Upcoming Programs

Upcoming 2019 Programs — Save the Date

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WACSC Annual Dinner

Seven Presidents Confront War in Vietnam

Friday, March 8, 2019

5:15 p.m., Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa

Members: $50; Nonmembers: $55 (parking included – please carpool – new venue – parking info click here)
Dinner Selections: Stuffed Pork Roulade, Grilled Chicken or Butternut Squash Ravioli

Reservations close Sunday, February 24, 2019 (or earlier if capacity is reached)

Chris O’Sullivan, Historian and Professor at the University of San Francisco

“What’s past is prologue.”  William Shakespeare, The Tempest

This quotation, engraved on the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., is commonly used by the military when discussing the similarities between wars throughout history.

America has been involved in multiple wars since Vietnam.  Afghanistan recently broke the record: 17 years and running, the longest war in American history.  Could it be that we are making the same mistakes over and over?  Does past have to be prologue? To find the answer to these questions we are going to look at the first in this series of wars – Vietnam – and take a fresh look at presidential decision making.

Lyndon Johnson is the president most frequently associated with the war in Vietnam, but the conflict actually challenged at least seven presidents. Our speaker, Chris O’Sullivan, will explore how these seven presidents, from FDR to Gerald Ford, grappled with the trials of war in Vietnam and what lessons we can learn from their struggles.

Chris O’Sullivan teaches history and international studies at the University of San Francisco.  He received his BA from UC Berkeley and his MA and PhD from the London School of Economics and was a Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at the University of Jordan in Amman. He is the author of five books about history and international affairs, most recently “Harry Hopkins: FDR’s Envoy to Churchill and Stalin.”   A highly regarded speaker, Chris will bring the story of Vietnam decision-making to life.

Join us at our Annual Dinner and be part of this fascinating presentation!

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Cataract Blindness: Worldwide Strategies

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:30 p.m. Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV residents: No Charge
Non-Members: $5
No reservation required.

Gary Barth, MD, Eye Care Institute, Santa Rosa; Trustee Seva Foundation.

In 2017, Britain’s The Lancet published in their sister journal that cataract blindness projections will increase from the current 35 million to 70 million worldwide by 2050. Dr. Barth will discuss the implications of this demographic tidal wave as the population of the aged increases.

Drawing on experiences from his 15 surgical experiences in Nepal, India, Cambodia, and Nepal, Dr. Barth will describe the Seva Foundation’s (seva.org) 40 years of working with over 100 international eye hospitals to increase their efficiency. Through the Global Sight Initiative (http://globalsightinitiative.org), the best of these eye hospitals are serving as mentor institutions.

Dr. Barth will also discuss the most innovative eye care facility in the western hemisphere: Visualiza in Guatemala. This amazing center does 37% of the country’s cataract surgeries that are made accessible to everyone regardless of means.

Many of our members have had cataract surgery or soon will. This talk will provide a worldwide perspective on the leading edge of innovation.

Linda Lambert, 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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