Message from the President

 

 

2017: From the Bizarre to the Tragic

In last year's first quarter's message I wondered what kind of political/international world we would experience in 2017 with the new administration of Donald Trump. A year later I can best describe it as bizarre on so many levels. As a veteran international traveler, I have been amazed during this past year at how so many people in other countries I have visited pay attention to what happens in the United States. Almost universally, I found people dumbfounded by what's happening politically in our country. While all those I talked with shook their heads in disbelief, many were scared, and most were not at all positive about what the future holds for them with the Trump Administration. What will 2018 bring?

Closer to home and with tragedy visible all around, I and all of our volunteers at the World Affairs Council want to express our sincerest sympathies to those affected by the recent wildland and urban fires. Too many in our WAC “family” suffered the loss of their homes or suffered other damage. We wish them the best, a quick return to normalcy, and the strength to persevere in the months and years ahead.

Our WAC was also affected by the wildfires by the loss of some of our venues, some of our equipment, and by the cancelling and rescheduling of programs. Please bear with us while we pick up the pieces and try to get back to normal.

Putting aside the challenges described above, I wish all of our members a peaceful and happy New Year.

Mike Morrison

President

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