About Us – Old

The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization whose purpose is to promote study and public education in world affairs and to contribute to improved international understanding and relations. Our programs feature knowledgeable speakers such as ambassadors, international figures, journalists, academics, and business professionals.

Council programs, in a variety of formats, provide participants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of people who shape world events. Speaker programs sponsored by the Council are open both to members and the general public.

Founded in 1988 in Santa Rosa, the center of Sonoma wine country, we provide our community with approximately ten speakers per year. We offer luncheon and evening programs, an occasional special program, and an annual summer picnic for members. Our upcoming programs, updates, news and events are kept current on our website front page. In addition, beginning in 2022-23, we are sponsoring a national high school competition entitled Academic World Quest.

WACSC is one of 98 independent World Affairs Councils in the United States affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).

We are one of the few Councils that are operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. Our members come from all walks of life, and include former diplomats, foreign service officers, academics, professionals and businesspeople. Regardless of background, all members share a lively interest in world affairs.

Since WACSC is a tax-exempt educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, membership dues, charitable contributions and bequests to WACSC are tax deductible as provided by law.

Membership information and applications can be found on the Membership page of this website. To contact us, see the “Contact Us” page.

Click here to Meet some of the Members of our Board of Directors.

Many Thanks

We extend our thanks and gratitude to West County Net (Chris Frost) for their past and ongoing generous support of WACSC website.


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