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 provide participants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of people who shape world events in a variety of formats. 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 20 speaker programs per year. We generally have 1 luncheon program and 1 evening program per month, occasional special programs, and an annual summer picnic for members. Our upcoming programs, updates, news and events are generally kept current on our website front page. Information on our Book Group can be found under Activities.

NOTE:  During this challenging time of COVID-19, we are currently meeting virtually via Zoom.  All these programs are currently free to members and the community.  Preregistration is necessary.

We are an all-volunteer Council governed by a working Board of Directors. Our officers are elected by the Board and serve as Board members in accordance with our bylaws. A list of our current leadership team is on the “Leadership” page of this website.

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

As 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.