QUARTER 2018 PROGRAMS
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018,
TRANSFORMING EDUCATIONAL REFORM IN THE ARAB WORLD: THE JOURNEY OF
THE TAMAM PROJECT
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV residents: free
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
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
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7,
2018, PERIL ON THE NORTHERN HORIZON: FOREIGN
CHALLENGES IN 2018
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.
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
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018,
CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S.—UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
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
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
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
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
Heather McLintock, Sponsor
NEW LUNCHEON VENUE IN 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
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
• 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
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.
MEAL RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS
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.
VENUES DON’T LET YOU TAKE FOOD HOME
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
food safety rule, not
a WACSC policy. The
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.