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
Email:
wacscca@gmail.com

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.

 

 

 

FIRST QUARTER 2016 PROGRAMS

 

Friday, February12, 2016, The Japan – South Korea Identity Crisis: Implications for the U.S. and Asia, Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016, Disaster Medicine in Disasters Around the World, Dr. Joshua Weil, M.D., FACEP, Emergency Physician and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations, Kaiser Hospital, Santa Rosa

 

Friday, March 11, 2016, The U.S. and China Are Rivals, Adversaries and Partners.  Where Does All This Lead?,

Thomas Hout, Visiting Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, and author

 

 

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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.

NEW!  MEMBER COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

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 Top Leadership in 2016 

At the regular October meeting of the full board, the Board Nominating Committee, consisting of Pat Givens, Chair; Bob Kirk; Bill Anderson; Leanna Breese; and Paul Willihnganz, presented a slate of officers for board consideration. At the November board meeting the following were elected for two-year terms: President, Mike Morrison, former Vice-President and Program Committee Chair; and Vice-President, Kathy Riley, former board and Program Committee member. Returning as key officers for another year are Treasurer Perry Ritenour and Secretary Judy Burness. Elected to the board as a Director was Mark Stapp, who will be our liaison to Sonoma State University.

 

New Members

In January 2016 new WACSC  members were: Richard Esperance, Cheryl White and Ben & Kaye Zlataroff

 

Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club Programs

By popular demand we will be returning to the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club for two programs in the first quarter of 2016. The first is a luncheon meeting on January 8, and then our Annual Dinner program on March 11.

 

The fastest and easiest way to get there from central and eastern Santa Rosa is to take Highway 12 west and exit at Fulton Road. Proceed north on Fulton to Hall Road (extension of West Third Street). Turn left onto Hall Road and continue about a mile to Country Club Drive on the left. Take Country Club Drive to Country Club Court on your right. Proceed into the court to parking and the clubhouse at 333 Country Club Drive.

 

Spring Lake Village

With our increasing membership and attendance at speaker meetings it is essential to know that the SLV auditorium has an absolute (Fire Marshal approved) seating capacity of 230. We have tested and bested the capacity at past meetings.  Members need to be aware that if they don’t get there early they may not find a seat and be turned away. Please understand.
 

Sustaining Membership Drive

Our Membership Information classifies a Sustaining Member as one who contributes a total of $100 or more annually, including dues. The total amount of the contribution, including dues, is tax deductible in most cases under IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3), applicable to the tax-exempt status granted to WACSC and donors to WACSC.

 

We note that more of our members are electing to become Sustaining Members, joining several who have maintained that status over the years. The benefits of becoming a Sustaining Member are not only the right to take a larger tax deduction, but knowing that you are contributing more to the financial health of our Council and allowing the Council to keep regular membership dues low. We have not had to increase dues since the 1990s, something almost unheard of in organizations like ours. As costs keep rising for every aspect of managing our all-volunteer organization, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to maintain our enviable dues policy.

 

When you renew your membership for another year, we ask that that you consider increasing the amount to reach the Sustaining level of $100 and above. It becomes a win-win situation for you and your World Affairs Council. You might like to know that bequests and monetary gifts to WACSC are also covered under the tax code as tax deductible to the donor, depending upon individual circumstances.

 

Call for Volunteers

We request that all eager volunteers for the Program Committee and for general Council help call Pat Givens at 707-541-0511 or email her at pgivens@sonic.net. Pat, who is one of our most experienced management volunteers, will be interviewing volunteer applicants for all positions.

 

Meal Reservation Advice

To avoid disappointment when reserving for meal service meetings be sure to mail your reservation with check before the deadline date. Space is always limited, so reservations are accepted until we are sold out or until the deadline date, whichever comes first. If you arrive without a recorded reservation, we probably won’t be able to seat you.

 

Did you know?

Because WACSC is an Internal  Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3) organization, contributions to WACSC, including dues, are tax-deductible, subject to normal IRS rules for substantiating contributions. Regular dues should be paid by check; your cancelled check serves as your receipt. We provide written receipts for Sustaining Member dues and other contributions over $75.00. Because payments for luncheon and dinner programs are for meals, they are not tax-deductible.

 

World Affairs Councils of America (WACA)

It is timely to remind ourselves that our Council is part of something bigger, WACA, the World Affairs Councils of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C. We are one of 92 Councils in the United States and one of 9 in California. We are also one of the 20 to 30 Councils totally managed by unpaid volunteers.

 

The World Affairs Councils of America has a long and storied history stretching back some 90 years. Two groups, the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and the World Affairs Councils, worked together in the same organizational system from 1918 until the early 1950’s. The FPA was founded by a small group of individuals who worked with President Woodrow Wilson and were concerned that at the end of World War I Americans would choose an isolationist foreign policy over one of engagement. They worked to nurture grassroots citizen involvement in international affairs, and by 1947 the two groups operated as a national organization composed of a network of independent community Councils.

 

In 1986 the National Council of World Affairs Organizations national office was established in Washington, D.C. This evolved into the World Affairs Councils of America which today is the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs.

 

The Foreign Policy Association, headquartered in New York City, is now a leading public forum for foreign policy presentations and educational activities, including the annual Great Decisions programs that engage many of our members each spring.

 

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 robakirk@earthlink.net 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 www.wacphila.org. 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 jrussell@wacphila.org. WAC Philadelphia has been arranging world tours for many years and is highly recommended by our national parent organization, World Affairs Councils of America.

 

Email

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