhancing its military presence in the area in order to access the Northwest Passage. The United States’ denial, inaction, and potential consequences will be reviewed in detail.

Dr. John F. Kelly is an engaging speaker and accomplished academic with over 40 years of concurrent experience in higher education, civil government, and the military. He retired from Federal service as a Professor of Security Studies at the National Defense University and served as Associate Dean of the African Center for Strategic Studies. Professor Kelly teaches U.S. foreign policy and national security studies, concentrating on conflict mitigation.

Joe Clendenin, Sponsor


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV: free; Visitors: $5

Grant Ballard, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma


With a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland and a B.A. in English from Cornell, Dr. Ballard will bring his knowledge of the Antarctic and climate change in general to help us understand what is happening to our world. He will discuss global marine conservation and the condition of and changes to sea ice globally. He has consulted on a global basis, specifically with Korea and China, allowing him to measure how the efforts of the U.S. stack up to that of other nations. Are we doing enough? Do we need to do more? What is the forecast for our future?

Dr. Ballard is one of the leading researchers and authorities on the Adelie penguins of the Antarctic. Closer to home, he has researched what impact the sea level rise will have in the San Francisco bay area for we humans, marshlands, and local wildlife.

Join us as we get a close up and personal view of what our future could be and what we can do to help preserve our environment.

Heather McLintock, Sponsor

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As we announced in the First Quarter Perspectives, due to the October fires, we must find new luncheon venues to replace the Fountaingrove Inn and the Hilton. We have often considered the DoubleTree in Rohnert Park because of the very nice banquet rooms and good reputation for quality and service. Now we are going to add it to our luncheon venue options, beginning on June 8. Although it sounds like a long way from Santa Rosa, it is only a 15-minute drive from Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, or about the same as the drive to the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. Here are two options for driving there:

• Take Highway 101 south to the Golf Course Drive exit. Turn left onto Golf Course Drive. Continue for
0.3 miles to Doubletree Drive. This takes you right into the parking lot for the DoubleTree Hotel.

• Alternatively, you can take Petaluma Hill Road south to Snyder Lane. Make a soft right onto Snyder Lane. Continue on Snyder Lane to Golf Course Drive. Turn right and continue to Doubletree Drive on your right.

We are looking forward to a great relationship with the DoubleTree Hotel and hope that you will enjoy their ambiance, ease of parking, and good quality of food and service.



Make checks payable to WACSC and send to World Affairs Council, PO Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.


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!


NO DOGGY 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.


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