Upcoming 2019 Programs — Save the Date


U.S. Economic Sanctions:  Their Legal Framework and Actual Economic Impact

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV residents: No Charge
Nonmembers: $5

Florence Bouvet, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University; Co-Chair, Economic Interest Section, European Studies Association

Dr. Bouvet will first present the legal texts (U.S. and international laws) that the U.S. has used to impose economic sanctions on other countries, focusing on the post-WWII period. She will discuss the intent of these sanctions and present their actual economic impact on the countries targeted by these sanctions.

Our speaker’s research interests are in the areas of European economic integration, economic inequality, economic voting, and international economics. Her recent works have been published in journals including Applied Economics, Electoral Studies, China Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Economic Inequality, Région et Développement, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and Modern Economy. Originally from France, Dr. Bouvet received her B.A. and M.A. from the Political Science Institute of Paris (Science-Po) and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Dave Slifer, Sponsor

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All of our dear and valued members of our World Affairs Council are invited to join us for the Annual Picnic. Once again, it will be at the Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Course where we will have a bountiful buffet, the Bob Kirk Memorial Quiz, and some new, fun and informative things to do. It will be that chance for our members to see old friends, meet new ones, and relax for a good time with a summer drink on the Quail Inn terrace.

We are hoping for a beautiful summer day to see the expansive green of the golf course and the spectacular view of the Mayacamas Mountains. A full no-host bar awaits you to go with the buffet of tri-tip, chicken, pasta, and all the trimmings.

Come join all of us between 4-7 PM on Thursday, August 22. Casual summer dress is in order for maximum relaxation.

Reservations for WACSC Summer Picnic
I’ll see you at the picnic!

Mike Morrison
Picnic Coordinator

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Better Health, Lower Cost:  How Other Advanced Democracies Provide Health Care to All at Half the American Health Care Cost

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:30 p.m.  Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV Residents:  No Charge
Nonmembers:  $10

T.R. Reid, American reporter, documentary film correspondent, author, and lecturer

In a 2008 “Frontline” documentary, Mr. Reid presented a comprehensive review of the health care systems in five advanced countries around the world. The first two countries reviewed were the United Kingdom and Japan, where Mr. Reid previously lived, worked, and received medical care. The other three nations were Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

His work on the comparison of these health care systems with our American system resulted in his bestselling book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, published in 2009. This book shows how other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States cannot seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost – about half the cost of what the United States spends.

Mr. Reid has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio; he reports for the Washington Post and with his subject of health care, he has been on the Public Broadcasting Service “Frontline” television series. Given the ongoing debate and controversy over health care in America, Mr. Reid’s many years of expertise and first-hand knowledge lend an authoritative view to this debate.

Bring your questions on health care for what is sure to be a lively Q&A session.

Mr. Reid’s talk is expected to draw a large crowd, so please come early as seating is limited. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Morrison, Sponsor

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When we announce a forthcoming WAC luncheon or dinner program, we request that you press the Reserve Now button for your event.  You will be able to choose either (1) to enter a reservation and pay by credit card, or (2) to print a reservation form to fill out and mail to WACSC according to the instructions on the form.  In either case, you must reserve and pay so that we receive your reservation at least one week before the event.

Most venues require this amount of time (one week) 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 up to a week prior to the luncheon date, or earlier if capacity is reached. It is always a good idea to make your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.

If you reserve by mailing a check, if your reservation arrives after the deadline date or if 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 reservations 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!

A ‘NO DOGGY BAG’ policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant’s 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 ill.  Please understand that the venue is not being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of any adverse health effects.

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