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Control of Nuclear Weapons: Needed Now More Than Ever

Due to the fires, this event has been rescheduled to a NEW DATE,
November 22 (old date Nov. 1).

Notifications for this change have been sent to as many attendees as possible.  If you have a current reservation, and have not received an email yet to confirm your change, please click here to send us a message. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, November 22, 2019
12:00 noon,
Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa
Members: $34; Non-members: $44
Luncheon Selections:  Roasted Chicken Breast or Veggie Pasta

Reservations are currently Closed.
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William J. Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense; the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus); Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution; Director, Preventive Defense Project, all at Stanford University.

In the past year, we faced a potential nuclear confrontation with North Korea; the Iran nuclear deal was scuttled by President Trump; tensions with the other nuclear superpower, Russia, have reached new highs; and the people of Hawaii received an alert that a nuclear missile was incoming. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved their iconic nuclear threat assessment “Doomsday Clock” to two minutes to midnight, matching the most dangerous times of the Cold War.

Secretary Perry will explain why he believes that the danger of a nuclear incident or nuclear war is as great as or greater than ever, and how outmoded thinking has led the U.S. and the world to this perilous situation. He will relate his evolution from a Cold Warrior to someone working to warn about and alleviate the existential threat of nuclear weapons, and discuss the steps needed to reverse this dangerous trend.

Dr. Perry served as the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1994-1996 under President Bill Clinton. In this role, Dr. Perry galvanized efforts to secure nuclear stockpiles (“loose nukes”) inherited by former Soviet states and presided over the dismantlement of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons. He served as Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the late 1970s, crafting a defense strategy that would offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, ushering in the age of stealth, smart weapons and GPS.

Since leaving the government, he has continued to be active in diplomacy, policy, academia and advocacy, focused on the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons. Starting in 2007, Dr. Perry, George Schultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger published several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that link the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that can be taken immediately to reduce nuclear dangers.

Dr. Perry received a B.S. and M.S from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State, all in mathematics. He is a father of five, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997), and in 2008, was awarded the Rumford Prize, one of the oldest scientific prizes in the United States.

His memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is available through Copperfield’s Books, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Tense times ahead with our southern neighbor . . . Mexico

With Alex Saragoza

Come Try Something NEW…

                 HAPPY HOUR!

  • WHAT: Enjoy a selection of Mexican Appetizers and a No‑Host Bar
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, December 4
  • TIME:  Nibbles & Drinks: 4:00 pm; Presentation: 5:00 – 6:00
  • WHERE: Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa (Oakmont)

Members: $16; Non-members: $26

Reservations close November 25 (or earlier if sold out)

Alex Saragoza, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley


A revised NAFTA agreement has been ratified by Mexico and Canada (but not yet formally approved by the U.S.);  “el Chapo” is in prison, but the drugs continue to enter the U.S. (including by submarines no less); and the funding of the border wall has received the Supreme Court’s approval to go forward as proposed by the White House.  Meanwhile, the newly elected left-of-center populist President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (commonly referred to by his initials AMLO), appears unsure how best to deal with the U.S.

This discussion will focus on three issues that vex the contemporary relationship between Mexico and the United States: the revisions of the former NAFTA accord which have produced the newly named United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA); the illegal drug trade; and immigration and border enforcement.  With 53 million Mexicans living below the poverty line, AMLO’s main agenda has been focused on domestic issues in an attempt to shake up the status quo.  In the U.S., President Trump faces a reelection contest in 2020 in which the issue of border security has been, and remains, a controversial and hotly contested topic throughout the country.

It is understandable to think that the near future points to a testy, tense period for relations between the two countries.

About the speaker

Alex M. Saragoza earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in the field of modern Mexican history.  At the University of California, Berkeley, he has served as Chair of the Center of Latin American Studies, as Director of the University of California Center in Mexico City, and was a founding member of the University of California’s U.S.-Mexico Studies Program.

He has published widely on Mexico-related topics, and was the chief editor of the two-volume work, Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic.  He has lectured at various universities, and in 2012 he was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, of Paris, France.  He was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the Osher Life-Learning Institute at UC Berkeley, and he has been selected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians.  He is professor emeritus of history in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

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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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